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RATINGS: 1948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9007) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5829) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1732) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release, 22oz. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger light yellow head. Aroma of brown sugar, ETOH, light smoke, grain malts--though not the crappy pale lager type--some resiny and earthy hops. Some caramel malt and dark fruity notes, light tinge of leather noticeable. Most apparent flavors are the grains, fruits, and then caramel malts. Hops show up in the finish--resiny with moderate bitterness. Chewy. Full bodied, moderate smooth carbonation, alcohol well covered til the finish--isn’t necessarily bad, just is. I don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this, but nothing really stands out as fantastic to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15247) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle, 11.26%. Quite malty aroma, some bonbon/caramel. Red amber colour. Very bonbony flavour and aftertaste, caramellized sugar, quite sweet. Nice, but a bit too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2007
Thanks to Kook, tried at homebrew club night. Clear tawny brown body with a short lasting light tan head. Big malt aroma but with strong notes of pine and then the alcohol. The palate is easy drinking but not as promising as the nose, burnt caramel, toasted and some more dried fruit. Don’t pick up the alcohol as much in the taste as in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2006 version. Poured a small ivory head that mostly diminished, minimal carbonation, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, piney hops, and some raisin notes for the nose. Flavor was sweet, hops, caramel, brown sugar, dry, lightly bitter, and mildly acidic. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. Definitely a nice barley wine and worthy of a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2007 Bottle. Pours a very clear amber-copper color with a mostly full, off-white, creamy, and tight head; head settles to a small frothy bit leaving minimal lacing. Nose sweet with potent alcohol; also noting raisin, date, candi sugar, and some yeasty bread with some citrus and resin in the background. Similar flavor, sweet, candy-like, and fairly warming; notes of candi sugar, raisin, date, light bready notes, a touch of rich caramel, FAINT citrus. Palate is medium, soft to lively, and chewy with significant alcohol presence; this young brew really does not hide it’s potency well. Finishes with some drying out with the candi sugar still remaining, but some bitterness finally presenting itself with notes of light citrus and slight herbal. This being Stone, I was expecting more. IMHO, this one is far from optimal age; many months would help greatly. Surprising from Stone, being so incredibly sweet and almost hot (for 11%), this one just did not live up to the standards of the normal Stone curve. Not bad by any means, but something from Stone that I was hoping that would be much better. I find myself not wanting to try another BW for a while after this one. The 2008 version is a bit better with less heat but still not much better. My least favorite Stone brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 Amber pour with a nice creamy tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, fermenting fruit, and vanilla oak. This is most certainly too young to drink. Strong alcohol prescence and not much else. A bit of caramel and orange zest, but mostly rum/sherry like alcohol. Palate is medium/full, bitter, and has lots of alcoholic astringency. Great (and wierd) complexity (certainly more going on than I described here), but definatley way too young. I think this one is bound to round out nicely in a year or so.

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