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RATINGS: 1940   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.


4.1
   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.

4
   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.

4.2
   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.

4
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Update 4.3.07 Bottle shared with Adamskillin. Much better than before. Yum 2.22.06 Tap at Andyís for Stone Promo night. Strong, powerful, vinuous, slippery, caramelizations, smoky. Thatís all you need to know

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
You sure do know there is alcohol in this, but it really does not offend in the slightest. Malty, smokey and sweet to a point.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2006
[2006 bottle] Clear red/orance color. Aroma is floral hops and some malty background. Flavors are huge hops, caramel sweetness, some earthy/light smoky tones as well. This is a very complex barleywine, and the alcohol is very well hidden among these flavors. I need to try this one after it has mellowed out a little.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle. 2006. Pours a light amber/orange color with a quick fading white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with a mixture of alcohol. There are notes of prunes, syrup, and light bready aromas. Flavor is very malty and sweet, alcohol is pretty well hidden here. Finish is lasting and smokey. There are notes of carmelized sugars, caramel, and a slight vineous flavor. slightly bittering. Mouthfeel is huge and chewey. This beer was to celebrate my first teaching job!! I would like to see this one smooth out in a few years.


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