Saturday, December 18, 2010

Widdershins 2009

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Today I'm drinking Widdershins 2009, an oak-aged Barleywine-Style Ale composed of 75% ale and 25% ale aged in oak brandy casks. This beer is part of Left Hand Brewing Company's Big Mo' series, their "counter-clockwise biennial barleywine" and their "answer to waning daylight and frigid temperatures". The bottle is decorated in shiny reds and silvers over black, with the clock in the middle.

Brandy, wood, hoppy and spicy aroma, turning much sweeter as it warms up. Sweet candy flavors start things off. Fruity orange coupled with a very smooth alcohol comes next. The alcohol is smooth yet is providing some definite heat. No burn though. The oak is prevalent as well while not being overbearing. Some spicy black pepper does try to sneak in and bitter this beer up a bit, and it actually does have some success in balancing the initial sweet. As the beer warms up a bit, the fruitiness loses a little of its sweetness and comes across in a more citric manner. About half way though, this beer started to grow on me. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish the entire 22 ounce bottle. But with time and warmth came a mellowing out of the alcohol. Alcohol never does say good-bye, but let me coin a new acronym on this TGIF... TGINB. Anyone? That is "Thank God It's Not Bourbon" [Barrel Aged]. Yes, please. I'll have another glass. Pretty good and different and potent.

Sorry no pictures today. Camera went to kid's school for a Christmas pageant. You'll be OK, I promise.


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