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RATINGS: 1779   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lectvay (109) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Sampled both 08 and 09 bottles. The 09 was much more crisp and forefront in the hops, a warm resinous pine and earthy hops, chased with alcohol warmth. Hint of sweet fruit, caramel, raisin, just sweet enough.
The 08 lost a lot of the crisp resin of the hops, leaving an earthy warmth with stronger hints of brandied fruit and raisins, caramel malts and a roasty quality.
Sampled at Rozi’s Wine & Liquor, Stone Tasting Event, Lakewood, OH.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Just plain textbook barleywine. Sweet, toffee, complex. Would like a bit more hops, but thats not really the style. Recent release.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2007
2007 bottle - Noticeably sweet right off the bat. Probably needs more time to age and mellow out. Great color and aroma. Definitely not for the timid. One of the better barley wines available in high distribution.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Very hoppy nose with not much malt, which is pretty much what the rest of the beer is like. Pretty light in color for a barley wine but yet it is still sweet. I think age will help this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a deep reddish brown color with good carbonation with a great dirty white cap S: Caramel, light pine with a nice grapefruit presence T: A nice hop bitternes, with a blast of Cascade hops presenting a nice grapefruit presence and a hint at pine. Some caramel and booze mix with the hop profile leaving a nice impression of the style. Finishes a bit bitter but not like fresh Bigfoot bitter and a bit sticky M: Full bodied, well carbonated with loads of flavor O: Very nice. Should withstand the test of time as most OG’s do. Nice changeup by Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (106) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2013
Enastående fruktig, aning vinös doft med inslag av torkade fikon, vanilj och karamelliserat plommon. Aning läder i bakgrunden också. Vackert kopparröd färg och ett utmärkt skum med ovanligt lång halveringstid för stilen. Den för barley wine så karaktäristiska sötman bryts här av med en rejäl dos humlebeska, som framför allt drar åt tall och citrus. Annars märks toner av läder, vanilj, ek och en lite saltaktig avrundning. Kroppen är fyllig, silkesaktig och varm. Dock utan att alkoholen tar över. Tvärtom är de 11 procenten bra tillbakadrivna för att inte förstöra upplevelsen. Tyvärr tar beskan över alltför mycket i eftersmaken där den dödar alla andra, mer subtila toner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
Bouteille early 2009: Un appétissant parfum d’houblons rappelle le détergent à plancher Pine Oil, le mal de tête et les saignements de nez en moins. Jolie robe orangée / rougeâtre, opaque. En bouche, j’ai pour ma part trouvé que l’amertume s’exprimait beaucoup trop, voire agressivement en face de la douceur du malt en comparaison d’autres exemples propres au style. Alcool très fort en bouche.

Probablement un cas de bière trop « fraîche ».

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy, amber-orange color with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fair lacing. Aroma is a strong malty sweetness, some caramel, raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is initially a strong, sweet maltiness followed by a hop bitterness. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Hints of pepper. Full bodied. Long, bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
Good stuff... First one I've had of the new recipe. Bottle, ~50deg F by the way. You can smell it as soon as the bottle is opened. A very fruity/citrucy/hoppy scent. Pours beautifully amber and clear, with a decent head for a BW. Taste is kick-your-butt right up front with sweet malts, a whole mess of hops, citrucy flavors, grapefruit alcohol and spicy! Definately a warm beer, the 10% packs a real kick on the way down. Very enjoyable to sip on for a looong time. Highly recommended. :)


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