TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with a very thick and foamy head. Aroma has a lot of yeast, as well as some citrus and spice (clove, nutmeg). The flavor is similar, rather subtle but complex. A lot of Belgian yeast, some spice, and a hint of citrus. The finish is quite sweet, but not cloyingly so. An odd beer (and certainly not a barleywine), but a very nice one.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy yellow-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight bread, nice, orange, grapefruit, touch of wheat, vanilla, and honey in there, tasty and very interesting. Taste is a mix of grass, biscuit, bread, slight vanilla, honey, slight orange in there, finishing sweet, slightly dry.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Big foamy pour, cloudy straw body. Aroma is suppressed by the foamy head, but get saison-like spiciness, sulfur and some sulfur/funk. Medium body. Interesting, with a warming alcohol presence bigger than the body might suggest. This is exceptionally complex as each sip presents a slightly different taste experience. I thought the barley wine categorization was odd, but it certainly drinks like a barleywine. Cool!
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine? Not really my idea of one but oh well. Tastes like a well done strong wheat beer with Belgium yeast. Banana and clove along with other light spices on palate. The numerous wheat and yeast used help make this one a complicated well done beer.
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Barley Wine" seems like a stretch for this one. I’d just call it a [strong] wheat ale. Pours cloudy amber with a foamy white head. Aroma of banana, clove, and vanilla. Taste is fruity with banana (and others), spice, orange. Pretty delicious.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Hazy yellow with giant, foamy, white head, strong lacing / Light, bright nose of citrus, pine, soap / Medium body, creamy and lush, sweet, good balance, long finish / Elegant, lush flavors of lemon, pear, pineapple, pine, banana, soap, cream / Forget this being a barleywine, but it is one fine pale ale or Bellgian blonde.
douglas88 (6836) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. A rich spicy and honey nose with huge wheat. Sweet, some lemon and big spicy banana esters, some pepper, wheat, very dry overall. Man, this is a pretty big beer. I get a ton of Belgian esters/yeast in this. Very nice beer.
reberiii (400) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, slight grapefruit soda nose. Amber pour, four fingers of white foam. Leaves tingle on the lips and tongue. Sherbet creaminess on the tongue, slight citrus finish.
AdamJackson (3341) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Urine yellow, champagne like fizziness. Really nice wheat backbone on the nose. Taste is interesting. It’s really good and then I get a root beer / sassafras with caramel candies. Peppery finish. It was great until I got the nasty root beer taste.
boozedude (2168) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at cheese shop .. bright yellow pour with huge white head.. Aroma is clean crisp fruit aroma...good