Barley Wine | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

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.

Added by BigMcLargeHuge on 02-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.58%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Photo of LAp
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed with this beer. Though it tastes more English than American despite its claim (the hop presence here is minimal), that's a positive for me. Really nails the dark fruit and toffee notes well. Supremely drinkable - avoids the over-sweetness of so many barleywines.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a hazy, cloudy brown with a tan moderate head.

Smell: It has rich malt aromas highlighted by caramel and bread. There is a strong presence of raisin as well.

Taste: The flavors are characteristic of the malt with caramel and bread and a moderate wood taste. There is a bit of smoke with raisin and low sherry elements.

Feel: It has a chewy, full bodied feel with a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, this is a malt forward barley wine with the added complexity of the wood with enhances the overall presentation.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great barley wine components but much more hop bitterness than I like. Underneath the hops is a grainy barley malt, molasses, caramel, brown sugar and pecan nuttiness. The hops are bitter and slightly metallic which transfers to the feel.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty412
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice malt and hop forward nose, coats your tongue with an almost oily feel. Finishes very smooth and slightly crisp. Very easy drinking for a 10.6% Cheers!!!

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch # 20. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: a very deep murky brown. There was an inch of head with a tint of the same color as the beer. Decadent and rich looking.

Smell: its very sweet, smelled tropical nectar juice, raisins and brown sugar. Not so much of the hops - very malty.

Taste: tasted just like what I smelled - some fruity nectar and dark fruits as well as some medicinal-like bitterness. It almost takes after an English barely wine instead. Very sweet and malty, a little bit pungent with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied and slick.

Overall: very fruity with the hoppy bitterness following second. Takes more after an English barley wine. Good beer overall.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LambicLion
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a goblet.

L - Color is medium to dark brown with red highlights. Clear. Light tan head is creamy and fairly persistent.

S - Aromas of bread, molasses, plums, raisins from the malt. The hops are mostly earthy and spicy. Together they give an impression of delicious spice cake.

T - Flavors more balanced toward hops than I expected. The malt is there with molasses, brown sugar and dried fruits, but those flavors quickly get subsumed by strong hops flavor and bitterness. Hops are earthy and spicy. Off-dry finish.

F - Thick body that is counteracted by intense bitterness. Low, creamy carbonation. Strong alcohol presence.

O - This is an intensely hopped American style barley wine that smells more complex than it tastes. Still, very enjoyable.

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Photo of maz
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Poupae
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy reddish chestnut under a thin tan foam collar, splotches of lace, faint legs.
S: Fruity, estery nose with some rich malt sugars.
T: Dried fruit, caramelly malt, prune and then a medium high bitter hop finish.
M: Big body with a below average carbonation. Slight warming.
O: A big bold barley wine that can probably stand some age.

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Photo of En29356
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #14 (9/30/13) 10.4% abv. Brewed with 6 different malts and 4 different hops. Poured into a snifter. Very large, off-white head with a heavy sea-foam consistency (thick but airy). Really dark coffee-like color, similar to an Old Ale. This is an older bottle but its tasting significantly better than I anticipated. Very malt forward with the requisite accompanying sweetness, some sherry notes and a hearty breadiness. Slight lingering grassy hop flavor but the hops are virtually nonexistent now. The body is on the heavy side for the style which works to this beer's advantage. While a bit unconventional, this beer is an excellent representation of the English-style barleywines. As a fan of non-hoppy barleywines, I'm really pleased with this.

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