bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ FFF’s Anny Party...pours a murky brown with no head to speak of. Nose is a pleasant blend of strong roasted malts, some biscuit, vanilla bean, bourbon and a bit of dry cocoa powder. Starts off a bit hot but quickly balances out with notes of sweet bread dough, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Very nice brew to start the day off with. Cheers!!
Beerman6686 (5481) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a cloudy lighter brown color with a tiny tan head. Aroma was just loaded with soft bourbon and barrel characters, marshmallows and pineapples, sweet caramel and toffee too. Flavor were melded really well between the barrel notes, the bourbon and the sweetness of thr barleywine. I might have liked this more then Behemoth, dare I say.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter-sized pour had at the source... Pours a deeper reddis caramel toffee hue and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head that quickly reduces while gravitating towards the sides of the glass... Bourbony forward nose with an equalling dark fruit and caramel toffee component. Pretty assertive sweetness in general which equates to a slow sipper. Somewhat of a syrupy feel to it all things equal... Flavors move in a better direction with spicy bourbon caramel and toffee all mingling well altogether. A little boozy with added hnts of peppery spice but it seems to work synergistically. Some nice warmth would serve well in the colder winter months. It’s 60 today and still pretty welcoming as a matter of fact. This hits pretty hard tho.
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 On tap at 3 Floyds’. Murky brown pour with an off white head. All kinds of bourbon in the nose. Smooth bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla notes. I imagine a year or two in the bottle and this will be phenomenal...
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the XV party... murky medium brown beer, not much to look at... I didn’t enjoy the base beer much but this is a huge upgrade, its sweet but distractingly so, really easy to drink, bourbon, caramel, prunes... try this
rhsiung (1249) - USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
should it be something like "bawel aged"? went nicely with the braised leek, crème fraiche, black mission fig, pickled fennel, and goat cheese pizza.
mikem409 (1888) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
had this last night on tap on my journey to 3f boy what a treat. very dark brown the bourbon is intensly present in the aroma. served in snifter has big bourbon flavor and very warming from the alcohol but not sweet like a triple or quad. very much enjoyed this beer and hope to have it again.
tomthompson89 (1941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky brown with beige thin head, lots of caremel and huge bourbon presence. almost chewey mouthfeel. tons of bourbon again in the flavor, caremel, alcohol, almost quad like
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours muddy brown with off white skin that quickly fades away and does not readily come back, even with vigourous swirling. Aroma is sherry, dried plums, raisins, booze, heavy caramel, cardboard-y oxidation notes, hint of chocolate. Taste is heavy bourbon barrel, booze, vanilla, caramel, some cardboard and dried fruit, chocolate on the finish; a bit booze heavy but also served way too cold. Body is full, syrupy, low carbonation, nice balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a rare and delicious barleywine, a tad heavy on the booze but hugely complex
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 3F brewpub. I’m always excited to try a new beer from Three Floyds and especially so when it’s barrel-aged. I’m trying to jog my memory about the base beer because while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t something that ended up sticking out much in my beer memory. Aroma of soft bourbon, sherry, and caramel. Some citrus, pineapple, sweet powdery sugar malts. Notes of vanilla as well. Flavor has a generous bourbon push with vanilla, caramel, toffee. Some oak with mild citrus and fruit notes. Finishes with notes of bourbon and oak. Slick bodied. Nice beer, but I don’t think the base takes to barrel aging as well as some of their other offerings.