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RATINGS: 1927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though itís clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic. After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle courtesy oh hippie4beer. Thanks Seth. Honey, alcohol, oak flavor w/ a bitter hop finish. Good, but not excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours orange apricot gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and mango. Flavor is pretty complex and sticky: mango, caramel, wheat, apricot. Has a bitter kick, partially alcohol, partially hops? Wow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Made a good appearance, poured a reddish orange hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, very minimal amount of sticking, good barley wine catbonation. Had a nose of caramel and toffee, herbal, pine resins and orange zesty with whiffs of alcohol, not in your face alcohol, but tamed and subdued. A crisp, hop slick, chewy and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good sipping barley wine drinkability. Delicious tasting, caramel, toffee and bready malts, orange juicy with a little citric rind, herbal and pine resins, a smooth rolling bitterness, a nice, slow alcohol warmth in the palate, for 11.2 ABV, quite tamed, dangerously quaffable, and a sweetish caramel, bready and hop oily and resiny finish with a mixture of spicy alcohol, caramel and toffee lingering in the aftertaste. Iím a fan of IPAís, but this is the best brew Iíve had so far from Stone Brewery, you can call it complex while at the same time simple, as in simply luscious and mouthwatering, just plain marvelous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Poured a nice red color, small head good lacing. Aroma was of fruity hops and some caramel malts there. Flavor was much the same very malty and smooth. Solid beer."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2006
This beer was a monster, as expected, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I found that there was not enough hoppiness to balance all that malt. The beer had a strong sweet flavor from the malts, reminiscent of honey and caramel. But there was barely any fruit presence, which would have made it more interesting. Basically itís just a very malty, almost syrupy beer, with not a whole lot else going on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured an orange to red color with a decent initial head at these ABVs. The aroma was of sherry and light fruits with a caramel attribute. The flavor folowed suit and the hopping was even more noticeable: pine an citrus hops. In the flavor, there was some sort of cherry and dark fruit combination. Mouthfeel thick in body and noticeably carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours a bright transparent orange-red with a light tan head that dissapates to a thick film. The aroma is huge: caramelized sugar, alcohol, rasin and other dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a lot more alcohol coming through than I thought thereíd be. Big caramel malt is also present...apple skin, cherry and bit of lemon zest. Sweet,sticky, and almost syrupy in the front...but the body is light enough and the carbonation is high enough to where itís not overkill. Bitter and warming in the finish..also bitter and lasting at the very end. Say what you will about Stone, but they still havenít dissapointed me. Great barley wine overall: big,malty and almost balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (250) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
A zealous stream of bubbles rises through the perfectly clear pomegranate body to a sparkling biscuit foam. Sweet and malty fragrances emerge reminding of cotton candy, caramel, sugar and honey sheltering a fruity blend of apple and plum. There is something primordially likeable about this aroma, something that satisfies your infantile penchant for the sugar-coated. On the tongue, some generic bitterness appears from the delicate hopping and an odd mixture of cured ham and cherries forms the primary flavor. The texture is smooth but finishes with a pinch of alcohol that burns on its way down. Easy to drink but far from the sensational.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
This had an average head.Aroma almost none.color nice red-brown.This has a distinct taste.Quite different.Lots of flavor.Has a biting malt taste.Sugary.Finishes somewhat bitter.115 alcohol,I will probably get a headache!!This is a manís beer!strong body.I taste the brandy.This beer should seperate the men from the boys.will buy again.


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