StoneWall Ale | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of materdaddy
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Chris for sharing this with us!
(A)- Pours an amber colored caramel color. Minimal froth, which dissipated quickly
(S)- Rich and caramel forward with subtle toasted nuts and toffee. Oxidation is pretty minimal
(T)- Similar to the smell. Some light leather and oxidation but in front of that is some nicely sweet caramel and toffee amidst some mild nutty/toasty malts.
(M)- Smooth carbonation level and balance. Age has been kind and really smoothed this out
(O)- Never would have thought I would be able to try this one. SO thankful the hops dissipated out of this and left it with the wonderfully smooth malts

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Photo of Poupae
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes I took awhile ago. Lost the book these handwritten notes were in and recently found them. Bomber poured into a snifter, the brew appears copper to mahogany in color with perfect clarity. Some ruby highlights when held to the light with a yellowish coloration through the edges. A finger of yellowish tan froth rests atop and fades to a thin film. Spotty lace remains on the glass.

The aroma includes toffee with oxidized notes of cardboard, herbal hops blending to alcohol. Some toasty to biscuit-like bread character almost buttery in the back. Dark fruits like raison and molasses are the last scents noted as it breaths.

The taste has quite a bit of solvent alcohol, toasty grain and plenty of resinous herbal hops. Some fruity alcohol indication accents the harshness of the bitterness. The fruited inclusion is bitter reminescent of unripe currant or cranberries with a grassiness also present. Somewhat oxidized as it warms up with toffee and more fruity alcohol into the finish. Very mild buttery note in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonation. Still quite a boozy offering despite the age. For an american barleywine, this is kinda in a strange place age-wise. It has some oxidation indicadive of the age but still very boozy and hoppy/bitter. Great to say I had a chance to try it but im really curious how this was fresher and what it would be like with even more age.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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Photo of jvillefan
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A murky hazy ruby tinged brown body with a half finger white head that becomes a halo of lace after about five minutes.

S: It has deep caramel and toffee aromas. There is surprisingly not alcohol bite in the nose.

T: Incredibly rich and not overly complex. It starts with a rich caramel flavor then transitions to a deep toffee. There are earthy and almost bourbon flavors present throughout.

M: Nice heavy silk body with perfect carbonation.

O: Amazing Barleywine. Well worth actively seeking out.

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.33 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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