I’ve been waiting a long time to try this. I was NOT disappointed.
The presentation is classy. Love the gold foil and the simple complexity (if that makes sense) of the label. It seems to promise much and give the impression of a premium experience.
Like many, the “Wheat Wine” style is not one I’m especially familiar with, but this beer tastes and drinks like a cross between a Barleywine and a Doppelbock. Delicious, as it combines the best features of both, and eliminates the less attractive attributes of them.
Color is fantastic – deep mahogany reds with lighter highlights. Lovely, frothy head with a little lacing.
Aroma gives a wonderful fruit malt and hop balance.
Drinks well below its 11.5%, but alcohol is still a factor. This is clearly well crafted brew.
Tastes are rich, fruit, ester and raisin malts with a nice kick of hop character in the lingering finish. A great balance.
Smooth as silk in the mouth, it exudes luxury.
This is a beer that will impress people, both BA’s and those not yet converted.