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

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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley WineThree Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

152 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 220
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 01-25-2009)
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-18-2012 22:52:56 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 21:51:43 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:15:38 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:50:48 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 19:02:55 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-21-2013 21:57:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-27-2013 00:01:05 | More by spycow
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emerge077

Illinois

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 :(

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 04:07:54 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2011 23:34:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 00:34:15 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-31-2012 15:52:45 | More by JAHMUR
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:22:45 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-27-2013 20:28:07 | More by Kegatron
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 02:18:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-13-2012 20:15:40 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 20:34:35 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 22:45:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-07-2014 08:19:31 | More by zestar
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:52:08 | More by akorsak
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:14:36 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 22:55:09 | More by ppoitras
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 04:56:45 | More by Bighuge
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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'.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 00:32:01 | More by Derek
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-17-2013 02:31:59 | More by chinchill
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:21:16 | More by HopHead84
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Three Guy Off The Scale Barley Wine from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.