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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
Old Sol Wheatwine Ale, our summertime barleywine style ale, introduced in 2002, Old Sol is available on tap and in bottles to go. The 2003 Old Sol won a GOLD MEDAL at the Great American Beer Festival. This summertime version of Barleywine made with 46% wheat and Warrior, Simcoe & Amarillo hops will be a sure winner. OG 23.6 Plato 1.100 SG 9.75% by vol. 7.75% by wt. Brewed on the Lunar New Year, tapped on the Summer Solstice.

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BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours amber with almost no head. Decent amount of carbonation in the body. Aroma is of malt, caramel, sugar, alcohol, and plum. Taste is of wheat, alcohol, sugar, and plum. Has a backbone of caramel malt. Decent hop presence underneath all the wheat and malt. Very light mouthfeel. Lots of drinkability. Lingering sugary fruit taste. As it warms, it gets very boozy. I liked it.

ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2009 edition. Thanks to RiversideAK for the bottle! Muddy amber pour. Thin off white head and spotty lace. Sugar and light fruit on the nose. Caramel, wood, and hops. Nice balance.

SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; thanks bvc!! pours clear, orange and flat; aromas are raw and sweet; quite a bit of hops remain as well; some lemons in there too; texture is nice and light, almost juice like; strong and rich; has aged well for sure

theisti (4175) - Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009
++++ RE-RATE 11-May-09 ++++
Vertical of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Vintages at the brewery during Seattle Beer week 2009. Each pour was approximately 5 ounces, served in snifters.

All samples poured mostly clear.
2004 - Lighter golden yellow, mostly clear no head. 3
2005 - Darkest of the five, brown orange with no head. This was the clearest of the samples. 4
2006 - Light in color, like the 2004, with golden only a few soapy bubbles. 3
2007 - golden copped, few loose off white bubbles. 4
2008 - Pour is brown copper with great settling and a pretty one inch off white head. This is the only sample that had noticeable lacing. 4

2004 - Grassy, wheaty, nice smooth mild honey sweetness. Some floral yeastiness near the back. No alcohol whatsoever. This had the nicest nose of the five. 8
2005 - Grassy, sharper vegetal, almost green pepper nose. Sweetness is more caramel in vthis one. Nice, though not as rounded as the 04. 6
2006 - Of the five samples, this had the faintest nose. Some very light honey, touch of the grassy yeastiness - really no wheat barley. 5
2007 - Honey sweetness, resin pine bitterness - much more expressive than older versions. Alcohol poking through near the back. 7
2008 - Grassy, bitter resin, clove honey sweetness, toasted wheat malt - quite a bit going on but not real refined. Almost an artificial sweetener smell to it, kinda weird. Alcohol present. 6

2004 - Caramel honey malty sweetness, floral grassy yeastiness. Alcohol heat late in the long aftertaste. 8
2005 - Big, immediate, honey toffee caramel maltiness, followed closely by the vegetal clove grassiness of the yeast. This one hid the heat better than the 04 but came across pretty jagged. 7
2006 - Honey sweetness, followed by bright pineapple fruitiness, then the malt wheat. Not much of the grassy earthy yeastiness of 04 and 05. Decent blast of alcohol in the longish finish. 6
2007 - Caramel honey sharp sweetness, citrus - orange - bitterness, pine resin, grassy wheat yeastiness. Flavors layered on top of each other - dense tasting. Alcohol in the finish. 7
2008 - Sweet caramel and toffee to start, followed by grassy wheat and cloves. Almost a vegetable taste buried in there somewhere. Despite being the youngest, I thought only the 2004 covered the heat better. 7

2004 - Medium, mouth coating. Sweetness is clean. Alcohol comes along late, doesn’t detract much at all. 4
2005 - Medium, bright, sweetness that cloys a bit on the tongue. 3
2006 - Thinner than the 04 and 05, watery almost in the finish, alcohol revealed pretty early - with the sweetness sort of on its own to battle it. 3
2007 - Medium, more so than 06 - sharpness is prickling, long hot finish. 3
2008 - Medium, sweetness is cut by the resin grassiness - dry earthy finish. Alcohol heat more subdued than 07 06 and 05. 4

2004 - Nice, refined - more integrated than the others, certainly as it relates to the alcohol. 16
2005 - A bit muddled. 13
2006 - Thin and messy 12.
2007 - Back on track, expressive and interesting. 15
2008 - This will probably age into something pretty special. As it is, complex and interesting - though jagged and unrefined at this age. 14

Final Tally:
2004 - 8,3,8,4,16 - 3.9
2005 - 6,4,6,3,13 - 3.2
2006 - 5,3,6,3,12 - 2.9
2007 - 7,4,7,3,15 - 3.6
2008 - 6,4,7,4,14 - 3.5

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 14-JUL-08 ++++
22 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. 2008 Vintage. Pour is golden orange, hazed. Very thin white head. Aroma of full, rounded orange citrus. Some wheatiness lies behind behind the fruit. The wheat intertwines with full biscuit caramel malt nicely. Taste is the rounded orange citrus with the caramelly maltiness. Alcohol is pretty well muted, though this is very warming. Smooth palate, easy to drink. Thanks for this one Brandon. (8,4,7,4,15 - 3.8)

Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bomber shared by theisti. Pours a hazy orange-caramel brown with a thin skin of tiny off-white bubbles. The nose is sweet, dark fruity caramel, like a traditional barley wine only "lighter". The palate is on the light side of medium-bodied and slick leading to a lightly woody finish. Sweet, lightly nutty, caramel and woody hops. Pretty nice; this is an excellent summer alternative to a heavier, malty barley wine. I enjoyed sampling this one outdoors on a breezy summer day following a heavy rainfall. Thanks again for sharing this one with us, Tim!

csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 22oz bottle brought by theisti. Aroma is citrus, caramel, a little boozy, not too bad. Orange, gold color with a slight head. Large mouthfeel, very slick. Taste is subtle sharp wheat, tangerine/orange, very malty, nice bitterness. Just OK.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
bottle 2007 vintage. Hazy blond/orange with little head. Big caramel malty smell with apples, citrus and alcohol. Big boozy taste of caramel and apple with some tart lemon and bitter alcohol to finish. not bad. 11/03/2007

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Old Sol
Date: 08/26/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Fest of 26
Vintage: 2006

clear amber, whispy white head, sweet carmel candy malt aroma and flavor, light bitterness, a touch of hot alcohol,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4
-------- /> Name: Old Sol
Date: 07/05/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2007

opaque orange, wispy head, specks of lace, sweet grapefruit aroma balanced with lotsof earthy character, creamy body gets a bit sticky after a while, huge sweet malt flavor, piney sweetness, sweetness gets very sugary, earthy bitterness eventually kicks in to balance it all,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Aromatic hoppy orange goodness resonates with malt, cloudy orange in colour, sporting a small custard head. Taste starts with a big hop kick, has a fine malt backbone. Full bodied, amazingly bitter. Terrific! Thanks rudolf!

bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2007
On tap at Big Time. Served in a short snifter. Pours a warm, hazy amber with dense, creamy off-white head. Light aroma of wheat and bread. Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Not complex, but tasty none the less.

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