Oak Aged Widdershins | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Oak Aged WiddershinsOak Aged Widdershins

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Gueuzedude on 02-09-2008

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. 750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. I had a tough time getting the cork out for some reason. Poured a hazy, reddish gold with a couple of fingers of white bubbled head. Pretty good amount of carbonation. Great aroma, lots of fresh piney/citrusy hops. Also some burnt sugar. I didn't get much oak from this. There was a pronounced smokey note. Medium bodied with good amount of hop bitterness. Long, hoppy finish with a little pucker. A little overpriced in my opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty impressive after the initial pour. Two finhger frothy, light amber head but recedes after about five minutes after pouring. Before I take my first sip. Pretty good for a barleywine though. Good bubbling too. Very toasted malt nose. Brown sugar with notes of light and dark fruits mixed with a dash of molasses. Great nose that develops more as it warms. The taste is just like the aroma. Complexity increases with warmth. Hints of toasted pears mix with herbal hnts of tobacco and light maraschino cherries. The mouthfeel is pretty wamr, but not overpowering. Just lets you know that tis beer need to be sipped.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance -Medium brown with a nice tan head.

smell - Smells of fruit, oak, and some hops here.

taste - Roasted malts, some vanilla snd oak present here. Plus some hops at the end. Seemed like a barleywine up front and then some hops are the end. Was well balanced though.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad tasting beer, interesting taste I think.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle dated 2007, caged and corked. Pours a slightly hazy reddish golden with a big pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued - some peppery malts and a little leather and maybe some old metallic fruits.

The flavor is peppery, metallic malts with a little sweet fruitiness and a good sized bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but pretty smooth.

Overall, it's just an odd combination of flavors and doesn't work for me.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice oak scent laid over a malt bill of pale and crystal malts. The hops are well promounced in the aroma also. The oak scent is mild, yet it blends in well. The taste is decent. It has a toned down flavor. It's not overly malty. The hop bitterness is pronounced as well as the oak character. It's quite dry with a lingering oak taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I love the concept of using oak casks. It can really enhance the complexity of certain beer styles. I like the oak in this one, but I'm not in love with the lack of malt presence in the taste. It's seems a little bland and dumbed down. Overall, this is a good drinker, but not my favorite barleywine.

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Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/1/2008 $12.49 750 mL 8.80% Brewed 2007.


Pours a hazed medium brown with orange highlights that is topped by an inch of pillowy tan head that has substantial staying power.


Loads of oak and vanilla notes dominate with subtler caramel, fruit and hints of hops as well.


Nice viscous chewy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet with fresh fruit notes suffused with oak highlights. Finish is very woody with vanilla present alongside a mildly bitter hop presence.

Alcohol is fairly well masked in this one, and this has to be one of the better oaked beers I've sampled. The oak elevates the beer here, it doesn't dominate it, as it does in so many other oaked beers.

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Photo of stumac
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this baby for free, fools. I work for a distributor out of Texas.

Pours up very little head but maintains a thin layer. Very copper in color.

Aromatics are hops for sure. Not insane but apparent. Notes of vanilla and a bit spicy oak. Very subtle fruit notes. Light citrus if any.

Taste is subtle hops. Definate roasty malt character. Almost smokey. Reminds me of a light porter. Vanilla and oak are there. Subtle fruity notes. Lighter fruits though.

Medium to full bodied mouth-feel. Long lasting lingering taste. Who needs breath mints when kissing the ladies. Just take a couple swills of this beer and you'll be on your way to a rollercoaster of love. Plus split the bottle with her and you will probably get laid. Knowing how most chicks arent used to high alcoholic beers, she'll get drunk easier. That is if she even likes the intense roasty flavor. Always have a six pack of Smirnoff Ice in the fridge for backup.

Overall, not a beer I would buy twice but definately a beer I would drink for free twice. A very exceptional brew.


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Photo of allengarvin
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just arrived in Texas, 2007 vintage. Served in a wide-mouthed Val Dieu chalice. The pour results in a somewhat hazy brown beer with a small head on top that fades quickly. Aroma is rich and complex: sweet, sticky maltiness rich in caramel, accompanied by a ripe fruitiness and a good deal of citrusy hops. I don't detect any oakiness.

Flavor has much of the same, but... the oak is much more prominent in the flavor, somewhat to the detriment of the beer. Strong fusel alcohols blend with the oakiness to detract from the drinkability.

I found this beer to be out of balance and not very pleasant to finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2008
Well carbonated as the beer pours with a three-finger thick, tan colored head that I fairly tightly beaded for such a big beer. The head leaves some thin lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a reddish amber color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale cranberry hued, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused up front with lots of fruity notes of apricots, candied orange zest, ruby-red grapefruit syrup, some tropical fruit and a substantial lychee contribution. Towards the middle of a big draught of the aroma is a toasty, bread-like, crusty malt character, but then the oak components kick in. The oak contributes ample spicy oak, a woody backdrop and a warming finish. Interestingly enough the huge, up front character of this beer is the fruity hop character, you almost have to dig to get to the oak aromatics and I find that nicely refreshing in an oak aged brew.

Sweet and thick at first, but then an ample carbonation kicks in that froths the beer up a bit more than I would like. This carbonation is followed by a sharp, spicy, woody oak component that lingers on into a long, slightly tannic finish. A vigorous, quick swirl of my tulip glass gets rid of the excess carbonation. Up front with the clean malt sweetness this has a fair amount of hop-fruitiness to it, not as much as the aroma might have suggested, but I still get flavors of orange zest, grapefruit and a touch of lychee. The oak flavors are much more present here. At times they can be a bit distracting, especially as they combine with the alcohol, and hop bitterness in the finish; all of which contribute to a slightly harsh astringency. At its best this beer has a nice black pepper piquancy in the finish that is made up of both woody components and spicy oak components. Somehow this is almost smoky in the finish and even a bit salty as well, it is vaguely evocative of peat somehow, though I have no idea how it would have picked up these flavors. The combination of oak and alcohol also makes the finish seem a bit boozy at times.

Tasty, but it can be a bit out of balance at times. I would have really loved this beer if the flavor had somehow kept the hop to oak ratio that was in the aroma. The hop flavors are much less juicy and appetizing than the aroma was and the oak flavors seem to add a bit of harshness to the beer, especially in the finish. Still this is a tasty, enjoyable beer, one which I would be happy to have again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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