Earl Grey Black Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities) | Flying Dog Brewery

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Earl Grey Black Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)Earl Grey Black Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities)

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Boone757 on 03-27-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by thestoutmaster:
Photo of thestoutmaster
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of gmjubb
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if I would've labelled this a dunkelweizen. Doesn't quite have as much of a wheat presence as expected. Much maltier and a little bit more roasty than expected. Compared to Weihenstephaner's Dunkelweiss...it's far different. Not a bad beer. Just might've missed the mark on the style per my opinion.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hefe glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Dark brown body that appears opaque black in the glass. 3 fingers of slightly rocky, cream-colored head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt notes with coffee and dark chocolate. Licorice. Underlying wheat notes are subtle, but there are hints of banana and coriander. Perhaps some suggestion of black tea spice.

T: Light, wheaty spice and yeast initially that is quickly replaced by nutty, darker, roasted notes. Mild hop bitterness closes things semi-dry. Lingering coffee, chocolate in the aftertaste with a certain black tea astringency.

M: Moderate carbonation with medium body. Slight tea-like tannins provide a bit of a drying character on the palate.

O: Not a bad outing in general, although it drinks more like a porter. The flourishes of Earl Grey, imagined or not, could certainly stand to be dialed up, as could the wheat character. However, from my experience with the Brewhouse Rarities line, this one clocks in at above average.


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Photo of username
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

6pk bottle.

Almost totally opaque-black. Tawny head quickly resides to scant surface foam with minimal lacing.

Smell is a kind of sweet-smoky, but not too pungent (rather, not pungent enough).

Taste is bland. No magical cascade of interesting subtleties. Instead just another 'black' brew with a minimal degree of smoke at that. No real punch of tea either.

Feel is neither great nor awful.

Unimpressive overall, pure gimmick, which becomes glaringly obvious in hindsight if it wasn't already.

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Photo of Boxerjay
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown almost black. Aromas of molasses and raisin, malty and sweet. Light to medium bodied and sweet date body throughout, dry finish. Not much of the Earl Grey is discernible.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, which is surprising, as this beer is supposedly brewed with tea, which is usually very aromatic. I do get some faint notes of toasted malt and wheat, as well as a touch of…chocolate, maybe. Nothing in the way of tea however.

Taste: Interesting beer. Lots of toasted malt and wheat flavor up front, as well as some slight sour notes, but from what I don’t know. Maybe lemon? There’s a touch of honey-like sweetness, but not a lot. I don’t get much the way of black tea, or any tea for that matter. I also don’t get much in the way of the typical wheat-beer flavors, either. No bananas, or clove, or coriander, or bubblegum, nothing typical to the style. There is nothing that says wheat-beer about this beer except for the label. It’s an odd, interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and nicely effervescent, as there’s quite a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As stated earlier, this is an interesting beer, odd and unique. I’m not sure whether or not I like it, but I don’t dis-like it either. It’s a very odd, unique beer. Maybe it would be more successful in taking advantage of the flavors of tea it if was a stout rather than a wheat-beer. Only recommended for the novelty of the beer.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ConradKenney
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The tea flavor is subtle, not very in your face. However, it does not meld with the flavors of the beer.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Big dark bodied walnut brown, a hint of red mahogany on the edges towards the bottom but barely. A big fluffy creamy chestnut mocha light brown head fills up with a good cascade, and a nice four finger quick appearance. Settles with swiss cheese like retention a little, and slowly goes to a solid two finger top. Aggressive but in control and very good looker.

Aroma hints at dark roasted malts. A bit of mild herbal hop spice to citrus but very subtle. Small hints of cream sweetness as well. Comes up more roasty than anything else.

Palate comes with a bit of a mix of interest and the unexpected. Tea like tannic warmth with a bit of oily citrus notes on the finish, mixing with some very dry light roast character. Bittering grapefruit slightly finish and mixes of light bodied brown bread, and almost rye like spicy character.

Doesn't really remind me of a dunkelweizen, and lacks some wheat character. But manages to at least be drinkable and entertaining. Reminds me more of a lighter Cascadian dark than anything else.

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Photo of Dirtydee5
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good for something I expected to be gross. Very thick and slight tea taste but doesn't overwhelm

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Photo of MUTINY
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Nice! Nearly opaque black with amber/brown hues around the edges with the proper lighting. 3/4" tan head that recedes slowly. Lacing is very impressive for the style.

S: I just don't get the tea here. Chocolate, vanilla & nuttiness really jump out at me. Although really, it's not a very aromatic brew. Maybe a hint of frutiness, although it's pretty ambiguous.

T: There's the tea! It's very mild, but detectable. Along with cocoa, vanilla, coffee & hints of berries. I get a slight raspberry twinge toward the back-end of the mid-palate, which is kinda cool. The finish has a pleasant hop-kick just to wake you up.

M: Very thick, malty richness. It has a bit of a velvety, creamy quality that I don't typically associate with Dunkelweiss. Basically, this brew has the mouthfeel of a Guinness draught. Not a bad thing.

O: For what it actually does, I'll give this brew some credit. It's truly unique, but miles away from it's proposed 'style'. I'm surprised by the prominent cocoa notes & general lack of Earl Grey qualities. If a Guinness & an Altbier had a kid, this would be it.

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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cook82
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Mark-Davino
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlovitt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWbeerlog
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stoutmasterjames
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. But really nothing exceptional either. Nice roastiness, but the earl grey taste is rather faint. Can't really detect any wheat either. They could have labeled this an earl grey porter and gotten away with it. Tastes good, but completely unremarkable.

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Photo of fallenshadow
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dilbert65
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Earl Grey Black Wheat (Brewhouse Rarities) from Flying Dog Brewery
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