MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really pretty stuff, glowing translucent dusty orange. Nose has oodles of clove, very redolent and floral. Light spiciness, a bit of fruit. Initial impression upon sipping is the thickness of the palate, rich and a mite overly syrupy, very thick stuff. Clove flavors strong and the Belgian yeast is very noticeable. Bit dry and somewhat chemical at the end.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Crizay for providing this one. Poured a cloudy orange color that reminded me of a mango. Aroma was mandarin oranges. Flavor was sweet yeast and spices. Smooth malts complete the body. Not like most barley wines I have had.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch # 7155. Poured a hazy light amber. Aroma was kind of citrus and yeasty. Flavor was wheat and malt with some of the citrus. Pretty good.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle (7155) The last of the project. Hazy golden orange hue. White head. Initial aroma is strong bananas and citrus and grassy. Sweet rich and smooth. Bananas, citrus, bitter, alcohol, slight burn, syrup, rich and smooth. Slight caramel and sweet bread.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine? I think not, but still a really interesting brew. More of an imperial hefe, no? Strong banana, citrus(orange peel) fruity/yeasty profile with a nice alcohol burn on the palate and warming down below. Very nice cap to the wheat experiment.
(By all means, blow yourself out on those IIIPA’s, Joe... meanwhile I’m over here holding a dry hanky for you when you see me quietly pacing myself through the BEER GOD homestretch, sipping my understated wheats! By the way, there’s no crying in baseball...or beer god heaven, OK?)
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange slight yellow, big orange flavor slight lemon, very fruity with a subtle alcohol kick, wouldn’t really call it a barley wine, good tasting beer.
patrick767 (3570) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours a hazy orange with a slim head that has some legs. The aroma is very yeasty. It’s easy to drink but has a moderate to full mouthfeel that’s very nice. The flavor is pretty sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden. Bell’s once again did a nice job here.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a ligt caramel honey color with a thick creamy white head and lacing.
Big wheat and yeast aroma.
Flavor is rich and creamy. banana, yeast, spice and ripe fruits.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was a pretty good beer, but i’m shocked to see it’s listed as a barleywine because it didn’t taste much like one. i detected prominent wheat falvors, some yeasty, malty overtones and a bit excess carbonation. alcohol undetectable. good? yes. barleywine? no. different/worth $12 a 6-pack? definitely not.
nolankowal (929) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I will certainly agree with the argument that this should not be considered a barley wine. The wheat character comes out way too strong for me too think barley wine at all...perhaps a new style should be named? Anyways, aside from the fact it doesn’t match the style, this beer does have a lot of great things going for it. Pours a hazy bright yellow-orange color with a decent white head. Getting bannana, clove, and spice in the nose. The flavor holds the bannana and clove with a carmelized sugar note coming out. Malty,sweet, dry and light on the tounge and a quick dry finish. This is almost like the bastard child of a hefeweizen and a barley wine if anything else. A very good beer with no real home.