MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, malty and very hoppy barley wine, doesnít make me wax poetic but this is still a good beer. Citrusy hops work, the sweetness is nicely in balance with that but I wouldnít say this is vinous really at all. The text in the label is pushing it.The pine needle hops are still quite a thing to taste and smell in a barleywine. Well done but not so special for the style.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bomber to snifter, big thanks to mordormongo for this!
Blonde? Maybe a real dirty blonde. Pours a bright amber - pretty much exactly the color of the amber that the mosquito was preserved in from the first Jurassic Park movie. Nice finger of silky off-white head that fades out to a thick collar with some spotty bits retaining in the middle. Very nice to look at.
Smells massive... boozy resinous hops, caramel, butterSCOTCH... I could keep my nostrils shoved down in there for a good while, and even as it sits in front of me on the table I can smell how pungent it is.
Definitely a substantial hop presence... hops, then some malty bits, then a booze burn that dries things up. In my mind, the taste of this thing borders a big old IIPA. Enough hops to satisfy a non-barleywine drinker I think.
The feel is rather low as the booze is really pretty harsh. I donít mind that one bit myself but it does affect drinkability.
Extremely pleased with this one. Thanks very much Scott!
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red tinted copper, light tan head. Sweet malty and fruity nose, some figs and plums. Silky smooth mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Little or no hop character in the flavor, very sweet candied fruit, alcohol is covered well.
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At last, Three Floyds! What an event, and how couldnít it be, dressed in such extravagant pink wax? I approached this colossus with quiet expectations and a reserved sense of excitement, fearing an elaborate fraud, or a likely disappointment. What appeared in my glass manifested an obvious and hypnotizing beauty: dark, opaque and truly ruby red (for I am used to taking slight creative liberties), the topping was reduced to a side-attraction, biscuit-colored and disguised in a layer of small shiny bubbles. To the nose, an intense, flamboyant and absolutely theatrical fanfare of hops displays in the gleaming spotlights the panoply of its talents. Sugary pine, toast, juicy grapefruit, the opulence of this brew is simply staggering. Pure maple syrup, cedar and chestnut honey create a sticky scent enhanced by noticeable alcohol and again the orchestral hops. Somehow the flavor surprised me. Though it clearly echoes the nose, I found it difficult to imagine a marching band parading across my tongue until I actually took a sip. Cymbals, trumpets and every instrument you can think of flare upon the palate in what could seem like a cacophony but in fact reduces to a simple and unified roar. Lemon, lime, apricot, banana, pine, caramel, grape juice and sap explode on the taste buds.
Despite such a gargantuan profile, and surely what my colleagues across America seem to applaud, I didnít care much for the Behemoth. It was entertaining, no doubt, but beyond the ferocity of its flavors, and even its honorable complexity, I felt Behemoth lacked true pleasure. The analogy I described to my friend GarrettB, with whom I shared the bottle, is, I believe, opportune. Three Floyds, or my experience of the brewery so far, is to me reminiscent of the famous artist Piet Mondrian. What emerges from his work is a bold, new approach to color, composition and an entirely different perception of art. Below the apparent minimalism is a depth of meaning and commentary that ultimately becomes dissolved by the populace. The result is perhaps a sentiment of insolence but also an appreciation for the implications of art itself. Yet, however rich this context may be, I almost always find myself more interested by the intricacy of a Da Vinci, the sfumato or early chiaroscuro techniques he employed, the subtle brush strokes and complex forms of his paintings. Even the loose and more conceptual line quality of his sketches are infinitely more satisfying to me. Transcending the painting, Da Vinci loses no ground to modern art, as the meaning of his work is still debated upon. If I can have the best of both worlds, then to me thereís much more to gain, whether that means Trappists or Gueuzes or otherwise. That said, Iím not opposed to a little education.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The texture on this beer was very smooth. Pours a rusty copper colors. Sticky on he lips. Nice sweet nose. Alot of sugar. Finishes with an arsenal of hops. A lil steep on the price. One down side........... the wax makes it hard to open the bottle, kind of like a suspensful moment.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose is full of caramel malt and a mix of citrus and spicy hops. This brew is definitely big. Caramel malt, big kick from the hops, and pretty hot from the alcohol. As it warms, more malt complexity is coming through along with a few different hops varieties: grapefruit, pine, and spice.
The 10.5% ABV is evident, but it all adds to making this beer live up to its name.
And the lacing! This isnít rings of foam, itís coating the entire glass.
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 release with red wax, 22 ounce poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep caramel with a 1" head that quickly subsides. Nose is very hoppy, slight citrus aromas. Taste is hops with a slightly sweet caramel flavor. Very well balanced and easily drinkable. Fantastic brew!
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled. Poured a clear dark red with little to no head. Aroma was strong on citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor was huge on hops with a good amount of sweetness to offset the bitter. Finished off with an alcohol flavor that definitely let you know this was not for the weak hearted.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage large format in snifter. A mix between the Dreadnaught and a typical barlywine. There is some lemon apricot dreadnaught flavors and aromoas with sweet fig carmel barleywine flavors. Lingering bitterness, fizzy carbonation (small bubbles), sticky, thick. For a barley wine I would say it is more bitter than sweet (more IPA like). Amber orange like color, tan lacing, slightlycloudy. Stong alcohol flavors, much like a halls throat lozenge.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Dark gold with white head. Aroma of rich caramel with a hint of sugar. Flavor is tons of brown sugar and molasses. Finishes smooth in the mouth.