jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bottle. This is slightly less blood orange focused that some of the older versions I've had, however still quite good. Has strong orange zest flavor with grapefruit flavored hops (Amarillo?). Tastes sweet and smooth, with a nice crispness and booziness.
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fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 bottle, drank slightly below room temp. Whiskey like color with almost no head. Scent is orange and alcohol. Taste is similar, very heavy on orange, but also with some pepper, booze noticeable but certainly not in a bad way. Pretty good one to sip on.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Manny57. Pours a nice caramel color with minimal head. Smell is heavy on the orange rind. Tastes of orange rind, some nice spices and a little hop character in the back. Tasty.
blackflag321 (611) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am very leery of any fruit in beer, but I love this stuff! The blood orange pops out on the palate, but quickly fades. Then the peppercorn very subtly tingles the palate; it, too, is not overdone. Doesnít taste like any barleywine I have had . . . doesnít taste like any other beer I have had.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really glad I got to try this before it kicked. On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep orange brown with a small tan head. Aroma was sharp citrus, sweet malt, and some bitter hop notes. Taste was much the same, big full malt throughout, some spice, sharp citrus zest, bitter grapefruit and some lingering sweetness. This was pretty smooth I thought and hid the alcohol very well. Really nice job here.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours hazy orange with little to no head. Aroma is a nice punch of blood orange. Really vibrant citrus notes here. Also getting a Hawaiian Punch vibe. Taste is soft, velvety with little carbonation. Blood orange again features nicely here with some barleywine traits coming through. Syrupy. Not getting a lot of the peppercorns though there is some faint spiciness in the background.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an expected reddish orange with medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is again, pretty predictable of red grapefruit (or blood oranges), oranges, spices (especially pepper), and a bit of mild wheat and yeast. Flavor matches well, unfortunately. I had a feeling this wasnít going to be my type of beer, but thought I would give it a try to try to prove myself wrong. I wasnít wrong dammit.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, nice clear golden orange pour. heavy orange and pepper aroma. flavor is heavy citrus/orange and finish with the spice of the peppercorn. Lots of character. Really enjoy this one.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange with a white frothy head. Different from the first smell and taste. Smell and tastes sweet like caramel and grapefruit. Very light and lively. Has a hard to describe tang. Would never have guessed the high alcohol content.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$2 bottle poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint".
Appearance: Pours a sunset sort of orange color with about a finger of a white head, that dies down pretty quickly. Decent bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Quite significant alcohol legs.
Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and mango dominate the aroma... very fresh smell. Pleasant and inviting.
Taste: Interesting ... Iíve never had a Wheatwine, so I didnít know what to expect. This is very distinctive. The peppery note coats the mouth but isnít too pungent, and thereís also a citrus flavor with quite a sour quality, which Iíd assume is the yeast used in this beer. The aftertaste is heavy on the wheat, with almost a briny flavor as well... Summit hops? A strange mix, but itís manageable. Peppery, sour orange juice brine is the essential flavor here, with a wheaty, minorly burning finish. The feel is surprisingly light, as I was expecting a thicker beer. Iím glad itís not too thick though, as this beer could easily become cloying if that were the case. The aftertaste is probably my favorite part about Anniversary Ale. Love the wheat, orange, pepper flavor.
This just isnít quite my style. Itís not bad by any means, though. In fact, Iíd consider it to be a VERY GOOD beer just because I never thought "Peppery, sour orange juice brine" would be an appealing flavor. Definitely glad to have tried this, and itís a unique beer, but Iíd not have it often.