DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total wine Mclean. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. definitely get raisin on the nose. A bit smoother than others of this style. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Definitley get the hoppiness but also a kind of prune/raisin thing on the tongue. finish lingers a bit which you’d expect. Not a big fan of the style but Epic usually brings it at a high level so this is kind of nice.
MadRobin (1886) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Aroma of toffee, raisins, citrus and caramel.
Taste of toffee, currants, caramel, citrus, raisins and mild earthy hops.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation.
Quite hop forward, but with enough hops to give it complexity.
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maekchu (2061) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft. Nose features a big attack of spiced fruit, including dates, berries, and peach puree. Fresh and near pungent. Dark tea color. Initial is concentrated caramel / fruit cake, light spice, and sugar dust / finish is tingling and bitter. Medium-heavy body. Seems like a caramel bomb at first, but isn’t quite so overpowering later on. But packed with great flavors.
KyotoLefty (6299) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Yellow Ape. Pretty amber-brown with lace. Nose of stewed fruits, caramel, some alcohol burn. Rich and tasty, dried fruits, oranges, wine. Very nice.
hockeybeerguy (1863) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed on my AZ trip last week.
The appearance had a light somewhat clear brown color. bar pour leads to a half finger white foamy head, adequate light foamy lacing.
The smell had a llight caramel maltiness leading into an inviting raisinous and also bitter citrusy hoppiness.
The taste was bitter and sweet at different times through the caramel malts and raisins to mix with the bitter citrusy hops. not much of an aftertaste, in fact I really don’t get anything, sweet dry finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium on the palate. not really sessionable, but its a barleywine so whaddaya expect. The carbonation is good for the style and for me.
Overall, this was a good barleywine that I would have again, slightly hoppier than some so that makes me think its an American one.
HIGHB4LL (475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz. bomber from Wilbur’s. Appearance: Finger of tight light brown head, deep copper red, clear, head does not last too long, good lacing. Aroma:pine, floral, roast malt, heavy caramel, earthy hops but not dank. Palate: full body, alcoholic texture, lasting bitter finish, soft carbonation. Taste: sweet malt that lasts for a good while, then transitions to an almost subtle hoppiness and finally a solid bitter, alcohol shows through. Overall, very nice, the alcohol is actually very enjoyable in this, even though it shows through, balance is great. I want to age one or two of these.
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That term “classic barley wine,” hard to find in these times of hop dominance (not that I’m complaining) & to avoid the truly British barley wines. Aroma of peaches, alcohol, toffee. In the flavor that candy sugar, a hint of those orange marshmallow peanuts, stark hops bitterness just showing up occasionally like a barracuda. Well-balanced weight & flow. Clear orange amber with modest tan head.
cbfobes (2287) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bottle, pours a dark murky brown with a light brown head, aroma is hoppier than I was expecting, some citrus and fruit mixed in with quite a bit of malt and caramel too, the flavor has a really sweet front end with quite a bit of booze in the finish, sharp finish overall, big and boozy, not terrible. But either way, yay for Epic being in Wisconsin, nice!
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet malty aroma. Deep amber color with a fine light brown head. Pretty chocolatey for a barleywine. Faint hoppiness at the end. Pretty good but I’m not crazy about it
NachlamSie (2751) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber shared by Danny. This is a solid, to-style, barley wine. The pour is a hazy brown with a light head. Aroma is malty with little nips of hops coming through. Plenty of toffee and bread are noted with nutty hints. This gets noticeably better as it warms. The palate is pretty dense with a thick wash of malts in the finish. Hops are more noticed as a sharpness in the back end and get a little more character after time, but never really come to the foreground like a more aggressive American barley wine; e.g. Hog Heaven or Bigfoot. Epic’s barley wine is a nice warming brew and very true to style. I find this kind of thing a little on the sweet side, but appropriately so.