wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Gravity Head. Amber hazy pour. Nose is toasted malt, biscuit and loads of herbal, resinous, and earthy grassiness. taste is hop dominate at first then gives way to some Visconti malt flavors. Slick full body. not bad.
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar. Pours nice amber with a white head. Aroma has hops up front, grape, pine, some caramel and bready malts, a hint of cardboard, toffee, dark fruits, nice balance. Taste is very sweet, caramel, raisins, bread crust, nice malt profile, some bitterness to balance out, nice and fruity hops. Nicely balance. A really decent barley wine.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar during Chicago Craft Beer Week.
A: Pours a dark copper-like color with minimal head. Leaves an off-white film on the top.
S: Hints of fruity berries come out with some nice malts. A little burn is on the back end of the nose as well.
T: Nice sweet fruits with some bitters through out the middle and slight beginning. Sweetness of the apples and pears comes back at the end. A little heat on the back end which ties all the complexities together.
M: Nice and creamy with a medium body. Medium carbonation and a nice coating of the tongue to give a lingering dark fruit taste.
O: My first FFF barleywine and I was impressed. You go some fruits, some malts and some heat that all make up some great components of a good, if not great, barelywine.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-21-2011
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/26/2011. Served on tap in a goblet at Three Floyds.
The appearance is effervescent and inviting. Owd Engwish has an amber copper hue with tints of brown and a fluffy white head. Nice retention and some lacing is left down the side of the glass.
A little bit of barnyard funk wafts into the nose first, with dark fruits and caramel malt. Some white grape, tangerine, and a variety of citrus and floral hops. Some booze. Nice complexity in the nose, but the funk drops it a bit for me.
The taste is sweet to start, as I would expect. Caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves give it a spicy note to go along with the toffee and big malt sweetness. Some starfruit and white grape provide some complexity in the middle, with the end transitioning to tangerine, grapefruit, and orange blossom hops to close.
Full bodied, sticky, sweet, juicy, and lightly creamy. Somewhat drying on the tongue at the end of the sip.
This is solid, sweet and hoppy, with enough complexity to make me prefer it over Behemoth.
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a orange with a small white head,flavors of malts ,spice and fruits with a bitter finish.This had a nice hop kick to it in FFF style.CHEERS!
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub in Munster. This one had a pour of thick, pillow head that retained only a sticky lacing on the sides. The bright shiny copper body is quite pretty. A subtle and hazy aroma, though still nice. Mixed grasses and toffee bread grains, along with mild caramel candy powder. The palate is an interesting combination of liquor and tea, which hides the abv very well. Lots of layers here too, with many subtleties that make for a very drinkable experience. Starts off with toffee and lemon sweet tea, then becomes more herbal and grassy as far as hops go. Cookie malts come through toward the end along with mild citrus fruits for a well balanced finish. Like most of 3fs barley wines, this was different, interesting, and quite enjoyable.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewpub into snifter. pours amber orange with a small off-white head. aroma is sweet malt, butterscotch, and pine. Flavor is sweet malt with definite English hop profile balancing things out lending to a nice bitter finish. Almost has a soapy quality which normally would not be good but is quite pleasant in this. Easy drinking and alcohol well-hidden.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Kinda bitter late, but before that you get a nice peach and orangish haze color. It was worth having.
manny57 (162) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on draft at FFF. Not too bad, but I think this beer missed it’s mark for a barley wine. There was nothing really great about it. I can’t put my finger on it, but I was left wanting more.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exceptional. Enjoyed in a snif-tah at the brew pub in Munster. Goes great with $3 chorizo tacos. Nice mild brown color, surprisingly easy on the palate. Excellent as is all things 3F.