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RATINGS: 315   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2008
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is wood, caramel malts, some mild yeastyness as well as dark dry fruits with mild alcohol. Flavour is quite much the same in a nice balance, but also has some very grassy and earthy notes. Mild notes of dark chocolate and grass in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a hazy, reddish-orange color with some particulates; light tan head with patchy lacing. Lightly toasted oak, dried fruits, and some orange hops in the aroma; lots of candy sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of candy sugar, slightest present of oak, orange and earthy hop bitterness; tasty, sugary barleywine, with a light oak presence; a bit sticky. Medium finish, showing toasty oak and sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Draught: Sweet aroma. Aroma of hops, fruit, strawberry, alcohol, caramel, wood, and a little smoked. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized creamy off-white head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor of chocolate, alcohol, oak, coffee, dark malts, and smoke. Medium body. Thick, chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Dry chocolate and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Courtesy of argo0. Cloudy light amber with a small off-white head. The nose is caramel, light golden raisins, oak and citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with floral hops, citrus, toffee and golden raisins. Medium/full body is rough with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of citrus, apricot, carmel and light oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, light apricot, light orange and a hint of oak with a crisp lightly dry lingering bittere finish.
More oak please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Draught: Pours an elegant amber brown with a thin head. Tons if fruit in the nose. Black cherries, raspberries, artificial grape, and alcohol. The first thing I picked up were 3 different varieties of wood in the flavor: hickory, oak, and cedar. Then followed smoked malts and a bouquet of dark fruit, with hop notes in the finish. The palate is excellent. Well balanced, smooth, and complex. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Draught. Nose is at first cherries, oak, caramel, and light peat smoke. More fruit, strawberries, light bananas, and some pineapple. Very clear, ruby-colored, with a thin silky head. Slight sharpness opens up to a soft but assertive velvety smoothness. Loads of fruit with some alcohol presense and a bit of hop balance. Chocolate, smoke, raspberries. Amazing for a generally mediocre brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20325) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2008
Bottled (9.1%), thanks ante! Cloudy dark amber, enormous head. Vaguely woody nose. Sweet and fairly soft, vastly malty with full body. Lots of caramel, with oak and vanilla chiming in. Warming and quite balanced with an emphasis on malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Date: 02/08/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC

Appearance: hazy dark copper, huge frothy off white head, sudsy lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma with light earthyness,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, touch of sweet vanilla, lots of balancing oak, earthy bitterness rises out of the oak, yeast shot adds a nice bready character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Sometimes, I think that unimportant attributes get in the way. Does aroma really significantly impact the way you rate a beer??? Does how a beer catch the eye really determine how much you enjoy a brew??? I hope not. How does it taste??? How does it leave an impression and make you want to buy it again. This beer makes me want to spend an extra $12.50...the oak moderates the aggressiveness of the style and improves the drinkability. Mild, unobtrusive alcohol content with solid flavor. Grab one...

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