Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From an 05 bottle thanks to Edward. The last time I sampled this it was $22 a growler at the brewery, including the jug! I like my barleywines in the English style rather than the overhopped American, but 3 Floyds does a nice job of balancing its overhopped bw with a great malt base. Lots of sweetness here with notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla, honey, and apricot/peach. Certainly needs time as other have noted, and I will rerate again in a year.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium, clear amber hue with a short, tan, frothy head. Aroma of pine needles, basil, thyme, mint -- very herbal and piney. So much so that I canít detect much of the underlying malt. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor. Heavily sweet, heavily bitter finish. Mostly caramel sweet, the malt flavor. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Tastes great, just smells like a spice rack.
pineypower (2411) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excited for this one, and once again Three Floyds lives up to the ratings. That being said I still think Old Horizontal is better, and no donít all start the hate mail at once. Anyway to the beer. Pours out a nice reddish tinged brown with a very small lacing head. The aroma is strong of amarillo hops. Very balanced and complex taste with notes of brown sugar, caramel and maybe a touch of a spice, and hops many hops. This has been hands down the hoppiest barleywine Iíve had, gonna let another bottle sit for a while, then try it. Overall a very solid beer
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear amber color with a ruby tint a minimal off-white head. Aroma of hops and um hops and did I mention hops. The huge hop aroma covered everything else BUT it seemed tight. I donít know if it is the specific hop or that it is too much. I love tons of hop aroma but it didnít spread and fill it was more like a tight punch. A nice tight punch but there is always something a little wrong with getting punched. The flavor was malty sweet that became quickly replaced by hop big flavors. The alcohol seemed to thin up the very finish of an otherwise full bodied beer. Alcohol flavor was not there however.
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark amber to brown appearance. The aroma is pine, mint, tobacco, and some alcohol. The flavor is quite sweet but the hop presence is definitley there. Some pine shows in the flavor along with strawberries, brandy, pine, and caramel. The aftertaste is syrupy and warming. This one is quite complex and BIG like most of the 3Floyds beers. I liked it. Thanks CaptCougar for bringing this one.
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown body with a decent head. The hops are huge and not the normal hop profile. Itís like taking a whiff of a crushed mint leaf at first and then after a few more sniffs you start picking up a little basil and maybe a slight touch of tobacco. The malt and alcohol are entirely covered up by the hops. The flavor is much less syrupy than I had expected and this actually turns into a very drinkable beer. The hop aroma is just huge, but but the bitterness isnít overbearing. The alcohol isnít too noticeable and the malt isnít too cloying. One of the better hop monster barleywines Iíve ever had and actually the first Three Floyds big hype beer that I actually agree with the hype. I was disappointed in Dreadnaught. Didnít really care too much for Dark Lord, but Behemoth is actually extremely good.
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange/amber, with a light tan head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, with lesser amounts of malt and caramel. Flavors are grapefruit, pine, caramel, and fruit. Body is nice, not too heavy. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. I want to try this again in a year or so. Thanks to EddieG for this bottle.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle 05- Pours a dark crimson ruby color, decent sized off white head. Aroma is huge grapefruit, like ocean spray juice. Pine needles, lemons, caramel, and watermelon jolly ranchers. Flavor is big and hoppy, more grapefruit, caramel, pine needles, and fruits. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol kick to it that compliments the brew.
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 a dark ruby color w/ a nice tan head some lacing. Huge hop aroma lots of grass and citrus touches of pine a good amount of sweet malt hints of cherry and watermelon, very hoppy aroma for a BW. warm palate some creamy very oily. A very hoppy barley wine. lots of hop.. citrus and pine some good sweet component. Some good dark fruits as well plums I think and some other fruits. This needs a bit of mellowing to really improve.
Re-rated now w/ some months of settle and the hop has already mellowed, the hot element has died down and this stuff is getting really good.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe drinking a bomber of this on a Tuesday night isnít the greastest idea, but oh well. Pours a deep clear copper color with no head. The aroma shows that it is definitely a Three Floyds product: lots of pine and peach hop character. Also, some sweet cherry/dark fruit aroma. Alcohol is more present in the flavor than the aroma. Lots of pineand grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness. Some sweetness, but the alcohol is a little overpowering in the flavor. A few years of aging may help this immensely.