jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Grab a loaf of fresh cinnamon raisin bread that is slightly doughy, and inhale it deeply, then you have just smelled this beer. Outstanding smell. Pumpkin pie comes into the picture, The smell is so good you almost don't want to drink all of it, you just want to leave some to smell.
Flavor: Tast is like chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate then add spicy sugary flavors with plenty of nutmeg. Makes me think bready, yeasty, and doughnut-ty.
Mouthfeel: Excellent body with a slick, thick, almost syrupy at the finish.
Drinkability: High, this beer begs to tasted over and over again.
Notes: This is one of the most interesting flavored beers I've had that I can honestly say tastes outstanding. This isn't a beer that you say "oh it's interesting, but I wouldn't buy it again." I will buy this till there are none left and since it was such a small release I don't know if I'll get some.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn't know what to expect w/this beer. The only other wheatwine I've had was Two Bros, and it was very different from that. The flavor I kept thinking of was hazelnuts-like in Rogue's hazelnut brown and also caramel corn. They must carmelize the heck out of it during the boil. It really seemed pretty one dimensional to me and not all that interesting. Possibly aging it some will add some complexity.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sticky lacing, aroma of warm, yeasty, cinnamon raisin bread, topped with honey. Dense, bready, brown sugar-laden flavor. Definite wheat nose. Carmelized honey and some ginger in the middle. Conclusive hop finish. Extremely enjoyable; alcohol hidden well.
EddieG (168) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit of a suprise. This beer pours a golden color and is very clear. A thin white head is present which welcomes the bready and yeasty artoma. Teh beer is slightly sweet and the alcohol is masked fairly well. Caramel and vanilla are present and the sweetness presominates the palate. Enjoyable
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium orange color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar and very sweet. A full-bodied barley wine. Malts are very sweet and fruity (pineapple and apples). Hops are grapefruity, but they really donít show up till the end. For all that sweetness and the alcohol bite, its really a very smooth tasting barley wine. It does finish a little harshly, but some bottle aging could really improve this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of an alcohol bite. Thanks TAR!
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This barleywine's got some rough edges. Sugar sweet malts at the front of the tongue turn astringent and hoppy at the back. Some aging might make this a good sipper, but right now, it's a little too sharp. Will re-sample this one.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head formation and retention is nice. Nice color. Earhy nose, smells like wheat flour, with confectioners' sugar. Deep alcohol burn is right - very very sweet - sure it drys out with a hop assault at the end, but this is a wildly sweet ride. Super fruity - pineapple!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark slightly hazy amber color, light foamy tan head. The nose is lightly chocolate - I've had this in a couple of wheat based beers, noteably Roffeys Wheat Wave. Also in the nose is some light fruit, apples, and a hint of brown sugar. The alcohol in the nose kind of burns and is somewhat strong. Very sweet beginning with the alcohol coming in very big. Smooth, feels like a barley wine - very sweet with hints of brown sugar and a light fruitiness that gets masked in the end by a slight bitterness that dries out. Too sweet and alcoholic, but the hops do try to bring the beer around in the end.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Copper colored, translusent small white head rims the glass. Aroma is like fresh baked bread with some medicinal undertones. Sweet very sweet flavor. Wet finish. Thanks Raindog for this one!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow. Sourdough bread aroma with some possible rye. Really gritty malts, sharp, a nice interesting barley wine.