Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 04:33:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 03:39:31 | More by artoolemomo
4.68/5 rDev +20%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-19-2013 01:16:05 | More by MenardMa
Barrel-Aged Old Embalmer (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.