JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Deep copper coloured beer, no head at all. Sweet aroma of licorice and anise, fat maltiness, stong wheaty spice and a touch of oaky vanilla aroma as well. Amazing body, smooth, creamy, body. Sweet and spicy malt flavour, a bit of pepper mixes well with the spicy hops and clean sweet malts. Awesome brew.
Tap at Collins Bar. Bright golden beer with light haziness and a thick white head. Aroma is gorgeous, sweet spicy pale wheat malt, a touch of bubble gum and pepper along with lots of bright orangey hops. Flavour is sweet but not overly so, spicy and wheaty with light bubble gum character and fresh citrusy hops. Lightly acidic on the finish with serves as a counterpoint to the sweet malts and spiciness. A bit of coranderish flavour as the temperature comes up. As quaffable as a beer this size is ever going to get.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of lemony citrus hops, orange juice, and a touch of candy malt. Flavor is surprisingly mild with an alcohol kick and citrus and grassy hops up front with a bit of sweetness, leading to a mildly dry finish. Rather soft spoken but quite drinkable.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I stumbled upon this beer not knowing anything about it. Actually, I was obsessed with Bear Republicís Hop Rod Rye at the time and thought this might be similar. To my pleasure this beer is absolutely outstanding. The aroma is malty and mild, it pours a nice amber color with a creamy but light off white head. The initial taste is slightly bitter and dry but it rests on the tongue very gently. As the beer warms up, subtle floral notes become present and it drinks easier and easier. It wasnít until I had 5 or 6 of these that I realised it was such a strong beer. The alcohol cannot even be tasted. The info thing says 10% but at The Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA they list it as 11.5% so who really knows. This is an amazing beer and I hope everyone has a chance to try it.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Subtle, ephemeral, floral, sage, sesame? lavender, honeysuckle, hints of tea and mint, finish of tea and faint licorice. Light bodied, soft carbonation, smooth finish, alcohol not noticed, subtle, complex, and quite superb! I want some bottles of my own.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. This was a potent wheat bomb of flavor with tons of yeasty character. The 10% ABV was adequately well hidden. The beer reminded me of the wonderful Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to 46er3498 pours a nice light red with an orange hu. aroma is hops caramel and orange peel. taste is wheat, hops and caramel malt. pretty tasty
can8ianben (1403) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird, I feel like it was a deep earthy IPA. Big hoppy notes, red amber colour, not what I typically see in a barley wine. In fact, I donít see much wheat characteristics at all, and there is no aroma to suggest a wheat beer. Basically a big IPA, maybe wrongly labled???
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to gputty for sharing this one. Caramel-orange pour, zero head. Nose is slightly floral, hops, wheat, some malt. Aromas are not strong, but easier to pin down after it warms. Flavor is wheat and hops, with the barley wine flavors coming through as it warms up. Citrus-ish finish, a bit of the alcohol lingers. Really a rather pleasant offering, just seems kinda hard to classify.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Medium amber-orange. Fruity-hoppy nose. Very smooth and weighty texture with a creamy carbonation; kind of chewy. Wholesome malts had an organic quality; wheat germ and crackers. Noticeable alcohol -- fruity and vodka-like; warming. Healthy bitterness; sharp, grassy hops. Overall, decent flavors; aromas seemed a bit restrained. Sweetness was mild, but the beer seemed to be balanced.
Ernest (6746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Almost zero aroma, big disappointment there. Flavor is ok but pretty uninteresting. Big yawner.