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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (1939) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4522) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
(Bottle) Shared at the PNW Christmas 2006 party at Oakes on December 9th. I suspect that my prior encounter with a wheat wine (Bushwakkers) has lead me to interpreting this brew differently from the others at this tasting. Somewhat of the same nose of the Centennial Wheat Wine - thin white foamy head with a cloudy orange-amber body. Good ABV in aroma. Fuzzy peaches, pine hops and perfume. Strong bitter hops meld with a potent cherry malt. I really enjoyed this. Thanks TimE!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6455) - 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 supposeÖ Very well done, though.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3242) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Bright deep golden with an orange hue and a short-lived low head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, bringing to mind pears-in-syrup, soft mango, and whit grapes. Very aromatic, interesting. Sweet entry of pears, peaches, soft citrus, and something tart and green, starfruit maybe? I donít know, very unique though. Quenching palate as opposed to cloying, which this could easily be but isnít . Nice hoppy bite in the end, grapefruit rind bitterness. I canít classify this brew into a style that matches it perfectly, but who cares! Loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
2006 bottle. Good head. hazy gold amber colour. Delicate delicious wheat IIPA flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
Been holding on to this one for a bit... I assumed it would be similar to an impy hefe so I naturally avoided it. Iím not sure I will "experience a panoply" of flavours because Iíve never seen that word before. Clear light amber with a small skiff of white head that wasnít there after I blinked. Very nice aroma of honey, lime, wheat, tropical notes, pears, peach, weak anise, slight grains and a bit of alcohol when warmer. The taste is wonderful as this is not overly sweet, not a hop bomb and not a total mess of a thousand ingredients randomly brewed together. Yes, there is sweetness but itís not awful - itís actually well placed. Citrusy hops start me off, a wheaty middle is interrupted by some bitterness and the honey smoothness rounds this out. The honey really makes a huge difference here and Iím already planning on more bottles as I totally pre-judged this beer wrong. Pears, touch of alcohol, faint orange. Depth, great taste, amazingly easy to drink, moderate bitterness and carbonation and a bit of tummy heat. Barley wine? I donít know. Who cares? This is straight up an enjoyable easy drinking brew with enough complexity without the confusion and distraction of a mish-mash of flavours. No food today yet, an overcooked bowl of Ichiban awaits, but yea, going to drink this entire bottle because I deserve it. Cheers to me, cheers to my brother and cheers to those who support me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
A gift from SJ. I havenít had a Barley wine in a while. I forget sometimes how great they are. This one doesnít dissapoint with its honey, citrus, dark fruit, caramel malt, wheat and hop complexity. I loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Saltiness, tangerine aroma. Pours a very nice cloudy orange, thin head. Smooth and refined. Alcohol in the background. Hoppy finish with tangerine notes. Solid.


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