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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Citrusy with hints of toffee, and butterscotch. Very good and not too acidic, alcohol is not overpowering in the tatse and it is still very warming. Damned Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
A big beer not to be taken lightly. Slaps you around a bit with the hops, but the malts come and and turn this into some pretty sweet stuff. Little carbonation as in all good barley wines. Very relaxing and contemplative drink that is meant to be sipped.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2006 bottle. Clear copper/red beer, small white head. Hoppy, malty aroma and a bit fruity (banana, raisins). Palate is great, very little carbonation and smooth. Flavour is very sweet/sugary, caramel, bitter. Hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2011
Slightly hazy ruby red body. Medium white head. A broad aroma of hops and earthy tones. Taste is incredibly deep, floral, herbal hops. Perfect incarnation of a barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 Malty and fruity with vanilla and caramels. Brownish red hue with white head. Flavor is very complex and the texture is rich.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2008 Bottle Pours a bright orange/red that is rather cloudy. Smells of fruits, malts and hops. First sip is surprisingly light, creamy, and fruity. The hops are huge, even borderline sticky but not biting or overpowering. Finishes with a strong alcohol presence and a sharp bitterness. Great mouthfeel and a great Barley Wine.

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...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theSlipperyPen (280) - 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.

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.


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