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RATINGS: 1752   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol. Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes itís presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... itís like dessert only better... Iím loving it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Another solid brew from Stone Brewing Co. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, fairly mellow. Tastes quite hoppy, but very tame compared to a ruination or something like that. heavier mouthfeel. Iím generally not a big fan of the alcohol flavors, but this finishes very warm, and even the high alcohol% is not a problem with all the hops involved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2005. Comparitive analysis: By recent yearsí standards, Iím not as happy with this one. But then thatís why we age I suppose. The pour was flatter than recent vintages and the aromamuch less hoppy. Palate thick and oily as usual, but not as complex in the flavor department. Sort of candylike like an Avery brew. Weíll see, Iíll go back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
Early 2006 release. One of the better Barleywines I have tried in a while. Pours rich amber color. Nice aroma citrusy, yet not overpowering. Large carmel toffey character in the nose with understated alcohol for the size. Flavor is rich, maybe a little hot but not bad. Carmel characters and malt blend nicely in the flavor. Sweetness is detectable, but not "sugary". Bitterness still quite detectable, but altogether very pleasant. Nice head and lacing preasant, thick in in the mouth. Really good beer that will only get better with age. I wonder though, shouldnít this beer be bottle conditioned to handle the aging?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of grape, caramelized sugar, and alcohol. The taste is VERY full bodied. Vanilla, woody, dark fruit (grape, apricot, etc.), and brown sugar flavors are all coming through as well as a bitter hop flavor that lingers along. I really canít say enough about this beer. Highly recommended for anyone who like barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warfield (17) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
ridiculous.....epic bitterness, great hops, 11% barleywine...have a 22oz cellared!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stephenbush (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2009
caramel, resin, floral, citrus, woody, orange, hazy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeaman (16) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2006 one of the best looking bottels iíve ever run across. Smells of dough & fine wine. Pours a beautiful dark crystal amber like fresh maple syrup w/ a medium lasting caramel head. Tastes of brandy, grapefruit, & a sprits of orange. Goes down smooth w/ a medium texture. Has a lingering aftertaste thatís almost as intesne as drinking it. Goes straight-->ToTheHead. yum, delicious. there area also bubbles that sink, similar to Guinnessís. This beer is good at any temp, but i like mine warm.

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