Hello, My Name Is Joe
3 Sheeps Brewing

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American Dark Wheat Ale
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hello, My Name Is JoeHello, My Name Is Joe
Notes: This is an imperial black wheat ale infused with a custom Sumatran blend of coffee from Alterra, a roaster out of Milwaukee.
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rooty black with almost no head; a thin ring forms and sticks around.

Actually a lot more wheat in the nose than I expected. Dark wheat, licorice, and light spicy coffee (black pepper). Slight lactose as well.

Flavor is way too alcohol forward. Fusel alcohol followed by, stroop, black pepper, coffee, and then finally a very nice sweet, creamy dark wheat finish. Breaths are of light pepper, coffee and cream.

Feel is medium bodied, heavily carbonated, and dry and roasty on the finish.

Overall, 3 Sheeps' Joe isn't bad, in fact it's quite good. I'd call this a cross between a coffee dark wheat ale and a doppelbock. Dial down the alcohol a bit and it would be super enjoyable.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 12/31/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Big dark tan head; nice lace.

Pepper heat & black coffee nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Creamed coffee flavor up front; mild pepper heat in the finish. Simple, drinkable; instantly forgettable.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pour thick and balck
A: nice coffee for an ale
T: like the nose, nice coffee. Not bitter, but not sweet. I wish it was a richer and deeper coffee, but this isn't a stout.
F: smooth, easy drinking, fairly thick too.
O: a very nice coffee ale if you want something coffee but lighter than a stout

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, dark roasted coffee, light cocoa, and some bread notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with roasted coffee and bread.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Deep dark semi sweet malts, dark bread, complex, dry coffee finish, hint of chocolate malts and dark fruits as well. Big roasted coffee nose. Black opaque with a tan tall foamy head with a decent lattice. Full body, good after dinner meal.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown with minimal head, even with a very aggessive pour. Little to no head and light carbonation. Bitterness comes from both hops and the roasted coffee as expresso notes come through on the backside. Smooth taste, but with the exception of the coffee, there's little going on in the wheat / malt area for me. I think it could be better, nice try.

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Photo of farrago
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finger plus of tan foam, lightly dimpled surface which reduces to a steady surface dusting, the sheets of lacing slide gently off the glass. Powerful coffee roast to the nose, burnt cocoa, almost oily in nostril texture, the wheat actually comes through clearly, light shudder of plum or cherry fruit, not a great deal of nuanced complexity but admirable sustained thrust. Medium-bodied, roasty and toasty with a lean profile, not many excess notes. You receive less wheat presence here, the bitterness makes the finish short and brings out sour white citrus and tar notes. While muted, broader mix of apricot, grape to cherry fruit. While monochrome it is enjoyable and not so oppressively single-minded that you can’t have a few in one sitting.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark brown root beer color, thin head disappears quickly. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee in the aroma. The flavor is very nice, dark chocolate and coffee, sweet but bitter all at once. The bitterness lasts on the tongue as well as the roof for a while. Mouthfeel is thin, maybe the only downside. Got this one as an extra in a trade and wasn't expecting much, pleasantly surprised, very tasty brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hello, My Name is Joe pours a black color with a small but long lasting white head. There is a very mellow aroma with hints of wheat and coffee. The taste is very creamy, with big coffee flavors. Nice body. Overall the coffee really stands out, and it a very tasty coffee.

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Photo of dleigh
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, but not black. Smooth buttery chocolatey coffee smell. Roasted coffee taste but also a little like a black IPA. No stouty sweetness to the taste at all. Feels a little thin, but it's smooth and not too carbonated. Not bad overall.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Undated. Served in a snifter 4/14/2015.

A- Dark brown, nearly black body. Opaque and dark. Nearly 2 finger light brown head, very nice retention time. Nice thick effervescent nature of the head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

S- Hints of dark chocolate and cocoa. A fair amount coffee on the nose although it comes out more as it warms.

F- Much more flavour comes out with a big pop compared to the nose. Rich dark chocolate, a bit of caramel, plenty of bold roasted coffee flavour melding with the chocolate. A nice mellow toasted bread sweetness underlying it all. Really well done and balanced.

M- Medium-full bodied, substantial and just thick enough. Smooth and balanced, leaves the tongue with a slightly boozy, grainy and coffee-forward finish.

O- This is a very solid coffee beer. Very different style than the typical coffee beer suspects, would recommend trying this if you enjoy your coffee with a touch of cream.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Offhand I'm not sure I've had another Imperial Black Wheat. The coffee flavor dominates and that is fine with me! Very drinkable coffee flavored beer - glad I have more in the fridge!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and unbranded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the always-generous Duff27 and served cold into a stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

8.0% ABV. Reviewed live as an imperial black wheat ale per the label. Expectations are average; this is my first beer from this brewery but it sounds nice.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Quarter finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Kind of weak looking. Recedes fully within 20 seconds - and goes to a floater ring within 5, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass. A darker, fuller, creamier, thicker, more long lasting head is needed to make this a truly appealing head.

BODY: Opaque dark black. Not quite the solid or ink black that would be ideal, but not an unappealing schwarzbier cola black either. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. Not a fantastic looking brew within the style.

AROMA: Roasty rich genuine coffee bean aromatics. Not as rich or espresso like as would be ideal, but distinct, evocative, and inviting. Wheat when I look for it. A kiss of cream. Hints of pumpernickel dark bread, dark malts, anise seed, schwarz malts, and weak chocolate.

No hop profile, overt alcohol, or yeast character is detectable.

It's a pleasant albeit timid aroma of average strength. I'm excited to try it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The coffee steals the show - nice lightly roasted genuine coffee beans. It's not the roastiest, richest, most espresso-evocative, or deep coffee profile I've experienced, but it's distinctive and evokes legitimate authentic coffee - which is enough in a wheat ale. The malt backbone feels a bit weak; the wheat isn't enough to really lend this the heft and weight it needs to have an effective presence on the palate, and the schwarz malt is thin and lacks foundation. More thickness and body would do this beer well.

The coffee bitterness does get a bit taxing on the palate as I drink, but the beer is quite enjoyable. I do wish some chocolate or vanilla was present to help lend the beer needed complexity. It's of above average complexity for a wheat ale, but isn't real intricate overall, nor is very nuanced or subtly executed.

It does boast some notable cohesion, but never quite feels like a gestalt whole.

For the most part, the somewhat dry but nevertheless smooth texture is a good complement to the taste. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier, to good effect. Effectively put together, but not world class by any means.

It'll please the discerning drinker, but won't impress.

OVERALL: Without the coffee, this would be a mediocre brew, and with it, it's merely an above average one. But at best it's a mildly interesting off-the-beaten-path coffee ale, and can't compete with the big boys in terms of coffee depth, intricacy, or nuance. It's very easy to drink considering its high ABV, and while I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, I wouldn't nab it again even if I saw it on store shelves. An interesting little beer, but not worth going out of your way for. I'd like to try some more 3 Sheeps offerings; this has piqued my interest. Nothing unique or special, though. I'd happily drink it again if I saw it on-draught, I suppose.


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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, hint of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Dark Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and slight yeast. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. The coffee is an amazing attribute in both aroma and body.

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Photo of Florida9
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In at old fashioned.

A: served in a pint glass. Served with just a faint bit if light tan colored head. Minimal lacing. Beer itself is a very dark brown though there is a bit of light coming through.

S: aroma. Is full of roasted malts and lots of chocolatey coffee.

T: taste starts off sweet and chock full of coffee. Much like a sweetened black iced coffee. Roasted malts espresso. Coffee

M: full bodied. Slightly acidic (coffee acidity). Mild bitterness. Easy carbonation.

O: wow. This is a damn fine beer. Very coffee forward and full of flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Deep, rich dark coffee brown with a dirty cream 1.5 finger head. Excellent retention, thick collar, and beautiful lacing.

S - Sensational aromas of rich pressed coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. Notes of malts, caramel, and buttered wheat toast are also present.

T - Decidant dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, espresso and caramel. The finish has a buttered wheat toast flavor. This is really nice if you are into coffee beer.

M - Wow, this has a medium body but is incredibly rich, smooth, and silky.

O - A phenomenal beer from 3 Sheeps. In a blind taste I would bet anyone would think they are drinking a coffee stout. Only the finish may give it away if you really have a developed palate. Coffee is big and bold in this beer. Highly recommend it!

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark bread - along the pumpernickel type, roasted coffee, earthy spicing.

The taste is of sweet dark malts. Chocolate, anise, and rich roasted espresso mix wonderfully. Rich and robust. A hint of alcohol comes through, which adds to the complex layers. It finishes with a roasted earthy, black coffee bitterness.

It is rich and creamy. Malt and well-fitting carbonation level give it a smooth texture. A hearty, but not too thick, feel.

A great, unique, dark wheat ale. The coffee and malt make love together with enough roast and just a hint of earthy hops to make it well-balanced. Wonderfully made and certainly enjoyable!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Sheeps pint.
7.7% ABV

A - Clarity is hard to find through this nearly black beer when it's in the pint but rest assured, below the frothy, whipped cappuccino head lies a deceptive beer that looks more ominous that it really is.

S - The best part of waking up is bold, bold, bold Sumatran roasted coffee in your beer! Freshly ground coffee beans arrest the nose and subject it to glorious beatings of dark chocolate chunks, de-bittered black malt and gently lashings of soft wheat.

T - Hello, My Name Is Joe's onslaught of coffee doesn't just stop at the nose, no sir. This beer continues it's Sumatran assault into the flavor where fresh coffee dominates the smooth chocolate and wheat undertones bringing that familiar breakfast-time taste to the forefront of the brain.

M - What with it's bountiful wheat profile-n-all, Hello, My Name Is Joe is creamy smooth and medium-light bodied making it deceptively dark and quite easy to drink, even at nearly 8%. I hate to say it but I believe I told you so.

O - Well hello there, Joe. I feel like I should have poured you into a ceramic mug because you're damn near coffee! This 3 Sheeps seasonal offering screams freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee through and through, so much so in fact, it's hard to detach the mind from the bean long enough to admire it's gently wheat and balanced roasted malt flavor. If the beer smells this good, I can't even imagine how fantastic the brewhouse must smell on Joe brew day! If it's straight-up coffee you're looking for in a beer, look no further.

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Photo of jera1350
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, bordering on black. The body appears relatively thin and their is a nice thick cap of light brown foam on top.

Smells of sweet malt with fresh roasted coffee. Lots and lots of fresh coffee that is.

Lets stick with the fresh roasted coffee theme here as well. It is fresh, creamy, sweet and god damn delicious. The great thing about the coffee taste is that it is not roasty, toasty or bitter. It is the sweet and chocolate covered coffee bean variety. Delicious.

Medium feel, slick and very soft carbonation. There is a slight drying effect at the end.

Fantastic coffee beer. So glad I grabbed this based on previous reviews and a recommendation at the store. I HATE the taste of a fresh cup of coffee. Coffee in beer I tend to find amazing. This fits that bill. Packs the coffee flavor of a say a Bourbon County Coffee, but drinks so much easier. This beer is a must for coffee/coffee beer lovers! 3 Sheeps will grab peoples attention with this concoction for sure.

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Photo of smitty4657
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at a Milwaukee beer festival last summer. Lovely coffee aroma (from Alterra, a great Milwaukee roaster) with a flavor that doesn't overwhelm, this is a wonderful variation on their already-terrific Baaad Boy wheat. Pours nicely too, even on a chilly day.

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Photo of JRO
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an imperial black wheat infused with a custom blend of Sumatran coffee from Alterra (a roaster in Milwaukee).
As opposed to an imperial stout with coffee, the black wheat base really allows the fantastic coffee flavor to shine through this beer. The aroma emanates with a wonderful scent of a bold coffee roast. Through the first sip you get some very nice roasty characters along with a fair amount of sweetness. There is a subtle fruitiness that comes forward in the middle of the sip here as well. Finishes with little to no astringency.
Overall, a very unique and delicious coffee beer. Lighter bodied and smoother than most coffee stouts, but also well balanced between the roasty character and the sweetness of the brew.

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Hello, My Name Is Joe from 3 Sheeps Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 131 ratings