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Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Old Embalmer

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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For this version of our favorite barleywine, weíve aged the beer in pinot noir barrels from Patricia Green Cellars, located in Oregonís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pfc514 (61) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6211) - 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 donít 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4784) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10748) - 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. Thereís heat, but itís 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. Itís somewhat malty, but the brown sugar aspect is not what is commonly encountered. This is sort of a mild IPA/barleywine cross. Itís extremely delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11349) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft. Cloudy amber brown color, thick cream colored head. Aroma of sweet, fruity wine and brandy, light vanilla. Taste is sweet and a bit boozy, nice fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5827) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2013
On tap at Baileyís Taproom. First rating of this! Pours a deep brown and reddish color with a small beige head. The aroma is berries, toffee, heat and wood. The flavor is nearly dominated by sweet vinous wine notes, toffee, light chocolate, some heat, berries, a fluffy palate. Quite nice. Pretty easy to drink.

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