Old Embalmer

by Sean on September 24, 2012


As we saunter into the last part of 2012, the holiday ales and pumpkin beers will start showing up but before we engage in too early holiday celebrating. How about trying a new barleywine instead?

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.”

Don’t know much about the Bravo hop. I have been more into the New Zealand strains like Rakau and Nelson Sauvin but I like to see rotating hop choices.

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