Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An orange appearance with a large head. A lemon and pine aroma is present. The flavor is extremely sweet to a cloying level with some lemons, apricots, and pears present. This beer is complex but too big and sweet to have more than a few. I dont think Id want to tackle a bomber of this on my own. Overall pretty good and complex.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Points for being interesting and different. This was like an imperial Wheat beer but without the clove and banana flavor of a hefe or most wheat beers. Alcohol was very strong, and the wine outweighed the wheat flavor by a lot. Thin and cloying this one.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark orange with a small white head. Candy sugar, banana and orange dominate the aroma. Taste is citrus fruit and grassy hops. Doesn’t taste as strong as the ABV says it is.
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from....damn, who was it? thanks, mystery trader! pours a dark orange with little carbonation and surprisingly little wheat characteristics show up in the aroma and flavor. instead it’s a well-balanced beer with strong malt and some deep earthy hops, and just a tiny bit of yeasty tanginess shows up. i wish it had a slightly fuller body with somehat less alcohol thinness, because a nice sticky finish would make this absolute bliss to sip.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party
Shiny copper color, no head. Nose of clean fruits; grape, fig and plum. The flavor is rich and balanced and doesn’t possess any of the off-flavors you associate with wheat. Clean finish, light alcohol. Nice campfire sipper.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Lots of caramel int he aroma with light banana bread, fruit, and citrus hops. Pours a hazy orange with a nice off-white head with decent retention. Caramel and banana bread up front. Fruit, light sugary sweetness, and wheat in the middle blend nicely with the moderate citrus hop finish. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish in light flavor and warmth. Another hoppy, but balanced barley wine that I really enjoy.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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 Republic’s 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 wasn’t 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) - Pennsylvania, 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.