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Old Powderhouse - Mystic Brewery

Old PowderhouseOld Powderhouse

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%


Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dope on 04-16-2012)
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a dull golden-orange with a slightly hazy clarity. Head is dense, three inches and cream-colored and eventually settles into a fairly consistent frothy skim with residual spots and strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, pit fruit (slightly soured) and an earthy character. There's also a bit of ethanol towards the finish. Taste follows nose; however, there's a slight peppery/spicy character in the flavor profile. Malt is definitely present, but not overly forward. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation the falls just shy of lively. I haven't had too many wheatwines; however, I found this one to be decent, albeit not mindblowing. I don't see age doing too much with this beer either. I do have to say that the alcohol is very well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:44:50 | More by Jwale73
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A thick and hazy rusty walnut colored brew with pretty solid off white ring and scattering a of cover with a spotty, respectable lace in retreat. The aroma is delicate but undoubtedly full of dry grape skin and grainy alcohol with musty cinnamon lemon grass. The flavor offers wheat apple and more grape skin. A touch of honey and grainy malt. Alcohol is a touch heavy so the flavors have to contend with that a little. Citrus and leafy qualities come through. Overall this is a very nice blend. The body is medium full with a substantial feel yet it has a somewhat aqueous quality that drinks nicely. But ultimately it's a sipper to savor and goes very well with pepper jack cheddar !

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Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Cloudy golden-brown. Half inch of creamy, sandy colored head retains well enough. Lacing is spotty.

S: Coarse wheat scents, bready, earthy. Hints of light caramel and treacle. Nutty and earthy yeast, touch of peppery spice. Light floral hopping. Fig and golden raisin. Baked apple. Mild traces of alcohol.

T: Coarse and earthy wheat. Very subtle citrusy wheat twang. Caramel and treacle poke through. Crusty bread. Light hop bitterness. Nutty yeast is downplayed in the taste. Golden raisin and fig fruitiness, perhaps a hint of red berries too. Gentle brush of spicy alcohol. Surprisingly dry finish of wheat and fading fruity/floral tastes.

M: Full and thick with a silky but firm texture. Moderate carbonation. Slight warming alcohol. There's a lot of substance to it, but it remains surprisingly light and drinkable.

O: It has a 'rough around the edges' sort of charm to it with that coarse wheat. Very drinkable and surprisingly dry despite its size.

Serving type: bottle

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast—apples stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel and toffee.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet and mostly resembles the smell with flavors reminiscent of a candy apple from a county fair in the fall along with some hints of spices towards the finish. Faint bits of alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style as it hides its alcohol rather well from the taste. The taste becomes a little more interesting as the beer warms up, making this a pleasant beer to sip.

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New Hampshire

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Pours with a two-finger, khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is dark fruit and malt and flavor is sweet dark fruit, mellow wheat. High ABV is hidden. Nice wheatwine. $14.99 for a 750ml bottle, from Giles Fine Wine Arlington, MA.

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Massachusetts

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, Batch 8, Serving 50°F (stange pictured)

I'm incredibly excited to open this one! Not only does it have a fantastic, sexy, elusive screened label, but I LOVE wheatwines. Thank you very much Rochefort10NH!

A - The easy cork release and waft of thick gunsmoke from the bottle prompt quick reflexes out of me, but thankfully this is no gusher. Pouring a dirty apricot golden color a tightly packed off white head floats briefly on the beer. It's no surprise with as much alcohol is in here it disappears leaving specks of lace on the glass.

S - Old Powderhouse has a soothing, smooth, intoxicating aroma that begs for whiff after whiff to explore it's intricacies. Loads of soft wheat and pale malt blend behind the mellow aroma of pineapple, passion fruit, herbal hops and spicy alcohol. By no means boozy, this high alcohol beer features quite a bit of caramel and fruit sweetness.

T - I was unsure about the notes of tropical fruit from the American hops but they manage to blend exceptionally well with the beer's sweet base and warm alcohol finish. A touch of graininess and Vienna toast pull through the sweet caramel body and outrageously smooth wheat to finish out with a reserved punch of tropical fruit and additional white grape before a lasting herbal hop and alcohol spice finishes on the tongue.

M - Incredibly smooth and soft in body, this medium-full bodied wheatwine has a nice carbonation level of small, tickling bubbles and a balancing, rounding touch of alcohol. The hops which blend so well into the beer otherwise give the sweet body the perfect amount of bitterness, balancing it out for a scary level of drinkability!

O - I can't say I've heard of Mystic before receiving this bottle in a trade without warning was terrific. They've masterfully blended a strong barleywine with an abundance of smooth wheat for a round feel and flavor that's accented by alcohol and hops, not overtaken by them. Ever crevice of this beer demands exploring and though my review is finished, my time contemplating it is not.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:47:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Old Powderhouse from Mystic Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.