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RATINGS: 1803   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - 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 (8725) - 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 ReleaseĒ 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 (6083) - 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).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours a lucid mahogany with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is big on malt and alcohol, very caramely, with a slight hoppy bite. Flavor is quite astringent and alcoholic, with a sticky sweet, full-feeling body. Lots of hops in there. A hint of orange rind. Again, more alcohol in the finish. Itís quite in-your-face, but then again, it is from Stone.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Amber body with dense off-white head, sweet nose with a hint of citrus and maraschino cherries, malts and solvent. Medicinal flavor, bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Bomber bottle. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a nice foamy white head. Nose is big caramel malts, great hops, and fruitiness. Flavor is very toffee-malt...nice sweet malts balanced with piney, citric hoppiness. On draught or bottle...donít matter...itís all great. Alcohol is there, but the full bodied nature of this ale helps level it out. Big hop bitterness in the end. If this one ages like previous years then itís gonna be even better next year. Another Stone triumph.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2005
amber color and small head. caramel aroma full bodied. very hoppy and malty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours reddish/bronze with a quickly receding, off white head. Some nice deep fruitiness in the nose - plum and over ripe banana really standing out. The high ABV is present in the nose as well. Loads of spice overwhelm the subtle hints of bakerís chocolate in the body. A good barleywine.


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