maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Butters on 01/10/2010. Slightly hazy orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Big grapefruit flavor, some citrus and a sweet caramel and wheat background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (10542) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by headbanger at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours clear, sparkling dark gold-orange with a large, fizzy, rocky white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is moderate fruity esters, pear, apple, alcohol, peach, apricot, malt, and oak. Notes of earthy and floral hops, grapes. Flavor is malty, fruity esters, hops, oak, alcohol, peach, apricot, and pear. Full bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry-sweet finish.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks oddefellow for the share. Pours orange-yellow-gold with an off-white head. Nose is honey, sugar, slight cotton candy, some light fruit, some booze. Flavor is similar with a big sugary cotton candy-esque presence that comes off as very sweet and a bit of booze. Balance to it for a wheat wine. Pretty good.
ilovedarkbeer (2389) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Mar. Nose is citrus hops, soda, grass blades, ammonia, cat litter crystlas. Taste is citrus and wheat? Acidic burning sensation in the mouth. This bottle might be over carbonated. It was actually very uncomfortable to drink.
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a thick dense beige head. The aroma has breadiness, toastiness, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, dry white wine, oak and a light amount of hops. Medium / thick body with a huge amount of frothy mouth filling carbonation. The flavor starts very sweet and sticky with thick wheat and some pleasing alcohol warmth and lightly toasted malt. The toffee and caramel from the aroma are gone. The initial taste isn’t quite as complex as the aroma. The finish is more interesting with nice alcohol warmth, plenty of oak and it gets much drier and some spicy hops show through. This is one heck of a winner of a wheat wine.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to pepsican, pours a very lively dark honey color with a tall off white head. Aroma is interesting, there is definately notes of wheat, white wine, pine, little bit of citrus. Flavor is suprisingly sweet with honey and flowery notes followed with wheat oats and ending with peach and an alcohol burn.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle pours orange-amber with a large off white head into a snifter. Way too much head, happens with every pour, no matter how hard you try. Plenty of wheat characteristics in the aroma: slightly musty backed with lemons, oranges, coriander, bready malts, seems slightly tart. Soft, crisp hops and farmhouse grains blend into a floral herby sweetness; very tea-like. Slightly tart finish with bready malts, lemon, apple, mandarin, quite dry. Fantastic cloud-like mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation and body. Very well masked abv. Very drinkable all things considered, but be careful if you’re drinking solo. Interesting brew, I liked it quite a bit.
drjay44 (2867) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. bottle. Batch 1-2009. Best by date 10/10. Pours a huge, slowly collapsing off white with extensive sea foam lacing, over an amber re tinged (SRM 8-10) clear body.....nose is light spice (clove, allspice) with light apple....taste initially is light sweet malts (toffee) leading to light fruit (apple) finishing hot with a sharp terpene touch.....mouth feel is fairly light, carbonation is quite high and adds a fizzy nature to the experience. This is not a Barley Wine and has been terribly misclassified. While it is not a Triple/Belgian Golden it comes closer those styles, than a Barley Wine. Unfortunately in this bottle at least, the woody aspects, added an almost fusel alcohol quality really diminish the beer. Compared to the earlier reviews (which I just read), the beer has aged poorly and is most definitely not a "Keeper". BJCP 8/2/13/3/7
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, orange body with a white head of meringue. Sticky, clingy lacing. Bready and spicy noce is also somewhat fresh and fruity. Smooth, bready malt is rich, but there are some subtle layers going on here. Light alcohol is present and some miscellaneous citrus flavors. Medium bodied and smooth. Light carbonation and light alcohol on the tongue. Overall a somewhat different beer, but very good.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering on 1/13/10, provided by Headbanger). Cloudy orange color. Medium off white head. Moderate orange citrus aroma. Moderate orange zest flavor. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.