BuckeyeBoy (8859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2017 Thisis12ptfont (1230) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisins, brown sugar and caramel on the nose. Deep crimson brown in color with a thin foam. Strong hop flavor with notes of dates, sherry, oak, bread crust and herbs. Alcohol is slightly masked yet, noticeable on this finish. Undertones of yeast, nuts and caramel. Overall, very unique and well done barley wine. I’d give this an A rating.
On tap at brouwers pours out a brown amber color topped with a sand head. Nose is big caramel malts some pit fruits a little bit of pine hops. Taste is more of the booze notes pit fruit caramel some bread and a little bit of nuts. GarrettB (1690) - 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 (2309) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2017
22oz bottle pours a clear copper color without much head. Hop bitterness overpowers the malt a little.
jbuzz (841) - 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 (2140) - 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 (2012) - 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 (13203) - 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 (1885) - 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 (5628) - 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 (752) - 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.