IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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) - 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 (1387) - 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 don’t 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 (3482) - 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 (6574) - 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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright crimson hued. It is lacking aroma, unfortunately and I wonder why. Light hints of fruit and coconut, but it’s very subtle overall. Flavor is very rich and enjoyable, with coconut flavors so authentic, it makes you think it was aged in some barrel. White pepper, butter toffee and cream flavor, with a soft, succulent smooth texture. Wish the aroma was better, but this is still a very nice, enjoyable beer.