Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol' Leghorn

 
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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
ShivanDragon (4613) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2017
sample from bottle @ZZT 2017 at Benzai's, shared by ElManana, pours hazy orange/golden with a white head. aroma of malts, straw, hay, grass, citrus, some light barley wine notes, Taste is pretty sweet, soft, straw, smooth, alcoholic, tends to be a double ipa in stead of a barley wine, light hoppy, ok body, soft carbo.

4.4
77ships (11026) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2017
Thanks to ElManana! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2017. Vintage bottle presumably and yet still nicely hoppy. Orange, hazy, little head. Nose is nice murky bitter orange peel, bitter mango, bitter pine, nicely malty. Taste is nice bitter mango peel, orange peel, bitter pine, like a nicely malty DIPA,… Body is orange, mango,….Tasty stuff, could use even more malt for me but good stuff even if not hugely barley wine like.

3.7
Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared @ ZZT 2017. Orange color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, hops, typical barley wine style influences. Sticky texture a bit. Decent, but neither Barleywine nor double IPA imo. Solid, but not awesome in either category.

3.5
Maakun (6430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared at ZZT. Bit hazy amber with off white head. Thick sweet malts, light lychee, sweet marzipan, bitter herbs and alcohol, sweet orange, bitter but still fruity hops. Quite sweet and over medium bitter. Full bodied. Very boozy bitter but nice aroma.

3.8
DutchDrebus (6191) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ ZZT Fall 2017. Slightly hazy orange colour with a small white head. Smells sweet, barleywine, hops, resin. Tastes sweet, hops, resin, barleywine. Full body, soft carbo.

3.9
Ratman197 (15350) - 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.

4.1
RRistow12 (944) - 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

3.8
OldGrowth (3665) - 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.

3.8
slowrunner77 (12804) - 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.

3.1
koleminer20 (3976) - 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


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