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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2006 vintage in 22oz bottle. brassy color with minimal whitish head. aroma gives samples of banana, caramel/toffee, nuts and hops. suprisingly syrupy and pushing towards sweet. hop bitterness is present, but not as strong as i’d have first expected... esp. in a beer from Stone. the 11.26% abv is well hidden in this beer w/ the exception of the syrupiness. yet another first rate brew from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Dark bronze w/ amber color. Thin head. Smells of Big bready malts. Maybe some dark fruit. Noticeable hops. Malt tastes like bread, some caramel, some raisins. Big hop kick for a barley wine - it kind of overpowers any sweetness coming through on the malts. Tart, bitter, a little piney. Some alcohol is also coming through. Fuller body. Pretty dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eros47 (49) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
2013 bottle, looks gorgeous. Good head retention and carbonation. Aromas consist of cherries, plum, and licorice. Will definitely improve with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dslam (48) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Lovely copper red color with a little white head. Light aroma with a little hops and something sweet that I can not put my finger on. Taking the first sip, starts off very nice and smooth. It coats your entire mouth and feels great. But after a couple seconds I feel an overpowering bitterness take over my mouth, almost forcing me to take another sip. I think I feel the alcohol on this a lot more than regular. Maybe cause I am trying my best to avoid the after taste. I also feel a little burning sensation in my throat. I generally look forward to barley wines but I don’t like this one too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
22oz bottle, 2006 edition. Poured crystal clear deep copper into a tulip with a moderately lasting 1-finger beige foamy head. Body is mostly still. Looks absolutely beautiful. Fantastic nose with alcohol and dark fruits (mostly raisin & prune), big sweet malts. First taste is kick-in-the-face hops and alcohol. Hop character is somewhat indistinct, very bitter. The bitterness seems well controlled at first but becomes less so as I keep drinking. Malt is strongly present but very mellow, a little bit sweet. The finish starts out with brief sweetness and then becomes quite bitter lasting quite a while. The body is massive, befitting a barleywine, not quite syrupy, great mouthfeel on the whole with a little nose-tingling alcohol sensation as well. I’m impressed, but this could use some time in the cellar to sort out the hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
A new favorite in the Barley Wine category. Pours clear amber with small cream colored head which fades quickly leaving little to no lacing. Excellent combination of sweet malt with hoppy bitterness; hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2008
22oz bottle, Limited Early 2008 Release Pours like motor oil, pleasing, sweet aroma that i rich and complex hops. Minimal head. A little spice, some alcohol kick and a slight hoppy finish. Excellent and that’s without cellering... I need to put one away for next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Just drank the bottle and assumed I had already written a review. Guess not so I’ll have to do a "review light" until I drink again. Aroma: wonderful, full hops. Appearance: slightly cloudy dark golden, off amber. Flavor: Simply wonderful. I would put this close to Behemoth and my dark horse candidate, Big Foot. Palate: nice balance. Overall: Love it will but it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Early 2009 Vintage, Bottle from Frugal Mac’s. Leave it to Stone to make a hoppy Barley Wine. Pours a beautiful, dark gold with a long-lasting head. Smell is part caramel, part hops. Taste is something else. When it’s cold, hop flavors dominate to the point where it reminds me of Three Floyds’ Apocalypse Cow. However, as it warms up, the barley, caramel flavors start to open up. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Amazing barleywine.. hazy reddish amber pour with a thin offwhite head. aromas of raisins, caramel, dark fruit... Flavor follows with tons of sweet malt up front and a pretty hoppy finish but not overwhelming.

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