Oak Aged Widdershins | Left Hand Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Gueuzedude on 02-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour into a snifter at cellar temp.

A: Rich copper/amber color, very clear, two-finger off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring at the edge with minimal lacing.

S: Caramel malt, piney hops, a touch of oak.

T: Same as the smell with the addition of fig, appricot, and alcohol.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation to cut the sweetness on my tongue.

O: I really like this barleywine--not too sweet or cloying, with a light bitterness at the end to round things off. This was a 2013 bottle (22 oz) and I have two more in the cellar. I'll look forward to trying another in about a year

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A two year vertical of a 2007 cork and caged Widdershins, properly cellared all these many years and a brand new 2013 crown capped bomber.

2007: Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a fine one finger ivory head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is classic barleywine; fresh and dried dark stone fruit, caramel malt and moderate cardboard from aging. Flavor follows with caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, a bit of butterscotch and butter, and the expected moderate cardboard, although the latter is covered pretty well by the flavors. Flavor drops off fairly quickly to a slightly over the hill caramel malt and cork flavor, but an unexpected lingering hop bitterness. I probably aged this one a bit too long, but it held up pretty well. Not the best balanced or well preserved barleywine I've aged, but still a quite satisfactory, warming aged ale with good barleywine character. Would have liked a bit more oak than the light butteriness, but enjoying it as it is.

2013:
Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a clear medium coppery amber with a thin film of ivory head dissipates to a ring around the glass and light lacing. . Aroma is fresh caramel malt; fresh dark and light stone fruit, slightly sweet and floral; a hint of oak. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit, particularly figs and dates, a nice balance of fruit and caramel. Flavor drops off a bit in the finish, exposing a moderate lingering floral hop finish and bitterness. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. This is more of an English barleywine profile to my taste, but the hoppy finish is definitely American. I liked the balanced malt and fruit flavor of this much more than I expected and will get this barleywine again. The oak is almost undetectable in this, which is the only element that was less than expected.

I think the 2007 is over the hill, but I do think the 2013 could well improve well with a few years on it. It drinks quite well right now. An unexpectedly enjoyable barleywine. Review rating is for the fresh Widdershins; the aged one would grade about a half point lower on taste because of the thin finish and effects of oxidation. The appearance gets a few decimals extra because the aged one has such a creamy, good looking head.

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3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz.

A: Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head.

S: Aroma brings light maple and peach characteristics. Somewhat hoppy.

T: Taste brings heavy peated malt, somewhat spicy oak, a hint of tannic vanilla, earthy grain, remnant citrus hop notes, a little maple.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: While this isn't horrible, the proportion of peated malt is much too high and obscures the other elements of the beer.

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Oak Aged Widdershins from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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