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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Initially the aroma is dominated by the alcohol. After getting past the alcohol, the toasted malt starts to come through and caramelized raisin comes to the forefront. A slight hint of banana (probably due to the high alcohol content) is present initiall, but dissipates quickly. Poured a very clear deep amber with airy off-white head that deflates quickly. The sweetness of the malt takes the forefront early followed by a slowly building bitterness from the hops. Predominant raisin flavor with a slight bit of earthiness and some astingency from the high alcohol content. The sweetness of the malt combined with a bit of a warming effect from the alcohol remind me of drinking a brandy or cognac. Overall, not bad, but perhaps a little to "big" of a beer compared to the slighlty less bitter English style barley wines. Definitely in line with what you would expect from Stone and other west coast breweries.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
From Bistro BA Fest 2009. Light amber with a loose white head. ARoma is red wine, malty, lightly hoppy, alcohol. Taste is hoppy, tannins, malty, light oak, alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
It is a white, wispy head; dark honey in color, alcohol, pine and citrus with a biscuity, light woody maltiness underneath.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 2/18/2012 Updated rating. Looks like I wasnít into the 2012 as much. Deuce-deuce from Crest Liquor into pint glass. This thing pours like something straight outta Instagram...tones of reddish copper and molasses with a velvety off-white head. Aroma pleases my nostrils but ultimately isnít anything to write home about, Fisher Price, my first barley wine. Expectations ran a bit high I think, probably because I got caught up in the whole LIMITED 2012 RELEASE hysteria...itís undeniable. Anyhoo, I found myself just trying to get through this brew and get on to the next one, although itís not UN-delicious. Stone comes with the hops (shocker) but not in an over-the-top kinda way (actual not-sarcastic shocker) and lets the malt and straight up booze take center stage. Fine by me, lets get weird. I see where they were trying to go with the piney-ness, but I think it was better off in the old English style of yesteryear. Averyís Hog Heaven is better than this, but yíknow what Old Guardian...Iím an easy critic. I aint mad atcha. 4/4/2010 Trappist glass pint at The Tap Room in PB. Nose is very sweet, can tell this is going to be a heavy one with some malt backbone. Appearance is a deep, dark red with a slight cappuccino colored head, leaving behind plenty of lacing...gorgeous. Palate is classic Stone hops overload but it balances well with all the rich, malty, syrupy sweetness and nuttyness. Overall, its a little sweet, but doable. Rocks the 11.2% ABV very well. Iíll be drinking this one again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2010
This is a powerful yet refined beer. It pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin white head and good lacing. The aroma has fruit and bourbon. The flavor is assertive, with strong notes of fruit, caramel, malt, some bitter hops, spice and earthy tones. The high alcohol is almost unnoticeable until the thick and warming finish. An excellent beer for any occassion.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Tap at the Graduate in Davis, CA. Pours amber with an off-white smear. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Aromas of toasted malt and citrus/pine. Flavor is sweet malt with cirtus hop. There is an oaky astringency that pops up in the finish. But itís barley wine sweet overall. Nice drink.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle into stem glass. Pours a foggy amber color with a puffy white head. Aroma is fantastic; bourbon, vanilla, wood, and dried fruit. The taste is similar with primary bourbon, hop, and dried fruit notes and secondary caramel flavors. Palate is full and thick, allowing the primary tastes to linger. It gave me a nice, toasty feeling. Truly a wonderful beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Braden. Pours honey amber with a moderate white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, hops, vanilla, grapes, and hints of banana. Medium to heavy body. Smooth mouth feel, with a warm, creamy finish. Excellent barley wine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Wow! This one packs a punch. Strong but very tasty Barley Wine Style. Stone never disapoints.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Aroma is primarily bourbon. Lots of bourbon in the taste. Is this think aged in bourbon barrels? Despite the huge bourbon itís very well blended and pretty decent overall.


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