NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at DLD ’09. This, along with VB Dark Lord were the two biggest surprises at DLD for me. Pours a dark brown with crimson notes. Nose is woody and hoppy, with tart cherry notes pushing through as well. Fantastic aromas pour out of this one. On taste, it’s behemoth, aged on oak, with a huge cherry push. Nice acidity and it couples really well with the vanilla from the barrel as well. Super clean and smooth with a ton of layers to dissect. Awesome.
GranvilleTim (1735) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DLD 09 tap. Cloudy brown pour with tan head. Aroma is complex- woody, bourbon, and cherries. Flavor was a treat. It was well balanced, nothing overpowering the other. A well concocted mix of great taste. What a day, what beers.
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Poured draft at DLD ’09 (Munster, IN). Pours the murky rusty pour with small tan head that clings some. Aroma puses oak and bourbon, some light vanilla and tart cherries really actually stand out. Body takes on caramel and vanilla, with bourbon and dark fruits coming through. Cherry adds a very nice layer that I quite enjoyed. Sweet malt takes over a bit, and I would have liked to have seen more hops to balance that, as the florals come and they go and add mild bitterness to the finish, which was surprising. Overall, I really liked this beer but it could use a touch of tinkering for the next batch.
BeerBunker (745) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DLD 09. Pours a murky reddish color with a small tan ring of lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, wood, malt, sugar, caramel, and some tart cherry. Taste was of decent bourbon, wood, caramel, dark fruit, and hops. Lots of sugar in this one. Each sip ends with a tart cherry taste. The hops in this beer really keep it going. The bourbon and cherries compliment each other well, without either being to dominant. Not the amazing face-rape that I had anticipated, but it was very good. Definitely worth a drink if you like cherries and bourbon, but overall the base beer is still better.
jabrewing (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice balance of cherry and bourbon that the alcohol hid behind. Not much head from little corbonation. I enjoyed this beer but not enough to go back. To many other worthy barley wines.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got to try some Three Floyds at NOTB, and I can say that I was not disappointed in the least. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. I would have expected a cloying brew considering that a 12.5% barleywine was combined with cherries, but the barrel-aging really mellow this one out. Citrus, toffee, caramel, cherry, whiskey, bitter hops. Really a beautiful brew.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Not bad. The barleywine is so big that it really pushed the cherries aside for me - really crammed them into the very top. The remaining tartness also kind of killed the depth of the body. I should drink this again.
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft) pours a cloudy reddish brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of breadiness, toffee, cherry, and citrus. Flavor of citrusy hops, toffee, bread, vanilla, nuts, light cherry, and oak.
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
NOTB; another beer that I liked the original better, although the aging wasn’t overdone and did add some new elements to the beer. Enjoyed the palate on this one. The cherry and wood/whiskey/bourbon aspects were just flavor accents. As mentioned, enjoyed the original better, but still thought this was one of the better beers of the night.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
EBF 08. Pours cloudy/almsot murky, with a thin lasting head- dull deep copper body. Aroma is muddled and al mixed up with light black cherry skin, alcohol, and a mess of malts mixed in- some catty hops and hot sharp bourbon. Some vanilla and oak in the flavor but just a ton sof toasted and sharp crystal malts, hoppy astringent bitterness and more bourbon with almost no cherry flavor but some almond astringency and alcohol in the end. Meh-