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Old Embalmer | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by freed on 08-08-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,666
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
215
pDev:
11.49%
Bros Score:
3.75
 
 
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4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper color, with a small tan head, and thin, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Dark caramel and toffee dominate the aroma, there are somewhat earthy hops as well and a subtle perfume aroma.

Taste: Caramel and sweet, vinous alcohol dominate the taste from start to finish. Midway through the taste, a flourish of earthy hops presents. Finishes with lingering sweet alcohol, caramel, and earthy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with sharp champagne-like carbonation, and an almost syrupy mouth feel.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting example, which can be said to expand the boundaries of the style. Well worth a try.

Presenation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass "bomber" bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Embalmer 2012, opened 4/25/2016. Much tastier than I expected it to be. A very nice take on the American Barleywine. Not too sweet at all, mouthfeel was medium. Even after sitting in the bottle for four years, it was still on the hoppy side. I would definitely have this again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Idrankthat
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rydev24
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiteturtle
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer '13- featuring x-431 hops

*This is not barrel-aged, as there seems to be some confusion with previous reviews.

Eyes: Pours a burnt sienna colour, with a minimal head- about 1 fingers worth (but is one finger ever really worth it?). A pretty hue, and quite transparent. Low carbonation, but bubbles remain prevalent.

Nose: Butterscotch, carrot cake, and vanilla hit the nasal passages hard. Followed by pine, allspice, and toffee. Smells reminiscent of my old retired favourite- smuttynose barleywine.

Tongue: Caramel, cherry, sherry, and peppercorns. An extremely light, earthy, and unfortunately watery taste to this beer. Heavy spices, with not a lot of malt to back it up. The malt notes that are there are fruity, maybe pearish? Tastes like an vienna lager to me- woody, munichy, and lacking in depth.

Cheeks: Way too light. The 10% is masked nicely, but with flavour being the primary sacrifice. The mouthfeel during and after each taste reminds me more and more of a vienna lager. And as I mentioned earlier, an unfortunate H20 quality keeps peeking through.

Overall: Extremely disappointed. I love Widmer Brothers, and when I saw this bottle chilling in my local store I thought I came across a hidden gem (and I have quite the affinity for barleywines). I honestly don't know how this beer can be called a barleywine. Usually barleywines either veer towards the american way of hoppy bittery goodness, or the english malty syrupy (and better) route. This tastes like a watered down amber ale. I'm really hoping I got a bad bottle, and the actual beer that was meant to be tasted by the public is out there for others to enjoy.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a thin white film. S: the aromas are fruit, grain, malt, faint sherry T: A big malt palate with traces of vanilla, light caramel, fruit with a hint of cherry, and a grand dose of alcohol. F: It has a big body to balance big alcohol with below average carbonation. O: This is something you could drink after dinner instead of a bourbon.

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Photo of rack0flamb
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version (with Bravo hops)

Appearance: With a bit of a bubble show, the beer pours cloudy and copper; the modest ecru head fades into a film; decent lacing for the age and ABV

Smell: Toffee, tobacco and pine, with underlying stone fruit tones

Taste: Toffee lays down the gauntlet, with pine and tobacco tastes developing; stone fruit sprinkled drizzled with syrup in the mid-palate and a hint of bitterness and booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has matured nicely and is drinking like a champ right now; glad I found a store with an older bottle

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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of badgustav
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2013, aged 2 years
Look: coppery red, almost cherry. Light head which lingers

Aroma: best part of the beer. Sweet maltiness with notes of raisin, left me thinking of cinnamon raisin bread. No hopiness.

Flavor: well rounded, sweet and figs. Body is light and slightly astringent and the alcohol is quite subdued. Light syrup notes with hints of allspice.

A well rounded barleywine, at least aged.

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4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of indianabeerman
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Initial impression is quite floral, woody. Recalls an extra-strength English IPA with some added leafy American hop character. Some peach and mango-like fruity notes. Tea-like. A little soapy. Some cherry and walnut esters. A whiff of allspice. Brandy-like booze is well-concealed and sneaks up a bit. Everything is well-integrated, smooth, almost creamy. Deep malt backbone that recalls bran muffins. Low key carbonation. Initially understated barleywine that packs some heat as one wades through a snifter.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Old Embalmer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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