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RATINGS: 1815   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pandafisk (15) - - OCT 27, 2012
2012 release 60cl. Freakin awsome. bitterness, alcohol and this amazing "Stone" taste makes this beer allmost flawless


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RihardsF (84) - LATVIA - JAN 9, 2015
Aroma is sweet and some dried fruits. Typical barley wine aroma but more intense than normal. Pours dark amber with white foam. First I feel sweetness, but well balanced (I hate sweet beers). Then some alcohol kicks in and super hoppy bitterness. Taste stayz for a long time. Love it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2817) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Jan 7, 2015. Did a linear of 2007, 2012, and 2014 edition bottles. 2007 edition - light caramel, clear, no bubbles. Nose is mild pine hops, big, rich alcohol, brown sugar. Awesome nose! Smells big but mellow. Full body and mildly fizzy. Very rich, coconut, mild alcohol, hops are surprisingly noticeable but just for a moment and then back to caramel hard candy. 2012 edition - light caramel, clear, no bubbles. Nose is moderate alcohol, rich malt, brown sugar, a tad more hops than the 2007. med body and moderately fizzy. Pine hops and caramel malt. Hops are bigger than the 2007, it isn’t as sweet, finish is lingeringly bitter. 2014 edition - light caramel, clear, no bubbles. Nose is definitely young in comparison to the other two. Caramel malt and some pine malt and alcohol. Full body and mildly fizzy. Oddly, this is sweeter than the twelve. Hops are bigger than the 12 as well but that is understandable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rodriguez (312) - Quito, ECUADOR - JAN 1, 2015
Hazy, more sweet than malty, hops presence more in bitterness, sweet aroma. It is like an English barleywine brewed with American hops. It is a good beer, but nothing special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (692) - - DEC 26, 2014
2014 bottle. Semi Hazy amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of toffee, caramel, herbs and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of toffee, caramel, herbs, citrus, earthy hops, alcohol and cloves. Full body with thick mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1788) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
November 30, 2014. Bottle, 2012 vintage. Deep red with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, dark slightly burnt sugar, light raisin, resin and pine. Taste is medium sweet caramel, resin with pine bitterness and slight warming alcohol, finish is dry piney bitterness with smooth sticky caramel. Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rentonj7 (58) - Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Medium reddish amber with slight bubbling head. Dates, tangerine on aroma. Taste is raisins, prunes, pickles. Very sharp on tongue - feels like pepper but doesn’t taste like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (369) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2013 Bomber to a snifter. Amber orange brown with thin white head, mild lacing. Huge malt presence, leather and toffee. More toffee flavor with some resin and dry bitter warm boozy finish. Well done...!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (266) - - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a creamy to frothy lasting beige head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is sour, banana, malt and pine. Flavors of caramel and grapefruit. Surprisingly light body for such a rich taste, oily feel, average carbonation, medium to heavy sweetness, light to medium bitter taste and a sticky sweet and lightly bitter finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (249) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
The aroma oozes out of the glass and into your cerebral cortex. Leather, tobacco, aggressive hops and a sharp sting. The taste is incredible from moist wood, wet raisins, burnt sugar, overripe fruit. There is a underlying sweetness that desperately tries to break through, but is supressed by the sharp and brutal hops. There is a slight "umami" sensation going on here. I love this barley wine!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus (94) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This is perhaps my favorite barleywine. Every year a characteristic balanced malt hoppiness screams out of the glass. The body and carbonation just perfect. A balanced bittersweet finish leaving you ready for more. It has a citrus pine hoppiness to a biscuit toffe maltiness that doesn’t lean to far toward fruitiness. American all the way.


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