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Barley Wine - Epic Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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. With the finish comes the flavor of Columbus hops followed by the alcohol warmth that can be felt down your throat.

(Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 02-23-2011)
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is strong with the hops. Strong NW style hops mostly pine with some cedar and cinnamon scent. Scents of brown sugar and caramel. Black pepper and apple skin in the ethanol fraction. Slight chocolate aroma.

Starts out sweet and woody with a big caramel taste. Bittersweet taste with a significant amount of sweetness. Butterscotch taste with a significant ethanol flavor. Bitterness is medium. Brown sugar is present. Tasty but not quite among the best.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a tasty beer but not quite world class. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:47:28 | More by Zorro
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 04:48:22 | More by st9647v3
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KlayWey

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-31-2013 04:18:21 | More by KlayWey
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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-30-2013 04:58:30 | More by Rollzroyce21
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MykeJ

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2013 02:42:51 | More by MykeJ
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AgentMunky

California

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 05:21:58 | More by AgentMunky
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 20:10:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

10-10-2013 02:31:34 | More by wonothesane42
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

10-09-2013 13:12:57 | More by JMS1512
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

10-02-2013 20:52:16 | More by Odysseyalien
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:26:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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Beersnake1

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-28-2013 23:14:00 | More by Beersnake1
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drrone

Utah

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 12

A - pours a dark amber, with light head that faded quickly and left small patches if residual lace.
S- great caramel, malt, bread/biscuit and a great hop presence.
T- Really great taste, more of the nose, but a great hop resin profile. Very impressed.
M-very easy to drink with very light carbonation. Hides the abv very well.
O- fanastic taste, very smooth. This is probably my new go to barley wine. Epic rarely disappoints. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:04:25 | More by drrone
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-17-2013 16:49:06 | More by doremite
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dwagner003

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-07-2013 04:14:15 | More by dwagner003
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-23-2013 23:30:40 | More by outoffocus
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-17-2013 12:50:36 | More by kbrown
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-16-2013 18:21:44 | More by Nunya
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Laklimell

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-14-2013 06:54:02 | More by Laklimell
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-16-2013 03:23:35 | More by sparx1100
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-15-2013 03:12:37 | More by Duff27
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-14-2013 03:54:52 | More by bulldogg915
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-14-2013 02:04:32 | More by egrace84
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-03-2013 23:03:11 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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kluless59

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-08-2013 02:49:41 | More by kluless59
Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.