notalush (5221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The label looks like police tape stuck on a bottle - Tart aroma, with some hops and spices - cloudy golden with not much of a head - the flavor is extremely hoppy for the style, like a pale ale/tripel hybrid - slight sweetness, some yeast and fruit notes - a unique surprise is lurking in this brew in the form of a black coffee-like flavor which adds a very interesting element to the beer - the hops dominate the finish, but there is a decent malt backbone throughout - I'm not that impressed with what the European microbreweries have done so far, but this is a decent beer - I don't like it as a tripel, but if I put that aside I think it's a quite good - give it time and it will grow on you.
Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy - hopy aroma. Chunky, cloudy with peachy hue. White average head . Nice mellow taste, hints of a black coffee ... This one grows on you.
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Radek touched the cork lightly and it exploded out of the bottle, putting a dent in his ceiling. With loud noises and swiftly flying projectiles in the air, former Ratebeerian Turbo exited the room with a quickness. The beer did some foaming, but soon settled down. But it was clearly agitated, as evidenced by the chunks of yeast floating around in my glass. The opaqueness set off the straw colour, giving it life. The head calmed down to a thinnish, but rocky formation. The aroma was all yeast, then yielded to spices, alcohol, and a slight hint of fruitiness (cherry). The pale malts on the palate somewhat came off as cloying, with notes of honey, alcohol, peaches, white pepper and yeast. Rough and ready version of the style.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart on the aroma, light yellow color with a light covering of white head. Creamy oragne in the flavor with a definite yeast back ground. Not all that impressive, but after fifteen barley wine samples i couldnt taste a habenero.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
The beer poured a cloudy yellow with a fair amount of lacing and a small, white head. The flavor was interesting - bitter and acetic, but a nice finish. The hops are quite muted, overpowered by the fruit flavorings. A fine beer.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden hazy yellow..very yeasty aroma..almost saison-like with hints of lemon-lime..bitter limes..yeast and bitterness are a nice match here.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy golden color with a flothy white head. Even though the bottle was undisturbed, there were large chunks of soft yeast and multiple floaties. Yeast, wheat and malt sweetnss in the aroma. Initial farm yeast and hopsack flavors, followed by light fruit flavors and a touch of citric hops. Fairly thin in feel. Slight bitterness and a touch of acidity bring the fruit sweetness back in check in the finish.