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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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Old bottle pulled out by someone at a tasting - Pours golden amber with a small white head. Caramel on the nose, with acetone and light, bready malt. Not a lot of depth to the smell, and not much to really like. Taste is smooth, booze-soaked breadiness, raisin, and malt, with a still-hot finish. Nothing too interesting, and I’m not sure age did much for this one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle shared with frostyone. Amber and hazy. Nose is spicy and earthy hops and some malt complexity. Taste starts with light citrus hops and is blended with earthy, spicy hops. The peat smoked malt really comes through in the finish. Not too bitter. Good lace and creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared at a BA/RB tasting... Poured a hazy orange with a smallish head. This was an earthy and malty barleywine, not much hop action here. Dark malts that added sugars and alcohol flavors. A ginger-ish bitterness meshed with some citrus and even a squash-like vegetable flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Pours a foggy golden yellow with thick off-white foam. Tastes sweet an d slightly bitter with hints of prune and lemon. Not the most complex oak aged beer and doesn’t really carry through the characteristics except for the smoothness. Vintage 2003 Bottle with Andrew and Glenn. Pours a cloudy red/gold with yellow/tan foam. Smells woody with hints of burbon, caramel and honey. Feels very bubbly, thin and light. Tastes pretty bitter with raisony sweetness and hints of honey, and ginger..

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
subtle aroma of...beer. warm alcohol flavor with pineapple undertones. caramel and salt cookies.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Barleywine tasting at FW Ginger Man. Wax top bottle. Clear orange color. Very light. Chalky aroma with lemon notes and candy sugar. Flavor is woody, moss, light bitter and grain. Easy finish. Lightly bittered.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
(2003 vintage at FW Gingerman barleywine tasting) clear rich golden, creamy head that coats the glass. Nose of caramel, cream, pencil shavings, mild citrus notes (oranges), and sweet malts reminiscent of cake. Taste of oranges, toasty caramel, very distinct brown sugar, mild salty notes, some mild oxidation but very pleasant. Creamy sweet finish. Aged very well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1316) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
750 mL from Peace Street Market in Raleigh (2007 bottle). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a thick off-white head. Peach, mango, and brown sugar aromas. Caramel, toffee, smoke,and orange flavors. The palate is not as thick as I expected but the flavor is indeed solid. A fantastic barley wine that has aged well. (This review replaced my original review of a 2005 bottle tasted in 2009. Even though that was from a sampling on a night that I tried many bottles I detected many of the same things).

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Mahogany brown, thin short-lived white head. Moderate aroma of malt, caramel. Taste is strong, sweet malt, big pine hop flavor is well balanced against the malt. Spicy, lingering finish. Very creamy full body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Has an orange color with hints of red on the initial pour. Full bodied beer with a small amount of head. Nice lacing on the glass so far. I can smell slight hints of tequila. Yes I know. Hops along with very subtle malt as well. I can taste malt and hops. Slight odd bitter flavor lingering but its all good. Nice beer and hides the alcohol very well.


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