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Left Hand Widdershins

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RATINGS: 234   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.


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 (7861) - 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 (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Hazy light brown color with very little head. Aroma is strong brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor let’s me down a little. Tasty sweetness with some mild bitterness but there is some weird characteristic and the depth of flavor falls short.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (2733) - 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 (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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 (4134) - 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 (877) - 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 (3795) - 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 (5548) - 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.


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