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. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
(02.18.06) On tap at Firkinís, Libertyville, IL. Hazy red beer having an average creamy off-white head with good lacing. Spicy, smoky aroma. Soft carbonation. Full bodied beer that starts with moderate malt sweetness and spicy (clove)/fruity citrus flavors. Finishes dry with light malt fade. Aromatic spicy wheat beer, rich in flavor and texture. Call it a wheat wine, an imperial hefeweizzen or a wheat barleywine, this beer rocks. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 2004 vintage -- Huge thanks to RealityDeviant from BeerAdvocate for showing up with this gem. Golden orange body with a light white head. Aroma of sour apple, wheat, cheddar cheese. Great taste, grapes, light Granny Apple tartness. Smooth fruity ending. MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. TBBTWW(2005) pours cloudy and orange with a nice large head that leaves a solid lacing on the sides. It has a wonderful smell of apricots and is missing the typical acidic aroma of barelywines that gives me heartburn. I also detect citrus, clove and bananas. Hmmm. This is a unique beer that will take some time to rate. It has a Belgian strong ale character but is smoother. The advertised melon comes through in an interesting way. At other times a peppery merlot flavor raises its head. This is one of the more complex beers Iíve had. The barrel aging is evident in a slight woody flavor. The finish is thick and lingering, dominated by that gelatinous feeling of honeydew mellon. If the finish was a tad more aggressive Iíd score this beer a 4.5+ rating. TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Had with james and pat from Capones. Pour is a nice thin body with sediment and some white head that doesnít last. Aroma is sweet. Semi tart. Hints of honey and raspberry. Flavor is smooth and surprisingly light cosidering the fact that it is 11%. Hints of sweet tart berries. Similar to a light tasting sour. Love it.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle pour 2008 vintage.Hazy golden/orange color with a small white head.Aroma was very subtle with citrus and floral notes in the forefront. Taste was about the same with hints of wheat and a little tartness.Flavors were blended very well, no one overpowering the other but blended very well. Very nice brew and will not hesitate to drink again. bhiner41 (189) - Darien, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2009 bare tree: Awesome, what a great Weiss beer. Golden color, excellent aroma, very smooth and no aftertase. Light honey taste with a hint of malt. juffage (171) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
2013 37.5ml from Total Wine, Miami FL. This is really good, though I donít have a huge frame of reference for style - along the lines of FFF/Mikeller Hvedegoop, but lighter and more weiss-y. Flavour is really complex, dry yet sweet at the same time - apples, banana, vanilla bean. Rose petals, smooth aftertaste. Aroma of wheat beer and booze. Thick coating of the mouth. 11% is very well hidden, doesnít seem boozy at all. Two Brothers usually impress me, and so does this. Be warned when pouring of the insane amount of really floaty yeast though. Evolutionary (497) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2013 from andersons. Nose is wheat and fruity sugars and alcohol. Smooth thick body with complex notes of everything - .bubblegum, banana, clove, wheat, apple, vanilla and apricot? Thick aftertaste lingers. 11% or more now that its almost 4 years old hides really well. This is great and Im glad I cracked it open. shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013
12/17/2006: When I first popped this bottle, I was a bit concerned. From a distance, the aroma is skunky and musty. However, once I got my nose down in there it was quite complex and I could pick out scents of wheat, apple, banana, oak, and some alcohol (that actually enhanced the aroma). There is also a sweet/tart/sour type thing going on in the aroma as well which adds to the complexity... This is a really beatiful beer. I served it in a large red wine glass. The initial pour resulted in half liquid and half creamy, dense, light yellow-colored head. When the glass was full, the color was a deep golden yellow color (opaque - not really muddy or cloudy though). At about half or a third of a glass it was a really vibrant golden yellow color and the carbonation bubbles seemed to sparkle as they bubbled up to the top. It was really quite impressive and mesmerizing. The head never fully collapses as there is always a thick crown that leaves an ample amount of a lacing on the glass. Itís interesting though because at times some "streaking" or "legs" are also visible (similar to what is seen with wine or liquor)...
The flavor is just as complex, if not more so, than the aroma. There are so many flavors at play in this beer that also cause an intense sweet/tart/sour complexity - apples, pear, apricot, wood, banana, wheat, light lemon, even and touch of spice and at times just the slimist hint of smoke or something! Just after swallowing there is a tinge of alcohol, but then the finish kicks in. Initially the finish is a little sweet and fruity, but that quickly gives way to a really pleasing long dry, acidic/tart finish...
This beer is highly carbonated, but it feels soft and creamy on the palate - not fizzy at all...
This was a really fantastic beer and a memorable drinking experience. Hands down this is the most complex and best Two Brothers beer that I have had so far! Iím trying to find a fresh bottle so I can experience this stuff young because this particular aged bottle reminds me more of a Belgian-type beer rather than a Barley Wine. Either way, this is an awesome beer! (If you couldnít tell from my lengthy comments, I really, really like this beer!) --
750 mL bottle.
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1/12/2011: Two Brothers Bare Tree 2010... Aroma: Wheat and spice. Appearance: Shiny copper; thin beige circle of foam. Flavor: Spice (clove?), wheat, bubblegum; slightly sweet; hints of banana and mango. Palate: Medium body; smooth. Overall: Not bad, but very disappointing; definitely not the best vintage.
375 mL corked and caged bottle from Dutchís in Cincinnati, Ohio.