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RATINGS: 1785   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours amber colored with thin head and decent lacing. Very sweet and strong aroma of malt, alcohol. Hops are not all that present in the aroma but come through in the taste. Very well balanced by the malt (caramel, toffee). Will definitely be picking up a few to cellar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden with a fluffy off-white foam. Aromas are spicy with loads of marzipan. Almond nuttiness with toffee and oranges. Oak barrel with spicy hops. Flavours are warming alcohol with sweet toffee and caramel. Marzipan with spicy pine hops and some softening cream and vanilla. A fair degree of alcohol on the finish. Good, if an acquired taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Tap at the Ginger Man, Manhattan - 29/05/12. Brown to amber colouration with a small to medium off-white head. Dark fruit, sweet malt, yeast and bread on the nose. Rich malt taste, bready, biscuit, some citrus, fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Intensely hoppy nose, dark roasted plums, wood, butterscotch and maple syrup. The flavor is pleasent: big and hoppy, like Bigfoot, with a nice musty malt sweetness that really scores points. Really good for being so young.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Marked as "Limited early 2008 release". Long description on the back of the bottle. Pours like syrup. Aroma is hoppy and barely wine fruity with some alcohol. Off-white head that goes away after a little bit. Really good lacing. Murky pink-orange body. Exceptionally hoppy and strong barely wine (11.26%). Probably a bit too hoppy (certainly for the style, and probably too hoppy for me). Syrupy mouthfeel with light, pleasant carbonation. Very nice alcohol presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7816) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught Orange-amber, just a small undefined rim. Fine, but quite affermative C-hops, further grapes, other dark fruit and lunaria. Wry, nearly tart hopsflavour. Some obvious caramel and piecrust. Well-bodied, slick, slightly burning MF. Surprising beer, in the sense that it feels sharp, aggressive at first, then gradually becomes dangerously easy-drinking. Less subtle (well...) than the older version, IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Boozed-up pine trees treading on wet earth...Dried apricots and plentiful pale fruit falling like leaves and grabbed by hop bitterness and alcohol...At this point in its young life, it feels agressive and not cohesive...I’ll have to come back in a year or two...3.5/5

1-year-old bottle : Hops have wonderfully laid back and let the rich malts shine...Superb unity of flavors, balance is achieved and the smooth and nourishing mouthfeel warms the body...4/5

Young 2007 vintage: This newly-bottled vintage was quite disappointing to me...None of the complex maltiness required to develop with age, none of the blooming hops to seduce the nostrils and tastebuds, this is just a smooth, überclean barley wine for those in search of a thoughtless evening sipper...Not what I usually expect from Stone...3.2/5

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
I found this one very similar to the OG 2003. Turbid coppery with big white head and aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and scotch. Typical barleywine taste sensations, but as usual, kicked up a notch. Wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
65 cl bottle thanks to deft. BB March 2010.
Hazy copper color, orange head. Milky, alcohol, malty, grainy, fat, sweet scent. Bitter alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Not good.
6/3/4/4/9=2.6

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On May 30, 2009
Hazy copper color, tan head. Lactic, alcohol, sweet scent; same goes for taste, though with a good amount of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Like it better than last time. Warming alcohol.
6/3/6/4/12=3.1

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Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
2010 version
Cloudy copper color, small white head. Sweet, hoppy, cheese scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/3/7/4/14=3.5

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Bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Feb 26, 2011
2010 version
Hazy copper color, yellow head. Fresh, citrus, hoppy, alcohol, hrash scent. Hoppy, citrus, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/4/7/4/14=3.6

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Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear copper color, off-white head. Sweet. lemon, acidic scent. Sweet, malty, acidic, lemon, hoppy taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
7/4/7/4/15=3.7

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Not quite as good as last year’s version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.


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