Total Score: 8.55/10
Well the signs are good – I’ve heard rave reviews about Newstead Brewing A Long Story Wheat Strong Ale, and it sounds pretty special, might this be the best beer to come out of Newstead? It’s not got a great deal of competition with a previous limited release brew: The Outpost American Stout being the best, in my (humble) opinion, with a score of 8/10. It’s not a crazy score to beat, my reviews have a bit of an interesting bell-curve due to me (mostly) reviewing beers I know that I’ll like, with the occasional crappy macro Lager for comparision… and sometimes even those Lagers surprise me by turning out A-OK. Point is I’m genuinely excited by this prospect of a barrel-aged gem in a can.
Poured from a 375ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Nice colour, a deep slightly hazy plum/mahogany body with a rather active beige head that has a few big soap-bubbles and slowly settles to a thin blanket. If it tastes as good as it looks we’ll be in for a treat. 8/10.
S: Nose is quite reminiscent of Founders Old Cumudgeon with a big molasses hit, some light bourbon sugar and vanilla notes, a nice big slice of wheat character with bubble-gum notes, it’s a big sweet beer no doubt about it. It’s amazing considering this beer is 100% wheat malt that the wheat character doesn’t dominate the aroma completely. Overall though it’s got a decent, sweet chunky aroma. 9/10.
T: Not quite the “Pow! Right in the kisser!” beer, but nonetheless there’s plenty going on in this beer: Bubble-gum upfront mixes with vanilla, dark fruits, hints of molasses, a slight woody tone rounds it out. It’s sweet but not OTT, the sugar content is balanced out by a woody finish and a touch of medicinal herbs, TBH if you handed me this beer and told me it was a Belgian Trappist Quadrupel, I wouldn’t ask any questions. 9/10.
M: Mouth-feel is intriguing – it’s got a lighter than expected body, mid to light, with an ultra creamy carbonation – this is quite the dichotomous brew here. 7/10.
D: This is definitely Newstead’s best beer by a stretch – they broke the lauter tun due to the 100% wheat malt bill, I say it was worth it – this is a total cracker of a brew (slightly odd mouth-feel aside), kudos to the Newstead guys (and girls) for breaking their lauter tun! Here’s hoping they re-release this tasty drop again, and again, and again, and again, but not again – that would be one time too many. Cheers Newstead! You made it: a great beer! 8/10.
Food match: After dinners cigars… does anyone even do that in 2018?