fiulijn (17487) - 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 (9806) - 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 (11200) - 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 (1163) - 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 (3951) - 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 (2542) - 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 (3044) - 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 (8492) - 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.
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, 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.