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RATINGS: 1972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.

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4.1
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
22oz bottle 2004 edition - Pours a magnificent ruby red with a fluffy offwhite head that stays pretty well anc laces down the glass. Aroma is caramel malts, cherry, and some grapefruit. Flavor is much the same. Quite malty. Many caramel overtones but some rich ripe fruit notes as well. Finish is rather hoppy and nicely covers the alcohol. Palate is smooth and very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Warmed me just enough on a cold November night.. Very nice brew..

3.8
adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2005 bomber. Pours an orange copperish color with a small white head. Aroma is very hoppy with hints of citrus,pineapple and syrup. Taste is very hoppy with a slight detection of pineapple orange and grapefruit. Was slightly dissapointed in this one, as it didnt match the hype. A great barleywine, but something is lacking. I would take Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale over this one. Perhaps aging will help this beer.

3.7
kyzr (1546) - Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2004 bottle: Inside of a pumpkin orange pour with small off white head. Light dried fruit aroma. Nice rich malt start with a deep hop finish. A lot of sugar i this one. Didn’t taste the big alcohol, but felt it was there.

3.8
alobar (3784) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Not much an aroma for this one. Yellowish amber color. Very hoppy. Strong alcohol taste. Worth drinking again.

3.9
crux (4) - USA - NOV 10, 2005 does not count
Winter ’05 bottle. The head is wispy and quickly dissipating, above a lovely golden-red body. It has a subtle but distinct fruity aroma that leads to deep hops and a rich, smooth texture on the tongue. The flavor is strong and at first overpowering, but grew on me over the course of the contents of the bottle. I definitely recommend it.

4.1
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Nice amount of deep hops and malts on the nose. Slight haze to the golden viscous fluid with slight head but lace that sticks like glue. Rich, expansive sweet liquid hits your mouth with a long lingering finish of hops.

3.8
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
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.

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mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - OCT 15, 2005
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...

3.5
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
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.

4.1
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


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