MartinT (8736) - 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 (2491) - 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 (1135) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Bottle. Pours a muddled blushing amber with zero head. Only some miniature bubbles on the surface. Nose is wheaty and hoppy with lots of citrus notes, hints of alcohol, sugar, ripe fruits, and caramel. Taste is very fruity (plums, tangerine, raisins, cantaloupe) and sweet with lots of alcohol, wheat, caramel, and hops. Seemingly milder than I expected it to be, hop-wise. Body is sticky with light alcohol warmth, mild carbonation and some smoothness. Finish brings forth a bit more hoppiness, lots more fruit (larger tangerine, melon, plums, hint of grapefruit), caramel, alcohol, wheat notes and some light earthiness. Nicely done! This should round out after a year or two.
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) Clear amber body with orange-tinted off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, plum, wheat, light turpentine. Taste is sweet, plum/raisin, caramel, some grapefruit, light vanilla. Finishes with some alcohol warming. Medium body, not as thick as most b-wines due to the wheat -- quite easy drinking given the ABV.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with small white head, diminishing. Aroma is dark fruit and bananas. Flavor is very fruity, bananas, raisins, some hops. Full bodied, slightly syrupy.
desurfer (1262) - 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; thereís the rich, alcoholic maltiness of your typical barleywine, but with a distinct twang of wheat. The first sip is surprisingly thin; itís not as dense as the aroma suggests, although thereís more than enough alcohol burn in my throat to back up the boozy nose. Itís 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. Itís good, but could be better. Iíll drop a bottle in the cellar and get back to it in a year or so.