PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from February 2011. Beautiful blend of dark wheat with plum and raisin. Warming alcohol meshes with a smooth maple flavor. Personal opinion this like many higher alcohol beers present best at 55-60 degrees. A hint of banana esters and cocoa. This beer is at a fantastic drinking point given its age.
EvanFriend (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is dominated by some taste I canít describe, but I donít like. I think it might be the wheat. I guess it is sort of a wheat beer flavor, and I hate wheat beers. I was disapointed.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a confluent, skeletal surface etch of light brown foam. Smells of candied dates, some belgian sugar, some hints of toasted malts, a bit of sweet malt, some cocoa powder and a little tawny character - nice. Tastes sweet with toasted brown sugar, graham, some candied yams and plums. Tea, rice and and a little bit of malt extract syrup. Yummy beer. A bit like a simple syrup, low carb and a forgettable finish. I donít know that this really fits the wheatwine category, but I think this particular take on the beer to be fucking brilliant - I would even consider tossing a little bit of belgian yeast into this to give it a touch more depth.
Serving type: bottle
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown where only faint light passes. Good starting beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles but leaves nice stringy and streaky lace.
Lots of molasses and maple syrup sweetness to the nose. Light alcohol.
Darker malt flavors than the smell suggests. Thereís some burnt toast taste to counteract the mild sweetness. Nice bitterness in the swallow. I donít taste any wheat, though. Not a thick beer, it has a decent body.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Oliverís Beverage in Albany, NY.
Very dark brown color, almost no head. The aroma is that of spicy brown sugar, a touch of roast, caramel, dark fruit. The first thing that I noticed is that it has a very distinct alcohol taste, which I suppose should be expected of a beer clocking in at 11.5%. Overall, it is smooth, with dark fruits, caramels, and brown sugar flavors mingling with that alcohol burn. It truly feels like youíre drinking a wine-like beverage more than a beer because of these qualities, but that isnít necessarily a bad thing. I was expecting glorious things, and what I got was something that tastes like a dunkel with the alcohol turned up. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not glorious either.
alexanderj (3334) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery in 2010. Poured a dark brown with a dark khaki/beige head. Aroma of caramel, pine, fruit, chocolate, and some wheat. Quite easy to drink for the abv; some booziness initially, but not too overpowering. Flavors were the same. Some nice complexity.
chicowv (465) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Poura almost black light head good lacing suspended yeast. Aroma of chocolate roasted malts sweet esters raisin and some alcohol. Taste is sweet bitter finish. Chocolate good flavor complex thick mouthful. Has mellowed after 2 years of aging.
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Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Windsor, VT brewery as Leviathan Triticus. Pours a deep brown-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is rich and slightly caramelized caramel malts with some dark fruits, toffee, a touch of roast and cocoa, and a light herbal hop spice. Flavor is sticky sweet and spiced up front with more wheats coming out along with darker caramels, toffee bread, a bit more of a chocolate note, and some raisin dark fruits. Roasts come in nicely with some spicy herbal hops to dry this out with a medium-light bitterness and some smooth cocoas and wheats in the finish. Lengthy aftertaste with a bit of an alcohol warmth following a slightly syrupy, full body and a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. A bit of a syrupy sweetness, but pretty dry thanks to the roasts and spicy hops. I like the wheat and chocolate in this. Nice beer.
alexsdad06 (5877) - Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle (original ). Pours a clear brown color with a thin beige film. The aroma and flavor had big sweet caramel malts, hints of chocolate, ripe fruits, not much in the way of hops, a hint of wood. Definite oxidation, a touch thin on the finish.
JohnGalt1 (588) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sox Win!! Sox WIN!!! Christ.. Forgot I had one of these left.. Shared with a good friend who hates Boston more than most anything.... The following is a review from a long while back.
Received back in October í08 from MarkD... A huge round of applause goes out to Mark... I have been trying to score a bottle or two since I first started trading.... poured tonight into my New Belgium snifter.
1" head was sorta unimpressive... but it did leave quite a bit of lace and held a firm cap until the bottom of the glass... the brew is dark dark walnut brown.. verging on porter territory.. only reveals brown highlites when held to a light.
Itís amazing, but some hoppiness has survived the years.. sorta a grassy/menthol type with a bunch of dark fruit .. think cherries and mild plum.. pretty nice.... I have to remember to message Mark and ask if this has been refrigerated prior to ending up in my basement.
From the first sip, I am liking this one more than any wheatwine Iíve had lately... much less sweet and not cloying at all.. figgy maltiness.. with some chocolate essence.. mild caramel and toffee.. a little bit of spicy alcohol is present but adds to the overall package.. still very pleasing after all this time.. no oxidation at all.. very balanced.. the body is a firm medium with perfect carbonation.. a subtle smokey flavor emerges as it warms up.. again adds a nice layer of complexity... it really blossoms when it hits room temperature.
Really very nice.. and I am not getting any indication that this is heading down hill yet... Thanks a ton Mark.... This is one of my "White Whale" brews.. and it was worth the hunt... I know there wasnít a "Moby Dick 2" but I may try to score another bottle or two to cellar and bring out at various tastings... Good stuff that should be shared.
**This review is of the original 22 "100 Barrel Release"... NOT the Leviathan 12íers from a few years later** It is still aging like a champion!!!