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RATINGS: 1952   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (63) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2016
This is a very difficult beer to rate, since they keep changing the recipe year to year. I felt the last vintage I had tasted like ass, but this Pekko Hops version 2016 is the bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1424) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Leave it to Stone to craft one of the most aggressive and unapologetically West Coast style Barleywines I’ve ever tried. To be fair, there is a decent amount of caramel malt in here, but the hops are the main smelling/tasting point. Piney resin and orange (peel and juice) all the way through. Feel is creamy and the hops elevate the large malt bill to keep it from becoming heavy. I’ll need to have some of the other variants. You know, strictly for scientific purposes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (1700) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle/Fest. A- Pine, fish pond. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Seaweed, pine, spruce. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- Pretty poor actually. A lot of bitterness but not aggressive and a weird stale water and seaweed aspect. Definitely a Stone beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
George999 (389) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2016
From the bottle I’m rating the 2016 release of the old Guardian dry-hopped with Pekko hops. The pour is clear with burnt red hues and a medium off-white head, the aroma is initially hop and aromas of oak barrel aging, the taste is raisins, some caramel notes, little bit of hop and bitterness toward the finish. My overall impression is this is a complex flavored beer with different flavor notes that as the beer warms a little the other flavors will start coming forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
donandres (356) - , Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2016
From growler to wine glass Appearance: Brown hazy no head/lacing Aroma: Strong aroma of toasted grains, not boozy even at 11 ABV Taste: excellent, Bitter with strong sweetness Mouthfeel: very good Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to Drank February 12, 2016

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (4810) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2016
Fra kveldens site flaske på Mandag i annen (Cardinal) 01.02.16: rødoransje kobber med hvott skum. Saftig bæraroma med tørkede frukter i tillegg. Noe karamellsødme og vinøse toner, men med en urteaktig bitterhet i ettersmaken som jeg ikke synes passer i en barley wine. Må nok prøves igjen for å gi den full rettferdighet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2872) - NORWAY - FEB 1, 2016
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 01.02.16. 2012 vintage. Cloudy orange. Not much head, Fine aroma of dry orange zest and marmalade. Similar taste, also with dried oranges and Tokayer, And a hint of wood and Yule tide cakes. Mediunm high bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tandembrauer (1147) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger (2012 release). Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, ethanol. Tastes pretty bitter. Dry mouth feel. Too bitter for a barley wine, not very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (5670) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle 0.65l from local Alko, Helsinki. Enjoyed at home, Oulu. Vintage 2012. Colour is cloudy light brown with small thick slightly brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dry fruits, raisins, some alcohol, some distant hints of hops, some sweetness, caramel, pine and strong malts. Pretty good shape! Tasty sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (245) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
amber with a thin off white head that goes away, no lacing. aroma is sweet malts and booze. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and booze.

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