EamonTheGreat (144) - USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid Barleywine style ale brewed with wheat. The taste is a little different from a traditional Barleywine. Not quite as sweet, but very smooth for such a high ABV. Slight caramelness, but all in all a good barley/wheat wine.
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hman43 (338) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown with little head. It has a strong alcohol smell with caramel and some dark fruits. The taste has a strong caramel and bourbon characteristic with fruit flavors evident. It is extremely strong, but good.
kayres (475) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a thin white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet boozy vanilla
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chucklemation (478) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany, transparent, with no head. Has a scotch-like aroma. Flavor is very reminiscent of a hard liquor, such as scotch or bourbon. Perhaps thereís a touch of caramel, and any dark fruit comes out a little bit in the aftertaste. Might be interesting to revisit after a year or two. Very strong. The similarity to hard liquor turns me off.
MarkPine (16) - - JUN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice amber color with a fingers head. Lots of caramel flavor. Very warm taste with a good booze finish, again caramel flavor. Definitely a long session beer. Would love to try it aged more.
MrSquash (45) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy shit that is high boost. Had this in a two year old bottle and Damn was it strong! Malty smell but alcohol over powers
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to dan. Pours copper, no head. Aroma of boost, sugar, more boost. Taste is more boost, sugar, yummy. Lots ofboost
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. amber with very small head. very sweet and boozy with caramel malt and just a bit of hops. pretty harsh from the abv.
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, I believe it was a 2011. Poured a deep dark brown. Very sweet, like caramel or toffee. Definitely doesnít taste as boozy as I was expecting, perhaps because I had held it for so long. Very smooth and nicely crafted. A good beer for a style that I donít often care for.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on-tap at Hop Cat... $3 for a tulip during Happy Hour? What a steal. I didnít order this one myself, but had a few sips of it... a few very memorable sips.
Appearance: A ruby sort of color with a surprising little head on it with some patchy lacing. Looks good, but not the beerís greatest attribute.
Smell: Phew! Bourbon and vanilla. Caramel. Wow, that is potent. Dark fruits, perhaps, but the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are most prominent, for sure.
Taste/feel: Backwoods Bastard, in a sense... but this is a bit more harsh with the alcohol/not quite as smooth. Pretty significant bourbon character with a pretty hot finish. Vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits throughout the sip. This is actually a pretty excellent beer, though it definitely could have used a bit more time in the barrel, yet a bit less of a bourbon character. Needs some mellowing. Not as well crafted as Backwoods in my opinion, but still pretty awesome. Obviously, being different styles, this beer does have a VERY slight tartness to it.. by slight, I mean slight. Itís not like the other Wheatwines Iíve had before for the most part, but then again, those werenít poured into a bourbon barrel.
I donít generally jump up and down about New Holland, but they impressed me quite a lot with this one.