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RATINGS: 1953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle. There are few beers I have gone through as much trouble to get as this one. I called multiple Bevmo locations from my home state of MN prior to my trip out the SF Bay Area to find out who had this brew. San Mateo said they were going to get it, but their shipment didnít come in. Finally the Geary St. SF store said they had a few bottles, and since I was driving up to the City it worked out well. Iíll have to say I was a little disappointed. This is at least a notch below the SN Big Foot. Rich, smoky aroma, not overly strong, with molasses notes. Clear body, deep amber, no visible carbonation, no head, but very nice lace. Very strong flavor. There is no question this is a barley wine. Peppery. Not sweet enough, however. Good, but I found myself wondering why I went through such an effort. I bought 3 bottles, so perhaps Iíll cellar one and see what its like in a couple of years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2005 Bottle thanks to JohnC. Pale orange brew with a stinging alcoholic nose. Hops and alcohol are pretty much all this has going for it. Hopefully a few years will mellow it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 5, 2005
2004 bottle (aged 1 year) from whitesideís in Corvallis. I split a 22oz with my friend. Pours orangy-amber with a 1-2cm white head. Smells sweet with caramel and alcohol. Taste is fruity, with a nice bitter finish that lasts. It has a nice thick mouthfeel. iíll definitely drink this again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2005.Beautiful Dark amber. Aroma is of sweet malts and alcohol. Definitly a full flavored and rather hoppy barley wine. It has the usual thick sweet malty flavor with the expected Stone hop bite and a very noticable alochol presense. I enjoyed this. Had an expected robust Stone flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2004 Vintage-I donít think Iíve given many 10ís for flavor before, but this beer hit it for me. Just a nice, well hopped b-wine. I wish I had a few more to age and see how it matures. Next time Iíll buy a case. One of the best beers Stone makes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Slightly hazy orange. Orangish ead. Dusty citrus nose - malt, chocolate toffee, alcohol. Even at a year old the alcohol is a bit overbearing. Behind that lays topffee, citrus, tobacco, fruit. Long lasting bitter orange rind finish. Probably shouls have sat for a year longer.. but waiting sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Poured an orange color with a thin off white head. Malty aroma. Sweet and fruity with apples and peaches. Malty sweet, caramel, hints of peach, hop bitterness. Medium bodied, almost syrupy, with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
On tap at the Extreme Beer Fest. Very similar to other Stone Brews, hoppy and citrus/ apricot aroma. Medium-heavy body, caramel, mostly sweet. Solid but not particularly outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Bottle (2005) pours a clear vibrant deep orangish amber, mediocre off-white foamy head, very light carbonation, with clingy lacing. † Heavy malts, biscuity, citrusy, with a hoppy background on the nose. † Taste is fairly sweet, thick, coats the mouth well... tiz a bit cloying tho until it warms. † Comes across as a bit green. † Age will do this one well I bet. † Body and mouthfeel are indeed full, and thick. † Finishes with a cloying sweetness that I hope subsides with time. † Lingering hop bitterness, malty, with a burnt caramel like sweetness. † Iíd liike to try this in a few years from now. † Not bad, but definitely young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Orange pour with little head. Lots of malt, hops, and fruity aromas. Excellent balance. Slightly woody.

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