Portsmouth Wheat Wine - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
Well time to break down and review another of my regular drinking beers. I am doing it because this years batch deserves it. Not that the others didn't but this one was especially good
I kicked back yesterday with a growler of this and a growler of IPA along with a couple cigars and watched the world cup. I poured it into a strait pint and got a short lived tan head that went away and left a ring of bubbles around the glass. The body was orangey brown if that's a color. The aroma was sweet and caramel Yup there are some sugars' there. There are also some nice dark fruits present in the aromas as well. The flavor comes off the same as the nose but what makes this years special to me was the lack of alcohol heat this brew. It is dangerous there is no warning at all that this is a big beer and the flavor is so delicious that you get sucked into drinking more. It was a great sipper medium to full body with light carbonation it comes off like a cordial more that a brew to me.
This one needs to head back to GABF this year great job guy's
06-13-2010 20:19:31 | More by joepais
4.75/5 rDev +19.3%
It came out in a snifter glass. It was a caramel color with a good head. It had an aroma of toffee, cookies, and caramel. It had med low to low carbonation much like other barleywines i've had. This high gravity beer is not too filling and very drinkable with 10% alcohol. Watch out because you can definately drink a bunch of these and not know that your shitfaced. This stuff is so good i tried brewing it myself.
11-20-2006 23:13:34 | More by Donthoseme
4.65/5 rDev +16.8%
a: This was a mostly clear amber copper color, almost peach like. It poured with a small, but sticky and long lasting off-white head.
s: Sublimely sweet nose on this one. Sweet elements of candied sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Floral, wheaty, bananas, and some alcoholic heat round out this superb smelling brew.
t: This has all the elements of a great English barleywine with the addition of some sweet wheat. Lots of vanilla and toffee here with a hint of banana. Moderately warm, dry, floral finish. Overall, this was sweet, but far from cloying.
m: Viscous and chewy with perfect creamy carbonation.
d: Huge thanks to joepais for this fantastic brew. This was far better than Smuttynose's wheat wine. I'd like to get some more of these next year. (hint hint Joe)
06-20-2008 09:48:25 | More by DIM
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Was very happy to see a healthy carbonation during the pour. Retaining a beer's proper carbonation in a growler is a constant worry. The nose smells of caramel like a freshly unwrapped Werthers Original. Behind that is a very pronounced dried apricot. Some alcohol heat makes it into the aroma as well as some wheat and hop spice. At one time I believed this to be the same beer as Smuttynose Wheat Wine from the big beer series. They do have similar traits of apricot and alcohol heat. This beer however is much easier going down and the caramel nose is an added pleasure. During the pour there was a torrent of fine bubble carbonation leaving a 1/4 inch head which has since dissipated to a thin ring. The mouthfeel is that of a barley wine with high alcohol and light carbonation. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.
04-07-2008 00:23:47 | More by mshallah
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Another fine offering from the Portsmouth Brewery.
Arrived in a 12oz. chalice...cloudy, dark mahogany in color w/ no head and very little lace.
Nice aromas packed w/ cherries, orange rind, honey, and a hint of alcohol.
The taste was excellent...I was expecting a much lighter/sweeter style ale, but was blown away by this one. Most of the scents mentioned above made its way into its flavor and the alcohol was not easily detected.
Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was expecting, but on par w/ most American Barleywines. Carbonation was perfect IMO.
Drinkability is good for the ABV...I could easily enjoy more than a couple of these in an evening.
Liked it so much I picked up two bombers to go...I believe JayT claims this one will be a year-round offering...that will keep me coming up every few months.
Great job...if you are a fan of barleywines, you need to try this brew.
05-28-2005 22:06:10 | More by warriorsoul
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
On tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...
Copper color, tends toward clearish. Sudsy head, leaves rings on the glass but not a lot of lacing. Lurking aroma, not overt, lightly fruity and somewhat estery, reminds me most of candied citrons with a bit of other candy elements to it. Active and nicely done carbonation -- parses out the licorice and ginger flavors well, making it fun in its mouthfeel and letting the flavors play out in grand style. Finishes with a light bit of green leaves and even some cigar tobacco (the 70 IBUs asserting themselves?). A bit of alcohol comes through at the close. This is a very entertaining beer to drink.
02-01-2005 20:39:30 | More by ADR
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
A: The beer was a deep copper color with a touch of orange to it as well. Impressive lacing for the ABV. White head with about a quarter finger.
S: The nose was quite fruity for a wheatwine. A little bit of alcohol creeping in. The wheat did come across nicely. Got a little bit of pineapple. For a moment it had something in common with Bottle Rocket in that how the hops in that come across super fruity.
T: The taste was awesome. The best non oak aged etc wheatwine I have ever had. Not that boozy enough malt and yeast complexity to keep you coming back. The fruity esters really made this one for me.
M: Little bit on the thick side. Carbonation was soft and enjoyable.
D: I wish there were more examples of this style out there. This is the second best beer I have ever had from them.
02-19-2011 19:08:52 | More by aerozeppl
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
This beauty presents a thick and dark caramel brown color, cloudy and mysterious. It has a decent medium sized off-white head and goodly patchess of lace on this classic chalice served at the Portsmouth Brewery. The aroma is an intense, but tasteful butterscotch caramel, plain and true, very enticing. The taste brings strong malt sugars and hints of licorice and floral hops blended nicely into a full bodied, viscous, fair alcoholed brew of great distinction. Midland drinkability but normal for this style. Quite sweet, perhaps a bit much for the uninitiated. It definitly brings a red wine quality along with the tartness of cherries and the acrid contrast of grassy wheat. Quite a solid brew that deserves a try by anyone interested in the more intense varieties.
05-29-2009 04:59:24 | More by Durge
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a medium brown with tints of amber and a thin beige head. Nose has sugary malts, citrus, caramel, toffee, grassy hops and ripe fruits. Taste has more sweet fruits, wheaty malts, dark candies and floral hops. Medium body is well carbonated. Tasty Wheatwine from Portsmouth. Drinks very easy for the style.
09-13-2009 02:45:15 | More by rye726
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
This review comes from a growler purchased from the brewery. Pours a lively strawberry blond color, with a small white lacing. Smell is on the sweet side, with elements of cotton candy, toffee, kiwi, strawberry and banana. Taste is dominated by a lovely tart fruit flavor...sour apple and watermelon come to mind. Wheat and a dry husky grain note make themselves apparent in the aftertaste. Body of the beer is the highlight for me in that it seems so light and sessionable for a beer of this size abv wise. Although the alcohol catches up with you after a couple glasses, it is still highly drinkable. This is a real treat of a beer. I might go so far as to say that I like it better then the Smutty Wheat Wine, which would pretty much put it in the top slot among Wheat Wines for me. Cheers
04-03-2008 03:10:18 | More by jamie2dope
4.24/5 rDev +6.5%
Served in snifter at Portsmouth Brewery.
Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky reddish brown with bubbles coming up the side of the glass.
Smell: Bready, caramel, toffee, spicy, bananas, and clove.
Taste: Caramel and toffee delight. Spicy, yeasty, bready, bananas, and a little alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, medium bodied, warming alcohol, low to medium carbonation, and it got better as it warmed up.
Overall: Pretty solid wheatwine from Smutty's sister brewery.
04-21-2013 23:52:42 | More by Flounder57
4.22/5 rDev +6%
This seemed like a good beer to drink on a snowy day (in April, yet). It was a hazy copper color with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Impressive lacing early on, but less later. It had a sweet, spicy odor, with a bit of graininess. It tasted sweet (caramel) with a little spice, and a lot of hops that lingered. It was a big, bold beer, very reminiscent of a barleywine.
04-05-2006 20:39:15 | More by lordofthewiens
4.22/5 rDev +6%
10 oz. goblet: This beer poured a clear, reddish copper color. There was about no head on it at all. The aroma was a bit mild, but had nice notes of wheat and fruits. The taste is somewhat sweet, mainly consisting of caramel malt, wheat and some dark fruits. This goes down real easy. A nice beer.
11-09-2005 21:14:14 | More by Boto
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Another solid offering from Portsmouth. The appearance was coppery, hazey and golden with moderate egg-shell colored head. The bourbon, brown sugar, candied fruit and slight maltiness in the aroma actually reminded me of a scotch ale. The taste was a little syrupy and a little boozey but was true to the smell, with noticeable yeast and sweet fruit and a nice caramel hint. The mouthfeel was also a little syrupy but overall very pleasant. Drinkability was average for the style.
04-21-2010 15:45:57 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
Portsmouth Wheat Wine from Portsmouth Brewery
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