Beaver (1830) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar and then disappears.turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
The aroma is some bready malts with a little vinous (white wine) bitterness.
The flavor is very sweet malts with honey and fruitiness (grapes) and a little spiciness. It has a dryish, lightly alcoholic (champagne-like) finish. The aftertaste is very sweet and syrupy (almost treacly as it warms). It’s kind of mead-like and wine-like. It’s medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, a bit too sweet (and expensive) for me, but very interesting considering the backstory.
Bottle poured orange amber with very little head or lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt and over ripe fruits.
Flavor is malt, spice, cinnamon etc.
Sweet malty and light alcohol finish.
Not bad. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2005
12 oz bottle.drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Pours out a clear, dark honey color with a thin barleywine type head, sheet lacing, and alcohol legs running down the glass.
Aroma is sweet, malty, grapey, alcoholic.
Flavor is sweet& tart (lemony), mildly acidic. Picking up some honey as it warms.
Finish is long and lemony sweet. Tasty
Portland Brew Fest ’05 - I notoriously passed this bottle in the grocery store in favor of other more "monetarily comfortable" options, but was able to get a taster at the PBF. As expected, this beer proved particularly bizzare. Very different honey profile with several herbs lurking beneath the surface - the saffron comes across as something like jasmine or lavendar. The ommision of a bittering agent occasionally proves slightly unsettling, the finish seems to be slightly unpleasant - sweet and just bizarre. Props for invention however. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2005
This beer comes out of the bottle in your face. The first swig is heavy, overpowering, sweet. Other than the honey sweetness, the first thing I recognized with the muscat grapes. I know that in Florida, at least, the muscat grape is an integral part of wine making. It has its own sweet and dry qualities. Once you’ve tried muscat juice straight up or wine derived from this grape you should have a decent sense of what to expect. This is especially true on how this drink finishes: very mellow, a little sweet and a little dry, which is all in all a nice balance. If this is what people used to drink back in the gold old days, then they were having a pretty good time.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours the color od polished copper. bright and shiny. the aroma is very mush of grapes and honey. hints of malt. i was expecting a bigger head. grapes and honey dominate the flavor upfront, but the malt backbone comes in later. full, syrupy mouth feel. very creamy. very reminisecnt of a nice chardonay. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours a lovely golden honey color with a white head. Sweet honey, grapes, and spice in the aroma. The grapes don’t dominate the flavor by any stretch but they are definitely noticeable. Only a hint of saffron and a good amount of sweet honey. Delicious beer. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
This is really a strange brew. Very sweet, syrupy, lots of alcohol on the palate. I’ve had barleywines with higher %ABV with less alcohol taste. The alcohol really cuts through in this elixer. Some nice malt character too. Lively palate. Altogether, not my favorite beer, but interesting. beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This is definitely not what Dad used to drink while watching the Bears. Pours a beautiful frosted dark tan color with no head. Smells cloyingly sweet. Thick and nicely carbonated body. Tastes like honey, very malty, fruity (oranges?), sweet, no hop flavor I can find, but a sour aftertaste that I don’t like. Very alcoholic, will put you down if you drink it too fast, but at $13 for a four-pack at the "discount" liquor store, why would you? I’ve had real mead from a great home brewer (and super nice family), and this is too sweet for mead. But having had both now, I prefer this beer, or whatever it is (sorry, Pip). I like it. hershiser2 (3597) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours a deeper thicker golden with a smallish head. Aromas of a barleywine, mixed with some warmer-like spices, such as cinnamon or clove. Tastes a bit like a barleywine... does not try and mask any alcohol- as that flavor is definitely present. Finishes thick... but nice.