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RATINGS: 1886   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
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 (1908) - 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 (2646) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6283) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Bright orange appearance, slightly cloudy with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is decadent, smells like a fresh produce stand, particularly as you wander around to the citrus section, also has hints of maple syrup and sherry. Flavor has similar qualities with raisins and dates thrown in there for good measure with chocolate making a late appearance to top things off. Mouthfeel is nice and thick but not syrupy and cloying like some Barley Wines lean to from tme to time. Excellent Barley Wine. The label is lacking though compared to others tomes by Greg - hard to read all the way through this one - perhaps the 10.06% ABV had something to do with it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Brilliant amber golden. Juicy sweet malt aroma. Smells sticky. SOme flowery and vuaguely citrusy hop aroma. Brown sugar. Lean bodied, clean tasting. Not a ton of malt complexity. Doesn’t really show much of its 10% alc. Bitter, with not a lot of hop flavor. Extremely nice without being too complex

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pancake battery aroma. Thick. Hoppy aroma, to say the least. ABV well concealed, not at all over powering. I will certainly be looking for this each year it is offered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Citrusy with hints of toffee, and butterscotch. Very good and not too acidic, alcohol is not overpowering in the tatse and it is still very warming. Damned Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 22 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, cereal, toffee, candi sugar? malt (H); flower and perfume hops (M); light alcohol, white grapes, pear, peach, butterscotch aromas. Average sized, creamy, off-white, diminishing head sits on an amber-orange body. Heavily sweet, heavily acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/creamy texture, moderately alcoholic, lively carbonation, slightly astringent. The bottom line is: this one is really hot right now, but I expected that. Great toffee / butterscotch aftertaste.

The 2005 version is not hot out of the bottle close to it’s release date. Sure, there’s some alcohol, but nothing like last year’s. Also, there’s a big biscuit presence that I didn’t notice previously. I’ve adjusted my ratings to go with what would be found on the shelves right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2004
This is not nearly as tasty as previous years and what is up with the font on the bottle, I am squinting here trying to read this. Crystal clear golden amber appearance, with a fastly fading head, leaving a residual bubbly foam. Sugary sweet, lightly hoppy aroma, lots of caramel corn and candi/brown sugars in the aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced, but this is still a really young tasting barleywine, that needs to age a year or so. Slightly astringent with a bitter aftertaste.

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