5000 (6862) - 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 (9342) - 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 (5570) - 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 (5177) - 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. humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2004: Barely a barley wine with 57% wheat, but delicious none the less. It certainly tastes wheaty with loads of bananna and clove yeastiness. The malt is dry and smooth and clean. The flavor is rich yet mellow and easy. Bananna esters dominate and a hop bitterness seals the deal. Pours cloudy and light brown. Overall, very nice and very unique. Reminds me of Franziskaner dunkle-weiss.