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StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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StoneWall AleStoneWall Ale

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

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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Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I held onto this beer for a special occasion and shared with several friends. The beer was monumental just like the birthday.

The color was a rich mahogany with a quickly disappearing head. Not quite opaque.

The flavor travelled south into the tobacco roads of North Carolina. Complex layers of caramel, toffee, and leathery vanillin combined into a lush smooth finish. It evoked whiskey barrel aging without the bourbony burn.

A rare treat. Cheers to my friend Mitch for hooking me up with this!

HopasaurusRex, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of RyanSchwam
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

RyanSchwam, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of CGMLS3
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

CGMLS3, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +3%

hanlonrn, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of trancesk8er
5/5  rDev +14.4%

trancesk8er, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of BraatenBrew
4.5/5  rDev +3%

BraatenBrew, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Huhzubendah, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of podunkparte
4/5  rDev -8.5%

podunkparte, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

barleywinefiend, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
5/5  rDev +14.4%

FunkyMacGroovin, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Stone Brewery from Winter Storm

Appearance: Pours a bit murky/reddish with a fingers-worth of off-white head. There's a thin cap and some lacing left along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and citrus. A little bit of hop aroma left.

Taste: 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 and also some vanilla in the background.

Mouthfeel: A good medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Overall: Extremely enjoyable. I would never know this one was 12.8% ABV. This one warmed up and drank so easily. I jump at the chance to get some of this one every time Stone puts it on tap.

SoCalStout, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ehammond1, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +14.4%

tbeq00, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MrHirschybar, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +14.4%

imperialking, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

FosterJM, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of SageO
4.5/5  rDev +3%

SageO, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +3%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Lukafer
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Lukafer, Dec 02, 2011
StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.