3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 bottle conditioned. sparkling orange body, fine-bubbled white head. lasting retention. intensely tropical fruit nose, seems to be dominant perfumed yeast esters with candy sugar (tripel-like). medium+ body; delicate natural carbonation; spiced rye, sugared wheat, zesty white pepper phenols and a swift slap of ethanol (much higher than figured). quite delicious, well-constructed and well-executed. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #1-2009 courtesy of secret santa aka lushawn. thanks, shawn! pours a hazy, orange-gold with a thick, rocky, off-white head and sticky lace. aroma is great, slightly unexpected, with huge tropical fruit notes of mango, pineappple, and passion fruit backed by peach syrup, white pepper, grass, and white wine with notes of toffee, vanilla, oak, and melon as it warms. flavor matches the aroma perfectly with sweet tropical fruit notes of peach, melon, pear, tangerine, and pineapple up from backed by floral and pine esters, spicy white pepper, and light caramel with hints of caramel, wheat cereal, and dry grass on the finish. the oak and vanilla notes start to come forward as it warms. palate is medium bodied but crisp on the tongue with bubbly carbonation and a dry, sweet finish. definitely does not drink like a barleywine but it’s certainly a different yet delicious brew. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2010
The pour is very light with a mostly clear, orangey color and a full, white, fluffy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some scattered lace. The nose is very fruity with mango, honeydew, and papaya, subtle toasted oak, slight vanilla, hints of pepper, and a little perfumey. The flavor is again fruity with papaya being prominent, still some melon notes, a bit of clove, slight pepper, estery yeast, and toasted sweet oak lingering. The palate seemed thin for a 9.1% wine style, but was moderately full, round, almost silky, and nearly lively. The finish is long with melon-like notes sticking on the tongue, sweet oak notes drying a touch, and black pepper as well. A new style which I have only had a few examples from but I like the interesting way the yeast and wheat notes interact. The style seems to lose some of the complexity of the BW style and some of the richness, so I wonder what the combination of styles might bring...? The fruity and spicy/clovey notes from wheat to match malt richness? Well as is, it is pleasant, but seemingly and distinctly different from the BW style. Sledutah (7527) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
750ml bottle shared by doug douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Appearance: Clear golden with a huge white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, brett, pepper and fruity
Taste: Sweet malts peppery and some funky flavors
OK, I wouldn’t have guessed this is a barley wine.
750 ml bottle bought in Wyoming. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A sweet fruity bubblegum aroma. The flavor really reminds me of really fruity sweet bubblegum, some dry sweetness, caramel, tropical as hell, smooth and not hot at all. Interesting, unusual.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Thanks to rateyourpoison! Bottle best by 10.10.09 I think is what that means... Aroma has a bit of cardboard and wet dog, some light sweetness. Flavor is wheatwine all the way, bitterness last throughout, medium sweetness, nice wheat edge, the barrel aging is really the nicest part, very well barreled, great depth, woodiness, vanilla, equal amounts of good and bad oxidation notes. Quite drinkable and nicely warming on a cold snowy night.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at Sixteen Tons. Hazy yellow pour with a slight white head and a decent amount of sentiment. Smells of citrus, pepper, spicy hops and wheat. Tasted of pretty big citrus hops as well, with some nice spice, pepper, wheat and an oaky finish. Pretty damn tasty beer, one of my favorites of the event. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of wheat, hops, slight alcohol, oak, Sauvignon Blanc, and slight vanilla. Poured orange in color with a large, loose, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of light alcohol, wheat, hops, oak, light Sauvignon Blanc, light citrus, and slight vanilla. Medium body. Average texture. Lively carbonation. Medium sweet, oak, hop, Sauvignon Blanc, and wheat finish. 9.1%ABV is present in the aroma and flavor, but not hot or overbearing. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
A-pours a hazy dark amber color, almost cider like, tons of off white head, thick and creamy leaving a strong lace.
S-hints of caramel and bread up front, light notes of phenol spice, juicy citrus hops, grapefruit and orange juice.
T-follows the nose, light caramel malts and hints of bread, peppery spice is very light, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus with a light hop bitterness in the finish.
M-medium creamy boddy, soft on the palate and well carbonated with a pleasant lively finish and hints of driness, very inviting.
D-very enjoyable, well balanced and integrated with all flavors being subtle and well presented. Hints of booze in the back but still well done. dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a huge white pillowy head. Left lots of lacing on the glass as it went. Carbonation bubbles throughout, the entire beer. Sweeter aroma, caramel, spices, some alcohol, and citrus. Flavor was toffee, bread, malts, and some alcohol. Malty backbone. Medium body. Oily, sticky mouth feel. Decent beer. Didn’t drink like a barley wine at all....