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RATINGS: 1960   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1675) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Amber/orange appearance with an average size, off white head. Aroma starts resinous and citrusy, then a caramel malt and softer fruit nose emerges. Sweet malt taste does little to hide the alcohol. Flavors of ripe fruit and caramel gradually lose ground to a bitter, spicy hoppiness. Full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leads to a bitter, lingering finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3577) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Rerate; original ratings below. Bottle was of the 2006 vintage. Murky, lightish, orange brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of chewy caramel with some fruit, alcohol and spice?. Surprised and how much alcohol was in the taste. Flavor was dominated by caramel malt, with some toffee and sweet. Hops have mellowed a bit. Didnt find the palate creamy like last time. Liked it about as much time, although it does lack the complexity of some of the "elite" versions of the style. Rating remained a 3.9. (Poured a brown auburn. Big malt aroma; bready; caramel; raisin. Taste was malty; pit fruit/raisin; Sweet. Used to hate this style when I first started drinking. But really enjoyed this one. Creamy mouth feel. Another good one from Stone. On a second tasting had more burning of the throat than i remembered (2007).)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2007
Thanks to Kook, tried at homebrew club night. Clear tawny brown body with a short lasting light tan head. Big malt aroma but with strong notes of pine and then the alcohol. The palate is easy drinking but not as promising as the nose, burnt caramel, toasted and some more dried fruit. Dont pick up the alcohol as much in the taste as in the nose.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2004 bottle enjoyed New Years Eve. Pours orange-amber with a light hazy. Big malt aroma with a nice crispness to it. Lots of alcohol, strong hops, and definite notes of citrus, minerals, and pine. The flavor was wonderful. Big malts with lots of caramel and great big pine hops. Some fruit presence. This thing has really started to blend and mellow. Full bodied and creamy with a semi-dry finish. I really like this. I wish I would have saved more than one bottle. If you have any 2004 give it a try!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
Orange amber colour with a thick head and a great aroma. Strong spicy caramel flavour thats a bit earthy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Taster at Stones new beer garden and bistro. 2005 Vintage. Pours Amber with a small head. The aroma is sweet and full of dried fruit. The taste is pure yum (I know very descriptive). Sweet dried fruite with a nice full mouth feeling.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15379) - Snderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle, 11.26%. Quite malty aroma, some bonbon/caramel. Red amber colour. Very bonbony flavour and aftertaste, caramellized sugar, quite sweet. Nice, but a bit too bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
I look at the picture and wonder how did they get that head on this beer? For me and the bottle I had ; no way it is not happening, no head. Aroma and taste are mostly malts, caramel with not much hops, a sweet taste. Not bad but the alcohol is dominate in taste, for me.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Cloudy with minimal head; hoppier than I expected. Love the writings on the bottle--so much fun for a beer that lacks every where else. Not my favorite Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle, "limited early 2006 release," whatever that means. Hazelnut color with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma of hops, vanilla, oak, citrus, caramely malts, bitter almond, alcohol, complex and nice. Big malts in the flavor, light hops, caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla again, sweet. Much thicker on the palate than I expected, nice carbonation. I love barley wines, and this is a nice take on one. Not as hoppy as an old horizontal, but much richer, I think I just found a new staple.


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