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RATINGS: 1897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottled. This pours a deep copper color with a small amount of fizzy head. The aroma is sweet with a slight malt/hop mix that smells REALLY good. I only wish the taste matched. This is the same old over-hopped bitter beer from Stone with a sharp alcoholic bite to it. For some reason, it reminds me of sake, only bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 22 oz. bottle 2006 release - Pours a deep copper color with a one finger thick off white head which faded quickly. Light fruity aroma. Flavor is also a little estery. Light alcohol warming. Initial bitterness is strong but fades quickly. Medium body. Good beer. Have to try it again after my other bottle has aged a year.
Re-Rate (1/07) This beer has mellowed nicely. More toasty malt is noticeable. Very smooth on the palate. Has lost some of its hop and bitterness punch. Time has treated this bad boy well. (numbers are adjusted to the year old bottles tasting)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1488) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium off white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet and spicy candy-like caramel with some hoppiness and a bit of watery DMS. Itís kind of metallic and phenolic as well.

The flavor is spicy caramel and a strong watery alcohol with a sharp and spicy bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Overall, not so great. Itís too alcoholic and not very complex. I wonder if this bottle might be a little bad (especially from the smell). Iíve had it once before and remember not being impressed though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 After a long day at work I needed something to just finish the job fast... this was it. Orange body with a small head. Unique fruity aroma that cannot get away from the stone house character. Moderate hopping but overall this was syrupy sweet. Not bad, but itís stone so itís not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottled 06. Poured dark amber with a tan head. Aroma was big malt, carmel, and some spices. Flavor was lush malts, bread, carmel, and hops. Good malt body with plesant hops. This beer let me down. It was good, but I was hoping for some spectacular.

   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. Whereíd 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2596) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (807) - 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 Iíd 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!!

   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 iíve 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 thatís almost as intesne as drinking it. Goes straight-->ToTheHead. yum, delicious. there area also bubbles that sink, similar to Guinnessís. This beer is good at any temp, but i like mine warm.

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