DrnkMcDermott (2994) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Now that I’ve had the 2001 Behemoth that the Floyds "found" in the cooler and put on tap at the brewpub, I can discount my description below (and save my bottle of 2005 to age for a while). The draft pour is a deep cloudy brown, with a thin barleywine head. Bigass malts prevail in this one, with a bit of taffy apple-caramel sweetness. Alcohol is not heady or overpowering… at first, but sneaks up big time toward the end. There’s a touch brandy, with a swirl of strawberry, prune and cherry. Very thick and chewy.
Bottled off kegging line by 3F’s employee. My rating is tempered by the fact that the sample was bottled 4 years ago and not counter-pressure filled. But I expect to have some fresher stuff when the bottles finally come out this summer. This sample was slightly cloudy. Not as hoppy as most 3F’s, just the remains of a fine hop bouquet. This is, yes, slightly oxidized, but also sweet and somewhat fruity, with a hint of raspberry.
dnicolaescu (1928) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared BOTTLE. Smooth milky caramel, vanilla and traces of fruity hops. Warming alcohol and smooth bitterness.
Tstamba (715) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DLD taster. Big bold black beautiful, bountiful, beertastic, Barleywine. Another solid product from 3F...
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Thisis12ptfont (1103) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of sweet malts, toasted sugars, melted caramel, sugar covered plums, tangerines, dates, toffee, deep amber malts, barley, wheat and intense pines and resin. Pours a darker copper with a apricot tint and thin foam and lace. Taste brings intense sweetness, sugars, deep fruits and crisp caramel upfront. Hops are immediately present afterwards with heavy bitterness, pines, resins, oils and tangerine notes. Finishes dry and hoppy with a noticeable booziness, Overall, very impressive. Well balanced between heavy barley wine malts and american style hops. A+ rating.
markducommun (875) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight ruby brown color, clear. Small tan head. Molasses, light vanilla. Pine resin. Some earthiness. Sweet, some bitterness. Heavy body, chewy. Oily. Long finish. Great.
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snoot8726 (85) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2016 black glitter wax vintage. Pours brown with a white head. Huge hop presence on the nose with caramel, toffee and a touch of maple. Sweet hoppy flavor with a great mouthfeel. Yeah it’s hoppy for a barleywine but what do you expect from 3 floyds? No hops? Pfft, come on now. Fantastic brew.
Dorkenstein (412) - - FEB 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge brown sugar, caramel, and candied orange aromas. Taste is grapefruit, orange peel, pine tar, caramel, brown sugar, and dates. 2016 black glitter wax.
mambossa (281) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016 black glitter wax. Pours a royal red-amber gold with creamy short-lasting off-white head. Nose of pungent, dripping apricot and maple-y honey, fruitcake glaze, desserts upon desserts wafted by a big booze hotness. Smells a bit like a diabetic hulk-sized alpha king. Flavor presents the same with a refined and easy bitterness, initially a big syrupy body with a triumphantly clean, non-cloying finish. As it warms the alcohol can make your tongue feel like an asphalt parking lot on a July day. Still has that trademark FFF candy hoppiness flavor. This one doesn’t disappoint.
Theydon_Bois (16623) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at home with JF, IP trade with the Baldwizzard, 13/02/16. Yellowwax so guess 2006 rew.
Lightly hazed orange amber with a well appointed beige covering.
Nose is caramel xauce, light spice, fruit cake, raisens, hoppy underpin, light booze tunes
Taste comprises Xmas cake, light spice, toffee, earthy hop, biscuit crumble, light pine, dark fruit rinds.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in a boozey balanced close.
Solid BW .. good dose of hops without being OTT ..has held up extremely well for 9+ years.
stoutnick (827) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 Bottle pour from Lincoln - thanks heaps mate! Golden brown pour. Aroma is sugary sweetness. Taste is sticky caramel, sweetness, delicious - so smooth! Overall - great easygoing barleywine. Solid stuff.
Cybercat (5046) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy, barely translucent honey golden. Aroma presents malty, honey and fruity tones. Honey, malt and fruity tones round out a pleasing flavor. Mouthfeel features firm body and good fizz. This is a behemoth.