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RATINGS: 1948   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreaperguru (263) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
07 bottle. Slightly cloudy, deep copper colored pour with a bubbly off-white head. Nose is dominated by sweet maltyness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pronounced alcohol flavor - a bit too hot, need some age on this one.

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 Id 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (260) - 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 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. Its 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.

3.6
   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. Im gonna get another one to age.

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 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.


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