Barrel Aged I Am Become Death
2nd Shift Brewing

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American Wheatwine Ale
3.84 | pDev: 13.8%
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange with ample off white foam. Smells fruity with citrus notes. Taste is malty with slight hop notes. Feel is silky. Overall I don't get much in the way of barrel character from this on the nose or the tongue but I don't get the harsh criticism. This is a well above average wheat wine in my opinion.

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Photo of Quetzolcotl
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If this is supposed to be a barrel aged beer it isn’t a good one. It seems to be a good wheatwine and has lots of wheat berry aroma mixed with sweet fruits, a firm hop presence, then oak hits your palette and tannins and dryness linger in your throat for a very long time. It is like sucking on a grapevine or a soaked piece of wood that really dries your mouth out and makes you pucker. I don’t know what type of barrels this was aged in but there is no detectable alcohol presence other than the beer, no discernable aroma or taste either. Perhaps it was new and unused oak barrels. The bottle states the beer was brewed on 9/3/2015 and bottled on 9/23/2015. So even if this was fermented in the barrel it was only aged for 20 days. One would think that “barrel aged” would mean at least a month or three but apparently not here. I normally love 2nd Shift beers but this one was a failure. I’m sure the regular version of this is probably pretty good – but this one really missed the mark.

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Barrel Aged I Am Become Death from 2nd Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 11 ratings