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RATINGS: 1750   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Its hard to dis' a nice beer because it clearly misses its style. So I didn't. The beer is good, hoppy with decent malt body, good aroma and fairly complex with tobacco and citrus notes. However, it anin't a barleywine per se. I also don't want to fall into the trap of calling it a "disguised" IPA which is IMHO a bullshit way of lumping a beer into a category based upon one inability to critically differentiate between a beer and proper style. However, the beer is missing the residual sweetness from the typical crystal, Special B (or whatever its replacement is called) biscuit and other malts which typically lend a BW its charater and complexity. With thta said, I still enjoed this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Hazy sunny orange. Suspended particles seemed locked into place, as if in some gelatinous matrix. Aroma contains hints of belgian yeast spiciness intermixed with snippets of lemony notes and chives. Alcohol came through very prominently, and partially obscured a piney, evergreen hoppiness. Lesser malt aroma: somewhat buttery, with a hot-cereal sense. Flavor was massively bitter, with a light touch of caramel and a deep, rum-like liquorish finish. Really this is quite raucous and takes too long to calm down, making one a bit uncomfortable. Aging would do this a lot of good, but there is such thing as an embarrassment of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7797) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i haven’t had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2005 Bottle thanks to JohnC. Pale orange brew with a stinging alcoholic nose. Hops and alcohol are pretty much all this has going for it. Hopefully a few years will mellow it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
VINTAGE 2004. Couleur orangée sous une dense mousse blanche concassée. Prédominance extrême de houblon sur toute la ligne. Pamplemousses roses, oranges amers et résine de conifère étranglant sauvagement le malt biscuit et caramel. Le houblon est tellement puissant qu’il en vient qu’à suggérer un sirop rose médicinal. Une bonne dose d’alcool se faufile parmi l’amertume prononcée en finale. Visiblement encore trop jeune. J’enferme avec assurance, ce jeune monstre de houblon dans ma cave afin d’y passer une bonne année à s’adoucir et à maturer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Golden, reddish. Moderate head. Raisins and honey notes. Very sweet malty finish. Alcohol is totally absent. Quite special, but not paticulary well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
slightly hazy golden. aroma of booze, earth, piney hops, wood and big caramel. some fruity notes of apricot and peach with cotton candy and mixed fruit. sweet boozy, hoppy finish. very sweet, needs aging

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pet3rman (310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
22 oz Bomber: Early 07 Release: Pours Dark Amber with a big off white head. Aroma of fruit and booze. Taste is that of fruit and alcohol. Pretty complex but most masked by bitterness. Decent, not what I expected from a barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
22 oz. bottle - pours dark amber with slight haze and a little head just around the edges; malty aromas w/ sweet hops and some stale fruit; flavors come off stale as well with some spice and fruit mixed with the big hops; texture is thin with some alcohol burn; IMO, not a very drinkable BW at this point; not exactly harsh or anything like that, just not my type of BW as it was missing the sugary flavors that i love; i love stone, so was sort of disappointed with this one


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