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RATINGS: 1880   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2005.Beautiful Dark amber. Aroma is of sweet malts and alcohol. Definitly a full flavored and rather hoppy barley wine. It has the usual thick sweet malty flavor with the expected Stone hop bite and a very noticable alochol presense. I enjoyed this. Had an expected robust Stone flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2004 Vintage-I dont think Ive given many 10s for flavor before, but this beer hit it for me. Just a nice, well hopped b-wine. I wish I had a few more to age and see how it matures. Next time Ill buy a case. One of the best beers Stone makes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Slightly hazy orange. Orangish ead. Dusty citrus nose - malt, chocolate toffee, alcohol. Even at a year old the alcohol is a bit overbearing. Behind that lays topffee, citrus, tobacco, fruit. Long lasting bitter orange rind finish. Probably shouls have sat for a year longer.. but waiting sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Poured an orange color with a thin off white head. Malty aroma. Sweet and fruity with apples and peaches. Malty sweet, caramel, hints of peach, hop bitterness. Medium bodied, almost syrupy, with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
On tap at the Extreme Beer Fest. Very similar to other Stone Brews, hoppy and citrus/ apricot aroma. Medium-heavy body, caramel, mostly sweet. Solid but not particularly outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Bottle (2005) pours a clear vibrant deep orangish amber, mediocre off-white foamy head, very light carbonation, with clingy lacing. Heavy malts, biscuity, citrusy, with a hoppy background on the nose. Taste is fairly sweet, thick, coats the mouth well... tiz a bit cloying tho until it warms. Comes across as a bit green. Age will do this one well I bet. Body and mouthfeel are indeed full, and thick. Finishes with a cloying sweetness that I hope subsides with time. Lingering hop bitterness, malty, with a burnt caramel like sweetness. Id liike to try this in a few years from now. Not bad, but definitely young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Orange pour with little head. Lots of malt, hops, and fruity aromas. Excellent balance. Slightly woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark caramel aroma leads to a fruity, hoppy wonder on the palate. Bitter finish. Id like to try this again in a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a dark amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and light hops. Tastes of fruits, malts and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Slightly chilled. Very large off white head that goes to a medium sized head as it sits. Body isi a light amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is deep caramel and toffee. It also has some rich buttery notes. I am having trouble describing the rich and delicious the sweet aroma. The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected. Notes of soap, pine and some caramel. Also some hints of toast and peanuts. This is subtle and not fruity, but actually fairly dry. A very nice barleywine. I wonder how this beauty would age.

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