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

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 631
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Big thanks to ShogoKawada for the bottle.

Heavily hazed body. The color resembles a peach, shades of bright orange, brown and reds layer themselves in the glass. Modest oatmeal colored head does not last long, though a decent amount of lacing is left.

Grain malt aroma is dominate. Time has really smoothed out the aroma. Lighter caramel is set behind. Subtle dried pineapple aroma reminds me of an old ale or English barleywine.

Sweet malt flavor stands out on the tongue. Much the same as the aroma the caramel flavor is light. The wheat lends a grainy, bready quality to the flavor. Candied pineapple flavor transitions into a fig flavor as the beer moves across the palate. The fig flavor increases with warmth. A very slight molasses flavor also begins to show. Slight honey flavor lingers midpalate. Light grassy hops hit the back of the tongue providing an excellent counterpoint to the malt. No booziness can really be noted in the flavor. A slight warming sensation is noted but for a beer of this ABV I would certainly expect more.

Medium bodied. The carbonation is subdued though appropriate. Slight sweetness linger but not for long, the finish is a bit drier than I would expect.

I am once again impressed by Smuttynose. A tremendous beer that has aged rather gracefully. In my opinion this one still has legs, I would wager it is still tasty in another couple years. Very smooth for a higher abv beer. Flavors are pleasant, never overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:51:18 | More by kzoobrew
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headbucket

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

A: amber with reddish tint.darker than I expected for some reason.

S: sweet and bready. Little bit of hops and maybe a slight spicy note in there.

T: sweet,wheaty, a bit of dark malt ,with grapefuit hop flavor in the middle. A dark sweetness lingers at the end.

M: medium thickness, a little syrupy.

D: the alcohol isn't too strong and had a unique and interesting taste,but a bit sweeter than I like.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:28:37 | More by headbucket
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billab914

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep caramel color with a little bit of red highlights to it. It started with a moderate frothy white head to it that retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so. It left some decent lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter malt flavors to it with the wheat really coming through. Caramel also plays a pretty big role in the maltiness. I can tell it's pretty hoppy as well with the amount of grapefruit citrus present. Very appealing aroma overall, I love the way the malty and sweet wheat flavors mix with the hoppy aromas.

The taste starts off with the sweeter wheat malt coming through along with some of the citrusy grapefruit flavors. Towards the middle I start to get more of the caramel playing a role in it. The finish brings some hop bitterness mixed with the the malty wheat flavors and a small hint of roasty flavors. A little of the bitterness lingers. Very flavorful and relatively balanced beer overall. the wheat really mixed nicely with the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors it brought. it was a very flavorful beer overall with some bold flavors to it. They all came together nicely though and made a great beer. I'm really starting to love this style of beer, and this was another very good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:51:38 | More by billab914
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber from Cuzco in the Blind Beer BIF #3, thanks Nate for some great beers.

Poured into my MJ tasting glass. Pours a medium copper with a spritzy tan head that doesn't last. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops. Leans more toward the hops. Actually, the malt character is a little more toffeeish, than caramel.

First sip is like the aroma, sweet malt with a big hop bitterness, citrusy, grapefruit. Malt flavor is toffeeish. Long finish with a focus on the grapefruit hops. No noticeable alcohol bite. Very much like a barleywine, american version. Wheat character doesn't really come through, masked by the hops.

Mouthfeel medium, sweet, a little puckering bitterness. Big chewy malt. Very well carbonated. Expected more of a prickle based on the pour, but no carbonic bite.

Drinkability is very high. Very nice beer. Alcohol makes its presence known about half-way through the first glass. This is a big beer that deserves to be shared.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 05:04:34 | More by JamnesCameron
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beancounter

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2009 batch poured from a bomber.

A-Gold to almost amber, no head, "big" bubbles, very few slow carbonation

S-Not sure, sort of chemical-like, almost band aid-ish

T-Fruity and malty, very pleasant. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract.

M-Medium body, almost wine like

D-It goes down easily. Each time I drink it, I want another sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 20:39:05 | More by beancounter
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with little head and some floaties present. Smells sweet, wheaty, and like golden molasses, with some hop and spice notes and a touch of alcohol. The taste is, thankfully, much less sweet. Firm and earthy with some good spice notes, some nice piney/spicy hoppiness, and a honeyed finish. Firm and almost chewy in the mouth, this is obviously strong, but the alcohol itself is fairly well hidden. The high hop levels help to camoflauge the sweetness, and overall make this beer seem pretty big for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:11:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This here is a 2006 bottle picked up in a trade back in 07', thought I'd drink her.

Poured from the bomber into an oversized snifter off a rigorous pour producing a thin film around the collar. I little fork beating and a get a misc bubble cap with no real head. Cap lasting a good amount of time. Color is a pale burnt brown.
Aroma is pretty darn sweet with caramel delight, tiny amount of alcohol warmth on the nose. Little bit of wheat bready funk. My roommate says its smells of virgins pussies and the texture is as smooth as the nipples of a young woman who has never before felt the loving caress of a man...which I think is a good thing.
Damn, this is good. Caramel sweetness throughout, burnt caramel too with a big wheat twang. Hops still exist, small earthy bitters finishing with chocolate grain and distant heat.
Mouth feel is pretty darn slick, carbonation is somewhat dead though. Its past date, I get that, haven't had this fresh to do a comparo, but it is fairly flat currently.

Good beer, but its flat now. Would love to have a fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:54:41 | More by Buebie
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Naugled

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light copper color with a quick tan head

strong malt aroma, sweet and light.

tastes strong and sweet, a bit hot with earthy hop flavor.

full body is thick and chewy

well carbonated but little head

not the most drinkable beer, too cloying and strong and out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 20:24:15 | More by Naugled
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of BOOZE, caramel, molasses, and sweet malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad. Usually I don't enjoy Wheatwines so that is saying A LOT. The taste on this one was definitely a lot better than the smell for sure. The taste of it was nicely balanced with the alcohol by some of the sweetness from the caramel and molasses notes. The aroma was just plain harsh to put it lightly. I could see this one aging for a bit longer myself.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:36:47 | More by thagr81us
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HopNuggets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 2008 bomber into snifter.

A - Pours a brilliant rich and bright mahogany and where the light shines through it is a bright ruby to brick red. Poured a solid 1.5 finger eggshell head that dissipated quickly to a solid coating that stuck around to leave a spotty lacing. The beer runs down the glass like wine when it leaves the "legs" on the glass.

S - A lot of sweet toffee and buttery aroma with some grassy and earthyness there. There is a hint alcohol hotness that you can pickup through the nose as well. I thought this would have been well gone by the 2, almost 3 years of cellaring.

T - Sweet toffee malt up front with some alcohol burn to follow that is cooled down with a Caramel definitely left as the beer goes down. Some hop bite after but not much but just enough to give this beer some balance.

M - Very light mouth feel and a bit hot. Medium carbonation and there is a coating left all over leaving you wanting more.

D - A bomber is probably it for the night. Maybe follow it by an Imperial Stout 12oz. Heat after 2-3 years was a bit surprising. I wish I could get my hands on another '08 and leave it for a few more years. I guess I'll have to get a '10 and leave it for 5 years or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:23:44 | More by HopNuggets
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one thanks to Johnmichaelsen. This is a style I like a lot, but see few examples of. Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a slightly reddish amber, with just a thin cap of khaki head that very low retention but decent lacing. This was much darker in color than others of the style I've had.

There was certainly a strong sweet, alcohol aroma, much more like a Barleywine than the other Wheatwines I've tried. The aroma was pleasant, just not what I expect in the style. The flavor was also much more like a Barleywine than a WW. Not light, crisp and strong, but full, solid and strong.

The body was thick, sticky, sweet and full. Drinkability was very good for a beer this size. Overall, this is a very nice brew, just not what I expect from the style. This is the type of review I have problems with. This is a very good beer, but not what I was looking for. This style is generally not so thick and, sweet and is crisper and lighter. Worth trying when you can, just don't expect to get what the says it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:32:49 | More by beertunes
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice.

Whoa, this looks like apple cider! Deep amber in color and very murky. No head to speak of and no lacing. Sediment is very present throughout the glass. I actually like it, but I can see how its appearance would turn some off.

Smells like a barleywine. Sweet, buttery, and citrus hop notes are present in the nose.

First sip is warm on the tongue, buttery and inviting. Malts dominate here along with notes of caramel and some faint bitterness in the finish. I hate to keep harping on this aspect of the beer, but the buttery flavor seems to persist all the way through, and I love it.

Rounding out the flavor is a mild heat that I can only classify as acceptable. However, Smuttynose has really won me over with this one. They've really managed to create a "big" beer with a mildness that can be enjoyed by many and a robustness exalted by few.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:29:42 | More by morningthief
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009, so about a year old and should be tasty! Wish I had taped the cap which I usually do for cellar aging beers, but I was expecting to drink this right away and as that didn't happen I think some of the carbonation is gone.

A light creamy head covering comes with an aggressive pour, and fades somewhat quickly. The beer is a murky, yeast chunk filled rosy caramel orange color.

The nose coifs wheat wine. It has lots of wheats, both dark and light, as well as some reddish malts and caramel. Some maple syrup, and some sweetness, a little candi sugar, and some light booze. I think there's a hint of an earthy hop bitterness.

The taste is more of the same, loaded with malts and wheat. Wheats both dark and light, lots of malted barley with that. Some syrups and sugars, little maple, little molasses, and juicy. Hints of dark fruits, nothing in particular though. Pretty sweet overall, with some warming and lightly tingly booze, but seems to drink less than 10.7%. It also adds a slight creamy taste to it, and light chewy malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too, and I think a slight bourbon like flavor. Some light earthy hops as well, that I bet were a lot more dominant early on in the beer's life. It dries slightly on the finish but keeps a strong sweetness, but surprisingly not sticky. A nice long barleywine like finish, with lots of dark sugars and malts, some wheat, and a light bitterness all lingering for a long gorgeous finish.

The mouth is pretty thick, ever so slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, but decent for the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly well, for being 10.7% and loaded with malts and sweetness, I expected a lot more boozy taste, and sticky finish, but it really had neither. The long finish is the only thing keeping me from drinking this fast, that and not getting drunk too fast.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:49:26 | More by jlindros
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Pahn

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottle funnily informs us that it was "bottle conditioned in 2009".

Sidenote: this is the first wheatwine I've tried, so I don't know what to expect.

Appearance: Free pour fails to yield a head, instead leaving a small foam ring around the surface of the glass that gradually dissipates to almost nothing. Pours a clear reddish amber, and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Whoa, from the bottle and the glass there's a huge aroma of raisin and caramel, somewhat reminiscent of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale or Hair of the Dog Fred. My expectations rise and my attention perks up a bit when a beer smells like this. As the beer warms, the smell gets more cakelike, and gradually boozier. Not very complex, but very inviting.

Taste: Raisin and caramel, very similar to the smell; delicious. There's a nice, kind of tannic, raisin skin character in the middle leading to a just-aggressive-enough hop bitterness that takes you through to the bready, toasty finish. Aftertaste is great, and sticks around for a long time along with some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Some wheat influence pops up as the beer warms, but mainly this beer tastes like a well done, hoppier-than-usual English barleywine. There aren't too many different flavors happening, but the balance and character of what's there is really excellent.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied. Light carbonation. Juicy and creamy at the same time. Pretty much perfect for the flavor, and very enjoyable.

Drinkability: My only complaint here is that I want to savor it, but I can't stop drinking it. With one glass this beer instantly graduates to "go-to beer" and will be incorporated into regular rotation in my refrigerator.

I had no idea this beer would taste like this... I expected something like a caramely double white, or maybe an American barleywine with some wheat influence, both of which sound at least interesting. What I got was a well-crafted beer suited exactly to my tastes. Another exceptional beer from Smuttynose, and a great complement to their hoppy, tropical-fruit oriented Barleywine in the "Big Beer Series".

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:11:59 | More by Pahn
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Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange. Maybe an inch of off-white foam.

Smells like oranges, wheat chaff, and ... malt. And a bit of yeast to it.

Taste is really, really sweet. Really almost grain alcohol sweet. THe mouthfeel is a bit light and fluffy. Could use some more hops or more of a citrus component, maybe some just some light orange and tangerines.

Decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 07:39:49 | More by Overlord
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an orangey brown with a dirty yellow white 1 finger head. Head didn't last long at all, clung a bit to the side, and had small streams of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was sweet up front, with hints of bitter wheat in the end. Felt ok in the mouth. Felt very good in the mouth, coated nicely, and was well carbonated. Well balanced, mostly hid the ABV, but it still hit fairly hard.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:05:18 | More by mountdew1
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brystmar

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a bunch of sediment. Smells strongly of caramel, wheat, booze, and sweet malts. An explosion of flavors right off the bat with caramel and sweet malt taking the lead. Turns a hair bready before the hops make their presence known, still finishes sweet though.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a perfectly matched level of carbonation. I'm not a big fan of most barleywines, but this is a style I could certainly get used to.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 04:11:45 | More by brystmar
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wheatwines are hit and miss. This beer is dark amber and clear with no lacing, no head, low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet, alcoholy, and strong, like bourbon. Smells good.

Beer is pretty sweet, strong alcohol character. Odd bitterness, its dry on the finish, overall its pretty drinkable for an 11% beer. My hand hurts, I'm not typing anymore.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:11:37 | More by drabmuh
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DrewKid4

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber bottle conditioned 2010 from The Porter in Atlanta.

A: Poured a rusted ruby color with hardly any head to speak of.

S: Smells sweet and citrusy with a sour note at the end, which I concur with others is deceiving of the actual brew.

T: Interesting seems to be a common ground for the description of this brew. Sweet malts and fruits like a port wine (although I hate describing it like a wine) followed by a nice bitter surprising hoppiness.

M: Full body. Dry and sour at the end.

D: Quite drinkable. If you do not absolutely hate wines (again I hate describing a beer this way, but its consistency is similar) I would heed a warning, though I found this to be a pleasant brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 06:03:32 | More by DrewKid4
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz. pour on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn, NYC. This is the 2006 vintage.

A: Brown with a thin and light foamy head. Looks pretty good on draft.

S: Caramel drizzle, rolled oats, and a slight peanut scent? Interesting.

T: Light malts, butterscotch, and finishes with a little bit of brown sugar. I'm not sure if I like this better than their Barleywine or not.

M: Great carbonation, dry the whole way through with a little bitter kick at the end.

D: No problems taking this down - not overly malty, boozy, sugary, or bitter.

Overall, a nice one to try with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 20:37:46 | More by hoppymcgee
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, bottle conditioned in 2009 and allowed to warm some out of the fridge, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours an absolutely gorgeous ruby, with bright red highlights when held up to light. Two fingers of beige head form, and while retention and lacing aren't great, given the alcohol I can't hold that against Smuttynose Wheat Wine too much. The nose gives me a little cause for concern, as while there's a certain spiciness to it the predominant aroma is of alcohol. The taste is a little bit better, as some sweetness from the wheat shows up to help the spiciness, but alcohol is still a bit too prevalent on my palate for this beer to make a great impression. It's a shame too, as a beer with this great a mouthfeel deserves to be supporting top notch flavors. The body is as rich as it could possibly be without becoming cloying and thick, and the carbonation is very nicely understated. The great mouthfeel helps make this beer drinkable, but with so much boozy flavors flying around it can't be anything more than a sipper. Smuttynose Wheat Wine isn't a bad beer, but the only reason I'd really be interested in revisiting it is to see it with a few years of age (and less alcohol heat) on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 06:41:15 | More by axeman9182
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A--Nice lacing and retention. A pale reddish hue to this one.

S--Smells like sweet roasted corn, I can smell the alcohol in this one...

T--Lots of burn. I will say that this has a barleywine taste but you can tell the difference with the wheat. Certainly every bit as tasty as the 09' Nemesis.

M--Nothing unusual or spectacular. Thin.

D--Glad I tried it, Smuttynose makes some nice brews, I have really enjoyed their big beer series, keep em coming...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:00:47 | More by garbercury
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 8/3/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is the color of dark honey; starts with a 1/4 finger of loose tan head that fades to a thin and uneven and incomplete cap; body is a little hazy and shows moderately light carbonation; loose and spotty oily lacing hangs around for a bit and then slides back down into the beer.

Smell: A nice blend of caramel malts and a bit of sweet blended honey; bit of a bitter piney and grapefruit hop presence and a definite strong wiff of alcohol.

Taste: Strong and robust flavors -- lots of the caramel malts and sweet honey-like presence combines with those bitter hops mentioned in the nose; there's a bit of a mango-like presence, but mostly the bitter pine; definite burn of alcohol and as it warms, a bit of an orange peel taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is very soft and smooth; body is also a little slick and oily; a thin and semi-dry sticky coating is left behind; gums are left tingly and the belly warm from the nearly 11% ABV.

Drinkability: Moderate at best due to the heat as it could really use some time to mellow out a bit; all in all, it's definitely a nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:36:56 | More by bamadog
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:25:18 | More by Ryan011235
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 22oz bottle split with my boy onix1agr.

A- a finger or so of light tan head from a hard pour that settles slowly to a few wisps on top and a frothy ring. Amazing ruby burnt orange in color that glows beautifully when lit from behind.

S- toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread. A bit of clove studded orange. Definitely some alcohol in there.

T- sweet malts a spicy ester. Toasted wheat bread and burnt brown sugar. Spicy and herbal hops for sure. Orange marmalade, cloves, a touch of cinnamon.

M- medium to full bodied with a chewy sticky mouthfeel. Medium carb. A lot of alcohol burn still with a year in the bottle.

D- its a bit of a mess maybe with some time things will level out and it'll come together. Very hot and a tough drink.

Serving type: bottle

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