Wheat Wine Ale

22 oz bottle from Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA.
I’ve been pretty pleased with a number of the recent Fort Collins offerings, and it is my suspicion that they don’t quite get the respect that they deserve.
Beautiful, bright copper colored body with some wispy head that fades quickly. Not surprising given the ABV. Little or no lace. Color is attractive.
Malty alcohol in the nose, not much else.
Medium carbonation greets the mouth.
The tastes are alcohol based with malty intentions but ultimately the beer drinks much like a toned down American Barleywine. It’s nowhere near sweet enough to be considered an English version of the style, but on the other hand it’s also significantly less aggressive in the bitterness/hop category to be condsidered an American Barleywine. Some of the other wheat wines I have had managed to distinguish themsleves as a seriously different animal in terms of style – this one does not do that, and it seems just like a very strong beer without much defining character or style.
More sweetness in the finish that makes the beer a little more mellow than the ABV might otherwise suggest.
Not the best beer form FCB; I’ve been happier with other things that they have done.

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05/09/2010
Style:
Wheatwine
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.3 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.4
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