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RATINGS: 1798   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
Amber color with a thin head. Dominating hops aroma with sugar. Strong flavors of hops, maybe some malt too. Bitter finish. The hops are too strong for this barley wine to be very good, it’s too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2492) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Luminous peach with tiny specks of yeast. Thick, sticky, and creamy white head. Notes of honey and powdery pale malts covered with toffee in the aroma. Miniscule hop presence with vaporous alcohol and firm phenolic esters. Unmistakably two row malt in the aroma, which far outweighs the Munich. Soft body. Spongelike carbonation. Abundance of bright and juicy hops quickly become buried within the fervid alcohol. Scattered hints of dates and leafy hops. Strong rubbing alcohol presence overwhelms the toasted cracker notes, which try to beef up the body. Candied malts soften the roast astringency. Soft hop presence creeps into the finish with a lasting solvent flavor and some overripe peach subtleties. Ugh. This badly needs something else (like more dryness and, dare I say, more hop emphasis), besides a simplistic malt character and understated hop presence, to deter the sugary sweetness and hot alcohol. Even now, after having three bottles of this, I still find it unimaginative and uninteresting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Winter 04. Burnt orange color with minimal off white head. Enticing sweet caramel aroma. Complex sweet malt flavor, vanilla, caramel and a little grapefruit bite. Burning, vodka like, alcohol with a hoppy, pine finish. Big, thick and syrupy. An array of flavors. Beautiful brew. Definitely worth aging. Winter 08 release. Orange, amber hue with a decent two finger off-white head. Receded quickly to thin topper with sticky lacing. Sweet creme brulee nose, brown sugar and vanilla but faint. Piney up front but not as much as expected from a young brew. Sweet and sticky, caramel, brown sugar and pancake syrup. Medium density with a short alcohol burn and mildly bitter finish. I have waited 4 years to get my hands on some of this. I was very disappointed. Aroma and flavor are not as pronounced as I remember or what I was expecting. I don’t know if aging would help this at all. Definitely not what I was expecting from Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8020) - 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.


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