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RATINGS: 1871   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.


Wittales' rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (701) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Appearance was clear light brown with creamy off white diminishing tiny head, spotty lacing. Aromas are toffee, brown sugar, molassas, candi sweetness, hints of alcohol. Taste are sweet malts, toffee, caramel, brown sugar,slight barrell brandy with smooth alcohol burn. Palate was flat soft CO2 with full body, lasting creamy smooth warming sweet goodiness. Love this vintage(2009)...


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (884) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Pour is amber with a thin head, aroma is fruity, sweet. Taste is fruity, pine, resin, sweet, bitter. Wonderful

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (10306) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch holzig, Vanille, süß, kräftig malzig. Geschmack sehr malzig, reifes Obst, holzig, alkoholisch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolord (214) - - JUN 20, 2015
Dunkel Kupfer im Glas, leichter gelber Schaum, extrem süßlich in der Nase, voller Körper, schön süßlich, könnte noch etwas lagern (2015)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (253) - Minneapolis, - JUN 8, 2015
Huge beer. Get brandy, vanilla, some sweet tropical fruit. Sweet malt up front and get the boozy heat on the back. A sipper for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1270) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
A quite nice barley wine overall. Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange with a thick tan head. Smells amazing, orange creme, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is not as malty as the smell suggests, with lots of orange and lemon, as well as some maple syrup, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of hoppiness in the finish. Well-balanced. Had in the bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1031) - HONG KONG - MAY 30, 2015


Celebrating my RB rating #1,000 during a hot and humid weekend afternoon!

651 ml bomber “2014 Vintage” at abv 11.6% bought at Q Club in SoHo, Central.

Serving temperature: at 10°C (less than 13°C as suggested on the bottle)

Looks: Cloudy hazy ruby brown colour with a clust of yeast sediments One finger head and light beige foam which lasts for 1 minute; Good sticky lacing and notable very smallish carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant rich ale malt, with strong Port wines, light brandy, strong wood barrels , alcohol, cherry, red fruits, pine, strong resin, biscuits, strong yeast, light lemon and light grass.

Taste: Wow! A blistering strong taste of rich ale malt, with brandy, strong liquor-like alcohol, wood barrel, very thick molasses, liquored cherry, pine, strong resin, earth, strong yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Full body. Very rich and oily oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Insanely rich Ale maltyness in a strong body and very slick. Taste a lot like Bush de Ambrée but without the syrupy palate. The brandy-like liquor is strong, which raise up the cherry and red fruits with strong liquor influence. Strong pine and oozy resin. Looks like Chinook and Columbus at work here! Very yeasty and lemony hoppy to round. Actually the bitter hops and liquor never really ends without the dreaded sugar. Excellent!

Hoppiness: IIPA-like: Strong wood, strong pine, strong resin, light lemon and grass in nose. Woody barrels, earth, pine, strong ooze, lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is strong but subtle. Come in well in the end for a lasting, high astringent malty-bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Rich, brandy-like and pleasantly hoppy to mouth.

Comments: Knowing that the hops varies each year, and mines are dominated by IIPA-like Chinook and Columbus, and perhaps Northern Brewer - very piney, oozy, and very woody, almost barrel-ish. Its taste is on par with any heavyweight barley wines or BSAs for that nice, brandy-like nose and taste, complemented by strong, if a bit straight-forward, IIPA-ish hoppiness. Liquor disgusted as beer? I always love that idea and this one serves as a fine example. Glad I choose thios one for my rating #. 1,000 ! Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4850) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
26th May 2015: part of a four glass flight at the Stone Oceanside outlet. Lovely sweet and tasty brew (2014 brew I believe). Red hue to the brown body, off-white topping. Rich and malty from the start, mild hop notes come later, but this is mostly sweet malts and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (426) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2015
Nice deep red in my tulip glass, small beige head. Toffee malt aromas, with piney hops, earthy yeast. The taste, as expected, is very much in line with the very hoppy american style barley wines, particularly like the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Huge caramel and toffee malt backbone, big whack of grassy hops, really full and creamy body. Exactly what one would expect of a barley wine by Stone - big and brash but high quality.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coyforce (653) - Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Too sweet of a brew for my tastes. Barleywine is expected to be sweet, but Stone attempted to masque the alcohol too much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1043) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
Aroma is a light earthiness, pine cone, and yeast. Light but deep roasty maltiness with slight honey. Taste is deep malts with caramel and carried by a medium full hop profile that is pretty potent and complex with lemon grass , passionfruit and grapefruit. Appearance is a clear amber with a medium frothy head that retains quite well.


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