RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Originally brewed as Batch 2000 at the Clybourn Brewpub.

This celebratory wheat ale, similar in strength to a barley wine, was brewed simply with pilsner and wheat malts, boiled extra long to reach it’s high starting gravity of 27 degrees plato, and then aged for four months. The result is a copper-hued ale with nearly three pounds of hops per barrel, an intense malt character, and a warm alcohol finish. Cheers! Served in a Snifter glass.

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Boutip (6669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
Draft: Poured a clear dirty brown color ale with small foamy head. Aroma of dry wheat malt notes with some woody and vanilla notes is quite pleasant. Taste is dominated by dry wheat malt notes with some caramelized malt notes and a woody and vanilla finish with plenty of bourbon notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Interesting beer thought I would not drink large quantities in one sitting.

zebra (2414) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3rd of flight of 4 @ clybourn. hazy orange-bronze. filled my mouth with flavor, intense, malty, a little boozy, sweet, luscious.

NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Draft at Goose Island. It’s finally back and not from a barrel!. Pours a lightly hazed bronze with fluffy white head. Nose is actually citrusy and fruity, hints of tart wheat, restrained yeast character and noted ethanol. On tasting, medium-high bitterness, much lighter body than expected. Was anticipating more of a barleywine character. Alcohol is definitely noted, but not all bad. Fruity and lightly sweet but balanced. The citrusy notes are definitely welcome.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn in August 2009. A: Pours a dark bronze with a nice white head. S: Sweet caramel malt, fruits, wheat, some tartness, and a wee bit of alcohol. T: Similar to the nose but with a more pronounced spiciness from the yeast, and a bit more of an alcohol kick. M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. D: Pretty good--a little heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but quite good all around. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-04-2009

evergreen0199 (3636) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2009
Tap at Clybourn brewpub, Chicago. Golden pour with white head. Sweet aroma. Tastes sweet, wheaty, fruity, malty. No distinct taste in this one. Unremarkable.

17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Small sample (thankfully) at Goose Island Clark. Pours a clear glowing viscous yellow golden with a fine white froth. Aroma is very strong bubble-gum and super sweet extra ripe banana, sweet fermenting fruits, fermenting banana. Flavor is very cloying overripe fermenting banana and bubblegum, massive banana liquor. Doughy chewy very viscous, light fizzy carbonation. Glad I got a free sample. This belongs mixed into a tropical drink.

JoeMcPhee (10189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Tap at the Clybourne location. Pale golden pour. The nose is intensely sweet with a lot of candyish and cotton candy aroma. Very sugary palate with a real tooth-aching sweetness. A little bit of peach and rotted fruit. Vegetal and DMS laden. Herbal hoppiness but nothing could even come close to balancing all of the unfermented, underattenuated malt sugars in here. Gak!

MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
On tap at GI Clybourn served in a snifter. Slightly hazed copper pour with a thin head of lasting tan foam. Okay lacing. The aroma was a little dull for a beer this big. Some toasted wheat followed by some faint caramel notes. The flavor had creamy, lightly toasted wheat, caramel, a hint of fruit skins, and a very mild alcohol warmth. Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. The bourbon-aged version blows this away. Bland and almost a chore to drink.

pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
On tap at gi clybourn... Pours a darker reddish amber brown hue with a soapy film of milk white head... Banana in the aroma with lighter fruit playing a backing role. Sweeter overall... Flavors are sticky and sugary sweet. Tasted like an extreme take on a wheat beer with a little bitter astringency in the finish. Semi-warming but holds the abv in check to some degree.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Goblet poured draft at the Clybourne brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours an orangey amber! Light haze, moderate offwhite head that sticks around and laces pretty damn well. Aromas are wheaty malts, cereal with some toffee sweetness, a touch fruity with some darker bits and a bit of booziness. Some grapefruit citrus, caramel come in stronger as it warms a bit. Initial is warming booziness, an imperial wheat throws some bigger but smooth sweetness, toffee and graininess. Hops come in fairly strong but taper down. Citrusy grapefruit and a bit of other fruitiness comes (Pear? Apricot?) In with some warming booziness. Lighter on the palate, delicate with pretty good sweetness and decent hop balance. Finish is warming, sweet, with ok hoppy balance.

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