ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - it’s two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass.
S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If there’s a problem, it’s that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if they’re not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying.
T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, that’s the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into ’clusterfuck city’. I’m getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - it’s complex. Wait, no, it isn’t complex. It’s complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish that’s cloying to the point of annoyance.
M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesn’t really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you don’t care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, it’s actually quite good. It’s pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will.
O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. There’s no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Don’t need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois I’m sitting on isn’t like this.
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Jon. Aroma is boozy, barley wine sweet maltiness, fruity, rich, coconut, apricot, pineapple. Good stuff.
biirusaikou (1928) - - JAN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared, thanks Jon. Lovely tartness, even more pastry-like, gentle fruity esters and notes of vanilla and marshmallow, bit of spice, smooth and dry on the finish. Excellent stuff, quite a unique and complex blend of flavors.
KyotoLefty (8492) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml from Jon. Tart fruity nose, grapefruit, oak, wheat, very creamy and fruity. Cloudy, glowing golden color with lace. Tart wheat flavor, grapefruit, vanilla. Very smooth and full. Great stuff.
jc1762 (456) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a taster showing lightly filtered slightly dry straw yellow with half a finger of clean white foam.
The nose shows a mix of citric tart and vanilla notes. Strong intensity and a good balance.
The palate is moderately carbonated with a light body. Slight residual sweetness, light vanilla throughout, no alcohol spiciness until the finish despite the high ABV. The flavors on the finish show clean bourbon oak and smoke.
willisread (1590) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Thanks Jon! Lots of oak and buttery chardonnay notes in the nose with some light caramel, vanilla and coconut. ABV is hidden masterfully. Lots of oak on the palate with lots of complex flavors coming out as it warms, but still remains dangerously drinkable. Well-balanced on the palate with a nice buttery, dry finish. Excellent.
TimE (4547) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big oaky Chardonnay nose. Deep French oak nose. Medium carbonation prickly, oaky, wheat, smooth body,
Apricot with a fair amount of bourbon. Big bourbon warming finish. Pretty boozy. On the border of cloying but never there. Good stuff
Pedrens (186) - SPAIN - DEC 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No se si sería correcto clasificarlo como un BW teniendo en cuenta q el trigo es la base. Cerveza bastante única de todo lo q he probado hasta ahora, aromas frutales complejos con un fondo de trigo importante, levadura y alcohol, la barrica esta presente y el bourbon tb. En boca se hace más especial si cabe, con muchísimos matices. El alcohol muy bien camuflado... De las cosas más curiosas q he probado este año 2015, buena birra para el postre de noche buena.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
A decent release, this barley wine might be showing signs of peaking. It certainly is not going to get any better with age so if you still happen to be sitting on a stash start drinking it soon before it fades even more.
Aroma / Appearance - A bronze sticky base supports a layer of dense foamy head that settles to a thin sheet. Lemons, apple sauce, white oak, and other flavors meld into a chewy texure that almost reminds me of an amped up saison.
Flavor / Palate - Strong and boozy, this bites from the first sip. A little too much at times, it does not hide the layers of oak, citrus, orange peels, and malt. Some subtlety might help take off the rough edges of an otherwise polished experience. I’m happy to have tried it but won’t be getting any more Bruery beers until the cellar is much thinner.
anstei (645) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Erzbierschof Zurich. A beautiful and complex beer! Intense and fruity, citric. Apricots, orange, bitter almonds. Very nice, but surely not everybody’s taste.
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased at least 15 months ago from the RS. Split 2 ways during my 2015 NFL fantasy Football draft. Orange amber in color beer without any head. Aroma is very oaky with notes of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and toffee. I dig the aroma!
The flavor is so smooth but it may also have mellowed from sitting. The alcohol is only found after I was done with the snifter. The flavor is a nice balance of oak, sweet malt notes of toffee, and bourbon/ vanilla and traces of coconut. Damn nice sipping this.