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RATINGS: 1794   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Gorgeous hazy peachy appearance, with a slimmish layer of foam on top. Exhilirating nose...yeasty and citric at first, toasty and potent, from the top of it...wide open citric fruit character, not what Iíd expected...serious smell, leaking in the alcoholic content, slowly, tingling with further fruitiness, begging me to finally taste... mmmm...this is a new kind of yumminess, one I donít remember from other versions...citric sweetness, a delicious oxymoron, is chief among the flavor contributions..peach and apricot, mix with honey and spice, while the booze facts stands tall above it all, as well. Very happy, humming, brilliant brew, this is...lands gladly on the palate, too, though it makes no considerable impact. Sits there comfortably, imparting juicy, jubilant flavor ...very interesting, and not what I expected, less like a typical American barleywine, and more like some English old ales, or even like certain Belgian brews, certainly in an exclusive class...this is a tangy thing, a powerfully flavored ale, confident and kind,it delivers itís goodness, assured in itís mission, it drops this delicacy and moves on, like all good soldiers should...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Amber/otrange color, with a faoirly large head. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit, and bread dough. Taste is sweet and fruity at first, then turns sharp and bitter. Aging a while should help this one. Thanks to Sick_boy282 for including this as an extra in our last trade.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours a golden orange color. Aroma is doughy/yeasty, with creamy malts and a little alcohol. Flavor is similar, sharp alcohol flavor, mixed with enormous malts. Palate is smooth. A bit too much alcohol in the flavor.Thanks to HerftyDrF for this one!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Golden bronze, thin head. Chewy, resiny aroma with oatmeal cookie dough. Deep resiny hop palate with that tongue-scraping bitterness that extends past the taste threshold. Rich malts in the finish with alcoholic warmth. Iíve had too many beers like this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Nov. 2004 bottle. Orange red coloured beer with a thin off-white head. Big cookie dough and biscuit malt aroma. Spicy and pine/resiny hops in the nose. There is good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops though. Flavour is malt dominant, cookie dough and bright hops. Alcohol is really apparent in this one. Fairly bitter finish. I could do without the rambling diatribe on the back of the bottle though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
I found this one very similar to the OG 2003. Turbid coppery with big white head and aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and scotch. Typical barleywine taste sensations, but as usual, kicked up a notch. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9939) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy orange lae with a creamy white ale. Sweet vinous aroma with a bit of horseblanket. Nice candied sugar with licorice notes. Alcohol warmth marries well with the sweet hop juice. Rich bodied. Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Wonderful. Cannot believe this beer is not opaque for all the malt they must use to obtain double-digit alcohol content. Dark orange-brown with a tight head, this brew smells of pine oil, limey esters, slight banana, and malt. Rich, very hoppy with a rather noticable amount of alcohol, this is a strong ale drinkerís barleywine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
22oz bottle with the standard stone look and gargoyle to ward off all the impurities. Pours a thick and hazy darker orange color with a good sized off white head that almost flowed out of the glass. The head retention was surprisingly good as it stayed about half an inch high through the consumption of this beer and left a nice lacing that slowly fades as you drink it. The nose had sweet malts mingling with citrus hops to form a well-balanced and appetizing aroma. A touch of alcohol comes out as it warms as well. Malty sweetness starts the taste off before the hops takeover to give it a kick. The finish is dry, with a slight hint of warming alcohol and a nice bitterness as well. Very thick mouthfeel that is rich warming and lasting. For a high alcohol beer this is very drinkable remind me of old horizontal how easy it goes down. Excellent stuff defiantly recommended, another top notch brew from stone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Clear amber color with very little head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. Initial big hop presence, followed by a sweet malt, caramel flavor. Alcohol is very noticeable. Very good now, should be excellent in a couple of years.


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