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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1561) - 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) - Woodridge, 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 (4362) - Marietta, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 on tap. Golden/amber with a cream head. Nose is dried fruits, hops, grains, light yeast, and dried fruits. Smooth palate, flavor matches the nose, i’m being lazy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1525) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Location/Date: Draft at Brookyln Brewery, 10/22/11.

Appearance:Pours copper.
Aroma: Aroma is bready and malty.
Taste: Some hop bitterness but a ton of malt.
Palate: Finish lingers on the tongue.

Summary: This beer covers the alcohol percentage well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2378) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing, and served to a snifter with a clear, orange/amber hue, moussy, off white head foam, and a heavy concentration of clingy curtains & spots of lacing. The aroma was very floral, fruity, sweet, and strangely spiced, almost phenolic. The flavor was a let down from the expressive nose, except for the noticeable alcohol presence and creamy mouthfeel. Light texture, light body, light bitterness and dryness ensued. Continues my perplexity following the Concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma, with toffee and candy-like notes. The flavor has toasty malts, sweet candy, caramel, and cherry. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a very clear copper to amber orange. Light ring of white head. Aroma is apple sweet, sugar, light wood with some dark fruits. Flavor is sugar, wood, apple spice, easy malts with a finish that kicks from the alcohol. A bit bland to be certain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a small yellow-white head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was candied golden fruits. The flavor was tangy apricot and pear with a dryish table sugar presence and booziness pervading. The finish was long, tangy and boozy with lingering pear. Fairly full bodied. Ok.

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