hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2005
2002 Vintage. Poured a cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of fruits, wheat, and some spices. Light alcohol in the finish. By the looks, smells and tastes, I never would have guessed this was a Barley Wine. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle: (2003) Dull golden, very cloudy, HUGE foamy off-white head, wonderful lacing, lively carbonation. Tart nose, candyish, Gueuze/Saison mix. Sweet & sour, well balanced between the two. Slightly dry, candyish tartness. Very clean. Enjoyable body, fairly smooth mouthfeel albeit a bit fizzy. Sweet candyish finish, spicy, yet tart. Very well made, although not like any other Barley Wine I have had to date. Very good! Gueuze meets a Saison, yep... Thanks atpayne and brewbandit for providing the samples! SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2005
2004: It’s difficult to fit this into any certain style, as it blurs the lines really well. Lots of barleywine-espue spices in the nose and body. The body is real fruity and drinkable. Smooth all the way through and a beautiful bottle taboot. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
Thanks to Larry Pitonka for sharing this one with me, it was memorable. Medium orange color, certainly light in color for what is essentially called a barley wine or wheat wine, but don’t get stuck on that name. Has a very spicy , Fantome-like nose with a similar thick and fizzy mouthfeel... flavors of apple cider, apple juice, pears, white grapes and a hearty sweet wheatgrass and grain character. Gloying sweet at the end, very interesting overall. Fits the bill more as a saison, tripel or witbier or some sort. I like experiemental styles and new inventions. kane (111) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
Vintage 2002. The main theme I get from this version is stale. The aroma and taste both seem old. Plus this had more saison qualities than barleywine. For a saison this was fine as there is a lot of pepper, for a barley wine it is not very good as it lacks any malt or hop qualities. Unique.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Vintage 2004: This begins much like a hefeweizen, a cloudy apricot color with a white head and an aroma of banana and cloves. But then more scents reach the nose - melon, vanilla, caramel, light fruits. The taste, too, begins like a hefeweizen, but the traditional flavors are soon joined by pepper, a woodiness, warm spices, and alcohol. It’s got a warm, fruity alcohol finish. I suspect that this will age quite well.ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2005
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Orang color with a moderate head, fairly cloudy and a decent amout of sediment. Aroma is rather weak, lots of citrus. Taste is orange with tones of lemon and grapefruit, fairly wheaty and a yeasty presence. Enough hoppieness to keep it from being what i would consider a fruity beer. Nice alcohol presence throughout. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
2003 Vintage: 2/9/05: Honey/Orange Coloring with Root Beer Float Froth-Like Head. Sour Aroma with Spices..Pepper Notably. Starts Sweet and Citrusy, Then Followed by a Sour Tang Hit....Spices Coming out at The End. badgerben (5373) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottled 2003 Vintage; Tasted February 9, 2005: Lots of foam poured out of the bottle after opening. Kind of interesting to watch a bottle of beer continuously foam out the top into the bathtub... Poured a murky orange color with a towering head. Very spicy aroma with some odd sourness to it. Woah. More sour in the taste. It reminded me of a lighter sour wheat version of a gueuze. The spice turns into a raw pepper assult. A small barley finish? Tasty, but a strange barley wine. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy glowing orange with a small off-white that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with pear, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, soft carbonation, finishes sweet and mildly sour, alcohol well hidden, very nice.