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Old Embalmer - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Old EmbalmerOld Embalmer

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 08-08-2004)
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Reviews by LarryMyers:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-27-2013 02:19:55 | More by LarryMyers
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%

2012 bottle.Pours into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange color with a sticky off white head atop,it just looks menacing.Aromas of deep brown sugar and cramel,the hops are "green"and play a role but the malt wins out.Thick and chewy wich I think it should be for the style and how "big" it is.There is a slight rawness underneath the big malts,it has a green leafiness to it that let's you know it's American,it's alcoholic and pretty sweet with caramel and booze but I like the hop profile.Iam one of those that thinks Widmer is underrated in their "big" stuff,I liked this like I like alot of their other stuff.

10-08-2013 22:39:48 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-24-2014 02:29:19 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a snifter, this beer was a cherry amber color, very bright. It had a thin white head that left a little lace.

Aroma of sweet fruit and earthy hops. There seemed to be a little oak also.

Nice taste of cherries and some plums. Still sweet. Mildly hoppy.

Nice beer. I'm writing this review while drinking a 2012 Bigfoot. Old Embalmer is milder, smoother, and less aggressive. Very enjoyable.

I think it would be worth cellaring.

09-19-2012 21:45:32 | More by lordofthewiens
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-26-2011 07:11:36 | More by GarrettB714
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-17-2013 00:46:58 | More by TKEbeerman
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-05-2013 18:44:36 | More by valkyre65
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-12-2013 14:55:59 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2014 02:56:22 | More by KrittyKratz
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Reviewing Old Embalmer '12, bottled July 18th, 2012.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orangish amber color with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Loads of caramel notes on the first whiff. Moderate bread. Minor hints of astringency. Faint chocolate.

Taste - Predominant caramel and toffee notes. Hints at berry sweetness. Finishes sweet with a touch of heat, and a lingering moderate citrus bitterness.

Moutfheel - Full-bodied, with light, but tingly carbonation. Sticky on the lips, but goes down like a beer with lesser body.

Overall - At this stage, reminiscent of Mendocino's Eye of the Hawk, with a bit more kick. Loads of caramel flavor backed by strong fruity ester character. Still has a touch of hop character, even with 5 months of age on it. At $4 a bottle, I must have purchased it at a closeout discount. Hopefully there's still another bottle or two, because I'd love to get a good year or two of age on this thing.

12-28-2012 04:55:36 | More by TheSixthRing
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North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

A - caramel amber with a soft lacing of pure white head that fades but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - bready, caramel, candy sugar; intensely malty aroma

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, some citrus, bitter finish, some underlying sweetness in the finish as well; spicy alcohol that warms the throat

M - warm, a bit thin at times, medium to full bodied

This is a decent barleywine. Just as advertised it showcases "copious amounts of malts". The bravo hops in this '12 edition offer a big bitterness similar to a vegetable-like bitterness and some citrus notes throughout. My only complaint is that this beer is a bit thin and alcohol is a bit intense. I wish I had another bottle to age for a year or two. Once this beer blends and mellows, I bet it would be fantastic. Even relatively fresh (5 months old) it's pretty decent.

02-15-2013 13:22:02 | More by tdm168
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

08-20-2014 04:13:35 | More by Andystegmeier
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

2013 Vintage pours caramel/copper with a sliver of cream colored head. Good head retention & nice lacing, stays effervescent throughout

S: Breadyness, pears & little bit of woodiness, a bit of boozeyness

T: Dryness, woody hops, pears, boozey notes & a little caramel & green appleskin up front. Dryness, pears, booze & oakyness as this warms, plus some pine & citrus hop showing up late to the party, slight butterscotch notes. Finishes dry, piney, boozey & slightly fruity, plus a little bit of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, actually thins out as this warms

A pretty run of the mill American Barleywine. Rough on the edges. I know these guys can do better. The barrel-aged one is better, but still nothing to crow about...

I am sure this will get better with age

10-25-2013 02:47:32 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-10-2012 00:40:56 | More by uziangis
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-19-2013 07:07:45 | More by nick_asian
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-16-2012 02:01:44 | More by jimmy82063
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-04-2014 04:41:34 | More by Eaglefan344
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A: A semi-cloudy, amber ale with little to no head.

S: fig. Caramel. Flowers.

T: figs and raisins. Caramel. Alcohol. Bitter at the end but not too much. Sweet'ish.

M: Medium carbonation. Big body.

O: pretty solid Barleywine. Would buy again.

07-02-2014 02:23:23 | More by jellikit
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New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

From the 2012 batch. Dated July 19, 2012. Sampled on April 20, 2014 so not quite two years old.

Drinking at about 55 degrees. Lovely mahogany-amber-reddish pour leading up to a lingering, lacing off-white head. Invites me in.

Even after almost two years the aroma is still bold and forward with sweet roasted barley malts, a touch of fruit, and a mildly earthy hop sensation.

The body is a little under medium but it is smooth.

The taste also brings out all those barley malt characters and a low bitter finish. The 10.2% ABV has not faded all that much. This still has plenty of alcohol punch but not so much in the taste.

04-20-2014 18:52:18 | More by puboflyons
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-02-2014 05:58:17 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-11-2013 01:27:41 | More by Sazz9
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-25-2013 19:35:31 | More by jaydoc
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

New review from the "Alchemy Project" 22's... Picked up at the COOP for a pricey $13.. poured into my slim tulip.. Decent enough light tan head... nice lacing and retention.. the brew is a crystal clear light amber.

Nose shows some hoppiness that reminds me of orange blossoms.... floral and somehow a bit earthy.. balanced backbone of pale malt and pieces of toasty malt... no real "caramel or toffee".. pretty damn good.

Very balanced... not bitter ever.. good malt presence and a nice floral hoppiness... palate mirrors the aromas.

Body is a slippery medium and carbonation is light yet makes me want another sip.. liquid velvet.

Very drinkable out of the gate... The label suggests "cellaring"... I am torn, I have my doubts it will do any good, but you never know. Damn tasty and drinkable.. no element overwhelms any other.


Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-14-2012 04:28:42


On tap tonight at The Front Door... poured into a probably 10oz goblet... nice looking frothy off white head.. the brew is lighter than many barleywines ... sorta a medium orange color.

Nose is pretty piney backed up by buckets of maltiness...

Flavor pretty much the same... chewy big maltiness with just enough caramel is hammered pretty heavily by hop resins... the body is on the medium side with a lighter than expected carbonation.

This was really damn good.... I wish they would bottle this up again... It really reminds me of Full Sail's Old Boardhead with about a year in the bottle.


11-21-2009 03:41:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-29-2012 03:57:52 | More by olmane
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2012 17:20:42 | More by richbrew
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Old Embalmer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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