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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The floor malts give this beer a juicy malt character of considerable depth, 55% malted wheat gives it a surprising lightness on the palate, while our house ale yeast lends a gentle fruitiness. The Oxford Companion will impart knowledge, while The Companion imparts conviviality. Maybe you really can have it all?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
On tap at Mugs Ale House. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma of light sweet fruits (predominantly apple). Flavor of sweet fruit plus lots of malt. Decent amount of carbonation. An odd beer, didn’t know what the style was when I ordered it, but now it makes sense. At first it was ok, but became less and less drinkable as it went. 7/4/6/3/11 [3.1/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle… Clear amber ale with orange highlights and a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The malty nose provides caramel, spicy grain and a whisper of ethanol. Full-bodied and chewy with busy carbonation. The flavor is of caramel, toffee and dry, grainy wheat. Finishes malty and grassy with a kiss of wheat crispness. A good amount of alcohol warmth here, but not at all overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a dense cream head. Aroma of raisins, white grapes, banana, bread, and Peeps Easter candies. Flavor of banana, green raisins, earth, grass, caramel, and florals with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at The Common Table. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of orange citrus and biscuit malt, with a lot of sugar as well. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat and biscuit malt notes, as well as some alcohol, orange and pepper notes. There is also a little bit of floral notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice wheatwine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours a clear gold with a small off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a floral hop and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with alcohol upfront and bubblegum flavor. A good barleywine from Brooklyn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
In sum, mild. Clear golden with a whitish head. It’s wheaty and yeasty with some fruitiness in the aroma and taste, with some alcohol and spice. Medium bodied. Thin and exceptionally bland for a barley wine, but nothing bad about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap. Copper color with a creamy white head. Aroma is very fruity with some caramel and toasty malt - flavors of wheat, dried fruit, and sugary sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Revolution. Pours a cloudy, orange-gold, slightly amber tinted body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderately lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet with some bubble-gum wheat and bready caramel. A good amount of apricot with some banana as well as a hint of honey and a touch of earthy spice. Flavor is better and more balanced. Still fairly sweet with some banana bread and bubble-gum up front as well as a grainy wheat. Apricot comes out in during the middle with a pleasant, mild yeast spicing. Finishes dry with a light-medium, yeasty bitterness along with some wheat, banana, and bubble gum before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent barley wine. Lots of wheat and bubble-gum yeast with some fruit and a light spice. Well balanced while hiding the alcohol well. Nothing special, but not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 18, 2011
3 oz sample from Craft Ale House. Pilsner-yellow in appearance with one finger of white head. Aroma is very sweet and reeks of banana and bubblegum phenols; a bit of alcohol is present. Taste follows nose which is dominated by banana, bubblegum, and melon. This beer is still fairly fresh and alcohol is slightly distracting. Carbonation is lively, not as full bodied as I would had hoped. A more pronounced hop profile may have saved this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2011
16 ounce pint - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Light copper-hued body, good clarity, and with a smallish, white head that thins out into a lasting ring.

Smell: An aroma of half-chewed gum, still leaking out a bit of fruitiness and implied sweetness atop a squirt of liquor and modestly bready malts glazed with golden syrup.

Taste: Lightly malty, with only modest touches of delicately toasted wheat loaf. Then, here’s a sweet taste of Bubblicious bubble gum, carrying hints of lychee, white peach, and bland apples. The beer seems to forgo hops and bitterness, leaving you chewing on this gum quality until the lightly warming finish. A curious beer, every cautious sip has me coming up with gum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not so much a treasured, dear old Companion and more of an Acquaintance, one who you wouldn’t hesitate to duck down behind a soup display in a grocery store to hide from. Yes, fellow shoppers, I’m squatting down behind a pyramid of Campbell’s fine condensed soups.

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