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RATINGS: 1782   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Pours a crystal clear orange color with rosy and orange hues when held to a light. Small frothy light brown head with minimal but beautiful lacing. Carbonation is light but adequate. Aroma is hops, bubblegum, fruit, floral, citrus and some light malt notes. Flavor is very nice which mirrors the aroma characteristics, which is sweet fruit intermingled with floral hops. Also detected a nice sourness to the beer, like the tartness of a green apple candy. This is one of the more bitter barleywine I've tasted. Nice syrupy body with a perfect dry alcohol finish. I really enjoyed this beer. Very unique. Need to buy more of this one. Good beer that kept me guessing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
On draft: Clear burnt orange color with on off white tan head, this year's OG has a definite hop presence in the nose and flavor with the malt taking over. I found this to be extremely drinkable. The problem I'm having is that this is far more like a Strong Ale than a barleywine. It lacks the overall maltiness of a barleywine, imo. I thought it tasted great, but was more in the genre of AB & DB that stone offers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Very hoppy nose with not much malt, which is pretty much what the rest of the beer is like. Pretty light in color for a barley wine but yet it is still sweet. I think age will help this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6151) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of dried tropical fruit (mango, papaya), tangerine, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Starts off relatively promising with a very fruity/estery nose, but it’s too boozy and watery and stark in the mouth to be as much pleasure to drink. Not bad, but needs work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Well this beer had little head, but such a pretty copper color, strong smell, taste was strong as well. aftertaste left you wanting some more. Really did not remind me of a barleywine..... but worth drinking!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
A great copper amber clear color. A nice mode white head. A very strong licorice aroma, sweet and strawberry. very nice indeed. A very bitter hoppy feel, deep roots of trees are there. Very, very hoppy. I like it, its a solid deep body without the natural licorice comparison, i like it, cause it stand on its own two feet. Alot of hopps, but a sick ass background to back it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
a lot of candy coming through and fairly balanced, very sticky but unsatisfying body, perhaps a tad young, not a great barleywine but very distincitvely stone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 2005- Poursa clear orange/amber hue with a small, lightly frothed off-white head with mediocre lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts, a little cereal, hints of oranges and spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a lingering finish. Very bitter on contact with the tongue. Favors of spruce, a little perfumy, and finishes with a soapy residue. MMMM.....Not up to par with last years, but will have to age a few as this brew seems to have some sediment unlike most of the big brews from stone as of late. 2004--I don’t think I was the biggest fan of the old ’old guardian’ but now I can say I love it. The new recipe is just what the doctor ordered. Hoppy, malty, with a good flavor of malts coming through. 8/4/8/5/17-4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
this here pond of alchemistic brilliance divulged a burgoo of succulent shades and induced thoughts of sun-torched blood oranges, watermelon flesh, and simmering fluidic lava...piercing acidic laced fruits fuel the aroma bringing an essence of papaya and white grapes and embracing oddities like watermelon jolly ranchers, grass, sour green jello...and closing with wet grass, alcohol, and sticky hop buds...a mellower progression of flavors awaits..soft, delicate, yet refined...fruity notes of peach, watermelon, grape, papaya,strawberries, and alcohol...stinging bitterness appears surprisingly at the end laying comfortably on a velvety coated mouthfeel...indeed a much needed improvement! Ay Ay!

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