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RATINGS: 1971   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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3.9
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Aroma is sweet, raisins and pine hops. Poured a deep ruby red with a finger of off white head. Taste is pine hops up front, then a malty sweetness, and raisins with a boozy taste after that. Bitter finish that kind of hangs out.

4.1
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2012 Release Wonderful malty caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is big and intense caramely malt. Fruit, raisins, a little coffee. Noticeable bitterness in the finish but it works with the sweetness. Excellent!

3.7
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Pours a wonderful ruby color. Taste of caramel malts and a nice hop presence to lend some bitterness. Good beer.

4
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
First of all, great looking bottle. All of Stoneís are, but this one is very cool. Who could read that novel on the back though? Got a couple sentences in and gave up. Anyways, this is not as dark as I expected and is very smooth and sweet for the style. Very surprised to see such a high ABV, it is very well hidden. Itís gonna be tough, but i would drink this again if possible.

3.7
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2008
beautiful copper color, small off white head. wonderful malt hop flavor, good palate. only downside is the slight metallic hop aftertaste.

4
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Wow, lots of head for a barley wine. My first Stone, and its good, but not as good as I expected. Crisp taste, fruity with a strong sugary backbone, the 11.26% ABV makes itself known as well. This is a big beer, but I feel like it wants to be bigger. Almost like a weaker version of the DFH Olde School. Donít get me wrong though, itís still fantastic. Not a bad barley wine by a long shot, just not the very best.

4.5
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Best barleywine I have had. 22 oz bomber Pours an amber color with a nice white head.

4
Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 2016 release. Pours a dark caramel color with almost foamy fleeting bubbled head. Smells bold sweet and ritch. Tastes like sweet maple sultanas with a brilliant bitterness and heat to finish. Dry hops eliminate the thick aftertaste. Brilliant.

3.8
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bomber, pours an amber color. Caramel aroma. Nice sweet taste with hops. Has a thick feel. Quaffable alcohol not noticable.

3.8
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Fruity, yeasty, and a pleasant pepperiness that was immediately noticeable in the amber-colored brew. Low but noticeable hop profile added to the spiciness, complementing the starchy mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing.


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