Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by GClarkage:
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
09/07/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked, vintage 2007. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance- Deep mid range caramel-copper colored pour. Fluffy 3/4 inch white head, hangs around for a while leaving a nice rim for the duration. Some pretty good lace markings left behind.
Smell- As it warms the caramel really comes out in full force. Some really light hops mingle around as well as some light fruity notes and a touch of oak.
Taste- Drinks much better at room temp than straight out of the 50 degree cellar. Lots of caramel goodness, but not too sweet. The tropical fruits they talk about on the label (apricot and orange), finally come out long after the beer has had time to breathe. Hops play a decent role, but it by no means a hophead barleywine. Oak is very subtle and rounds out the beer nicely.
Mouthfeel- Medium to a bit lower on the carbonation level with a slight bitter bite in the aftertaste.
Drinkability- A really easy drinking barleywine as well as a nice change of pace beer. Not your tradtional barleywine.
09-09-2009 14:47:15 | More by GClarkage
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-22-2010 20:32:28 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
05-28-2008 21:53:49 | More by boston2bburg
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
03-21-2010 18:20:55 | More by JasonA
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
03-23-2008 06:22:13 | More by Beaver13
3.91/5 rDev +8.3%
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
07-10-2014 19:37:06 | More by dbossman
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-08-2011 01:22:41 | More by aepb1
Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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