walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Winter 2005 release. 11.26% Pours a dark amber, with a small white ead. Aroma is malty, and very hoppy, with some alcohol present. taste is sweet malts, hoppy biterness, with some alcohol burning. Long bitter aftertaste
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma:malty,hops and alcohol...
Appearance:amber good head....
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle. Pours nice looking amber, ruby with nice head. Strong roasty aroma. Bold, flavorful, complex, malty flavor, some smoky notes, very hoppy as well. Very aggressive but well balanced. Strong.