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Brewed Witch - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Brewed Witch
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%


Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brenden on 02-16-2010)
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a growler review, yes, but I'm also using this review to dance around semantics given the difference between this year's and last year's. This can also be taken as an on-tap review of the 2011 vintage, as I thought it was necessary due to noticeable differences, though a growler was consumed very soon after leaving the brewpub for a more accurate review.

Essentially, this beer looks very similar if not a bit darker. The head isn't huge but has some staying power and showcases good structure. The main differences are in the aroma and flavor, where it almost seems the fig is dropped for an extremely strong raisin element. In some way it also loses a touch of its depth and certainly a bit of complexity, as things go more one-sided with dark fruits (again, heavy raisin) and overshadow some of the subtleties. This is a very good beer, but it doesn't have what it originally did to make it stellar.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2011 15:36:58 | More by Brenden
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paultierney1

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. A delicious barleywine. They are out of it now in Toledo (July 2012), but they'll have the Amarillo Brillo (DIPA) back in a few days! That is the bomb -- as Parliament/Funkadelic would say. Maumee Bay: you are a Toledo Gem. Thanks! We're almost in Michigan, so just consider us part of the Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Short's, Kuhnnehn's, Maumee Bay Triangle. Come for a visit, y'all. PS Alebird knows what he's talkin bout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 02:22:42 | More by paultierney1
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obtained from Maumee Bay brewpub at Oliver House in downtown Toledo. Poured from a growler into a North Coast tulip glass.

A - Cloudy, dark orange/amber, with extremely little head. Left no lacing on the glass.

S - Unmistakable scent of spice and apples with caramel. Plenty of booze on the nose as well.

T - Fantastic. Incredibly reminiscent of apple cider, right down to the slight apple tartness, with a mulled spice characteristic. Also, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and the alcohol gives it a nice warming quality. What an awesome beer.

M - Matched well to the taste, a nice carbonation with a medium body. Does not coat the tongue.

O - This is an expensive growler to buy, but very well worth it. I have never tasted a beer like it, especially with the apple characteristic - interesting and delicious. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2014 23:59:26 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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EK33

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serendipidty struck on this one. Burger Bar 419, highly recommended in Toledo, Oh, had this on tap as of 1-25-12 and lucky me came in to taste it.

A-Tawny Cloudy Perfection. Poured by a lovely barmaid to a two-finger head. Head dissapated to 1mm ring with perfect lacing throughout.

S-Sharp Dark Cherry sweetness with caramel notes. Only had faint hop notes.

T-Wow nice sweetness up front followed by hoppiness. Sweet notes of dark cherry, followed by caramel with slight bite of hops at end

M-Copy this one as it has perfect creaminess when swished

O-Other than being warmer would open up flavor, great example of style

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 18:06:58 | More by EK33
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alebird

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maumee Bay's Brewed Witch is a stellar barleywine! I consider Sierra's Bigfoot a benchmark for barleywines and this beer comes in close to it. it's a little sweeter than bigfoot and not quite as "full" but nonetheless this is a fantastic example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 17:55:17 | More by alebird
Brewed Witch from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.