Barley Wine - Epic Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a dark and dim amber/copper. Swelling off-white head, good looking lacing right off the bat.
I smell all sorts of OG... big sweetness. Some booze surfaces immediately, huge malts dominate this thing. Some honey notes, but the aroma doesn't stray far from the massive malt presence.
For how imposing the nose is, the taste is actually pretty dull, and I poured it room temp. It reminds me of a good barleywine on mute. The booze is still full strength though, leaving this one a bit out of whack.
I probably won't revisit this one. Not a fail by any means, they just need to beef this one up a bit.
05-05-2012 01:55:33 | More by yamar68
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
22 oz bomber bottle pours correctly into a snifter.
A: Pale tawny brown. Drab. Frothy head fades but leaves a little spotty lace.
S: Very hoppy with some tawny aromas. Hops like fuggles. Wood, big alcohol.
T: Very bitter. Woody, strong. Very astringent. Some banana and apricot in the alcohol warmth.
M: Slight oiliness with overwhelming dryness. Med-low carbonation.
O: Actually a little unenjoyable. Not quite to my interpretation of the style.
03-03-2012 15:36:29 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Batch #4. At least a couple of years old.
A: No head. Light tracing. Murky dark-tan muddy. Good lacing.
S: Carmelized sugar. Distant, earthy hops are perhaps only wishful thinking. Smells sticky and strong.
T: I think I cellared this too long. Dull and boring. Flat, if chewy. English malts, English hops, English Barleywine.
M: Kinda meh. But sternish and solid enough.
O: I like it, but it was a bit of a letdown after this long.
12-26-2013 05:21:58 | More by AgentMunky
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
Release #3 as per the bottle. 1,800 bottle release?
A= Pours a deep hazy brown color. Pretty typical color for a barleywine. The haziness threw me off a little but nothing too bad. I actually think hazy beers look cooler. The head is a finger and a half high with some sticky spotty lacing and the retention is pretty nice.
S= The smell is pretty typical barleywine was well. A touch of hops and a lot of toffee malt. A snigit of booze and a nice kiss of caramel. In all it seems like the nose is a little quiet for a barleywine however.
T= The taste is about what I expected. A touch of malty sweetness and a nice hop bitterness. The toffee malt character plays a little tango with the hops leaving a sort of overripe tropical fruit taste. Again however I notice that the flavors are a bit muted for a barleywine.
M= The mouth is very good for a barleywine. Just enough carbonation. The flavors still don't last though.
O= This is a good intro to barleywines. It has all the components of a good barleywine but it just seems a little quiet. Worth checking out and maybe it will develop nicely into a sweeter treat with time but for now this is just an average barleywine that is a nice intro to the style.
11-08-2011 02:00:15 | More by jjanega08
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
Picked up two bottles on my way out of SLC. Back at my pad in Ketchum on my birthday I decided to crack a bottle open. Lets see how it stands up...
Appearance: A decent amount of white head forms leaving an average amount of lacing. The beer itself is a light amber color and very clear.
Smell: I was a little thrown off here. This barleywine isn't bitter smelling but sweet! It is really sweet in fact much like the English style barleywines. Having had little experience with the English style I was intrigued to take my first sip.
Taste: This brew is sweet up front with a bitterness on the edges (if that makes sense). The taste is very strong and I imagine that with age this beer will become a favorite among English style barleywines that are American brewed by enthusiasts here on BA.
Mouthfeel: Very sharp alcohol. This one needs to be put away for at least a year.
Drinkability: Its hard to drink too fast given the alcohol content and how prominent it is at such a young age for the beer. However, I can feel that this beer was designed to be aged and not drunk immediately.
I suggest picking up a few bottles if you've got the extra cash and putting most of them away in your cellar. Epic brewing has yet to let me down!
03-10-2011 18:24:29 | More by TheFlern
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance: Red-amber, good head, good lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly small aroma. Mild citrus hop aroma.
Taste: Sweet, sugary, and thin at first. As it warms up there is some orange and grapefruit coming through along with some more caramel.
Drinkability: Seems pretty light for a strong beer.
The bottle says it is one of only 1800 released. Wow, a lot fewer than Darkness or other limited release beers. Release #2 from January 2011. This is a decent barleywine, leans toward the sweet side but not as much malt body as some of the better English BW's, and also not as hoppy as most US barleywines.
07-24-2011 22:04:47 | More by Mdog
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Poured a burgundy color with good carbonation leaving a nice frothy, dirty white cap. The head retention is pretty good leaving behind some spotty lacing and a light ring clinging to the sides of the glass
S: My first whiff immediately after pour it smelled like dirt and caramel, definitely Earthy. However, as it warmed and settled a touch of bread, dark fruits, pine and citrus arise
T: Initial wallop of toasted bread, caramel, and brown sugar with a pungent bitterness. Some fruits and more bittering hops with a lingering, hop bittering, sweet bready finish and some heat on the end which is pretty stinging
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, bit sticky and feels warm
O: A pretty decent, safe and common example of the style.
12-12-2013 20:10:26 | More by barleywinefiend
3.45/5 rDev -6%
Courtesy of douglas88 over on ratebeer. Pours clear deep copper with tan head. The aroma is full with tart grapefruit, spicy hops, earthy hops, a touch of floral hops and faint maltiness deep in the background. The taste is full up bitter hops with bold citrus, floral, pine and spicy hops rider over the top of lesser notes such as earthy hops and faint molasses. The hops have robust bitterness and only a mild level of hop flavor. This hop profile has far more floral in it than almost any hoppy barleywine than I can think of. After having the pleasure of trying countless dozens of hop forward barleywines that are almost exclusively pine and/or citrus this floral component here seems out of place.
02-23-2011 04:18:44 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
3.46/5 rDev -5.7%
Release #5, October 2011; Sampled April 2012
A healthy pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops, concentrates caramelized malt, nutty, slightly toasted whole grain bread, and fruity notes of berries, raisins and perhaps even some cherry notes. The fruitiness can be the dominant note at times, especially as you really dig into the aroma, but there is also clearly a hop character and a concentrated malt character to the nose.
Thick and viscous as it first hits the palate, there is a big burst of bitter, herbal hop character up front that is offset by a rich, caramelized malt character that then comes to the for, but the bitterness again blossoms in the finish as it lingers on the palate. The beer is not nearly as sweet as I might have expected, instead it has a rich, caramelized, concentrated malt character that has a nicely nutty, toasted quality to it that lingers on the palate for quite some time. The hop character has an herbal, somewhat menthol like character to it for the most part. As the beer warms up it becomes quite a bit more fruit focused with notes of berries, perhaps a touch of cherry, and even some candied citrus. The crystal malt character also starts to become more noticeable, contributing a touch of sweet tea like character, a hint of spicy whole grain character and a bit whole grain cracker like note that expresses itself prominently in the oral nasal interface. Interesting notes of licorice somehow get infused along with the herbal / hoppy / piney hop character. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable with time as well, at times it can get a little hot even, but overall it remains fairly balanced; Actually it seems that the sediment kicked up into subsequent pours has somehow accentuated the alcohol, so I would recommend pouring this cleanly in one go if you can.
I like that this beer has a fairly big malt presence; the hop character is perhaps a touch more dominant, but this beer is actually pretty well balanced between the malt & hop character. This should age quite well for at least a couple years. This is nicely enjoyable, even pleasantly surprising.
09-30-2013 02:26:27 | More by Gueuzedude
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear red-copper color with off-white head. Some small lacing patterns appear when the head falls. Low carbonation. Thearoma has spicy hops, rum (?), pumpernickel, and some dried fruit. Rich and unique. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finish is a bit harsh with the alcohol being noticeable. So far, my least favorite of the Epic beers I’ve had.
06-26-2011 15:24:59 | More by trappistlover
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
props to andrenaline for including this treat in our latest trade
A - hazy copper, tight creamy head retained outstanding with lots of wispy lacing all around
S - big piney hops and booze, some grain and candy sweetness, with a bit of a harshness to it
T - starts with a nutty and pine mix, touch of caramel and booze, finishes with a mild mineral quality
M - medium and creamy, just a touch of boozy heat, finishes full
O - the harsh aroma was a bit off putting but the flavour and feel redeemed it, not great but definitely a good barleywine
10-08-2012 03:02:59 | More by joemcgrath27
Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
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