Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of banana, toffee, vanilla . Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. A nice enough sweet beer with good hiding of its alcohol, but it ain’t all that.
omhper (23323) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Bottled, thanks hopsrus! Cloudy reddish amber. Aroma of wood, vanilla and rhubarb. Sweet and mature. Rich and softly malty with lovely malt structure. Some toffee and vanilla, lightly salty. Elegant and very complex. Excellent.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2001, Sampled September 2004.
Pours a clear copper color, and is topped by a tan colored head that has a reasonable staying power. As I pour this beer I note that it looks a bit lighter in body than I was expecting, and I get some real nice aromatic notes of lemon, banana, and sherry that waft to my nose. It is very well carbonated, which helps to hold up the head. When I go in for a deeper sniff I am surprised by how crisp and wheaty this beer is. For some reason I was expecting an American Barley Wine made with wheat, but that is not what this seems to be, at least in the nose. There are definite crisp notes of wheat that has notes of lemon, banana, apples, and a hint of tropical fruit.
The palate is fairly light, it is sweet and does have a good amount of body. The taste is sweet and fruity up front, with notes of plum, and apple cider. It finishes with a bit of sherry, which is the only sign of slight oxidization after all these years. This beer is so tasty, I was really not expecting this to be so enjoyable after so long a period. I just figured that this wheat beer would just not stand up to the time, but boy was I wrong. There seems to be a slight amount of acidity here, which is typical of wheat beers, and it really goes nicely here. I really like that though this beer is strong, it is not too heavy, it has definite body to it, but it is much more akin to a strong Belgian ale in its alcohol to body ratio.
What can I say other than age some of this beauty if you get a chance. The only bad thing that I can say about this is that I have never had a fresh version, I guess I will have to remedy that.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Capped After popping the cap off this one the bottle foamed out a continuous stream for several minutes while chunks of yeast floaties rose to the top. After about 5 minutes I was able to get a pour into a snifter. Cloudy orange with just a slight film on top. Lots of caramel and yeast in the aroma along with fruit notes. Oak is faint. Body is really spritzy for a BW but I can deal with it. It’s softening a bit as it settles anyway. Not as full a body as most Barley Wines either. Flavor is complex. A malty caramel takes the lead with lots of different flavors blended throughout. Vanilla, banana, toffee and some spices I can’t identify. Alcohol is well hidden in both aroma and flavor. Overall an interesting Barley Wine that has aged quite well. Goes down quite smooth. Very drinkable.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity aroma, banana, cherries, alcohol, floral honey, faint wheat, faint spiciness. Clear orange-amber, thin off-white head. Sweet malty flavor, toffee and caramel, very fruity, slight tartness from wheat, alcohol complexities. Medium-full body, I expected it to be cloyingly full, but it wasn’t, slight alcohol warming. A rich, sweet, malty strong ale.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose: white pepper, sweet caramel, dusky grain, tangy wheat. Also alcohol. To be honest, this wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I thought this would be clearer and sweeter, with aroma notes like a weizenbock, but it seems more like a thick dunkelweizen with a strong alcohol kick. Carbonation is low for a wheat beer. It has some spicy notes, but they are of pepper and not of cloves or cinnamon. Strange. Good mouthfeel, a spicy, tangy, alcoholic finish, but the flavor left me wanting. Thanks, Mike!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is something special. Not the typical Barley Wine thickness but more of a strong sparkling wine. Nice peat taste. Silkly smooth goodness. Thanks to Indra (Eric) for this baby.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.23.04 Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. This was one of the last beers tasted at the Bitting mini-gathering so the notes are a bit sketchy and rough. Cloudy, yellow gold. Wheaty. Some surprising peppery spice and lots of it. Caramel; melon. Flavor is biting, yet sweet. Green pepper freshness and celery(?). Fresh and nutty, yet not a roasty nuttiness, rather quite fresh, like macs or cashews. Full bodied, yet light. A thousand thank yous, Mike, not just for sharing your treasures, but for sharing in a fun night.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome beer. A wheat beer lover’s dream. No alcohol bite for a 10% beer. A thick wheaty flavor, no clove, but malty and wheaty. Awesome. Oak highlights in flavor. Full bodied and well balanced. I’m impressed.
beerguy101 (5357) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, malty and sweet. Touches of smoke. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity. Very nice beer. Touches of orange, bubble gum and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.