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

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 166
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 223
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 166
Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a moderate caramel-copper color with some orange notes. Small white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Nose is pretty strong booze with good notes of caramel, sweet malt, and fruit. The taste is a bit boozy, though not terribly so given the ABV. Good fruit presence. The feel is where the booze gets it, as it's hot even for its alcohol level. Drinks fairly well, but probably needs to rest for a long time. (469 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest head that leaves a few splotches here and there

Smell: Alcohol laden dark fruits, including raisins and dates

Taste: Rum-soaked raisins, brown sugar and a piney bitterness on the front end with a growing presence of alcohol after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Can't say this was my favorite barleywine; maybe in a couple of years it will be better but right now it is just too boozy (479 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty good beer that suffers from schizophrenia. A new, Old Ale. All the ingredients are well-represented, however in disjointed fashion -- so you know that this beer would be great in a year or two. The beer pours with a mildly hazy rusty brown color with great head formation and staying power. The malt profile picks up a lot of deep, dehydrated fruits (figs, prunes, plumbs, dates, and raisons) and are quite evident in the nose, flavor, and finish. An accompanying syrup-sweet maltiness forms a nice pillow for the fruits and hop character to come. The hop profile remains citrusy and pine throughout the aroma and flavor, but contribute a lot of balancing bitterness and then some. The hop dryness kicks in with the finish and makes the beer a bit difficult to consume. Alcohol strength is high, leaving the beer quite fusal and harsh -- finishing a lot like caugh syrup. These flavors are rough edges will smoothen and mellow, but for now I should have kept it in the cellar. Thanks Clvand0 (1,005 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber with great clarity. Not much head retention, but at 15% ABV that comes as no surprise.

Smell: Incredibly intense and sweet - dates, ripe figs, prunes and caramel, though surprisingly no alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Just as the nose suggests, this is sweet and fruity to the extreme. Flavors of brown sugar meet fruity notes of date and fig with an undercurrent of molasses. Impressive smoothness for such a big beer - there's no heat and no astringency. The finish remains fairly sweet, though it doesn't linger long and isn't cloying.

Drinkability: I doubt I could drink a bottle of this by myself. Shared amongst 3 people it took about 45 minutes to drink 12 oz.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from bgramer. Thank you! (747 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :( (773 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby colored, almost candy like reddish amber color being presented in front of me. There was a touch of haze to it, but not as much as I expected. Some light carbonation could be seen struggling up to reach the surface. T

Some tobacco was clearly evident, giving it a musky sort of aroma, light hints of alcohol, candied sugar and apples coming through. As it warmed some hints of an oaky sort came out. The flavor was really well done I have to admit. Super smooth, with just the lightest of carbonation, it struggled not to tip too far into the syrup side of things, but
may have in fact landed there in the end. Very sweet, with hardly any alcohol being noticed in here, I was quite impressed. Rich candied apple notes were abound in here, with hints of caramel and honey as well. Some light floral notes in the finish, and that musky tobacco like taste, that I could almost construe to be a weird type of spice to be honest. As it warmed any trace of the alcohol was gone, and it became a syrup laden sweet candied treat (1,027 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (573 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with red wax on it. Not sure of the vintage.

Poured into Old Guardian snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy tan head. Fades down to a ring. Light lace left. Color is a very hazed copper brown with an extreme ruby hue to it. Very nice color.

Aroma: Cherry/ sherry flavors. Sweet and malty. Some caramel malt. Has some light booze and oak flavors.Has some dark dried fruits. Plums, raisins. This one is smelling very good.

Taste: A lot more booze here than the nose would suggest. The high abv shows here quite a bit. Sweet, rich, and malty. Lots of dark dried fruit flavors. Plums, cherries, and raisins all present. Caramel malt with some oak flavors and heat. Pretty solid bwine.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, rich, and warming. Reminds me a bit of an old ale. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, but alright for the beer. Ends very malty with some booze.

Overall, this is a pretty solid bwine. It has a lot of great flavors, shows a little heat, and seems to fit the style well while going over the top for the abv. Really glad I had a chance to try this one. Decently drinkable. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 release, Sampled December 2007
A somewhat vigorous pour only produces a scant, quarter-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, cherry red color when held up to the light, but otherwise is a very red tinged, deep amber color. Aromas of aged hops and aged malts produces aromatic components of berries, caramelized citrus notes, light sherry, concentrated, caramelized malt and a super malt character that is almost umami like in its richness. Heady alcohol aromatics provide similarities to Brandy and even Scotch aromas.

Sweet, thick and extremely chewy, there is a ton of residual malt sugar left in this brew. The mix is rich enough that the sweetness is not cloying, but man is this a viscous brew. Toasted malt flavors, richly caramelized sugars, richly nutty dark malts and a warming alcohol note in the finish. This is a huge beer, it even tastes a bit like not quite diluted malt extract. I am glad this is only a 12oz bottle, but I could easily see this being one of the few beers deserving of a nip bottle sized serving. Fruit flavors of raisins and prunes combine with the alcohol to give this beer a sort of brandy-like finish. But I keep coming back to how thick and viscous this brew is; it sits on my tongue like it weighs a ton, and it almost seems like I have to work to cram, even a small sip down my throat. Underneath all of this malt, the beer is actually quite hoppy too; it plays a secondary role here and can sometimes get lost in the malt, but I do taste a herbal, sweet citrus character that is clearly hop derived.

While this beer is tasty and complex, it is just a bit too much. The amount of residual, unfermented sugars left in this beer is crazy; it is just so thick and so viscous that it makes it hard to even swallow. This beer is not bad, but it just ends up being too much. Perhaps another ten or twenty years of age would make this more drinkable. (1,915 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a red toned amber with an off white head that slowly fades into a film. Nice amounts of scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of apple, rum soaked raisins, alcohol infused toffee, syrup, brown sugar, and mild woody smokiness.
Taste is of a sugary version of the mentioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, and sugary. (339 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/10/2011

2008 batch received as an extra in a trade with OHLRangers in early 2009. Thank you Ed! This has been cold stored at about 45 degrees since I received it. Poured into a snifter.

A: A hard pour reveals a deep maroonish brown body with a modest creamy beige head. Nice color.

S: Dates, toffee, bready malt, plum, brown sugar, and prune. There's a bit of earthiness, and booze is pretty tame for the strength. There's a faint citrus presence that's redolent of orange and grapefruit, and pine is subtle. Just a dash of oxidation is apparent. Smells very nice.

T: Flavor opens brown sugary sweet with toffee and caramel notes. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level and lends some balance to the sweetness. The beer is pretty boozy, but it fits well with the theme and isn't detracting. Dark fruit notes are of plum and prune, and there's a bit of date and fig in there as well. Finish is boozy and brown sugary sweet with a restrained bitterness and ample warming.

M: Upper medium - lower end of full in body with an upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: A hefty but nice American Barleywine. A sweet sipper. (1,156 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.
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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. (836 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (781 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 11 from TikkiGodxxx. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head over the murky reddish brown brew. Head is dense and lasting, and laces well for the style. Aroma is of sweet malts and alcohol, as expected from a American barleywine. Taste is sweet malts, that quickly give way to dark fruits and strong alcohol. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, although it would seem this one could be bottled in 12s, not 22s... (513 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky copper-brown, off-white head, no retention, has a little leg.

S: Nice nose... raisin & alcohol is kind of sherry-like.

T: Slightly sweet up front, assertive alcohol, raisins, bread, brandy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderately full body is a little acidic. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good, but not exactly my 'cup of tea'. (349 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (542 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark copper with red notes and a thin light tan head. Nose is strong caramel, brown sugar, notes of apple skin and a hint of darker malt. Taste is more malt forward, a little bit more depth. Some apple skin sweetness with a hint of heat in the finish. Medium body with strong carbonation and a prickly feel. (319 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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? (2,452 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. I believe this is from 2008.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish brown with orange highlights. Produced some off-white froth that dissipated down to bubbles, but at 15%ABV, I wasnt expecting alot in that regard. A beautiful color to it.

(S)- A rich yet delicate profile. Mountains of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed finish. A treasure trove of malty pleasures. Only a minor/subtle boozy warmth.

(T)- Just like the smell in just about every way. A rich, yet smooth and complex malty paradise full of toffee, fig, cherry, caramel, prune, and a honeyed aftertaste. A bit of a more pronounced boozy warmth, but is still restrained well.

(M)- A good carbonation level, that, is lower than most, but it fits. A great balance of sweet and rich flavors with almost no bitterness or bite to it except in the mild boozy bite that is really integrated well into the body of the beer.

(D)- A great barleywine that has would continue to stand the test of time. Still though, a very strong beer that demands sipping for maximum enjoyment. It took me awhile to finish my glass, but it was a great journey through it. Dark Horse needs to brew a new batch of this pronto, cause it has been awhile since they have! (1,248 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to James for this one, a 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This one pours clear amber with hints of red, though not quite copper, with a smallish tan head that recedes quickly to a bubbly collar and a small swirl of bubbles in the middle. Lacing is minimal though the beer leaves some legs after each sip.

The aroma is wonderful on this one. it's certainly more in the English BW vicinity as there aren't any hops to speak of in the nose. What there is loads of is deep, sweet caramel malts with tons of dark fruits, raisins especially. There's some brown sugar as well which leaves this super rich and sweet in the nose.

The taste doesn't let me down at all and follows the aroma fairly closely. The sweetness is completely dominant with caramel malts, toffee and loads of sugar-coated fruits. The booze makes its presence felt in the finish, as it's tough to hide the entirety of the 12.2% ABV.

The mouthfeel is slick and fairly full-bodied with low, soft carbonation and almost gets cloying, but not quite.

Well, this is certainly not an American Barleywine, but it's one hell of a beer and I'm thoroughly impressed. It's much more an English BW with the huge caramel malt backbone with little in the way of hops and heavy on the sweetness. A great dessert sipper. (1,284 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this one (Tony?).

A: Slightly hazy chestnut body with a wispy tan head. Standard, but good.

S: Sweet, in both malty and hoppy ways. Some tropical hops accent the cakey, toffeeish malt. Very rich, and only lightly boozy. Great.

T: Follows the nose - fruity hops up front, rich toffee and caramel malt thereafter. Very sweet, very rich, very good.

M: Creamy, medium-full body with plenty of soft carbonation. Great.

O: Wow, I had no idea until just now (typing up my handwritten review) that this beer was 15% - it drank like 10%! Amazing Barleywine. I continue to be impressed by Dark Horse.

Cheers! (661 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a low, off white head. The beer is a slightly hazy, reddish copper color.

smell: The smell is very interesting. There is a considerable caramel character, but what really intrigues me are the fruity notes. There seems to be a high ester presence, which produces the distinct smell of raspberries in my nose. Ethanol presence on the nose is slight. Moderate hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is towards the higher end of the low range. The body is medium and a little slick.

taste: Fruity esters, some caramel, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol presence is well hidden.

drinkability: a decent beer and pretty drinkable for having such a high ABV

Another sample courtesy of dirtylou during my stay in Madison. (757 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from 2008. Cap dipped in dark red wax.

Pours a slightly murky burnt sienna. Small, wispy, light beige head. Nose of scorched brown sugar, rummy fruits, caramel, and herbal hops. Nice and good.

Toasted malts and roasted marshmallows up front. Herbal hop sting around the edges. Malt becomes fruitier and rummier, with tropical fruits, pears, and caramelized bananas. Chewy caramel and sugary maple syrup as well. Herbal, bitter, resinous hops come on stronger in the finish to try and balance the strong malt sweetness. Warming. Full-bodied with a chewy feel. A big, bold barleywine from Dark Horse, with just a little roughness around the edges. Would like to try this after a year of age. (706 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/12/2009. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with barely any head. Aroma of booze, sweet malt, raisin. Flavor is a massive sweet malt bomb with some booze, caramel, and raisin. Very heavy, obviously. It's alright although I can't drink much of it. (253 characters)

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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.