Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol’ Leghorn

RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Ol’ Leghorn was initially brewed by Floyd and Brynildson during last year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. In a shout-out to Firestone Walker’s and Nick Floyd’s mutual English heritage, this blonde barleywine was brewed with traditional English ale malting varieties—Golden Promise and Optic base malts- with no specialty malt added.

The beer was then racked to a combination of retired bourbon barrels and new American oak wine barrels for aging at Firestone Walker Brewing Company. In fearless 3 Floyds fashion, another batch of dry-hopped Ol’ Leghorn was recently brewed for blending into the aged beer, to add a fresh, hoppy layer to the more intense spirits barrel and oaky character of the initial batch.

The result is a staggeringly hoppy blonde barleywine that will first be unveiled at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest in Paso Robles on Saturday, May 31. Additionally, 22-ounce bottles will be available for purchase (six bottle limit per customer) at Firestone Walker’s Brewery Store on Sunday, June 1 starting at 10 a.m., with very limited market release later in the month. Ol’ Leghorn is meant to be consumed fresh in its youth, and vigilantly cold stored in the meantime.

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Ratman197 (14952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Bomber poured a hazy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, orange zest, tangerine,light pink grapefruit and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of biscuit, orange zest, tangerine, pink grapefruit, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering oaky citrus finish.

RRistow12 (895) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Has aged over 2 years. Nice aroma. I get quite a lot of fruity notes. Orange, grapefruit, herbal, some bourbon aroma. Taste is moderately bitter with nice malt backbone. Flavors similar to aroma with some brown sugar, caramel, spices. Really interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
bottle, from brewery, dated 05/30/14. 20:49. huh, thought I rated this back when I got it, any who. good aroma, sweet, hoppy, at this point some oxidation, but not offensive, vanilla and citrus. clean golden brownish orange, goof initial head, faded to a ring, Sweet bitter flavor. Heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish, still tasting good, though aroma is the best part, IMO. nice hops playing with it’s own oxidization, malts still sweet. wish I had another to share.....but alas....I don’t.

slowrunner77 (12136) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
This blonde Barleywine has a couple years on it. Still uniquely hoppy and bitter, with light malts and the very familiar Firestone Walker barrel character. Seemed a touch past its prime, but still nice.

koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a golden amber-ish color with a thicker white frothy head and some pretty solid lacing. The aroma is pretty musty. There is a little chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor offers much of the same, with a little more booziness and a decent leather character. The flavors are just so light. The mouth feel is somewhat thick but the carbonation is really bubbly and sharp. The aftertaste is grassy and hot and fades off pretty quickly. Could’ve been so much better

TaktikMTL (7808) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée entre amis lors d’un diner. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est orangée-dorée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’agrumes et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’oranges en en arrière goût. (Rating #4145)

SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
22 ounce bottle .. shared with people .. caramel darkness, sugar, booze, and hay liquer .. shoot pool .. medium mouth, booze cuts into it .. mild chewiness .. finish is long. soft carbonation .. would have liked more complexity .. . . everyone needs to get punched in the face at least once in their lives. everyone.

nuplastikk (6312) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Growler brought back from a beer fest. I wasn’t nuts about it at the fest, but this one has really grown on me now that I can mellow out on it at home. The base malts are pleasantly smooth and biscuity, and the barrel tones are mild and subtle. Smooth golden malt tones, pleasant hop balance. The interplay between the oak and big smooth malts is awesome. So much depth. Really unique interpretation of the style. Well done.

MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Oranges and honey meet alcohol heat and green hop bitterness in this flavorful but rough-and-tumble Blond Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy pale amber shine.
-The flavor profile is simple for the style.
-Mouthfeel is rich but also oily.
-Few flavors stand out.
-This is way under par for Firestone Walker...


Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2015
very light barleywine, almost awheat wie. PPale yellow, very sweet and strong. Not cloying and didn’t hate it which is odd for barleywines. Well, its two awesome breweries working here so that helps.

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