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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
Ranking:
#23,790
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
173
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
30
Trade:
1
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1.25/5  rDev -66.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of spence524
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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Photo of yamar68
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jjanega08
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Barley Wine from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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