shadey (1927) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Sammy (9040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!!
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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).
desurfer (1230) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber body with dense off-white head, sweet nose with a hint of citrus and maraschino cherries, malts and solvent. Medicinal flavor, bitter finish.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.