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RATINGS: 1833   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Hot damn! Pours clear orange with a tan head. Nice hoppy BW aroma. Big malt hoppy flavor with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor. This is one smooth brew! Yum Yum!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jester (1) - USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
a bit of sting, but overall an amazing balance for such strong flavors.... can't wait to try in 6 months...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
This barley wine pours with an amber body topped by a thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet and grapefruity from the hops with a slight pineapple note and a touch of pine and malt. The flavor is sweet, malty and fruity(grapefruit) with a pronounced piney bitterness. A great flavor. Full bodied, relatively smooth and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3404) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Pretty copper, very clear, good head. Aroma is hop oriented around boiled grapefruit. Maple syrup malts greet you initially, followed by a peppery bitterness and more grapefruit. The alcohol is also clearly evident. I think I preferred the 2003, although I canít put my finger on exactly why. NOTE: Rerate of the early 2006 release. Notes match almost identically, but alcohol not as evident as previously. Adjusted score accordingly, much higher now (previous 3.7), probably an indicator of my growing love for barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 2004 Vintage
The body was pale golden to amber colored with some copper tones. The head was about an inch thick and was fed by medium carbonation from beneath. This is my first barley wine, so I could be wrong, but I was anticipating a darker colored and thicker brew. The aroma was floral, perfumey hops with medicinal alcohol. The first sips also revealed an insane level of hops. This comes across as flirting pretty close to being a double/imperial IPA. The underlying malts are really sweet, with notes of toffee, pear, bubble gum, and banana being quite pronounced, along with a fair bit of grain.

Being very young, this brew had a bit of a harsh mouthfeel with flavors flying rapidly past each other and having not quite melded together. The tender age also made the alcohol too much up front with a warm burning sensation detracting from drinkability, and making this quite difficult to quaff. As I finish the 22 oz bomber, this beer is kicking my ass. I like my beers to have a more subtle punch than this. I will be cellaring my second bottle at least for an year, for it to come together better. I can see that the ingredients for an exceptional brew are all in here; they just need some more time.

For those of you stuck in 6% ABV Georgia (for now at least), Liquid Solutions ships here, and thatís how I got this one.

2005 Vintage
This is my second year of trying the locally unavailable Stone barleywine, and having gotten through several more beers of this style over the past year, I feel much more qualified this year.

The 22 oz. brown bomber looks identical to the 2004 version, except it has Winter 2005 release in the painted on artwork, and the musings on the back seem even longer. The beer pored out deep reddish amber and clear, with a cascade of bubbles making up a half inch thick foamy head which does not last long. The aroma seems muted at first with a hint of citric hops,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 This is a really good barleywine. Needs more time to age and mellow out. Very flavorful and solid barleywine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 2004: Rusty orange in color. Thick and syrupy, with a "gritty" richness. Bread dough rawness and yeasty sweetness in the malts. Not a lot of wafty hop aromas; mostly just a deep-rooted hop bitterness. Some tingly alcohol notes, but mostly subdued. Definitely good now, but may complexify (just invented that word) much more in a year or two. "Limited Winter 2005 Release": Deep amber; decent head; very sticky lace. Creamy and smooth, but lightish; still nice texture. Caramel and fruity alcohol. Delicate flowers; really nice alcohol aromas. Great balance of sweetness/bitterness/alcohol. Tasty shizzle. "Limited Early 2006 Release": Very nice. Perhaps a little better than I remember it. Very rich and toasty malts have a really nice flavor of sweetness (rock candy, toffee, caramelized brown sugar). Earthy-piney hops and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 2004 bomber.
pour was a burnt orange, with a thick orange/white head. Heavy lacing left on the glass. Initial aromas were predominantly floral, hoppy, with a little maltiness in the background. as it sat in the glass, the hops toned down a bit to reveal some sweet candied fruit. That weird stuff you put in fruit cake :P. flavor was much sweeter than I anticipated, almost velvety mouthfeel with a nice lingering, mildly bitter finish. I plan on buying a few and setting them down for a while
Re-Rate 12/04 After sitting in the chiller for 9 months (yeh I wanted to let it sit till the next release but I couldnít wait :) ) Aroma took on a little carmely notes and the candied fruit toned down a bunch.
flavor was much more balanced. creamy, velvety sweet, bitter all still there but more of a rounded flavor now. Imagine this.... A malted milk chocolate ball like a whopper (my favorite candy), with a blast of ruby red grapefruit and a dash of raw sugar in the center
2005 edition. 2/26/05.
Hops are more dominant than in years past. Alcohol shows up more too.
Needs more time.
í06 release sampled nov 06. big toffee nose, sweet orangy flavor, with some malt. Lost a lot of points on complexity. not as good as past versions IMO. Also didnít hold up as well as previous releases

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1533) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Copper/orange color with a thin...very thin head. Some hops in the aroma, fuit, sweet malt as well. Very hoppy taste. Kicks your palate. Not much malt, and like MullMan said, like a very strong IPA. Not typical of a Barley Wine, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2004
nice copper color with a little gold on the edges, little to no head (poured into a goblet). hop attack on two fronts - aroma and flavor! good carbonation and mouthfeel. super strong hop finish. not the malt or sweet I was hoping for. almost tastes like a triple IPA if you ask me. great beer but not what I'm looking for in a barley wine.

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