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Old Embalmer - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Old EmbalmerOld Embalmer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freed on 08-08-2004

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 42
Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium amber plus (12+), thick beige foam with good lacing. Toffee notes. Toffee start, alcohol on the exhale, caramel candy and lite fruity middle, some bitter pear in the finish. Medium lite mouthfeel and warming. Much lighter than I was expecting. Very interesting feel vs. flavor juxtaposition. Intrigued!

Photo of NickThePyro
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition, on tap at mead street station, not the brothers reserve edition i dont believe. man, some age has done this well, helped it mellow and integrate, and dry up a bit, its excellent barleywine, one of my favorites of the season so far. super frothy on the pour, a little murky in its light amber color, looks light for the style, and the head just keeps rising, creamy and beige and unrelenting. it smells very english, yeasty and not a ton of hops, but it also doesnt smell sweet at all, more like a bran muffin than caramels and toffees and the usual suspect grain layers. i think the yeast helps that a lot, its very english, biscuity and obviously robust in its capacity for high gravity fermentation. its almost woody, the way new oak can add a vanilla earthiness, this definitely has that going on in the middle, and maybe a hint of fig or date fruitiness before it gets dried out. i usually dont love this style, but this one is awfully good. also a heck of a way to take on a hangover! maybe the best widmer beer i have ever had.

Photo of Prost76
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amvrana
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nerudamann
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft into a snifter glass.

Look - very light amber color with some caramel hints. A good inch or so of head, with somewhat steady retention.

Smell - This has a "strong" smell, letting you know that you're about to taste something with a kick. After that, there' s a strong maltiness without a lock of backbone from the hops.

Taste - much like the smell, there's initially a strong malty quality that blends into a slight bitterness on the sides of the palate, followed by a dulled maltiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - more on the creamy side, which isn't atypical of this style.

Quite a pleasant beer overall. Best if had in small doses for full appreciation. Very good representation of the style.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, murky light brown caramel color. Apple sauce and pear in the aroma with a touch of melon and pineapple. Taste is hoppier than expected with tons of brown sugar and more apple. Sharp mouthfeel with a touch of booziness. Awesome in the style!

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent barley wine. Enjoyed

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, the '12 version, mit 'Bravo' Hopfen.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly ecru head, which leaves some melting snowbank lace around the glass as it speedily abates.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, candy sugar, reduced apple compote, dark orchard fruit - fig, date, and prunes, mostly - and still heady earthy, leafy, and floral hops, with more than a soupcon of bristling booziness. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and caramel malt, weak toffee pudding, a certain musty, been stored way too long red wine fruitiness, further fig, date, and cherry cordial notes, a mildly clammy yeastiness, a faintly acerbic woodiness, some late-arriving drupe esters, a touch of wet tobacco, and understated weedy, leafy, and floral hops - the north of 20-proof alcohol doing well to remain in the shadows.

The bubbles are fairly underwhelming in their middling, pithy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, but like the aforementioned yeast, kind of clammy in its stab at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, as the grainy caramel malt starts to apply itself towards the English side of things, given the turtling behavior of the purported Yankee Doodle Dandy hops here.

Yeah, two years (+) on, and the hops are not peppy and do not get all American on my palate, you say? Big fucking surprise. Anyways, the teetering towards British quarters is thus duly understandable, especially given the otherwise well-rendered, and enjoyably drinkable maltiness, one which is easily quaffable, with the only caveat being that, damn, girl, this is one boozy mo-fo, once you get up close and suitably tight with it!

Photo of Tictactisag
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Braz
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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1.72/5  rDev -55%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Old Embalmer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.