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Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-ien

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Hybrid kolsch / wheat beer brewed with blue agave nectar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2014, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-ien ].
Clear medium golden color with a small off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, wheat, caramel, fudge, sweet toffee, moderate yeasty, flowers - nectar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, nectar - flower, toffee - fudge. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat. [20140815]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4425) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Draught at the brewery, since debut and onwards.
Thin, fizzy white head recedes fairly rapidly to nothing, leaving a glassy-looking amber beer in its wake.
Plentiful phenols in the nose show the fermenation of the honey; vanilla, black pepper, a bit of waxiness and some sweet honey notes as well. Touches of alcohol warmth seem intentional, while very soft fruit esters slowly collect on the nose.
Sticky, almost chewy texture certainly shows the blue agave infusion while the wheat softens things and helps balance the strong spicy pepperiness. Corn, vanilla, honey and light white bread all play about, with a somewhat light, but fizzy carbonation that their wheat beers seem to have (this, weisse grip, Dr. Dunkles). Phenols build up considerably upon warming, on the finish, fatiguing the palate somewhat, while a grassy sharpness builds as well. Ultimately, I love the idea, but it’s too much alcohol for me without enough to really brighten/lighten the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (13416) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Gravity dispense at GBBF ’14, day 4, 15/08/14. Clear golden with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is vanilla, caramel, bready tones, citric peel, candied fruits. Taste comprises light spice, sweet licks, vanilla custard, caramel malt, candied orange peel. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close. So so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
15th August 2014
GBBF Day 4. Cask. Clear gold beer, tiny pale cream colour head. Palate is light with good fine carbonation. Markedly sweet pale malts, touches of lactose and floralness. Hops are a light tangerine - lemon. Finishes semi dry with a minty pine hop kicking in. A bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Pours a nice clean lite amber like youd expect from a kolsch. Heads up pretty decent but dissipates quickly. A little lacking of aroma, really just a hint of citrus. It has a nice blend of citrus and wheat with the slightest hint of something sour but just barely. Very smooth for su h a strong kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12216) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Can shared by alexsdad06. Poured light clear copper color with an average white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good wheat, green citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a moderate balanced finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8865) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Can, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Clear golden orange color. Thin ring of white head. Couple loose bits of lace. Agave, wheat, and kolsch yeast on the nose. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lightly soft, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, light bit of spice. Some hints of blueberry syrup? OK, kolschy fruity wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7220) - Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2014
16 oz can shared with a small group from Lukaduke. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, agave, caramel, grainy, light herbal/floral notes. Like Tom said, it’s like a malt liquor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a clean golden color with a finger of white foam. Nose is cereal grain with a touch of sweet honey. Palate follows the nose with honey drizzled shredded wheat being the predominate favors. CLeans up nicely with a touch of bitterness. Easy drinker for 8%. Lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11373) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
A golden ale with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, a light caramel malt with fruit grassy hops. In mouth, a smooth crisp caramel malt, lightly roasted, herbal British hops. nice. On tap at When Pigs Fly, August 1, 2012

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