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RATINGS: 1825   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crockett (1022) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7068) - 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 doesns’t have anything special about it

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CelticBrew (897) - 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. I’m afarid to say, it doesn’t 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2008
I love the guys at Stone, but this one goes the same way most Barleywines go for me... they look and smell better than they taste. Great copper color and malty notes with just a touch of hops. But this one was overdone - especially on the hop smack. Can you say balance in a beer? Greg missed it on this one. There are many other better styles, especially from Stone.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeerFanatic (900) - Friona, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 This was my first barleywine and will most likely be my last. The flavor just didn’t sit well with me, as there was a huge aftertaste of alcohol. It’s almost like mixing an ale with a shot of vodka.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevd193213 (895) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2009
22 oz bomber. Thick amber pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of hops, sugar and some piney citrus fruit. Taste is acidic, nice lacing with a bitter finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Very hoppy nose with not much malt, which is pretty much what the rest of the beer is like. Pretty light in color for a barley wine but yet it is still sweet. I think age will help this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
djstatik (1) - USA - MAR 14, 2005 does not count
great robust flavor, nice brown sugar nose. i love the tint of rose color it has. don’t know if it will hold up too long in your cellar. I think it is best after 3 or 4 months in the bottle.great cold sunday barlywine, sit back and enjoy the complex spices that will keep you guessing. When you see one of these, GRAB the case. They are hard to come bye and well worth the hunt.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Slightly hazy orange coloured. Aroma of fruits, raisins and prunes. Very sweet and fruity flavour with an alcoholic touch. Not very hoppy. Medium bodied.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1370) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium off white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet and spicy candy-like caramel with some hoppiness and a bit of watery DMS. It’s kind of metallic and phenolic as well.

The flavor is spicy caramel and a strong watery alcohol with a sharp and spicy bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Overall, not so great. It’s too alcoholic and not very complex. I wonder if this bottle might be a little bad (especially from the smell). I’ve had it once before and remember not being impressed though.


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