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RATINGS: 1940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours light amber with almost no head. A classic sweet barley smell to it, that is the trademark of this style. Intense sweet barley taste to an odd, but good bitter taste. A long lasting changing aftertaste going from bitter back to sweet. Another nice stone beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Probably should not have drank this on a hot day. What can I say? It’s a Barleywine. Lots of great flavor, beautiful color for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel malts and sharp alcohol. The flavor is caramel/toffee malts, with a sharp hop bitterness and alcohol bite. This beer does not have the complexity of malt flavors that is present in most other good barley wines. Good, but not great.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours out light red with creamy foam. Smells sweet and piney. Taste is sweet malt upfront with lots of bitter hops to finish. Thick and complex, but good balance. Pretty strong now but will mellow with age. Tasty brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
I do like this style, but this one didn’t do it for me. Could have used a bigger malt presence. Something slightly astringent in the finish too.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i haven’t had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2011 VIntage on Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Nose is toffee and caramel. Taste follows the same notes. Very little hop presence but this is likely due to the aging. Very sweet and smooth. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a large pale yellow-brown head. Strong aroma of malts, fruit, butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. Some hops too. Strong hoppy bitter taste with a lovely alcohol burn. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with a very nice smooth finish. The body could be thicker and less agressive on the hops, but otherwise perfect.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Sipped in small portions, okay, drink the 22, I think not. Stupid hoppy. Just kicks you right in the mouth. You should probably wear a helmet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Copper with a medium, persistant, pale yellow head and coarse lace. Very heavy mouth feel and strong alcohol taste with a trace of burn afterwards. Shades of cotton candy (!) and whiskey, without any yeastiness. Hops are present, but not anywhere near the levels of, for example, Bigfoot.


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