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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Thanks for purchasing another offering in our Big Mo’ Series. Widdershins, our counterclockwise biennial barleywine aged in oak casks reveals fruity notes of orange and apricot upon a foundation of oak, garlanded with earthy hoppiness. Our answer to waning daylight and frigid temperatures can be enjoyed immediately or saved in your cellar for a snowy day. Cheers!
Bottle Conditioned
25% Aged in Oak Cask
2013 vintage - 10.7% abv


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROBC3366 (541) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bomber bottle poured a clear orange hue w/ a one finger fully diminishing beige head. Moderate to bold fruity aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are smokey oak, tangerine, malt, and apricot. Full bodied, soft carbonation, and boozy warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
[Tap] Draught at a recent Left Hand tap takeover. Unsure of the vintage of this beer, as it was not listed. Pours a deep garnet color with a large cap of beige foam on top. Sweet caramel, oak wood and dusty hop aroma. Light alcohol in the nose. Moderate levels of bitterness. Taste includes sweet molasses, brown sugar, honey and dough. Faint dark fruits. Sweet and borderline cloying finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Just OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2013 vintage. 650 ml bottle poured into snifter. Beautiful clear orange with a smidgeon of silky off-white head. Very little head retention or lacing and very light carbonation. Earthy aromas of caramel, grass, corn, dried apricot and alcohol. Flavor is sweet cereal up front transitioning into the woody and smoke characteristics with a lingering bitter finish and some alcohol warmth. This was solid, but nothing about it really grabbed me. In all fairness, I could’ve let it age.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duganc (8) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014 does not count
2013 vintage. A relatively hoppy American BW. I like the smokey oak and coating malt character. Spent over an hour on a bomber bottle from 53deg to room temp. Alcohol builds with temp, but never overpowers. Pours with little to no head, clear. I like : )

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Nearly clear orange copper pour with a large frothy marshmallow white head. Feels like a reduced English bitter married with an unexpectedly smokey hop bomb. Smoked maple syrup. Dark blonde tannins. Golden raisins. Burnt Challah. Elephant ear mushrooms. Blood orange peels. Lots of earthy, spicy pine. Big and boozy. Nicely complicated.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thebullshornbar (72) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
This beer starts in England and ends with an American finish. In the nose, peat overwhelms the senses with dried fruits and burnt sugar lingering behind. The palate is similar with flavors akin to that of an English barley wine, only with overtones of peat. It finishes abruptly with a sharp drying bitterness. Overall this beer has allot of bold flavors but just doesn’t seem to harmonize maybe some age would help.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Side_Smitty (433) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Pours clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma is molasses and sweetfeed for cattle with a little oak barrel. Taste is grains and oak with a slight sweetness. A very clean tasting barle wine. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7314) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Orange, raisin, and caramel malt aroma. Cloudy amber with small head. Woody orange/raisin, caramel malt and moderately bitter herbal/alcohol flavor. Light body for a barley wine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (3446) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle: Almost clear, red-berry-copper with a tiny off-white ring. Aroma is soft...vanilla, oak, light fruit. Taste is pronounced oak....caramel, alcohol. Not bad, mild for the ABV...but the oak dominates a little too much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
had on draft at Ibon .. . deep brown .. mild head, strong lacing .. . full mouth .. . long finish .. . Booze, vanilla, and oak goodness! .. . . madness is subjective


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