Thursday, May 24, 2018

Two Brothers Bare Tree (2013 vintage)


Fill date: 2013

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22D Wheatwine

AROMA: Moderately-high malty presence. Noticeable baked bread character (nothing toasty or roasted). A moderate amount of English barleywine dried fruit character and a faint spicy or phenolic note. No weizen-like yeast esters. Some sweet caramel and honey-like scents from oxidation. No discernible hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of rusty copper (9-13 SRM). Large particulates float in suspension. Moderate off-white, creamy froth retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-dominated palette, but is not especially sweet. Taste is bready up front with a lovely dried fruit flavor on the backend which lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Subtle caramel and honey flavors from the alcohol; though some of this is clearly oxidation. A faint trace of spice could be from yeast phenols or hops. Bitterness is low, though brew seems well attenuated so as not to be syrupy or cloying. Seems to be to-spec, but mild. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth with a gentle warming sensation. Drinks like a much lighter beer than 11% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Exemplifies the style well enough, but is remarkably tame for what should be a bold brew. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

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