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Widdershins | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jarod on 09-22-2003

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of midlifec
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chewy6935
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RancidAggro
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged one year. No head super smooth light and tasty.

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Photo of duceswild
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a pure rich amber tone that holds when held to light. A foamy cream grows on top equalling two full fingers of frothy, yeast colored head. Dots of lace are left behind. Nose is very soft with some malts wrapped up in a bit of subtle smokiness, that is really about all I get. The smoke was right on as that is the first thing you notice as you take the initial sip. the smoke is not big and overpowering but soft and well presented. Some bready sweetness gets mingled in mid palate. Towards the end and as you drink you get a bit of a hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Complexity is lacking but it does come in layers. I will say this is a unique barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit thick tingly and woodsy. Drinkability is very good its just not what I look for in a barleywine.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up for 10 bucks at Vintage Estate poured into my sniffer goblet.

A - Decent amount of carbonation on this on just a 1/2 inch that sticks around a bit. Color is a hazy yellow brown tint.
S - Surprisingly hoppy for a oak aged beer. Semi wood and vanilla with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Slight alcohol esters.
T+M - Very chewy thick beer that starts out oaky, leads to sweet caramel and toffee malts and finishes with a bit of hoppy bite. Stingy acidic alcohol esters remind you of the high octane and in a way I didn't really expect it to be so bitter.

Overall I guess it would have been better to be a tad sweeter I regret not having Insanity which is readily available for slightly cheaper. Still if you like bitter stingy Barleywines this beer is for you!

Edit: I had to go back and mark it all 4's since apparently my bottle was 2013 vintage and it was still very hoppy and bitter. Any brewery that can do that is worth praise!

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, golden amber color, speckled with reddish and orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very nice aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and biscuits, as well as tons of toffee and brown sugar. I also get aromas of stone fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, as well as a touch of black pepper and saffron, and finally, a touch of floral, grassy, hops.

Taste: Delicious ! Tons of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by tons of toffee and brown sugar. I also get flavors of stone fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, as well as a touch of black pepper and saffron, and finally, a touch of floral, grassy, hops, at the finish. Quite the delicious American-style barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very smooth, as there’s very little in the way of carbonation; just a hint really. Even with an ABV of 10.7%, there is surprisingly little alcohol on the palate. It’s extremely well masked.

Overall: This is another amazingly delicious American-style barleywine, and another amazingly delicious beer from Left Hand which is quickly becoming not only one of my favorite breweries from Colorado, but one of my favorite American breweries, period! Highly recommended!

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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber with a 1” off-white foam cap that provides good lace.
S: Fruit and malt aromas with orange, citrus.
T: The fruit is bigger on the palate than with some barleywines and it is more than moderately sweet. Malt driven with moderate to a less less on the hops.
F: Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation. A little alcohol warming.
O: A good barley wine but somewhat subdued with a little more sweetness and a little less body and bitterness than I would prefer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Slightly lighter than some Barleywines, more of an dark orange/copper color than the deep mahogany usually seen for the style. A quarter-inch head gently sits on top of the hazy beer for about 45 seconds before slowly beginning to fade into a couple of smell mounds of foam left on top.

SMELL: I could smell this all day. It has an intense molasses smell with figs, dates and cherries dancing around the edges. Some clove and cinnamon smells sneak their way in as well as a very faint hop aroma and a touch of peat. Highly complex, spectacular aroma.

TASTE: The peat comes through much more on the palate than on the nose and is just magnificent up against an earthy hop flavor and some citrus. The molasses is still present, but subdued compared to the nose. The spiciness, caramel, oak and dark fruit from the nose all comes through as well, adding even more layers to this complex beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Not as huge as I expected, but still medium to big. The carbonation provides a surprisingly large sparkle considering this a 10% beer. It goes down silky and smooth and a nice bitter, dry bite on the end keeps the palate thirsting for the sweeter start of that next sip every time. Very nice.

OVERALL: Of course it wouldn’t be such a treat if Left Hand made this beer every year, but I would certainly grab my few bottles every year if they did. As a Barleywine fanatic this has pretty much everything I’m looking for; complex, rich, malty flavors balanced by large doses of hops…plus that peat. Even though this beer is about a year and a half old the hop character still shines through. As it fades, as that incredible malt bill blossoms and the balance changes this will still be a fantastic beer for years to come. I’ve been lucky enough to drink vintages as old as ten years and it stands up beautifully. Can’t wait for this batch to develop into its own beauty.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Azbeergasm
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage

A- Deep orange hazy from aging 13-5 on srm

S- Resiny slight oxidation medium candied smell with hints of oak

T- The candied malts are balance off with mild bitterness and notes of citrus and leaves an aftertaste of smooth oak and booze.

M- Medium body low carbonation resiny more astringent as it warms.

O - Overall it's a solid barleywine enjoyed the mild oak presence. Balanced well but lighter on the mouthfeel and candied sugars, it's a bit more hoppy than what I'm used to but. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksolekjr
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tarabeth
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time last night. It was really enjoyable.

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mthom
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and chewy, though a bit cloudy in the presentation. I'm always a little scared of these big beers, but this is surprisingly drinkable. The oak definitely shows thru… when will this oak craze go away, and do we care? Will definitely buy again...

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Photo of jzlyo
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is malts, very light DIPA-like pine and grains. The flavor is pale malts, fruit, mild peat notes and a thick and mildly alcoholic finish.

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Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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