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RATINGS: 1882   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Rich amber colouring with minimal head. Aroma is of grapefruit. Palate is smooth with minimal bitterness. Taste is of malt and grapefruit with a definite taste of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A little harsh and unbalanced, seems a bit young. Will have to retry with some years behind it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Winter 04. Burnt orange color with minimal off white head. Enticing sweet caramel aroma. Complex sweet malt flavor, vanilla, caramel and a little grapefruit bite. Burning, vodka like, alcohol with a hoppy, pine finish. Big, thick and syrupy. An array of flavors. Beautiful brew. Definitely worth aging. Winter 08 release. Orange, amber hue with a decent two finger off-white head. Receded quickly to thin topper with sticky lacing. Sweet creme brulee nose, brown sugar and vanilla but faint. Piney up front but not as much as expected from a young brew. Sweet and sticky, caramel, brown sugar and pancake syrup. Medium density with a short alcohol burn and mildly bitter finish. I have waited 4 years to get my hands on some of this. I was very disappointed. Aroma and flavor are not as pronounced as I remember or what I was expecting. I don’t know if aging would help this at all. Definitely not what I was expecting from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Winter 04 release. Orange/copper, tiny white head. Big grapefruit and plum aroma. Nicley bitter grapefruit flavor up front, with notes of smoke and pine. finally a resiny, thick finish. Big aftertaste. As good as it now, I wonder how some age will treat it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 22oz bottle-sampled with keith-pours dark orange hue with minimal white head-sweet, sugary malts and some piney hops in the aroma-nice sweet, toasty malts and piney hops-this has great aging potential. A little hot on the finish. This will only get better! 2005 bottle-this beer is fantastic! I think the 11.2 is covered well with the malt. I didn’t detect much alcohol at all in this one for such a big beer. Another winner from Stone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Orange/copper tint with a minimal head and good lacing. Sweet in the front, party in the back. Malty, with lots of caramel/butterscotch qualities, and a stronger hop presence on the end. Slightly spicy. More subtle than the old recipe, and better balanced. But not as complex or interesting. More drinkable. I prefer the older recipe but this is really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Amber red with a thick and creamy head with big lacing. Caramel and spice in the nose. Malt and alcohol. Some brown sugar. Very spicy flavors of caramel and figs. Some brown sugar. Alcohol. bittering hops. Tangy and spicy palate with a bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Deep dark copper, sticky white head. A very nice nose of dried citrus fruit, pine sap, rich buttery caramel and toffee, a smidge of pepper, and a hint of alcohol. For a Stone change of pace, the malt wins out by a hair over the sweet citric hops notes. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, dry, bitter-sweet, candied fruit finish. No complaints from me. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Beautiful old brass door knob color. A big thick head and thick sheets of lace stick to the sides of the glass like cobwebs. In the nose, huge, rich caramel malts, slight grapefruit rind hop notes, distant baked apples and oak-barrelled alcohol. Bursts of flavor on the tongue and even the sides of my mouth and all the way down. Big doughy, caramel and fancy orange liquor flavors are immediate. Dry burning hops, more soft warming alcohol, and slight woodiness in the finish. caramel and alcohol warm on the way down and in the aftertaste. Side by side with the ’03, this is stronger in firey alcohol but a little lighter in malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2642) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Medium sized tan head, fair retention with some spotty lacing. Clear copper/amber hued brew. Really plesent, fruity, hoppy nose with piney notes and a touch of mint. Full bodied, creamy smoooth velvetty texture that just kinda sticks inside yer mouth. Plenty of maltyness, caramelly notes, sweet piney hop notes, sticky and resinous with mild notes of anise and alc. as it warms. I like the balance of this one and the warming alc. notes in the finish. An enjoyable medium sweet finish. Retry in a couple years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Luminous peach with tiny specks of yeast. Thick, sticky, and creamy white head. Notes of honey and powdery pale malts covered with toffee in the aroma. Miniscule hop presence with vaporous alcohol and firm phenolic esters. Unmistakably two row malt in the aroma, which far outweighs the Munich. Soft body. Spongelike carbonation. Abundance of bright and juicy hops quickly become buried within the fervid alcohol. Scattered hints of dates and leafy hops. Strong rubbing alcohol presence overwhelms the toasted cracker notes, which try to beef up the body. Candied malts soften the roast astringency. Soft hop presence creeps into the finish with a lasting solvent flavor and some overripe peach subtleties. Ugh. This badly needs something else (like more dryness and, dare I say, more hop emphasis), besides a simplistic malt character and understated hop presence, to deter the sugary sweetness and hot alcohol. Even now, after having three bottles of this, I still find it unimaginative and uninteresting.

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