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Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company

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82
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-09-2008)
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Reviews by BirdFlu:
Photo of BirdFlu
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review of an approx. 2 year aged bottle:
I was expecting a ton of sweetness with this for some reason. I'm not sure if I noticed that its listed as an American Barleywine but I was expecting much more in line with English. The aroma hints at this, as well. A lot of malt, much more than anything, with raisin and a fig-like character that was reminiscient of doppelbocks. The pour is very nice, a somewhat-cloudy red-orange (the red was surprisingly nice). The flavor is much more bitter than expected, not that theres a tno of hop, but its definitely not just all malt. The wood character is also quite-present and even imparts sort of a dry feeling to the mouth, which is otherwise moderately-bodied. Overall its certainly decent, not the most incredible and I almost wish the flavor would tilt a little more in either direction, either more hop or more malt. The balance between the two allows the oak to take over a little too much.

BirdFlu, Oct 10, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this over the weekend,a stiff price tag of $12.99.Poured into an imperial nonic a slight hazed aber infused with burnt orange,a nice tight formed one finger white ehad atop that settled very slowly leaving broken globs of lace bhind as it settled slowly.A mix of dark fruit,smoke,and vanilla tinged oak in the nose,definently malt driven.Flavors may be a little to infused with that oak,vanilla tinged with dark fruit,alcohol sweetness seems to become more prominent as it warms,it has a little of the smokiness like the un-oaked beer.Its good but not good for the price tag.

oberon, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DanGeo, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of boston2bburg
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, Ma. Being the only tap offering served in a 10 ounce (tulip) glass, and it being my birthday, I of course had to try this one out.

This beer was fairly light for a barleywine and until looking it up I couldn't tell if it was a barleywine or just a strong ale of some sort.

The aroma was amazing and completely unexpected. The first thing that came to mind was opium; a very dense, floral, perfume scent, with malts providing a candy backbone. Superb.

Taste was similar, floral and malty with a spiciness. I probably could have stuck with these all night, but they would have been peeling me off the bathroom floor. Very intriguing and unique brew, hope to find it again.

boston2bburg, May 28, 2008
Photo of JasonA
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle Conditioned

Pours a light amber, maybe some reddish hues. Ample carbonation, thin, off white almost beige. Ample lacing, with some thickness. Awesome, pure awesome bottle conditioned appearance.

Medium malt, little booze. Might be some earthiness. Some fruit presence. The caramel malt is very nice. Light hop character, which puts it in the rear. As an English BW lover that would be my choice.

Some bitter, malty goodness with a wicked caramel malt finish. Im getting some tartness here, but its quite subtle.

Explosion in the mouth. Love the carbonation level. Reminds me almost of a Belgian Quad with the temperature and bottle conditioning.

Overall it might be a tad hoppy with the finish. While you will have that with an American BW, it feels just a tad out of balance with the malt.

JasonA, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle dated 2007, caged and corked. Pours a slightly hazy reddish golden with a big pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued - some peppery malts and a little leather and maybe some old metallic fruits.

The flavor is peppery, metallic malts with a little sweet fruitiness and a good sized bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but pretty smooth.

Overall, it's just an odd combination of flavors and doesn't work for me.

Beaver13, Mar 23, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BuckeyeSlim, Mar 06, 2014
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burninggoat, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Cynic-ale, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JMS1512, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

whatname, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cjgator3, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of dbossman
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper hue with a big cream-colored head and okay lacing

S: Lots of oak and citrus and dates; also, a bready, malty backbone

T: Not as complex and intricate as I would've thought from the aromas but this is six years old and I think the age has been pretty good on this beer: so smooth and fruity and woody

F: A touch thin--pretty good mouth feel

O: Like I said, this is a six-year-old bottle, and man, is it smooth and oaky and fruity and malty; I like this a lot more than I did when I tried the fresher version

dbossman, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

freewill35, Oct 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Gonzoillini, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

BigJim5021, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Ralphs66, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

NSXAG, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Keith_R, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

GRG1313, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of aepb1
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange body (bright), with a big foamy white head

S- Malty sweet, sugary dark fruits, booze

T- Woody, dark fruits, boozy heat

M- Medium to full-bodied, lots of heat from the alcohol

D- Nothing awesome about this beer but certainly don't turn it down if offered.

aepb1, Mar 08, 2011
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Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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