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RATINGS: 1964   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
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
A zealous stream of bubbles rises through the perfectly clear pomegranate body to a sparkling biscuit foam. Sweet and malty fragrances emerge reminding of cotton candy, caramel, sugar and honey sheltering a fruity blend of apple and plum. There is something primordially likeable about this aroma, something that satisfies your infantile penchant for the sugar-coated. On the tongue, some generic bitterness appears from the delicate hopping and an odd mixture of cured ham and cherries forms the primary flavor. The texture is smooth but finishes with a pinch of alcohol that burns on its way down. Easy to drink but far from the sensational.

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 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
This bottle pored out to an amber color with aa small head.Notes of malt and caramel in the aroma,also in the taste, as well as fruit and toffee.I really like barley wines and this is a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Early 2010 release. Pours a brick red with a medium head. Aromas of pine, caramel and slight alcohol. Flavor is sweet syrup with a decent hop backbone. Fairly typical barley wine but well done nonetheless.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
2012 bottle.Pours dark amber color with an off white.The aroma was of a light syrup.The flavor was of syrup a hint of booze with a strong hop bite.The body was full with a strong bitter hop finish.Overall another good brew from Stone.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
07 bottle. Slightly cloudy, deep copper colored pour with a bubbly off-white head. Nose is dominated by sweet maltyness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pronounced alcohol flavor - a bit too hot, need some age on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 A cloudy bronze beer with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves lace. Quite light in color for a BW. The aroma is fruity hops and dried fruit with some sweet malt and a hint of roast notes. The flavor is quite bitter, not as much maltiness as Id like, with a similar dried fruit (perhaps fig or prune) to the aroma and some definite alcohol heat. Finishes quite bitter, not unlike an imperial/double IPA. All in all, a quite hoppy BW, not bad As it warms the alcohol becomes much more prevalent in both aroma and flavor, which hurts the beer.


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