BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly cloudy dark brown with a medium, creamy and small bubbled beige head, medium retention moving to the glass edge with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet toast and nutty malt, light caramel notes, dates and figs with spicy and earthy hops, light peppery alcohol and some wood/oak notes. Flavor is sweet caramel and toast/bready malt with dark fruits of dates and figs, light earthy and spicy hops with medium bitterness, light peppery alcohol, light oak and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
ABUSEDGOAT (2564) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is syrupy caramel, dark bread, notes of darker fruit, alcohol. Full bodied, sweet, somewhat sticky.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ferris (12407) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
UncleKorm (1218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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. I’d like to get some more and age it!
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, 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 (2794) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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 (3400) - 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.