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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Dark honeyish body, big bubbly creamy white head. A bdg softness in nose, creamy Belgian yeast with light hop and a peppery dryness that gives way to light caramel and a metallic note. Lots of booze, yeast and dirty wheat, a little harsh, chewy sweetness and lightly grassy bitterness in the finish. Carbonation keeps heavy sweetness up. Bubble gum and plastic wrapping in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
750 ml bottle from Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium to large off white head. There were significant floaties throughout. The aroma was mildly malty, grassy, citrus favoring lemon, hints of honey with a light spiciness. Fairly complex flavor with caramel, wheat, herbal notes, light lemon citrus, and touches of spice. Opens sweeter, but finishes more on the dry side with some bitterness. Medium plus body. I found this to be interesting and a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 bottle conditioned. sparkling orange body, fine-bubbled white head. lasting retention. intensely tropical fruit nose, seems to be dominant perfumed yeast esters with candy sugar (tripel-like). medium+ body; delicate natural carbonation; spiced rye, sugared wheat, zesty white pepper phenols and a swift slap of ethanol (much higher than figured). quite delicious, well-constructed and well-executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #1-2009 courtesy of secret santa aka lushawn. thanks, shawn! pours a hazy, orange-gold with a thick, rocky, off-white head and sticky lace. aroma is great, slightly unexpected, with huge tropical fruit notes of mango, pineappple, and passion fruit backed by peach syrup, white pepper, grass, and white wine with notes of toffee, vanilla, oak, and melon as it warms. flavor matches the aroma perfectly with sweet tropical fruit notes of peach, melon, pear, tangerine, and pineapple up from backed by floral and pine esters, spicy white pepper, and light caramel with hints of caramel, wheat cereal, and dry grass on the finish. the oak and vanilla notes start to come forward as it warms. palate is medium bodied but crisp on the tongue with bubbly carbonation and a dry, sweet finish. definitely does not drink like a barleywine but it’s certainly a different yet delicious brew.

   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 (7070) - 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 (8463) - 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.

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