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 (1513) - 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 (1093) - 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 (2411) - 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.