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Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 6
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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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted oak are present in the nose along with notes of smoked malts and hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has flavors of smoky peat malts along with notes of caramel malts and some toasted oak from the barrel aging. Unlike the smell, no flavors of alcohol are noticeable. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: I found this beer to be very drinkable considering its strength as it hides its alcohol very well. There is also just enough in the way of malts to help cut through the maltiness, somewhat lightening up the mouthfeel and preventing any stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Today at 03:54 AM
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Smooth. Been awhile since I've had a barleywine and this one hits the spot. It's not overpowering in any way ... just crisp, smooth, and satisfying. I doesn't rock my world but I'm sure glad I gave it a try.

Vierenner, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

wasnowrider, Jul 14, 2014
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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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

SLeffler27, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

turk_371, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Stillmakingnoise, Apr 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

KlayWey, Apr 16, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

ThickNStout, Apr 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.