Hello, My Name Is Joe | 3 Sheeps Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an imperial black wheat ale infused with a custom Sumatran blend of coffee from Alterra, a roaster out of Milwaukee.

Added by JRO on 06-11-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
120
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
19.76%
 
 
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Reviews by jwc215:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

B-

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MuFugga
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
4.4/5  rDev +6%

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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smitty4657
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JRO
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Hello, My Name Is Joe from 3 Sheeps Brewing
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