1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Barley Wine - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Barley WineBarley Wine

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 131
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 02-23-2011

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: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of beerforpresident
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of deac83
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Raziel313
1.25/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of tikk
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a head that has very good retention for the high abv/style. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of toffee, raisins, rum-soaked bread and some pine.

The taste is of toffee with raisins. Enough hops give it a piney/citric balance to fit it into the "American" rather than "English" style, though the malt stays ahead through the finish. Alcohol is warming, but not too hot.

It is silky smooth. Carbonation fitting for the general character of the beer.

This is a wonderful American barleywine. Toffee character is strong, but has a hop character in the balance. A great "sipper".

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of imfrommichigan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of TheDDO
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #14, poured into a snifter

Apperance- Pours a hazy rusty brown, looks like that rusty nail sticking out of your backyard woodshed. Starts with a finger and a half of cream colored spongy head that quickly dissipates to small bubbles around the outside edge of the beer. Leaves behind a spoty lacing.

Smell- Caramel right off the bat. As the beer warm, a citrus hoppiness develops. Almost Pale Ale like. Not your typical Barley Wine scent, which is not necessary a bad thing.

Taste- As I took the first sip, I had a hard time putting my finger on what what was there, a complex beer indeed. So I went over to Epic's website. They describe this beer as having a "dark bread" taste. That brought it home for me, I did pick up on some dark fruit, pumpernickel taste. Not bad. This beer develops well as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden, but does warm as it goes down.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and sticky at the same time. This beer coats the mouth well, allowing you to try and distinguish what exactly is going on with this brew. Very nice.

Overall- This was a good beer. I may have been expecting a bit more, but I'm not disappointed in any means. If you run across this beer, i recommend trying it. I may pick another up to age, just to see if my mind changes in a year or so.

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a toffee color with a two fingered cream head and modest carbonation. Color is a little on the lighter side for a barley wine.

S - Roasted toffee, a small trace of citrus, caramel, and a hint of booze.

T - Follows the nose with a nice mixture of roasted caramel/toffee, followed by some citrus bitterness on the end and a waft of alcohol effervescence. There's a slight hint of woodiness and left on the palate is a lingering alcohol warmth and a mouth coated with roasted caramel and citrus bitterness that's perfectly balanced.

M - Medium body to full medium body but feels a little light for the style, coats the lips with sticky toffee sugar.

O - I love the Exponential Series from Epic, they do a great job. Solid, but sits in the middle of the pack. Definitely worth trying, though.

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bolivian22
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of diehl07
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.