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StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 104
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-12-2006)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-25-2013 03:58:28 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one. Served in a Stone goblet.

Pours a light copper color with a short head to start, fading quickly to a thin collar. The aroma has some nice cookie qualities with sweet malt and some nice sherry-like oxidation notes. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

The taste continues down the same path -- lots of malt here and oxidation has done good things to this one. Nice caramel and toffee notes along with some sweet candy and a hint of fruit. Malty and good.

Feel is medium with lowish carbonation; really smooth with almost no alcohol presence.

Really nice. I'm thrilled to finally get to try this one. Thanks again, Matt.

04-03-2012 10:54:56 | More by Thorpe429
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

A: The pour is a burnt amber color with a mild off-white head. The clarity is amazing on this beer.

S: Typical barleywine nose of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Surprisingly, there's still plenty of grapefruity citrus present after quite a long time.

T: The flavor follows the nose fairly well. The sweetness is certainly there, but it is balanced very nicely by the still substantial hop bitterness. The hops are piney with a slight bitter grapefruit note which works well with the caramel and toffee.

M: Medium in body with a fairly abundant carbonation for a barleywine.

D: I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this beer. A very nice barleywine that seems to be holding up very well. Thanks to Stone for putting this out for winter storm.

03-17-2010 16:32:38 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-12-2012 06:40:00 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-02-2013 04:49:31 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -8.5%

2006 special 3 liter "one off" that was done for charity and in support of Stone's charity wall.

Pours a dark clear amber with a nice white head. Head held and appearance is nice.

Assertive banana and stone fruit nose; sweet floral and fruit nose. Some coffee and yeast character. Nose shows some alcohol "sweetness" that should not be confused with a fruit or malt character - it's alcohol although not offensive.

Mouthfeel is big bodied and rich with a bit of a whisky/bourbon feel and character. Carbonation is good (perhaps a bit much initially but it seems to "tame down" in the glass.

Flavors follow nose with nice malt character; lovely balance, character and flavors of rich malt, yeast and hints of coffee, fruit and pine with a nice unexpected hop finish.

12-23-2009 02:50:53 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2011 23:29:01 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Syrupy, leggy mahogany. Carbonation is low.

Smell: The nose has a wonderfully rich caramelized malt character. There's a trace of pine, but the hops have largely faded. Pleasantly oxidized, bringing to mind sherry and toasted nuts. Faint vinous fruitiness, jam-like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich caramel malt and toasted nut flavors up front, with a liqueur-like sweetness appearing mid-palate. There's a bit of reserved fruitiness that reminds me of stewed dark fruit. Hoppier still than the nose suggests, firmly bitter and resiny, almost herbal. Alcohol is still noticeable in the finish, lending a pleasant heat. This certainly exceeded my expectations, probably one of the better American barleywines out there.

02-10-2011 18:32:35 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-18-2013 01:28:14 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to Derek for sharing this beer (again!). Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a nice foam that settled to a thin ring and some light filmy haze. Opaque light brown color. Pretty good looking barleywine.

S - Burnt sugars, sweet caramel, maraschino cherries, some spicy esters and even faint piney hops. Alcohol is faintly present, but implies a far lower ABV than 12.2%.

T - Liquid caramel, brown sugar, cherries, and other sweet things balanced by some hop bitterness. Exactly how I like my barleywines.

M - A touch undersized for the ABV. Smooth, with low carbonation. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - Much better than Derek's other bottle, which seemed more faded and oxidized. I had a refill of this one, and I'd love to try it on-tap at Stone some day.

10-10-2010 20:14:25 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3%

I don't have a Stonewall glass so I served this in a Old Guardian glass. Long time personal "whale" of mine, glad I got to share it with people.

Beer is brownish, mostly clear with a thin cap on it, low retention, low carbonation, low lacing, looks OK.

Aroma is sweet, mild oak, a little sherry, signs of oxidation present, smells good but I think it is starting to turn a little papery.

Beer is medium in body, sweet like syrup but the alcohol cuts it nicely. The finish is a little bitter but hardly so, nice sherry and raisin flavors with a mild sense of plums. I'd have this again, I really enjoyed it but it is probably a bit over.

04-02-2012 16:17:38 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -5%

From 03/30/12 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks Matt. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with a few off white bubbles and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sugar, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, toffee, bready malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tasted of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, sugar, molasses, dark fruits, light alcohol. Sweet and a ton of caramel; very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth, with a tin bit of alcohol but considering the ABV not bad at all. Easy to drink for over 12% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I liked it better then any of the OG vintages I've had and would put it on par with the 2010 Bourbon BA OG as the best barleywine I've had from them. Very nice, very glad to try and would love to have it again.

04-04-2012 20:13:23 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

02-06-2012 23:53:04 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours a dark golden apricot color with golden orange hues anda one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Surprisingly hoppy aroma with hints earthy pine along with subtle oxidized cardboard, boozy alcohol and sweet malt.  Lots of caramel, toffee and nut.  

Boozy with some dry, earthy, resinous hops that give off hints of pine needle.   A bit too hot with lots of sweet booze.  Slightly oxidized with a sweet malt backbone giving off hints of caramel, toffee and rye.

Overall this was decengt but way past its prime.  Surprisingly the hops have held up and are only slightly stale but the oxidization is a bit too heavy hurting the overall flavor.  His was probably very good when fresh but that is not the case at this stage.  

07-07-2011 02:29:35 | More by corby112
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Poured a caramel color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Loads of toffee, caramel and faded citrus hops

T: Upfront I receive toffee, caramel and a nice brown sugary sweetness with faded hops which probably leant a nice citrus aqnd pine needle note from what I can still detect. A unque fruitiness with cherry and some dash at citrus fruits, a sherry taste and feel to this on the back end. Booze is falling off and it's very drinkable.

M: Big body, well carbonated, very sticky

O: No oxidation, loads of taste. A true gem for any barleywine lover!

02-19-2012 12:19:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-19-2014 00:03:37 | More by orangesol
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

02-02-2014 17:23:33 | More by drewone
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%

Shared by drabmuh. Whales baby, whales.

The beer is orange with a small, off white head. Some sediment floating around. The aroma offers butterscotch, malt, age. The beer tastes old, but quite good. Really smooth, especially given the high abv. Definitely the best barleywine I have had from Stone. Thanks Matt!

03-30-2012 23:55:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

2/7/2010

48oz consumed on tap at Stone Winter Storm 2010. It appears deep crimson suffused with amber and a thick beige cap.

The nose is a well balanced blend of toffee sweetness and citrus hops, most notably grapefruit. The hop presence is formidable. Alcohol is well hidden and sweetness is present yet restrained. An earthy character is noticeable, as well as caramel and brown sugar.

The flavor is more aggressive than the bottle I tried a few months back, but I imagine this was cold stored so it hasn't been afforded a normal rate of aging. That being said, this somewhat younger and hoppier iteration is quite nice. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and alcohol is unabashed. Hops are pine and grapefruit and they are well balanced against the rich toffee and caramel. This is fantastic stuff. I prefer this tap version to the bottle I tried. Awesome American barleywine.

02-10-2010 07:30:08 | More by HopHead84
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%

Opened tonight with friends, thanks for the opportunity HopasaurusRex and hoppy birthday.
Pours a solid reddish brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mixed with a hint of leather and ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet sugary malts just a hint of earthy hop rolled up in sweet sugary fruits rolled in tobacco and dipped in ethanol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice barleywine, I'm glad I got to try it tonight. Being as old as this is I wonder what it was like fresh.

10-27-2012 04:20:31 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle info. Reviewed from notes. Thanks to biggsbowler for this impressive bottle.

Appearance - Small off-white head. Reddish. Bubbles cling to the beer and glass. Looks good after 6-ish years.

Smell - Nice caramel aroma. A touch oxidized, which I think really improves the nose and flavor of a barleywine. Vanilla. Very nice.

Taste - Again, oxidized caramel with adds to the complexity. Falls a touch flat after that. Vanilla isn't as strong at first. Hop bitterness comes through and it returns to life with some triumphant darker malts giving it a touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied for a barleywine. A little dry and astringent, probably from age. A trade off, I suppose.

Overall - Really nice. I imagine it was better young, if maybe a little less interesting.

07-21-2012 15:39:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-06-2012 16:06:57 | More by AgentZero
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FosterJM

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

1089th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- A very dark orange with a tinge of amber in it. A one finger head that falls to maybe a 1/8" of bubbles in the glass. No stick or cling.

Smell- A bit more like a rich and old DIPA. More pine with some deep resin notes and a good bit of malty thickness to it. Whispy booze and sweet citrus.

Taste- Tastes just like a BW should. Deep rich and lush malts with a balanced citrus flavor of orange and some zest. A bit of a lingering spice quality but not over peppery. Still can taste the booze on it.

Mouth- A good medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual malts and and citrus caramel sweetness.

Drink- A bit lighter than I would have thought. Still retained a good balance and was still a bit rich and creamy and very smooth.

02-06-2012 17:03:16 | More by FosterJM
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle shared courtesy of kumquat (you know who you are!).

Poured a medium copperish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla. Tastes of brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, toasted nuts, caramel, and molasses. Light alcohol finish. Nice...I'm waiting to see that Photo Mike

Notes from 6/27/08

11-07-2008 18:45:56 | More by hopdog
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bomber.

A - Pours a reddish/orange with a fingers-worth or so of off-white head. There's a thin cap and some lacing left along the sides of the glass once this one settled down.

S - Sweet caramel, burnt sugars, slight oak, still a hoppy character in there as well. Very smooth, some burnt sugars. A touch of alcohol but no where near 12.8%.

T - Similar to the nose. Caramel, burnt sugars, slight hops. Very smooth for 12.8% and goes down with ease. The sweetness and hoppy notes work well together. Tasty!

M - Medium to full, syrupy, rich, slightly bitter/sweet finish.

D - An excellent BW. Not quite as rich and smooth as Wooden Hell, but the sweetness and hops are wonderfully combined in this BW. Yum x 1000.

10-10-2010 21:00:58 | More by Sean9689
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StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.