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RATINGS: 1942   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.


3.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2010 Limited Release...An amber-orange pour with a small disappearing head. The aroma is of alcohol and tangerine. The flavor has strong notes of peach and the alcohol presence is strong. Finishes very dry and bitter. Barley wines are not my favorite but this one is enjoyable because Stone (as always) does it right.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Pours red-brown in color. Nose is maple, malt, bourbon, and some hop on the nose. Medium-high carbonation. Flavor has some sweetness with medium malt character balanced by hop. The finish has some butter, reminiscent even of burnt popcorn.

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 donít 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours a reddened amber with a finger of quickly diminishing head. And when this goes it leaves only a touch of lacing; soon, though, the beer looks like brandy or wild honey, which is the first bold impression to meet the nose. Then thereís a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally thereís a perfume of white flowers and pine. Itís surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this thereís a rich toffee malt. Mouth feel is almost flat with just a tingle of carbonation. The finsh is long and tunes up the sweetness. As for the alcohol, the high ABV is mostly hidden and with time Iím sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands itís certainly enjoyable, but not great; given two or three years I can see this settling into a highly complex beer. That hint of blue cheese promises good things.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
2004. On tap. Pours an orange/brown with dense head. Taste starts sweet then quickly goes woody and hoppy. Mellow, bitter finish. Sticky. Iíd like to try it again in a few years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Overall itís good but not great. Fairly well balanced, on the hoppy side. Unsatisfying body, decent legs. Not my go to barley wine, but better than average.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
2008 bottle, consumed 01/31/08. Yes, itís young, but Iíll probably revisit this vintage several times over the coming years. Coppery pour, off-white one- finger head. Aroma is grapefruit hops with tobacco notes and some kind of fruit (apricot or plum). Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Mild astringency, some alcohol burn. Flavor is a massive dose of bitter hops immediately, with a bit of medicinal cherry cough drop in there, too. The bitterness subsides fairly quickly (or else my palate is just too blasted to taste the enormity of the hops for long) but lingers as the primary note in the background. This will improve with age, to be sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22 oz. 2008 bottle. Beautiful medium amber color. No head, no lacing to speak of. Nose of apricots and honey, caramel and sweet hops. Sweet malt and fruit taste, definite alcohol presence, not cloying, but a bitter finish.


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