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Release The Hounds - Bull & Bush Brewery

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 42
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 03-23-2007

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Reviews by Treyliff:
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (841 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (553 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taperwookie
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rallison
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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%! (325 characters)

Photo of jwsipkins
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sanderson
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of BDeibs
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/2/2012

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. (982 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of 2013beer101
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Release The Hounds from Bull & Bush Brewery
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