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RATINGS: 1812   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3861) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 On draft at Abraxas. Probably the early 09 vintage. Clearish red orange pour with no real head. Piney hop resin flavor is well balanced. Some citrus notes. I guess this thing must need a bit more time to really bring out the ’barleywine’ flavors i’ve come to expect. Rerate: more hoppy than i remembered. Big american version of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Very strong and liquor like. Not very balanced. It assaults your senses too much to enjoy. I used the rest of my bottle to cook with.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 22oz 2009 bottle. Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells of hay, some citrus, and hops. Tastes of brown sugar, floral hops, and some dryness on the finish. I expect more complexity from a barley wine like this. The hops just dominate both the flavor and aroma. I would have no idea this was a 11+% or a barley wine if I tasted this blind.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (637) - Delaware, USA - DEC 2, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Sweet, syrupy ,butterscotch-like aroma. One of the best I’ve smelled in a beer. Tastes of hops, orange peel, and maybe some vanilla. A little too much hop on the backend for me. Great mouthfeel. Can hardly taste the alcohol through all of the hops. Update in 2012: Found the 2012 to be much different than my original rating, the hoppiness I sensed in ’09 was swallowed up by too sweet malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (887) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2010
Poured a light amber color with a thick foamy head. Aroma was very sweet. Lots of honey and caramel flavors. Taste starts out sweet but then the hops kick in and dry things out. High ABV is hidden very well. This is good, barley wines just aren’t my thing.

3.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
STiGNZ (11) - USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle from the Beer Store (NZ). Massive aroma’s of Butterscotch and Vanilla. Big alcohol feel with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Good but not one of the better Barley Wines I’ve tasted.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of dried tropical fruit (mango, papaya), tangerine, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic. Starts off relatively promising with a very fruity/estery nose, but it’s too boozy and watery and stark in the mouth to be as much pleasure to drink. Not bad, but needs work.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Draft. Light orange color with big ivory head. Citrus and malt aroma . Nice lacing. Another Stone over the Top beer. Alcohol is the firstthing that hits the palate. This stuff will kick your ass. Sour and sweet and bitter. I thought the alcohol taste was a bit much.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2004
22oz bomber. 05.24.04 Bright orange-gold. aroma has what seems to be the typical Stone signature. Sweet. Taste is appropriately sweet, but the beer is terribly hoppy for a barley wine. Not much alcohol presence or depth as I’d expect for the style. Tasty, but I can’t figure what about this beer actually makes it a ’barley wine’ as it is not at all about malts except briefly at the start, there is little depth, nothing lingering except hop burn, crazy astringency.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. Super hoppy and intense, as expected. Some caramelly malts, huge pine orange hops in here, and pretty bitter. Some lychee. Very noticable alcohol in the finish, tasty, but a bit raw.


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