Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by granger10:
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I am very impressed with this offering from Dark Horse. They seem to really be wanting to compete with the other top breweries in West Michigan. This beer poured a deep, dark, murky brownish copper color with TONS of yeast that settled to the bottom of my glass, apparently I poured it too strong in an effort to get a head on this beer. There was a slight head and slight lacing as well but not too much. The smell was strong in alcohol spicyness and fruitlike tartness. The taste was extremely bold and strong in many flavor, but they worked together extremely well. A prunelike sweetness is very noticeable up front accompanied by a definite bready base. More fruitlike sweetness comes through. Hops are also there but don't really provide a mixture to the flavor but more straight bitterness which helps offset the initial sweetness. Alcohol is prevalent the whole way through and is really spicy in nature. The body is really syruppy and thick. The flavors have a great transition here and the finish is leaning on the bitter side, but could have been better. This is a hard to find beer that one should seek out if in the West Michigan area.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2004 02:30:03 | More by granger10
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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.