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RATINGS: 1972   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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4.3
kromamc (191) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2010
colore ambrato scuro opalescente schiuma bianca sottile... naso delicatissimo: frutta secca cereali caramello... estremamente bilanciata al palato, gli 11,26% totalmente coperti... finale lungo e molto morbido... incredible!

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taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2008
From bottle. Part of April Dayton Beertasting event. Pours dark amber with large tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, toffee and hops. Excellent barley wine with slightly bitter finish. Love the Stonies.

4.1
aaronbr (188) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Dark cloudy orange appearance, we’re sharing a bomber of this across three people. Hoppy and a bit spicy. I taste the alcohol on this one. Not too fizzy, it stays pretty soft. A sip of this is certainly a mouthful. This is a pretty good barleywine, very well balanced.

3.2
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle. Copper. Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol. Flavor: malt, malt and malt. Warming and vinous.

3.9
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Orange/brown hue. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Well balanced with the hops subsiding into the maltinesss. The bitterness lingers on the lips. Very light for 11%.

3.7
uvajed (187) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Nice dark golden color, coppery I guess. Smallish, light tan head disappeared fairly quickly. Light citrus aroma, with hops, alcohol and something I couldn’t pin down. Kind of sweet. Flavor was a bit sweet as well, with noticeable alcohol, hops, and barely. Malt component was there but not overwhelming. Certainly not the best barley wine you’ll find, but fairly available and still very good. Not my favorite style but I was disappointed when the local retailers ran out before I could get a second bottle. 2005 vintage, 22 oz bottle.

3.7
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2005. Cellar Temp. Orange red with and effervescent tan head. Big aroma of candy apples and fresh raspberry. Full frontal assault on the first sip. Super bitterness crawls into the middle and tears #$@& up. Feel like the flavors are getting a bit bullied, they are there but I can’t pick them out of the bitterness. Very surprising after the gentle and enticing aroma. Now, the bitterness is very strong, but strangely not out of balance. As this beer rounds over time I would guess it will improve.

4.4
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Stone never ceases to amaze me......awesome brew after awesome brew! Sweet malt with hnts of apple and orange flavored citrus hops turn this potent brew into a fruity punch with a kick. With a high ABV, this brew will kick you in the teeth if abused. Thanks to Peggy for introducing me to this style of ale.

4.1
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Hazy orange beer with a minimal head. Lacing isn’t anything to write home about. Aroma is of grapefruit hops. Flavor is cascade dominated as well, with the malt supplying a nice caramel note to it. Palate is almost perfect. Soft full body, with the right amount of carbonation. With the hops supplying a dry, bitter end, you wouldn’t think this is a 10%+ beer. Very good.

3.7
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy...


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