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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3745) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1167) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
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!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 23, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3832) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2014
It poured a dark copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel with some light fruity notes and lots of fresh hops. The taste was of sweet light caramel malts with a good balance of fresh hop flavor, a little bitterness and some light fruity complexity before a slight drier and warming bittersweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (1099) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle in a Duvel glass. Pours dark ruby brown with a big head and lace. Aroma of light malts and cocoa, sherry. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich cocoa, malts, bitter chocolate, carob, amber malts. Overall big, bold, a touch of a boozy malt ball!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (7325) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Clear dark copperish amber with a persistent small foamy off-white head. Nose has some raisin and sweet earthy roasted caramel, some toast, a bit of boozy stone fruit, and sherry. The flavor is big and bold, with raisin and boozy copper/caramel flavors, sherry, toast, and a touch of earthiness on the finish. Unfortunately there’s a touch of a medicinal tone on the finish. But otherwise pretty tasty.

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