hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
22oz pink waxed bottle (’05). Poured a darker and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of hops (it is a 3F beer) - citrus, flowers, grapefruit, oranges, fruits, and caramel. Even with the high hop presence, there was a very light maltiness to it (should balance out better with some age). Light alcohol kick at the finish. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Generous hopping is right! Huge hop-a-riffic aroma. Smooth and quiet mouthfeel with a lingering hop-ness that hangs on the back of your throat, not wanting to go down. It’s good, but not good enough to warrant the price or the super high percentile. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Wow, those people over at Three Floyds sure do love their hops. Just like their other offerings I can recall, this smells of hops from half a kilometer away. Nice dark amber with a tint or red and a thin cream head. As for subtleties in the aroma, there isn’t much beyond the sweet citrus smell and a less copious smell of malt. The flavor comes off as a nice hearty malt taste. Real filling for the entire mouth, but still is very hot. There is a decent sharpness towards the end where the hops make their appearance in the flavor. Mouthfeel takes a knock in my book because of how hot and bitter this beer is. I think I’ll open another one of these right before rapture. timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 commercial description is accurate.....nice beer to sip on over a long period of time... would be nice to try again a year or so from now.................wow this review sucks.....this has to be the best idea i have ever come up with...sip a barley wine....oh well i should probobly add something about this being over-rated, but maybe i am just a jerk and want to be disagreable this beer had a sweet bottle....that is one sexy beast NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 deep pink orange. The color of fine cognac. Nose of hops, flowers, fruit, cat urine. Deep flavor profile of tropical fruits, hops, apples, cherries, etc. Sweet and spicey. Excellent.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a dark pink ruby color with a thick, but fading head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of citrus, hops, and flowers. Flavor is intense and sweet with roasty and citrusy hops. Huge sticky mouthfeel that finishes with silk. This is the quintessential Barley Wine. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2005
22oz - Aroma is a hop blast! Fresh and pungent. Also smells of carmel malt, vanilla, and citrus. Pours a deep amber with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is not as intense as I expected, but still loaded with hops. The malt balances very nicely. Palate is still a bit "warm" with tart hop and alcohol, but not as over the top as I expected. A very tasty barleywine that will only get better with a little time in my cellar. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Bottles courtesy of temporrari and JCW. Pours dark amber mahogany with decent off-white head. Aroma is full of orange citrus, candied fruits, really cleam malt for a bw. Flavor sweet/juicy citrus hops, with only a faint bitterness. All kinds of fruit, apple, peach, apricot, and white grape. Fine IIPA don’t think the malt profile is there for a BW. Still quite nice. black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
05 Bottle. Color is a most beautiful dark ruby red with a off white creamy head. Aroma is typical of 3 Floyd’s. Loads of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and citrusy goodness. I can’t believe how awesome this stuff tastes. At first sip it’s like drinking fermented candy coated apples balanced by grapefruity, piney hops. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. This is my ideal barleywine. Imagine, if you can, Dreadnaught on steroids. That would give you an idea as to how complex and big this beer is. Slight presence of alcohol, but it is very welcome in adding to the complexity of this brew. Good job 3 Floyd’s. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a small off-white head. Sweet Malty, very hoppy, pinetree, grape aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a hoppy, lonh bitter dry finish.