donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Exceptional. Enjoyed in a snif-tah at the brew pub in Munster. Goes great with $3 chorizo tacos. Nice mild brown color, surprisingly easy on the palate. Excellent as is all things 3F. zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Muddy orange pour with a beautiful creamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind and tangerines. Juicy pineapple and grapefruit balanced with brown sugar and toffee. More juicy than sweet and possibly leans more toward being a DIPA than a barley wine. Moderate alcohol warming as to be expected at this ABV. An outstanding effort. shrubber85 (11708) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Tap at 3F brewpub. Sweet peach/apple, brown sugar/toffee aroma with light alcohol. Amber color with small head. Sweet light peach/apple malt, brown sugar flavor with moderately bitter citrus hops finish. Full bodied. Excellent - one of the best and smoothest barley wines I’ve ever had. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at GTMW 2010
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On such a hot day I was hoping to get a sample of the mild ale. In a pinch this was a solid backup. Possessing the typical overhopped traits of a Three Floyds beer it comes out on the offensive and never lets up. Reaffirming that they are still on top of their game this is the sort of beer that more brewers should be working to release rather than yet another safe boring pale or amber.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated foamy chunks of white head look like melting vanilla ice cream atop the sherry brown base. Semi-transparent and murky it is hard to see through even in direct sunlight. Resin, caramel, cedar, and malts offset the hop intensity nicely. Overall it has a bite which does not overwhelm the rest of the experience.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, molasses, a wave of hoppiness, and then grapefruit parade across the tongue in succession. The resulting mouthfeel is creamy and a bit heavy for a warm day. However the texture is chewy enough that I was able to take some time to savor it rather than feeling rushed to make it to the next tent. An all around excellent barleywine I suspect that if this is bottled I may have to pick up some if I see it on the shelves.
LCBS 2010. Orangish pour. All grapefruit peel here with some brown sugar/caramel malt peeking out. Flavor is hoppy up front, sweet malt middle and back to the citrus hops on the finish. Nice stuff.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2010
On tap at the brewpub in Munster. This one had a pour of thick, pillow head that retained only a sticky lacing on the sides. The bright shiny copper body is quite pretty. A subtle and hazy aroma, though still nice. Mixed grasses and toffee bread grains, along with mild caramel candy powder. The palate is an interesting combination of liquor and tea, which hides the abv very well. Lots of layers here too, with many subtleties that make for a very drinkable experience. Starts off with toffee and lemon sweet tea, then becomes more herbal and grassy as far as hops go. Cookie malts come through toward the end along with mild citrus fruits for a well balanced finish. Like most of 3fs barley wines, this was different, interesting, and quite enjoyable. Dazz3 (1799) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2011
6/10 i mörkhet. Lite humlig i lukten. Humlig söt smak, lite oljig med en oljig besk eftersmak. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazed, orange-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a veil of lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet pines with a citrus blend, cherry fruit cocktail, and rich caramels. Definitely a distinct English hop spice to this. A touch of bread and florals too. Flavor is nice. Lots of fruity caramels with pineapple, oranges, and more cherry fruit cocktail. An even English hopping throughout with a nice earthy spice and pine thrown in too. Solid caramel backing with some bready toffees. A hint of sherry comes out in the finish as this dries with a medium bitterness and a light resin. Lots of lingering fruity caramels and English pines for a fairly lengthy duration. Medium-full, smooth body with a light, soft carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking barleywine with no hint of alcohol. Fruity with a solid hop presence and sturdy malt backing. I liked this one a lot.