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RATINGS: 1953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Another solid brew from Stone Brewing Co. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, fairly mellow. Tastes quite hoppy, but very tame compared to a ruination or something like that. heavier mouthfeel. Iím generally not a big fan of the alcohol flavors, but this finishes very warm, and even the high alcohol% is not a problem with all the hops involved.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2007
2007, 22 oz bottle. Pours with a small frothy off-white head. There is hardly no lacing and the head fully diminishes. Looking through the glass it looks flat, there are no bubbles floating to the surface. The color is half-way between brown and orange, probably mahogany. The aroma is of caramel, some citrus and slight alcohol. Then for the first taste. Very deep caramel malt notes, along with pine and citrus hops, possibly lemon? There are also hints of raisin, pineapple, cherry and some brown sugar. The first taste is very sweet with a moderate bitter bite to it, then the sweetness falls back and the true bitterness comes through which sticks to the back of the tounge for quite a while, it has a slight alcohol finish. It also has a very full body with a creamy texture. The carbonation is very soft. Overall I feel this is very good, I bought 2 bottles, one to drink fresh and one to celler for a few years to compare notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Glass: snifter Purchased at: Joe Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ Price: $6.49 Size: 22 fl oz ABV: 11.26% IBU: n/a Estimated Calories: 400C RateBeer Rating: 97 Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sharp (alcohol) Impression: nice Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee Hops Aroma: mud mold clover rum rubber mango Other Aroma: grapes arugula pepper Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas - very interesting. Appearance 4 out of 5 Color: dark Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear Head Retention: poor Lace: poor Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sweet start with bitter finish Impression: amazing Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso Hops Flavor: dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit Other: mango, ashes Notes: One of the best barley wines Iíve ever had, and no surprise from Stone. Palate 5 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: drying warming Body: full Carbonation: average Finish Length: very long Intensity: very strong Balance: very bitter Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip. General Impression: 19 out of 20 Craftmanship: excellent Freshness: fresh Personal Taste: loved Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation. Address : <http://beercritic.wordpress.com/>

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mike67 (1111) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
A fresh 2011 bomber. Pours amber with a white, long lasting head. Intoxicating aroma of sweet malt, cherry fruit and herbal hops. Full, very sharp body. Delicious taste of caramel, cherries, herbal hops. Huge, dry, hoppy finish. I shared this bottle with my friends, who had never heard about Barley wines. They were amazed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (65) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2016
This is a very difficult beer to rate, since they keep changing the recipe year to year. I felt the last vintage I had tasted like ass, but this Pekko Hops version 2016 is the bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JavierAldea (31) - , SPAIN - MAY 14, 2011
Good appearance, Complex aroma of herbal hops, complex, delicious and strong taste with a long hoppy end, One of my favorites..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 2010 Vintage bottle shared@home: appearance is a slightly hazy copper, sweet malt (a sweetness that fills the entire mouth), caramel, lots of fruits (peaches, citrus, mango,Ö), there seems to be some residual hop in here but it seems to have melted in to the sweetness & mixed in with the fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet spices, cinnamon & vanille exceptionally balanced, not getting any alcohol here, nice malt-rich body, medium carbonation //// Got another bomber of this one // early 2010 Vintage, still very yummy but hops seem to be having a bit too much remaining bitterness for me tuning out the oranges, marmalade, pine goodness of before, tuned the score down from 4.9 to 4.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2011
So sick! 2008. 22oz. 3 years in and it needs more! Pours a wonderful darker copper with a nice white head. Malty caramel deliciousness in the nose, but i can smell the hops. Balanced and wonderful palate, finishes bitter while the mid is filled with malty sweeter notes. I had an 07 last year and loved it as well, but something about this really made it special. Just imagine if it were "rare".

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jokomobo (6) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
2013 bomber. Dark amber, red color. Aroma is bread, caramel, citrus hops. Mouthful is full and thick. Fruity front, malty/caramel middle, better back that liners with alcohol notes. My first barleywine, and Iím hooked. Looking forward too my second bottle a year or two from now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Right off the bad this beer pours a gorgeous dark copper color with a thick, dense khaki head. Loads of lacing after every sip. Aroma is very much full of earthy and grapefruit hop, has a rich malt profile, and fairly strong booze. Flavor changes after the initial shock. At first it is very intensely bitter and strong alcohol. Then it turns to a great balance between intense bitterness from the hops and a heavy malt presentation. A little raisiny, a little fruity, mostly just too intense to really drscribe, in a good way. This one has me flabbergasted. Very great beer.

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