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RATINGS: 1943   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release, 22oz. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger light yellow head. Aroma of brown sugar, ETOH, light smoke, grain malts--though not the crappy pale lager type--some resiny and earthy hops. Some caramel malt and dark fruity notes, light tinge of leather noticeable. Most apparent flavors are the grains, fruits, and then caramel malts. Hops show up in the finish--resiny with moderate bitterness. Chewy. Full bodied, moderate smooth carbonation, alcohol well covered til the finish--isn’t necessarily bad, just is. I don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this, but nothing really stands out as fantastic to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1713) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Pours a golden orange with a pale yellow/brown head. Licorice aroma. Sweet malt flavor along with toffee and fruitiness. Very good stuff. The 11.26% ABV goes virtually unnoticed in the taste, but presents itself in the post-swallow warmth.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22896) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
Bottled. Clear amber. Caramelly nose. Full bodied. Dominated by it’s powerful rich malt. Butterscotch mixes with sugar and grapefruity hops. Very bitter finish. Packed with flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13735) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Early 2006 release. Sweet hoppy aroma. Bright orangey color, with bubbles but little head. Starts sweet, continues sweet, then some malty character comes along, and suddenly the hop that was always there actually arrives. Might need some maturity. Too late for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
2006 vintage. poured a much lighter color than i was expecting. aroma of hops and slight alcohol. first impression was not very good. very thick, resiny with too much sweetness. sweetness overpowered the hops. still hoppy, but i was expecting the keystone light face. nice hoppy aftertaste, but the sweetness was a little much.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2006
[Bottled, thanks to Kramer] Dark amber-orange colour, small white head. Heavy almondy nose, along with hops. Oily body, rich hoppy with lots of alcohol. Sugary, toffee-butterscotch notes. Very very concentrated flavour loaded with caramel, alcohol and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark orange colour, small white head. Aroma is alcohol, malts and strawish hops. Also has some caramel and sugar in it. Flavour is quite the same but is even sweeter than the aroma, and has some rye and burnt notes in it also.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15708) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber color, small white head. Rye malty, alcoholic aroma. Malty, ryeish, alcoholic - American hops are there. Boring, yet another strong American beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2006
2006. Suprisingly sweet and pleasant for a stone brew. Nice malty taste. Pretty hoppy, but not as outspoken as some of stone’s beers. The balance in this one is a rarity for stone. Solid effort.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle. 2006 Vintage. Very malty smelling. A very smooth taste of sweet malt. Slightly hoppy but very well balanced. Taste of alcohol is minimal.


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