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RATINGS: 1936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.


NosirIwont's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2242) - Aalborg Vestby, - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle. 11.1%. Limited early 2010 release. Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden amber with a tan/yellowish head. Sweet, fat, malty and fruity aroma with a light oxidation note. Flavour is sweet with dark fruits and malt and light oxidation. Faint liquorice note. Mildly bitter finish with more dark fruits and malt, and a a touch of sweet liquorice. Lingering grassy note. Overall rather good; well-balanced. 23.10.12.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2016
Super great and sweet pour with rich caramel, oat, malt, yeast, and sugar textures. The nose was balanced with hops as well as candied sweetness with an earthiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Deep reddish brown, very clear, small tan head. Vanilla, molasses, caramel. A some of pine resin. Bitter, some sweetness. Quite upfront alcohol, oily, acidity. Longish finish. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (4020) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2016
660ml 2013 Classic Release Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy copper coloured with a rich orange marmalade and burnt toffee flavour followed by a spicy, earthy bitter pineapple and pine finish. Superb!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (60) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1153) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (1420) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
George999 (335) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
donandres (265) - , 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (4343) - 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.


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