BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and GL snifter: The ruby brown beer has many very small particles and is top by a fading white frothy head and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, vanilla, maple sap, floral and grassy hops, and a mild phenol twang. The taste starts with a caramelized malt and raisin tone followed by a sublime bitter quality. Undertones of vanilla and musty yeast. The finish has a light alcohol bite and some lemony tartness. The feel is very crisp and displays a nice bite and not cloying. Alcohol is noticed but not overpowering. Good but lacks to depth of the best of the genre. Some "english" quality to it in the malting, worth a try.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish amber with little to no head. Sweet, bready nose with hint of spice. Vanilla, caramel and raisiny flavors. It feels thick. Alcohol is masked well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 Thanks to Iwantalambic for this one. Cloudy amber color with smallish head. Now I love barleywines, but somehow wasn’t ga ga over this one. I kept this cellered for a few months but time wasn’t too kind. The flavors were all there but seemed a little off. Aroma is like stale cheese and over ripe apples. Taste is funky sour and not in a good way at all. Grapes and just nastiness make this drainpour. I’ll stick with my original rating in case this is just a bad bottle.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper/amber body with a thin, white head. Sweet toffee and light caramel-maybe some maple as well. Slightly smoky and quite sweet. Moderate to slightly sticky body. The flavors tend to match the aroma, yet also adding a subtle but powerful bitterness in the finish and random bits of fruit.. This a simple but tasty beer. I sort of thought there would be more complex elements. However, the simplicity makes it as equally enjoyable.
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small white and creamy head. A darker caramel coloured body. Thicker and fuller mouth feel that leaves a light syrupy coating. Slightly sweet caramel. Ends with bitter and sharp alcohol taste.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber with a small head. Wheat aromas along with a kind of milk like nose(?), hops and sweet malts. Hops! Lots of the, followed by caramel and roast malts, and alcohol. Thick body and oily palate. Sweet malt finish of alcohol.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pellucid amber with light head & lacing. The aroma has a good amount of alcohol with a good amount of hops coming through. Very unique hop usage. The flavor is earthy & tart with a musky, dusty fruit undertone along with a cloying bit of sweetness in the finish. Some dark malts come through. I'm not seeing the wheat here.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color with little to no head. Sweet nose contains hints of vanilla and bananas. Flavor is sweet, creamy, with orange and banana notes.
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.