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RATINGS: 126   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Brownish color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is syrupy caramel, dark bread, notes of darker fruit, alcohol. Full bodied, sweet, somewhat sticky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle; release 14, 10.4% ABV, batch 1294
Hazy mahogany color with small head. Malt and perfume aroma, dash of dusty roasty malts. Round mouthfeel, malty flavor, caramel, a bit nutty, sweet but not syrupy; the bitterness level is correct; the fruity and resiny level of hops is moderate.
Nice but not impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle - Caramel and bready malts with a bit of hoppy spice. Clear amber with a thin beige head. Caramel with a long hop bitterness. A little on the harsh side, but OK.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (7229) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark caramel orange amber with a small head. Aroma brings out toasted chestnuts, spicy hops, and a touch of caramel bready malt. Flavour is very similar, with lots of spice, toasted nuts, and dry dark fruits. Too spicy and nutty for a barley wine. Acceptable, but off the mark for me.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (891) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Release #14 brewed in Denver 10.4% bottle poured a clear brown hue w/ small tight beige head, minor lacing. Big sweet boozy aroma. Initial flavor moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are rum soaked raisins, dark bread, and some piney hop. Full bodied, soft carbonation, big warmth in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours a dirty amber color. Aroma is raison, breadiness, earthy hops, and some toffee. Taste is much the same, very balanced with almost no heat. Hides the alcohol well. Id like to get some more and age it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2014
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 youd expect. Not a big fan of the style but Epic usually brings it at a high level so this is kind of nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 29, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2291) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 20, 2014
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 isnt quite so overpowering later on. But packed with great flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 19, 2014
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.


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