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 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!!
BBB63 (6509) - 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 (1272) - 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. It’s 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 (780) - 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...don’t matter...it’s 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 it’s gonna be even better next year. Another Stone triumph.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber color and small head. caramel aroma full bodied. very hoppy and malty.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 baker’s chocolate in the body. A good barleywine.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/bronze in color, thin head, some lace. Deep malty aroma, alcohol vapors hit sinuses, hop resins and more. Full, thicky chewy body. Caramelly, orange like sweetness, extremley rich malt flavors followed by the hop and alcohol onslaught but the brew is soo smooth, it hides it. Well at least until the end when the bitterness makes the sides of the tounge bleed. Not really cloying considering the body, and the pine resin burps after rock. Stone, nice job.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
woody aroma with a warm alcohol finish. Some sweet malt notes with a bitter hop edge. alcohol is presence and gives it a warm feeling. Mohagany in color with a thinslightly off white head.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, OrgeFest at the B.K. so it was a rough nite. i do remember it was good, extremely good. a fine example of a barley wine with a helluva a smoooth kick.