Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2008 09:27:42 | More by kkipple
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3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
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
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