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RATINGS: 1945   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15193) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4841) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenemperor (11) - sincinnasti, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Amber-red color, smells like salad tomatoes and caramel.malty sweet at first with a touch of croutons then drifts down the gullet with good ibu balance, I prefer a much more over the top hop intensity in a bwine, but my tongue may be numbed from drinking oldcrusty and fresh bigfoot before this....I do enjoy the abv however:)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Poured an impressive bronze color with a creamy white head. Smells of fruit, grain, and hops. Syrupy sweet, exotic fruits, toffee, caramel, grain, citrus etc. Has that thick, barleywine mouthfeel, with a bit of heat on the end to show off the high alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel and of bitter hops. Flavor is nice caramel malts with a bitter grassy hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - 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 (257) - 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 there’s a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally there’s a perfume of white flowers and pine. It’s surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this there’s 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 I’m sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands it’s 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 I’ve 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. I’d recommend it.


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