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RATINGS: 1945   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1147) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2016
(650ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget web order) Pours clear medium ruby-orange with a moderate, dense dark cream coloured head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, butterscotch, dried mix of raisins, strawberries, currants and dates, a little bit of nuts and toast to the malt. No real alcohol. Palate is malty but only moderately sweet with brown sugar and caramel paired with sweet fruity notes of cooked strawberry and raisin, vanilla, hops lend a slightly citrusy but mostly woody pine flavour, especially towards the finish. A bit of toasted nutty grain in the finish, almost whiskey-like flavours, dry and bitter with hops, light to moderate alcohol heat. Aftertaste is rather astringent. Average mouthfeel for style with soft carbonation. Not extremely rich for a barley wine, with a dry but not aggressively bitter finish. Quite sippable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (693) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours copper color. Small white head that lingered through the entire session. Huge bourbon aroma. Flavor is big and boozy with some fruit. I know that the bottle says 11.2%, but after 6 yrs in my basement this felt even higher. Not sure why I held on to this so long. Just never thought of it at an appropriate drinking time. Anyway it was very interesting. I don’t drink much liquor, but this felt like I was drinking straight bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (799) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
2015 Classic release. Un caramel puissant s’amène d’abord en olfactif et développe des accents de toffee, de cerises au marasquin et de jelly beans. On y perçoit également de légers houblons à la touche d’ananas et de sapin. L’alcool est discret malgré son pourcentage élevé. Le nez s’affaise cependant rapidement. Le liquide cuivré et clair développe une mousse beige de bonne densité mais au maintient moyen. En bouche, le caramel est sublime, développant une palette de saveurs alla nt du toffee à la cassonade, du jujube à la cerise, en passant par des notes de houblons résineux et terreux qui titillent l’arrière bouche pendant de longues secondes. L’alcool est très bien dosé. L’équilibre des éléments de base est exceptionnel. Un parfait exemple du style. Un plaisir à boire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (869) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Awesome barley wine tons of caramel...not to sweet...nice blending of flavors....a sipper...very enjoyable...stone does a nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4635) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2015
(Stone Old Guardian) Bottle 650ml thanks to PMgep, vintage 2014. Served into a snifter, ABV 11.6% Deep red colour on the body, cloudy, with a small, light beige head on top, with good density and retention. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, alcohol, marmalade. Taste is sweet and boozy, with light vanilla, dark fruits, raisins. Medium body, good carbonation, light alcohol burn when it warms up. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (904) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
2013 Classic Release. Bottle at Amsterdam cafe, San Francisco. Beautiful red, chestnut brown colour, hazy, stable beige creamy head. Rich nose with dried fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, caramel and toffee malts. Taste has a hoppy bitter finish, sweet boozy aftertaste. Big body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3941) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Shared 0,65l bottle bought from Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits. 2012 release. Pours hazy amber with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bebum (724) - USA - DEC 2, 2015
Cloudy, tight lace. High heat, orange flavor, lingering palate, yeasty. Delicious, deserves a longer critique that time does not allow now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
My first favorite barleywine style ale. Strong but not harsh, sweet honey flavor, and nice malt backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1689) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Rating #1289 - 21.10.2014 - Stone launch @Craftbeeryeg. Draught. Hazy orange-brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is hot, alcohol, pastry dough, burnt sugar, orange rind. Taste is an alcoholic hoppy punch, lots of IBUs tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, but not thoroughly undisguised. Would love to try a 2-3 year aged.

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