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RATINGS: 1882   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release Poured a deep cloudy amber/red with orangish hues in the light. Where’d the head go? It was the most minimal and left me quickly but was a light cream, the little layer that was there. Smells like the Holidays. Delicious to the nose. Not overly yeasty or anything, its pleasant. Some great spices. A distinct alcoholic bite up front with beginning bitterness, but this was quite complex as it changed quickly in my mouth to a smooth texture with various fruits. I like this bad boy and its definately got the punch with 11 and change percent alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2573) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
Wonderful spicy aromas along with some brandy/wine alcoholic smells and a bit of grain and appley fruit. Color is a deep copper with a pretty lasting frothy head. Flavor is big. Has the brandy-like quality of good barley wines, along with the syrupy mouthfeel, nice sweetness and a warmth from the alcohol. Really nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2006
very nice barley wine picked it up at ks liquors for 4.22 a bottle very drinkable for being 11.26ABV Hops are very strong tastes like india pale ale with chocolate,caramel and some fruit notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (794) - Albany, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
Wonderful barley wine! Picked this one up at Bevmo because it was one of a few left sitting on the floor. Frothy head that lasted quite some time. Longer than I’d expect from a Barleywine. Good balance of malt and hops. Very sweet compared to some barleyines I have had. Very drinkable though it might be even better if it mellows for some time. Definitely worth buying again!!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 one of the best looking bottels i’ve ever run across. Smells of dough & fine wine. Pours a beautiful dark crystal amber like fresh maple syrup w/ a medium lasting caramel head. Tastes of brandy, grapefruit, & a sprits of orange. Goes down smooth w/ a medium texture. Has a lingering aftertaste that’s almost as intesne as drinking it. Goes straight-->ToTheHead. yum, delicious. there area also bubbles that sink, similar to Guinness’s. This beer is good at any temp, but i like mine warm.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 30, 2006
2006. Really this makes me think of a thick double IPA mixed w/a barlyewine. Nice and hoppy and not that sweet. Certainly a quality beer, but what else would one expect from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2970) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2006
bottle. Red, slowly fading white head. Fruity aroma of faint apples layered with pungent bitterness, some burned caramel and dry leafy notes. This is robust on the palate: earthy, thick caramel, burning leaves, pear peels. The alcohol is certainly there but mixes well with the acidic notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
2006. Clear amber. Surprisingly large, dense, off white head. Looks dangerous. Nose of cotton candy, caramel, poisonously pungent piney resinous hops, rich malt, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol. Same flavor, loads of hops nearly balance the sweetness. Complex. Alcohol is more pronounced accenting the flavor and body nicely. Full, smooth palate. Excellent, even better with a few years, I’m sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
on tap. after the winter barley wine wars i’ve been having with harmfuldrunk. i couldn’t wait to get this tasting overwith. however. this beer rocked. sweet not cloying hoppy but not to herby basically just right.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
2006 bottled version. Pours a nice copper color with a thick, fluffy off white head. The head eventually dissipates. Aroma seems a little weaker than what I remember from last year. Bread, dough, malts and the hops are hiding in the back. Taste is dominated by malt. More bread, caramel, some molasses, then some alcohol and hops. Not as heavy on the hops as I would’ve predicted, but as I predicted the alcohol is more in front as it warms. Very well balanced, barleywine. Heavy bodied, but this is a very drinkable brew.


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