CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours a clear vibrant copper with a frothy and lightly-lacing off-white head. Sweet wheaty butterscotch and caramel toffee aroma with a touch of light fruit complexity. Body starts with a nice caramel malty sweetness, revealing some butterscotch oxidation and pleasant, almost Thomas Hardys-like, complexity. Finishes with enough sticky sweetness to hide the alcohol. Apart from the slight oxidation, this is a very nice brew. Thanks secret santa! Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
My first adventure into the realm of this new semi-style known as wheat wine led me to a rather interesting barleywine-like beer with a strong wheat character. Quite red in color with a small, white ring of head and a surprising absence of any sort of haze given the massive amount of wheat malt that must have went into making this beer. I’m not sure if I should chalk it up to long term bulk aging at the brewery to allow the haze to settle or the rather less romantic practice of filtration. The nose is dominated by a lovely toasted wheat aroma backed with caramel and not overly subtle notes of honey and vanilla--quite nice. Very soft mouthfeel, almost greasy in its slickness, full, yet mildly flavored for such an intense gravity and without a hint of that ten percent alcohol by volume anywhere. Finishes quickly with just enough bitterness to balance a touch of residual sweetness. Perhaps this is not as intense as some of its pure-bread barley brethren but it is a nice change of pace from some of the hyper-hopped American barleywines. I’m curious to see how this one will age given its two progenitor styles, American wheat beer and barleywine. On the whole, wheat beers are best fresh and crisp while barleywines can always stand a couple years underground. How will this fare? Only time will tell. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Pours dark amber/brown with decent head that lasts awhile. Strong malty caramel aroma with hints of bread. Taste all caramel up front fading to a bitter alcohol bite. Has a little warming effect. Need to hide the alcohol a little better, but all in all a serviceable barley wine. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Hazy orange body, fine white head. Extremely heavy aroma, sweet caramelly and nutty with bready and fruity tones. Sweet flavor, malty and hoppy with plenty of alcohol. Sticky palate. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Funky "wheatwine". Color of pure bee honey in a glass. Sweet alcoholic nose, honey. Thick, syrupy honey flavors totally dominant. Alcohol is harsh. Strong sipper gets teal-like aftertaste once the burn wears off.
Ungstrup (37677) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
An amber beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavor quite dry with hops and lots of alcohol. I like the concept Wheatwine. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Very sweet aroma, prunes and lots of alcohol. Light copper body, no head. Very sweet flavor, some hops in the end and massive alcohol. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
This tastes like burned raisins. Quite alcoholic and powerful. I could imagine the taste would improve espesially on this one, if kept for 5+ yers. madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Orange coloured. Not much head. Aroma of berries and fruit. Flaovur of alcahol. VERY much alcahol. Some sweetness is there and some spices. Ends on a bitternote, but again the alcahol totally dominates. This is a very one-dimensional beer IMO. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is very malty and fruity. Kind of has a banana bread aroma. Slight alcohol nose. Pours a very dark amber with lots of sediment floating around. Decent tan head that lasts a minute or so. Very matly. Has that banana bread flavor too as well as a big caramel finish. Only a slight alcohol flavor. Caramel aftertaste. Slight hops in the finish, but I really mean slight.