1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Barley Wine - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Barley WineBarley Wine

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle batch #3.

This beer pours a medium bodied dirty, creek water brown in color with amber hues and a one finger beige, soapy head. The nose consists of slight dry hoppiness, toffee, and raisins. It's not very aromatic and is pretty muted. The flavors are initially dry and bitter. It has moderate hop character initially. It then falls into deep malt of toffee and caramel. It's ok. It's pretty standard for the style, nothing special. It drinks full in body and is surprisingly dry for the style. This is a decent barleywine overall but nothing over the top. If you like traditional American barleywines this one could be up your alley.

07-08-2012 23:23:50 | More by aasher
Photo of bespin15
bespin15

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-29-2012 21:48:10 | More by bespin15
Photo of yamar68
yamar68

Minnesota

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
Photo of bsuedekum
bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-18-2012 02:50:29 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Metalmonk
Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Glassy bronze/maple syrup brown, with a bountiful head that thins to skim and crown in a minute or so. Small dots of lace on glass.

One of those super-caramel-y, candy-like BWs, a bit Bigfoot-ish, less hoppy though, with hints of vanilla, mineral, and root beer, and not much alcohol, surprisingly.

Like the nose, there's caramel, vanilla, mineral, root beer, but also showing the hops, and also a bit of a bitter herbal flair, a bit roasty, and somewhat bitter. Alcohol doesn't intrude at all, although there's just a sweet touch of warmth here. True to style, yet also throws a few tolerable curveballs in.

Slightly sticky and thick-ish, yet with plenty of smoothness and bounce.

If not spectacular then quite solid. Very American take on the style, and that's how it's meant to be. Perhaps a bit on the sweeter side, but there's enough depth here to offer a contemplative sipper for all but the most picky-ass barleywine fan.

04-09-2012 00:17:28 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of TasteTester
TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-02-2012 00:39:00 | More by TasteTester
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Release # 5.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is some floating sediment in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is the same with some somewhat strong alcohol flavors on the finish. There is also a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight level of carbonation and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine with a solid set of aromas and flavors. The alcohol is a bit jarring but nothing too bad.

03-31-2012 03:36:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of originsbrewery
originsbrewery

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-27-2012 01:08:07 | More by originsbrewery
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

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
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Picked this one up tonight at Bier Thirty over in Bown... Damn ... $10!! The boys at Epic are growing very proud of their beers. :-) Batch #3.

Pours with a 1" tannish head that leaves tons of lacing atop a slightly hazed amber red brew.

Nose is toasty malts with some hints of citrus hops... caramel and a bit of something that I associate with old malt extract... Does not seem that "American" to me, but what do I know.

Flavor is again very malty with just a touch more than enough bitterness to balance... Hop flavors are again slightly pithy orange zest and move back into the bitterness then lingers for a while after the finish... In between the front and back, a pretty heavy maltiness shoulders the load... dark toast, malty caramel and some toffee essence.. Nothing outstanding, just a pretty okay example of the style.

The body is a touch thick, but a light/medium carbonation is ever present that makes me remember that we are in BW territory... Maybe a bit boozy with warmth, but no nail polish or jet fuel ever shows.

Overall, this is a nice brew right out of the gate... I don't know how well it would age... I doubt for more than a year or so. I still get bits of oxidation... There are hints for sure in the nose and aroma of unfermented malt extract mixed in water.

I guess I dig it... I may buy another just to cellar and try again in 9-12 months.. but I say drink it fresh.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

02-09-2012 05:48:19 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of grubefresh
grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-28-2012 10:31:04 | More by grubefresh
Photo of jskennedy
jskennedy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-27-2012 02:05:00 | More by jskennedy
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%

I gotta say that I have been really impressed with some of Epic's wares, this is one of them.Poured into an over sized wine glass a deep copper color with a thinner but well retained head atop,a great mix of deep caramel malts and resiny hops,I was surprised at such a hop punch this beer gave off,pleasantly surprised at that.Sweetish upfront with caramel malts and boozy alcohol but it melds nicely into a leafy hoppy lingering finish,there is a bit of leather that comes into play adding to the complexity.To me this is a top notch American barleywine its's big and brash with a healthy dose of hops,I loved it.

01-18-2012 22:11:07 | More by oberon
Photo of BeardedBoffin
BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Epic's barleywine pours a mahogany brown with a nice web of foam above it which clung to the glass as it went down. The nose is a mixture of fermented sweet malt and hop bitterness. Fruity alcohol also joins the party. The malt hits the ground running on the palate. Caramel, toffee and dark fruit are joined by citrus rind in the center, some tobacco too. The hops provide some bitterness along with warmness from the booze. Mouthfeel is robust, almost oily as it coats the palate. A fine, drinkable rendition.

01-13-2012 01:41:49 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of BoringBunny
BoringBunny

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

12-21-2011 04:39:07 | More by BoringBunny
Photo of Keyes88
Keyes88

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

12-20-2011 03:42:37 | More by Keyes88
Photo of richbrew
richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-18-2011 22:04:41 | More by richbrew
Photo of cfinch2
cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2011 15:41:25 | More by cfinch2
Photo of patm1986
patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2011 06:39:43 | More by patm1986
Photo of jjanega08
jjanega08

Minnesota

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
Photo of rkuhnel
rkuhnel

California

4/5  rDev +9%

This was release number 1. From the 22-oz bottle it poured a red brown color with a fat tan head and a lot of lacing The nose is roasted malta and ripe fruit .Medium body, lots of alcohol, and powerful mourhfeel. The flavor is very intense with lots of rich malt flavors balanced with flavorful hops. The finish showed a lot of fruit and some bitterness. This one appeared to have some age on it and was simply excellent.

10-25-2011 18:13:47 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of Mdog
Mdog

Minnesota

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
Photo of trappistlover
trappistlover

Arizona

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
Photo of alexhahn82
alexhahn82

California

3.78/5  rDev +3%

Release #1

Appearance: Medium Amber with a very thing head.
Smell: EXTREME. From smelling the bottle after opening to the glass after pouring, this barley wine screams HOPS! Very pleasant suprise!
Taste is semi caramelly with a favorable hop flavor with a tame ending.
Mouthfeel: Almost as light pucker of vinegar with a very nice effervescence.
Overall: An impressive almost "west coast" interpretation of a hoppy barley wine, a must try!

05-03-2011 16:26:09 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of Pencible
Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like strong copper and citrus zest, with lots of sweet caramel and a little honey wheat.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and orange hops, with sweet caramel and a little copper and honey wheat. It had a mostly clean and bitter aftertaste with some heat and sweetness.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This had a very nicely balanced scent and taste with good body. The alcohol was noticeable, so drinkability drops a bit. But age would really help mellow it out, and barrel aging would probably really benefit the flavor profile (adding a lot of complimentary complexities). There is really nothing wrong with this beer. Enjoyable barleywine.

04-27-2011 15:29:28 | More by Pencible
Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.