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Oak Aged Widdershins - Left Hand Brewing Company

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 01:33:09 | More by Thorpe429
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2/5  rDev -44.6%

02-13-2012 07:17:20 | More by sliverX
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-10-2012 03:07:44 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-07-2012 14:35:38 | More by nmann08
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WMEugene

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-06-2012 23:04:27 | More by WMEugene
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nickhiller

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-05-2012 22:15:18 | More by nickhiller
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-05-2012 04:15:09 | More by waiting4lunch
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

02-05-2012 03:59:03 | More by kevgod
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-22-2012 16:01:22 | More by djrn2
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dlello2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-21-2012 03:55:59 | More by dlello2
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barczar

Kentucky

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
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-14-2011 18:00:57 | More by jak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-29-2011 20:35:00 | More by brandoman63
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-23-2011 18:11:24 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Marti403

Michigan

5/5  rDev +38.5%

11-20-2011 01:26:09 | More by Marti403
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-15-2011 16:56:34 | More by richbrew
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claytong

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage

appearance - oak orange in color. small head, great lacing...honeycomb style.

smell - caramel malt, brown sugar, oak, apricot/melon

taste - follows the nose to the tee. simple but good

mouthfeel - carbonation is great for an aged barleywine thats been thru some tough cellaring. body is thick but not too thick. no cloying

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:19:34 | More by claytong
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joefuzz

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle 2007 vintage.

Pours a orangeish brown with a small head.

Smells of caramel malts and some sweet apricot with a hint of oak, no hop presence.

Tastes is a little lack luster the usual sweet barleywine taste is there but seems dumbed down, like barleywine light..

Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on for a 4 year old barleywine.

Overall pretty good beer but I don't see it going anywhere with more time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:15:18 | More by joefuzz
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber-like with a deeper orange hue. Very cloudy. Short white head with moderate lacing.

S: Apples, caramel, and some smooth malted barley. Hints of bananas, citrus fruits and some kitchen spices. Mild hints of oak and wood.

T/M: Apple and caramel combination along with the banana and citrus flavors are big on the initial sip. Lots of subtle spice, light fruits and fresh malted barley in the overall body. Hints of dill weed and hops. Oakey, boozy and very dry finish.

D: Alright. Really dry and watery yet boozy body.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 02:20:39 | More by YouSkeete
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Florida9

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:08:21 | More by Florida9
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy and dense body, clearly full of protein and yeast which is acceptable for the style but certainly many do this style without it. I somewhat enjoy that look so I’m pretty happy. Reasonable head but the lacing I’m getting is only ok. Poured in a stone old guardian glass, which may not be ideal for lacing or retention.

Straight up caramel barely wine here and American has it can be. 2009 bottle so some hops have faded, but they are still here and noticeable. I don’t really pick up any characteristics from the oak, but I’m not overly surprised.

Citrus hops and caramel malt are really drowning out most of the other flavors. The back brings in some tannins possibly from the oak and a somewhat grape peel finish leaves me a touch unsure where this one is trying to go. There are some subtle notes that make me think of Thomas Hardy at time here when I ignore the hops presence which is pretty interesting. A slight nutty notes making me think for a moment about a somewhat fruity brown ale as well.

Alcohol is still present here and while cold is a bit off putting but as the flavors rise from warming that falls back. Well carbonated and rather dense beer. An extremely good feel for an American barley wine.

I was getting ready to knock this beer for a lot of flaws when I was sampling it fresh out of the fridge, but I have to say warming it up has really let a rather good beer come out. The oak impact is minimal and I believe it is mellowing the hops a bit and possibly fusing the flavors together a bit while adding some tannins and a light but of nutty/earthy over tones in the back ground. Or I’m just crazy and read that in another review and stole it. I’m honestly not sure as this beer has me somewhat perplexed. I saw some Arrogant Bastard like comments, and I have to say I get that. This beer getting near or past 2 years (I just have a 2009 year on here, no month that I see) the hops most likely have faded from sight so this isn’t Bastard, but the malt profile and the presence of the hops certainly does remind me of it in ways though certainly different experiences to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:10:17 | More by bobhits
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csiewert

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a finger if off white head with a bit of lacing and decent head retention. The aroma is amazing... Big bits of matly caramel and some earthy hops are apparent. The taste is slighty off however... It starts with some roasted malt and strong caramel and then hits you strong with cardboard. The mouthfeel is velvety and slightly carbonated and finishes smooth. Overall worth a try and it has a Tom of potential.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:02:13 | More by csiewert
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak-Aged Widdershins 2007, corked bottle bought at New Beer Dist. in Manhattan, NY, for $9.95.

Appearance: A vigorous, loud pour (glug, glug), with tons of foam and an almost three-finger head that slowly recedes into one and remains throughout. Great retention and good (but not great) lacing. Color is hazy straw/clear copper, with lots of sediment.

Smell: Yum! Very barleywine-like, with yeast aromas, sourness, Granny Smith apples freshly sliced, some hops and lots of mellow citrus. Hot booze, like cooked and spiked orange juice. Reminds me of a farmhouse ale, also in the color. Unfortunately, a barnyard funky whiff comes through at the end, not bad but not great either. Reminds me of the swine pens my friend's family had in Northern Spain where I was born. Intense and strangely attractive despite the malodorousness. As it warms up, however, the barnyard becomes almost too much. Beware, if you're no fan of farm smells.

Taste: A little thiner than nose, and bigger in the barnyard department, but still good. Here I can finally get a hint of the oak, but not much. Hard to tell this is an oak-aged barleywine. Some sweetness and yeast, lots of malts, breadiness. Dry-pear feel at the end, as well as smoke and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Sad. A 2007 barleywine should be heavier, more intense and rounded. This beer is thin, a little watery. Taste and smell are good, but the mouthfeel is disappointing. Low body, medium carbonation, medium-to-low flavor. Some sticky sweetness at the end.

Drinkability: Damn high! At 8.8%, it's not exactly a gigantic barleywine, I know, and the mouthfeel is way thin, I know... but still, I enjoy drinking this and think it goes down easily and pleasant.

Sure, for an almost four-year-old oak-aged barleywine, this ain't what should be (really, where is the oak??) But it is still good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:40:59 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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aepb1

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:22:41 | More by aepb1
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asnow

Georgia

1.38/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have to preface this review with the hope that I just got a bad bottle. It was vintage 2009.

It poured a cloudy orange-amber which can be expected if it had been shaken due to bottle conditioning, but it had not. The head was very slight and did not hang around long enough to make the walk from the kitchen to the living room. There were some hints of malt in the aroma, but they were overpowered by the smell of soured washcloth, dirt (not to be confused with earthiness), and mildew. All of the smells came through in the taste, but the malt gained a little bit of an edge and competed with the sourness. Little if any of the oak came through in the flavor, but there was a touch of hop bitterness, (not what one would expect even from a year old barleywine). The mouthfeel was and astringent and had a slight burn from the alcohol which was not pleasant with the thin body. In my years of drinking, I have only drain-poured two beers, and had I had more than a 4 oz. sample, this would have been a third. I might be willing to try it again in the future if someone else pays.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 14:28:25 | More by asnow
Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
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