strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I taste almost no íhefeí in this beverage. The appearance is pretty cool, but thatís about it. This is a malt liquor; pure and simple.
Dacrza (416) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date tasted: July 19, 2013 ... Glassware: Duvel oversized snifter... Occasion: having endured the hottest week in a Jersey decade, kicking back and hoping for refreshment with a complex hefe....Appearance: pours out a spectacle of rushing head formation; having settled, the beer becomes opaquely light brown, almost muddy, with a thin, pencil-thin off-white head; when held to the light, microscopic bubbles slowly hover upward ... Aroma: some pilsner fragrance collides with a malty stiffness that doesnít make for a happy wedding in the nostrils... Palate: powerful, furnace-like impact on the throat--the 9% ABV is overly exposed and makes the tasting a bit of a chore...Taste: mostly barley, as wheat and Saaz are relegated to a supporting role; a bit of iced tea to the flavor (?) with the tongue wondering where the "softening" qualities of the wheat/malt/hop combination indicative of the style are to be found... Overall: having bought this bomber with a gift card, I felt little danger in trying a beer made by "manly men," and still I had hope this beer would be a powerful 9% wheat beer that would wed well with the summer heat; instead, this self-proclaimed "sort of a cross trainer" really doesnít profile well enough to merit a second taste or a friendly recommendation...but I can say it does deliver the alcohol well enough to persuade my critical eye to overlook its stranger genre-bending qualities....
hockeybeerguy (255) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured a dark orange/brown and yielding no head whatsoever into my chalice. Mild dark haziness showed throughout the body. No lacing occurred. The smell was sweet through the malts with some light plum coming through as the beer warms. The taste was the same with the previously noted flavors and settled through some odd bitter flavors that I canít really quite right place. The alcohol came through in the taste as the beer warmed up. The palate was about a medium coating the tongue and mouth decently. No sharpness hits the tongue. I would say this was mildly drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer that Iíd come back to.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Burned orange pour, off white head. Very hazy brew. Aroma of caramel, spen hops, oranges and something odd, a yeasty/plastic note. Flavor is overly sweet and just has a one note caramel/yeast flavor. Not so great.
HeistAlmighty (1008) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
650ml bottle. We made a rookie mistake and forgot this beer would settle and forgot to stir up the sediment before pouring. First glass out was clear, middle one hazy, last was completely opaque. Sludge in the bottle of the bottle. Orange/brown colour, not much head, last glass looked like a melted root-beer float. Aroma is barley syrup, English yeast, and banana. Taste is a little better than the aroma, some decent burnt sugar, but there was a funky aftertaste. Opaque glass had a much stronger yeast taste. Overall, this was a hot mess. Barley wine isnít supposed to be filtered, I suppose, but skimming the sludge out of this would have been a good idea.
annunz123 (748) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt, spice, and dark fruit in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor, which starts sweet and finishes with spice and a little bitterness. Good, but not great.
rocbyter (1831) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong malty apple aroma with a sharp alcohol bite. Cloudy orange color with a small white head. Light beginning with a moderate alcohol finish. Not much wheat flavor but still not that great.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle from Downeast Beverage Co in Portland, ME. Pours a cloudy, dull orange, amber tinted body with a thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet with a decent mix of fruits. Caramel and wheat malts with some breadiness. A few esters with some orange citrus along with some prunes and figs. I get a touch of clove or herbal spice in there too. Flavor is similar and awfully sweet. A bit of a bread to the caramel and wheat malts up front with less of a fruity mixture than the aroma. Still some orange citruses and just a light prune note in the middle while the hops offer a light herbal spice towards the end as the wheats pick up a touch and this finishes pretty sweet and slightly dry. Spiciness from the hops comes out more as this warms a bit and the sweetness isnít cloying, but a light booze note seems a bit medicinal. Medium length aftertaste following a medium-full body and very light carbonation. Overall, I wasnít really a fan of this. It wasnít bad, but just didnít work for me. Pretty sweet with a slightly herbal and spicy hopping as well as a bit of a medicinal boozy note. Eh...
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from the brewpub. Poured a straw color with some haze, weak head and lacing. The aroma was wet wheat, sour citrus. The flavor was wet wheat, sour citrus, sour white wine, caramel, bananas, bread. Mouthfeel was thin for an imperial anything or a hefe anything, astringent and acidic, foul sour water mess. Long sigh...
jeremytoni (2834) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Sweet malty flavor flavor with a lingering aftertaste.