Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-16-2012 02:41:49 | More by barczar
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev +8.3%
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
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 19:37:06 | More by dbossman
3.19/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. 2013 vintage, best by 12/3/18- bottled 12/3/13? Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.
Pours a nice garnet russet hue with about one finger of pale head. A thin cap remains and leaves a decent bit of lace.
Smells of alcohol, burnt caramel, a vague spice nite and malted barley.
The booze hits early and unabashedly followed by burnt caramel, vanilla tinged oak, cheap toffee, bitter berries, a little pine, cereal grains and some soft floral notes. Tastes strong but disjointed. Every now and then I'd start to get some nice oaky or caramel notes but the unblended alcohol and ocassional off notes quickly lead the flavors in a different direction. Lacking the hop bite of an American barleywine and the rich toffee of an English barleywine, this comes across more like some kind of vague high octane strong ale.
Syrupy full body with fairly mild carbonation. Burnt sugar, malted barley and fusel alcohol finish.
Oak Aged Widdershins isn't bad at all but doesn't quite come together. I'm surprised by how harsh the alcohol seems given that I drink stronger brews on a regular basis. Perhaps some age would do this good but I didn't detect enough of what I look for in either American or English barleywines to spend any more money here.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 12:23:38 | More by ThickNStout
Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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