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Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol’ Leghorn

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1418) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
With Zach in Orlando, pours a brilliant light orange amber color with no head. Nose is deep through and through citrus with a predominance of blood orange. Taste is whiskey upfront, with a complex of citrusy hoppy notes. Finishes on bitter sweet citrusy dry whiskey notes. A nice blended barley Wine, a real after dinner sipper. Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1374) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bomber. Pours an amber orange with a beige head and hoppy, sweet orange, citrus aroma. Taste is complex, the bourbon and oak aging really comes through nicely with hop, lots of oranges, citrus, caramel, and dark fruit notes leading to a long, dry finish with strong lasting bourbon notes. Delicious and very tasty barleywine, great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
> Hybrid blonde barleywine and DIPA

[ Bottle ][ 22oz ][ ChinoSkillzian ][ Tasting ][ Glazen Toren Stemmed Tulip ][ 8.22.14 ]
>> Brilliantly clear deep orange pour, lower white foam. Nose is DIPA straight up with juicy hops, huge butterscotch and caramel, brown alcohol, rich sugar, toffee. Taste is silky, essentially DIPA with butterscotch, spicy alcohol, rich butterscotch. Yummy, in between DIPA and hoppy blonde barleywine. Very enjoyable and fairly simple to dissect.

>!< best drink fresh yo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3356) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2014
On tap at the brewpub... Pours caramel orange and topped with a thin wispy film of off-white head... Citrus hop opening becoming more barrel forward with vanilla toffee accents to follow. Solid ... Mild vanilla bourbon spirit undertone, caramel and toffee through the middle, finishing with an increased hoppy bitterness towards the end. Definitely more on the malty side upfront with a fresher hoppy finish on the backend. Quite a bit hot overall but the flavor profile is nice. Body is a tad thin to coincide with the heat just seems a little off. Nice overall flavor tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5357) - Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Draft to taster at Three Floyds. Looks good for a blonde barleywine; a mostly transparent golden orange with foamy white head. Smells good too; malt, oak, bourbon, and some hops with a big semi-sweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (775) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bomber. Pours a honey gold, hazy, smallish white head with so-so retention and not much lacing. Nose is like a fruit stand -- peaches, dried apricots, oranges, pineapple, coconut and melon, caramelly malt and some musty barrel in the background. Less hoppy than it might’ve been back at the end of May when this was bottled, but that’s no big deal. I actually prefer the Behemoth better a year after it was bottled and that is about as hoppy a barley wine as you’ll find when it’s still fresh. Mouth is big and oily, a bit slick on the palate, medium sweet, oranges, white grapes, faint coconut, hints of booze, some vanilla, caramel, oakiness near the finish. Overpriced? Of course it is - Nick Floyd is attached to this project! But I will regrettably admit to having paid more for beers that offered far less, and when all is said and done, this is a pretty tasty barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1299) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bomber, dated 5/30/13. Gold yellow pour. Very hoppy aroma. Taste starts out very hoppy with a bitter barleywine finish. This is very close to how fresh behemoth tastes, maybe not quite as hoppy. I rather enjoy it, although at $15.99, it is a bit overpriced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1575) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle..pour is golden with a thin white head..Nose is caramel, burnt sugar, spice, hop, cotton canfy..Taste is sweet, cotton candy, bourbon, spice, oak, vanilla..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1070) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle from Gentiles. Poured clear gold with decent white head. Aroma of light citrus hop sweet malty. Light carb med bod. Sweet malty taste boozy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 650ml bottle. Bottled 05/30/14. I like the idea of a blonde barleywine and I think the best one out there is the New Glarus version. It pours a nice deep gold/ight amber color with a nice head abv considering. the smell is vanilla, oak, wine, lime, and coconut. Exquisite. One of the best smelling beers I have encountered. The flavor follows in good company, nice lemon lime, rich caramel, boozy bourbon, vanilla, oak, even a touch vinous. This beer just nails it on all fronts. Was not expecting that. IT is a total rip and if they would have priced it at 9.50 a 4pk like New Glarus does this would be monumental. But thanks to my buddy for sharing.

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