paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Clear bronze color, light khaki colored head. Sweet aroma from all the grain. Mouthfeel is mellow, yet full. Some tropical fruit, honey notes, and some alcohol esters. Overall I like this a lot, its very subtle for the abv and mild overall for the body, which allows the complexities of this beer shine. bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
The beer had a tropical fruit aroma and the flavor was sweet up front, like treacle, with some fruitiness (peach, light fruits) in the middle. There was a soft, lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops and while warming and high in alcohol, the body was fairly light. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Tap at DBA Brooklyn. Pale amber pour with a thin head. The aroma is softly sweet with a nice fruity yeast component. Light berry flavour along with some medium sweet rye- like character. A little bit herbal and has a pronounced warming feeling on the back of the palate as well. Itís got a pronounced sweetness in addition to a lot of peppery ethanol. Sort of Manhattanesque.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
On tap at Owen and Engine. Poured a translucent orange color with a small white head. Aroma was heavy on the wheat notes, touch of fruity notes especially peach. Taste is pretty similar. Finish is much lighter than expected at 10% this one is shockingly light and hides the burn. a good to great wheat wine I would say. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.
Appearance: Clear light amber with nice white head.
Aroma: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops.
Taste: Caramel, cherry and light spicy hops. Yes, it is similar to the smell, but fruitier. Subtle, but nice. Barleywine light.
Palate: Low carbonation, silky and smooth body. Great feel.
Overall: Subtle but very nice Wheatwine. Canít taste the wheat, but certainly comes through in the feel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Appearance: clear deep oranges. Creamy off-white head fades into a collar with lace in its wake. A thin puddle lingers in the middle.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Nose: mandarin orange oils. Floral throughout with lavender, daisies, and chamomile. Grape musk Ė pinot grigio then Riesling. Softness underneath of lightly honeyed wheat. Pink oranges. Elegance - Victorian royalty.
Palate: full, creamy, smooth, and silky. Floral underneath flows into a floral finish Ė rose petals, lavender. Bitterness of flower petals and stems on the back top of my tongue. Key lime oils. Tropical essence/oils Ė banana and guava, star fruit. Banana peel is prominent in the middle but doesnít last long with a touch of agave. Wheat offers an additional softness to the mouthfeel.
Final Thoughts: delicate. Sophisticated. Complex. Lovely. A fine companion to the Oxford Companion of Beer edited and headed by the one and only Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. I love Brooklyn beers; never had a bad one and never will. Granted you may not love it - the flavors are bold and unapologetic - and thatís okay. Iíll love it enough for both of us.
On tap at Hopcat. Pours a clear golden yellow with minimal head. Aroma is sweet apples. Flavor follows. Apple pie honey. Sweet. Lots of clover honey. Interesting.
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2011 vintage - draft at Hopcat GR - pours a transparent rusty orange . Soft bread and fruit aroma . Alcohol very well hidden for 9% . Smooth , fruity and soft caramel notes . Excellent .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The bartender warned me that this was sweet... and the aroma lets on that this is probably true. For 10% ABV, imagine how high it could have been if they burned off some of that sugar! Really light in color for a barleywine, and clear! Bright, white head. It has a very sweet and almost spicy aroma that reminds me of a winter warmer. That said, if that was the intention, good on you, Brooklyn! In the mouth, itís thin but very well flavored, And itís not obvious that alcohol has any part in this. For a 10% ABV barleywine, this is really easy, insanely deceiving, and sweet in only a winter warmer can be and still get away with it. Taking a step back, though, in relation to the style, it does almost remind me of a slightly flat, little-too-sweet, lightly spiced, just under-fermented version of flagship barleywines of other major craft brewers that has a notably malty-sweet character. The finish has an alcoholically-bitter, thin and syrupy character that goes does easy and bold, but way gently for the 10% ABV, Pretty darned good, but yes, sweet. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) really a wheat wine not a barley wine. Iím not a huge wheat beer fan, but this was excellent. Deep gold/amber with white head. Wheat/yeast aroma. Rich malt/yeast flavors with Belgian yeast. Dry finish. There was some flavor I couldnít quite identify that really nailed it.