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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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2004 vintage. Cloudy amber brown, nice off-white head, persistent, nice lace. Aromas of malt, peat, caramel, vanilla, apricots, peaches, grapes, tangerines, and alcohol. Tastes are sweet smoky malt, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, apricots, bananas, vanilla, cream and scotch whisky. Background of acerbic bitter hops, and a touch of herbs. Complex, deep, and well-balanced, I found myself contemplating the mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and clean.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2558) - GERMANY - NOV 28, 2004
I found the balance on this to be inpeccable. Fine, fine barleywine. Nose of apply cider, hazy dark orange color. Some tastes of apricot amidst a heavy body. Warming alcohol effect as it goes done. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Iím a fan of this. The aroma isnít real strong, but the taste is nice and smooth. Not verystrong in the alcohol, but sweet and good. A little too expensive, but nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1024) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (7757) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Sampled at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
2002 aged bottle
Hazy copper color, off-white head. Fruity, apricot scent. Fruity, apricot taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol.
Super nice, oh so nice, aged super.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2466) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
I loved it: Nice hazy orange color. Small head. Huge hoppy and yeasty dough nose. Bitter alcohol taste. Great blanced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Yet another Dr. Bill surprise at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. Poured a golden orange w/ good head and lacing. Soury fermented fruit w/ honey and caramel notes on the nose. Strong fermented fruit and caramel apples on the mouth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
pours a medium amber color with lots of floaties and a medium white head. aroma is nicely fruity. flavor is really nice with bubblegum and caramel. body is somewhat dry for this style but i like it. This is really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Pours a deep brown .. . burnt sugar mostly .. . one of the nicer american barleywines around .. . . Our Father, who art in Calgary, Bobsled be thy name. Thy kingdom come, gold medals won, on Earth as it is in Turn Seven. With Liberty and Justice for Jamaica and Haile Selassie. Amen.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Wow. Strong pale hoppy fruity and sweet barleywine. This beer really has everything, but is more drinkable than some of the rather syrupy barleywines. I like this a lot.


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