Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice glowing grapefruit color, hazy. Barely any head, slight lacing. Aroma is mostly hops- resinous, piney, lime. Brown sugar as well. Taste starts with a large dose of brown sugar with traces of molassis. Sweet, sugary but fairly well balanced with fruity hops. Solid earthy bitterness. Finish is sweet, fruity, lasting with noticeable toasted malts. Nice soft mouthfeel. Whatís great about this beer is the delicate balance- nothing dominates, unless you have an aversion to hops.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!í05. Deep amber body with some noticeable viscosity and a thin filmy off-white head. Appealing range of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas but also smells quite resinous. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the nose. Flavor is not exactly bad but was too rough and out of balance. Hop profile is like sucking on tree bark, the bitterness is coarse and harsh yet the residual malt sweetness seems quite high, and the impression of alcohol is elevated and hot. May just need time for the hop flavor and bitterness to soften and the malts to open up and provide some integrating balance. As a young barley wine, this wasnít especially pleasing. I preferred the small sample that I mixed with a dash of New Glarus Belgian Red. Long sought after, I wonít say Iím disappointed but rather be optimistic instead and say that a re-rate is pending circa 2008 if the beer gods grant me the opportunity.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.10.05 Bomber, RLB YEHA-05 Well, Iíve waited many moons to have a crack at this beer. Pours a hazed dark amber with thin white head. Thereís no mistaking this is a FFF brew the moment the pink wax is cut and the cap released. Aroma is pungent with cat piss, scads of alcohol, and plenty of citrus/grapefruit blossom. The beer is much sweeter than I anticipated, and uncomfortably so with the enormous amount of alcohol present throughout. The stuff is intensely hot, harsh, and almost mean to the senses. Itís certainly not the top ten barley wine Iíd hoped, but itís brash and bold enough to make me glad to have tried it.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)OMG, hereīs respect to a giant beer, Witch btw is too much for me. the best is a heavy nose of grapes, elderflower and at least a ton of hops. The alcohol is very dominant, even in the flavour and tjhe rest gets overwhelmed by the high sugarcontent. Whatīs the point with the the bottle size, one could ponder on that and the whole designline from 3F, in another lif time, for now, thanx for the effort.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice head. Extreme hoppy, but very hoppy smooth aroma. Complexity of hops, malt and alcohol. Very delecious and nice. Just a wonderful barley wine.
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got ahold of one of these fatties. The beer glowed with a nice rosy-redness in the light. Sweet-smelling nose was very inviting. Great texture ... thick (especially as it warmed), weighty and smooth, but not necessarily cloying (alcohol warmth seemed to cleave that right off). Hops were electric on the tongue right from the beginning. Surprisingly, I found the malt sweetness (mostly caramel notes) to be rather subdued (for some reason I was thinking it would be sweeter). Hop flavors/aromas were plant-like and grapefruity. A healthy amount of bitterness -- laden with a woody saltiness -- followed through into the finish, and lingered in the aftertaste. Halfway down the bottle, and on occasion, some really nice notes surfaced (hard to define, kind of "woodsy," but not "woody," if that makes any sense ... perfect pairing for a cigar, if that makes it any clearer). Fantastic brew, at any rate.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz pink waxed bottle (í05). Poured a darker and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of hops (it is a 3F beer) - citrus, flowers, grapefruit, oranges, fruits, and caramel. Even with the high hop presence, there was a very light maltiness to it (should balance out better with some age). Light alcohol kick at the finish.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Generous hopping is right! Huge hop-a-riffic aroma. Smooth and quiet mouthfeel with a lingering hop-ness that hangs on the back of your throat, not wanting to go down. Itís good, but not good enough to warrant the price or the super high percentile.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, those people over at Three Floyds sure do love their hops. Just like their other offerings I can recall, this smells of hops from half a kilometer away. Nice dark amber with a tint or red and a thin cream head. As for subtleties in the aroma, there isnít much beyond the sweet citrus smell and a less copious smell of malt. The flavor comes off as a nice hearty malt taste. Real filling for the entire mouth, but still is very hot. There is a decent sharpness towards the end where the hops make their appearance in the flavor. Mouthfeel takes a knock in my book because of how hot and bitter this beer is. I think Iíll open another one of these right before rapture.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 commercial description is accurate.....nice beer to sip on over a long period of time... would be nice to try again a year or so from now.................wow this review sucks.....this has to be the best idea i have ever come up with...sip a barley wine....oh well i should probobly add something about this being over-rated, but maybe i am just a jerk and want to be disagreable this beer had a sweet bottle....that is one sexy beast