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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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Itís not always a good thing when your reputation precedes you. But the complexity of this powerful wheat wine will give it a Sweet Repute no matter where, when or how your paths meet. Our brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beerís characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and roasted malt base and adding clean, fragrant hops. Itís one-hundred percent barrel aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product. The resulting 12.6% ABV liquid pours a bright warm russet with a stubborn ivory head and an intoxicatingly sweet nutty aroma. Take your time allowing the layers of flavors to unfoldÖ Because itíll only get better.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (256) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Aroma is bourbon barrel, maple, sweet hops and malt. Appearance is orange, rust, not much head. Taste is great, sweet malt, bourbon heavy, maple, finishes hoppy. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, wonderful. Overall, this is a lovely wheat wine!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2013
On tap at Romans. Hazed amber with a creamy tan crown. Aroma is sweet an boozy with maple, vanilla, bourbon and oranges. Taste is too damn sweet with maple, booze, vanilla and some bourbon. Sticky and hot, this one didnít quite do it for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by somebody after Jackie-Oís 8th Anniversary. Clear golden orange color. Good thin off-white head. Some dots and ropes of lace. Good fruit, light caramel malt, good vanilla, light toastiness and wood notes. Bigger body, nice creamy texture, good chewiness. Dry finish, light, lightly soft light carbonation. Damn tasty bourbon barrel wheat barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2530) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Shared bomber poured to snifters displaying a hazed, orangey amber color, with a modest layer of soft white foam, and light streaks & spots of lacing. The aroma was profoundly sweet coconut, maple & caramel, light woodiness, and lurking alcohol. The taste was bourbony booziness, medium to full body, with a pleasant silkiness to the mouthfeel, but a caramelly/maple sweetness that was a bit too syrupy for me at this point. Although it might lose the coconut, will definitely appreciate this more after some cellaring.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3816) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
On draft at Donít Look Back. Clear yellow amber pour with almos no ring of white head. Sweet bourbony nose is very evident. And the flavor is a crazy blend of sweet oaky vanilla, wheat, nutty, citrusy hops, and ALCOHOL. Damn this thing is hot right now. Maybe in 2-3 years, this will develop into something more enjoyable, but right now, itís just a booze bomb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5739) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with jmborggren and the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly transparent deep orange with light floaties and foamy off-white head. Smells and tastes solid; sweet malt, oak, vanilla, and maple syrup. Good on the palate. A rich and flavorful digestif.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (694) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2013 vintage, 750ml into a tulip glass. Pours a striking clear burnt amber with a half finger of stubborn white foam. Great lacing with some alcohol legs. The aroma is all about the sweetness. Toffee and caramel initially. A bit deeper in is layers of oak, burnt maple syrup, faded piney hops, marshmallow, vanilla and a large booze presence. A lingering candy like burn. Taste is much simpler. Caramel, oak, vanilla, and light maple. Very delicious. Like a maple bourbon soaked marshmallow. Despite the nose it?s not boozy at all. In fact it?s very drinkable. Thin to medium bodied yet lightly creamy. This is an outstanding beer, and the best Backstage since Better Half. Loads of flavor, yet delicate and drinkable. No sense in aging this one, it?s perfect now!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1701) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Amber color pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, vanilla beans, hints of Madeira, caramel, wood and touches of maple syrup. Sweet smooth flavor of much the same as the nose with very well hidden alcohol. Heavy bodied and low carbonation. Pretty solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3172) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours a clear amber with a beige froth of foam. Aroma is boozy bourbon with notes of graham cracker and vanilla. Taste is sweet and boozy. Big bodied and sticky mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Butter rum lifesaver flavored. Sweet boozy. Not a huge fan of this one. No nemesis.


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