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Samuel Adams James Madison Dark Wheat Ale

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Unfiltered and hazy, this deep mahogany brew pours with a dense creamy head. The slight tartness of malted rye is balanced with sweeter roasted malted barley notes of cocoa and toffee. Malted barley, hand roasted by our brewers, adds a subtle smoky finish reminiscent of colonial brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle: Poured with a moldable poofy head over a nice cascading fall ... a muddy-river brown. The dusky malt aroma draws me in. It’s interestinginly smooth and well bodied for a wheat, not as "bubbly" as most in the style. Instead, this drinks with an almost English ale character but with a smoother malt/toffee base. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Dark wheat ale. Smoked barley and malt taste. Has a little edginess to it. Some earthy tones. Rated 8/1/08

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Fills the glass with a hazy brown color topped by fluffy head on top. Aroma is a delicate touch of malt and hop with signs of grain and one other ingredient i can’t quite put my finger on. Excellent smooth velvet like texture that just glides right across and goes down easy. Rubber like body and mouthfeel that i find very insteresting. Now for the key point of this beer--flavor. This dunkelweizen differs from all the rest that i have tasted or known about, it is a very mild and relaxed dunkel with little flavor and only hints of personality. Sure there is only light notes of caramel and malt and only the most minor reminder of toffee, but can a beer get even more simplistic as this yet taste as good? I know of only a few other beers and that is why i have praised this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pours a muddy brown leaving a two-tier body dark brown on top with a light cloudy rust color on the bottom leaving a head that is thick and powerful. The aroma is wheat, sugar, caramel, plum, dark fruits. The taste is very nice, a bit of alcohal upfront followed by some fig, prune, blood orange sweetness that is quickly followed by a bit of bitter hops but not as strong as I expected. This is a great brew def the best in the bunch IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells nutty, smoky, and roasty. Tastes nutty with mellow smokiness and a nice tarte malt profile. Full mouthfeel with a slight peppery finish and more smoke in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2006
The beer poured out smoky brown, with persistent head that stayed up for a long while. The gentle aroma of spicy toffee, wheat bread, chocolate, and peaches was barely there at first, but got stronger over time. The taste was sweet and nutty brown sugar with a helping of anise, ginger, and allspice. The smoky character mentioned on the neck label was faint at best, but this was a pretty deep beer nonetheless. Easy to drink and with a controlled complexity, this beer is different enough than a traditional Dunkelweizen to warrant a look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2006
#3 in the special "Brewer Patriot Collection" 4-pack. Murky rust color with a great foamy white head. Looks like a muddy water with think froth on top. Very nice pour. Wondreful Dunkelweizen aroma. malt aroma, slightly roasted. very sweet malt flavor. Again with the slightest roasted flavor..This one is my favorate so far out of the three I have tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours a really nice deep brown with a sizable head that doesn’t lace. Aroma is husky, some bitter cocoa, soy sauce, and, frankly, a lot of cheez whiz. Flavor is a slim molasses, wheat husks, lemon, spent grain, and cream of wheat. Feels great in the mouth, as most strong wheats do. As this warms it becomes quite examplary. I quite enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2006
This is a welcome surprise after the Root Beer. This is one I would buy on its own often. Aroma is the least part of it, really light with a sweet biscuit aroma. Looks nice with a medium chesnut color with a tight head and lacing. Flavor really makes this one stand out; simple, with a bit of a smoky flavor, really clean segmented flavors that ends with crisp carbonation. A simple but tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
This is an interesting beer. I would try this one again. I let it warm a bit and served it in my Hefe Weizen Glass. Appearance: Pours an interesting dark hazy amber (‘mahogany’, as indicated on the bottle) color. It has a glorious 3 finger creamy off white head that fades to a frothy cap. The lacing is sticky on the sides of the glass. Smell: A bit of a toffee and grain aroma with hints of coco and fruit rising from the depths. Taste: The flavor is a well-balanced sweet tart that has a smokey grain flavor along with a suggestion of honey and cloves, with a dry rye character showing up in the finish. In the aftertaste; after the sweet fades from my gums, it left me with a hint of tobacco leaf. Mouthfeel: Almost creamy but certainly smooth with a little nip in finish. Drinkability: Of this collection, this is the one I would drink twice. Not a bad brew. Well-done BBC! Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

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