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RATINGS: 1844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
22oz bottle, 2006 edition. Poured crystal clear deep copper into a tulip with a moderately lasting 1-finger beige foamy head. Body is mostly still. Looks absolutely beautiful. Fantastic nose with alcohol and dark fruits (mostly raisin & prune), big sweet malts. First taste is kick-in-the-face hops and alcohol. Hop character is somewhat indistinct, very bitter. The bitterness seems well controlled at first but becomes less so as I keep drinking. Malt is strongly present but very mellow, a little bit sweet. The finish starts out with brief sweetness and then becomes quite bitter lasting quite a while. The body is massive, befitting a barleywine, not quite syrupy, great mouthfeel on the whole with a little nose-tingling alcohol sensation as well. Iím impressed, but this could use some time in the cellar to sort out the hop profile.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2006
This is a limited early 2006 release. Medium brown head goes quickly. Dark fruit, figgy caramel. Slight warmth from alchohol blended well but grows at the tail end of the palate. Same goes with the hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
What a lovely beer this is. If you can find yourself lucky enough to buy a bottle of this nectar then donít pass it up. Hops in the nose along with some vanilla and malty sweetness. Flavor is what really sparks the interest in this beer as itís fairly complex with hops, some tart fruit like cherries or a young orange, some toffee and dark fruits. This should be enjoyed all night long with someone you will enjoy it as much as you do. Outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
Had a bottle of the early limited 2006 release. The aroma is of fruit. Pours a reddish golden. The flavor is fruity and very hoppy with a slight cloying finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Bottled, 2006 release. Superb appearance. Beautiful orange-red with elegant, slow rising carbonation, and a good sized and lasting white head. The beer is hoppy, itís fruity, ya know, itís the barley wine I would expect Stone to brew. Which is a good thing. Tastes kinda like an amped up Arrogant Bastard to be honest, thicker and slightly syrupy. It does have a little alcohol heat to it, but nothing you wouldnít expect from a beer of this ABV. Itís not too hot. Itís pretty damn good all told.

2004 drank Jan 2007. Malts are really taking over. It has that BW taste to it... Strong, old malts, a little rustic, cellar like. Itís not all that sweet. Flavor is similar to Third Coast, with less sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel, also less fruity. Very good at 3 years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2006
drank this baby on my 21st birthday, yesterday. had no idea that it was 11.26% and blacked out a quick bit. pesky little guy snuck up on me. When I got to the last portion of the beer it tasted like I was drinking some str8 liquor or somethin. color was a magnifigant red. good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Holy crap this kicked my ass. 22oz bottle, copper pour with a nice long lasting head. Iím gonna buy a case of this stuff and cellar it for a while.......a long while. A great brew..oh yeah marked earyl 2006, 11.26 %

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 22 oz bottle marked early 2006. Poured reddish copper wtih a medium but long lasting head A powerful fruity aroma of vanilla, maple, an maybe grapes greets you. Tons of flavor. Does not taste like it is 11.26 % alcohol. Which is a danger, because you could drink a lot of this...it is that good. If fact this is so wonderful I am going go back to my local COOP where I purchased this and lay in a supply. Like a fine wine you discover, you want to have this on hand to impress friends on just how good a brewed drink can get. Update 1/31/07. : I bought a bunch back in March and put them in my wine cellar. No one has ever told me how to store beer, so I kept the bottles upright amd at 55 degrees just as it says on the bottle... I decided to do a comparison of the aged bottles and a brand new bottle dated Early 2007 puchased today. I could barelly tell them apart though the aged one was slightly smoother. As I had already given this a five for palate it did not change the overall score. . Aging might be a good idea but it appeared nine months did not make that much difference. I have a few more bottles left, and will check back in another nine months and see if I can tell if 18 monthis improves it any more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2006 vintage in 22oz bottle. brassy color with minimal whitish head. aroma gives samples of banana, caramel/toffee, nuts and hops. suprisingly syrupy and pushing towards sweet. hop bitterness is present, but not as strong as iíd have first expected... esp. in a beer from Stone. the 11.26% abv is well hidden in this beer w/ the exception of the syrupiness. yet another first rate brew from Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Had a 2010 in the basement over a year, Incredible big flowery. Yes a light grainy-ness like bread dough in mid ground but upfront pineapple. bourbon, lemon peel, caramel. so silky in the mouth. khaki head on lear amber with a pinkish tinge. Yes the bitterís out front, trailing orange, pine,, very little sweetness but not over-the-edge bitter, & alcohol. Bitter finish with sticky lips and alcohol fumes coming from my mouth


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