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Left Hand Widdershins

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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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This English-style Barleywine is fermented and aged for ten months and dry hopped for two months prior to packaging to give it a smooth mouth feel rarely found in the bitter American barleywines. Its copper color is the result of twelve house of boiling to caramelize the sugars and we also add five varieties of hops during an additional two hour boil. As you can see and taste, we brew this beer with the highest level of quality in mind. Please enjoy this warming barleywine with its warming flavors and hint of peat very responsibly. Malts: Pale, Crystal, Peated. Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Tettnanger, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles. 70 IBUs.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maley1 (658) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
Amber pour with small quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma is caramel and orange peel. Taste is very sweet caramel, vanilla, toffee and very light on the hop bitterness. Nice flavors prevalent but just didnít mesh together. Dissapointing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
For christís sake. Can we say nightcap? Absolutely beautiful in the glass: deep amber-toward-ruby with a little khaki head. Nose is booze, whiskey, some super-sweet malts, and lots of perfumey hops. Taste is very sweet and damn bitter, too. Palate is alcohol heat, strong spiky bitterness, and just luxury. I didnít think I would like this as much as I did, but what the hell. Nothing Iím reading says this was barrel aged, but it tasted barrel aged. Very nice barleywine. Had this on tap.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
briangray77 (14) - Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2012
[draft] Sweet malt nose with hints of oak and vanilla. Dark amber color with perfect clarity and slight head which retains well. Heavy oak in the taste, with nice caramel notes and dank hop underneath. Palate is thin and almost a bit slimey. Overall, a really nice aged English style Barleywine - worth finding.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ICEatALAMO (870) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2009 vintage. Decent as far as Barleywines go, but not my favorite. I would have again, but maybe even age a little longer. Color was a nice deep orangish-red.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (5717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pour is dark brownish red with thin off white head, aroma brings lots of smoke, caramel, bitter earth, some grass and pine notes, touch of toffee, dark fruit in there as well. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, and earth, with a nice balanced earthy, smoky overtone that finishes fairly smooth. The aroma brought on a big smoke tone, but the taste balanced it out well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Dull caramel malty, somewhat fruity, lightly smoky aroma. Red fruity, caramel, toffee, moderately piney, lightly smoky flavor. Ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
This one is from the Peoria, Illinois International Beer Festival. Due to lack of space when drinking, my notes wonít be that great on these beers. I wasnít too impressed with this beer. Appearance is hard to really look at in a sample glass but, there wasnít much lacing. Taste was just OK for something rated so well.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2011
So the weather took a cold snap here in New England. Grabbed some barley wine to warm my soul. This 22oz bomber was poured into some nice little sampling glasses. Very coppery yellow orange color with little bubbly head. Some carbonation. You do get a rich grain malt aroma and some hoppiness. But as I tasted in I got this really great taste that filled my head with an aroma like sniffing a box of nice cigars. A bit of smoky peat in there. Dry mouth feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours hazy copper with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is caramel malt, fuselly and hot, with oaky spirity notes. Tastes a bit hot, malty, with notes of cognac, earthy spirits, hops, and fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Hazy light brown color with very little head. Aroma is strong brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor letís me down a little. Tasty sweetness with some mild bitterness but there is some weird characteristic and the depth of flavor falls short.


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