HIGHB4LL (837) - 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 (1090) - 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 (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 (3108) - 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.
jandd1983 (3451) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
onceblind (6380) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
wade1point0 (69) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has less of the buttery taste I usually associate with barley wines but it has a little more carbonation as well. Hits the palate fairly evenly.
gmellison (427) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the denver tap room. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, and whiskey. Flavor is spices, fruit, with a dry boozy finish.