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StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.24%


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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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 16:32:38 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 12:19:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:13:23 | More by mdfb79
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.  

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 18:45:56 | More by hopdog
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ehammond1


4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear but very dark ruby with a finger's worth of very light khaki colored head atop. Leaves smears and dots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

Sweet but balanced aroma. There's tons of caramel and toffee notes present, along with some earthy, citrusy, pine notes as well. Complete, rich, and decadent.

The flavor is staggeringly good. The rich caramel and toffee flavors combine with earthy yet piney hops (still!), freshly baked bread, and a bit of a piney sting. There's zero alcohol harshness, which is simply remarkable. Delicious.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A joy to drink.

World-class barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 17:27:24 | More by ehammond1
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nickd717

California

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to largadeer for sharing this rare tick.

Clear deep amber pour with a small off-white head that fades to very nice swirls.

Big caramel and toffee aroma with maple syrup, some candied fruit notes and slight cardboard oxidation.

The flavor is great, fairly sweet but intense and complex. Big sweet candy notes, toffee, caramel, cardboard, and faded hop notes that still lend bitterness.

Medium-bodied and smooth, surprisingly not boozy, with low carbonation.

Surprisingly drinkable - I could definitely have more than the ticker's pour I got, but this is a wale so that ain't happening.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 16:58:39 | More by nickd717
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:00:58 | More by Sean9689
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4oz pour at Stone Bistro poured into a stemmed glass.

A - Pours a coppery amber color with a small tan head. Creamy textured thick collar that leaves behind sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel and toffee up front mixed with brown sugar...a bit nutty. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Smells super smoth.

T - Brown sugar...light molasses. Burnt sugar and lots of caramel. Mid level bitterness to balance things out. Mixed in is some mild orangey citrus.

M - Medium body with a tingly lower level carbonation. Really smooth...sweet but balanced well - the hops still hold up enough.

O - Overall holding up well. Very good...a 4oz pour is just about right - could be dangerous at higher volumes. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one - thought it wasn't possible.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 15:58:00 | More by portia99
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Westsidethreat

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Orange marmalade color with blood orange like streaks. Appears raw and unfiltered. Head is sandy white...sparse across the top with a decent ring around the glass.

S: Toffee, hazelnut and red apple.

T: Begins very seasoned, almost like pumpkin pie spices. Lots of brown sugar, poached apple, toffee and cinnamon. Has some sweet potato flavors with a vegetable roundness to it as well as a substantial amount of toasted barley. This is like an imperial oktoberfest with dashes of vanilla and butterscotch. Some serious alcohol esters going on here, but I don't get the impression they are trying to hide it. And its really friggin' bitter...its bitter like peppers are spicy. Finishes with hints of banana, caramel, oatmeal and nutmeg.

M: Full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D: This beer is WAY too hot. Needs at least two more years for the alcohol to chill and the flavors to meld.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 02:38:55 | More by Westsidethreat
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the StoneWall release party. I doubt I will ever see any more of this, with the exception of the bottle I have, so I was very happy to have got the chance to try this one.

This beer pours an orage brown color. It sported a thick light brown head that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a plesent sweet malty caramel aroma. This beer has a slightly spicy cinimon like aroma. Also, some citrus hops are present. The alcohol content is slightly noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes very syrupy sweet. A strong caramle flavor is present. It has a citrusy hop flavor, mixed in with a sublte spicy flavor. I was slightly surprised how mild the hop profile was.

This full bodied beer leaves a very syrupy sweet aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down. This beer is highly carbonated, but not so much that it matters.

I dont think that even if this beer was available it would make a good session beer. The alcohol content is high. That would make drinking too many a problem. Also, the flavor is quite aggressive, and a little too sweet. I am very happy to have had this probably once in a life time experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 01:10:20 | More by OStrungT
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rallison

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Winter Storm.

Dark brown/orange with not too much of a head. Very rich flavor. Brandy-ish, with some dark fruits, toffee flavors and brown sugar. Lots of good flavors swirling around. Alcohol is definitely present at this point. Mouthfeel is very full and rich. Drinkability is not very high yet. Alcohol needs to mellow and the flavors need to come together a little more. However, this should make for one fine ale in a couple years time (for the few who have bottles they can age). As of right now, a thoroughly enjoyable, but somewhat hot, after dinner drink.

Recommended, especially in a couple years time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 03:28:32 | More by rallison
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazed but mostly clear dark copper with a thin head and good lacing. Nose is nicely aged caramel malt, brown sugar, a mellow kiss of dried dates. Thick, heavy body in the mouth. Gobs of aged malt, caramel, a thick smattering of brown sugar and toasted bread crust. Moderate oxidation and a pleasantly bitter hop finish. Carbonation is pleasant and the feel is very nice. I am enjoying this one quite a bit, though it's certainly a year or more past its peak I would think. The oxidation is significant, though not too distracting, and there's a lot of nice malt character left here.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 22:42:23 | More by JAXSON
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking this as we speak at Stone Winter Storm at 9am. What an awesome brew.

Such a nice light tan head with amazing sticky lace. A somewhat darker barleywine but not super. Just carmelized look.

Smells of sweet sugar, caramel, honey, citrus. A little bit of hop aroma left.

Taste is awesome. Sweet but not too sweet. More like a sugary sweet. There are caramel, honey, malty goodness flavors going on. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that is not too strong. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is perfect. A light carb that is perfect for this beer. And it is suprisingly thinner than I expected. Which is good.

Overall I am very glad I got to try this beer. I'm gunna ge one more then on to others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 16:58:43 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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vacax

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a delicate burnt orange color, brilliant clarity, small head but good retention. Aromas of orange, apple butter, honey, maple, and prickly bitterness. The taste has a citrus sweetness to it next to some alcoholic heat, and the finish has more of these plus a nice cookielike malt element. This one is simple yet so elegant right now, really really good. Moderate to full bodied, viscous with smooth low-moderate carbonation. This is drinking beautifully, the flavors are sharp and distinctive instead of being a huge malt or hop bomb. This would be a nice one to revisit periodically, if it were at all possible.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 00:32:54 | More by vacax
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StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.