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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3902) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3320) - 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. It’s ok, but the taste is way too booze dominated. Not much there apart from it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3273) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle. Unclear amber with a cream head that lasts OK. Aroma of sweet bread, fudge, grapefruit, nectarines, pale sultanas, plums. Wouldn’t pick wheat. Not that heavy for around 10%, carbonation is lowish and very nice. Sweet and briochy with enough citrus, underripe plums and bitterness to lift much of it away at the end. A bit of a muddle, but a likeable one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (3222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
633ml brown bottle. I see the date 2010 on the label, so I’m guessing that’s the vintage. Dark gold coloured brew, slight haze, medium sized foamy white cap. Displays nice lacing. Nose is full of wheat malt/cereal notes, light sweet notes from malts - caramel, possibly leaning even toward a light butterscotch, some orangey/citrus hops that are well placed. Flavour has caramel malt sweetness that is cut into by citrusy hops. Alcohol seems present but not obtrusive, coming in late. Aftertaste has wheat malts, a bit tangy, lingering hops which are quite grassy and and also citrusy in nature. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, smooth, full bodied. Liking this quite a bit, but not loving it. Not sure why.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3203) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2006 bottle shared by daijokey at JoeMcphee’s place for Captain Cougar comes to NY gathering. Well I was extremely happy to get a chance to try a Japanese Wheat Wine, thanks again Wayne. Pours with an orange color. Aroma is strong with raison alcohol and lightly spiced. Taste is actually rather subdued and light. Starts with cherry and raison alcohol. Finishes with alcohol spiciness and even some light esters. Some raison bread as well in there. A pretty nice beer overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
A gift from SJ. I haven’t had a Barley wine in a while. I forget sometimes how great they are. This one doesn’t dissapoint with its honey, citrus, dark fruit, caramel malt, wheat and hop complexity. I loved it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (2601) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (2585) - ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2015
Tap. Amber beer, fluffy off-white head. Nose is wheaty notes with sweet malt and something that could be diacetyl. Flavor has less of the creamy diacetyl, a lot of sweetness. Can hardly find the wheat. Finish has more of toffee-like sweetness and malt plus harsh herbal hops. Lacks balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (2506) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2015
Tap at Pudel, Tallinn. Pours slightly hazy golden-amber with off-white head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, fruits, citrus, alcohol. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, citrus, mango, grapefruit. Finish is long grapefruit bitter with some alcohol. Carbonation is rather high. Overall: nice and interesting brew.


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