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Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol’ Leghorn

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
This blonde Barleywine has a couple years on it. Still uniquely hoppy and bitter, with light malts and the very familiar Firestone Walker barrel character. Seemed a touch past its prime, but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (1493) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a golden amber-ish color with a thicker white frothy head and some pretty solid lacing. The aroma is pretty musty. There is a little chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor offers much of the same, with a little more booziness and a decent leather character. The flavors are just so light. The mouth feel is somewhat thick but the carbonation is really bubbly and sharp. The aftertaste is grassy and hot and fades off pretty quickly. Could’ve been so much better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée entre amis lors d’un diner. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est orangée-dorée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’oranges en en arrière goût. (Rating #4145)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
22 ounce bottle .. shared with people .. caramel darkness, sugar, booze, and hay liquer .. shoot pool .. medium mouth, booze cuts into it .. mild chewiness .. finish is long. soft carbonation .. would have liked more complexity .. . . everyone needs to get punched in the face at least once in their lives. everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Growler brought back from a beer fest. I wasn’t nuts about it at the fest, but this one has really grown on me now that I can mellow out on it at home. The base malts are pleasantly smooth and biscuity, and the barrel tones are mild and subtle. Smooth golden malt tones, pleasant hop balance. The interplay between the oak and big smooth malts is awesome. So much depth. Really unique interpretation of the style. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Oranges and honey meet alcohol heat and green hop bitterness in this flavorful but rough-and-tumble Blond Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy pale amber shine.
-The flavor profile is simple for the style.
-Mouthfeel is rich but also oily.
-Few flavors stand out.
-This is way under par for Firestone Walker...


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2015
very light barleywine, almost awheat wie. PPale yellow, very sweet and strong. Not cloying and didn’t hate it which is odd for barleywines. Well, its two awesome breweries working here so that helps.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2015
Smell is light malt and a tropical smell. Taste is pretty dry with some malt. Medium carbonation, medium body, and some foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2699) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle from SJ. Notes of vanilla, caramel malt, grass, toffee, pine, mango, bread, and brown sugar. Odd, but really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5530) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 ounce bottle from Binny’s. Orange pour. Malty and slightly sweet with a trace of brown sugar. I’m not consuming fresh obviously (bought in Nov 14), but a tasty citrus based barley wine.

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