GarrettB (1607) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2017
December 30th, 2014 - Given their propensity for strong and curious flavors, I fully expect Epic’s Barley Wine to have the iron grip of a silver-back gorilla. But this is a surprisingly mild version of the style, beginning with an unyielding nose that is hard to pry off the surface of the liquid, but once I do it unfurls a creaking, glowering alcohol note, mild at first, then quite strong, redolent with whiskey barrel and whiskey. But the heaviness of the alcohol on the nose fails to extend to the flavor, where the strength of the booze only comes out in the aftertaste, which itself is short, though leaves a glowing, oaky ember behind. The foretaste is surprisingly mild though, and in its meekness it’s hard to put my finger on, though it is still delectable and tasty. The startling difference is simply that it isn’t wresting my tongue from my mouth. Bule (2188) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2017
22oz bottle pours a clear copper color without much head. Hop bitterness overpowers the malt a little.
jbuzz (832) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Nice red brown color I got reason hint this was nothing spectacular but I am not real familiar with barley wines SG111 (1874) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD, batch #21. Pours hazy golden orange color, white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fig, burnt sugar, citrus and orange hops. Flavor is citrus, orange, caramel, fig, toffee. Hoppy finish. Balanced by my standards but very much a hoppy west coast barleywine. I really dig it. gopherfan99 (1959) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a tan head; sweet aroma of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and hints of vanilla; taste is sweet with caramel, molasses, and biscuit with some vanilla and dark fruit notes; finish is dry with a little bit of alcohol warming
slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Murky caramel colored. Aroma and flavor is pleasant but subdued. Raisin, bread, toffee, pine resin hops and a bit of bitterness. Covers the abv but is a bit standard. hman43 (1612) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2016
It pours a hazy, cloudy brown with a tan moderate head. It has rich malt aromas highlighted by caramel and bread. There is a strong presence of raisin as well. The flavors are characteristic of the malt with caramel and bread and a moderate wood taste. There is a bit of smoke with raisin and low sherry elements. It has a chewy, full bodied feel with a fair amount of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a malt forward barley wine with the added complexity of the wood with enhances the overall presentation. burg326 (5489) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2016
Batch 1 mother fuckers.... it’s an old as bottle but it’s great. Poured a deep chestnut amber color with aromas of toast, booze, caramel and more booze. Flavors are the same malty with toast and caramel and boozoness. This is solid and fantastic the age on this I was worried but it’s great it aged well. Gluepot (650) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2015
the nose is chocolate, plums, brown sugar and malt. The head is relatively thin, off-white and fluffy. Lots of dark rich tastes going on here - exactly what I am looking for in a BW. Roasted malt, caramel, dark berries and raisins are nicely set against fruity hops. Hazelnuts, slightly burnt butter, a touch of chocolate, chewy malt and a nice booziness round out a great taste profile. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a cloudy, dark golden copper color with ruby red edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy aroma with sweet and leathery malt notes countered by grassy hops, dark fruit and alcohol. Hints of toffee, biscuit, hazelnut and rye as well as some earthy, floral hops, cherry, currant and other dark berries.
Medium bodied with a sticky hop presence that provides a dry, bitter counterpoint to the sweet and earthy malt notes. Earthy, grassy hops up front followed by hints of rye, toffee, hazelnut dark frut sweetness and alcohol. Hints of plum, raisin and dark cherry provides some needed sweetness toward the finish. Decent amount of alcohol flavor but the high ABV is well masked making it pretty easy to drink. One of the better beers that I’ve had from Epic.