craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Farmhouse. Dark brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma holds lots of nice grain character, some grassy hop, and a touch of roasty bitterness. Flavor is much the same, with a great grain bill headlining. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation; drinks nicely. Interesting, but seems a bit one-dimensional; probably my least favorite from the brewery so far.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A lot of dry roasted wheat and a ton of fresh aromatic fruity hops. Great brew.
How: From a very fresh growler. Post Ebenezer camping party
The look: Dark amber-brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is uber-hoppy bursting with fresh fruity hops and some freshly cut pine-tree. From the nose you’d never guess this is a black beer. Taste has a lot of roast but none of the chocolaty/coffee/molasses/etc flavors associated with highly roasted malts. This is pure dry roasted earthy wheat followed by a ton of fresh refreshing fruity hops and some pine-tree to dry out the beer even more than it is already. Great brew. I’m not sure I ever had something that I would describe as “Black Wheat IPA” but I know that I want more!!! Thanks to the generous soul who brought the growler. People are generous with me because deep down I’m a good person. My only fault is drinking a little too much beer. That, and having a totally distorted opinion of myself.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, citrusy hops swirl around and within roasted, caramelized cereals, effortlessly evolving into a levelled earthy, resinous bitterness. Black Wheat Ale? Whatever it is, this is yet another succulent Farmhouse creation from Shaun.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy veil of foam skirts the darkest brown.
-This one yielded a lot more complexity upon warming up.
-The earthy finish, accompanied by light roastiness, was not too different from the character of some freshly-picked mushrooms.
-The soft carbonation and calculated dextrins make this really drinkable.
On tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.
Fred82 (2128) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From growler at campsite tasting at Ebenezer’s Belgian Beer Fest
Appearance : Nice brown creamy head. Long head retention.
Aroma : Very piny and slightly resinous. Very leafy and fresh hops. Some fruits.
Taste : Quite fruity and piny. Slightly roasted. Light wheat but not a lot. Finish hoppy and resinous. Very very dry.
Overall : Amazing nose. Nice fruity and leafy hops. Taste is enjoyable but a bit light. Body is a bit too thin maybe. Still very enjoyable. Could smell this all day.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Brisk, biting hop aroma with a murky sugar profile
and some faint darkness. The hops are zesty and
sharp. Pours a muddied dark brown, with minimal head.
Flavors are mingling and odd. Some distant wheat
sugar, a nip of caramel, some catty hop flavors and a
light bit of piquant yuzu zest. Kind of like a hoppy
dunkelweizen, except done a bit thin. Interesting,
but maybe not overly successful.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Three Penny Tap Room - Poured a dark brown in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a bit roasty, a bit sour and a bit hoppy. I like it just a bit... Flavor follows pretty closely, but a bit more roastiness in the flavor profile. Finish is mild of roasted malts and slightly sour... Another good one from Mr. Hill...