snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark color. Deep mahogany to brown. Small off-white head. The aroma is of dark malts, fruit, and raisins. No alcohol as I would expect. The tatse is very big, but kind of oily, with some chocolate and molasses. Finishes bold, with no alcohol that I can detect. Good, interesting beer.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep auburn with a nice white head. Aroma is dark fruit and nice hops. Nicely hopped with big malt. Dark fruit taste, hoppy finish. Slightly thin body, but other than that, well done.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum, LubiŤre. Poured a pitch-black color beer with small dark head. Aroma of sweet fruit with some whiskey. Taste is quite particular with some soy-sauce feels, fig like sweetness and a great body. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very different from usual barley wine, which I guess, makes it even more interesting.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought in Ipswich, Mass. This is seriously good, especially given that barleywine is a style i donít really like. Rich caramel, chocolate, raisin and some smoke in the nose. palate is rich, sweet, but well balanced. Quite chocolatey initially, but it slowly develops a sweet, lightly soy saucy, caramel flavours, kind of like a doppelbock. American hoppyness, quite intense and bitter towards the end. Nice long flavour aswell, the alcohol is well hidden aswell. Seriously good effort by the Bros it has to be said.
CapFlu (4238) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 (22oz bottle) Purchased at Downeast Beverage in Portland, Maine, for $4.39. Soooo... the Bros made this, huh? I must admit that I am impressed - it is very full-bodied and robust and balanced. Poured a thin, brown head with a deep reddish body. Nose of "wet wheat" and mild barleywine malt, iodine and whiskey. Its somewhat thin in texture with a very strange FISH SAUCE flavour that gives way to a salty-soya, oil and burnt finish. Very interesting - I look forward to aging the other bottle I have and breaking it out in another couple of years...
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I enter this review, and uncap the bottle with absolutely no knowledge of what a Triticus might happen to be...
Dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a healthy, fizzy cocoa tan head...nice...
Aroma: chocolate bubblegum, rich and sweet, but stable, well-balanced, very nice...tangy and tasty...
Taste: very full, and flavorful, big cocoa, thick molasses, rich and delicious. Very smooth. Is that the wheat talking, or the wine?
A most unique beverage, as Iíve never tasted an ale exactly like this, in any way...wow, thatís sweet, and not in the pejoritave sense. Very nice. and pretty nearly addictive....why canít this bottle hold a few more ounces? or gallons?
Very interesting, smooth, yet dark and delicious...11.5%? Itís time for bed, methinks...
but thereís more delicious brew to delight the tongue...quite good...quite, indeed...nutty, chocolatey, a bit cola-ish...
Asked to peg the style, Iíd be at sea...but as it is, a wonderfully tasty ale. Screw styles. Yum.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Very dark in color for a Barley wine,especially considering that is half wheat. Aroma first is alcoholish and malty, not what I would call a hoppy variety of Barley wine. Flavor is most sweet,missing the barley flavors usually found in a barleywine, slightly toffee flavored. Weird thing about for me is I donít pick much wheat or malt. Good sipper, but if Iím drinking a wheat barley wine Two Brothers living in Chicago would be my choice.
beermanjoey (11) - USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Harpoon Brewery ... very smart to start this 100 barrel thing. Never had a wheat wine before. Dark and heady. Lots of spicy hop, chocolate and alcohol in the smell. Tastes like chocolate cover malted milk balls. Bitter hop and chocolate.
Tasty but more than one bottle will do you in.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 Rusty chestnut. Well conditioned, with tiny slow-rising bubbles. Dates, moist pipe tobacco, candied pineapple, anise, and caramelized banana aromatics. Waft of honeydew and bread dough hides the remainder of alcohol. Soft, semi-loose carbonation. Oily hops and honeydew slickness highlight the splendidly restrained viscosity, which acts as a cushion to the brief, but sharp, sting of alcohol. Spontaneous surge of polished roast soon arises, showing firm hints of milk chocolate and hazelnuts as a gooey richness, reminiscent of bananas oozing with coffee-molasses, blankets the palate. Deceptively hoppy, early on, as the hops tout more juicy restraint than brashness. Impressively focused, and virtually devoid of esters, which keeps things from becoming muddled or oversweet. Twinge of unripe berry acidity and drying alcohol offers periodic flashes that pierce the sweetness. Milk chocolate and toasted bread notes continually aid the body, while the breadiness lends a powdery sweep of dryness. Finessed finish of earthy hop bitterness and burnt toffee fades into bright mango belches which accompany lingering molasses and brisk nutty-roast sweetness. A dead-on representation of the style.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one-finger light tan head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Nearly black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet gradually hops come in and there is a slight hoppy finish. The high ABV is not noticeable. Worth trying. $4.29 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.