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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Comes in as a full-bodied, flavorful, strong ale that’s dry-hopped with a profuse amount of U.S. grown Goldings and aged in a brandy barrel.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage, which I just bought a few days ago. Where the hell did this come from? Brandy barrels. 4.0 A: Ruddy brownish plum color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good with a healthy sized ring of lacing left. 4.0 S: Surprisingly the first thing I noticed was the candi sugar. Plum and prune fruitiness. Big toastiness and caramel. Brandy is quite detectable and gives a vinous character to the brew. Oak with a touch of vanilla. 3.5 T: Caramel, toastiness, and toffee foremost. Herbal hoppiness is still detectable. Plum, fig, prune, and light tobacco. Brandy again adds a vinous component. Slightly tannic. Yeasty breadiness. Tasty. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess though. 3.5 D: Decent beer. I’m glad I could try it. I wonder what it was like years ago. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-01-2012 00:16:55

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a copper color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, a hint of fruity brandy, and a hit of alcohol. Flavor is fruity, brandy, caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, and a sweet alcohol finish.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2009
I paid for this?!? Paint stripper probably has better body, character, aroma and more.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
lb4lb (2530) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Firkin at the draught house. Started out promising, but soon became a chore to drink. Poured 100% flat with no head and a dark reddish amber color. Smell was honeydew melon, brandy and alcohol. Fruity, melony aroma was interesting, but the flavor was just too a bit too boozy with the same melon character after a half a glass, and the complete lack of carbonation made this unenjoyable unfortunately.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009

Name: Widdershins, Brandy Barrel
Date: January 31, 2009
Mode: Cask
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Appearance: hazy amber, scant white head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with lots of earthyness, sweet vanilla, touch of brandy
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, touch of hot caramel, light oak with balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2531) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Smoky aroma and flavor. Pours cloudy orange. Full bodied malt profile with some toasted grain and caramel. Finish is pretty sweet. Unfortunately not getting a good hop picture here and after the sweetness and smoke there is not much left for me.


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