Black is the new Wit

Georgia
United States
Black is the new Wit
Style Family: 
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Showing their true colors of creativity, New Belgium Brewing and Terrapin Beer Co. have teamed up to bring you this unorthodox style of beer. Black is the New Wit is brewed with intensely roasted wheat and dehusked roasted barley for its absence of color, while components of rye, malted and unmalted wheat, coriander, orange peel, and sassafras wood aging give this beer its distinctive flavor.

Profile

ABV: 
8.2%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
48° - 50° F
Hops: 
Sorachi Ace, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Torrified Wheat, Malted Wheat, Rye, Midnight Wheat, DH Carafa III
Judges Review 
Owen Ogletree's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Quite an interesting experimental ale, this beer boasts an expansive range of mild flavors that merge to form a unique black ale with aromas of dark malts and suggestions of root beer, coffee, cola, burnt sugar, raisins, plum and smoke. The ale comes across as almost opaque with a gorgeous stubborn tan head. Flavor observations include raisin, curaçao, slight spice, kola nuts, toffee, licorice, roasted malt and herbs. Any spicy rye quality seems subdued in the medium/full bodied palate, as do the fruity esters and wood tannins. The brew seems fairly slick and viscous on the tongue, with a lightly sweet, malty finish.