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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Thanks for purchasing another offering in our Big Mo’ Series. Widdershins, our counterclockwise biennial barleywine aged in oak casks reveals fruity notes of orange and apricot upon a foundation of oak, garlanded with earthy hoppiness. Our answer to waning daylight and frigid temperatures can be enjoyed immediately or saved in your cellar for a snowy day. Cheers!
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25% Aged in Oak Cask
2013 vintage - 10.7% abv

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
22 oz bottle shared; around 8 bucks at Kroger, Bridge St., Dublin. Pours a non-hazy dark orange-brown with a rather disappointing small white head with no lasting power. Aroma is lighter than expected, with sugar, raisin; barely some peat. Flavor is heavily malty, sugary, light toast, but shockingly astringent; unpleasant sharp, bitter bite. The alcohol is evident and hidden poorly, and instead of a friendly warmth it has a note of facial cleanser. Weak, too thin, slightly off-putting. Maybe something was wrong with my bottle, I don’t know. This would probably improve with a couple years on the shelf. Terribly disappointing. I’ve said for years that Left Hand makes substandard beer, but I have been recently reassured that only their 6-pack beers are lacking; this particular beer reinforces my earlier opinion, which remains that Left Hand is largely not worth drinking.

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
Bouteille de 660ml (ou presque) partagée par le SlovakSniper. Édition 2009. Bière orangée avec un anneau de mousse. Le nez de ce barley wine est tout en bois. Il empeste le bois mouillé, la vieux fût de bourbon. Il reste une trace de fruits rouges derrière tout ce bois. La bouche est mince, liquide, mangé par la barrique. Le liquide est abrasif, piquant et acide. Les tanins sont d’une astringence digne d’une pelure de banane. Il y a trop de bois dans cette bière. 4+/10

onceblind (9629) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Aged 3 years. Clear deep Amber under a thin but Lacey and sticky white cap, with a pleasant woody and boozy nose featuring a lightly spicy malt backbone that’s maybe got a touch of cranberry and some other sort of stone fruit. Appropriately warm and boozy flavor that’s a touch fruity, a touch spicy, a little woody, maybe some rye and light citrus and toast and wood heat. Okay.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Pours a deep amber color, with a two finger off white head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow caramel/brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, oak, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Quite woody flavor - not bad.

LearninBeer (593) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2015
2007 Bottle. The aroma is light fruity. Pours a brown/orange with a light brown head, slightly lasting with very good lacing. The taste is sweet then slightly bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish smooth. This beer at eight years old is very smooth, might have lost some of its bite but very good.

mR_fr0g (12067) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Thanks to Garrold. Hazed golden colourd pour with a lasting cream head. Aroma is nicer ounded sweet caramel, little berry drired fruits. Flavour is composed of aweet caramel and toffeee malts, bit harsh boozy finish.

mcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
2007 vintage. 750mL bottle, pours a cloudy, filthy dark orange amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of dark fruits, oak, and oxidation. Flavour is quite cohesive, with dark dried fruits, caramel, and stone fruits. Really well-integrated. The oxidation isn’t too prominent, especially for being 8 years old. Quite a nice one.

Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Draft. Oak comes through nicely, grape skins, dried dark fruit, spices, sticky caramel, vanilla, some booze.

madmitch76 (24789) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
20th April 2015
Hazy deep amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is slightly viscous and semi dry with good fine minerally carbonation. Slightly bitter toffee in the smooth malts. Mild marmalade and then more bitterness. A bare whisper of vanilla oak. Mild caramel before a semi dry finish. Strangely un-engaging.

Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks! Pours mostly clear amber with a foamy beige head. Sugary and bready, with notable alcohol, leafy hops, some woody dryness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Dry, bitter and wood on the finish with further leafy hops and dry caramel. OK.

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