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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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The first sip of this brilliant, red-brown beer reveals a robust mouth feel and complex flavors including raisin, dark bread, some sherry flavors sure to increase with age, resin hops, a touch of old barrel. With the finish comes the aroma and flavor of Columbus hops in your mouth, being followed by the alcohol warmth that can be felt down your throat.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Release #3: 10.0% abv. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. A: Pours a deep amber with a 1/2 finger beige head. S: Caramel malts and bitter hops in the background. T: Piney hops up front with caramel sweetness in the middle and bitterness on the finish. M: Heavy body, medium carbonation, little alcohol bite but a cloying finish. O: I know this is an American-style barleywine, but I feel like the palate and aroma could be improved upon. I’ve tried barleywines with higher ABV that don’t taste as much like molasses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle:   Amber in color, slight haze, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Pale biscuity nose, slight hop, a little muted and dull, faint brown sugar.   Tootsie Roll fruitiness up front, faint cherry I think, with that artificial abomination of chocolate at its center.   Certainly a malty variety, hops aren’t too bright or too strong.   Somewhat of a cough syrup flair in this one.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Decent maltiness, but low on hops and high on artificialness.   Thanks for the bottle Kevin!


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2830) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Very disappointing. Up til now, I have enjoyed the Exponential Series. This was release # 2. Pours a hazy brown with a very thin head. Not much aroma to speak of so I won’t. The flavor had some hops ahead of a malt beginning. The finish was a bit thin. I’m not getting this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle shared thanks to EZAnt. Pours out a moderate brown color with a slight off white head. Aroma is of caramel, some alcohol, dried fruits. Taste is caramel, toffee, some dried fruits, light earthy notes and some alcohol bite on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6569) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
9/12/11. 22oz bomber thanks to daknole! Hazy orange/red brickish pour with a small tan head that fades to a ring and laces a bit. Fruity aroma that’s dripping with dark fruits and brown sugar. Rich malty and sugary flavor with dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of metal as well. Not too shabby!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
22 oz. bottle (release 2) from Total Wine - Pours a clear deep copper color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light carbonation. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is doughy toasted malt with a touch of dark esters. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of some resin hops. Medium to full body. A nice BW.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1191) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Very typical barleywine. I would consider to be slightly hop forward, which I am pleased by. Caramels, dark fruit, with a pine hop element. Simple, but well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1992) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle to snifter (release#2). Pours clear copper color with a quick soapy off white head that fades. Aroma starts with rubbing alcohol and caramel and some sugars. Taste is burning alcohol some sweet caramel sugars and a malty backbone, there are bittering hops as well. Palate is medium and oily slick feel with a warm dry finish. This has a lot of potential with some aging (I beleive).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear red-copper color with off-white head. Some small lacing patterns appear when the head falls. Low carbonation. Thearoma has spicy hops, rum (?), pumpernickel, and some dried fruit. Rich and unique. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finish is a bit harsh with the alcohol being noticeable. So far, my least favorite of the Epic beers I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (922) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pours a reddish amber color with an off white head. Smell and tastes like brown sugar and molasses. Bit of cardboard in the taste too.


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