Release The Hounds - Bull & Bush Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 3
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 03-23-2007

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottles on 3/31/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours an amber-copper color with some ruby hues on the edges, small creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- grapefruit citrusy hop with some pine and grassy notes, faint bready malt mixes with a little bit of alcohol to close out the nose

T- dry hopping gives a sublet citrus-grapefruit hop flavor that is complimented by some tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Big malty backbone with bready notes and hints of caramel. Booze on the finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a chewy mouthfeel and a foamy finish, lots of alcohol burn on the finish

O- I liked the citrus hop flavors and it's balanced with big malt, but it drinks extremely hot for 10%, some aging might do it some good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/31/2014.

Served chilled but allowed to warm briefly. Goblet glass.

Release the Hounds is a deep reddish brown color with thick head and good retention. As it settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and very hoppy with orchard fruit and subtle spice.

Flavor is big and bold like a barleywine should be. It starts sweet with a huge malt bill supplying caramel, toffee, fruit, and brown bread. Then the hops kick in and provide a big hit of bitterness and English hop character.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. It has much more bitterness than sweetness but manages to not be a one sided beer.

Lots of depth and nuance to this beer. Well worth the price and would be excellent on a cool late fall evening. Not bad in July either.

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage poured reddish brown with 1/2" inch of off-white head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Nice cakey notes notes then piney hops once warm.

T: Huge malt base up front with caramel, fruittyness & dryness as well. More cakeyness then piney hops as this warms. Finishes with a nice hop snap & plenty of malt sweetness & more caramel., plus just little boozey warmth

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation & a nice slickness

Wow this went down like mother's milk. There were plenty of vintage goodies available, none disappointed

Photo of rallison
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes during my GABF 07 trip (had at the brewpub itself).

This is the 06 vintage of this beer (and hey, I'll probably never get to try any other vintages!)

This beer has some nice lacing! Caramel-y smell in the aroma. Very balanced, slightly alcoholic caramel/toffee taste. Light, piny hops.

Very drinkable for 11.5%!

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bubbly, slightly hazy golden brown color with a modest foam in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Rather fizzy in the mouth, but in a nice way that counteracts the sugary body.

This is not overly sweet, but still very malty as you'd expect. The alcohol is pretty hot. Flavors are dark and hoppy. This is a bit of a stew of leafy flavors. More dry at the finish with a mineral tang and a taste of burnt plum tart.

A little murkier than I like my Barleywines, but sippable enough. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


1999 vintage.

I've been really impressed with Bull & Bush recently so I had to try this one. Bronze medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 24: Aged Beer (20 entries).

A: Dark ruby with good clarity. Great color. The head is an inch of beige foam that quickly fades.

S: Rich caramel and bready malt with a beautiful fruit cake and sherry-like oxidation profile. Dates blend with plums, earth, and light grape notes. Brown sugar is restrained.

T: Caramel meets toffee and a candied sweetness. I get a lot of dried date with lighter notes of plum and grape. Oxidation is graceful and reminiscent of sherry and fruit cake. There's a strong brown sugar presence in the flavor. The finish is smooth with the focus on the rich malt.

M: Upper medium body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with much alcohol warming.

Overall: I'm almost never happy with aged beer, so it's rare for me to find something this old and this exceptional.

Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unique bottle label data: BTL:2015

Dark red copper hue with a dense, thick, creamy head; plenty of slowly rising, fine bubble carbonation. Big caramel and crystal malt aroma; apricot and raisin. Toasted grain flavors dripping with honey; time-delayed booziness oozes into the foreground with a piney resin sugar coating at the finish. Heavy body; velvety smooth mouthfeel.

An amazingly smooth and delectable beer. It is deceptively drinkable yet the alcohol heat in the aftertaste will let you know that this quality brew needs to be enjoyed with some restraint. At 10.5% ABV, this won't be a sessionable beer. Still, the deep, rich, complex flavors will pull you in and will beg you to treat yourself to more, more, more. Umm, a three bottle take-out limit at the pub. I shouldn't have settled for only two...

Photo of MileHighMuskie
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste Date: 4/3/2014

Bottled on 3/31/14.

It's the bomber of the month at my local store, so I thought I'd pick one up and see how it is and then maybe throw a few downstairs for a couple years.

A: Color is dark ruby red with an initial head that quickly fades. A thin lace remains around the edges. On the clearer side for a barley wine as well.

S: Alcohol dominates the aroma. Would like to see this fade back a little bit and probably will with some age.

T: Very sweet. A hint of freshness from the hops is present early on as well. The finish is almost kind of rustic but I can't quite put a finger on it.

M: Carbonation is very well balanced. The finish is creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent example of the style, especially at $6.99. Seems lacking most in body and would like to see the alcohol fade a bit. Will definitely be picking up a couple more to try down the road!

Photo of ArrogantB
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Bull and Bush. They served it to me in a large chalice. The color was ruby red with a minimal white head. The smell was fruity and inviting. The taste was straight wood. Seriously, it tasted like I was chewing a pencil or something. if this was oaked, they oaked it too long or too much. I'm not sure what the ABV was but this beer had a serious kick to it.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one is back on at bull and bush. pours a hazy washed out amber color, looks thick and rich, 3/4 inch off white head on top. smells amazing, definitely fresh hops used in this one, and way more hoppy than conventional barleywines. its not as over the top as avery's hog heaven, but it smells similar in complexion. flavor is amazing, big hit of sticky wet hops right up front, mellowing out to a sweeter side, notes of caramel, vanilla, and brandy come through, all in nice proportion. feel is a little thick, heavy on the body, but still very drinkable. i sipped this one slowly to let it warm, which really brought the alcohol out. otherwise it was well masked. light carbonation and a wonderfully complex aftertaste. this is one of the best beers ive had at bull and bush.

Photo of drseamus
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It starts off really good with a crystal clear ruby body and a strong malt aroma. There is a very slight hop aroma in there as well. The flavor is citrusy and hoppy with a strong malt backbone, but is overly bitter. There is some flavor in there that I just don't like but can't put my finger on. The drinkability is ok on this one.

Release The Hounds from Bull & Bush Brewery
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