Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 02-09-2008

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

On draft, pours a bright amber orange, good carbonation and lacing on the glass.

The nose is heavy citrus up front, grapefruit, orange, lots of sugar and malt too. A little woody, with bourbon notes tying together with the malt sweetness, you can smell the alcohol. The flavor is a little spice, citrus hops, bourbon and vanilla, honey and caramel. Very sticky and a bit all over the place. This may get better with age, but right now a bit too boozy for the flavors. (472 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (985 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a very thin off-white head and not much in the way of lacing. The nose carries oak, oak, and more oak. As it warms, I get a bit more oak. Other than that, a touch of semi-sweet malt. It's not terrible, just horribly one-dimensional. Other than the oak, there was a touch of caramel and sweetness. I'd rather not have this again. (428 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Widdershins pours a rusty colored, murky beer with specs of protiens and yeast clinging to the inside of the glass. A sturdy frothy, lightly tanned head forms on the beer and slowly settles to an even sheet across the glass, leaving rings of lacing behind. A decent look but a lot of haze and particulates.

Barleywine through and through with a focus on caramel, toffee, nuts, and sweet breads. Yeasty esters bring on fruits from a lot of different directions: plumbs, dates, figs, prunes, grapes, apples, raisons, appricots... Could be a bit English-ish based on the sweetness and fruits. However those hops say otherwise. Resiny, bitter, and spiced with pine, orange zest, and grasses.

The oak aging makes a dramatic impact in the nose with a fresh woody cut of white oak. Light tannins provide dryness and light astringency but doesn't really take away from the beer. The oak seems to take the rougher edges away from the alcohols and hop bite while smoothening the malts into a cotton-candy whimsy. Oak also seems to amp up the notion of nutty and grassy a bit more than standard Widdershins.

Sticky sweet up front but the carbonation holds just enough to lift the heavy beer off the tongue. Alcohol and hops dry the beer first at mid palate and the oak finishes and lingers into the aftertaste.

This is one fantastic beer that lives just behind the Oak Aged Bastard in terms of quality. (1,404 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, light orange color with a very small, somewhat fizzy, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled a little sweet and of dried fruit - mostly raisin.

T - It tasted of vanilla, bourbon and sweet malt. The dried fruit flavor is subtle and understated.

M - It was sharp and fairly crisp. A medium to full bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel.

D - This is a good tasting barleywine, but is a bit much to handle in terms of drinkability. (458 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  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. (579 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/hop/oak balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged English barelywine style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,712 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice oak scent laid over a malt bill of pale and crystal malts. The hops are well promounced in the aroma also. The oak scent is mild, yet it blends in well. The taste is decent. It has a toned down flavor. It's not overly malty. The hop bitterness is pronounced as well as the oak character. It's quite dry with a lingering oak taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I love the concept of using oak casks. It can really enhance the complexity of certain beer styles. I like the oak in this one, but I'm not in love with the lack of malt presence in the taste. It's seems a little bland and dumbed down. Overall, this is a good drinker, but not my favorite barleywine. (868 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Amber / copper body with a small khaki head. Aromas of alcohol, malt, candied fruit. Sweet and boozy. Cotton candy, hard candies. A hint of bitterness in the finish. This is ok. A small sample is plenty. (203 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2008
Well carbonated as the beer pours with a three-finger thick, tan colored head that I fairly tightly beaded for such a big beer. The head leaves some thin lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a reddish amber color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale cranberry hued, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused up front with lots of fruity notes of apricots, candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit syrup, some tropical fruit and a substantial lychee contribution. Towards the middle of a big draught of the aroma is a toasty, bread-like, crusty malt character, but then the oak components kick in. The oak contributes ample spicy oak, a woody backdrop and a warming finish. Interestingly enough the huge, up front character of this beer is the fruity hop character, you almost have to dig to get to the oak aromatics and I find that nicely refreshing in an oak aged brew.

Sweet and thick at first, but then an ample carbonation kicks in that froths the beer up a bit more than I would like. This carbonation is followed by a sharp, spicy, woody oak component that lingers on into a long, slightly tannic finish. A vigorous, quick swirl of my tulip glass gets rid of the excess carbonation. Up front with the clean malt sweetness this has a fair amount of hop-fruitiness to it, not as much as the aroma might have suggested, but I still get flavors of orange zest, grapefruit and a touch of lychee. The oak flavors are much more present here. At times they can be a bit distracting, especially as they combine with the alcohol, and hop bitterness in the finish; all of which contribute to a slightly harsh astringency. At its best this beer has a nice black pepper piquancy in the finish that is made up of both woody components and spicy oak components. Somehow this is almost smoky in the finish and even a bit salty as well, it is vaguely evocative of peat somehow, though I have no idea how it would have picked up these flavors. The combination of oak and alcohol also makes the finish seem a bit boozy at times.

Tasty, but it can be a bit out of balance at times. I would have really loved this beer if the flavor had somehow kept the hop to oak ratio that was in the aroma. The hop flavors are much less juicy and appetizing than the aroma was and the oak flavors seem to add a bit of harshness to the beer, especially in the finish. Still this is a tasty, enjoyable beer, one which I would be happy to have again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (2,539 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Earth Bread And Brewery a few times over this week.

A- Widdershins (huh?) has that barleywine look with a nice mixture of semi bright hazy orange mixed in with bronze olympic medals. Somewhat hazy, not a clear shot. The head is cream colored tannish with sturdiness but no stick.

S- Smells very hoppy in a muted way. This must of been a pine box fresh (im not sure the age on this) but now it's a mix of pine and small tangerines with a caramel underlay. Oaking is muted let's say compared to a oaked bastard out the gate.

T- Barleywine esque but kinda all over the place. It's a barley bomb for sure, yet the old muted pine kinda kills it for me at least. A nice caramel punch, hints of toffee, tangerine, grapefruits are muted and faded in a way. Phenol alcohol does play a part. Oak is in the picture, but towards the back of the picture.

M&D- Feel is above medium with some rough patches and heat. Kinda chewy and coating on the mouth. It's drinkable but I struggled through my glass. Would not be my 1st choice for a barley wine. Truthfully, I think the hop bill is kinda skewed here, they just don't mesh right. (1,132 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a nicw hite head. Nose is oak, musty, horse blanket.Taste is citrus, apricot, earthy, caramel, oak, must. Mouthfeel is light boozze, earthy, oak, musty. Drinkability is good and unique overall. Musty try. (257 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A two year vertical of a 2007 cork and caged Widdershins, properly cellared all these many years and a brand new 2013 crown capped bomber.

2007: Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a fine one finger ivory head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is classic barleywine; fresh and dried dark stone fruit, caramel malt and moderate cardboard from aging. Flavor follows with caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, a bit of butterscotch and butter, and the expected moderate cardboard, although the latter is covered pretty well by the flavors. Flavor drops off fairly quickly to a slightly over the hill caramel malt and cork flavor, but an unexpected lingering hop bitterness. I probably aged this one a bit too long, but it held up pretty well. Not the best balanced or well preserved barleywine I've aged, but still a quite satisfactory, warming aged ale with good barleywine character. Would have liked a bit more oak than the light butteriness, but enjoying it as it is.

2013:
Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a clear medium coppery amber with a thin film of ivory head dissipates to a ring around the glass and light lacing. . Aroma is fresh caramel malt; fresh dark and light stone fruit, slightly sweet and floral; a hint of oak. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a nice balance of fruit and caramel. Flavor drops off a bit in the finish, exposing a moderate lingering floral hop finish and bitterness. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. This is more of an English barleywine profile to my taste, but the hoppy finish is definitely American. I liked the balanced malt and fruit flavor of this much more than I expected and will get this barleywine again. The oak is almost undetectable in this, which is the only element that was less than expected.

I think the 2007 is over the hill, but I do think the 2013 could well improve well with a few years on it. It drinks quite well right now. An unexpectedly enjoyable barleywine. Review rating is for the fresh Widdershins; the aged one would grade about a half point lower on taste because of the thin finish and effects of oxidation. The appearance gets a few decimals extra because the aged one has such a creamy, good looking head. (2,299 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty impressive after the initial pour. Two finhger frothy, light amber head but recedes after about five minutes after pouring. Before I take my first sip. Pretty good for a barleywine though. Good bubbling too. Very toasted malt nose. Brown sugar with notes of light and dark fruits mixed with a dash of molasses. Great nose that develops more as it warms. The taste is just like the aroma. Complexity increases with warmth. Hints of toasted pears mix with herbal hnts of tobacco and light maraschino cherries. The mouthfeel is pretty wamr, but not overpowering. Just lets you know that tis beer need to be sipped. (618 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.16/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap into a 4oz tasting tulip...Incredibly light poor for a barleywine of light clear copper with a hint of amber, just looks boring and watery like a watered down iced tea. No carbonation to boot...Dead aroma mostly, I get a slight hint of the wonderful aroma of cleaning supplies chemicals, yummy!...The taste is typical lh, fake oak notes, pine and chemicals...A super light feel makes this easy to drink but I can't imagine anyone who would finish more than half a glass.

Another crappy beer from Left Hand, not a surprise to me. Avoid this mess. (553 characters)

Photo of ccrida
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

750ml bottle that I've cellared for about 6 months, 2007 vintage. Poured into my Delirium snifter, Oak Aged Widdershins is a clear orangish bronze with a tight, fluffy off-white head that is dense and long lasting, leaving heavy lace. Great glow to it and very impressive head for an aged barleywine! From an incredible start to a total meltdown...I scored the appearance before I even took a sniff, so this wasn't an attempt to help even out the score. It earned the 5 here, like it earned the low scores everywhere else...

Smell is rich spicy malt, herbal, resinous hops, some very light smoke and orange brandy. From the first whiff, I thought I wouldn't like it - but I didn't realize how much!

Taste is very intense and super oaky. It actually tastes really smoky, but is clearly just extreme oak tannins rather then smoked malt or peat. Very light fruity ester struggle to break through, but really, it's all about the oak. Way too much for me actually, which I've never encountered before. Lingering, spicy finish. Now I know what they mean why they say a beer is over-oaked. No vanilla or nuance, just sawdust and tannins. It's funny the label cites that it's only 50% oak-aged, if they're trying to convince me their blend worked, they failed!

Mouthfeel is very creamily carbonated but dry, medium body. Did I mention tannic??

Drinkability is low, way to oaky and astringent, it makes it seem like it's about 4% stronger. I'm not really sure though why the oak aged version would actually be weaker then the orginal. This was a real struggle to work through, and generally unpleasant. Warming up made no difference. I wasn't really concerned with drinking beer tonight, so I patiently powered through the first 1/2 for a few hours. I got used to it, sort of, but it just wasn't worth the pain, and I dumped the rest. One of the worst made brews I've had in a long time, I don't think I've liked any of the beers I've had from Left Hand. (1,952 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. "2007 Bottle conditioned."

Thanks to Wisconsinality for busting this bottle out at our Russian River tasting!

A - Totally murky mud water amber pours from the bottle with a massive cream head. Low retention with a little lace left over.

S - Heavy sweet caramel maltiness overpowers in the nose with a fairly strong sweet alcohol booziness. Lots of raw honey and lightly toasted amber malts. This smells like one potent beer that's close to void of any hops. Scratch that, a little bit of floral citrus on the finish.

T - Light caramel malts, lightly toasted with a thin malt profile and a powerful hop flavor full of floral notes and a citrus bitterness. Where is the barrel aging?

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated with a bitter finish and a touch of alcohol. Smooth but not very great.

D - When a beer becomes a chore to drink, it isn't all that good. Not very good drinkability at all in fact. It's not much of a barleywine, honestly, and it's not much of a barrel aged beer. (1,046 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
1.6/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Didn't look like a barley wine, looked flatish, and very light colored and watery. Dead as pond water.

S - Smells artificial, maybe a little like ammonia as well. This is truly horrible. I strained my nose to pick out something, well, I got some malt notes, I think.

T - Tastes is right there with the smell, watered down with a chemically bite that is plain disgusting. This beer is just gross, I hope this was just a bad keg or something. A little light hops I think, or maybe that's just more chemicals.

M - Little flat and watery, mediumish bodied.

D - Can't drink this, it tastes horrible. (602 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle split, poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage. Thanks to Wisconsinality for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy caramel color that produced some off-white to yellow foam that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A rich maltiness with fig, raisin, and brown sugar/caramel sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell, but with a much more pronounced malty sweetness than the smell led me on to believe. A light hoppy bitterness to it. A little musty, with even more caramel sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A decent, yet overly high carbonation level. Plenty of malt sweetness with a light bitterness. Plenty of boozy warmth as it goes down.

(D)- Very malty and sugary sweet even for the style. Has an obvious boozy warmth even for it being this old. Not bad, just a little too sugary sweet and malty for my tastes; not much balance. (841 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 Version

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy golden hue with a big foaming head. Retention is good with lace being noted.

S: Lots of fresh summer fruit like peaches and apricots. Hints of oak, vanilla, and booze come next. A bit of bitter orange zest as well.

T: Nice smokey flavor with the oak really coming out. The booze is there but not overthetop. Hints of caramel, roasted malt and a touch of fruit sweetness. No real hops noted in flavor, but very tasty.

M: Full in body, rich and smooth. The smoke plays well with this one.

D: Very for the style. (594 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted for Blind Beers BIF #5:
2007 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter. Beer is a leathery orange brown in color. Forms about an inch of creamy off-white colored head and, while there is not much retention, it does leave a good, thick sheet of lacing. 4.0

S: A blend of fruity and earthy malts, caramel and yeasty phenols. 3.5-4.0

T: Starts with a strong maltiness, lightly sweet, that moves to a range of malty fruit flavors. Earthy. Sweetness becomes sticky and cloying on the tongue. Mild bitterness. Raisin, dark bread, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. 3.5

M: Medium in weight, but feels full bodied. Softer carbonation level. A somewhat sticky feeling beer. 3.5

O: A decent beer, well rounded and balanced while offering a range of flavors and warming the tongue. However something is off with this beer. The hops are all gone and the characteristic barleywine heat is missing. As for the oak aging, I’m getting some “wood” out of it, but not that tell-tale vanilla-oakiness. 3.5 (997 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just arrived in Texas, 2007 vintage. Served in a wide-mouthed Val Dieu chalice. The pour results in a somewhat hazy brown beer with a small head on top that fades quickly. Aroma is rich and complex: sweet, sticky maltiness rich in caramel, accompanied by a ripe fruitiness and a good deal of citrusy hops. I don't detect any oakiness.

Flavor has much of the same, but... the oak is much more prominent in the flavor, somewhat to the detriment of the beer. Strong fusel alcohols blend with the oakiness to detract from the drinkability.

I found this beer to be out of balance and not very pleasant to finish. (610 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist.

Vintage 2007

A: Pours a lovely looking opaque, burnt-orange/copper color with a meringue-like light-orange colored head. Lots of droopy rings of lace left behind.

S: Big nose of caramel, tart apple, fruit laced tobacco, oak, cocoa, toasted malt, citrus, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Spicy oak, tart fruit, and sweet juicy caramel are the big players here. Also noticed were tobacco, cherry, lemon, charred wood, vanilla, alcohol, and prickly hops. Toasted malt and fruit loom large in the finish.

M: Big, sweet, and sticky with an interesting bit of earthy dryness/bitterness. Perhaps due to the massive oakiness?

D: i expected this to be a chore to drink but was rewarded with a smooth and easy drinking barleywine that's big on flavor. The alcohol flavor, while noticable, was relatively well contained. (913 characters)

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Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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