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RATINGS: 1798   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
1010 (309) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Best barleywine I have had. 22 oz bomber Pours an amber color with a nice white head.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2009 Early Release, cellar aged. Appearance is deep copper/amber with a few tiny pieces of sediment and great head retention, off-white head. Aroma is toasted toffee, caramel, spicy resinous hops, biscuit, very balanced. Taste is toffee, caramel, toaste, pine, alcohol, mild spicy hop bite on finish, still very dominated by hops upon tasting. Body is full, below average carbonation, not quite creamy, bittersweet finish. Overall, a great age on a great beer but I’ve had a 4 year old Guardian and all I can say is, don’t drink this unless it has AT LEAST 2 years, around 4 or 5 is perfect for this hopped-up monster of a barleywine. Props to Stone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 24, 2011
Just amazing. Has a bunch of powerful flavors that i am having problem putting a name on. Very sweet but balanced out by a lot of hops. Reminds me a bit of the best imperial ipa’s i have had, but with something more.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Thick, rich, creamy, with hints of toffee or caramel/ butterscotch. Hazy brown/orange pour into a snifter-type glass, with a foamy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Very smooth, malty, great aftertaste. I’m pretty partial to Stone.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaiho (71) - - AUG 21, 2012
Keg into a half pint chalice at the White Horse, sw6. Intense is the word for this beer. It has amped-up levels of everything. A beautiful ruddy brownish in the glass that glows with an infernal red when viewed against a light. Bitter, sweet and thick all at once in the mouth. Delicious booziness wafts through the mouth into the nose on a swallow. Likening this to port wine is perhaps most appropriate. Best enjoyed as a rare after dinner treat.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ogreface (1345) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 25, 2012
Gyönyörű színe van, szinte mahagóni vörös, belül sejtelmesen ködös, fátyolos, krémes, fehér habbal. Illata melaszos, datolyás, aszalt gyümölcsös, élesztős, fűszeres, kissé komlós. Fügelikőrösen, édeskésen, aszalt gyümölcsösön indul az íz, érezni benne a magas alkoholtartalmat, de nem bántóan inkább selymesen, konyakosan, jönnek a fűszerek, fás érlelésű beütés, kis kakaó, vanília, sok maláta és komló gyanta. Igen összetett. Testes és szénsavas. Utóíze keserédes és igen kívánatos. Klasszis!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bomber, 2012 vintage. Copper color, big head bubbles down, translucent. As good as it gets when it comes to barleywine...more bitter than some others I’ve had but hey, that’s the "Stone bite" I’ve grown accustomed to. I’ve got another bottle I’ll age and then re-rate in like 2 years.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchPls (552) - FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
2012 vintage. Lovely reddish copper colour and a big beige head. Nice peach marmelade on the nose with a hint of bitterness. Mouth feel is full and soft. Caramel, sweetness, round and strong hoppy bitterness with lots of body. This is a very lovely brew. I think I have to check out if Alko has more of this. I should buy and store more of it for special occasions.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
22 fl oz / 650mL bottle into a tulip. Served cool. Aroma: Unlike anything I have smelt before, as far as beer goes. It smells pretty boozy. Pretty malty, too. The hop profile smells like a Stone beer’s hop profile, if that makes sense. I’m having a hard time describing the aroma, but I assure you it is wonderful. Appearance: Very handsome. Barely translucent deep, dark amber with a tan-ish head. Taste: Incredibly malty and hoppy. The 11.6% ABV is nicely masked. You can taste that it’s strong, but you’d never guess it’s that strong. Quite lovely. Palate: Full body. Long, long finish. Flavors linger. Kind of warms. Overall: My first barley wine ever! Pretty fantastic. Flavors are direct, but have lots of depth and character. Delicious stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Vintage 2011 poured November 2013. Poured cloudy orange brown with a thin frothy head that dissipated after the first sip. Very very faint alcohol bite considering the ABV. Very malty but not terribly strong tasting like most barley wines I’ve had.


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