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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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!
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25% Aged in Oak Cask
2013 vintage - 10.7% abv


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8182) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
22oz bottle, 2009 vintage. Totally hazy amber reddish color. Good thin khaki head. Little lace. Oaky, somewhat belgian nose. Medium to bigger body. Light, smooth carbonation. Vinous and wood notes. Light bit of fermented apple. Light spice. Kind of a sweeter taste. Decent bit of alcohol warmth, nothing bothersome, works with the subtle brandy oak notes. Enjoyable barleywine, but the texture feels more watery and flat than smooth. THere’s also a light sweet spicy bite, from maybe the Belgian Candi sugar. The influence from the brandy cask portion is pretty cool, though. This was enjoyable and interesting.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2022) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Draft. Oak comes through nicely, grape skins, dried dark fruit, spices, sticky caramel, vanilla, some booze.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
20th April 2015
Hazy deep amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is slightly viscous and semi dry with good fine minerally carbonation. Slightly bitter toffee in the smooth malts. Mild marmalade and then more bitterness. A bare whisper of vanilla oak. Mild caramel before a semi dry finish. Strangely un-engaging.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leighton (13605) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks! Pours mostly clear amber with a foamy beige head. Sugary and bready, with notable alcohol, leafy hops, some woody dryness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Dry, bitter and wood on the finish with further leafy hops and dry caramel. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (613) - - MAR 4, 2015
2013 Bottle from Abbeydale Beer Stop, Sheffield. Pours a light rosy brown with a small off-white head and lots of suspended particles. Aroma is bready and woody resin, caramel and apricot. Taste is strongly alcoholic and bitter, alot more hops than I’m used to in barley wine. thick and oily with nice level of carbonation. I like this, thumbs up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3237) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2007 from my cellar. Murky orange/amber with a thin white ring fora head. Complex aroma of toffee, vanilla, dried golden raisins, toast with honey. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma hinted to. Not as full and complex. Lightly sweet and fruity with some hop bitterness that keeps it from being cloying. Perhaps beginning to thin out a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12174) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, thanks to Garrold, 24/01/15. Orange amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is dark fruit peel, tarte fruit mash, bitter orange, spice. Taste comprises more bitter fruit, caramel, dates, stewed fruit, spice, light wood notes, biscuit, slightly burnt brown sugar. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok barley wine but a little unrefined.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (559) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle Share at Cotteridge Convention 24/01/15 Poured a hazy copper colour, tiny off white head, Hints of Caramel, rum, malt and barley. OK but not the best Barley Wine I have had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3236) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/hop/oak balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged English barelywine style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8544) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle at the Cotteridge Convention thanks to Garrold. It pours deep golden-amber with a decent white head. The nose is rich, oaky, earth, dried fruits, raisin, cherry, prune and red grape skin. The taste is bitter, wood, spicy, charred stuff, leather, honeyed cereal and light vanilla with some warmth towards the finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Punchy. Not bad, but a bit too much oak for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4735) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Poured a hazy amber/copper colour with a weak, thin white head. The nose had a citrus, orange sort of aroma with semi-sweet molasses, the taste was also malty molasses with orange notes. Finish is more bitter, but this is a fairly sweet brew with the oak barrels imparting the fruitiness more than the hops (I think).


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