The Livery Barrel Aged Umami Wheat Wine
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Named after the 6th sense, Umami is a hybrid ale with 2 different yeast strains and 40% wheat. Barrel aging gives it a sour counterpoint to the malt sweetness.

2014 - 12% ABV and aged 9 months in Jim Beam barrels. THIS DOES NOT HAVE PLUMS ADDED, see Umae Umani entry for that.

Older versions: Named after the 6th sense, Umami is a hybrid ale with 2 different yeast strains and 40% wheat. Barrel aging gives it a sour counterpoint to the malt sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, orange-bronze colored body with a thin, creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is medium sweet wheats with a slight tartness, a few dark fruits and plums, a light caramel, and some apple esters. A bit grainy as well with a touch of herbal spice. Flavor is wheats and caramel up front with a light sourness, some plum dark fruits, apricot, apple, and cereal grains. Nice herbal and yeasty spice balances out the malts throughout and helps dry this with a medium-light bitterness. Tad bit sour and a light crisp wheat in the end with a good amount of fruit and a light oak coming out in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, somewhat creamy body with a medium-light carbonation and just a hint of alcohol warmth in the chest. Overall, a solid wheat wine. Not too sweet and well balanced with a light spicing. A good amount of fruits and the touch of sourness plays well off the wheat and caramels. Hides the alcohol very well. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap at The Livery. Pours a very hazy golden color with a thin white head and no lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of grain as well as some more peanut character. Very odd. Beyond that, a bit of sweet honey and some alcohol. The flavor brings more of the honey, and it’s far too sweet. Mild booze in the background. Body is too big. Low carbonation. Decent enough for a wheatwine, but still not a big fan. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-07-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
sampled at GTMW 2010... pours a dark reddish caramel brown with a thin soapy head...sour nose with cinammon, plums, spice, and a vinegary notes... sharp acidic with a nice sour plum feel to it. soft bourbon and oak with a little heat as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Aroma is so strange. Holy crap! Sour. Tons of higher alcohols, umami to say the least. I can’t even describe this. It’s crazy unique and good! Taste is totally higher alcohols, barleywine-esque, sourness, funk, and loads of lactic acid. Finish is sour, tons of caramel, and umami. This is a well made higher alcohol sour that definitely is a sharp departure from the rest of the higher alcohol beers I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2010
old notes from winter beer fest, 2010 in grand rapids mich. brownish body with small white head. aroma of sourness, dark fruit, and some barley..flavor is big sourness, with huge acidic fruit, wood, and earthy elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010
I don’t know who added this into the system or how I am the first one rating it...but wow. Pours brown with almost no head. Light aroma, slight sour and fruity. Hides the ABV well and doesn’t seem like must of a Wheat Wine. The slight sour flavor is interesting though and I thought this was an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Golden color with a loose white head. Funk, honey, herbal notes and an acidic finish are well balanced by toasty oak and a floral bretty finsih. Medium body, dry on the finish, and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2010
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Murky orange-brown body, medium off-white head. Sour, lactic nose with balsamic vinaigrette, wet hay, and tropical fruit. Wonderful. Complex, delicious body with sour, puckering lemon, balsamic vinaigrette, grassy, wet hay and tropical fruit (pineapple, banana), with a tart finish. This was the standout of the show, an exemplary sour beer. Thankfully, I was able to acquire one sample; alas, I was unable to secure another, and my fossil longing is stored here, on Ratebeer, for digital eternity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Had this on tap at the MBG winter fest. Poured a murky copper color with very little head. Aroma was hay, cereal, caramel with a touch of sourness. I think others mentioned apricot in the taste, definitely some of that, honey as well, with a bit of sweetness, rounded out by a nice balancing sour flavor. I thought the flavors in this had melded together very well, I really enjoyed this. Would like to try again for sure. My surprise standout for the winter fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Tap at brewery, snifter: Clean beautiful coppery hue with a small but lasting frothy head and spotty lacework. The aroma has notes of apricot and apple esters, some jelly beans and bubblegum notes, phenolic and alcoholic vapours, touch of ginger snaps, red wheat, oak, vanilla, and a dash of lactic acid aromas. The taste starts fruity and boozy but not cloying due to a surpringly tart acidic wine like undertone. Tannic and roasty around the edges with a light clove and juniper spice note upon the finish. The mouth feels oily and smooth with a very warming sensation while drinking, A touch astrengent and dry as well. A powerful sipping brew not for the light of palates, as Rachel Ray would say... DELISH!

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