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Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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barczar

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a clear reddish copper color with a small whitish head that dissipates rather quickly in the tulip. No lacing, but could be due to the generous pour.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, dates, figs, nuts. Vanilla and plum surface as it warms.

The oak presence is well represented in the flavor profile, harkening memories of bourbon. Alcohol is present, but balanced fairly well by the caramel sweetness of malt, and the raisin and fig flavors. An oaky dryness and peppery bitter hop punch dry out the taste for an ending that begs for more sips.

Body is medium full, with a light carbonation. Coats the tongue with sweetness.

Overall, a very nice offering. Not as complex as some similar brews, but still a beer that I would revisit. The bitter finish could probably withstand a year or two of aging, but it would be a loss to age too long and lose that.

01-16-2012 02:41:49 | More by barczar
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-03-2014 03:39:29 | More by DanGeo
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boston2bburg

Virginia

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
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JasonA

Massachusetts

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
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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-06-2014 17:14:01 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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burninggoat

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2014 17:56:56 | More by burninggoat
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2013 01:45:03 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-05-2014 01:50:37 | More by Cynic-ale
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-01-2014 12:42:00 | More by JMS1512
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-18-2014 02:54:44 | More by whatname
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-23-2014 00:26:24 | More by cjgator3
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dbossman

Nebraska

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
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freewill35

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-01-2012 22:29:01 | More by freewill35
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-23-2014 04:21:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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GrumpyGirl

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-23-2014 20:33:37 | More by GrumpyGirl
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-15-2014 09:28:39 | More by BigJim5021
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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-19-2012 23:00:51 | More by Ralphs66
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-21-2012 16:51:50 | More by hiphopj5
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nickhiller

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-05-2012 22:15:18 | More by nickhiller
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-21-2013 04:21:47 | More by Keith_R
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

12-20-2013 03:47:14 | More by GRG1313
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aepb1

Florida

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
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Magery

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-03-2012 00:33:02 | More by Magery
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Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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