desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange/amber with a thickly packed beige head. Aroma is intriguing; there’s the rich, alcoholic maltiness of your typical barleywine, but with a distinct twang of wheat. The first sip is surprisingly thin; it’s not as dense as the aroma suggests, although there’s more than enough alcohol burn in my throat to back up the boozy nose. It’s dominated by dry, bitter, almost sour hops, with an underlying sweetness playing second fiddle. The finish is sticky sweet with lots of lingering alcohol. This is a nice, young, brash beer, but could probably use some cellar time to smooth out the bumps and lend it a mellower character. It’s good, but could be better. I’ll drop a bottle in the cellar and get back to it in a year or so.
jefcon (1325) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel and gold color, fairly glossy in the glass. Aromas are tart lemons and a spice backing of nutmeg and maybe cinnamon. Because the palate of the wheat-based wine is thin, it cannot hide its alcohol as well as a barleywine. As a result, it is quite an astringent beer, and it produces a bit of a pucker from the hops and alcohol up front. Sweet throughout, with some grapefruit. In addition, the alcohol never warms. I found myself wishing the beer was a bit more hopped. It definitely mellows as its temperature rises. A nice, different winter brew.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, I like Smuttynose- my bias is clear. The aroma is typical barleywine, alcohol, hops, malt, fruit. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than a traditional barleywine, which I like- still thick, but not quite as syrupy. The flavor is malt and hops up front, sweetness and fruit and a bittersweet finish. I don’t detect anything that shouts "Wheat!!!", but it is a well made barleywine-style ale. I got another to cellar, we shall see. Well done again, Smuttynose.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour looks like a regular barleywine. Syrupy brown/orange body with a thick beige head. Aroma is apples, green grapes, and honey. Flavor is different fruits, carmel, mollasses, dirt/minerals with a musty wood and alcohol finish. Definately got better as it sat. Not a big fan.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Long-lasting white head. The body is pure orange and clear. Jammed fruits and honey emanate from the glass, merging into biscuity malts and herbal hops of hard to identify individual flavors, but taunting us with bubble gum hints. Mineral nature, medium body, slightly sticky palate. Good malt character, but the wheat stays too muddled all through and the alcohol takes a bit too much place in that woody medley. Eh.. not very subtle at this point, too dense and unpolishes, but it could become good rapidly enough as it settles and the alcohol/hops blend in with the rest.
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized light tan head, retention is good, lace is lightly coating. Copper hued ale, clarity is good. Nose is fruity, apples, a bit citrusy and some honeyish notes. Body is medium, lightly oily. Medium sweet maltiness, caramel, spicey hop flavors and a touch of alc. heat, peach and a light mintiness. Finish is medium dry, lasting. Good old Smutty.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
And interesting brew. Thx OldGrowth. Slightly hazy yellow, slightly hazy, no head. Aroma is of fermented honey. Flavor is very syrupy and much like honey. This could pass as a mead if I wouldn’t have read different. Slight tangy finish.
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a solid brewer. This is my second exposure to a wheat wine, and this was nothing like the Marin version (although I also enjoyed their take on the style). A unique chameleon of a beer. Medium orange amber, little head. Big citric grapefruit aroma, with a tinge of juicy fruit. Initial flavor was grapefruit and pineapple, intense hop bitterness, and a haunting ethereal quality in the malt thanks to the high wheat content. As it warmed, the hops became more medicinal and herbaceous in nature. While a big beer, it still almost has a quenching quality. Maybe even a hint of bubblegum in there. Utterly unique and fascinating.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Barely hazy, burnt orange ale with a fizzy, off-white head. Floral, earthy aroma with notes of wood and pine sap. Undertones of caramel, golden raisins, soft molasses and dried plum. Nicely balanced flavor. Malty and lightly sweet up front. Tangy, well-bittered and woodsy on the backside. Full-bodied and oily with medium carbonation. Crisp, drying finish. Just a wee bit “hot.” Great now, but should age well.
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased from Town and Country in West Springfield, MA. Aroma is sweet, floral, and bubblegum-like. Lacks expected vinousness or banana aromas. Transparent copper color with an off-yellow head that is small and requires an aggressive pour. Bananas to start, followed by sweet and vinous notes. Ethanol burns in the middle with some medicinal qualities. Finishes bitter and grapefruity-hopped with more hints of bubblegum. Very warming. A bit too hot.