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.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005. Crushing. Somewhat similar to my beloved 03 but ramped up, especially in malt. Drinkable fresh, but would probably be best with years of cellaring. Not recommended to pound the last third of the bottle. (Long story, even longer morning the next day).
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge tiramisu nose and full of flowers from australia. The taste did not let anyone down especially superman because he can fly anyway.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet nose with hints of brandy, underlying hoppyness. Reddish to amber colored brew, small off-white head. Very sweet flavor, fruity, alcohol, quite boozy, but its nice.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04 Bottle. Orange amber with short lived head. Nose was dark fruits with sappy pine hops and caramel. Taste was the same, with alcohol lingering on the palate. Not as great as other stone offerings.
motelpogo (7189) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. orange colour with a quickly-diminishing head. aroma of alcohol, stone fruit and pine needles. slight toffee and some grapefruit and then a big hit of alcohol that lingers in the mouth. just doesns’t have anything special about it