fidemaster (251) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting vintage. It has a spicy banana taste to it. It does not have a distinct aroma. It has a nice rich oak finish which really helps to give this a nice complex flavor. It had a bitter finish.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent light copper with no head. Heavily bready and boozy. Some esters come through. Nice overall.
KyotoLefty (5573) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy, light amber with orange tints and lace. Nose of esters, green veggies, wheat and cereals. Sweet, rounded flavor, peaches, bread, biscuit, sweet orange. A bit too vegetal.
maekchu (1463) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. 2011 vintage. Malty nose (wheat is not so strong); sugar and buttery notes. Bright yellow. Mild malty initial; wheat flavors come on in mid palate, along with some good hopping; final is balanced. Thin-medium body. Nice enough, but not outstanding in any facet. Maybe needs a year or two to develop,
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375mL thanks to Greg at PPG. Pours a clear deep golden, no head. Odd nose with candies, detergent, phenolic. Taste is thinner, toffee, caramel, some thinning lemonade finish.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle courtesy of Greg at Paradiso Georgetown, thank you sir! Hazy golden color, small cream colored head. Aroma of lime, fresh tropical fruit. Taste is bittersweet lychee fruit. Interesting stuff.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 bottle. Pours a very light golden color. The aroma has a crispness to it, almost like a very strong lager with an intenseness to it. The taste is decent. Nothing sticks out about it though. Usually expect more from a barleywine.
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crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rate. this was 09. Very much vanilla and caramel. Not really a weizenbock type feel but more of a barleywine.
valpoaj (594) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 2008 Vintage. Tough cork to pop, but little carbonation noted upon opening. Pours a murky, sediment littered orange/brown with little head and no lacing. Aroma is full of light fruit, some booze, woody notes and grass - interesting, if not overwhelming. Flavor is very cider like - dry, light fruits, heavy apple note mid way through, yeasty, catching some of the pepper as well. Slight sour note in the background at all times. Palate is very dry, bordering on cottony...relatively full bodied. This would fit very well into the ’intriguing’ category in my book - unlike anything I’ve ever had, though I don’t know if I’ll be searching another out in the future.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler on tap. Pours a hazed golden with a healthy khaki head. Aromas of lemon, grass, cloves, spicy peppery yeast, some honey and ginger, even a meaty quality. Taste is pretty sweet with a touch of bitterness and tartness. Palate is fuller, toward syrupy with some heat and a lingering tart finish. An interesting brew for sure with its own thing going on. Not sure I could do more than maybe a 6 ounce pour, but certainly worth a try.