Sour Three Guy Off The Scale Old Ale Barleywine Style Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +21.8%
Haven't done a full review in forever, but I felt this warranted one. I'm swimming upstream here, it seems.
Pours a burgundy cloud in the glass with absolutely no carbonation, it seems intentional.
Bouquet is intense and confusing. Anise, cocoa nibs, currant, fig, tree bark, caramel, maybe a touch of soy but not nearly as much as others allude to. There are lots of barleywine and old ale characteristics, but nothing sour. The aroma is actually intoxicating in and of itself.
Strong acid on the tongue at first, but subsides into viscous cabernet and tannin leading into light barley sweetness accompanied by pureed prunes and fading into a spectral hint of acetone and wine must. It's reasonably thick but in a vinous way. It's like a cross between a wheatwine and a regular wine. Almost no sour at all, which is a little disappointing, but make me really want to try their non-sour variant.
Not a lot of people like this beer, and it's obvious to see why. It's overly complex and strange for the style, but if you take it for what it is and lower your assumptions of what to expect, it's a very pleasurable drink. It doesn't taste a lot like beer, or anything else I've had for that matter, but it's a fun drink to dissect. Seriously, give it a try.
08-01-2013 00:04:47 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5 rDev +13.3%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #1393/1440. Batch #1826.
Appearance - Deep red. Wine like. No head. Thick and viscous.
Smell - Oh my. Acidic. Red wine. Chocolate. Fruity. A touch of soy sauce. Smells like port and soy sauce.
Taste - Red wine. Less sourness. Soy sauce still present. A ton of caramel. Just a tinge of acids. Chocolate and deep malts.
Mouthfeel - Flat as hell. Thick. Chewy
Overall - Really out there. Crazy tasting. The soy sauce is unpleasant but everything else is really impressive.
06-25-2013 03:24:54 | More by Alieniloquium
2.59/5 rDev -18%
Bottle 1147/1440, Batch 1826.
A: No pop from the cap, no carbonation on the pour. Liquid is a dark red darker than red wine – almost mahogany.
S: Sherry and super sweet caramel notes dominate alongside hints of wet cardboard, soy sauce, very faint red fruits, and faint gastric acid.
T: Follows the nose but the flavors don't work well that well together. Sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, sherry, cherry juice, brown sugar and maybe a touch of molasses and soy. The finish has a bolt of sour acid but it no longer reminds me of vomit. The finish is full of more caramel, some leather, and a bit of musty cardboard.
M: Medium-full body, damn near flat carbonation, and a slick and slippery mouthfeel. Wet feeling.
O: Tastes better than it smells, but neither are great. I wouldn't want to drink this again. Extremely unattractive label by the way.
06-15-2013 00:49:00 | More by scottfrie
Sour Three Guy Off The Scale Old Ale Barleywine Style Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.