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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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
This thing is amazing. It actually tastes more like an Imperial or Double IPA than a BarleyWine. The pour is a golden red with a little of a white head. The nose is powerful; full of pine from the hops and a very sweet malt from the barley. There are hints of caramel, and citrus as well. The flavor is wonderful, sweet malts and then huge hops. I tasted licorice and cognac??? The palate was oily and stuck around awhile. Great one Stone! I need to cellar one of these...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2008 bottle: Pours an orange/honey color with a small white head. Aroma is also very strong of honey, some caramel malts and light piney hops. Wow, definitely a hoppy barley wine. The start is smooth and sweet like a light clover honey, with some more herbal stuff going on there in the middle, but the end is all hops. Very plant-like dry flavor and then a long bitter finish. Maybe a little hop heavy for a barley wine but I love hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
A reddish-amber without much haze. Smokey sweet malts with some dark fruits and a small pinch of hops. Very warming and satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theSlipperyPen (276) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours a reddened amber with a finger of quickly diminishing head. And when this goes it leaves only a touch of lacing; soon, though, the beer looks like brandy or wild honey, which is the first bold impression to meet the nose. Then theres a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally theres a perfume of white flowers and pine. Its surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this theres a rich toffee malt. Mouth feel is almost flat with just a tingle of carbonation. The finsh is long and tunes up the sweetness. As for the alcohol, the high ABV is mostly hidden and with time Im sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands its certainly enjoyable, but not great; given two or three years I can see this settling into a highly complex beer. That hint of blue cheese promises good things.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Only the fourth barleywine I have sampled, so dont take my word for it. The image I have of what a barleywine should be is Old Numbskull. This is much differnt than Old Numb. I felt as though this beer could have been lumped into a few other categories, other than barleywine, whereas, Old Numb was definately uniquely barleywine. This was a good beer and I really enjoyed it. Deep rich amber coloring and a fluffy off-white head. Alcohol was ver present - astringent and resinous. Sugary sweet, dark fruit, yet a touch of bitter hops close to the finish. Not terribly heavy and with a rather smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. I will try again next year.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Reddish colored with a small foamy head. Candy aromas/flavors of a Belgian and sweet malts but turns towards a hoppy bitter taste. The 11+% alcohol is well hidden. I love Stone brewing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though its clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic. After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PMgep (268) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2008
pretty nice color kind of amber, nice aroma. the flavor is hops and caramel.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
22oz bottle pours a ruby red color thin almost nonexistant head. aroma of port malt barley some darker fruits. taste is very smooth malt hops leaves a dry mouthfeel very good. i wish i had more.


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