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Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Old Embalmer

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (13624) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2015
DØE. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, wood and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 280515

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Draft at Bierstube. Slightly hazy orange amber pour that started with a slim head that quickly disappeared. Huge aroma of complex caramel malts. Browned amber fruit. Dried mandarins. Dates. Apricot pits. Golden raisins. Taste feels less complicated but adds some astringent wood tannins that dry out some of the sweetness. Feels boozier than 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle at Ølfestival 2015. Hazy amber coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and bread. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12534) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Unclear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, dark fruits, sweet, hop, vanilla, oak, bourbon, wood and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (4041) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle @ Ølfestival 2015. Hazy amber. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, vanilla, barrel), yeasty (sourness from pinot grapes and barrel). Flavor medium+ sweet, light sour and spicy, vineous, medium bitter, ending dry. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (14442) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2015
KØ15. Cloudy amber colour. No head. The flavour is sweetish and spicy. Slightly oxidised, but nicely so. Good bitterness. Good grassy hoppiness. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (34875) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
Bottlw. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and slight caramelish. Roasted, dark malty and caramelish. Bitter and slight herbal. Dry and bitter, herbal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1678) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2015
22 oz. bottle from The Beer Store. Pours a blood orange, lightly hazed, with a thin white head. Caramel, cherries, vanilla and a hint of barrel. Flavor is sweet as expected, but much more hoppy than the nose would suggest. Picking up the tannins from the wood as well as a hint of grape. Body is a tad thin, but gut warming. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4673) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle in a wine glass at Split thy Skull. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, light oak, some weird spices, and notes of dakr fruits. Flavor the same. Lighter than other barley wines. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2014
not my favorite barleywine to begin with, and at this premium price, a one timer. notes of oak and fruit combine with what was a fairly hop forward barleywine. good body, good beer, just not a standout.

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