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Companion Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
196 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
196
pDev:
13.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of ElCommodoro
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't say anything about the appearance of this because it was served in the dark at Alamo Drafthouse. It was described to me as a sweet, strong, and malty ale. It wasn't malty, which makes sense now that I know it was a wheat wine. It was surprisingly sweet, though, and certainly strong. The alcohol was very well hidden, though. The taste was fruity and orangey, and quite yeasty, but not overly so. It was just right. Right on the edge of almost being too yeasty. I don't normally like wheat beers, so I'm glad I wasn't told what this was before I ordered it. Very good stuff.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours surprisingly clear. Full light penetration. The light intensifies the absolutely magnificent color of the beer. This one blatantly glows. Fluffed head retains quite well. Head is a sudsy consistency. Looks amazing.

S-Light nose. I can tell there is a lot going on in the glass, but I was expecting much more intensity. Sweet and complex, but the aroma is soft and subtle. Alcohol is pretty much a non factor in the nose.

T-The flavor outshines the nose. The flavor is rich and deep. The all-malt bill is one of a kind. Almost tastes like a honey aged in some sort of barrel. Bath soaps. Complex caramel waves. Light citrus. Everything tastes dipped in honey and elderberry liqueur.

M-Very rich. Mellow carbonation. Sticky and but still light. Easy going down, but I can feel the warmth growing in my gut. ABV is more noticeable here that in the nose.

O/D-Very unique. Well worth a try. Never had anything quite like it. Welcome to the Wheatwine style. Kind of an eye opener.

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Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of gregory12
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bpowers315
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a clear light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of apricots, light citrus, honey suckle, freshly baked bread, caramel, and black pepper.
Taste mimics the aromas with a very drinkable blend of light sugar and a honey and floral flavor that is lightly fruity in the finish.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, delicate, and easy drinking despite the listed abv of 10%.

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Photo of ceraphin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TMath524
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Danobold
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of disemgrowler
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of denimdemon
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mscudder
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from HopCity @ $12. On to the tasting...

A - Nice golden straw yellow with an average head and no retention.

S - light malts but more boozy than anything else. Purely average.

T - A lot of malty wheat and some strong alcohol warmness towards the end. That being said, the booze is well hidden given its 10% ABV, but there is certainly some high drinkability with this one.

M - Nice strong medium body with a tingly progression throughout. Good carbonation.

O - Overall this is a fine wheatwine. Definitely a unique brew with some good things going for it. If you are looking for high drinkability, solid malty wheat taste and high ABV this one is for you.

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Photo of Goobastic
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Meridian pint, served in a taster glass. Beer is amber and clear with a thin tan head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with this sort of biting sharpness to it, yeast character.

Beer is medium to light in body, dry finish, strong wheat and yeast flavors in the front, sweet, not cloying, this beer is fine but probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a snifter.

A - Straw hay color with medium head.

S - Eh, it's there. It smells like beer. Nothing really stands out at all.

T - No wheat, just very blah. It is light and easy drinking for a 10% beer, though.

M - The beer does drink well. Good carbonation and very little alcohol on the back end.

O - Well, I tried it. but I'd never seek this beer out again. A total meh.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap, I've been looking for this for a bit, glad to track it down.

The Companion poured in the glass a bronze light gold shade with a nice amount of active carb forming a cap of white stuff up top, spotty lace.

Smell is boozy with a bit of grape skin and some wheat with berry and weirdness. Not sure the ingredients used, but knowing Brooklyn and this series, it's gotta be different than the norm.

Taste is not your average wheatwine. The wheat is up front with an odd flavor. Their is a fruity thing going on reminding me of grape. Booze is there yet this aint hot. Small honey in the finish.

Feel is solid, it's above medium with semi prickly carb going for it. Not digging the aftertaste, it's long and drawn out and that's where most of the booze comes out.

Drinkability is not off the charts, I would have a hard time taking down 10oz's of this stuff. 5oz was plenty. This change in scope of having cocktail inspired beers is intriging and are designed to pair well with food which they probably do, but not a lot of ounces.

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Photo of schoun
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of BadLemur
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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