JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red/brown color with almost no head. Aroma has tons of caramel, hint of pear, grapefruit, lemon, orange. Flavor is malty, has lots of caramel, slight fruitness, touch of citrusy hops. Finish is well balanced for such a big brew.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber courtesy of Duane, loads of grassy hops and caramel in the nose...much more so than alot of other BW’s. the flavor matched up to this pretty closely. a syrupy body and a very hoppy tail left me a little bit underwhelmed by this, but i prefer my barley wines to be a bit more on the malty side, so, although not ecstatic with this bottle, it was still an excellent beer
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright, clear copper pour with thin head that quickly disappears leaving tight-knit bubbles floating on top. The nose is strong and filled with grapefruit, overripe fruit, nuts, earthiness and alcohol. The flavor is a nice balance of bitter hops, sweet brown sugar, caramel, leather and citrus. There are notes of earthiness and a peppery bite from the alcohol. The palate is thick and chewy. The long aftertaste starts bitter and finishes sweet. It leaves a nice coating of resinous hops. This is a barley wine for hop lovers who appreciate depth and balance. Another excellent beer from Three Floyds.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with hogtown harry, and blankboy, a huge thanks to Harry for sharing this treat! Fiery orange, small white/orange head. Malty, alcohol, very sweet lovely balanced hops in aroma - wow. A sniffed this for a good couple of minutes before tasting. Full bodied foamy mouthfeel - perfect. Complex taste - I’ve had more complex mind you, and more in your face, and certainly more hoppy, but rarely one more balanced and drinkable than this. So well put together. Did not even think of it as a barleywine, just a solid drinkable strong alcohol beverage. An incredible drinking experience.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Garnet colored pour with little head retention. A huge wall of citrusy hops seep up and out of the glass. On closer inspection, notes of jungle fruits, plums, toffee and brown sugar intermingle with the classic FFF hops perfectly. The body is full, balanced and a real drinker at 10.5 ABV. Creamy mouthfeel. The nutty, sweet malts melt into a perfectly balanced, bitter finish. Wow, I just wish I had a few bottles in the cellar.
blankboy (7226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks to Harry for giving in to temptation and cracking this open at the end of our tasting. Pours a murky ruby with an average size off-white head. Awesome aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and spices -- sounds simple but smells amazing. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, lots of hops, brown sugar and alcohol -- all incredibly well balanced and with a nice, long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. What a way to end the night! An amazing beer and easily one of the best Barley Wines in the world.
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Bottle (650ml probably 2005). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via HUGE trade with JCapriotti - thanks, Jason!. Hazy ruby with a smallish head. Wonderful woody sweet alcohol toasty malt with balancing sweet resiny hops - god this is nice. Taste is a smoothly balanced roast malt, citrus/resin hop, yeast and alcohol balance - finishes long, balanced - the caramel malt emerges and the alcohol rides high but not over the top, age this another couple of years and it’s a 10. Mouthfeel - solid, perfect body, alcoholic and lightlly astringent mouthfeel, obviously alcoholic, but smooth, smooth, smooth - one of the best, age it 3 years and watch out.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a pink floyd (I am so "old" that I’m the only one to see the connection?) wax dripped neck, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy garnet with a foamy, bubbly pale tannish head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation for a barley wine. Had a sweet fruity and caramel malty nose, with whiffs of hops and spicy alcohol. A crisp, textured and creamy smooth, carbonated light, medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Sweet, candy-like caramel maltiness,a pineapple fruitiness, piney resiny, citric hops, gentle in their rolling bitterness, a spicy Caribbean rum-like alcohol warmth in the palate, the dry Three Floyds yeastiness and a dry sweet fruity malty finish with the hops and alcohol warmth lingering in the palate.
An excellent barley wine from Three Floyds, tasty and balanced, a must try.
(Music: consumed while listening to Pink Floyd’s "Meddle")
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle via trade with 1FastSTI - Thanks! - Pours a beautiful dark copper/mahogony with a nice short tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is cherry, caramel, grapefruit, molasses, orange, and maybe even a little brown sugar and maple. A delightful blend of citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, and sweet brown sugar, caramel, maple, and cherry in flavor. Amazingly complex and smooth to drink. There is so much flavor here that you do not realize at all the 10.5% alcohol in this big beautiful brew. Palate is sticky sweet but oh so smooth on the tongue. Finish is just a tickle from the bitterness of those hops that are there throughout each sip. This is divine!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know I’ll be spanked but good!
Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly.
Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it...
Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd?
Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rock’em, Sock’em robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and...
Boom, boom, boom, I’ve barely gotten into it, and it’s knocking at my frontal lobes...we’re coming i-in...hide the ki-ids...here I am, wishing I’d saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I don’t wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...?
I really, really like this, but it’s a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at one’s feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable robe...you know the scene...
I’m drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just don’t find three chins very sexy.
(Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!)