JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Very dark in color for a Barley wine,especially considering that is half wheat. Aroma first is alcoholish and malty, not what I would call a hoppy variety of Barley wine. Flavor is most sweet,missing the barley flavors usually found in a barleywine, slightly toffee flavored. Weird thing about for me is I don’t pick much wheat or malt. Good sipper, but if I’m drinking a wheat barley wine Two Brothers living in Chicago would be my choice. beermanjoey (11) - USA - AUG 18, 2005
Harpoon Brewery ... very smart to start this 100 barrel thing. Never had a wheat wine before. Dark and heady. Lots of spicy hop, chocolate and alcohol in the smell. Tastes like chocolate cover malted milk balls. Bitter hop and chocolate.
Tasty but more than one bottle will do you in. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 Rusty chestnut. Well conditioned, with tiny slow-rising bubbles. Dates, moist pipe tobacco, candied pineapple, anise, and caramelized banana aromatics. Waft of honeydew and bread dough hides the remainder of alcohol. Soft, semi-loose carbonation. Oily hops and honeydew slickness highlight the splendidly restrained viscosity, which acts as a cushion to the brief, but sharp, sting of alcohol. Spontaneous surge of polished roast soon arises, showing firm hints of milk chocolate and hazelnuts as a gooey richness, reminiscent of bananas oozing with coffee-molasses, blankets the palate. Deceptively hoppy, early on, as the hops tout more juicy restraint than brashness. Impressively focused, and virtually devoid of esters, which keeps things from becoming muddled or oversweet. Twinge of unripe berry acidity and drying alcohol offers periodic flashes that pierce the sweetness. Milk chocolate and toasted bread notes continually aid the body, while the breadiness lends a powdery sweep of dryness. Finessed finish of earthy hop bitterness and burnt toffee fades into bright mango belches which accompany lingering molasses and brisk nutty-roast sweetness. A dead-on representation of the style. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Pours a one-finger light tan head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Nearly black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet gradually hops come in and there is a slight hoppy finish. The high ABV is not noticeable. Worth trying. $4.29 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Dark Brown, nice tan head. The aroma is difficult o to place, but The Bride insists that it smells like evaporated milk. Milky palate, with an interesting winey, cherry-like note. Slightly obtrusive alcohol burn. Faint note of walnuts. Thanks, Secret Santa!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
On tap at the Harpoon Taproom at Loagan International, Terminal A...
Pours a nearly opaque brown with tinges of mahagony around the edges. Khaki, creamy head, sparse fine lacing. Smell is spicy, just lightly sour wheat malt and smoky.
The "sour" wheat flavor (not sure how else to describe it), smoky and oaky. Roasted coffee flavors in the body and finish. Spicy and tingly on the tongue. The drinking is damn smooth. That 11.5% will sneak up on you and knock you on your butt after finish a tall pour. Nice stuff. I look forward to delving into one of my bottles for a closer look... 3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Dark brown pour with a smallish light tan head. Effervescence and floating particles. Wheat, butterscoth, spice and oak in aroma. Very smooth to drink with toasted malts and a woody pepper spice taste, Finish is dry. The beer shows much complexity and I agree with jjpm74 that a couple of years cellaring may produce an intoxicatingly complex brew. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Dark brown, fading beige head. Plum pudding, wheat crackers, chocolate, caramel, damp earth, raisins and leather make up a rather complex but mostly sweet nose with an obvious leafy, barky hop background. Heavy mouthfeel, slick and gently very lightly carbonated. Well hidden alcohol initially, but as it warms, it becomes a bit on the hot side, I assume it can rack a few years though and may develop nice licorice/sherry undertones. Definitely more interesting from the nose than the taste at this age. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2005
[bottle] This is probably the most complex of all the 100 barrel series. I was impressed by the multitude of flavors in this brew. Nose is chocolate, wheat, coffee, caramel and strong alcohol. The flavors are very short-lived, with a very strong coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rather sticky and thick. I thought this was interesting, but I probably won’t pick up another one. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to ClarkVV for sending this! Session 10. Mahogany bodied with a meager tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, wheat, caramel, roasty malts and lighter smoky notes. Taste has more soky notes, alcohol, dark fruits, roasty malts, dark chocolate and lighter caramel. Some candyish notes as well. Body is thick and lightly sticky. Mild alcohol warmth from this. Finishes with cocoa, alcohol, bittersweet choco notes, grains, peat, light earthiness and dark fruits. This is rather nice but still raw. I’m betting this ages nicely. Maybe I’ll have to hit Clark up for a couple more.....