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RATINGS: 1945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 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, Iím sure.

   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 iíve been having with harmfuldrunk. i couldnít wait to get this tasting overwith. however. this beer rocked. sweet not cloying hoppy but not to herby basically just right.

   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 wouldíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
VINTAGE 2000-QUATRO.nice head. orange peach body and yellow top below the head. looks like a doll. i dont give out many 5ís for appearance, but im generous as fuck tongiht you feel me, vato? cant smell this yet. im gonna do some snuff to clear my shit up. yo, da flavour is ill. word is life. buttery feel in the mouth. carbonation at first crack of da bottle. im feelin a bit yukmouth right now. i taste peaches, juice, mango, and some ill ass dark deep down brotha lynch baby killer type oí shit. son, life is real in the streetz. this snuff is about to ensue: snuff didnt help one bit. i couldnít even snort it b/c im so clogged here. im sniffing hard thought, and i have some faint orange peel, alcohol and lemon. in that order.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Hazy mohogany color with a thin fully diminishing white head. Caramel and dark malt aroma. Very sweet caramel flavor with some molassas undertones

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Rating #300, 2006 vintage -- Canít believe that I actually got here... anyways, onto the beer. Beautiful mahogany body with a light tan head which dissipates quickly. Great malts, mollasses, hops are combined with some fruits to make a very complex aroma. Nice hop accents in the body, maple syrup and fruits. Clean ending, aging will do this beer well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Wow, lots of head for a barley wine. My first Stone, and its good, but not as good as I expected. Crisp taste, fruity with a strong sugary backbone, the 11.26% ABV makes itself known as well. This is a big beer, but I feel like it wants to be bigger. Almost like a weaker version of the DFH Olde School. Donít get me wrong though, itís still fantastic. Not a bad barley wine by a long shot, just not the very best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours rather clear with a rather substantial head for a barleywine. Red-brown with a creamy head and not many visible bubbles. The aroma is very "Stone" with big alcohol, big malt, and big hops. A bubble gum fruitiness sort of idealized barelywine smell, supercharged. Despite the clarity, this brew has some substance to it. Almost syrupy thickness in the mouth, with very little CO2 and a touch of alcohol burn. The flavor is everything I expect from a good barelywine and then some. A sweet creamy malty backbone with subtle fruit, alcohol (of course), and then the hops. Maybe molasses, and then something just a litte bit almost oaky, though it might be the strength of this beast making it bear a resemblence to bourbon. Thereís something mildly lactic about this too, though it might just be the way it is coating my mouth. This one reminds me a lot of the 2005 Bigfoot, which I also really enjoyed for many of the same reasons. The big difference is the lingering hoppy bitterness here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2006 bottle. Clear copper/red beer, small white head. Hoppy, malty aroma and a bit fruity (banana, raisins). Palate is great, very little carbonation and smooth. Flavour is very sweet/sugary, caramel, bitter. Hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Surprisingly light colored for a barley wine, but still had the same flavor you would expect. A nice brew but not super amazing.

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