goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to daijokey for this 2006 bottle. Poured a mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. Mild-moderate sweetness with notes of apricots and some fusel alcohol. Semi-sweet flavor with the taste of browned fruits. Medium bodied.
reebtogi (4039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
633ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a small white head leaving only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is cereal grains and citrus with some other fruits and a bit of alcohol. Taste is big malty sweetness with some lovely citrusy and earthy bitter hop notes and a trace of alcohol. This is quite a bit different than your typical barley wine, but was still quite yummy.
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small head good carbonation colour is salmon pink mist superb colour aroma grain fruit pine caramel mild alcohol floral note flavour sweet malted goodness wheat malt decent citrus hop bitter good pine taste caramel brandy alcohol finish strong malt flavours good bitter alround leaving a lasting good aftertaste
TimE (3091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown color. Vinous nose of oranges and brandy and wheat. Full bodied with cherries, oranges, brandy and a warming brandy like finish. Yum.
Ferris (2891) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Wheat, sweet pale malt, plum and yeast. Cloudy yellow gold with a rich beige head. Plum, apricot, raisin, marzipan and a bit of booze. Never like this style but this is a nice job.
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
633ml brown bottle. I see the date 2010 on the label, so Iím guessing thatís the vintage. Dark gold coloured brew, slight haze, medium sized foamy white cap. Displays nice lacing. Nose is full of wheat malt/cereal notes, light sweet notes from malts - caramel, possibly leaning even toward a light butterscotch, some orangey/citrus hops that are well placed. Flavour has caramel malt sweetness that is cut into by citrusy hops. Alcohol seems present but not obtrusive, coming in late. Aftertaste has wheat malts, a bit tangy, lingering hops which are quite grassy and and also citrusy in nature. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, smooth, full bodied. Liking this quite a bit, but not loving it. Not sure why.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle shared by daijokey at JoeMcpheeís place for Captain Cougar comes to NY gathering. Well I was extremely happy to get a chance to try a Japanese Wheat Wine, thanks again Wayne. Pours with an orange color. Aroma is strong with raison alcohol and lightly spiced. Taste is actually rather subdued and light. Starts with cherry and raison alcohol. Finishes with alcohol spiciness and even some light esters. Some raison bread as well in there. A pretty nice beer overall.
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from SJ. I havenít had a Barley wine in a while. I forget sometimes how great they are.
This one doesnít dissapoint with its honey, citrus, dark fruit, caramel malt, wheat and hop complexity. I loved it.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this after the DIPA left me wanting. Still a bit light on presence for such a strong beer, but certainly delicious. Lots of rich flavours and goes down smoothly. With a bit of maturation I imagine this would be unbeliveable
VertBaconStrips (2060) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been holding on to this one for a bit... I assumed it would be similar to an impy hefe so I naturally avoided it. Iím not sure I will "experience a panoply" of flavours because Iíve never seen that word before. Clear light amber with a small skiff of white head that wasnít there after I blinked. Very nice aroma of honey, lime, wheat, tropical notes, pears, peach, weak anise, slight grains and a bit of alcohol when warmer. The taste is wonderful as this is not overly sweet, not a hop bomb and not a total mess of a thousand ingredients randomly brewed together. Yes, there is sweetness but itís not awful - itís actually well placed. Citrusy hops start me off, a wheaty middle is interrupted by some bitterness and the honey smoothness rounds this out. The honey really makes a huge difference here and Iím already planning on more bottles as I totally pre-judged this beer wrong. Pears, touch of alcohol, faint orange. Depth, great taste, amazingly easy to drink, moderate bitterness and carbonation and a bit of tummy heat. Barley wine? I donít know. Who cares? This is straight up an enjoyable easy drinking brew with enough complexity without the confusion and distraction of a mish-mash of flavours. No food today yet, an overcooked bowl of Ichiban awaits, but yea, going to drink this entire bottle because I deserve it. Cheers to me, cheers to my brother and cheers to those who support me.