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Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Old Embalmer

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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For this version of our favorite barleywine, we’ve aged the beer in pinot noir barrels from Patricia Green Cellars, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which is regarded worldwide as delivering the highest quality pinot noir. Patricia Green crafts beautiful pinot using grapes from the best vineyards in the valley. The always-present sweet caramel, vanilla, and toffee notes of Old Embalmer are accented by tannic and vinous characters gained from the wine barrels, as well as the dry finish, all accented by an assertive does of X-431 hops.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 12, 2014
Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – The beer is served hazy darker burnt orange color with a two finger head of white foam. The head as a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good leave of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is rather big of sweet and sugary smells with lots candied sugar, caramel, and toffee as well as some darker fruits of plum, cherry, and raisin. Along with these aromas are a good deal of a bready and doughy smell as well as a very light strong toasted malt aroma. A tiny bit of an oak aroma is there as well with the overall smell being big and sweet. Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and malty flavor with tons of caramel and dark fruits of cherry and plum as well as having a rather strong showing of a bready and doughy taste with a bit of toffee and citrus sweet flavor. The sweet remains quite strong with it taking on more and more lighter fruit flavors of citrus and more caramel and toffee as the taste advances. For the 10.2 % abv., the alcohol incredibly remains almost silent. A little bit of an oak and woody flavor as well as a hint of an earthy hop taste come to the tongue at the end, leaving a very fruity and sugary sweet flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big sweet and malty flavors of the brew the feel is very appropriate and allows all the big flavors to linger and soak into the tongue. Overall – A very sweet barley true to the American barleywine style, but super drinkable and enjoyable. Lots of sugary and malty flavors with just enough hoppiness to keep it from being overly cloying. Quite tasty and certainly very nice and worth a try (if not many tries).

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastmaster (246) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle. Pour is amber orange with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Aroma licorice, apples, fruit, and cinnamon. Medium mouth feel, not too thick. Toast, bitters, light sour tinge in the back. The alcohol comes off strong. Aged in wine barrels featuring x431 hops. Not getting any wine barrel flavors whatsoever. Bit disappointed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pfc514 (64) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a reddish/brownish/orange with a thin white head. Aroma of a standard barleywine, caramelly and toffee, with a faint wine grape character. Unique. Caramel, toffee predominate the flavor, once again with faint wood and wine grape characteristics hinting. Pretty ok. I misread and thought it was aged in bourbon barrels. bummer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5801) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Clear copper color with ivory sheen. Pit fruit, dry wood, caramel, vanilla aromas. Medium body with average co2. Spicy caramel, vanilla, wood, pit fruit flavors with a warming finish_____good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6257) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle:   Not too far off from the original other than some soft Bourbon notes.   Comes across as a little green but not biting, citrusy hops yet with a moldy cheesy sort of malty dank background.   Sweet but thankfully not cloying.   Some pith and peel to round out the backside.   A little young, but one that I don’t know is big enough to age and mellow.   After having copious amounts of Abacus at Hard Liver 2014, its hard to put most Barley Wines against that.   Still decent for what it is, but could use a little refining.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours a deep orange brown color with an off white head. Smells of malts and hops. Not much wood or bourbon in the aroma. Taste is that of wood and malts. Some hops too. Fairly decent flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4826) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Amber with an off white head. Nose is sweet, sticky, wood, rich malts, alcohol, and caramel. Chewy palate, sticky malts, sweet, no real barrel influence.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2013
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a hazy golden topped with sand head. Nose is hops candy malts vanilla. Taste is as the nose citrus floral hops sweet toffee. Malts and a good barrel notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10962) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Grey waxed bomber from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours hazy copper with a yellowish beige head. Aroma is mildly vinous. Almost fresh grape. Full bodied. Flavor is red berry, light oak, mild treacle, alcohol. There’s heat, but it’s a flavor adjunct. Not annoying. Then a good amount of fresh fruit pops up. Almost green in character. The red berry seems to be part of a lot of fruit. It’s somewhat malty, but the brown sugar aspect is not what is commonly encountered. This is sort of a mild IPA/barleywine cross. It’s extremely delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Draft, Snallygaster. Medium off-white head atop dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light spicy. Medium-full body, low carbonation.


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