DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Now that I’ve had the 2001 Behemoth that the Floyds "found" in the cooler and put on tap at the brewpub, I can discount my description below (and save my bottle of 2005 to age for a while). The draft pour is a deep cloudy brown, with a thin barleywine head. Bigass malts prevail in this one, with a bit of taffy apple-caramel sweetness. Alcohol is not heady or overpowering… at first, but sneaks up big time toward the end. There’s a touch brandy, with a swirl of strawberry, prune and cherry. Very thick and chewy.
DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottled off kegging line by 3F’s employee. My rating is tempered by the fact that the sample was bottled 4 years ago and not counter-pressure filled. But I expect to have some fresher stuff when the bottles finally come out this summer. This sample was slightly cloudy. Not as hoppy as most 3F’s, just the remains of a fine hop bouquet. This is, yes, slightly oxidized, but also sweet and somewhat fruity, with a hint of raspberry.
Draft at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse...WHAT A FIND! Fruity, malty aroma with hints of spice and citrus. Moderately hazy amber color with a small light tan head. Mmmm creamy maltiness hits the tongue to start...bam. Fruity citrus ethanol burn follows with a nice little hop kick in the ass as this one goes down. Gorgeous lacing too, I might add. jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Draft at the brewery. I think it was the end of last years keg. Murky orange with a creamy tan head and a sharp hop nose (like all Three Floyds beers). Caramel, butterscotch, plum liquer. Very green hop finish. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Just plain delicious. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Brown color, with a malty scent. Tasted of malt, but was also vinous and a bit salty. Thick, but not so thick that it was hard to drink. Excellent. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Draft at brewery, so a bit hard to give an accurate rating. Decent head which sticks around. Brown/red body. Aroma has bubblegum, caramelly hops. Tastes "just damn good." A bit of citrusy hops and sweet with caramel. A bit syrupy on the palate, but also creamy and very slightly oily. I just updated palate to a "5" because I think I underrated that category in this and other beers... (8 / 4 / 9 / 5 / 18)
Rerate bottle 11-21-2005. Clear ruby body, very thin fizzy head. Strawberry-like flowery medicinal hops. The aroma is quite like I remember it, even though the terms have changed. Not as thick as I remember it though. Hoppy bubblegum. Dirty water finish. (8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17)
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Awesome brew! I drank this out of a friggin' plastic cup at the brewery, so I couldn't see the body very well, but I'm pretty sure it was dark red. The head was quite creamy with very small bubbles. Small amount of caramel in the aroma along with the same hops featured in the flavor. Syrupy, plummy, winey taste. Gin-like hops with lemon citrus. egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Draft at the brewery, aged one year. Poured a murky brown color with a creamy yellowish off white head and nice lacing. Strong citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Very rich mouthfeel had tastes of citrus and bitter hops, and well as being balanced by a nice sweet maltiness. Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Truly amazing. Very sweet and the aroma is very fruity. Brown color with nice head. Alcohol was somewhat noticable. Definitely have to sip and savor the moment. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 (Draught) Pours a medium brown with a medium-sized beige head. Had a wonderful array of fruit flavors and caramel. Alcohol was nicely covered by the abundant flavor. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Aroma: sweet honey and strawberries.
Appearance: light brown
Flavor: strawberries and cream, with slight corn flavors when warmed. Also, vanilla yogurt and carmel malts.
Palate: Very smooth with slight carbonation, like a very weak soda.
Overall an excellent barley wine, probably one of the better ones I have had.