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RATINGS: 1927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 A cloudy bronze beer with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves lace. Quite light in color for a BW. The aroma is fruity hops and dried fruit with some sweet malt and a hint of roast notes. The flavor is quite bitter, not as much maltiness as I’d like, with a similar dried fruit (perhaps fig or prune) to the aroma and some definite alcohol heat. Finishes quite bitter, not unlike an imperial/double IPA. All in all, a quite hoppy BW, not bad As it warms the alcohol becomes much more prevalent in both aroma and flavor, which hurts the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
22oz bomber. Semi-translucent amber color with medium head. Vanilla and pine aroma, and maybe a little bit of wet grass as well. Light body, clean crisp bitterness. Not at all heavy despite the elevated alcohol. It’s a cold night in late May here in the northeast, and this is the perfect beer. Refreshing, clean and with just enough heat and body to keep things interesting. A great beer from Stone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreaperguru (258) - santee, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
2012 bottle.Pours dark amber color with an off white.The aroma was of a light syrup.The flavor was of syrup a hint of booze with a strong hop bite.The body was full with a strong bitter hop finish.Overall another good brew from Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Solid. Not an exciting barley-wine but a couple interesting notes such as wood and light spice. Enjoyable and the alcohol is well masked.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Aroma is sweet fruity hops but was not very strong. This beer pours a very nice golden amber color with nice medium head that dissipates to small thin head relatively quickly. Flavor took some getting use to. Small amounts of citrus are present but the taste is mostly of spices and hops. Somehow the combination seemed bland mid drink. Alcohol is present throughout. Finish is bitter. Overall the beer reminds me more of an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Lots of hops to match a huge malt backbone. Great aroma. I’m gonna get another one to age.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Very in your face, but balanced. Stong alcohol. Had 2007 release. Big I think so. Not for the weak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
draught at capital ale house. pours a nice ruby brown color. aroma is very sweet, and booze. t: little sour, and then some big booze, licorice, sweet, and nice dry finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Right off the bad this beer pours a gorgeous dark copper color with a thick, dense khaki head. Loads of lacing after every sip. Aroma is very much full of earthy and grapefruit hop, has a rich malt profile, and fairly strong booze. Flavor changes after the initial shock. At first it is very intensely bitter and strong alcohol. Then it turns to a great balance between intense bitterness from the hops and a heavy malt presentation. A little raisiny, a little fruity, mostly just too intense to really drscribe, in a good way. This one has me flabbergasted. Very great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2009
BANG! *Thud* My head just exploded of flavour overload. This is a big BIG beer. Orange amber in the glass with a beige head which persists surprisingly well for such a high abv beer. The aroma is an assault but a pleasant one. Hard to know where the malt ends and the hops begin, as the hops are woody and spicy rather than the usual USA citrus attack. Similar on the palate, with a ton of woody and vanilla notes - almost like a bourbon. Tasty resinous hops cut through the massive malt with a surgical precision, leaving a streak of bitterness which prevents this hugely malty beast becoming cloying. Not a bad achievement. Warming alcohol makes itself felt but doesn’t stick out at all. An excellent beer and a great one to bring up the 150 ratings.


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