Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(2011 bottle) Pours a clear dark orange with a medium white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is very poor, with predominant scents of must, light skunk, cardboard, and stale bread. Nothing is even remotely redeeming within the aroma, and upon first whiff I thought this was way past its prime. The flavor is a complete 180 from the aroma, and one is greeted with pleasant flavors of dried apricots, subtle banana, abundant caramel, light vanilla, sweet bread, and drying oak on the finish. Surprisingly tasty, and quite on par with another quality wheat wine in Boulevard’s Harvest Dance. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is subdued. Light warming alcohol on the finish, but nothing stinging. Overall this is a real Jekyll and Hyde of a beer, as the aroma was appalling, yet the flavor was sublime.
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian yeast. More like an abbey tripple than a barley. The belgian yeast really coves up any flavors.
fidemaster (281) - 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 (2955) - 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 (6273) - 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 (2052) - 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 (8352) - San Diego County, 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 (10119) - 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 (922) - 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 (7202) - 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.