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RATINGS: 1808   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uvajed (173) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
22 oz bottle. 2005 bottle. Poured orangey copper with some head that didn’t last too long. The aroma was caramel and other malts with some tangerine. Flavors were malty with sweetness and hops in there too. The alcohol comes out in the aftertaste. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2005 Bomber: It poured a deep copper color with a modest creamy, cream-colored head. Some tiny bubbles continually crawl upward through the brew at a snail’s pace. The aroma is a very sweet malt with some floral, herbal, and orange hop smells squeezing their way out at random intervals. The ale is thick and chewy with an alcohol bite. The flavor is mainly sweet malt balanced with an earthy hop taste. The latter’s bitterness, along with alcohol, kick in for a long dry finish. Not bad or overbearing for a 11.26% ABV (as opposed to 2004’s 10.06%) barley wine. I’d like to try this when aged a year or two.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Apple red color with no head. Sweet malty aroma with some alcohol. Actually a little light on the palate. Malt up front but resiny hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz - 2005 vintage] Dark red/copper pour with a creamy looking tan head. Very potent aroma of malt with some hops and floral notes as well. Flavor is a very well blended mix of malt, hops, barley and some other sweetness with a nice alcohol kick at the end and a creamy finish. 11.26% tastes pretty good. I would love to try some of the older versions.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2562) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
vintage 05 from a trade w/ Mike. the 05 is a 11.26% ABV not the 10.06 like on here. I hear the 04 & 05 are actually quite different. pours a nice copper color w/ a good white head made up of bigger bubbles laces pretty well. Smells of a big citrus hops first then a nice high malt backbone the palate is nice and creamy w/ some good carbonation and a good mouth feel. Flavor is a big malt & hop blend very well balaned a bit of a woody finish w/ a big warm chase of alcohol after the swallow w/ out being overpowering. Very good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Thanks Chuck! Vintage 2005. Pours to a yellowish, off-white head atop a reddish/brown clear body. The aroma is malty, piney, hoppy, alcohol, caramel malts. The flavor has strawberry-leaf type hops, spiciness, buttery, light fruitiness, grassiness. The palate is overly malted sweetness + alcohol. Overall, not a bad beer, just really more alcohol to a strong alcohol night.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottled."2005 Special Winter Release” Pours a rich orange/amber, with a fat off white head. Sharp pine/resin hops in the nose, backed with some alcohol notes and earthy caramel malts. Hops were more subdued in the flavor than I would have expected, I really enjoyed drinking this one fresh. Spicy and rich in complex flavors, very drinkable. (Well maybe not the whole bottle). I expected it to be as hoppy and as hard to drink as fresh SNBF, its not. Very Good!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2004 Winter release: Rich ruby brwon hue with a small fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of massive pine leaf hops, woody, vinous, and big caramelized/toffee malts. Noticed phenols as well. The taste is a sharp balance of bitters and malt. Works well and will only get get better with some aging (unless you are a hophead, then drink now). I like the spicy quality found on the finish along with the surprising dry wood notes. I dig this and am sure I will continue to in the future. An underrated barleywine IMO (if you could call this underrated).


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