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Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol’ Leghorn

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Ol’ Leghorn was initially brewed by Floyd and Brynildson during last year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. In a shout-out to Firestone Walker’s and Nick Floyd’s mutual English heritage, this blonde barleywine was brewed with traditional English ale malting varieties—Golden Promise and Optic base malts- with no specialty malt added.

The beer was then racked to a combination of retired bourbon barrels and new American oak wine barrels for aging at Firestone Walker Brewing Company. In fearless 3 Floyds fashion, another batch of dry-hopped Ol’ Leghorn was recently brewed for blending into the aged beer, to add a fresh, hoppy layer to the more intense spirits barrel and oaky character of the initial batch.

The result is a staggeringly hoppy blonde barleywine that will first be unveiled at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest in Paso Robles on Saturday, May 31. Additionally, 22-ounce bottles will be available for purchase (six bottle limit per customer) at Firestone Walker’s Brewery Store on Sunday, June 1 starting at 10 a.m., with very limited market release later in the month. Ol’ Leghorn is meant to be consumed fresh in its youth, and vigilantly cold stored in the meantime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Clear orange pour with a single finger head. Aroma of citrus and candy. Medium mouth. Taste is full of citrus and candied sugar. Dry and bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden really well. Really easy to drink. Not much lace. A solid barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Clear light burnt orange pour with a white head. Caramel malt and hoppy bouquet. Big florally hop notes run roughshod over the sweet caramel notes. No real depth here. Average mouthfeel and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonusWagner (1624) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 A ridiculously hoppy American barley wine, sickly sweet but also quite astringent/bitter with high stickiness in the mouth feel. Not my kind of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2014
sample at Crabapples bottle share. orangish colored pour, fuller bodied. rich toffee notes, vanilla, oak, nice bitterness. Nice BW

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8915) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of hoppy resin, orange zest, bready malt, toffee and pine. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SotallyTober (40) - Channahon, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Has a dark hazy amber pour, with a thin head. A tart fruit, oak, and spice aroma. Very nice fruit, caramel, butterscotch, pepper, and bourbon taste. Wow! This was a very satisfying brew, and will be going back for a couple more bomber’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
22. Wow, thanks, J! Pours a murky bright pale amber with a dense and creamy off-white head. Big bright sweet tangy fruit on the nose, lots of mango, pineapple, and oranges. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Sweet caramel base on the mid palate, showing layers of toastiness through toffee and more caramelly layers. Great hop accents everywhere, definitely the highlight of the show here. Long sweet finish. Much more of a DIPA than a BW due to the hoppiness, and not a candidate for aging at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2372) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Clear copper pour with a thin of white head and very light lacing ... Aroma of vinous and bourbon vanilla barrel .... Taste is of light hops, vinous, bourbon, vanilla, piney, floral and bitter hop bite, has a chewy caramel malt ... Dry malty and some fruityness ..... Decent and malty very smooth with abv totally hidden ....comes off way more As a Firestone brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Wow this is mouthful of changing flavors. Complex but great. Orange cloudy pour on tap at Local Option. Prunes, apricots, tart fruits - on the nose. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, peaches, and a little smoke - stand out to me for the taste. Enjoyable. A sipper for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (684) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Bright neon orange. Spiced Tropical fruit on the nose. The taste starts out with a bitter kick then fades to sweet caramel and butterscotch. Some floral hop notes peak come through as well. The 10.5 abv is barely noticeable. Awesome!

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