AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 On tap at Three Floyds.
I let it sit on the bar for a while to let it warm up a bit. Smell is incredible. Think a very nice bourbon whiskey smell complimenting a very refined, well melded barleywine. Taste is absolutely amazing. This is one to sip all day. Every sip was velvety smooth and better than the last. This barleywine has transformed into a incredible beer while in the barrel. I could not get enough of this beer. The guys at Three Floyds have taken barrel aging to the highest level.
Very glad I had the chance to drink this. bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 Draft @ DLD 08: I had been dying to try this and somehow it ended up in my hands in the brewpub...so thanks to whomever hooked me up with it. Dark copper in color with a minimal cream head. Dark fruits, caramel, oak/bourbon and some subtle hop tones in the nose...thick and creamy mouth feel. Flavor pretty much fit the the aroma but had a bit more hoppiness that fought its way through the bourbon. Just a massive brew and one that absolutely crushes its base brew in all aspects. StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Much darker than its non-barreled batch, with a chestnut-caramel hue. Murky, not muddy, just mystical. A tan galaxy swirls on top of it. Sweet plum juice and brandied figs delve deeply into the glass. Aromatic figgy pudding with concord crème brulee take turns with rhubarb left soggy and baking for hours. Thick, boozy, flavorful beauty. Mulberry glazes Christmas cut out cookies. Thick rhubarb is stuck with concord fig filling and a black cherry saturated graham cracker base. Low and behold the booze that ignites the throat with an equally thrilling, fiery amarillo hop-like presence. The booze actually smoothes out the base beer for thorough complexity. Sticky palate and the epitome of winter warmers. Perhaps the biggest barleywine mouth feel I’ve ever known. Black cherries get seduced by toasted coconuts and balsa batter while blackened boysenberry juice briefly glazes over rhubarb and gets slightly licked by flame. Mince meat, Disarenno and brandy plum butter ease in with the smooth black currant on toasted grahams on the way out. Splendid. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009 June 3, 2007 DLD 2007 rating:
A dark amber with almost no head. The aroma is dominated by skunky hops and bourbon.
This is a good beer. The bourbon tries to dominate, but the original flavors of the behemoth are there paired alongside vanilla and oak. The hops are still present, but more subdued due to aging.
Not extremely complex, but well crafted and well layered.