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RATINGS: 1800   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 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Exner83 (2) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Hmmm. Not quite my thing. It pours beautifully, though. The big plus? 11.26%, baby!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep copper with a light head. Aroma is deep with hops and alcohol. Flavor is wow. Strong hops punch. Taste doesnt really develop as it goes as I’d expect, but the hops linger. Light malt and citrus hints though. Overall, very powerful, pretty good. Very hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Aroma is sweet fruity hops but was not very strong. This beer pours a very nice golden amber color with nice medium head that dissipates to small thin head relatively quickly. Flavor took some getting use to. Small amounts of citrus are present but the taste is mostly of spices and hops. Somehow the combination seemed bland mid drink. Alcohol is present throughout. Finish is bitter. Overall the beer reminds me more of an IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Pours adeep copper to amber color has an unfiltered appearance thick tan head strong alcohol burn sweet malt flavor good hop bitterness not as much aroma as BIgfoot still nice fruity malty aromas and flavors a little light on the bite chocolate flavors emerge upon warming, good solid malt lacks depth in the hops but still a good barley wine.


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