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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
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Photo of msubulldog25
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle from the BIG BEER Series; bottle conditioned in 2006. Only drinking half of this bottle, so about 10 oz.-worth into the "Bermuda Triangle Brewing" half-pint glass.

A: Pours an autumn-like chestnut orange. Effervescent roil of tiny bubbles, with larger ones collecting on the sides and bottom of the glass. Little head, reducing quickly to a delicate ring and smattering of lightly percolating film. Complexion is hazy in the center but clearer at the edges, with very little rising carbonation.

S: Sugary and malty. Plump raisins, dried tart cherries, sugared fruit wedges, crisp apples, nutmeg and oranges. Sweet sappiness - I recall a beer or two like this that had a subtle smell of freshly sawed lumber. Spicy and herbal are the bittering hop notes, a hint of evergreen and mint. Quite enticing & complex.

T: Mix as stated on label is "53% Wheat, 47% Barley"; this certainly tastes like a fine, nicely mellowed barley wine. Full of toffee, toasted grainy malts, some tart citrus and a crisp, spicy hopping. Sweetness teeters on the brink, giving way to bittering spruce-like hops, then slowly creeping back with a malty sugariness...then yielding again to hops. It's an interesting dance these flavors play, not entirely unified in the efforts, but certainly amusing/tasty.

M: Decadently smooth mouthfeel, warm and bourbon-like. Medium-full and wholly clinging to the cheeks, tongue, teeth, gums, everything! Just a light sticky coating of malty sugariness lays on the lips. Spreading alcohol heat is gentle, softly reminding the brain of the nearly 11% strength. Finish is a lingering bittersweetness, reduced caramel and woody hop resins.

D: An enjoyable ale, no doubt. A 'warm-up' or 'end-of-evening' sipper that's to be enjoyed rather slowly and in small quantities. At times this seemed perfectly ready for enjoying today; then the next sip felt a little hot and unbalanced. Even more conditioning time needed? I'm uncertain I've ever had a 'wheat wine' prior to this, though it compares quite favorably to the many barley wines I've enjoyed. Another fine product by Smuttynose and definitely worth seeking out.

Thanks to bjohnson for sending this many months ago...

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a late-erupting, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and bitter hops.

Flavor is deep and complex. Biscuity malts spiced with nutmeg and clove sit beneath caramelized figs and hops, with a faint touch of apricot at the periphery. Finish is mostly clean, with a late, slightly cloying sweet note, and the high ABV adds a phenol punch.

Balanced, but big - and enjoyable. Easy does it on this one.

Photo of BBM
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber color with little head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma was barleywine-esque; sweet, fruity, and alcoholic.

This is a pleasant deviation from the typical barleywine/strong ale, because there's a stern spiciness to the flavor. There is a nice fruit/pine hop bite up front, and a big, sweet alcohol finish. I was impressed by this beer; unique and delicious.

Photo of Beeryce
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one awsome beer, I want it again!

It has a malty barleywine nose yet with the floral aroma of the yeast of an American Wheat beer. This has almost everything I want in a beer. I love the generous hops, they really balances the sweetness of the massive maltiness.

Excellent lacing. Much darker, an amber brown, than I expected. Tan head. Huge nose floral yeast and hop aromas with a sweet malt smell throughout. The sourness of the wheat, hops and yeast is very nice against the sweetness of all the barley malt. The malti-barleywine character of Bigfoot mixed with the wheaty/yeasty sourness of an American Wheat beer that balances well and has a fitting mouthfeel. Great drinkability despite heaviness and alcohol content. Mouthfeel slightly thick , fitting. Warming alcohol after about half. Low slow carbonation shows the thickness.

I really want this to review this beer again!

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle

A - Pours golden amber with a thin, white, bubbly head. Retention settles to a skim with slippery lacing.

S - Sweet smelling with a boozy quality. Some fruity qualities with hints of something that almost smells like cherries.

T&M - A very "big" feeling beer; with a fluffy quality characteristic of having a good dose of wheat. Sweet and fruity flavored alcohol is palatable. Carbonation is very minimal, but the alcohol combined with a light hop presence cuts through the thick malt and sweetness a bit. Malts are heavy feeling, and take on a sugary-sweet, caramel and honey type quality.

D - This is a thick, sweet, big beer, but very tasty and enjoyable. A sipper for sure, but delicious and complex.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...on tap at Hop Devil Grill

A- Hazy dark amber color....light yellow and orange hints....minimal white head and lace.
S- Alcohol....a little clove....strong wheat malts that bring out some fruit...plantain and other tropical stuff...backed by a balancing of modest hops.
T- Strong wheat malts throughout....while the barley helps balance the wheat is predominant. Slightly sweet tropical fruit banana, kiwi and citrus(grapefruit among others), hops really pick up towards the end to really balance out the sweet wheat and give the beer a pleasant bitter finish accompanied by big alcohol.
M/D- great variation on the barley wine...heavy for a wheat based beer...light carbonation, full flavor and big alcohol....I definitely want to seek more wheat wines out and I have a bottle of this in my fridge right now.

Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tainted orange color with a smear of light brown. Glowing, thick hazed body. Thin and patchy ivory capping of loosely placed bubbles that don't last. A thin collar persists though as lacing sticks in stocky webbed strings with lots of thin little fingers.

Aroma is quite nice, reminiscent of a aged barleywine with a penitrating, soft heat of dark citrusy wax and syrupy juices. Orange, peach, tangerine, pineapple, melon, all make for a nice marmalade mix on the nose.

Taste is more flattened and dulled with a pale wheat sweetness bringing a soft, medium tone of orangey-apple pancake syrup. Somewhat bready and beefy, warmth is prevalent, welcome and lasting in the throat. Hints of pineapple tropical gum and wheaty sugars also make some tiny slidings into the play of flavor. But mostly simple, yet satisfying, with a dulled sweetness of tropical fruit tang, wheat based sugars, and a good amount of heated warmth to cap it off to let ya know you're drinking something with some girth to it.

Feel is medium bodied, well heated, smooth, and a low carbonation level seeps in with ease to let the sugars rise before the heat. Slight fresh spearminty pine oils float about the palate on the finishing warmth; late. A nice little addition to the flavors. Made me want more, and so I obliged to partake in some more.

The heat/warmth of this beer is mightily present. It'll hold ya back some, but not much, as this is a solid treat from the folks at Smuttynose.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz, unlabeled and bottled three weeks ago.
Pours a viscous dark copper with an upwards cascade of fine bubbles settling into a thick,merengue-like off white head.
Huge character in the nose.
Alcohol,sugar coated fruits,carmelized lemon,bannanas, cloves,with hints of vanilla,crystalized ginger,suede and lingering brown sugar. A mild corseness from the youth of the huge beer.
"Big Beer" fits this one well.
First sip stings the pallet. Pungent alcohol fades reluctantly to reveal a great balance between barley,wheat and hops.
Zesty,juicy,and slightly thick. Loads of ripe fruits with a lemon backbone.
Bitterness well placed to style.
Lots of phenols and very warming on the throat.
If ever a beer to cellar from Smutty , dis be da one.

It is my understanding that there has been two batches of "Wheatwine" brewed and this is the first batch.
Batch #2 was also sampled recently from the brite tank,and is very good also,although slightly different. Feel free to beermail me if you are interested in batch #2.

Photo of Hibernator
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Bottle Conditioned in 2005 clearly noted on the front label
Served lightly chilled in a snifter glass

Pours a hazy burnt orange color. Cream colored head with an aggressive pour that quickly turns into a think lace. Random sticky lacings decorate the glass.

Aroma of fruit, vanilla ice cream with blends of oranges and gala apples.

Very sugary flavors mixed with sweet apple and citrus flavors. Syrupy and juicy with a prevelent hop bite. This beer also has an interesting creamy or butter quality to it. Burning alcohol punch that reminds me this beer rings in at 11.0% ABV. A true belly burner, similiar to a barleywine with it's alcohol sharpness. Nice balance of malts, wheat, grains and hops.

Drinkable in the league of barleywines and wheat wines. Expect the bite, but also expect the buzz that follows. A true sipping beer that should be enjoyed for it's complexity. I first had this beer while camping a couple of weekends ago. I'm glad I bought a couple of these. This beer will only become more intense as it ages. Another great and original offering from Smuttynose.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice work on the label from the folks at Smuttynose, it helps present what one should expect from this beer. It pours chunk ans thick into a low sustaining head. Color is rich orange and very clean, clear and pure.
Aroma: Big beautiful bouquet, comes to mind first. Very engaging hop nose and florally sweet like a tart candy.
Taste: Again, like on the nose a big flowery flavor but still exceptionally clean. Good consistent follow through with notes of citrus in the front and back.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side for carbonation, and with a thick, sweet coating that somehow still leaves my mouth clean.
Drink: Am looking forward to this beer next year. I've heard the brewers are keeping guarded eyes on the few remaining bottles.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since my previous review, I have had the luxury of trying this beer as it hit and passed the 1 year mark as well as the new second batch. I have grown to enjoy this brew quite a bit. The light hops and malt complexities improve with age and the second brewing of this beer shows no compromises in the brews integrity.

stock up if you can. Enjoy! One of the top brews of the style in my humble opinion.

Photo of rreed
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been in the fridge a long time. No idea why I bought it. Combo of wheat and barley wine; obviously incompatible. Patriot game on, might as well do this beer. Unexpectedly (which is always the the best) one of the best beer experiences I've had. ABV over 10. Too much under the influence to rate higher than 4.25. Thank you Smuttynose!

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Burt Siena in color. Good clarity. A one inch head settles to a thin slip after a bit. Wispy patches of lacing.

S: Grains with a toasty edge, scones, buttered biscuit. Apricot and candied orange peel. Figs too. Perhaps hints of custard and a glazed bunt cake. Subtle whiff of alcohol. Oily hops have receded a bit with time.

T: Scones, biscuits, toasted malt. English malt at first. Richness builds as tastes of treacle and sticky toffee creep in. Wheat bread. Esters give the impression of candied fruit and fruit reductions. Orange and apricot are prominent, but there are hints of red berries and figs in there as well. Alcohol is firm but gentle. Earthy hops take on spicy herbal tones after a bit and lend a nice balancing bitterness. Long finish of coarse wheat bread and brown molasses.

M: Full and rich in the mouth. It sits with some heft and a bit of a syrupy texture, yet has somewhat of a fluffy and frothy feel at the same time- especially when you let it roll over your tongue. Light carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O: Very well done. Very reminiscent of a barleywine, just with some lighter and more wheaty tones. Very well rounded. A pleasure to sip, and two years of aging has added a little more refinement.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head and what appears to be low to mid-range carbonation.

Aroma is smooth with wheat, raisin and a bit of clove in the nose. A light touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste starts out smooth at first and then transitions into a range of wheat, raisin and caramel followed by a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is somewhat less harsh than that of a regular barleywine. It's lighter and seems more tolerable. The alcohol at the back of the throat stings a bit going down.

Very good and it's the first example of this style that I've had. I would probably buy another bottle to age as this has a bit much alcohol heat but would definitely smooth out with some aging. Need to seek out more examples of this style but I think this one is well done.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/1/10

Bottle Conditioned in 2009, according to the bottle

The color is a vibrant shade of copper; held to the light it's a bright amber. Foam was resistant so I switched to a more aggressive pour. Still, it resulted in only 1/4th inch loose head & thinned to a skim & a patch of large bubbles. Minimal retention & lace. I tried to keep the sediment in the bottle on the second pour but most of it found its way into the glass & was suspended throughout. Odd...

Immediately noticeable is an airy, boozy aroma; not quite harsh, but prominent. Situated beyond said boozy aroma are plentiful, sweet malt notes: caramel; toffee & candied malts. Fruit ethers offer an juicy bent: raisin; plum; a hint of prune & some tart, almost apple-like notes. Grainy wheat tones are integrated throughout. Undertones of yeast manifest with warmth.

Wisps of earthy, floral hops briefly grace the taste buds. It seems Wheatwines often have a penchant for juiciness; this particular one even more so than others I've tried. Plum, ripe apple, raisins & candied fruits mesh with the toasty, sugary aspects of the beer - caramel, toffee & pinch of brown sugar. It's sweet, but not distracting; on the contrary, it's fitting for the style. Traces of toasted wheat, though it seems the latter half of the namesake is the focus.

Wheat Wine is a robust medium bodied beer with a little bit of grittiness. Aside from that, it's kind of slick. Though it doesn't boast intense alcohol heat, after the first sip it caused an immediate warming sensation; the abv is apparent. Residual ghosts of the flavor profile linger.

I really like this beer; one of my favorite representation of the style (based on what I've tried so far). Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv; it might have been a good idea to split this with someone. I wish I had purchased more bottles when it was in all the stores. I will admit that the second pour isn't nearly as satisfying, but this is still a good beer.

Photo of WesM63
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Tea colored, cloudy with a one finger tan head that dissipates slowly leaving no lacing. Not surprising with the abv.

S - Predominantly caramel odors, although there are some fruits - pineapple, passion fruit and dates predominantly - that appear in the odor faintly. Alcohol is well masked.

T - Delicious, caramel malt sweetness with an accompanying fruitiness, again faint pineapples, dates and passion fruit, maybe grapefruit as well? The beer has a bitter finish that is meshed with the sweetness. The flavor is quite good. Alcohol isn't really noticeable. Maybe it is as it warms, but by the time it did I was certainly feeling the 11% from the other 2/3 of the beer.

M - Thick, silky smooth and very refreshing. A strong beer never tasted so smooth!

D - Again outstanding! I am not a heavy drinker, I cannot handle that much, but this was easy to drink. I finished the bomber myself and survived with no ill effects. It proved delectable at all temperatures. A bomber of this is a session! I would not try to match foods with this beer. I might have it again, although not soon (a volume issue more than anything). However, it has inspired me to try more of the big beer series.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an opaque orange in color with a bit deeper hues verging on pinkish-red. The light brown head that forms is pretty tight and dense, sitting almost like a pillow just over 1 finger high and sticking around for a fairly long time before dissipating to a thick foam. Some lacing drops down the glass and remains.
There's a lot of fruit on the nose with a tinge of alcohol and just a hint of grains underneath the very strong dark fruits. There's also a touch of hops and an interesting yeast profile.
It's really good for the style that the wheat beer was the majority, because I can imagine the subtleties would be completely lost otherwise. As it is, it takes work to separate this from a typical (albeit very good) barleywine. Thus, it's very much like a well-made barleywine with more complexity and a wheat/grains undertone. Otherwise there's lots of dark fruits and impressions of fig, a touch of toffee and/or vanilla and a dose of hops. Overall it's generally a sweet flavor with a bit of alcohol heat to it. There's enough complexity in here to keep me happy and it's very tasty. Alcohol is heavy, and there's even a bourbon-like touch to this. but I'm still surprised to read nearly 11%. Well crafted.
This beer has a pretty full mouthfeel that reaches a good balance of crispness on the front and smoothness following.
This is a very interesting mix making for a nice slow sipper.

Photo of asabreed
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There have been medals one, opinions from friends, opinions from all the reviews I've seen, and I have to say this has been one of the most circuitously deemed beers I've seen in a while. But it's cold, I'm hanging out, I have a bomber, I have my small Delirium glass, so let's run this and see what happens.

Appearance: Almost the color of a blush wine, which is surprisingly gorgeous, though the haze freaks it out a little bit, makes it certainly look more like a beer, more like a, well, a wheat beer versus a barley wine I suppose. A nice hybird for sure. The problem is there's no head, and no lacing. But the color's saving me here definitely.

Smell: I hate to say this, but yes, it has the sweetness of all the sweet and malty wheat, plus the hoppiness and greenness of the hops in a young barley wine. Also clean, with the alcohol there but definitely not overpowering anything in the aroma. Very nice for what it is, though with age this has the potential to be ridiculous.

Taste: What I absolutely love about every sip of this beer is the stark and silky vanilla that seems to come out of nowhere toward the middle of the sip. Am I getting ahead of myself? Maybe. But not extract, just pure vanilla, like the effusive nature of upfront vanilla beans but drawn into the mix because of the hops. Something I've never really experienced before. But it starts with the hops and with the wheat, though more wheat than hops as they battle each other on the palate, and by the end it descends into hop greenness and bitterness lingering on the tongue. But with the vanilla there's an icing and cake-like robust and welcoming sweetness that seems to be the key to balance of the taste. I love its singularity, bitterness and sweetness, and its complexity.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy at first, then it gets even more on that level toward the swallow. There's much sweetness, but there's also much hops, which makes this work so well I think. A sugary and malty body means usually a heavy one, but this definitely isn't cloying.

Drinkability: I'm having no trouble finishing this bottle. The hops are balancing out the sweetness enough for me so it's not cloying. Yes, it's a sipper for sure, and this small Delirium glass is the trick I think; you can maybe get way too much in a snifter when 10 ounces is probably more than sufficient upon the refills. But yes, try this. It's been a great experience, and I can't wait to cellar a few to see what happens to them. Cheers to a style I certainly will pursue in the future.

Photo of scottg
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
bottle conditioned in 2008.

Pours a very cloudy orange amber with a one finger off white head that settles quickly. Aromas of alcohol, wheat, caramel and dark cherry. Caramel and alcohol up front with some raisin, cherry, and lemon in the middle with a chocolate finish. Medium carbonation, medium to full body, starts out creamy and ends slightly chalky and dry. Solid drinkability for a 10.7% beer. Great mix of flavors.

Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle labeled 2008

A- Pours a syrupy and hazy brownish garnet with a thin tan head.

S- Sweet malts, apricots, peaches, wheat spiciness, yeast.

T- Leads with explosive apricot and dried peach flavors, midpalate rolls in sweet and spicy wheat malt notes. Finishes with the remnant of sweet and spice for the midpalate but adds a balancing hop character that brings in a bit of pine and citrus rind.

M- Syrupy, light carbonation, and hint of the abv with a warming finish.

D- This is my favorite Wheat wine so far, which is to say of the two I've had. Smuttynose does a nice job of having just enough hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness and prevent the beer from being cloying and yet add complexity. Impressive beer especially for the price.

Photo of Terp96
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer of this style that I have ever had.

The pour leaves very little head. The color is deep amber and not cloudy at all.

Smells very much like a barley wine. Malty with some hop profile. Not much in the way of wheat beer aroamas. No yeasty or spicy overtones.

Taste is phenomenal. So smooth and so much character throughout. Initially, this tastes like an average barley wine. As I progressed, I started to get a little more of the hop bitterness and wheat beer spiciness. Some clove. About halfway through and as the beer warmed, I started to get hit with the oak barrel an smokey flavors. Man, this tastes a lot like a good single malt scotch. I seriously had scotch burps!!!!

Mouthfeel was great. Again, very smooth and balanced. The flavors lingered for quite some time. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability is decent. You can tell this is a huge beer but it is well disguised. At less than $4 a bomber, I will be going back for as many of these as I can. I wonder what it tastes like aged?

Photo of stomioka
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of mshallah
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with classier than average label art. This beer is a balance of big flavors. Floral herb aroma hops,tangy fruitiness,bright wheat,barley malt caramelized sweetness, alcohol presence in nose and taste and a fine bubble bottle conditioned carbonation that adds to complexity and mouthfeel. Bright tasting for a barley wine and un-like any I have ever tasted. No one element of the flavor stands out as this is a balance of all the supporting characters. One weak link would bring the whole beer down. This is a beer that I'm not sure I would have liked in my youth(10-15yrs ago), but is just the type of challenging beer I now seek. Another excellent brew from Smuttynose.

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish somewhat golden color with a small head that disappears pretty fast (because of the high abv% Im guessing). WOuld have iven it a 4.5 but there is a crazy amount of sediment floating around and gathering at the bottom. Looks like a bunch of yeast and/or sugar.

Smells very very sweet. Booze, figs/golden raisins. Im grading it on what it claims to be so I would have given the smell a 4.5 as well but Im not getting any wheat in here. Still inviting though.

Taste is similar to the smell: Very boozy but it is blended VERY well into the other flavors! Caramel, raisins and brown sugar is what Im getting.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Warmth from the alchohol, slick and smooth going down, heavy body, low carbonation. I dig it. Fits the flavor profile perfectly!

I'm sure a lot of snobs and supergeeks would bash this beer and I can understand why. It seems to be loaded with sugar and that was probably to intentionally spike the abv. It may be a little too over the top for some but I enjoyed the shit out of it. Would DEFINITELY buy again.

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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