GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours red with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is very complex: Molasses, ginger, caramel, strawberries, and citrus with notes of alcohol. Fruity flavours, some caramel somewhat sour with a thick and rich mouthfeel and a well balanced finish. Extra point for the waxed bottle top... barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2006
thanks to heemer77 ( Eric ) for picking this one up for me at the Behemoth release back in Sept. 2005.
I’m not usually a big barleywine fan, but this was a good one! may not quite be at its peak, but close, very close. reddish brown on the pour with almost no lace. sweet caramel aroma with flavors of brandied pears and other citrus fruits and hops. very well balanced with low carbonation and full-bodied. another quality brew from the 3F family. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Deep red/brown color with almost no head. Aroma has tons of caramel, hint of pear, grapefruit, lemon, orange. Flavor is malty, has lots of caramel, slight fruitness, touch of citrusy hops. Finish is well balanced for such a big brew. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
bomber courtesy of Duane, loads of grassy hops and caramel in the nose...much more so than alot of other BW’s. the flavor matched up to this pretty closely. a syrupy body and a very hoppy tail left me a little bit underwhelmed by this, but i prefer my barley wines to be a bit more on the malty side, so, although not ecstatic with this bottle, it was still an excellent beer jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bright, clear copper pour with thin head that quickly disappears leaving tight-knit bubbles floating on top. The nose is strong and filled with grapefruit, overripe fruit, nuts, earthiness and alcohol. The flavor is a nice balance of bitter hops, sweet brown sugar, caramel, leather and citrus. There are notes of earthiness and a peppery bite from the alcohol. The palate is thick and chewy. The long aftertaste starts bitter and finishes sweet. It leaves a nice coating of resinous hops. This is a barley wine for hop lovers who appreciate depth and balance. Another excellent beer from Three Floyds.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown harry, and blankboy, a huge thanks to Harry for sharing this treat! Fiery orange, small white/orange head. Malty, alcohol, very sweet lovely balanced hops in aroma - wow. A sniffed this for a good couple of minutes before tasting. Full bodied foamy mouthfeel - perfect. Complex taste - I’ve had more complex mind you, and more in your face, and certainly more hoppy, but rarely one more balanced and drinkable than this. So well put together. Did not even think of it as a barleywine, just a solid drinkable strong alcohol beverage. An incredible drinking experience. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Garnet colored pour with little head retention. A huge wall of citrusy hops seep up and out of the glass. On closer inspection, notes of jungle fruits, plums, toffee and brown sugar intermingle with the classic FFF hops perfectly. The body is full, balanced and a real drinker at 10.5 ABV. Creamy mouthfeel. The nutty, sweet malts melt into a perfectly balanced, bitter finish. Wow, I just wish I had a few bottles in the cellar. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks to Harry for giving in to temptation and cracking this open at the end of our tasting. Pours a murky ruby with an average size off-white head. Awesome aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and spices -- sounds simple but smells amazing. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, lots of hops, brown sugar and alcohol -- all incredibly well balanced and with a nice, long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. What a way to end the night! An amazing beer and easily one of the best Barley Wines in the world. HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Bottle (650ml probably 2005). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via HUGE trade with JCapriotti - thanks, Jason!. Hazy ruby with a smallish head. Wonderful woody sweet alcohol toasty malt with balancing sweet resiny hops - god this is nice. Taste is a smoothly balanced roast malt, citrus/resin hop, yeast and alcohol balance - finishes long, balanced - the caramel malt emerges and the alcohol rides high but not over the top, age this another couple of years and it’s a 10. Mouthfeel - solid, perfect body, alcoholic and lightlly astringent mouthfeel, obviously alcoholic, but smooth, smooth, smooth - one of the best, age it 3 years and watch out. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a pink floyd (I am so "old" that I’m the only one to see the connection?) wax dripped neck, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy garnet with a foamy, bubbly pale tannish head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation for a barley wine. Had a sweet fruity and caramel malty nose, with whiffs of hops and spicy alcohol. A crisp, textured and creamy smooth, carbonated light, medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Sweet, candy-like caramel maltiness,a pineapple fruitiness, piney resiny, citric hops, gentle in their rolling bitterness, a spicy Caribbean rum-like alcohol warmth in the palate, the dry Three Floyds yeastiness and a dry sweet fruity malty finish with the hops and alcohol warmth lingering in the palate.
An excellent barley wine from Three Floyds, tasty and balanced, a must try.
(Music: consumed while listening to Pink Floyd’s "Meddle")