Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine-Style Ale

Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine-Style Ale

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Brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

8.8% Alcohol by Volume

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This English-style Barleywine is fermented and aged for ten months and dry hopped for two months prior to packaging to give it a smooth mouth feel rarely found in the bitter American barleywines. Its copper color is the result of twelve house of boiling to caramelize the sugars and we also add five varieties of hops during an additional two hour boil. As you can see and taste, we brew this beer with the highest level of quality in mind. Please enjoy this warming barleywine with its warming flavors and hint of peat very responsibly. Malts: Pale, Crystal, Peated. Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Tettnanger, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles. 70 IBUs.

ID: 12207 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1808
Overall Percentile96.2
Style Rank42 of 345
Style Percentile87.8
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.790
Weighted Score3.608
Standard Deviation0.321

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  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.2 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Hazy light golden-orange color. Moderate white fluffy head. Aroma is sweet with caramel. Lightly fruity and sweet malt with a lightly spiced hoppiness. Smooth throughout with a light sweet finish.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A copper color with white head. Aroma contains some dark fruit, alcohol brandy maybe, and citrus. Flavor punches you in the face with alcohol and then some chocolate malts, caramel, cherries, and dark fruit. Some vanilla in the aftertaste. Its like 90 degrees in here but would be good for a cold day.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a deep brown .. . burnt sugar mostly .. . one of the nicer american barleywines around .. . . Our Father, who art in Calgary, Bobsled be thy name. Thy kingdom come, gold medals won, on Earth as it is in Turn Seven. With Liberty and Justice for Jamaica and Haile Selassie. Amen.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    a barleywine with peat malt and candi sugar...different. has a lot of what you'd expect from a good BW (caramel sweetness, good dose of bittering hops) but the subtle smoke in the aroma and flavor/finish is different. great full mouthfeel. smooth, and tasty. a little overpriced, only because there are others for less that are as good but it's unique and good enough to be a real treat if you haven't had it.

  • MOEJUCK 237 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    The Widdershins Oak Aged Barley Wine pours a nice dark golden brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of apples, pears and a hint of caramel malt. The taste was sweet and full. The mouthfeel is good, but could be a bit thicker. The flavors were of sherry, and caramel malt. A very good barley wine, but probably over priced.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Orange clear appearance, almost no foam. Wonderful sweet malty aroma of peaches, apricot, syrup with a small note of grapefruit. Wonderful malty flavour peaches and yellow plums. Some US hops in the background. Oily and sweet but still very well-balanced finish.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a hazy orange brown color with a small, off white head that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was a little oxidized, while still showing a decent hoppy profile, with some caramel, toffee, and light smoke, as well as citrus fruits, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, a tart citrus, dried fruits, with light roastiness, and more hops and alcohol in the finish.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.8 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Light orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and honey notes. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy, and slightly bitter. Touches of orange and spice. Very smooth tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks Dr Bill.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    on draft at the left hand brewery. it’s a clear caramel color, w/ a sweet nose and flavor. the body is medium. it’s extremely drinkable for a barleywine.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This barley wine pours with a golden orange body topped by a thick head with good lacing. The aroma and flavor are slighlty sweet yet bitter with slight caramel notes and a slight bitterness. Medium to full bodied, slightly smooth and dry.

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