Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing a gem from the Smokestack Series. I’ll have to be careful not to take them for granted since I can pick them up at any time. This may be not an outstanding barleywine but it is relatively affordable and accessible.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge billowing head surges before it collapses to about two fingers height. A coppery base invites more reflection. Wheat bread, hops, and a strong malt bill drive attention to the fact this is not a lightweight beer.
Flavor / Palate - A wheat driven flavor profile warms the palate sip after sip. The hops might have mellowed a bit in time but this still has a punch. Caramel and chocolate wrap up a sweet texture. This is a good deal at $7.49 locally if it hits shelves again.
commonmac (381) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Old Chicago in Eden Prairie. Deep orange in color with minimal head. Aroma brings to mind a sour...there’s a tartness to it. Taste has a booze quality with a heavy wheat taste coming through as it progresses. Interesting flavor. Wheat wine is definitely accurate. Gets better as it breathes. Spices come forward at the finish. Wheat strong at the end too. I would dance with it again.
M82 (309) - Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lightly hazed apricot body sits beneath a durable, tall, tight, frothy-smooth, bone white head creating fingers of lace all around with a thin sheet and solid ring
Aromas and flavors of spicey, grassy, Belgian-esque esters complimenting bright citrusy, floral hops offering a melon component as everything blends into a creamy base with alcoholic accents on the smooth medium body offering lively carbonation, which leads to an abrupt, clean finish with light, grassy melon residuals, soft earthy-citrusy accents as everything fades out
750ml cork & cage bottle code HD14-267-2 (best by)06-2015 served at 45° into 9oz Ivrig white wine glass during gm 7 of the world series, Go Royals, Party Like it’s 1985, That’s what Speed Do, Believe, Hunter Pence makes rainbow loom bracelets for his teammates, always hits relply all, and played Marve from Home Alone
ZacM612 (179) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is mostly boozy, a little hops. Smooth and easy drinking for the high alcohol content.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"1st Citra hopped wheat wine I’ve ever had. Fruity, with zesty yeast and a firm alcohol backbone. A little on the prickly side, but the flavor and aroma are different in a very good way."
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugars is enticing. Taste is dominated by caramelized malt with some grainy notes of wheat and some residual sugars with light aftertaste of toffee. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Very flavorful beer but slightly lacking in terms of complexities.
cstuartj (1000) - Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours with a huge head with lots of lacing. Nose is crisp, hop nose. Clean hop, pine dry nose. A bit of malt. Very clean finish. Yumm.
SSSteve (3801) - - JUL 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. 2012. hazy orange with a large, foamy, cream colored head. dusty nose with hints of light colored fruits and pepper with hints of alcohol. a buttery tropical fruit flavor. peppery notes. lively, biting carbonation with a light body.
Sammy (8833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Chicago trip 2 years back. American strong characteristics with orange hop flavour, still hoppy flavours in the finish, and to some extent in the nose. Very drinkable.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle with some dorks. Aroma is mild with slight oak, toffee, and sweet malt. Pours deep blond with heavy carbonation. Taste is mild with nice grain notes, wheat, caramel, and a mild oak finish. Not very strong tasting but certainly a perfect balance of tastes. It’s the sort of wheat wine you could drink a whole bottle of and not notice the 9.5%. Would try again but would probably be equally underwhelmed.
Imaena (1868) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 Bottle. Smells of sweet citrus and booze. This is a deliciously complex beer that has big full mouthfeel.