Hangover (1088) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barleywine? Banana, clove,wheat and yeast aroma. I want to pinpoint some fruit in there, but Iím really only getting pear. Taste is initially very peppery and spicy. Creamy middle with a lot of wheat and alcohol. Some fruity esters in the finish but really more of that creamy yeastiness. IMHO the only thing putting this close to a barleywine is the abv. Iím thinking German hefe. Reminds me of Hacker-Pschorr just a bit less fruit and a lot more flavor all around. Donít get me wrong, this stuff is good... Iím kind of lost to be honest. If you see it, try it.... how bout that?
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pleasing slightly hazy orange gold with a considerable head for a barley wine. The nose is all wheat, banana and cloves, though there is an insidious sweetness, some creaminess, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though perhaps there is a touch too much CO2 for the style... then again, Iím not sure of the style here! Anyhow, the taste is really quite nice for a wheat beer. Sweet, with obvious malt. Thereís again a good deal of that banana/cloves, but it doesnít predominate like in most hops. thereís some definite alcohol kick to this, that finds its place with the slight bitterness of hops and a slight acidity. I really kind of enjoyed this, despite my general disklike of wheat beers. As an experiment, I left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle with an inch of beer, and for the second half of my glass, swirled the bottleís contents and added it to my glass... the result is really rather pleasant. Smoother and creamier than sans yeast, though the banana/cloves nose is a bit stronger.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear yellow-orange beer with a small white head. It smells like an average wheat beer- bananas, cloves. I also smell pineapple and malt and apples. The flavour is more unique though, less citrusy. I taste apples, raisins but its also a bit spicey, and overall very sweet. A hard to describe aftertaste which is bitter and sweet.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crown on the wheat ale experiment. Sounds like they had a lot of fun putting this lineup together and I enjoyed sampling them. Poured a hazy orange gold with a bubbly off-white head. Alcohol, yeast, and spice in the nose. Nice flavor profile, strong flavor (for a wheat), with notes of alcohol, malt, fruit, and flowers. a little bitterness at the end. Not as heavy as a barleywine perhaps, but seems similar to a belgian strong. Maybe itís just me.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Attractively hazy orange with a soapy cap of off-white head that settles with a bit of lacing. Really distinct fruit leather aroma, with rhubarb and a tightly wound spiciness--musky perfume, cloves. Apricot and clove flavors. Lots of spice here too, but all bourn in a soft, full body. A bit of alcohol warming that seems harsh at first, but a little warming really seems to soften that impression. I donít know how to classify this beer, but I think it is more enjoyable if you ignore stylistic guidelines and just taste. Itís delightfully hard to pigeonhole. A fun experiment from Bells and a really interesting and lively beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and Dave courtesy of Blankboy. Light yellow, small white head. Lots of alcohol in aroma, some yeast. Nice strong alcohol taste, some hops and yeast. Hint of lemon and bread. Alcohol grows as it warms as expected. Like a very strong balanced wheat, I get this whole wheat wine thing (probably my first sample of such a thing). Disagree with lumping it in barleywine, as it clearly is not. No matter, Iím not one for styles, just good beer and this is damn good without ever really blowing my socks off.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- my bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a very murky golden-orange with a small diminishing white head and some floaties. Pleasant aroma of yeast, fruit and alcohol. Flavour similar to a Belgian Wheat with yeast, alcohol, some fruit and lots of spices. Medium bodied. This is pretty good, itís definitely not a Barley Wine as itís classified here but I totally get the íwheatwineí they mention in the description.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - blankboyís bottle. Hazy gold, smallish white diminishing head. Yeasty-sweet mild aroma, some slightly fruity malt, acetone(?) and alcohol. Taste is a nice balance of apricot malt, tangy/spicy yeast, alcohol, hints of woodiness in the fairly long tangy finish. Average mouthfeel, astringent, alcoholic and syrupy - very nice, but a barley wine? I mean this is boozy, but ...
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 7155, though I think they only had one batch of this. Pours a cloudy copper golden with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of wheat, first and foremost (being this labeled in "barleywine," I wasnít expecting that, despite Bellís explanation on what beer this was), also some lemon, yeast and a tinge of alcohol. Full bodied, Iím unable to notice anything barleywine about it until the taste--then the dark fruits and malts emerge. Youíre still able to pick out the wheat and yeast and lemons, but also raisins and the heaviness of the beer sets in. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good beer. Though some people may laugh at me, I just wanted to add that this beer somewhat reminds me of a tripel.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
via trade with Ohiodad - (7155) Pours a hazy golden color with no head to speak of. Has that typical Belgium wit aroma. Flavor is also typical Belgium with a tad bit more alcohol. I just canít get into the Belgium style beers. A barleywine too? Medium body. Not bad. Thanks Scott.