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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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
portableparty (1911) - 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 (919) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Pours a dark brown dirty muddy murky barley wine love from the gods color with a sticky off white to light brown head. Aroma is dark sugars, yeasts, spices, old hops, raisins, bread, oak. Flavor is faded hops, oak, raisins, brown sugar, spices with a little booze in the finish. Complex, elegant, and tasty brew. yum!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Fiery crimson chestnut pour with a small wispy white head that left spots of lacing. Aroma is caramel, honey, and toffee. Flavor is fairly hoppy with citrus mingled inside tastes of brown sugar and dark fruit. Light body for the style which I like...improves drinkability. ABV is invisible. Yum.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
thanks bvc! pale wood nose, some caramel. ruby toffee, smoky body that finishes hot with rubber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bomber, thanks Douglas. Pours a clear amber brown with loose tan head. Smells kind of thin...apple, fuesel, malt, brown sugar, hints of tobacco and wet grocery paper sack, touch of raisins. Thin body and appropriate carb feel. Brown sugar, doughy wheat bread, red grape juice, brown sugar, boozey. Lacks depth and character but no flaws and could see oxidation and time making this more enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a shiny copper penny color with a one finger frothy head that settles after a while to a fluffy ring. Malty sweet aromas with a touch of pine. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. This is not a decadent BW, rather a balanced sweetness to some piny hop acid. I like the creamy texture and ease of use. This is a moderate specimen with no offensive nuances and pretty basic in nature but dangerously drinkable. At 10.1% abv this one hides it well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
22oz bottle, batch #1, from grape & gourmet. pours a hazy, reddish copper with a one-finger, creamy white head leaving tight rings of bubbly lace. aroma is damn nice with rich pine resins, grapefruit citrus, sherry, and brown sugar backed by notes of honey-wheat rolls, raisins, and light toast. flavor is very tasty as well with sweet, caramel and brown sugar up front backed by orange citrus, floral resins, and wintergreen with a touch of toasted, bready malts. palate is medium bodied, maybe a bit syrupy, with light carbonation and a short, floral finish. overall, a decent barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2011
(bottle) Dark brown, slightly cloudy beer with a medium tan head. Very hoppy floral and grapefruit aroma, mildly sweet. Light to medium body, carbonaceous, a little sticky. Flavor has bitter hops with floral notes, underlying caramel sweetness, and whiskey and oak barrels. Some fruit, too: citrus, raisin. Alcohol is present, as well, and gently warming. Lots of lace on the glass.


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