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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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Big Strong Bold Assertive. All words that could be adequately used to describe this sum business from Stone. Smells of alcoholic vanilla mint mouthwash and ripe bananas. Flavor is a burning alcoholic rush with bitter piney hops and a softer toffee malt sweetness on the side of the tongue that salvages this beast from being in the cellar on flavor. Palate is substantial throughout temp range with a sugary fullness that leaves the lips smack-a-lackin. I dont know why, but I like this bruiser. The bottle is best shared in my opinion due to the severe alcohol punchiness. Thanks Stone. 2009 22 oz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2010 Limited Release...An amber-orange pour with a small disappearing head. The aroma is of alcohol and tangerine. The flavor has strong notes of peach and the alcohol presence is strong. Finishes very dry and bitter. Barley wines are not my favorite but this one is enjoyable because Stone (as always) does it right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (250) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2016
amber with a thin off white head that goes away, no lacing. aroma is sweet malts and booze. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and booze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigben873 (249) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Strong malty, buttery flavor with a little bite. Clear dark amber. A little too abrupt a finish. Really want to love it, but not quite there for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
2004. On tap. Pours an orange/brown with dense head. Taste starts sweet then quickly goes woody and hoppy. Mellow, bitter finish. Sticky. Id like to try it again in a few years.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Overall its good but not great. Fairly well balanced, on the hoppy side. Unsatisfying body, decent legs. Not my go to barley wine, but better than average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (246) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours reddish copper. Powerful bacon-hickory aroma with heavy smoke. There is a huge disconnect between the aroma and the taste. Bubbly bold effervescent hops up front with a long well balanced astringent finish. What a complex beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
2008 bottle, consumed 01/31/08. Yes, its young, but Ill probably revisit this vintage several times over the coming years. Coppery pour, off-white one- finger head. Aroma is grapefruit hops with tobacco notes and some kind of fruit (apricot or plum). Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Mild astringency, some alcohol burn. Flavor is a massive dose of bitter hops immediately, with a bit of medicinal cherry cough drop in there, too. The bitterness subsides fairly quickly (or else my palate is just too blasted to taste the enormity of the hops for long) but lingers as the primary note in the background. This will improve with age, to be sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22 oz. 2008 bottle. Beautiful medium amber color. No head, no lacing to speak of. Nose of apricots and honey, caramel and sweet hops. Sweet malt and fruit taste, definite alcohol presence, not cloying, but a bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2009
22oz. Pours a hazy amber brown and a medium white head. Aroma is great, big malt body ad hops, piny notes. Taste is complex deep, evolving, and nicely balanced. Great, thick, complex palate. I am really enjoying this guy. Today I an the RB DD, whoo hoo !


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