jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a dark amber hefeweiss. with a good sized off white head that fades at first but stays right about an 1/8" thick.
Smells like a cross between a geueze and a hefe. It smells sour and tart but yeasty bready like a hefe.
It's bready, yeasty, sweet malty, and some sour notes as well. It tastes like it smells. Its a cross between a hefe and a geueze but its thick and heavy like a barleywine. All kinds of fruit come through at different times, I couldn't quite put my finger on them but the bottle describes apricot, melon, and vanilla, and I definitely agree with that. It also says black pepper but I didn't see that as much. Most definitely the most prominent character is the caramel and banana.
The mouthfeel is heavy and thick all over my tongue.
This is one tasty and inventive brew. I am really enjoying this and I've got another bottle to see how this will do over time. I'm looking forward to revisiting this one in a few years.
JorisPPattyn (7721) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight gushing to irregular, good yellowish head; beer very orange & flunky. Citrus, lactic acid, and slight fishy nose, hop (slightly cheesy -old?). Citrus in the taste, lactic, very wheaty, fresh, laurel aroma and orangezest. Retronasal agian quite some hops, and a bit peppery. Surprisingly much restsugars after 1 year ripening on oak. Quite some acidity. I love this beer. But I think this is meant to be drier and hoppier. The first after some years of ripening?
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 - Poured a hazy bright orange color with a nice medium sized white head that really lasted and left nice lacing. Aroma of citrus fruits, banana, some vanilla, and yeast. Spicy citrus, banana taste, slightly tart, some alcohol in the finish. I have finally tasted a barleywine that will be refreshing in the summertime!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MONSTER head. Like whipped cream on a sundae. After about 10 minutes, the head finally started to break up, then resembling lightly pulled cotton candy. Impressive. Super tangy. Viberant citrus with agressive sour notes. Subtle banana flavors underneath tart, dry lemon/grass. Very different. Sour yeasty, bready flavors linger with a little bit of a bubblegum note and a firm warming dash of alcohol. Challenging for your palate.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Artist Series: good pour as this beer has a nice fluffy head that stays for a long time. First smell reminds me of orange rinds, sweet but acidy. First taste has spicy with a sweet taste and finishing with a bitter end. Like the way this one tasted and would like to taste this vintage a few years later.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 2003: Very hazy,dark orange. Pillowy head,settles and leaves nice lace. Dry herbal hops,spicy yeast,fruity malt,oak barrel aromas. Juicy,thick,palate..yet creamy and soft. Starts tangy,middle is spicy,malty(fruity,sweet). Wood and alcohol just add more complexity,as they are tastefully present. Finish is hoppy,very fruity,lightly spicy. If not better than past years,just as good. A excellent beer I look forward to every year.
DRAFT,2003: Much thicker,and flavorful than bottle,if it's possible. Lots of banana,caramel,oak,in flavor in aroma. Delicious.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hope you're digging my photo of this beer (upper left). This beer's a winner, in my book. Orangey color with a tufty white head. Aroma of oranges and Belgian yeast - terrific. The flavor is a tad sweet with some tang, citrus, a touch of pepper and other spices. The woodiness is muted, but present from the year of oak aging - it adds depth. Sourness is lightly present, but the whole flavor package comes together well in a complex, drinkable way that makes for an enjoyable brew! This doesn't betray its 11% abv at all - remarkable. Not so much a barley wine as it's perhaps closer to an eisbock. Very well executed.
EddieG (169) - 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 (1512) - 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 (1092) - 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