TBone (19179) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2018
Tap at SNNC. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Loads of toffee and vanilla in the nose. Medium to full-bodied. Toffee, bourbon, wood, some hops. Complex, sweet. VastActiv (8285) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2018
Tap at EBF, Boston. Colour is cloudy dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Ripe fruits, dry fruits, hoos and malts. Very heavy but too sweet. j12601 (13653) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2018
EBF. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Big caramel and warm malt, alcohol and cocoa. Medium bodied, soft and warm. Slow warming alcohol. Long and warm, bright caramel. A touch of syrup. Big and beautiful. Warm, but inviting. brokensail (16695) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2016
On tap @ Beer Revolution. Mahogany colored beer with a thin layer of off-white foam. Pretty rich beer. Maple syrup, vanilla, walnuts, and whiskey. Plenty of sweet caramel malts, too. A touch of chocolate and toasted marshmallow as well. Very rich and complex beer. Definitely heavy on the sweetness, but enough wood and booze character to balance it a bit. Nice. dnstone (4174) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Brown-amber with a strong off-white head. Light boozy bourbony aroma. Roasty rounded boozy brown ale-like and quite strong.
Notes: Denver Rare Beer Tasting ’13
nimbleprop (9146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4oz pour at the Max’s Taphouse Beer Camp event. Pours a fairly dark brown with some bubbly, white head. Nose has pine, chestnut honey, candlewax, some baked apple, mild woodiness. Flavor has tree bark, caramel, orange, butterscotch, apple, pear, some marshmellow. Sticky finish. The whole wheat wine thing doesn’t amuse me. jackl (8621) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Keg @ Thirsty Monk, Asheville. Medium amber pour with a small head. Really rich, robust malty nose. Baked banana nut muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Cow Tail candies. Big hot grainy flavor. Quite sweet and syrupy. Fat and heavy on the palate. Huge stuff. alexsdad06 (11711) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Draft at the Thirsty Monk during RBWG. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, honey, maple syrup, raisins, dark fruits, some bourbon and vanilla with a boozy finish. Some spicy character to the finish. Decent enough, though I didn’t get the bacon that they mentioned. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
This pleasant surprise is reddish, medium-dark brown in color with an off-white, pasty cream-colored head. It has an aroma very much of a barleywine, just a little more, well, different. I don’t want to say it’s tart, but it certainly reminds me of something tart and something like crushed sugar, with a distinctive fruity character… like they crystallized a plum, then mixed it with sugar cane. It’s nice, with an almost plant-like, or at least organic, aroma. It’s definitely very wet in the mouth. The flavor isn’t as much in your face, but the finish is very defining of the beer. There’s a strange bitterness in the finish, right on the underside of the tip of the tongue, that almost makes it sweat slightly. It has a somewhat astringent bitterness to it.
A beer like this really does a good job of showing you what the difference can be between a wheat ale and a barleywine. That is, in its body and its fillingness, and you can really tell that this beer has more residual sugars than a regular wheat ale. The high alcohol also contributes to a somewhat thinner mouthfeel and slicker delivery vehicle for the residual sweetness. It’s definitely not as chewy as a regular wheat ale, and that’s a good thing. It hardly exhibits any of the same amount of wheat character as you’d expect of a wheat ale. My opinion: if you’re going to ferment wheat, do it this way, please. Take a wheat ale, thin it out, get rid of everything about it that sucks butt, and you’re left with a splendid result. It’s much darker than I expected as well, and caramelized sugars are definitely in play. Good job surprising me, Sierra Nevada! It’s delicious, serious, with a very present amount of alcohol to yum things up even more. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at Beer Rev. It pours a hazy with an off white head. The aroma is big with dark fruit, berries, raisins, plum with syrup, brown sugar and bourbon. The flavor is surprisingly light and crisp with vanilla, alcohol and dark fruit. A good wheat wine.