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Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series)Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zach122 on 10-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill-hazed & effervescent caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention, clears nicely

S: Oakyness, pears & figs & plums

T: Pineapple, jammyness, breadyness & oaky dryness up front. Pear, pineapple & even a bit of grapefruit as this warms, dry white wine all over this, plus doughyness & boozey warmth. Finishes boozey, jammy, dry with faint pineapple & grapefruit notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation. Thins out as this warms

Not bad, but was hoping for way more, wine barrel aging for this style is a bit curious to me, not in my wheelhouse. Wouldn't buy this again, at $10 for a 22 oz bomber, I expect more

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was pleasantly surprised about how much I liked this beer. I ordered it on tap at Eli Cannons in Connecticut, and I thought it was excellent! A really nice, fruity barleywine with very nice hints of the wine from the barrel. I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have excellent retention and lacing. It's also a lighter shade for a barleywine. The head is just slightly off-white while the body is a dark amber that shows as a medium to dark amber in the light. Lots of sheeting.

Nose- At first whiff, I was surprised that the bottle had retained so much hop aroma- the bottle did show a considerable amount of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) but this mellowed quickly. Notes of peach, light cherry. Slight funkiness to dankness that betrays (perhaps) a bit of caramel in the background. Bottle tends to grapefruit, funk, dank, maybe onions, slight cat piss. The glass is much more integrated and swirling reveals slight woodiness and grapefruit.

Taste- Starts off with a fruit front that is a blend of citrus and dark fruits. So far, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and cherry seem to blend together harmoniously. Some orange peel and peach. Hints of tropical fruit in the background. Not as much as malt in the middle or on the back as I would like. Some cinnamon and pepper on the linger on the tongue. It's almost tingles. At moment, it seems like a mild a Imperial IPA such as Pliny but a little stronger. Some mineral (almost soapy) notes to the middle. Works well with the citrus however. Not exactly the flavor profile I was looking for but it's hard to argue with a beer that has this much balance. Only slight notes of bitterness, pine, and resin. Not overwhelming in its presence or complexity but I do appreciate this beer for its more sublime qualities. Good to really good beer, but mostly really good. Even reminds me a little of Lagunitas Sucks. Some honey on the end.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with slight syrup to the texture. Light carbonation as well. Almost airy.

Drinkability- This is extremely easygoing and shows no signs of alcohol at all. However, it is not worth 15 bucks. Fortunately, this was a gift- I wouldn't have tried it otherwise.

Overall- Pretty much just a really good beer. One of the few American barleywines that I've enjoyed and I think the extra 8 months of age helps. It's worth a try but if 15 bucks is too much, you should pass this one by.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid white wine barrel aging that comes across slightly better in the smell in my opinion.

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Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.