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RATINGS: 1968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5812) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 vintage - aged one year. Pours bright amber into a snifter. Head quiclkly subsides with no lacing. Caramel and alcohol armoas. Rum, creme caramel with a lasting bittersweet finish. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 bottle - This barley wine has a great malt, oak, and hop aroma. All three blend together nicely in the flavor with some alcohol presence, but not too much. I think a year of aging has been good for it. Its another great brew from Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy orange amber with a light white head. Alot of toffee malts and molasses in the smell. Very rich. Tastes of citrus hops and caramel. Slight bitterness in the finish. Hops pretty present in the finish as well. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste and I believe its 11 %. Another solid brew from a great brewery. Cant wait to bring some back to Fla from Cali!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
My first Barley Wine, and I loved it. Great start and a fantastic finish. I could taste all different types of fruits and spices. Yummy untill the last drop.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Amber body with a foamy white head. Srtong aroma that generally accompanies a barley wine. Could have aged a bit more, but still boasts a dense and fruity boquet. Complex with a pretty good bite at the end, a fine example of a barley wine. For the price though, I wont have this one again until next year.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2007 Limited Early Release. Pours amber with a light quickly disapting head. Light aromas with a bitter sweet flavorand finish. Definitly one to age for a while. Shows alot of potential. Will revisit this one next year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Thin Amber color with a small white head. Fruit and alchohol notes. Thin in the palate. Tastes of raisons, spices, and candy sugars. Good Barley Wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2007 Bottle. Pours a very clear amber-copper color with a mostly full, off-white, creamy, and tight head; head settles to a small frothy bit leaving minimal lacing. Nose sweet with potent alcohol; also noting raisin, date, candi sugar, and some yeasty bread with some citrus and resin in the background. Similar flavor, sweet, candy-like, and fairly warming; notes of candi sugar, raisin, date, light bready notes, a touch of rich caramel, FAINT citrus. Palate is medium, soft to lively, and chewy with significant alcohol presence; this young brew really does not hide its potency well. Finishes with some drying out with the candi sugar still remaining, but some bitterness finally presenting itself with notes of light citrus and slight herbal. This being Stone, I was expecting more. IMHO, this one is far from optimal age; many months would help greatly. Surprising from Stone, being so incredibly sweet and almost hot (for 11%), this one just did not live up to the standards of the normal Stone curve. Not bad by any means, but something from Stone that I was hoping that would be much better. I find myself not wanting to try another BW for a while after this one. The 2008 version is a bit better with less heat but still not much better. My least favorite Stone brew.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Clear amber colour, thin disappearing head. Caramel and alcohol on the nose. The taste is...different. I get some grapefruit like hops with a weird butterscotch middle. Theres a bit of alcohol and some yeastiness as well. It is quite sticky and candy like. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness.


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