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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 225
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: scottoale on 01-25-2009

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4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

Photo of scottoale
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say that this brew is, what it is...off the scale!!! 12oz. brown long-neck bottle with a single glossy, half-wrap art-sy colorful label and the cap covered in a reddish-brown wax.

It pours into my Duvel tulip a slightly murky, deep coppery red with nearly a finger of sticky beige head. A fine looking hefty ale.

The smell is just awesome, with a huge malty slap to the nostrils, followed by a boat load of alcohol...make that a ship load of alcohol. Sweet rich malty big ass beautiful nose to this ale.

The taste bigger than the smell, with a huge malt bill that explodes with flavor. Chewy thick raw sweet malt with carmel, raisen, molasses, fig, plum, candi sugar and enough alcohol to run the 1/4 mile in a Top-Fuel Dragster. This is one of the best tasting barleywines I've ever had, and I've tasted many. I don't know the vintage on this one, but it can't get any better in my book, even if the brewery claims it will. Truly impressed with this brew.

Full body with perfect carbonation, smooth and chewy in the mouth, 15% ABV and a flavor that I wish would never end...awesomely drinkable, too say the least. I can't thank hoppymeal enough for throwing this in on a trade...IOU bigtime!

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of brdc
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks OHLrangers for this one. Spent almost one year in my cellar, unsure how old it was before.

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, small but long lasting tan head (more than expected for 15%), and good lacing throughout the glass.
This one smells and drinks like a powerful old ale, reminiscent of the best ones from Hair of the Dog. Malty and sweetish, caramel, molasses, brandy, port wine at times.
Thick and sirupy, with warming alcohol, lots of dark fruits, caramelized sugar, nuts.
Very impressive, never cloying, always satisfying.
Only problem is I did not see the 15% mark, and that one got me over the edge quite quickly, as it tastes like 10%
I had never been impressed with Dark Horse, but this one is an awesome sipper, great by the fire nightcap. Would love to get a few more. Barleywine or old ale, it is great either way.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy caramel brown with a slight head that quickly becomes a thin ring.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit soaked in alcohol, brown sugar, slightly woody, with juicy citrus hop.

Taste is sweet candied sugar up front. Tons of caramel malt and brown sugar. Amazingly smooth. Resinous citrus hop and a pleasant dry vanilla oakiness. Finish is smooth citrus and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and slick.

This is a tasty treat. The flavor is quite smooth and understated. I expected a monstrously big beer for the ABV, but this is so smooth and dangerously drinkable it's scary.

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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

All the previous reviews i've read seem to imply that this beer is a booze-bomb. I strongly disagree, citing the possibilities that:

1) I got a well-aged, well-tended bottle.
2) I drink so many hot beers this one seemed mellow by comparison.

Anyways, this beer evacuates into my goblet a near Kool-Aid electric scarlett. Sizable head for the style, and great wispy clouds of lace on the sides of the glass...progress rings.

Nose is full of liquefied raisins. Toffee, nuts, pinecones, figs, alco-hop tincture. Gumballs, and hugely malty English Barleywine lovin'.

Taste is amazing. Oaky, gooey glue, heavenly malt-meat that climbs through a hop-molasses jungle. Raisins and chocolate intermingled. YUM. Amazingly balanced between heavy caramel sweetness and boozy hop-burn.

Mouthfeel falls in the DH profile of being softly carbonated, almost cask-like. This really brings out the flavors, unlike say BF's carbonation which washes them out. Great.

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4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite barleywine.

Pours dark amber. Head leaves a nice ring with decent lacing. Smells of raisins, grapes, and a sweet alcohol undertone. Tastes of brown sugar, rum, pine, plums and alcohol with the amazingly good yet rough bitterness that I've only seen in Dark Horse's bigger offerings. Low but balanced carbonation, it's great with this beer.

I'll be sad when my stash runs out.

Photo of bashiba
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a deep, dark brown color. Kind of murky looking. It doesn't really look black, but not much light gets through. A very slight brown head recedes to a thin rimming in seconds. Sparse lace is left. Very nice aroma of resinous hops and sweet carmelized malts. And wafts of cherry and dough accent to perfection. There's an obvious presence of ethanol upon first sipping. But after further sips, it becomes obvious that within the context of this beer, it fits in just fine. There's a rummy and raisiny character throughout. Sweet caramel malts and brown sugar blend to form a sweet backbone for the hops and alcohol spice to work. The hops not only balance, but provide some resiny, piney tones to the mix. Fruity tones of cherry, plum and melon complete this portfolio. And a very nice one at that. The mouthfeel is low on carbonation, but appropriate. The body's about medium.

Thanks for the great Old Ale/Barleywine Marburg.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Liquid spills a wickedly dark blood in the shadows. Headless to the point of only bubbles squirting from the neck. Windy and scrapy splattered lace is left on the windows.

The stick and stink of the days' heat still slumbers here as the nightly cloaked mist of darkened fruit intangles plum and black cherry heat, fleeced and rising from the ashes of a heavy cigar recently smoked to the ring; filling an alumnium can that has the top torn off...Freshly lacquered pine tar persists from the area as the rooftops nearby are still drying after a long summers' day work.

Bold clues to the violation insight the heat may have had something to do with it. Heavy and thick dark caramel sit on a tar stained chair. Smoke still clings to the ceiling. Pine resin tried to escape the area but never got far as it was far too heavy and bitterly soaked with dark plummy deposits. Massive amounts of residue lead to more tar and pine thats been soaked through to the surface.

The air sits thick and rich with smoke. Heat still remains from the day. Smooth currents of air breeze by, but you still need to remove your hat to let some short soothing time aid you until you finally wipe the salty, full, dark fruits from your brow as you examine more of the "why". But that doesn't help, as the beads continue to break and the heat just won't cool off this night. Unforgiving to the point of swimming in over your very own thoughts. Succulant pine tar dances into the mind with thick finger prints left on the palate.

The pieces finally come together when you find empty, big brown bottles along the window sill. It seems as if 3 guys were enjoying themselves with conversation and ribbing when the heat finally consumed them and sent them out looking for more of the passionate heat that drove them to empty those exact same bottles.

More clues arise as the liquid found was not as it seemed. Someone of the 3 had spilled the very treat they were enjoying and left without haste to supply the demand needed to forget the very woes of working on the rooftops that day.

Your "mentor" was helpful enough to provide some of the adequate evidence to proclude that the 3 guys were only off the scale from the apparent lack of thirst and supply of said liquid needed to get by... until the next day.

This kind of event will make the old seem young and young seem old. A twist of life, a fleeting moment; memory, ...will I remember... Will anybody?

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a bright red-mahogany color with a quarter inch beige head.

Aroma of caramel malts, raisins, and a bit of booze.

A big taste of sweet caramel malts smacks the palate with the first sip. Brown sugar, raisins, and the warm hug of alcohol follows.

Full bodied, rich and syrupy, with a light carbonation.

A damned nice barleywine from Dark Horse. Almost perfect - a tad too hot with the booze is my only pick.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to beveritt for sharing this extraordinary little treasure.

A- Very deep copper to mahogany color, and translucent. Sturdy pour produces only a flash of tan head, which fades quickly into nothing more than some oily streaks. No lacing noted.

S- Very sweet and fruity....raisins and dark fruits abound. Caramel / brandy notes. Moderate amount of booziness present, but not overpowering at all when considering the 15% ABV.

T- A rush of sweetness dominates at first. Fruity and lightly syrupy, with molasses and raisins pushing to the top of the list, caramel hints roll around the back of the mouth. Moderate/high bitterness. Alcohol is quite present, as expected, but is still well integrated. Pretty impressive.

M- Moderate-low carbonation. Fairly body. Slightly syrupy, but does not seem to detract. Smooth. Moderate alcohol warming presence.

D- Considering the 15% ABV, absolutely extraordinary. I know this should be a slow sipper, but it is going down quite pleasantly and easy....If I had more than one of these, it could be an early lights out...

Future outlook: Hmmm, this beer will definitely be one to cross the border into Indiana to get...
This was quite and extraordinary high ABV barleywine, and I hope to get my hands on it again.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank for hooking me up with this gem.
A: Poured a deep reddish-orange color with a small white head and good carbonation.

S: Nose is sweet with caramel, big hops, alcohol and floral notes.

T: Taste is thick, lighlty boozy but not as big as the ABV would let on. Lots dark fruits,caramel and sugar sweetness here with floral hop notes.

M: Motuhfeel is big, chewy and very coating.
Vintage 2009

A: This beer has turned into a deep mahogany with little carbonation

S: Sweet caramel, toffee, faded hops and booze

T: Big does of once faded once killer floral hops, sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit element is light, perhaps some once upon a time apricots. Booze has calmed down but a sticky, sweet element remains, some Earthiness.

M: Big body and well done

O: Most excellent! Better now rthan it was in 2009.

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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.