DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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.
Warped_Silver (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown orange. Hoppy, citrus, ripe fruit. Medium body, cotton candy, citrus taste. Great beer.
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baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle courtesy of warpedsilver... Caramel amber brown in color... Aroma of raisins, tomato, dark fruits.... Flavor of overripe fruits, raisins, caramel, oak... Light citrus hop notes that persists onto palate... Amazingly good
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bnokk (72) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
APPEARANCE - Ruby red clear, lacking head.
NOSE - Clearly a barely wine. Good age smell.
FLAVOR - Smooth as my backside.
NOTES - Excellent barley wine. I hear it's better at 3 years than 8 (thanks Shigegado).
AndySnow (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How: Bottle, 2009 vintage..
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, citrus, apricots, mango, alcohol, peach, tropical fruit.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, tropical fruit, grass, hops,
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bomber. Pours dark amber with some sediment near the end. Aroma of orange peel, honey, hops, and prune. Tastes very smiling and sweet with an aggressive, hoppy/boozy bitter finish. Flavors of brown sugar, orange, hops, and slight dark fruit hints. Very nice sipper.
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"style-wise this sure seems like an english style. sweet toffee and caramel flavors and aroma, some fruit too. way more than the hops, which were just enough to balance it. very well done. no idea what the vintage was. thanks pfoxyjohn. "
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Man how they do this, so rich yet so hoppy, not bitter astringent hoppy but big fruity mango hoppy, then such a big rich malt backbone. Worthy of a 6
jcartamdg (2100) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 red wax. Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma of big malt, caramel, butterscotch, and maple. Taste is malty with a touch of hop bitterness. This is a malt bomb but in a good way.
RickTStiles (785) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murkey dark amber with a lasting off white head. Taste has notes of caramel, raisins and oatmeal. Finish is prunes.
Yorker (1351) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ home (2014 - blue wax). Pours cloudy amber with a little sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, malt, dried fruit, pine, and citrus - with a slightly bitter finish.