Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 11.1 IBU: 23

87/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Epic Brewing Barley Wine

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What the brewers say

“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.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “A fun combination of pine resin, toast, caramel, some banana, and even a touch of smoke and tobacco. There’s an undertone of dank hops and a big, boozy grip as well.”

Flavor: “The malt focuses largely on caramel but there’s some roast in there, too, along with strong earthy and pine hops flavor and fairly big bitterness. There’s a sherry-like oxidation and a woody, tobacco note as well that gives it some sweetness, but not in a cloying way.”

Overall: “An aggressively hopped barley wine—think of this as West Coast—that starts with malt complexity and ends with a hot alcohol note and a lingering bitterness that leaves the tongue wanting of a good scraping.”

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