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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
A deep complex ale with sweet and hearty malts and just enough west coast hops to satisfy any hophead. Poured a amber with off-white head. Seemed to me to be more ion the American Strong Ale class than a barleywine, but after a big ole 22 oz draft, an early bedtime, and a relatively sleepness night brought on by the big ABV, I am convinced otherwise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
2011 Bottle. Pours a light mahogany with a small head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, caramel,sugar,and a hint of lemon. Taste starts out dry and sweet but quickly moves to a hops bitter and alcohol. The hops resin is really there in this one. Medium mouthfeel. I would almost say this is a dark DIPA more than a barleywine. Needs to cellar for sure. Not bad at all just was not expecting so much hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lectvay (133) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Amber, caramel color, decent aroma, a little floral, honey. Very smooth, rich, a little sweet and a slight burn, but very drinkable. Maybe a little safe, lacking complexity, but very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Strong malty, buttery flavor with a little bite. Clear dark amber. A little too abrupt a finish. Really want to love it, but not quite there for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep brownish red color. Alcohol and hops very apparent in the aroma. Lots of hops and malt taste, bitter finish with a slight burn of the alcohol in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Vintage 2004: Pours a deep pink with no real head. The aroma is thick and sugary with the funky sour smell of an aged beer. Some floral hops in there too. The flavor is surprisingly hoppy even after 5 years. The hops are bitter, with a slight malt background. There is a kind of soapy aftertaste that is a bit odd (no I donít wash my beer glasses with soap), but not entirely unpleasant. Funny as it may sound, this could probably use another few years of aging to take its hop profile down a little more and give it some more complexity, but it is still a fine beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2008 bottle. Clear, light copper. Nose of toffee and other malty sweetness and that hoppy aroma that I love from Stone. The taste is a balanced explosion... Syrupy sweet malt giving way to pine/citrus hops. Full bodied, oily/syrupy thick. Great beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle pour.Medium amber color decent head.Tastes like an overhopped IPA?I couldnít really discern any other flavors just hops.I didnít really care for this at all.This was my first attempt at a barley wine.Iíve heard these are better with age and that they should be before drinking.Iíll get another bottle and sit on it for awhile and rerate later.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 5, 2005
2004 bottle (aged 1 year) from whitesideís in Corvallis. I split a 22oz with my friend. Pours orangy-amber with a 1-2cm white head. Smells sweet with caramel and alcohol. Taste is fruity, with a nice bitter finish that lasts. It has a nice thick mouthfeel. iíll definitely drink this again

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005. Nice ruby brown color, reasonably full mouthfeel. Some citrus and strawberry characteristics, but sort of one dimensionally flat in the overall profile. Not as big or complex as expected.


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