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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (1963) - 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 flavorís score until the finish kicked in. Ends with intense rubbing alcohol. Besides the hot finish this is a nice beer that Iíd have again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (1859) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
Pours dark amber with a fading head. Nose shows bready malt, doughy notes, melanoiding malt, sweet candy, figs, sultanas. Lovely. Very similar flavours. Bready and toasty malt, soft spicy notes, resinous hops, sultanas, port. Very rich. Could use a bit more carbonation. Awesome stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (1855) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2012
Tap at Harajuku taproom. Slightly cloudy, light amber colour, small white bubbly head. Aroma is booze, quite sweet, bit of fruit there too but mostly booze. Maybe marzipan. Lots of alcohol. Taste is sweet, boozy, some caramel maltiness, but mostly booze. Bitter finish with a bit of a booze burn. Some Belgian hints. Itís ok, but the taste is way too booze dominated. Not much there apart from it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Murky amber with no head or lace. Bitter hops and a little spicy. Wheat and ginger come out with a little heat and caramel malts. Finishes with a hint of spice and wheat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1724) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2011
Interesting wine. Imperial whetas beer? Quite a mouthful with cooked sugary wheat malts, aniseed and some bitterness to finish. Big, chunky and earthy. Almost unique in some respects.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Hazy and orange with minimal head. Aroma is hoppy with a touch of spice. Some nice caramel malt flavour with some spice and wheat. A little all over the place but rather drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1592) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from the taproom in Yokohama, 9%, served in a snifter. I am not all that familiar with this style, it poured a rich copper gold with almost no head - it looks quite IPA like. The aroma is a malty fruitiness followed by a bready biscuit like character before finishing with some light citrusy hops & caramel. Smooth silky mouthfeel & very full bodied. The taste is a bit boozy with lots of fruity malty character that reminds me of english ales... too sweet with lots of caramelized fruit notes followed by bitter hops which give me citrus, pine & grapefruit. I liked the body & mouthfeel, the taste is quite solid but a bit on the sweet side for me. The booze is only noticeable in your stomach where you get some warming. Pretty interesting, a big boozy full bodied sipping beer for IPA lovers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1549) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2013
An interesting idea this. It poured with plenty of suspended particles and a slow trickle of carbonation. The particles were interesting but not off-putting. A golden colour with a temporary white head. Aromas of dried banana chips, some clove and white pepper, golden syrup and coconut. In the mouth it was rich and oily, sweet with golden syrup again. A lip smacking beer and flavours of orange and mandarin developing toward the finish along with peaches perhaps. I like the idea of a wheat wine, but my companions (noted beer enthusiasts) were a little less intrigued.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Tap...EEEEeeeeeeeeeeHHH???? How is this stuff already on here? Hmm, I jsut had it at the Strong Ale festival in Tokyo, where it was claimed to be 9.5% instead of 10.5%. According to my notes, anyway. Golden, somewhat dark. Small tan head...tangled flavor of wheat and alcohol. Not very well balanced; dry mouthfeel but somehow moist finish (WTF?)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1191) - 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.


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