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RATINGS: 1798   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours medium, red-brown with a foamy, beige head. Massive hop aroma literally fills the room. Flavor is unsurprisingly hop forward, but is balanced in the middle with a nice crystal malt character and pleasant grain huskiness. The finish is characterized by a bit of roasted malt bite, like one would expect in a dry stout, and a fleeting metallic flavor. Medium, rounded body. Really complex and pleasing. This could only improve with age.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2013 vintage. Amber color. Thick head with good retention. Aroma of dried fruits and some malt sweetness. Some citrusy hop aroma is detectable. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet caramel with a well rounded complex flavor. Bold hop bitterness on the long finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (142) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
2014 Old Guardian on draft. Pours dark amber with a big head that laces well along the glass. The aroma is sweet and the taste is almost a honey flavor. Smooth for such a high alcohol percentage. A great sipping Barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle poured into snifter. Nice garnet color, big soapy slightly tan head, quite translucent. Exceptional aroma highlighted by traces of heavy malt, leather, earthy/piney hops, and caramelized sugar. Taste is more of the same goodness! Oaky and intensely malty notes give way to a splash of dark cherry and fig before drying out heavily on the sticky finish. Subsequent swallows bring it all back for revenge in the throat. Hell of a beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonsHead (140) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
First of all... I’m not usually a big barley wine drinker. They’re usually too sweet or too fruity, or too malty. This is a wonderfully balanced specimen. The aroma gives forth the malt characteristic. The initial taste lets me know there’s some nice hop backbone. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
22 ounces of the bottled brew. Yummy fun. Caramel color, caramel aroma and...caramel flavor, with a slowly approaching, wonderful hops finish. Very high alcohol not apparent, except for its affect on brain cells...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. This beer is very thick and creamy, with a sweet and hoppy flavor that is in great balance. Its quite complex and has a long-lasting flavor profile. Earthy and alcohol finish. Great Barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Michbeerlover (140) - - MAR 25, 2013
Pours hazy orangish brown with a 2 finger head than dissipates to a 1/2 finger. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and candied citrus. Taste is bitter sweet malt with a citrusy after taste. Can't really detect the almost 12%. Great beer for the price. Love this and Three Floyd's Behemoth, similar beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
22 oz bottle, 2008 edition. Pours a clear copper with 2 cm off-white head. Aroma of malt, apples, grapes, and alcohol. Flavor is spiked apple juice with a slight hint of hops on the backend. Finishes hoppy and alcoholic. Light lacing, light carbonation, medium body, strong alcohol presence. Drinkable, more so to say you have tried it than anything else.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
My first time trying a barley wine in at least ten years. Stone’s version is loaded to the gills with barley aromas with just a hint of hops. Superbly bitter but balanced by the enormous malt flavors and mouthfeel. A bit dangerous as the ABV is very high but well hidden in the various flavors.


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