ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Really need to rate this one, as Iíve now had it about six or seven times from the bottle. Wish you could give points based on the label, as this one has an outstanding Romantic depiction of a Ceres/Demeter-like figure. Very unique label. Iíll probably hold on to a couple bottles just for the label. Ok letís see what else I can say thatís not about the beer itself. . .nope, thatís about it.
Batch 1 2005 bomber
Pours a copper-goldenrod, nice and dark, with only a chill haze. Little to no sediment on the bottom, though it is bottle conditioned. Head is very large, but recedes quickly to a cover, with light lacing left behind. Head is off-white colored. Aroma of sharp, dry wheat, lots of fruitiness (apples, pears, oranges, unripened peaches), with soft, sweaty, only lightly bitter hops. A touch of dry caramel and toasted grains lingers in the background, while you can definitely sense a bit of strong, perfumey alcohol esters. Flavor is very bold immediately, with a sharp, acidic wheat twang and alcohol heat. Moderately sweet caramel comes in to the mix, with ripe red berries and more drying yellow fruits on the end. Alcohol is definitely present, but not in an obnoxious way, just rather warming. Expansive mouthfeel with a lightly creamy texture at times. Wheat wines are just too acidic/sharp for my tastes. Wheat already adds enough dryness without having to then up the alcohol. I think thatís why I enjoyed triticus so much more, the dark malts really helped balance the wheat and alcohol. A well-made beer for what itís trying to do, just not my cup of tea. Sticky caramel, lightly bitter, leafy hops and a bit of raisins and candied oranges linger on.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pale caramel color, orangish hued, fairly viscous pour, thin white head, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation. † Sweet hop nose, caramel, touch of alcohol. † Smells fairly tasty. † Sweet citrusy zing, loads of caramel, subtle hop presense. † Not terribly big, but fairly smooth and tasty. † Not as big or full in the mouthfeel as suggested by the pour. † Lingering candied citrus peel and caramel on the exit. † Lighter than expected, but still sweet and malty enough to make me happy. † More like a Barley Wine light. † Thanks Jeff!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fiery clear dark amber with a quickly fading white head. Aroma of honey, white wine, floral hops and a bouquet of flowers. Flavor has notes of wheat, caramel, zesty floral grapefruity-hops, pine, toasted malt, cherry, wood, white grapes and a touch of bath soap (but not in a bad way). Pleasantly sweet with ample, yet smooth hop bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture and moderate carbonation - it could have been a little more thick and lush. Overall a very good beer, pretty original IMO.
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - NOV 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
another hoppy big wheat beer after stoneís 9th anniversary. a new trend? not much wheat flavor, dominated by hops. grapefruit aroma, bitter.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 The Lure:
Hot alcohol movement within the candyish caramel pavement. Cinnamon-y spiciness emanates from the maltís sweetness, to attempt blending in with the citrusy hops. Wooden hop resins bulk up the aroma, but all these components remain polite in the end.
Round maltiness gives plenty of candied berries around the diplomatic alcohol warmth. Hop resins develop from flavor to bitterness, accompanying the oranges and caramel sweetness. Citrus fruit and their tart splash might be evoked from the union of wheat malt and fruity hops. This one is maybe a little too young for now, but as it stands itís a worthy wheat wine.
A philosopherís beard in its early stage.
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Slight malty nose. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet but complex flavor, the high ABV is not really noticeable, slight hop finish. Good beer to savor. $3.29 for a 22oz bottle from RSVP Liquors, Portland, Me.
Holdwine (1089) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first wheat wine, and what a place to start. Friutier and less dramatic than a barleywine. Drinkable and enjoyable. I want to lay a few down and see what happens, but I would have a hard time not drinking them. Wheat allows for a cleaner journey the hops and sweet malts. A winner
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bottle. Didnít know quite what to expect out of this and was pleasantly surprised. Poured (snifter) a glowing orange amber, perfectly clear, luminous. Nose is hoppy, very similar to the Big A, and fantastic light sugary wheat malt. Flavor follows-- nice full body but seemingly thin/clear, with a great balance between the tangy/citrusy hops and soft wheat grain. Not at all cloying the way some barleywines can be, this is quite drinkable though easily savored over the course of an evening. As it warms it only gets better, again a testament to its fine balance. Canít say enough about this one, just a really finely crafted ale. Simple, unpretentious, delectable.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber ... obviously, itís a Smutty Big Beer. Pours hazy and orange with a nice fluffy head atop, which is easily recaptured with a slight swirl. Astringent and metallic aroma at first, but quickly gives way to a sweet fruitiness, almost like a tripel. Hoppy, sweet and astringent mouthfeel at first. As it warms, the flavor takes off. Pineapple upside-down cake is the first thing that comes to mind. Banana, candi sugar and an alcohol warmth make this seem like a Belgianís take on a Barleywine. Itís a little hot now, but it should really come into itís own after a year.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A more subtle riff on the barleywine style, and warmly welcome. Deep red/brown color, smooth mouthfeel, taste of sweet malts and vanilla. A little íbrighterí than a barleywine, perhaps--easier to drink but with a strong alcohol presence too.