Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by HopHeadKen:
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I found the last sixer in stock at Payless Liquors on 96th Street in Indianapolis; and wanted to try it just because I have enjoyed almost everything I have tasted from this brewery.
It poured clear rich copper amber with a thin ivory head. This is a very nice color.
The smell is distinctly malty with fruity overtones and a clear alcohol background.
The taste is slightly sweet with hints of raisins & plums but the alcohol is not far behind. I really don't notice much hop profile or bitterness.
The mouthfeel is full and viscous. I like this in a beer, not fizzy beers.
There is some definite alcohol sharpness to the mouthfeel.
This beer is drinkable now, but I plan to cellar the rest of the sixpack for about a year to see how it changes. I am hoping that the alcohol sharpness smooths out.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2006 14:13:06 | More by HopHeadKen
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3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle 756 of 1440, batch # 1826
A: Pours a dark, murky reddish-brown. Pour is flat so zero head and zero lacing. Just a tiny smattering of bubbles on the surface from the pour itself.
S: Big stinging boozy aroma. Rum-like spices with lots of caramel and raisin. Kinda reminds me of a big brandy or something. Just stinging sweet dark fruits all the way through.
T: Whew, this is a big one. Thick syrupy caramel and toffee. Super sweet candied dark fruits. Primarily raisin but fig is quite strong too. Not super sour but there is a bit of that element in the middle with a brief hit of tart dark fruits. Aroma is boozy but the taste is not, oddly enough. You can tell it's a big one but there's no alcohol sting anywhere. Mildly tart dark fruits linger between sips.
M: Thick and heavy. Borderline syrup. No carbonation enhances the effect. Not sure if it's a positive or a negative to be honest.
O: One of the most unique brews I've had. Maybe only the third intentionally flat beer I've ever tried, and this one is a sour barleywine/old ale to boot. The aroma was a bit frightening but it's 90% a big, super sweet english barleywine that's also uncarbonated. A little hard to drink, mainly a sipper for sure (thankfully this is only in a 16.9 ounce bottle but I think even 12 would be too much). Very unique, very complex, very strong, quite tasty I will say.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2013 02:03:29 | More by Dope
Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.