Samuel Adams James Madison Dark Wheat Ale

 
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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - AUG 1, 2006
Bottle from a bottle shop somewhere in Ohio - thanks to HogTownHarry’s sister for picking it up for me! Shared with jerc. Hazy dark amber-brown with a small white head. Aroma is quite muted, with a hint of sweet malt and a faint smokiness - my wife says "It smells old, with an e on the end". Flavour of toasted malt and brown sugar. Soft mouthfeel. Seems like it could be a good beer if the flavour were pumped up a bit more.


2.9
Theydon_Bois (21849) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2018
Bottle split at RB Best Encomium share, Santa Rosa, 30/01/16 - Many Thanks ! Dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan cap. Nose is light soap, dark fruit rinds, brown bread, light spice. Taste comprises dark malts, light yeast, clove, trace of oxidisation, peppery spice, toffee. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Not too bad for the style ... age hasn't done much damage here.

3.2
Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jul 2006 Poured from 12oz bottle a hazy reddish brown with a huge head of foam that shrunk but stuck around from start to finish. The smell is on the subtle side for me. I note a sweetish malty nose and that's about it. The taste is quite sweet from the malt and there's some chocolate there too but a bit of a citrus bite in the background helps balance out the sweetness pretty well. Not a big beer taste wise but it is decent enough so I'd be tempted to try this one again if sold by itself.

3.1
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a dark hazy brown color. Aromas of bread, malt, and some fruit. Flavor has a touch of sweet malt and clove, I think. Overall, not to bad.

2.6
phaleslu (10969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2016
12 oz. bottle that I tried in the hotel lobby after the RB Best Awards - thanks to whoever brought these four long-retired Sam Adams treasures. Figured they were extinct. This one pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Notes of wheat, caramel, cardboard, tea, toast, and brown sugar. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and an oxidized, smooth mouthfeel. Not a ton of character left in this one, but I bet it was fine in its day.

2.1
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Amber. Caramel, oxidation, cardboard, fruit, stale chocolate. Sweet. Light-bodied.

2.3
djd07 (16452) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours gold with no head. The aroma is rye and plastic. Medium mouth, rye, roast, oxidized, nah.

3.1
madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
23rd July 2009
BBE Oct 06. Cloudy dark brown beer. Soft semi dry palate. Low carbonation. Smooth and very slightly sour chocolate. Dry finish. Not bad!

4.2
jtclockwork (17769) - , 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

3.2
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2009
A cloudy brown pour with tan head and lace. A light brown sugar aroma with a hint of bitter. Light roasted malt and a hint of smoke. A tad thin and watery but very drinkable.

3
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2009
Sampled at Beerhawk’s Beer Gods in the Boro, aka 1000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, By God Beer God Gathering, BG1K Tasting. Muddy water pour with some white head. Sweet and vinous with a caramel wheat backbone. A little watery, but not awful despite the old age.


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