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RATINGS: 1802   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Gold-amber color, little to no head. Sweet, non fruit aroma. Thicker, light syrup mouth feel, but not chewey. Slight alcohol flavor, but balanced well with malt. Low to medium carbonation. Overall, good, but not my favorite barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Pours out an amber color with basically no head. It has a very strong aroma of alcohol. The taste is somewhat bitter with an overwhelming amount of alcohol taste. Iíd reccoment Old Horizontal instead, much better barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
bottle. amber color, small white head with minimal lacing. very malty smell and taste with a strong alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
One of my bottles at RBSG. Not much interest. Could have been aged a little longer. Slightly haze amber pour with a short off white head. Lots of hop but shorter than I would have expected. Tastes more like a IIPA than a barleywine. Some cottoncandy, grapefruit. Pepper and heartburn. Hot. Decent but perhaps fruit and sweetness could have been developed more in time. Look forward to the next sample.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 1, 2005
bottled. orange colour with a quickly-diminishing head. aroma of alcohol, stone fruit and pine needles. slight toffee and some grapefruit and then a big hit of alcohol that lingers in the mouth. just doesnsít have anything special about it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
(22oz Bottles. 03/2006). Initial, estery nose gives way quickly to sweet, bready aromas. Pours clear and deep amber. Yellowish, medium-sized head that lasts pretty nicely but does dissipate to a thin yellow film. Some metalic notes up-front. Hot. Balanced toward bitterness, medium-full to full bodied. Skewed toward hops the maltiness is barely perceptible but does reveal some bready, caramel notes. Some dried fruit in the aftertaste. With some time and oxidation, this could probably develop into a nicer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught. 2005 vintage. Clear, deep amber color with thin off white head and scrawny looking lace. Strong malty aroma reminiscent of molasses. I also smelled some weak citrusy hops and grape candy. Tastes of alcohol mostly with toffee and caramel in the background. Full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1458) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22oz Bottle, bought 2007 early release. Very strange, i almost think this was meant to be Ruination IPA. Very Hoppy at the first sip.. very much like an IIPA.. after it warmed a tad become more like a Barley wine but still alot of hops, good beer, but not what i was looking for.. Def. a good choice for aging, with high alcohol and bottle conditioned. all in all a good beer, will need to try an older aged one to see how it is... still a good brew from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubbleflubber (1832) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Pours nut brown with an initially nice cream head.... bubbles nicely play from the bottom of the glass upward.... leaves a decent ring around the liquid, and soap coats the remnants of it. Sugar, dried fruits, malt, candy, earthen hops and some apricot to the nose. After the pull, the leftover aroma on the lips scents the air of caramelized nuts... probably the best part of the whole experience. The flavor is a bit disappointing. Barleywines, at least good ones, arenít quite this boldly bitter. There is a slightly retentive alcohol burn that accompanies the bitter finish, but it misses out on the sweetness and malt complexity. ABV is high, which is about the only reminiscent quality of a good B-Wine, but completely drops the ball on delivery. Hops are way too assertive, and almost reminds me of a Double IPA.... without the grapefruit, citrus or pine..... (so maybe itís nothing like an IIPA...lol....)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CelticBrew (826) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours medium amber, somewhat hazy. Medium foamy head, aroma of malts hops with resins, caramels, wet forrest in the end. Flavour is strong in the area of malted hops, resins and caramel. Iím afarid to say, it doesnít seem as refined as I wold expect from a Stone ale product. The beer is drinkable, but far from remarkable (as I was expecting). Perhaps some cellaring would be in order, however fresh outa the barrel it really needs a little more.

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