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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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West Coast Wheat Wine is a huge beer in terms of alcohol strength. 60 percent of the fermentable extract is derived from malted wheat and this lends a quenching drinkability rare to beers of this strength. The hops are 100% American west coast types that are bold and citrusy in character. In the glass, Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is a deep copper-gold color and sports a very tight, creamy-white head. The nose is piquantly complex -? we detect notes of pears, plums, raisins and the ominous foreboding of alcohol. In the mouth, you will experience a panoply of sweetish honeyed-fruit flavors that are washed clean by a robust hop bitterness and a hot alcohol finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1329) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2010
13-Aug-2010 (Slowbeer) - Sweet light malt and alcohol spiced citrus hop aroma. Hazy dark amber colour, low head and suds lacing. Big fruity hop sweet malt veggie spice favour. Big fruit hop bitter finish and slight tart aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2010
HUGE!!!! Lots of body and R/S - notes of malted barley sugars (I wonder why), orange, marmalade and cardamom and clove spice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3385) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
Small head good carbonation colour is salmon pink mist superb colour aroma grain fruit pine caramel mild alcohol floral note flavour sweet malted goodness wheat malt decent citrus hop bitter good pine taste caramel brandy alcohol finish strong malt flavours good bitter alround leaving a lasting good aftertaste

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2010
2009 Bottle. Hazy, dark golden orange pour with a short, dense white head that quickly diminishes to a ring around the top. Nose is quite fruity with orange, pineapple, pear and caramel notes. Flavour is very similar with some added spice and a slight hint of alcohol warmth. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation and a lingering spicy, warm finish. Pretty good example of the style however I usually prefer a stronger malt profile in brews of this type.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 10, 2009
I really enjoyed this after the DIPA left me wanting. Still a bit light on presence for such a strong beer, but certainly delicious. Lots of rich flavours and goes down smoothly. With a bit of maturation I imagine this would be unbeliveable

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6831) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle from the brewery. Medium amber color, a low, fine, off-white head. Slightly port-like aroma, hoppy, some fruit and malt, but not very strong. Very sweet, rich flavor with a good alcohol bite. Lots of dark fruits, honey, caramel, some hops. Very rich and thick and complex. Lots of cherry and other dark fruits. Finish of alcohol, port, fruits, caramel. Very interesting. Not a whole lot of wheat flavor to me. Not much like the Belgian tripel it speaks of on the label, but a rich and flavorful strong beer, more like a barley wine. A bit of wheat taste, I suppose… Very well done, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2080) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 30, 2007
2007 version, bottle. Caramel in color and the vigorous pour resulted in no head. Pleasant aroma. Caramel malts, strawberries, brown sugar, fruits, and alcohol. Silky smooth body. Sweet malts, caramel, fruity, pear, strawberry, a touch of honey and alcohol. I was tempted to bump up the flavor’s score until the finish kicked in. Ends with intense rubbing alcohol. Besides the hot finish this is a nice beer that I’d have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle sampled on 9/15/07: Pours a transparent copper with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet complex caramel malt and nice fruity esters. Body starts with good sweet wheat and pale malty complexity along with light fruity notes toward a slightly warming, caramely sweet finish. A very nice wheatwine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Big thanks to daijokey for this 2006 bottle. Poured a mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. Mild-moderate sweetness with notes of apricots and some fusel alcohol. Semi-sweet flavor with the taste of browned fruits. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Thanks to daijokey for bringing this one out. Amber colour with a thin white head. Some lovely spicy wheat behind an orange/grapefruit citrus and toasted sweetmalts. Light fruitiness throughout. Full bodied with a lemony finish. Really nice beer.


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