dspazz (1) - Needham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
This beer has it all a beautiful color, lightly carbonated, a crisp taste with a sweet finish. Just a delicious full bodied ale. outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Nearly 2 dozen 22oz bottles. The beer pours a translucent honey amber reminiscent of dark tea. The highly complex and subtle nose incorporates tropical orange and lemon verbena, crème brulée, dark sorghum syrup, armagnac, hemlock, muscat, whole grain bread, and the very best St. Emilion Cabernet Franc. The mouthfeel is prickly though subdued in such a way as to allow each flavor to standout in its own attenuated glory. Hints of the aforementioned odours give way to the lightest touch of honey, classically herbaceous hops, spiced cider, pine nuts, pancakes and a gentle tannic bitterness and warmth of English Breakfast tea. I was at once impressed with this beer and have since plowed through many a bottle. I’m down to just two in my collection and I will be sure to hold them nearly and dearly. I adore this brew. walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2005
22oz Bottle. Didn’t know quite what to expect out of this and was pleasantly surprised. Poured (snifter) a glowing orange amber, perfectly clear, luminous. Nose is hoppy, very similar to the Big A, and fantastic light sugary wheat malt. Flavor follows-- nice full body but seemingly thin/clear, with a great balance between the tangy/citrusy hops and soft wheat grain. Not at all cloying the way some barleywines can be, this is quite drinkable though easily savored over the course of an evening. As it warms it only gets better, again a testament to its fine balance. Can’t say enough about this one, just a really finely crafted ale. Simple, unpretentious, delectable. Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
this beer was a total surprise -
no head in the glass - orange color - very aromatic and alcoholic smelling
no alcohol in the taste - fruity tasting - an absolutely wonderful beer - like a barleywine only smoother and more refreshing.
refreshing is a good term and part of the surprise considering the gravity of this beer.
this is a wow beer for me josanguapo (1616) - SPAIN - NOV 26, 2016
From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. 65cl. Watching Los Soprano 5x03 + playing Broken Sword 5. Barleywine-like, with lots of raisins and a smoother,silkier body probably thanks to the wheat.Noticeable non USAish hops. Alcohol present too, but nice, providing a warming feeling. To drink slowly
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Deep copper coloured beer, no head at all. Sweet aroma of licorice and anise, fat maltiness, stong wheaty spice and a touch of oaky vanilla aroma as well. Amazing body, smooth, creamy, body. Sweet and spicy malt flavour, a bit of pepper mixes well with the spicy hops and clean sweet malts. Awesome brew.
Tap at Collins Bar. Bright golden beer with light haziness and a thick white head. Aroma is gorgeous, sweet spicy pale wheat malt, a touch of bubble gum and pepper along with lots of bright orangey hops. Flavour is sweet but not overly so, spicy and wheaty with light bubble gum character and fresh citrusy hops. Lightly acidic on the finish with serves as a counterpoint to the sweet malts and spiciness. A bit of coranderish flavour as the temperature comes up. As quaffable as a beer this size is ever going to get. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF ’08. Dark copper: a good looking beer. Tasted good too, in fact it was the Beer of the Festival as far as I was concerned. Glorious sweet malty alcoholic aroma. Sweet oily taste, full of forbidden pleasures. Some bitterness and an earthy, lingering vegetal aftertaste. Loved it. konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2011
Hazy dark honey color. At first there is a short, fresh wheaty appearance before it goes all regular barley wine. Lovely sweet caramelly and toffee, subtle honey, fruit caramels and a subtle mint flavour. Very smooth, caressing the mouth before a warming alcohol finish. Cybercat (5737) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended. Marheb (5717) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 (*vintage 2009): Ouf! Ça c’est un vin d’orge. j’ai peine à décrire ce qui se passe, le malt s’exprime fort et avec l’âge on a une bombe ridiculement balancé. Pratiquement aucune présence de houblons, ce que j’adore dans un vin d’orge et en plus le blé vient livré sa touche sûr, légèrement épicé qui donne quelque chose de vraiment unique et facile à boire. C’est clairement une bière de dégustation mais l’équilibre et la présence en bouche rend la tâche difficile. Ce serait trop facile de l’engloutir. Très impressionné par smuttynose jusqu’à présent.