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RATINGS: 1863   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1923) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bomber. Orange colored,translucent, moderate white head. Aroma of pine and alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet offset some by the hop bitterness and lots of alcohol. As with most barleywines, syrupy body malt backbone. Dry finish for a barleywine. Good Beer but felt too hot and overwealming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Solid. Not an exciting barley-wine but a couple interesting notes such as wood and light spice. Enjoyable and the alcohol is well masked.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours a reddened amber with a finger of quickly diminishing head. And when this goes it leaves only a touch of lacing; soon, though, the beer looks like brandy or wild honey, which is the first bold impression to meet the nose. Then thereís a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally thereís a perfume of white flowers and pine. Itís surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this thereís a rich toffee malt. Mouth feel is almost flat with just a tingle of carbonation. The finsh is long and tunes up the sweetness. As for the alcohol, the high ABV is mostly hidden and with time Iím sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands itís certainly enjoyable, but not great; given two or three years I can see this settling into a highly complex beer. That hint of blue cheese promises good things.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Pours an off-amber with a cloud-like white head. Aroma is fruity and floral, warm, hoppy, just a bit malty. Taste is definitely a barleywine, but smoother than others Iíve tried. Fruity and warm, definitely some alcohol bitterness but not as bitter as I expected from Stone. Palate is clean if not a little thick and coaty. Not bad but not my favorite either. Iíd recommend it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2010
An aroma of raisins, apple juice, citrus, and a touch of cilantro; this almost smells like a wheat beer. The taste is of citrus, lightly roasted malt, grapefruit, and mostly mid brewing hop bitterness. The head isnít much to speak of, and the color is a bit light, a reddish amber. This beer is better than most other beers, but when compared to the high quality of most stone brewing beers, it is mediocre at most. Itís good to try, but I would pick a different stone brew over this one. In regard to barley-wine style beers, this is a little plain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeratarian (150) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2011 @ home 22 oz... Thick,medium brown to dark amber pour leads to a thin, tight, ivory head. Aromas of dried fruit and sweet malts. Alcohol is present with a smooth malt balance. I remember this one to be more hoppy and biting but this year seemed to smooth out. A descent barleywine, but doesnít live up to Stoneís over-the-top hops that they sold me with. Trying the Belgo Tomorrow.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours a brownish/orange. Almost a spirit like aroma but not powerful smelling. Initial sip has solid bitterness that matches up to the malt base that is really strong. Then the alcohol kicks in. Very smooth and easy to drink despite the hoppiness level.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4122) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark orange hazy coloured, white head. Aroma is slight candy sugar, caramel, lots of hops. Flavour is sweet caramel malts, bitter hoppiness, fruits, little alcohol kick. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Aroma of dates and yeast. Appears dusty and dark red. Tastes of figs, caramel and barley with a good sting from the alcohol. The drink leaves a big grain aftertaste and you can really sense the alcohol. Big beer but a bit ungulpable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 2005- Poursa clear orange/amber hue with a small, lightly frothed off-white head with mediocre lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts, a little cereal, hints of oranges and spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a lingering finish. Very bitter on contact with the tongue. Favors of spruce, a little perfumy, and finishes with a soapy residue. MMMM.....Not up to par with last years, but will have to age a few as this brew seems to have some sediment unlike most of the big brews from stone as of late. 2004--I donít think I was the biggest fan of the old íold guardianí but now I can say I love it. The new recipe is just what the doctor ordered. Hoppy, malty, with a good flavor of malts coming through. 8/4/8/5/17-4.2


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