Companion Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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87
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 09-24-2011)
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1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of champ103
2.05/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Anvil in Houston TX

A: Pours a dull and murky golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of lace is left behind. The color is really a turn off.
S: Dank moldy cloths. A honey like sweetness. Wet cloths and dirty malt. Blah.
T: Follows the nose, and I am not liking this. Dank wet socks. Some honey sweetness. Very muddled with some dirty/moldy like flavors.
M/D: A medium body that has high carbonation. Fairly thin however. Not clean at all. More like sipping dirt. The alcohol does not show much, but this is not enjoyable to drink at all.

To say the least, I am not a fan. I think this is worse than the Concoction. Which is saying something. There is no wheat flavor at all, and everything else is just muddled and tastes like dirty cloths. I do not know how Brooklyn can call this a Wheatwine? Just bad IMO. Avoid.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of speter
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear bronze with a one-and-a-half finger fluffy white head that lasted for the duration of the drink. Little lacing (but I think that may be the bar's fault).

S: Take a banana split and pour high-proof rum on top. Light it ablaze, and that's what this smells like to me.

T: Unfortunately, the taste closely follows the nose. Lots of banana and booze without any real development.

M: The body and carbonation are very nice. The ethanol burn would be welcome on some nights (think heavy snowfall, roaring fire in the fireplace, etc.).

O: I really wanted to like this one going in. However, the taste really was one-dimensional and not overly pleasant. This might prove to be a decent beer if the banana and rum were toned down somewhat.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Light copper-hued body, good clarity, and with a smallish, white head that thins out into a lasting ring.

Smell: An aroma of half-chewed gum, still leaking out a bit of fruitiness and implied sweetness atop a squirt of liquor and modestly bready malts glazed with golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly malty, with only modest touches of delicately toasted wheat loaf. Then, here's a sweet taste of Bubblicious bubble gum, carrying hints of lychee, white peach, and bland apples. The beer seems to forgo hops and bitterness, leaving you chewing on this gum quality until the lightly warming finish. A curious beer, every cautious sip has me coming up with gum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not so much a treasured, dear old Companion and more of an Acquaintance, one who you wouldn't hesitate to duck down behind a soup display in a grocery store to hide from. Yes, fellow shoppers, I'm squatting down behind a pyramid of Campbell's fine condensed soups.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper color with a one finger foamy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap.  Rings and streaks of lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice and light fruit notes.  Floral and perfume like with hints of pepper and faint hops as well as some apricot and other light fruit.

Medium bodied with a strong spice presence up front that lingers into the finish.  Slight creamy texture mid palate with sweet boozy alcohol and light fruit notes.  Hints of apricot and light berries give a sweetness that somewhat counters the spice but overall they dominate the flavor and you can taste all of the 10%.  Still somewhat drinkable but a bit one dimensional and boozy.  

Photo of Presticle
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, a bit fruity and boozy. In the taste, fruity and a small alcohol note. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice fruitiness all the way through with a note of alcohol.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Lunar.

Admittedly, this beer was the reason I even stopped at Lunar this evening. It pours a clear golden amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises banana, wheat, mushroom, honey, and tin. Something seems a little weird here, but it's not really offensive; just unexpected. The taste holds notes of honey, lots o' cracked wheat, light rye bread, light greens, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and a vague sense of mustard greens. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. It's got some strange elements mixed in there, but none of them are truly offensive, but rather off-puttingly odd. That said, I still ended up enjoying this beer for the most part. Weird, right?

Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap, I've been looking for this for a bit, glad to track it down.

The Companion poured in the glass a bronze light gold shade with a nice amount of active carb forming a cap of white stuff up top, spotty lace.

Smell is boozy with a bit of grape skin and some wheat with berry and weirdness. Not sure the ingredients used, but knowing Brooklyn and this series, it's gotta be different than the norm.

Taste is not your average wheatwine. The wheat is up front with an odd flavor. Their is a fruity thing going on reminding me of grape. Booze is there yet this aint hot. Small honey in the finish.

Feel is solid, it's above medium with semi prickly carb going for it. Not digging the aftertaste, it's long and drawn out and that's where most of the booze comes out.

Drinkability is not off the charts, I would have a hard time taking down 10oz's of this stuff. 5oz was plenty. This change in scope of having cocktail inspired beers is intriging and are designed to pair well with food which they probably do, but not a lot of ounces.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.