Old Powderhouse | Mystic Brewery

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Old PowderhouseOld Powderhouse

Brewed by:
Mystic Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dope on 04-16-2012

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by WanderingFool:
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Powderhouse pours a cloudy amber with a medium sized, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves very slowly leaving behind a coating of whiteness on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong. Notes of orange and lemon citrus, dark bread, caramel and alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very creamy, smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty. Bread and wheat, ripe fruit and caramel. It finishes dry with mild earthy grass bitterness. Once gone the caramel and bread notes linger.

For 11% this is an easy drinking beer. Very smooth with well balanced flavor.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in April of 16.Pours into a snifter a brilliant rich amber with a sticky half finger off white head atop.A fair amount of tartness in the nose kinda like raspberry with a lactic kick.Green apple and pear fruit flavors on the palate maybe a hint of gingerbread in the back end?Somewhat cakey with raisin quality in the finish,I find it to be quite complex flavor-wise.The alcohol creeps but it's a fricken wheat wine,I really like it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: orange-brown in color, cloudy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, honey, wheat, and alcohol

Taste: wheat, apple, cinnamon, caramel, a touch of pineapple, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very sweet with alcohol burn, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: About as fruity a wheatwine as I have had. An excellent beer that is meant to be drunk slow. I would get this again if I saw it on tap. Good for the style and great overall.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Flaherbear
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked 375 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice little wheatwine pours a
lightly hazed glowing deep amber with a very nice head of off white foam that subsides to
a thin layer, thick ring, and features some excellent lacing. Nose of heavy honey, strong booze,
and rich sweet wheat. Flavors exceed by excess. Strong honey and rich wheat with searing booze
mingle with a bit of pear on the rear with a touch of heavy candy sugars. Excellent mouth feel for
the style; medium in carbonation, rich, sweet, and lightly cloying with searing booze warmth.

Overall this is one fine brew.


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Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BergBeer
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Transparent ruby brown with a thin khaki colored head. Mild activity.

Smell: Sticky and rich. Notes of banana, toffee, wine poached pear, spiced pineapple, yellow apples, and toffee. A smooth yet pronounced alcohol note is present throughout.

Taste: Green banana, clove, and peanut brittle on the attack. This lingers lazily on the tongue the a body of fruit leather, green apple, toffee, clove, and green banana moves forward slowly. The finish is lightly bitter with dried apple slices, alcohol notes, and more green banana.

Feel: Big bodied and viscous. Pronounced alcohol. Quenching body with a semi dry finish. Minimal carbonation. Pronounced alcohol.

Overall: An after dinner sipper. This beer drinks like a young barrel aged port. It’s sweet and somehow smooth given the alcohol percentage. I’m not too keen on this style but this is easily the best wheatwine I have had. I’d want this to sip one with a big hunk of bleu cheese on a holiday.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A deep amber orange body color, almost tangerine but with a bit more darkness to it. Creamy khaki forming fine head, dissolves to a simple collar and slightly bubbled thin top. Slightly cloudy, but with a nice glow.

Muted nose and quite closed on the aroma. Slight hints of possible citrus and tropics, but also a bit wet sensing. Slight hints of a briney character as well, but just not much going on here.

Palate opens up considerably, remarkably even. Peach warm and tropical fruit chewy mid palate on first sip. Good thick coating nearly creamy as well all throughout. Candy like qualities with juicy fruit tones of peach and orange all over. Rich marmalade with a subtle sweetness and a good hop bite to match.

Real remarkable wheatwine, just needs a more noticeable aroma that matches the palate and this thing is ready to rock some lights out.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Note: Batch #2

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Pours a light amber color with a thin off-white head, little lacing and hardly any cap on top.

Smell has a strong Belgian candied sugar aroma coupled with light fruit aromas (almost apple-like), hops are pretty much non-existent though.

Taste starts out with the sweet Belgian candied sugar, touches of honey and light fruit, alcohol notes are quite evident and sharp throughout (I believe this bottle is from 2014 so maybe it could have used a wee bit more time in the cellar), medium-low carbonation but ample enough.

I'd drink this again, plenty of flavor throughout the entire experience but I'd say keep the bottle cellared for at least two years.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an off-white and creamy head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is an opaque orange brown. The smell has strong wheat notes with what appears to be celery. There are also some light notes of sweet malt and a bit of alcohol. The taste is a bit different than the smell. In the taste, there are strong notes of wheat and malt. The malt is very sweet and the wheat takes the edge of a little bit. The celery taste is interesting in that it is a very nice finish to the more sweet notes. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy bodied with a bit of carbonation. The drink is pretty smooth and a little silky. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting again.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Corked and caged. Batch 001.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts FOREVER, with tons of sticky lace. Aroma is cloves, fruit, sweetness, what you would expect from a wheat brew.

Taste is sweet and clovey to start, fruit and spices in the middle, and closes with a somewhat harsh alcohol and wheat character. Mouthfeel is a bit bumpy, harsh alcohol kind of upsetting the smoothness one would expect, and drinkability is okay as a result. Needs a bit more mellow.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled in April, 2016
A: pours a clear golden light brown with a light brown head.
S: apples, white wine, oatmeal,
T: fruity apple esters dominate, with some toffee, graham cracker , caramel notes in the middle. Acidic white wine at the end.
M: full bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: fun beer to try. Interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of EZE123
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a decent rate, some lacing, over hazy opaque reddish peach orange color, a pretty decent head for 11% wheatwine.

Nose has sweet malts galore, sweet additions, candy, caramel, toffee, hint of molasses like. Then fruits, juicy fruits that are more berry like, with a like raspberry or blackberry like aroma, with hint of apricot, etc. Light booze and esters, and hints of floral fruity hops, finish off the nose.

Taste starts sweet, quite sweet but not diabetes sweet... with plenty of sweeteners. Booze comes through early as well, with some warming and tingly booze tastes. Sweet additions bring lots of caramel, bit of toffee, molasses, candy, etc. and reddish toasty malts. Also a bit of wheat like flavors and hint of banana I think. Fruits again but not that much, light berry and fruity esters, hint of apricot and apple pear fruits, etc, but all very light. The taste really differentiates the aroma with the big spicy hops, chewy slight earthy spicy hops really dominate, with some bitterness that doesn't get too strong. Then little creamy and plenty of carb keep it from overpowering in any direction. Finish is fairly bitter with a long spicy and chewy hop bitterness, a long tingly slight burning booze like I took a shot of bourbon, and some sweeteners lingering, toffee and caramel, etc.

Mouth is fuller bodied but not heavy, slightly syrupy, good fluffy carb, and lots of booze.

Overall not bad, the booze gets a bit too much, but the malts are nice, sweet flavors are nice, hops add a good touch as well that also doesn't overpower, and good carb, etc, just a bit too boozy.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Old Powderhouse from Mystic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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