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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5733) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear amber with an off white ring head. Aroma off malt, caramel, light grapefruit hops, overripe fruit, raisin, bready notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2762) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma is boozy, caramel, and slight roasted characters. Flavour is epic, big american hopped up barley wine. Full of alcoholic sweetness with a huge bitter hop presence in there. Wow, simply amazing and complex. Truly epic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerKurve (509) - - OCT 7, 2013
From Release # 10. Dark crimson red with a filmy head and strong haze. Carbonation visible is moderate. Nose has a strong caramel, malty and chocolate scent with some pungent grapefruit and citrus hop notes. Flavor is surprisingly malty with caramel, chocolate, roasted barley and the citrus hop notes provide a good backup; A bit boozy tasting. Body is rather heavy and the carbonation starts out strong but tapers off after a while. Pretty good barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4993) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap at the Denver tap room - fairly good American-style barleywine here - soft, creamy, full, and round in the mouth - quite bright, fruity, and floral - sweet, with notes of plum, caramel, but not overly sweet - there is also a fair amount of balancing hop character - pepper, pine, medium bitterness - could be more complex, but quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Release #11.
Appearance: The body is a mud colored brown with a murky body to back it up. The head is tall and dense with average retention, settling into a full coating with bubbly edges.
Aroma: Rye bread, dried figs, basement musk, and hints of grapefruit. The aroma is a bit weak.
Taste: Very malty with brown sugar and dried figs in the background, becoming prominent around the finish, the finish is strong of rye bread with the spice to match and mild alcohol. Spicy hops and hints of grapefruit are noted throughout.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is okay, I like it the more I drink it, but it comes too too spicy.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (3353) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2013
Dark amber color. One dimensional. Sweet malty nose. So uncomplex, simplicitic and boring. Nothing but sweetness and uninterestingness. Shit. Can’t recommend this at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
A hazed orange amber with a thin creamy light mocha head. In aroma, loads of treacle malt with floral hops, doughy character and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet biscuit malt with doughy character, piney hops, anised and warming alcohol, raspy mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (672) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sweet/brown sugar, light caramel, grainy malt. Good balance of different malt flavors, and also a nice balance with citrus hops--which is secondary to the malt, but substantial. Firm bitterness; some alcohol flavor, but not much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11550) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Amber in color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Grapes, raisins, plum, and citrus fruit notes. A little bit boozy, some pine, and lightly herbal. Sugar and malt forward flavor of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Light bitterness of pine and herbal hops. Citrus peel, raisin, grape, and plum fruitiness. Kind of warm/alcoholic on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4077) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
Peanut hull, pencil shaving nose with caramel and pine accents. Clear rust, thin yellow head, decent lacing. Cherry and orange peel dominated flavor. Definite woody character withg boysenberries. Walnuts and resinous pine finish. Medium body and easy carbonation. Damn, that’s a fine barleywine.


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