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RATINGS: 1886   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Not quite as good as last year’s version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. Super hoppy and intense, as expected. Some caramelly malts, huge pine orange hops in here, and pretty bitter. Some lychee. Very noticable alcohol in the finish, tasty, but a bit raw.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2004
deep cloudy golden color, minimal but mostly lasting head. aroma is very heavy on buttery toffee and earthy hops, and for some reason a little bit of canteloupe. flavor is lightly sweet, tongue numbing alcohol, hops not really all that assertive in the flavor. finish is moderately sweet. I was hoping this would be better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2754) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Pours out an amber color with basically no head. It has a very strong aroma of alcohol. The taste is somewhat bitter with an overwhelming amount of alcohol taste. I’d reccoment Old Horizontal instead, much better barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
Amber color with a thin head. Dominating hops aroma with sugar. Strong flavors of hops, maybe some malt too. Bitter finish. The hops are too strong for this barley wine to be very good, it’s too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 a bit to srong/bitter tasting for me,made me pucker up at each mouthfull. not for me! 6/12/04 the more i drink of this the better it gets,just got in from mowing the lawn and this glass is awsone,,getting better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Pours a dark caramel with a half inch head that fades to a thin broken layer. Aroma of dough, and resiny piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malts, piney hops, and a little bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is a little bit more blended then most American barleywines which tend to have very divided flavors. It is a rich barleywine but mild enough that you can take a full mouthful without being overpowered, which lets you drink it a bit to fast. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2004
The only things I didnt like about this beer is that it was not quite as full bodied as I had expected for such a strong beer, the color was a little too light, and the head didnt last as long as I had expected. Otherwise- this is an excellent barleywine. Malt and hops are balanced very well throughout the beer. The alcohol is also hidden nicely. I’ll buy more to save for next winter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5583) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 This is my favorite Stone product. +++Coming in the typical 22 oz bottle from Stone. As always I loved the art/write up. It pours an opaque orange-red color. Small tan-orange head. Really a very pretty beer. The aroma is grapefruit and sugary sweet. The texture is thick and sweet. The flavor is sweet, malty and very hoppy. Far better balanced than most of Stone’s beers. The hop presence dominates but does not overwhelm. There is enough sweet maltiness to balance the beer quite well. Another hophead’s delight!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
Gentle alcohol in the aroma. Pine, earthy, sweaty, spicy, citrus hops in the aroma with an underlying malt sweetness. Clear orange colouation with off-white head that recedes to thin cover and a nice ring around the glass. Assertively hoppy. Very alcoholic. Strongly malty with a very bitter finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. Flavours don’t play well together. Will probably be much more integrated in a year or two. Needs to grow up. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere). Thanks for this trade from eyedrinkale.


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