A tribute to the history and stature of the famous Somerville landmark, ‘Old Powderhouse Wheat Wine’ features a varietal of hard, red winter wheat that was grown at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA and malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA. Praised by artisanal bakers, the flavors contributed by this hardy grain are earthy and complex helping to create a robust and powerful beer worthy of its name and the history to which it pays homage.
For hops, only domestic varieties were used for ‘Old Powderhouse,’ combining perfectly with the rich flavors in the wheat for a bright and wonderfully aromatic beer reminiscent of fresh, ripe fruit. On the dry side for a beer of its strength and style, ‘Old Powderhouse’ is remarkably drinkable at 11% ABV with only subtle hints of alcohol coming through the fruity bouquet during the finish.
In celebration of the change in season, of new growth, and of the land we call home, we are pleased to offer ‘Old Powderhouse Wheat Wine’ for release throughout the state of Massachusetts this Spring."
Beerathon (960) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head- thick/tight beige
A little sour aroma, but not at all offputting. Almost like a deep cherry effect. Heavy and bubbly on the tongue. Dry, but it’s a good dry. A unique style that I recommend trying.
johnnnniee (2044) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a steady carb stream feeding a huge bubbly tan head that persists forever. Smells of lightly spiced wheat, a bit of orange peel, and grainy bready and caramel malt. The flavor is sweet and a bit subtle. There’s a light sweet honey like malt up front followed by some bready and caramel notes as well as a hint of dark berries and a solid dose of ethanol. Medium to thick body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice beer, I’m glad I got to try it, but it doesn’t really excite me. Its definitely better as it warms, but its crying for a solid dose of hops in my opinion.
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Julios. I had this in the fridge - but the first glass was bland. Put the bottle on the counter to warm up for a while. Much better. A hazy medium "burnt" orange color. Big tan head at first - that goes away cause it’s warm. Sharp alcohol nose. Flavor is complex. Stone fruits and yeast with some alcohol in there too. Very smooth drinking though. Some sweet woody notes on the back side. Warming and flavorful, but certainly out of season for me.
thornecb (4172) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy amber into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving no lacing. Sweet toasted caramel aromas. Full with toffee and butterscotch upfront, turning hot in the lasting caramel finish. Quite sweet and hot.
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