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!!
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
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í09 bottle from VBS. Aroma is barley and lots of it. You can almost smell how thick this is going to be. Pours a deep amber and relatively clear with a thick luscious off-white head. Taste is slightly sweet with a some bitterness. Leaves an almost fruity flavor (pear maybe?) as well as that bready barley taste. A very tasty beer, but at 11%, this oneís a sipper.
o_Merlin_o (202) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a beautiful red oak color, with zero head. Very little aroma. Initial flavor is quite sour, rapidly changing over to a cherry and orange peel flavor. Overall, a little too sour for my taste.
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark orange color with a really small head. The aroma is slightly toasty and citrus-like although a little muted. Flavor is rather bitter and sweet with a nice thick mouth feel. Finish is comfortably bitter and long lasting. Flavor becomes more complex and tasty with each sip. Overall an enjoyable and different brew.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 22 oz bottle. Pours rubywith off-white foamy head. Initial aroma of honey, sugar, dark fruits; booze as it warms. Taste evolves nicely as it warms: a very bitter sweetness to a malty sweetness (caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol, dark fruits). Very sticky mouthfeel. Quite dry with a hint of bitter at the end.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. amber color, small white head with minimal lacing. very malty smell and taste with a strong alcohol flavor.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited Early 2006 Release Poured a deep cloudy amber/red with orangish hues in the light. Whereíd the head go? It was the most minimal and left me quickly but was a light cream, the little layer that was there. Smells like the Holidays. Delicious to the nose. Not overly yeasty or anything, its pleasant. Some great spices. A distinct alcoholic bite up front with beginning bitterness, but this was quite complex as it changed quickly in my mouth to a smooth texture with various fruits. I like this bad boy and its definately got the punch with 11 and change percent alcohol.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 re-rate: Had rated this higher. I like the beer, but I think it is too heavy with the hops and light on the malty candy flavors for the style. I prefer a thicker, more contemplative barley wine.
This is a style I like a lot. I drink mostly wine, but this is why I like beer. The aroma is "noble." I donít know what that means, but itís the best way I can say to describe it. Itís a profound beer. The heavy maltiness is matched by hoppiness. There are no gimmicks. Itís not a game of how much hops can you put in--the more the better. This beer is perfectly balanced. Itís a bit more heavy than complex, but thatís a criticism of the style, not the beer.
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ingen jättefavorit men den smakar rätt bra. Till det priset så hade jag önskat mer.
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