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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4948) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 22 oz bottle marked early 2006. Poured reddish copper wtih a medium but long lasting head A powerful fruity aroma of vanilla, maple, an maybe grapes greets you. Tons of flavor. Does not taste like it is 11.26 % alcohol. Which is a danger, because you could drink a lot of this...it is that good. If fact this is so wonderful I am going go back to my local COOP where I purchased this and lay in a supply. Like a fine wine you discover, you want to have this on hand to impress friends on just how good a brewed drink can get. Update 1/31/07. : I bought a bunch back in March and put them in my wine cellar. No one has ever told me how to store beer, so I kept the bottles upright amd at 55 degrees just as it says on the bottle... I decided to do a comparison of the aged bottles and a brand new bottle dated Early 2007 puchased today. I could barelly tell them apart though the aged one was slightly smoother. As I had already given this a five for palate it did not change the overall score. . Aging might be a good idea but it appeared nine months did not make that much difference. I have a few more bottles left, and will check back in another nine months and see if I can tell if 18 monthis improves it any more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
this was second barley wine i had .it was ok i have had better .the only other BW i ever had was FFF behemoth so i really have nothing to compare it to Still overall it was a good beer and everybody likes stone beer so you can not go wrong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
2007 bottle. Def in my top 5 barley wines. very small head which leaves in an instant. Very sweet and complex. Hides the alcohol very well. love it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 2007 vintage. Nice deep amber pour. The sweetness of the malt is accompanied by alcohol in the aroma. Strong alcohol flavor with a lingering taste of hops. I actually understood what was written on the back of the bottle for a change. Early 2006 vintage. Coppery orange pour with an off white head. Aroma is alcohol, some sugar, and a bit of fruit (dried apricot). Taste is strong and sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. It gets to be a bit syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Tastes of molasses. Better with age as time has mellowed the alcohol flavor. Robust in texture, full in complexity. This beer could definitely use more time. Fruity aftertaste as it goes down. This is a great year for O.G. I could not contemplate why Greg would possibly write an essay on the back of the bottle though. Non the less this is a great beer with an awesome taste on its own of a stone beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Tried on draft at Pizza Port in San Clemente. A really incredible brew. I am actually surprised it is a barley wine style ale. The flavor is an awesome sweet balance of hops and malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 "is it possible for a beer to punch you in the face (twice-first a malt jolt, then tremendous hops), and yet still leave you wanting to drink another right away. that was my first experience with this massive-in-every-way beer, and I havenít changed my mind. BEST BARLEYWINE EVER!!! the only thing preventing this from being a 5 is that it was better fresh...it didnít age as well as a Barleywine should."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bomber, 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy copper with an off white head with good retention. Lots of hops in the aroma, floral and earthy. A touch of caramel, but surprisingly not as much as expected. Flavor is very bitter. Not overpowering, but enough bitterness to overpower the malt. I have had aged bottles of this beer that were far more balanced. While this is good fresh, a couple years of cellaring really makes it amazing. Still very good at this point but too much hop bitterness to allow the malt to shine. Quite sticky and well carbonated..

UPDATE 10/30/09
Drinking an 08 bottle and wow...this beer canít get any more perfect than it is right now. Smooth and sophisticated in every way, tons of toffee and caramel, a bit of earthy and citrusy hops left in the aroma, mellow and wonderful. Bumping my score up a few points as this is definitely one of the best barley wines Iíve had.

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