Release The Hounds | Bull & Bush Brewery

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Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ArrogantB on 03-23-2007

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by rallison:
Photo of rallison
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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%!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetration. There's an inch of densely packed creamy brown head on top. After a few minutes it dissipates to a fingernail. The aroma is of very sweet and bready malt. I'm tasting an onslaught of sweet, bready malt with just a hint of grassy hops in the mix. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and lightly warm with alcohol.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +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

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Photo of FalconOne
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taperwookie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwsipkins
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of wcu80
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your typical American barleywine. Great big foamy heady with good retention. Smell has an herbal, nutty, earthy side to it; probably the hops driving this. Very dry in aroma and flavor, no sweetness detectected. Flavor is more of the same. Easy to drink, no sticky sweetness, a finishing leathery note.

Just great and more old school and English in feel.

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Photo of Sanderson
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

500ml bottle. I believe it's a 2014 vintage. Truncated notes below:

HEAD: 2-3 inches wide. Off-white colour. Average foaminess and frothiness. Retention is above average - ~6-7 minutes. Not too shabby for the high ABV. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Caramel with red hues. Not very vibrant. I see no yeast within.

It's not off-putting, nor is it inviting.

AROMA: Earthy hops are surprisingly prominent; it seems overhopped. Heavy malty sweetness with hints of the beginnings of oxidation (evidenced by a faint cardboardy note). Amber malts, caramel, toffee, biscuit malt, English malts. Out of place hop oils. Spruce.

Suggests an imbalanced beer with overdone hop character. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Stale earthy and oily hops replete with notes of faded pine. Saccharine amber malt sweetness. Notes of biscuit malt and English malts fill out the rest of this mess of a build, with some caramel emerging on the fringe. Lacks toffee, marshmallow, oak, and other notes one would look for in a great example of the style. Overhopped to its detriment, yet also overly sweet.

Lacks cohesion and direction. It's a mess alright, but it's not boozy or astringent. Poorly executed for its style, to be sure. Even the oxidation I thought I found in the aroma would be welcome here, if only because it's at least true to style.

TEXTURE: Sticky and oily - off-puttingly so. Overcarbonated, smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied. This mouthfeel neither suits the flavour profile nor the style. Middling execution. Quite an unwieldy brew, with a heavy overall presence on the palate. Borders on syrupy, with an obnoxious viscosity.

Fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate specific notes.

OVERALL: Bull & Bush does one or two very impressive brews. This is not one of them. A subpar stab at a barleywine that isn't to style and won't appeal to discerning drinkers. I'll finish the bottle with effort, but it's far from a beer I'd buy again. I wouldn't recommend it to others - especially at this price point. In terms of the Denver market, who would reach for this over Great Divide's Old Ruffian?


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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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