Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Split a bottle of this with a good buddy. Good thing too, 'cause at 3am you don't need much of a 12.20% brew...
Pours a clear thick caramel-orange, small barely-there head really doesn't stick around. Still. Pretty basic for the style.
The nose really took me aback here, this may be the sweetest, most complex caramel smelling beer this side of JW Lee's. Massive rich, roasted toasted flamed toffee-sugar-caramel wallops the senses, and underneath it all is fusel booze booze booze and bitter, senseless hop aggression. It's all stupidly big and intense; sweet and heavy. In a nutshell: brown sugar, hot alcohol and bitter hops.
Taste is much what you'd expect after the nose-beatdown. This is out of bounds, very sweet and very alcoholic.
Dark Horse pulls no punches here, everything is up front and exposed. The sugary, syrupy malt that brims with juicy, bitter and medicinal hops, the intense, fusal, scorching alcohol, the dense, syrupy mouthfeel... it's all in your face and quite American. Maybe a bit too brash... but at least you know what you're in for from the first sip.
Mouthfeel is dense, thick, and lowly carbonated... but you weren't expecting anything else. It's tough to drink 6 ounces of this, let alone a whole bottle.
Three Guys is ultimately a victim of its own success... this is simply too big, bold, and boozy to hit the top ranks of American barleywines... proving, I suppose, that while off the scale is ok, balance also counts for something.
Try this if you can to see what unrestrained American brewers are doing these days. Yikes.
11-21-2008 09:27:42 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle from the cellar that I never marked - so really no idea of the age on this one. Pours into my glass a deep garnet with a wisp of khaki bubbles on top that fades away. Good bubbly carbonation still. Aromas kick off with a bold mix of caramel, sherry and deep dark fruits. Raisins and figs with a touch of chocolate as well. Big malt sweetness.
First sip is a cornucopia of maltiness. Caramel, cherry, sherry and a wealth of dark fruit flavors roll across the palate. A touch of fig, raisin and chocolate as it flows down along with a bitter hop kick. Sweetness is quite present here and I'm not the biggest fan of that, however overall this is a bold, flavor packed barleywine. ABV makes itself known as well!
Mouthfeel is rather viscous and a bit syrupy as well. Good carbonation. A little bit heavy on the sweet side for me personally. Overall, a pretty solid barleywine and definitely a heavy hitter on the ABV. Good sipper for the evening. This could have easily aged another 5 to 10 years.
04-16-2010 01:29:41 | More by orbitalr0x
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
12oz bottle cellared 1+ year.
Pours a faint trace of a head over a glowing, fairly clear, crimson body. Tiny bubbles drift to the surface. Aromas of cherries and dark berries, caramel, and a hint of spicy hops. Flavors of sweet caramel and dark fruit up front. Develops a more medicinal/ cough syrup-like character toward the finish. Hop spiciness provides balance, but is in not way overwhelming in that tongue-numbing of some barleywines. The alchol is noticable, but not to its full extent. Sweet and smooth. Full bodied.
Ive never tried this ale fresh, as I stuck this single away in my cellar last year. Id be interested to see if the same medicinal character is present in younger versions of this beer. I didnt so much mind that cpart of the flavor, but wasnt exactly enamored with it either. All in all a nice, warming, cold weather sipping beer.
11-25-2006 02:18:38 | More by Shovelbum
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing and FtownThrowDown for sharing(lol).
12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.
A: Deep mohagony on the pour. Decent head, considering the alcohol. Same for the lacing.
S: Big big alcohol. Some hops that have aged out a bit. Thick sweet malts, rich sweetness, and plenty of dark fruitiness.
T/M: Lots of rich caramel and maybe even further into molasses notes. Lots of dark fruitiness that blends well into the alcohol. The alcohol is quite big. More of the aged hop complexity. Body is about full with lighter carbonation.
D: This is a monster of a beer. Stretch out, drink plenty of liquids, take frequent breaks, and enjoy slowly.
10-28-2009 00:40:08 | More by pwoods
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
12oz single, shipped to me by trbeer
appearance: murky dark amber, blood-red, very little head to speak of and no lacing
smell: alcohol vapor, plum, raisin, a tad of vinegar, caramel, dark skinned fruit, slight banana, sugary sweet
taste: plenty of alcohol up front, alcohol soaked plums and raisins, some floral hoppiness, honey, rum alcoholness, some banana...lots of stuff going on, sweeter than the norm
mouthfeel: very smooth, serious alcohol burn
drinkability: fairly drinkable, somewhat hindered by heavy alcohol content
11-21-2005 01:12:59 | More by dirtylou
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Another fine beer courtesy of hoppymeal. You're the man, Derek.
Appearance: It's crystal clear and dark copper/bronze color. It has a really nice scarlet hue to it and is topped off with a slightly off-white head that's a finger and a half deep. It was quick to recede and left a light lacing on the glass. I suspect it was simply another victim to high abv.
Smell: The nose is classic Barleywine. It's very heavy on dark fruit and features an excellent mix of raisin, plum, and prune. It's very sweet and sugary smelling. Malts are present in abundance and probably add to the sweet aroma. There's a little bit of hops present, but they're largely masked by the strong fruit and malt aromas. Perhaps they've faded a bit with time, as well. Alcohol is certainly noted. I'm unsure if the bottle I have is exactly 12.2% abv, but I'd bet that it is. Definitely smells like it. Excellent smelling beer. Very deep, complex, and inviting.
Taste: There's no dropoff here. This is an excellent Barleywine. It is very sweet and fruity initially. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, prune, and plum are very tasty. But, there's some rasberry or other berry flavor present that adds a nice twist to it. It's very sugary. Tastes like brown sugar with maybe a touch of molasses. Caramel malts are indeed sweet and give it an excellent foundation. There are some very light hops noted. They provide a very light bitter taste, but it's very subtle. Alcohol is noteable, but is masked pretty well given the high abv. It finishes very sweet.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick, a little chewy, and extremely smooth. It's very silky and goes down sooo easy. Carbonation is very light and really contributes to the excellent feel. Drinkability is above average, but it is limited by the high abv. One 12 oz. bottle is more than enough for me in a sitting.
Dark Horse really brewed a kick ass Barleywine here. The only constructive comment that I have is that the abv could be a little lower in order to boost drinkability. I'm not convinced that the high abv really improves this beer in any way. But, all in all, this is a really great Barleywine that's worth seeking out.
11-19-2008 02:57:42 | More by prototypic
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Cheers to czosch75 for this one, thanks Clint!! Hate those wax sealed caps!!
Pours orange/copper with 1 finger of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention
S: Dark fruits & not much else
T: Rich dark fruit, tangerines, a bit of figs & dryness up front. Leafy hops, dryness, a touch cherry stones, & a kiss of booze infused figs & apricots. Finishes warming with figs & plums
MF: Minimal carbonation & chewyness, skews fruitty & English IMO
Drinks really easy, seems more English than American as Barley wines go IMO. The ABV is completely masked, a really good night cap
09-21-2008 01:22:45 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Gift from Rob. Thanks Rob. Trying this one on the coldest day of the year so far. It's 1:30 pm and only 5 degrees outside.
Waxed cap was irritating. Had to melt some of it off with a lighter. Thick pour. Not much head to speak of but not too vigorous a pour. Color is nice - Deep orange with a lot of bright red. Big bubble streaming through. Way too cold right now to do a proper taste. Will wait a few...
Wow. Complex but not overwhelming barleywine. Very sweet, grapes, alcohol, raisins, some sourness, some heat from the alcohol. Good hop balancing the sweetness. Nice beer. Very nice beer.
Mouthfeel is a little hot from the alcohol but the gravity is nice and the carbonation not biting at all.
This is a great barleywine.
12-21-2008 18:56:24 | More by benmiliron
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Originally reviewed August 23, 2007. Some mysterious older vintage. Possibly a 2001. Aroma erupts with caramel, raisin toast and older brown sugars. Light oxidation somehow lends maturity, then lean on some sweet fruit esters for a complex bouquet in the nose. Pours a clouded amber with tan fringes. No head. Flavor is a rich, dense fruit creamed malt with astounding richness and full flavor. Brandy, fruit compotes, more raisin bread, and a smack of Indian Curry spices. Rich and toasty. Still virile as an older bottle, with some heat, but really for 15% its damn near camouflage. Tingles the nostrils a little. Nice leafy noble hop smack and nips of light chocolate out the backdoor. Awesome.
12-23-2007 20:53:30 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.88/5 rDev +20.5%
Served ice cold out of a chiller @ Lunar brewing, while waiting for a guitar preformance from the owner of Lagunitas.
A - Dark mahagony with two fingers of off white head, that laces with good retention.
S - Very nice and sweet, vanilla, mellon, brown sugar, very rich and bourbon-y.
T - Starts out with lots of cherry and fig fruitiness. Tannin like oakyness and a very nice driness that balences out the dark desertlike malty sweetness in the midpalate. The hops and alcohol have a perfect balence that dries out the finish, and leaves a medicinal quality that does not seem out of place at all in the beer. Cherry and oak linger forever in the finish.
M - Syrupy, thick, silky, perfect.
D - This is one of those beers I would love to drink with any wine drinker who has yet to discover what craft beer is. A crowning acheavement for American brewers. Balenced, focused, complex, just a great beer!
06-06-2008 01:06:37 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Copper orange, slightly cloudy pour. About a centimeter of off white foam.
Raisins, alcohol in the smell. Incredible hop nose. Citrus resin.
Very sweet. Crisp bitterness at the back of the tongue. Deep down alcohol burn.
Huge bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Good, but not hugely drinkable.
03-07-2006 00:32:05 | More by nortmand
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a large snifter. Label is a blur of colors, your guess is as good as mine as to what it is. Picked this up while visiting Indiana a few months ago. Surprised that only 6 people have reviewed it. No freshness date that I can see, but this one really doesn't need one.
Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of medium tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and an ever refreshing island of foam above the nucleation site. Very little lacing. The beer itself is a very dark mahogany, dark enough to make it opaque. Some sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Very strong aroma, the kind you can smell while it is sitting on the desk. Dark fruits like raisins and figs dominate. Hints of soy sauce show up too.
Taste: Sweet malt upfront, very caramely with hints of toffee and cherries. Long,lingering raw sugar sweetness with a medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.
Drinkability: I know it is the middle of summer, but I have been craving barleywines lately. Maybe I am just yearning for the end of the heat and the cool crisp days of fall. This one is a hot and I look forward to more Dark Horse stuff showing up in Ohio, but unfortunately our ridiculous ABV cap will keep this one out.
07-16-2009 01:56:21 | More by beveritt
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured a nice dark brown with some light ruby highlights, a light thin ring of head.
Huge smell, sweet molasses, brown sugar and raisons to go along with a touch of cedar and oak.
Flavor is surprisingly smooth after the huge smell. A nice bit of toffee, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits at first then a huge blast of juniper hops takes over leaving a long lasting lingering bit of pine and a touch of sweet alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a nice bit of carbonation zip and a ton of warmth.
Drinkablity is scary for a beer this big! The Dark horse site lists this beer at 15%, its almost hard to believe as easy as it is to drink.
06-03-2008 22:52:43 | More by bashiba
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Dark Horse 3 Guy Off The Scale (Barley Wine) pours up with a light effervescence that creates a wafer-thin, Irish cream colored head that just rings the bright, deep mahogany-rufous colored body. The head retention is most certainly retarded by the alcohol! This one even shows a few legs that cling to the side of the glass. The bold, complex aromatics reveal an intense caramel maltiness supplemented by a pleasant fruitiness (citrus salad, dried apricots, orange marmalade) and a vinous strength as it warms. The bold flavor starts off a bit cloying with plenty of upfront caramel (buttered toffee, muscovado sugar) & honey (buckwheat) notes underscored by a touch of toasty nuttiness (roasted cashews, peanut brittle) which layers into the overall malt complexity before a commanding bitterness takes over to drive this one home to a slightly spicy, rich, lingering bittersweet, powerful warming finish that's dominated by the wallop! This full bodied American barleywine could use a touch more carbonation, but otherwise is a perfect companion to sip by the hearthside. This Dark Horse barleywine is certainly "Off the Scale!"
02-05-2011 07:31:14 | More by Beertracker
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from 12oz waxed bottle. Last part of the Dark Horse tasting...pulled out of the cellar for enjoyment by all.
A- Pours a lightly hazed amberish brown color. Light tan head about half a finger came and went pretty quickly. Some light lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Sweet caramel malts with dark fruits come rushing though the aroma. Some brandy like notes in the middle of the aroma. Someone said there was a little port quality to this that once I thought of I had to agree.
T- This drinks more like a English Barleywine right off the bat. Big sweet caramel malts and raisins in the front end of this. Big alcohol in the backend of this along with a toffee like taste. Caramelized sugars in the middle of this. Some darker fruits in the middle to ending of this as well. Overall a great English Style taste.
M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low and goes well with this style. Syrupy in the mouth. Big darker fruits in the front and left on the palate with the alcohol buring in the aftertaste. Very drying but not in an annoying way.
D- A very nice drinking barelywine. I can't remember how old this bottle is...a couple of years and it did this beer nicely. I have a couple more that I'm glad I didn't drink yet.
04-04-2010 06:01:03 | More by alleykatking
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
Received this in a trade. Thanks Totoropanda
Pours relatively flat, but some bubbles make their way up to form some carbonation. Dark, dark amber in color.
Booze soaked raisins. What I expect when I sniff a barleywine.
Dark fruit, raisins, malts, toffee. Delicious.
Mouthfeel shines. Thick, but goes down easy. I don't say this much, but NO booze on this guy. Other than my face getting a little warm, you'd never know this thing packs a punch.
Dark Horse, please brew this again. If you put it in a barrel I don't know what I'd do. Glad to have tried this one.
11-07-2012 01:53:22 | More by CruisaC
2.95/5 rDev -27.2%
Pour: what one would expect for the style, dirty brown, not much in the way of head. Clouded. The smell is both floral and malty, and very intense. Dark fruit...figs. Sugar. Appealing.
Taste, wow...aggressive to say the least. Very sweet, but also extremely malty with a hoppy edge that is almost pushing it over the top. Astringent almost, a very vinegar like aspect at spots. The finish is wildly hoppy and alcohol laced, extremely intense, probably the least shielded alcohol flavour I've ever had in a big beer and is probably too much. I like what they were trying to do with this beer, but I think it's too much for my mouth.
The mouthfeel on this one is thinner than I would have expected given the style and alchol content. Still, not below average because it delivers a lot of hop action. Drinkability is harsh though, this beer is absolutely huge and a thorough sipper.
I think this beer is just too young right now, and, like Rogue's Old Crusty, is additionally appealing to someone who likes hops more than I do. I imagine laying one of these down for a few years would bring things into better balance, but straight out of the bottle in its vintage year this one was too harsh for my prefs.
11-28-2005 23:57:05 | More by CortexBomb
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 12 oz bottle.
A: The barleywine is a maple syrup brown color, nearly as viscous too. The ale is translucent, nearly opaque, with no head whatsoever.
S: The nose is wickedly malty, full of caramel and booze. Hops are nonexistent in this treacly brew.
T: While not quite as complex as J.W. Lee's, this is one big barleywine. Malts are through the roof, concentrated with caramel and molasses. Dark fruits arise out of the maltiness too, complex and rich. The finish is formidable, a bold barleywine even without a standout hop profile.
M: The mouthfeel is heavy, as you'd expect from such a heavy ale. The sweet maltiness is incredibly decadent.
D: At 15%, this is a good beer to share with multiple people. I enjoyed sipping my way through it.
10-27-2009 01:52:08 | More by akorsak
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Served at cellar temp into a tulip glass.
Pretty sure this is the same "3 guys" as the Old Ale, just different text on the label. This bottle is a year and a half old at least. Review #1200
Gorgeous bright crimson copper color, a finger or so of tan foam tops it off with a vigorous pour. Awhile later its a bare crescent tracing the edge of the glass.
Sweet malty aroma, raisins and dates with a little brown sugar.
Flavor is big, syrupy and rich with toffee and raisin notes. Apple and cotton candy. A touch of bitterness in the back, amazingly the 15% is subdued by the aging. There are still traces of heat but it's well integrated. Dry aftertaste, lingering multigrain bread and caramel flavors.
Smooth sipper, perfect for the oncoming snow in the forecast :(
11-25-2009 04:07:54 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours caramel candy apple color with a faint twist of tan head visible. No lack of carbonation though.
Aroma of musty, deep citrus fruit esters along with a thick caramel base and some nuttiness.
Flavor is orangey with depp caramel malt undertones and a strong resinous and pine hop finish. Some grain notes in the middle.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet to start, abruptly switching to a slightly roasty feel before moving to a heavily resined and gritty finished.
Drinkability is solid, not really great but a solid overal brew.
08-29-2004 16:31:45 | More by CRJMellor
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Body is a hazy copper color, slightly reddish when held up to light. Head is a tan quick fading inch of fuzz. A fiery spicey fruit filled nose, Sweet creamy notes with maybe a bit of malt. Sweet alchol syrupy fuzzieness enters the mouth, this is folowed by a slightly soured mouthfeel. The finish is a soft malty hue. Alchol really warms the belly very well. As this one warms it gets smoother and better balanced. Mouthfeel is very thick and lingering. It only takes one of these to do the job. Nice feel but watch out!
08-10-2006 01:29:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Hmm. Well. And hmm some more. This is a really good beer. Had it a few times now and really enjoyed it. Not as a barleywine, but as a beer. Loved it as a beer. Alas, styles are so subjective, aren't they? Were this classified as an American strong ale I'd give it much higher scores. But it's missing in hops for an American barleywine. Missing, well, everywhere. What hop aroma? What hop flavor? Oh, yeah, it's great and well-balanced and even and smooth and all. But not what I see in a barleywine.
07-05-2009 23:03:08 | More by charlesw
Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.