EddieG (168) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle: The beer pours a beautiful golden/orange color with a thin white head that remains thin, yet ever- present in the beer. The aroma is very yeasty and is reminiscent of a good belgian. Teh flabor is slightly sweet and acidic on the front end with a slight bitterness and tang at the end. Overtones of mild bananas, plums and creamy. Nice offering.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle: Golden color with a huge creamy white head.(Took me 15 minutes to pour a glass.) Aroma is very yeasty with some fruit. Flavor is very sour, yeasty and grapefruit. Tastes like a triple to me.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours thick and viscous with a minimal white head, and looks like a typical Hefe sans frothy white head. Typical clove yeast aroma with some nice banana and apricot esters at first. Black pepper is light as it warms as does the oakiness, but I'm missing the vanilla. Wheat malt also becomes apparent when it warms. I also caught some hints of hop aroma, but they quickly disappear. Malty and spicy; very well balanced, some yeasty clove flavors w/ woody undertones. I thought I also caught a little cinnamon in the aftertaste? Complexity could be better, but this could probably also use some aging. Fuller bodied once it is swished around the mouth for a few minutes to release some of the carbonation which seems a little high at first, then mellows. Lightly astringent as it leaves the mouth, possibly from tannins, but smooth otherwise. Alcohol is very well hidden. I'd love to age this for another year to see how it does. Hopefully a new and rising style of beer from other brewers as well, but I think they'll have the market for a little while
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet aroma, with a touch of vanilla and banana. Sweetness throughout balances the alcohol quite well and is not too overpowering. A good sipper.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now that I've picked up the new 2003 bottle, it's time to open the old 2002. Great aroma - herbal and very fruity, not citrusy, more like cantaloupe and melons. Glowing orange body, thick full head of tiny bubbles. Palate is full and creamy smooth, full of yeast and fruit flavors; mellow hops and dry wood at the end. This was really delicious.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 ’03-Very light color for a barleywine, a nice aroma, that reminded me more of a Belgian wheet, which probably explains the "Barleywine style Weiss Beer" description given to it. It had a nice sweetness to it that melded well with the wheatiness of the beer. I enjoyed it and will pick up more to age. (8,3,7,4,17-3.9)
04- rated in Jan 2005. Cloudy orange brown with white head. the aroma is fairly muted, some malts, a bit on the toasted side and some earthy bitterness. The flavor is wheat based, bananna, yeast and spices. A hint of a weiss in this Barley Wine. Seems to have many more characteristics of a Belgian than a BW, but it is called a Weiss Wine which explains that. Fruity flavors emerge as it warms, I wish I’d let it sit some. Not as good as the ’03 at this point. (6,3,6,3,14-3.2) downgrading the overall because of the latest tasting.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminded me a lot of a saison, in terms of the herbal aroma...also was less sweet than I'd expected. Definitely the lightest (in color) and most subtle barley I've ever had. Full, tangy pear and banana flavors. Flowery but not perfumey. Delicious!
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Gloomy tangerine. Thick, sticky, rocky, bright white head. Yeasty aroma riddled with phenols, honeydew, plaster, and banana. Flower, musty dough, oak, honey, and faint peppery notes. Only the slightest trace of gentle, juicy, piney hops. Creamy yet somewhat prickly carbonation. Touts its mellowness right away with predominant melon and yeast flavors. Late charge of doughy pale malts succumb to leafy, spicy hop hints and tangy acidity. Daintily peppery at the end with gentle herbal bitterness amid lingering yeast, fresh plantain, plaster, and flowers. Slowly building dusty yeast notes coat the palate along with a good dose of sweet malts, bananas and cream, and lingering herbal flashes. Very nice balance and one of few barleywines deriving excellence out of such subtlety.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A weak and bland aroma. Sunshine color with clouds. Little hay in the aroma and a lill hay in the flava.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My hopes were dashed when I smelled the familiar scent of a certain striped mammal upon lifting the cap from this beer. Some sharp citrus and mustiness, luckily, penetrated that sour mask. Poured a cloudy orange, with a thick, creamy white head and rather foul-looking greenish yeast sediment. Flavor was sharp, tangy, and biting, with wheat and citrus leading a wave of flavors, finishing with moldy, musty apricots and a rather bitter hops bite. Closer to a Witbier or a Tripel than a barleywine. Strange and ultimately unsatisfying.