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RATINGS: 1793   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lightrider (307) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 2012 bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a haze brown amber with a thick brown head. Aroma is a fruit thick wash. Tastes are a mix of fruit and malts. Taste is a strong unstoppable train of many different notes. Finish is warm and dirty, in a great way. A great barley wine.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk (122) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
My first time trying a barley wine in at least ten years. Stone’s version is loaded to the gills with barley aromas with just a hint of hops. Superbly bitter but balanced by the enormous malt flavors and mouthfeel. A bit dangerous as the ABV is very high but well hidden in the various flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
One of the first barley wines I decided to try. This was the first one that gave me the idea that in the family tree of hoppy ales the baby is the blonde ale, the kid is the pale ale, the teenager is the india pale ale, the adult is the imperial india pale ale, and the granddad is the barley wine. Big hoppy and caramel malt flavor, some alcohol burn that’s tough to hide. Nice banana finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chribban (163) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
2013 Classic Release. Released in Sweden june 2:nd 2013 and bought the same day. Managed to save a few bottles in my beercellar until today jan 18-2014 when I opened this one. Hazy, copper beer with a biege-yellow big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Nose: Caramel, cream, milk, orange, butter, banana, syrup, hops, malt and grass. Taste: Burned malt, coffee, burned christmas candy, dark syrup, grapefruitcest and orange. Body: Medium to full body. Oily. Little carbonation. The seven months in my cellar has only made this beer even better. A little bit more hazy and soft taste. WTF! This is sooo good! I just love Stone! How the h*** do they always deliver?

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
route9 (19) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
very nice color and aroma.the taste had a nice pine and citrus flavor.it wasn’t very sweet ,which was very appealing.for my taste,it was a little too bitter,but not objectionable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (626) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bomber, 2011 bottle. Hazy dark orange. Thick pine on the nose, orange, grapefruit and big caramel on the nose too. Thick cakey malt, hint of booze. Taste is powerful: big bitter resinous hop character (full of pine and deep orange). Sweet caramel malt, loads of fruity notes: peach coming out strong. Touch of nuttiness adding depth. Very full bodied, a real sipper. Big pine hop character in the finish. big, boozy and brash. Massive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 6, 2014
Draft at Uber in Seattle. 2012. Rosy orange, tight foam. Tart orange peel, warming, solid barleywine. Nice bittering, rising alcohol. Full, round flavor. balanced and lovely

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (407) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 5, 2014
Oaky and flavorful. Awesome barley wine. Enjoyed thus bottle brought back from the states for New Years Eve...kicked the evening off right ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (875) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle, 2013, consumed alongside the oak-smoked version. Now this is a barley wine. Pours orange-amber with dense, white head. Aroma: toffee, butterscotch, resin, plums. Taste: Sweet with a nice, moderately bitter finish. Palate: Full body, slick sticky texture, lively carbonation. Overall: Really very nice, one that I don’t think to seek out but one that is definitely worthy of a glass from time to time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Red brown, small tan head. Aroma sweet caramel malt and piney hops. Full body. Alcohol warming but overall hidden. Flavor somewhat sweet but nice balance of malt and hops. Pine and citrus. Some brown sugar. Excellent.


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