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RATINGS: 1936   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Bottle 2006. Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades. Aroma is loads of sweet caramels, cookie dough and toffee, tons of pine and a heathy dose of alcohol. The flavor is very sweet and very bitter, lots of piney hops and caramel. Very warm and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is big and chewy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11674) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
22-oz bottle, Early Spring 2006 release. Pours clean copper and ruby with virtually no head. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie), orange citrus and pine hops and an alcohol nose. Moderately sweet sugary malt, moderately bitter hops and medium acidity, piney and lingering hops. Medium bodied and warm, clean palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
I enjoyed this beer to the fullest. Full flavor, alc. content and finishe. A great beer that certainly packed a punch. I wish I could get this one more often.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus with a touch of spice and alcohol. Flavour is full of malt and darker fruits with a sweetness to it. Finishes with the citrus and hops coming in for the finale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2006
22oz bottle. Clear and ruby hue. Minimal white head. Sweet cinnamon nose. Syrupy. Full and lively. Smokey and dry with a slight alcohol nose. Flavors or notes of port, chocolate/cocoa, caramel, spices, piney hops and prunes. Sticky sweet with a cola like flavor and palate. Malt notes are sweet and pruny. Hops develope a citrus note to the finish. Fantastic! Prime example of a Barley Wine. Caramel sticky sweet with a ton of fruity notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
bomber picked up at the Liquor Stop in Indiana. color is an orangey amber. aroma of caramel candy and some spiced fruit. flavors are a nice blend of the aforementioned aromas with some alcohol thrown in. a better than average BW but nothing spectacular.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2006
impressive beer. I expected a barley wine heavy in hops and bitterness, considering everything else that I have tried from Stone, but it had a suprisingly even finish. Great fruity/toffee aroma, with a caramel/toffee like flavor. Nice beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1594) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release. Maple syrup color and aroma, also smells of brown sugar, caramel malt, some hopcit and alcohol vapors. Flavor profile is not too aggressive, though the alcohol is apparent. Sweet malts, vanilla, dark fruit (plum, berry, fig). Long palate is a bit watery toward the end. Overall, a good, solid, not-so-woody barleywine, and lots of it in the 22 oz bombers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottled, 2006 vintage. Poured copper with a tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of lacing to the sides of the glass. The aroma was fruity, with hints of raisin and vanilla, and the flavor was dominated by fruit notes as well. A nice, viscous mouthfeel, and an alcohol finish with a hint of hops bitterness made for a nice after-dinner beer.

2.5
   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.


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