Baaad Boy Black Wheat | 3 Sheeps Brewing

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Baaad Boy Black WheatBaaad Boy Black Wheat

Brewed by:
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of martyl1000
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this during Mad Craft Beer Week, at Buck and badgers. Actually it's the Imperial version called "My Name Is Joe": 7.7% ABV, brewed with local coffee roasted especially for this brew according to the bartender.

Beautiful pour in a goblet, black-brown, with an off-white fluffy head that leaves a permanent lacing stuck on the glass. Aroma is burnt coffee and a sweet something.

In the mout iit's all iced coffee, sweetened as if with sugar from the table. Refreshing on the tongue, medium to light body, with the perfect sharp carbonation.

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Photo of matjack85
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color and made a 1-finger mocha head that lasted about a minute. There wasn't much lacing.

Nice roasted malt and chocolatey smell.

Roasted malt, chocolate, wheat, and iced coffee flavors with a touch of black licorice thrown in. Not much hop bitterness but not that sweet either.

Smooth, almost creamy, but with a light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

I liked this one, but I think I would have liked it even more if it was sweeter.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color, as promised by the beer’s webpage, truly is darker than some porters: it looks black but may be very deep brown. When held to a lamp (I have never done that with a wheat beer!) it becomes a dark cherry color. Two fingers of tan, buttery head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a bubbly skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is very smooth and reminiscent of oatmeal stout. It offers a pleasant blend of dark chocolate, roasted malts, oat-like grain (probably wheat — duh!), a little molasses, and black raspberry.

Taste: The mouthfeel is not as creamy as oatmeal stout, but it does offer much of the same flavor. The roasted bitterness is kept at a minimum until the aftertaste, when it lingers on the taste buds. Dark chocolate, wheat, maybe some caramel or toffee, and a hint of black and cherry licorice.

Drinkability: This is good stuff and I bet it is superb on tap. I think I have a reason to visit Sheboygan now.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from 3 Sheeps Brewing, and my first beer in the American dark wheat ale style. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass with just a bit of cola colored hues showing near the surface. One finger of bubbly mocha head. Leaves behind lots of nice frothy scattered spotty lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The aroma doesn't differentiate too much from what the typical American Black Ale, or Black IPA would smell like - lots of dark cold coffee bean roast, and creamy malted milk chocolate. Malt roast is the dominant trait here. Not terribly intricate, but pleasant.

T - Taste follows the aroma - plenty of cold coffee bean roast and lots of creamy malted milk chocolate. Average, but pleasant, intensity and depth of flavor.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, and easy drinking. Moderate roast / bitterness leftover on the palate. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid introduction to the style, and without knowing any better, I'd say it's a damn fine representation at that. Definitely looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

3 Sheeps Brewing Baaad Boy Black Wheat Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.5% ABV, 13 IBUs

(Bottles are pending label approval and are expected to hit market early-to-mid fall.)

A - Baaad Boy pours a clear rich mahogany color that is near pitch black in the tulip; Baaad Boy is the black sheep of the bunch! The beer is topped by a light sandy Sahara foam that dots the glass in specks of lace and rests on the black brew with a loose collar.

S - Roasted malt opens with a strong coffee aroma followed by dark chocolate bunny ears. Hints of ash tray-like smokiness linger in the air of this roasted-yet-delicate beer. Nothing else really comes through, but it's got an inviting nose of maltiness.

T - Soft wheat is all but overpowered in this roasty American Dark Wheat Ale. Plenty of chocolate and coffee comes fourth without being too porter-like but it still seems to completely control the flavor with little interaction from other aspects. Faint yeast earthiness reminds of the clay attributes found in 3 Sheeps Cirque du Wit but this is as far as the depth goes.

M - The roasted quality, while tasting delicious, takes over a bit too much in flavor. The mouthfeel, however, shines wonderfully as the wheat softens - takes the edge off the roast nicely. Very little bitterness comes through, but the roast also finishes out dry for a clean, crisp-like swallow which immediately has you tilting the pint back for another sip.

O - Baaad Boy's bold aroma suggests, a little more delicately and balanced, the amount of roast malt used in it's process but the flavor doesn't incorporate the same level of balance. Remaining medium-bodied and lower in alcohol content, Baaad Boy offers a dark-tasting beer without the filling feeling a heavier stout might produce. A fine start at a dark beer for 3 Sheeps!

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Photo of Savan
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black into a pint glass, very little head... what there is lingers however.
Smells are fairly subtle but reminiscent of espresso and steamed milk.
I can taste that it is a wheat based brew, has that wheaties taste about it. Has a more subtle cocoa taste than a milk stout might have or a black lager WOULD have... I am actually not displeased as I sometimes would be with most wheat based ales. Could it be that I am finding a liking to wheat... Preposterous I say! Overall has a good feel if a bit weak on a finish, taste is nice ... not a bad beer. Perhaps not a go to ale but not a passer upper.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deeper brown with lighter brown highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Lightly roasted malt, multigrain bread, light hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - Multigrain bread and lightly toasted bread followed by light coffee and chocolate notes. Slightly yeasty in the finish.

M - On the light side but it plays well with the roasty/toasty notes. Good carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin, lasting, tan head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee with a wheat tang.

The taste is of sweet chocolate with coffee roast. It has a fruity (orange?) wheat tang in the finish.

It is smooth and pretty silky.

An interesting, easy-drinking, well-balanced, dark wheat ale. Not "baaad" at all!

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Photo of Lemke10
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is slightly robust with burnt starches and molasses. The taste is fairly heavy and complex. There is a lot of roasted flavor mixed with some coffee a slightly bitter hop finish. Pretty decent brew for being a newer brewery.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, roasted malt, and hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, roasted malt, slight chocolate, and hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, but the bitterness is a detractor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark coffee brown/black. Small 1 finger light tan head. Slight ring remains. Lacing, where?

S - Wheat and roasted malt. Some hints of chocolate and a bit of earthiness.

T - Wheat and roasted malt with hints of sweet caramel and chocolate. Not too much going on, but it is tasty.

M - On the light side with minimal carbonation. I expected a creamier and smoothness to it.

O - It is a dark sessionable ale that has similar, but lacks, qualities of Sprecher's Black Bavarian.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another solid offering from 3 sheeps. Had it on tap at pizza man. Black in color and very toasty. Actually very light in drink ability and mouthfeel. Wouldn't search this out but worth trying if you see it on tap somewhere. Really nothing about it makes me think it's a wheat beer.

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Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good stuff that'd be a lot better if not so cold. Served with a smallish, tan, foamy, thick, creamy head that slowly settled and lots of sheeting lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is malt and roast. Flavor's like nose, with good balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, slightly long, and very drinkable. Again there'd be a lot more interesting things here if it weren't so cold. Still, good stuff.

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 2 finger head. Head is khaki in color and fairly creamy. Retention is very nice. Beer itself is black/very dark brown with some light brown around the very edges of the glass. Creamy head is retained all the way to the end of the glass.

S - Caramel malt is the first aroma to hit my nose very quickly followed by dark chocolate. It has a yeasty undertone to it as well. Toasted bread is another aroma that is present.

T - Toasted malt is the first flavor to hit my tongue. Bit of a yeasty flavor. Caramel undertone. Slightly hopped, bitter finish.

M - The main mouthfeel is chewy and thick but it progresses all of a sudden to a dry crispness at the end for the finish.

O - Very easy to drink with or without food. Not as heavy as most darker beers. Could drink several of these which is generally not the case with darker beers due to their heaviness. This is a dark ale that my wife actually enjoys, and she does not like darker beers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Three Sheeps' black wheat beer smells and tastes like a stout that apparently uses a variety of wheat malts along with barley. This comes across as an enjoyable, baker's chocolate and heavily toasted bread-forward beer that would be good to get again if one was looking for a stout-like wheat-based beer.

Pours a fairly towering and ever-expanding head, dark beige in color, made up of large-sized bubbles for a very dish soap like appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes before falling to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is not present. Beer is a dark brown to black in color, with light bringing out lighter brown hues around the edges of the body. Carbonation visible along the sides of the glass, but not through the opaque body, high in number andn activity.

Aroma of low base malt sweetness, notable roast malt that gives some dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and darkly toasted bread, along with minor phenolics from the yeast that clash a bit with the roast, but are low enough to escape being unappealing.

Front of palate tastes light sweetness mixed with roasted malt characters (cocoa, charred toast) and slight yeast phenolics. Mid-palate of roasted malt contributing some dark chocolate, cocoa, charred (but not burnt) toast, and phenolics from yeast that are not necessarily in line with the other flavors, but are low enough to escape detracting significantly. Back of palate experiences smooth roasted malt giving a bit of baker's chocolate and charred toast, with phenolics in the background. Aftertaste of roasted malt that gives some dark chocolate, light sweetness, a bit of charred toast, and light bitterness from roasted malt.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy, then foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) mouthfeel. A bit less carbonation would probably benefit the beer. Closes dry, with low to moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hybrid style wheat beer with a dull chocolate malt taste. Slightly roasted note with a porter-esque mouthfeel. Interesting, falls off a little near the end but solid. Has a slight anise feel on the back end as this warms.

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Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle into a nonic at Smyth Restaurant in Milwaukee.

A-The brew is dark, dark brown with only a hint of light getting through. Not much head is seen, just a half-finger of short-lived brown foam that leaves no lacing.

S-As you might expect from the dark color, the smell is full of roasted flavors like char and chocolate. There is also some wheat and a wet grain smell that is strangely off-putting but inviting at the same time.

T-The taste is packe with more roasted flavors that border on acrid and would pass for a porter in many circles. Char, smoke, and dark chocolate malts play against the aforementioned wet grain taste. You know you're drinking a wheat beer, but the stout-like darkness keeps suggesting otherwise. The result is complex and strangely compelling.

M-The brew is moderate to light weight with lighter levels of carb.

O-This is a pretty unique beer with way more flavors going on than I would have expected. The charred flavors are a bit too a acrid and the feel was a bit of a letdown, but this brew was a nice departure from the standard IPA or my recent hefe obsession.

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Photo of JasonEdelson
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%

Interesting dichotomy between the roasted black notes and the light body of the wheat. No head. . . smooth, mild chewiness. good entry for those looking to try their first black beer.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good dark ale; not quite as heavy as I was initially expecting it to be, but this was a pleasing surprise. This wasn't overtly complex and actually reminded me of Berghoff Dark.

A: This poured a dark brown black color, not completely opaque when held to light, slight amber glow to edges. Almost no head from the bottle pour; I personally enjoy a nice finger of head with this style of beer.

S: Smelled of caramelized grains, perhaps a slight sweetness, with underlying hops.

T: This beer has a crispness to it that I was not expecting. Sweet up front flavors followed with the roasted grain flavors on the back end, very little hop flavor compared to the smell. Pretty well balanced beer but little depth. This is an everyday beer, good and refreshing.

M: Crisp effervescence of a nice ale; the crispness of the drink tricks me into feeling this is a lighter beer than it is.

O: I would definitely bring a 6-pack of this to a party. I believe beer connoisseurs will appreciate this beer along with your MGD / Miller / Coors friends. Decent craft beer that I believe would appeal to many tastes.

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Photo of NCalement
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours pitch black, with a fast white head. Looks a little thin but for the style I would say it's good.

S- Coco, bananas, wheat, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Has a wheat smell with a porter backbone.

T- Nice roast flavors. Chocolate and dates. Has some banana in there as well. Very good.

M- Smooth and refreshing. Has a good body and active carbonation. it doesn't stick around to long, so you'll have to take another sip.

O- A good beer. Not a fan of wheat's but the roast quality add a dimension I like. I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obsidian black with a beige-brown head.

Aroma of burnt grains and smoke, some molasses, ash.

The wheat really pokes through on this one. Dark roastiness up front with notes of coffee and slick carafe, followed by a soft wheat profile and slight chocolate-ash.

Feel is heavily carbonated yet still brings a very dry character to the finish in the form of roast.

Overall, not a bad beer - full of character, I just wish it had more sweetness.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Baaaad Boy pours a black color with a very small head. There is a roasted aroma with hints of black licorice. The taste is slightly roasted, with hints of black licorice. Good flavors, and fully body flavors. Overall its a nice beer, however its a bit boring.

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Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty beer but certainly not the dunelweizen I interpreted it to be from the bottle.

Big Hershey's milk chocolate aroma and flavor....kind of a wheat chocolate stout...some light coffee roastyness...

Boy, I'd really like this with some yeasty banana notes added but as is it is still a nice drinking beer....light side of medium bodied...good crossover beer I would think...

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good dark ale. There are a lot of nitro bubbles that were streaming from the glass. The head is a nice off white color about a finger high,depending on the type of glass used .This is a very pleasant stout, that is well put together. This is above average for the style

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, wheat, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a slightly better taste in my opinion.

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