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Review by everetends on 07/04/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 10 13 4 7 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC for $8.99 a bottle. Was stoked to see New Holland in stock, so I had to get the wheatwine. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pors a very dark orange in color. Kinda freakin me out a bit. This looks damn near brown, and glowing orange brown tends to scream barleywine to me . . . not wheatwine. Held to the light, a little bit of golden yellow peeks through, but barely. A pretty agressive pour gets me just a minimal amount of white head, but that stuff is gone as quickly as it showed up. No real lace going on here. The only thing good about the appearance is the color, but that is a bit off as well. Hmmm.

S: Smell is pretty nice. Picking up some nice and heavy boozy notes first and foremost. This is a pleasant booze, not an over the top booze aroma. A little woody and sweet. Picking up some dark raisin and touch of rum. Behind that I am getting some good doses of caramel. Stay a bit sweet but also has a nice nuttiness to it as well (pecans and hazelnut). Finish is some piney hop notes. Just a minimal wheat presence with that banana I so desperately want. All in all, it may be different, but it smells damn good.

T: Hmmm, yet again I am worried. This starts off with a good amount of caramel sweetness. Not what I expect from a wheat beer, yet alone a wheatwine. Booze is light and adds a little bit of rum spice in here. Ever so slight banana presence, fruit flavor is dominated by a bit of raisin. This beer has an underlying yet persistant flavor, and that is salt. Its almost like light salt flavor you can pick up on the stuff band aids are made off. Very wierd. Bothering me actually. Its drinkable and interesting, but wierd.

M: Medium bodied brew that has some slickness to it. ABV is present, has a nice warmth to it for sure. Good warmth in the tum tum. Carbonation is light, allowing the beer to have some wieght. This beer remains pretty much sweet but the aftertaste is dominated by that salt flavor.

D: Well, its not bad. I can say that, not bad. Its not great though. I was expecting more out of this. I wanted those big wheat flavors with a heft of banana to it, but this beer doesn't have it. This is absolutely more of Barleywine rather than a wheatwine. I am just not getting the wheat on the level I should be. Ah well, I was bound to run into a wheatwine I wasn't too keen on, and this is it. I can drink it, but I wouldn't say its making me tap my toes or anyhing. Meh . . .

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Snifter