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 IIIPAís, Joe... meanwhile Iím 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, thereís 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, wouldnít really call it a barley wine, good tasting beer.
patrick767 (3333) - 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. Itís easy to drink but has a moderate to full mouthfeel thatís very nice. The flavor is pretty sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden. Bellís 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 (1013) - 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 iím shocked to see itís listed as a barleywine because it didnít 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 (921) - 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 doesnít 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.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A barley wine? Hmm, maybe sometimes it is better to rate to the beer rather than rate to the style. This is what I will attempt to do. The beer pour clear honey color, until the yeast enters the glass and the appearance transformsto murky, honey color with a retained egg white colored head. The aroma is very inviting and expansive with big yeast and wheat notes, also some banana. Flavor is big and to me seems to be like a Hefe-weizen on steroids. Big wheat, yeast notes along with a more moderate banana clove flavor and just a tad of alcohol burn. A good beer, yes. A barley wine, no.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, and citrus fragrances. This sediment filled maize colored solution sits under a thick white head. This beer enters the mouth crisp and clean. The taste is of sweet biscuits with mild fruit hints mingled in. This beer fades smoothly leaving a nice nutty taste lingering.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I should like this but I donít. I just hate wiezens and although this beer is said to be a barleywine it is more like a barleywiezen with the same cloudy orange body and white head. Artificial bannana flavors along with wheat. If the bannan mellows with age I will be able to stand it but right now itís not up my alley.
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perhaps my favorite of the Wheat Series. Bottle poured a beautiful cloudy orange at first, with a good head, and good lacing. After the yeast settled, it went to a less beautiful clear orange. Aroma was strong yeast, very spicey, with a little mysterious fragrance in the background. Flavour was very strong, perhaps a little disorganized. Yeast (pungence, some fruit, clove, banana, wheat (spiceyness, a little grainyness, some grassyness), deep maltiness (carmel, dark fruit), all fighting for attention. Feels substantial in the mouth, even though itís not really thick at all, but also slightly astringent. This bottle was aged probably 2 months, I get the feeling some of the more harsh flavours would have mellowed out if I went to around 6 months. Still, this was quite enjoyable.