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RATINGS: 1809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Not much an aroma for this one. Yellowish amber color. Very hoppy. Strong alcohol taste. Worth drinking again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crux (4) - USA - NOV 10, 2005 does not count
Winter ’05 bottle. The head is wispy and quickly dissipating, above a lovely golden-red body. It has a subtle but distinct fruity aroma that leads to deep hops and a rich, smooth texture on the tongue. The flavor is strong and at first overpowering, but grew on me over the course of the contents of the bottle. I definitely recommend it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Nice amount of deep hops and malts on the nose. Slight haze to the golden viscous fluid with slight head but lace that sticks like glue. Rich, expansive sweet liquid hits your mouth with a long lingering finish of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
22oz Winter ’05 Bottle. Pours a beautiful red-golden color, very clear, with a thin lacy head. Nose is mostly very earthy hops (although not pine-like), some fruit (grapefruit, pineapple), sweet malt, and alcohol warmth. Cold, it’s almost too sweet and sticky. As it warms, the bitter hops are boosted to compensate for all the malt sweetness, and it ends up being a really well-balanced thick mother of a beer. Tastes very fresh and brash-- beats you over the head, but that’s part of the appeal with Stone. All in all it’s a bit sweet, but it’s 11.26%; that’s a lot of malt to overcome. Fantastic stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle, 2004 vintage. Holy smokes, Batman! This stuff is potent and hoppy. It’s thick, syrupy, fruity, and just an all and all big beer. After I finished the bomber, I was toasted and happy. I have another bottle that I’m waiting to open for another year or so...mmmmm...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Sheez,gotta say thatmthe fruit and hops here could have used a year or two of aging.Still,I liked the hoppiness thru’ all the rawness.I have a few to age.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
a little fruity, a lot hoppy, another great beer from stone, i greedily finished the entire bomber myself.....i will snatch this beer up every time i see it from now on

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 2004 - Robe brune aux reflets cuivrés très claire surmontée d’une mousse qui s’estompe rapidement. Arômes d’alcool, de malts caramélisés et de levure. Saveurs de sirop d’érable, d’alcool, de bois et de fruits rouges. (7-3-8-3-18) 2005 - Robe rouge claire aux reflets orangées surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de houblon floral et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs d’orge, de caramel, de houblon floral et de pain. (7-3-9-4-18)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours bright amber with a medium sized off-white head, which leaves nice layers of lacing. Aroma of sweet prunes, earthiness, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and somewhat fruity at first, but then the overstated hops flavors and alcohol astringency take over. Pretty simple for a barleywine. Not altogether unpleasant, but Stone has finally dissapointed me. Maybe this will benefit from some age.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bomber. Winter 2004 bottle. Pretty alcoholic...somewhat harsh yet delicious. Pretty interesting since it is about 18 months old. Lots of malt in the nose and flavor but quite a bit of bitterness has held up. Good beer.


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