AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2012
copper orange pour - aroma of pine and grapefruit - rich brown sugary malt flavor followed by orange/grapefruit and all of these flavors linger. The alcohol is evident but everything is at an almost perfect mix. superspak (5584) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled 7/19/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Had at the Widmer Brewery in Portland. I constantly say I don’t like Barleywines, but here is another one that I liked. Maybe it means they did it wrong, but whatever. Sweet, hides alcohol, smooth, sold. hman43 (1586) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2015
It pours a dark amber with a white head that produces a fair amount of lacing. It has aromas of dried fruits, plums, caramel, and bread malts. The initial flavors are a heavy plum flavor. There are also elements of vanilla, sweet dried fruits, and a not so bitter effect on the palate. There is a bit of higher than normal carbonation. j.hi (16) - - JUN 22, 2017
Like Barley Wines. This is a very good one. Lies heavy. Foggy appearance. Few small bubbles that are slow to rise because of thickness of brew. Light Carmel color nice Carmel-porter mix of taste. Last sooo long on the tongue and in the mouth. Only need to drink every ounce in a while. Smooth and high alcohol.
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Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2008
7/19/08 On draught at the Brewpub. Aroma is rich with caramel, raspberry, watermelon, molasses and a candy character similar to airheads. Appearance is clear copper with a well maintained cream colored head. Flavor is rich, candy sweet with light alcohol and even lighter watermelon. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, slightly warm, with a very low carb texture. Overall, very good, and with great sweet complexity. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Not all that much in the aroma for a barley wine. Maybe some honey, but not really molasses. I really love this style but as usual I just don’t think these guys make beer that’s all that great. This a low barley wine score for me. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and floral hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts with a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, tropical and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some resiny pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some sweet biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops, bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy barleywine. Good overall balance and body. Good hop profile. Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Appearance was clear red honey caramel with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are sweet caramel, honey, toffee malts with deep fruits, alcohol hidden well. Taste are sweet caramel, honey toffee malts,then cherry, plum, hints of pine, spices,and grass. Palate was silky creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then long clean sweet(touch cloying) warming smooth finish. A wonderful Barrywine, might age well. mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2013.03.09 - Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer '12 - 22oz (?) bottle in pint glass. 2012 Vintage.
Aroma: very nice balance of hops and sweetness.
Appearance: Pours around 14 on SRM scale. Fairly light for barley wine, lighter than Newcastle Brown maybe. Very vigorous head/carbonation, 1-2 inch head, sticky white.
Taste: very nice. I don't even know how to describe. Good balance of hops and malty sweetness. I pretty much slammed this bottle, I'm reviewing as there is literally one drink left. Very tasty, good hop flavor without hops in your face.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 16/20