Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer

Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer

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Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Portland, OR, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

10.2% Alcohol by Volume

75 International Bittering Units

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Widmer Brothers Brewing has released Old Embalmer ’12, a barleywine style ale, the third offering in the brewery’s Alchemy Project. The Alchemy Project is a series of three bold, vintage-dated beers that can be enjoyed immediately or cellared to improve with age. Widmer Brothers will release limited quantities of each Alchemy Project beer every year. Like all Alchemy Project beers, Widmer Brothers will brew Old Embalmer each year; however for this beer, the brewery will feature a different hop varietal in each vintage. Old Embalmer ‘12 features Bravo hops, a varietal is from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The Bravo hop was chosen for its fruit forward flavors that will balance the beer’s strong malt bill. “Old Embalmer Barleywine Ale is great upon release, but – true to its name – we found that it will also cellar exceptionally well,” said brewer Doug Rehberg. “This year’s beer was brewed with copious amounts of malts, and features Bravo hops, which provide earthy, fruity and floral qualities for a brilliant balance and velvety finish. We are excited to be bottling and labeling it as part of our Alchemy Project series and hope other beer lovers enjoy it too.” Widmer Brothers first brewed Old Embalmer in 1999. At that time, Widmer Brothers’ brewer Doug Rehberg, who was interested in crafting a unique iteration of the style for the brewery, spearheaded the project to create Old Embalmer. Throughout the years, the brewery has offered the Old Embalmer barleywine at its Gasthaus pub in Portland, Ore. and discovered its age-worthy potential. Old Embalmer ’12 will be available in 22-ounce bottles and 1/6 barrels beginning July 30. About Old Embalmer ’12 Tasting Notes · Big, malty character · Notes of toffee, vanilla and sweet caramel · Robust body · Pleasant floral and herbal Bravo hop quality Ingredients · Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel 60L · Hops: Alchemy for bittering, Bravo for aroma Profile · Original Gravity: 21.5 P · Apparent Extract: 4 P · IBU: 75 · ABV: 10.2% · Color: 23 SRM

ID: 18455 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank2157
Overall Percentile96
Style Rank63 of 512
Style Percentile87.7
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.829
Weighted Score3.580
Standard Deviation0.489

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  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

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

    Old Embalmer '12. Bomber from Central City, and not inexpensive at over $12. dark copper pour with an enduring, foamy ivory head. Aroma was quite boozy, followed by citrus, pine, and malt. Slick mouthfeel. Flavour much like the aroma, some dark fruit to finish. Sweet, not overly so. Probably should've aged this one but I did want to drink a BW and this was closest to hand.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

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

    Pours a clear bright orange red, with a off white 4 inch fluffy head, that leaves lots of lace on the sides. Smell is carmel, toffee, biscuit, pine, citrus. The smell is very balanced, much less flavor than the nose, but that doesn't make it bad. It almost seems like this beer is aged, not hot, a very easy drinking beer. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and very smooth. This a good barleywine,a bit more towards the malts but good.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 4.5 11 years ago

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

    My first beer in 2013 and it was awesome! Cost way more than I normally spend on a single bottle but decided to pick it up as a special treat. Fruity and floral hops, plenty of caramel and bready, toasty malts, a hint of wood and nuts. Superbly smooth and clean with barely a trace of alcohol--hard to believe it weighs in at 10.2%. An excellent barleywine! The only drawback is, at $12.49/bomber, I can't afford to drink this regularly.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

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

    Pretty by the book american style barleywine. aggressive on the hops and the alcohol while still managing to showcase the malty backbone of caramel, toast, and slight fruitiness. It's a nice BW, but at a price point significantly higher than old stock, old foghorn, or old guardian, it's going to be a on timer.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

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

    I got an amber colored beer with a big frothy textured white head rising ribustly above. Good retention on the head. It settles eventually into a thick film and ringlet. The profile is a complex of grapefruit-pineaapple tartness and biscuit malt sweetness. Big alcohol bite on a medium bodied, smooth drink

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 3.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF. Great name, lame brew. Misguided hop profile is obvious from the first sniff, plenty of interesting malty biscuit, fruit, toast smells but the hops jump from fruit to floral to grassy to oakey and never meld with malts. It’s all over the place, needs refinement -- or I do.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.3 18 years ago

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

    Poured a caramel color with a thin white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, lemons, raisins, and caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt, very sweet, some raisins, and lots of alcohol.

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