Ratman197 (14970) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
On tap at Beer Revolution poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of sherry, plum, raisin and toffee. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of sherry, plum, raisins and toffee with a smooth lingering fruity finish. slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"diggin this style as a change of pace from american barleywines. sweet, but not overly so, with a wonderful fruity aroma. just enough hops to balance the fruitiness and the malt. pours a dark amber. thick bodied. well done." 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Deep reddish caramel, moderate to large foamy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet maltiness right up front.   Backside has a little medicinal cherry like cough syrup.   Woooo, real boozy on the backside.   Its a little biting in that alcoholic medicinal sense.   Nose doesn’t reveal such fire, slight malts and even a touch of band-aid.   Hmmmm... Kind of reminds me of the Alaskan Big Nugget, but more medicinal.   This one needs some time.   Somewhat sweet, but needs a different kind of non-cloying sweetness to balance it out.   Young, brash, hot, medicinal, but certainly malty.   Not a hop bomb, which I like.   Its a bit over the top now.   Hopfully time will cool its jets. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Tap at Brouwers. Nose is sweet with lots of wheat malt, fruit cake or candy, candy cherries, floral earthy hops, and alcohol. Pours murky brownish red/amber with a creamy frothy head that settles to a thin not much. Wheat malt, sweet and fruity sugars up front, earthy bitterness comes through and is then crushed by an almost chemical alcohol presence. Up front strong wheat malt is pleasant, getting crushed by chemical alcohol in the finish is not. Lots of lingering sweetness and sugars. Hard to drink, and that says a lot for me since I have the tendency to call 10% imperial stouts easy drinking on occasion. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Medium brown with fizzy tan head. Faint sweet aroma. Tastes of molasses candy sugar toffee and caramel. Decent.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
On draft at The Federal, Durham. Never having even heard of this, had to give it a go. Ruby pour with a nice fluffy head, the nose is super sweet, coconut pie and Boston creme with some boozy heat. Mouthfeel is fairly lively, which is to the beer’s benefit as it avoids cloying slickness. Some hops are detectable to balance things out a bit, but it’s big beer and is an enjoyable confection. DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
8 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Simply listed as "Mad River Wheat Wine". The aroma on this is sweet, chewy, and vinous. Some caramel notes are also there with some paper hints and a little oxidation. Moderately hazy light amber/dark copper body with a smallish off-white head. Starts sweet, sticky, and sugary. Mild wheat maltiness and dusty flavors in the middle. Finishes with some ethanolic booziness and herbal piney hop bitterness. Some leather also comes through in the end. A pretty big beer that is a little rough around the edges. PotjeBier (3456) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2012
(From notes) On tap @ 38 Degree Alehouse, Alhambra, CA (end of 2009). Brown color, murky. Nice layer of foam, retaining. Aroma: fruit (berries, raspberries), malty sweet. Flavor is fruity sweetish, lightly bitter. Medium bodied. I really had the impression that fruit juice was added. If so, I would be interested in trying this pure (w/o juice). Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Tap @ Johnny Brown’s. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a frothy off white head with decent lacing. Nose was fairly hoppy with some candied tree fruits and booze in the nose. Very big on the palate with candied apricots, booze and a nice bitter finish. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
pours an orange/brown color. getting a hop aroma and a little sweetness. drinks real easy for a young barleywine. nice and warming. well balanced.