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RATINGS: 1944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
This slightly foggy, amber beer had a small, frothy off white head, which quickly faded away. The aroma was heavily hopped, slightly sweet (maybe grapefruit) and the scent of pine was also apparent. The flavor was a little bitter, presumably because of all the hops. Again could detect a sweet citrus flavor. Its finish had a moderate alcohol burn. However, I noticed that as the beer warmed, the alcohol aftertaste diminished and I was left with a more pleasant beer to savor. Personally, if I am going to drink a Barley wine I would prefer the English styles, such as Thomas Hardy’s or JW Lee’s. If, however, you prefer extremely hoppy beer, go for this one, you may enjoy it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 2007 vintage sampled on 6/17/07: Pours a hazy dark copper bronze with a frothy thin light tan head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malt. Body starts sticky sweet and caramely with a big, biggering hoppy presence toward a drier, warming bittersweet finish. I’d prefer this with a little more aroma and flavor hops and not as many bittering hops, but then I’d probably taste the alcohol more.

2005 vintage sampled on 9/28/05: Pours a dark copper with orange tiint and a big, frothy off-white head with greenish hues. Aroma has a very nice balance of sweet caramel malt and piney hops. Body has a good, sweet malty and hoppy balance, but doesn’t hide the alcohol anywhere near as well as the Old Horizontal I just had. This will probably be pretty good after a few years of aging, but even six months has little effect right now. Needs more of a silky smooth, viscous palate as well.

2004 vintage sampled on 5/6/04: Pours a rich copper bronze with a thick and well-lacing white head. Aroma is a bounty of sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Body starts syrupy sweet, turning more bitter and lightly fruity toward a finish that masks the alcohol very well. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but they just don’t seem to mesh together as well as they could. A little more balance and more subtle bitterness, and this could be improved. Still a nice barleywine, but I expect a little more from Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Copper pour with medium lacing. Very hoppy aroma immediately present. Alcohol very noticeable in the taste. Hops, grapefruit rind, slight malt come through strong. Slight malt/alcohol finish. This one needs to rest for some time, a little too raw at this point in its life.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2004
deep cloudy golden color, minimal but mostly lasting head. aroma is very heavy on buttery toffee and earthy hops, and for some reason a little bit of canteloupe. flavor is lightly sweet, tongue numbing alcohol, hops not really all that assertive in the flavor. finish is moderately sweet. I was hoping this would be better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Had this at Vail Beer Fest. 2-oz. sample in a snifter. Beer poured a hazy medium honey-brown color without any head. The aroma was moderately hoppy with notes of grapefruit and pine / resin and moderately yeasty with a note of fresh bread. There were also light notes of honey, black tea and pear. Pretty interesting. The flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a long, lightly sweet heavily bitter finish. The body was medium-to-full the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively. The alcohol is quite well hidden in both the aroma and palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8900) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On tap at Toronado. This dark amber ale poured with a small tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor was bitter, then sweet and fruity, then a long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, GregClow, and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one, even if it is a young 2006 version! Deep orange, small white head. Lots of alcohol in sweet aroma. Full mouthfeel - nice first impression. Very easy to drink - surprisingly. Wonderfully balanced alcohol and malt. Nice hops in middle and end. Lots of sweet bread notes. I really enjoyed drinking it, but as a barleywine, it was simple and straightforward - likely to age quite nicely. Thanks for sharing Harry!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
Deep amber color; small but persistent head. Malty nose, and sweet caramel. Medium thickness, quite oily mouthfeel; round; malty, but with more caramel than other examples; the alcohol is too warming; some hop resins. At the end the bitterness is well blended with the malt. Solid and well brewed, without thrills.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty intense with some discernable hops on the top. Taste is dominated by huge sweet malt on the border of being disgustingly too sweet. Finish is hoppy but not overly so and provide a nice balance with the malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a nice example of an American barleywine and something I would probably seek again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1724) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Pours a golden orange with a pale yellow/brown head. Licorice aroma. Sweet malt flavor along with toffee and fruitiness. Very good stuff. The 11.26% ABV goes virtually unnoticed in the taste, but presents itself in the post-swallow warmth.


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