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RATINGS: 1940   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.


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.

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (253) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Growler to snifter. Appearance: unfiltered apple cider. Aroma: honey, burnt sugar, alcohol, musty hardwood, raisins, dried apricot, hints of floral hops. Taste: dried fruit sweetness, honey, sweet malt, alcohol, good hoppy finish to balance. Palate: minimal carbonation, dry, warm. Great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarinaMarket (253) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
This beer tastes more hoppy, lik ean IPA than a barley wine. A bit disappointing for me to be honest, but still a decent beer. Seems more bitter than I would expect from a barley wine.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
A zealous stream of bubbles rises through the perfectly clear pomegranate body to a sparkling biscuit foam. Sweet and malty fragrances emerge reminding of cotton candy, caramel, sugar and honey sheltering a fruity blend of apple and plum. There is something primordially likeable about this aroma, something that satisfies your infantile penchant for the sugar-coated. On the tongue, some generic bitterness appears from the delicate hopping and an odd mixture of cured ham and cherries forms the primary flavor. The texture is smooth but finishes with a pinch of alcohol that burns on its way down. Easy to drink but far from the sensational.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
2010 Release; Very nice sweet, malty aroma with a blast of alcohol, pours a very distinct reddish amber, with minimal head. Pretty strong up front, mellows a bit. Very smooth, full bodied, with some serious IBUs that kick in pretty hard. Finish is a little rough and lose some points, probably will do much better with age.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Early 2010 release. Aroma is rich, almost fills the entire room. Lots of caramel and a slight grassy smell. Pours a dark amber with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste is sweet and a little sour paired with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly carbonated.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
2012 vintag. Pours golden amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of alcohol, sugar and sweet dark fruits. Taste starts off with pine, and turns into caramel. Bitterness from the hops all the way through. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Big Strong Bold Assertive. All words that could be adequately used to describe this sum business from Stone. Smells of alcoholic vanilla mint mouthwash and ripe bananas. Flavor is a burning alcoholic rush with bitter piney hops and a softer toffee malt sweetness on the side of the tongue that salvages this beast from being in the cellar on flavor. Palate is substantial throughout temp range with a sugary fullness that leaves the lips smack-a-lackin. I don’t know why, but I like this bruiser. The bottle is best shared in my opinion due to the severe alcohol punchiness. Thanks Stone. 2009 22 oz.


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