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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John Barleycorn’s cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2010
The pour is very light with a mostly clear, orangey color and a full, white, fluffy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some scattered lace. The nose is very fruity with mango, honeydew, and papaya, subtle toasted oak, slight vanilla, hints of pepper, and a little perfumey. The flavor is again fruity with papaya being prominent, still some melon notes, a bit of clove, slight pepper, estery yeast, and toasted sweet oak lingering. The palate seemed thin for a 9.1% wine style, but was moderately full, round, almost silky, and nearly lively. The finish is long with melon-like notes sticking on the tongue, sweet oak notes drying a touch, and black pepper as well. A new style which I have only had a few examples from but I like the interesting way the yeast and wheat notes interact. The style seems to lose some of the complexity of the BW style and some of the richness, so I wonder what the combination of styles might bring...? The fruity and spicy/clovey notes from wheat to match malt richness? Well as is, it is pleasant, but seemingly and distinctly different from the BW style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6755) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2010
750ml bottle shared by doug
Appearance: Clear golden with a huge white head and lots of lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, brett, pepper and fruity
Taste: Sweet malts peppery and some funky flavors
OK, I wouldn’t have guessed this is a barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2010
750 ml bottle bought in Wyoming. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A sweet fruity bubblegum aroma. The flavor really reminds me of really fruity sweet bubblegum, some dry sweetness, caramel, tropical as hell, smooth and not hot at all. Interesting, unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Thanks to rateyourpoison! Bottle best by 10.10.09 I think is what that means... Aroma has a bit of cardboard and wet dog, some light sweetness. Flavor is wheatwine all the way, bitterness last throughout, medium sweetness, nice wheat edge, the barrel aging is really the nicest part, very well barreled, great depth, woodiness, vanilla, equal amounts of good and bad oxidation notes. Quite drinkable and nicely warming on a cold snowy night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at Sixteen Tons. Hazy yellow pour with a slight white head and a decent amount of sentiment. Smells of citrus, pepper, spicy hops and wheat. Tasted of pretty big citrus hops as well, with some nice spice, pepper, wheat and an oaky finish. Pretty damn tasty beer, one of my favorites of the event.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of wheat, hops, slight alcohol, oak, Sauvignon Blanc, and slight vanilla. Poured orange in color with a large, loose, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of light alcohol, wheat, hops, oak, light Sauvignon Blanc, light citrus, and slight vanilla. Medium body. Average texture. Lively carbonation. Medium sweet, oak, hop, Sauvignon Blanc, and wheat finish. 9.1%ABV is present in the aroma and flavor, but not hot or overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
A-pours a hazy dark amber color, almost cider like, tons of off white head, thick and creamy leaving a strong lace. S-hints of caramel and bread up front, light notes of phenol spice, juicy citrus hops, grapefruit and orange juice. T-follows the nose, light caramel malts and hints of bread, peppery spice is very light, juicy orange and grapefruit citrus with a light hop bitterness in the finish. M-medium creamy boddy, soft on the palate and well carbonated with a pleasant lively finish and hints of driness, very inviting. D-very enjoyable, well balanced and integrated with all flavors being subtle and well presented. Hints of booze in the back but still well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a huge white pillowy head. Left lots of lacing on the glass as it went. Carbonation bubbles throughout, the entire beer. Sweeter aroma, caramel, spices, some alcohol, and citrus. Flavor was toffee, bread, malts, and some alcohol. Malty backbone. Medium body. Oily, sticky mouth feel. Decent beer. Didn’t drink like a barley wine at all....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
rich orange color, respectable off white head, lacy. nose is malty and bready. flavor is earthy, leathery malt, just a trace of citric hops, a little spicy. medium bodied, dry finish. a reasonable barlywine. sampled at FoBAB ’09.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Amberish, dirty towards the bottom of the bottle, sediment abounds, large frothy off-white head, overtakes the glass, fairly nice lacing.   Bright bready aroma, slight alcohol.   Similar tongue, clean, bready, bright, with some alcohol.   Certainly feels wheaty, moderate to strong sweetness without being cloying.   Full bodied, moderate mouthfeel.   A little bubbley, causing a few "burps" along the way.   Has a slight pear and apple skin tinge.   Fairly straight forward, nothing fancy, but still enjoyable.

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