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Barley Wine - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of AgentMunky
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.

AgentMunky, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +8.1%

wonothesane42, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

JMS1512, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Odysseyalien
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Odysseyalien, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Beersnake1
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Beersnake1, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of drrone
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.

drrone, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

dwagner003, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

outoffocus, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

kbrown, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Nunya, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Laklimell, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

sparx1100, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Duff27, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

egrace84, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

kluless59, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

muskiesman, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Stinger80OH, Feb 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

CEDAMA, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Harvey98, Jan 09, 2013
Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.