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RATINGS: 1880   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 bottle. 10.06% alc. in this one. Nice citrus nose. I swear I got a hint of spice. But I donít know if my nose is being honest with me on that one. Only a hint of anything beyond the citrus hops. On the tongue, althought the bitter hops are dominant, I can still get a sense of the "darker" side. Underneath the bitterness (that sticks around for quite a while) there is a hint of caramel. But it pales in comparison to the hops. May need aged a bit more to come to its full potential. Once it warms to the ideal drinking temperature, alcohol starts to become quite evident, and it begins to resemble a sherry on the tongue. Still kind of hot, though, unfortunately.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On draft at Rattle n Hum. I dug this one. Pours a dark amber orange colour. Aroma of honey, floral hops, citrus, malts, with a hint of grass and bread notes. The flavor is pretty much the same. Watch out with this one-high abv which is not noticeable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Deep rich honey with a bit of orange color. Not much of a head, white in color. The flavor has strong notes of peach, and the alcohol tinges the mouth, but at the same time the bodyis smooth, and the end dry. This reminds me of the Newport Storms yearly bottles excpet less fruity. Not bad for the style, drinkable for a strong beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bold and beautiful. Very strong hoppy taste, medium roast, big on the alcohol. Tons of malt, caramel taste. Medium body. Great.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Aroma comes through as hops and heavy malt with a big alcohol note. The appearance is very nice an amber red/orange color that poured with an off-white head. The taste is wonderful with the strong malt and hops balancing very nicely. Wonderful beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 aroma very inviting with sweet malt.raisins,and grapefruit. Taste somewhat balanced for a new barleywine. Hops and alcohol round out the finish while sweet and citrus start off each sip. getting a good buzz from this doesnt hurt its rating either.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle, 2004 vintage. Holy smokes, Batman! This stuff is potent and hoppy. Itís 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 Iím waiting to open for another year or so...mmmmm...

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
bottle. amber color, small white head with minimal lacing. very malty smell and taste with a strong alcohol flavor.


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