Ol' Leghorn (Three Floyds Collaboration) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ol' Leghorn (Three Floyds Collaboration)Ol' Leghorn (Three Floyds Collaboration)

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 65 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Samuel906 on 06-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on June 19th, 2014. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is a clear light copper with a yellowish white head. One finger foam settles down to a thin skin soon.

Aroma is strangely ineffectual: some citric and tropical fruit hop notes (in a barleywine?) and sweet malt. Fleeting glimpse of bourbon. Smells good, but not "to style".

Flavor is not what the nose predicts! Up front is a malt wallop: strong and sweet with a touch of acetone. The hops rush in to save the day, however, with resiny pine sap and some of those pineapples and mangoes from the nose. More bitter than usual on the very long-lasting finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and sticky with carbonation on the low end of satisfying.

Overall, I understand that these guys were trying to go outside style guidelines and make something unique. They succeeded. Just not sure if it's the triumph I had been hoping for. No, I am sure, and it's not. Certainly not a bad beer, but I won't be buying it again.

Despite instructions to drink fresh, I still find myself wondering what age will do for this beer...

More User Reviews:
Photo of joeseppy
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%

Pour from bottle. Pours a golden honey with a heavy inch white froth that does recede quickly. Foam structure does spider well on sides during session.

Aroma begins with ample hop. Caramel/toffee malts and biscuit. Muted tropical fruit. Freshly sanded oak. Smell pulls together well as it sits actually smelling heavier than it looks.

Taste is a quiet rush of hop followed by the caramel aspects. Some barrel heat evident but not obtrusive. Fruitiness still exists through the heavier handed malt bill.

Starts out refreshing and light then starts to lay heavy with the sugars as carbonation is low. Hop resins linger well into the olfactories.

Had I read reviews before buying this I would not have purchased. Not a huge fan of barleywines "in general". Bought this on the credos of both world class brewers. For me this colab has worked out successfully. I would love to partake of this on tap. I'm a big fan of FW's Double Dba and this is like a Ddba light. 3f hop magic sparkles making this a remarkable contribution. Maybe unbalanced if you want to split hairs but who says balance was their intent. Off centered brews for off centered people...oops wrong brewery. Great trying something newer (for me) by two of my favorite brewers.

Photo of Swongler
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I actually really enjoyed this. I could see this being a beer you really love or really turns you off. Enjoyed at the FW Invitational Beer Festival, then again from a bottle.

A - Slightly cloudy, gold-colored ale. Some head, but it was poured into a tasting snifter.

S - Smells hoppy - much like an IPA. Pine, caramel, apples, and some toffee.

T - Taste does not really follow the nose, making this really interesting. I tasted a sweet nectar at first. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it is quite fruity. I thought this would be really hopped-up in taste, but the hops actually just serve to balance out the malty barleywine flavor. Some of the barrel comes through as well - sweet bourbon, fruity mid-ripe white grapes, and some of that woody aged taste. This has a very nice sweetness that I think would be too much if it were not for the fresh hopped batch that this was blended with.

M - Smooth. Much easier for me to drink than most barleywines. Not syrup-y. I really like the fee of the fresh batch blended with the aged batch.

O - This is recommended to be consumed fresh, but I would be interested to see how it changes if aged. I am assuming it would start to taste like a big blond barleywine instead of a refreshing beverage, as the hop character turns into a malty beast. I really liked this.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a solid barleywine. There was hop notes that you come to love from most 3 Floyds beers. It was yellowish in color not much head and only a slight lace. Fruity scents such as peach are present on the nose. The taste was a very smooth and drinkable with citrus hops present. The mouthfeel was full in body and subtle carbonation. Could hardly taste the abv.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Small white head. Medium collar and some wisping.

Smell - Extremely hoppy. Deep caramel malt. A bit woody. Sweet wine notes.

Taste - Still hoppy. The wine barrel is most prominent. Woody. Lots of caramel malt. Wine barrel lingers into the finish and just a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sweet. Medium heavy.

Overall - Hopped to unnecessary levels in my book. The wine barrel is most prominent. Lacking in some richness.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Clear copper with little head. Flat appearance.

Sugary sweet, apricot, orange, boozy smells and taste. Aroma is stronger than the flavor. Taste also has a tea like astringency.

Mouthfeel is sweet and boozy. Heavy.

A very good bw that blurs the line of DIPA.

Photo of larryarms847
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apricot tinged golden yellow with a frothy thin layer of foam.

Heavy notes of oak and earth, raisins and dark fruits, and spice.

Pine, woodiness, mashed dark fruits, and hop bitterness cut through the sweet.

Mouthfeel is spicy and hot, but smooth on the end.

Overall, I'm glad I gave this one a shot, but I wouldn't pick it up again.

Photo of coleton90
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

had one fresh from bottle and on tap, and one around 6 months old. i must say that the carmel came out more in the older one and was incredibly smooth

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -2%

A hoppy blonde barley wine that should be consumed fresh is kind of a paradox to the Raul man; but like his baby mama actually cooking supper for once, he won't complain. O-Leg is kind of like Hopslam's distant cousin that lives in the sticks; honey/mead/King Midas-esqe. More like those gasoline-like ipa àla 120 Minute or Hi-Res.

Decent, but pretty much a one and done.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/30/2014 printed on the label. The Firestone Walker / Three Floyds collaboration effort. Tried this on tap recently, but am interested to see how the bottle fares.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice juicy burnt sienna orange color; semi-clear with good transparency. About a finger of long-lasting off-white foam head; good staying power for the high 10.00% abv. Leaves good sticky spotty lacing. Looks very nice. 4

S - The aroma is very pleasant and complex - no harsh boozy alcohol content right away like I would have expected. Juicy and citric - grapefruit, orange, marmalade, vanilla, oak wood. Very nice. 4

T - The taste is the same - like a nice DIPA with a touch of vanilla / oak / wood conditioning more so than what I would consider a barleywine. Juicy and citric - orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, vanilla, oak, wood.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Goes down very easy for the high abv, oaky and woodsy on the finish with notes of vanilla / brown sugar / toffee on the finish. Mild resinous bitterness. Very drinkable stuff. 4.5

Overall, a nice collaboration effort from these guys. The oak wood chip taste is apparent, unique, and pleasant. Very easy drinking for the high alcohol content; definitely a beer I would have again if it was more readily available. Recommended.

Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol' Leghorn -----4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head that linger.

S-Malty, some caramel and grass. Oak and mild citrus notes.

T-It starts with the malt profile of a barleywine, earthy some oak and ends with a sorta harsh bitterness and hop notes.

M-Medium bodied but mainly the harsh hop burn.

O-The hops just are not balanced out with the barleywine base. The balance needs to be improved.

Photo of dutesanch
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-30-14, the hop flavoring I tasted the first time I had this beer has faded but still very delicious. Starts off sweet with a ton of citrus. Sweetness seems to mimic overly ripe orange, peach, grapefruit. Bright white head with sticky lacing over a dark orange slightly brownish color. Excellent collab by two of the finest breweries in the land.

Photo of Boston_Steve
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A poor attempt at a barleywine

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice gold. Pours more like a double IPA than a big barleywine. Pretty thin white head that turned into a thin hazy layer.

S - Lots of hops right up front. Not any of the oak or leather I was looking for. Really unique for this style. This beer just keeps me intrigued.

T - Hop bomb! Comes in like a DIPA and then the malts are given a chance to shine along with the barrel aging. I've never tasted a barleywine this hoppy and I wasn't disappointed. Maybe I've been on the west coast too long but I love hops in everything.

M - Not as thick as a normal barleywine but the hops make this really crisp while still having a nice body. Much more carbonated and refreshing than your average barleywine.

O - If you can find it, get it. Really worth trying and a collaboration between these two breweries just doesn't happen often enough.

Photo of Samuel906
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a several bottles of Ol' Leghorn on the release day at the Firestone Walker brewery in Paso Robles. As usual, I was very excited about a new brew coming from one of my favorite breweries.

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter which I immediately realized was probably a mistake. Right off the bat, just from the pour I could tell this bore more in common to a DIPA than a Barleywine. Poured a perfectly transparent bright amber, with lots of effervescing bubbles and a moderate to thin white head that left soapy bubbles on the surface. The texture appeared thin and lacked the visible viscosity of other barleywines. The smell threw me off so much that I had to double check the press release and verify that this was in fact what they were calling a blonde barleywine. Piney, resinous hops, bright citrus, and some perfumey florals. It would smell decent for a DIPA. By this point I am thoroughly confused. The taste is overwhelmingly boozey, absolutely shockingly so which makes no sense for a 10% ABV beer; it was the first thing I noticed and the last thing to linger. The aftertaste shared more in common with cheap vodka than any beer I have ever tasted. Hops are muted, some pleasant enough honey sweetness and grapefruit tartness are really all that make it through the ridiculous booziness. And I need to note that it wasn't a warm pour; this is straight out of the fridge, and in the time it took me to finish about 3 oz. and write the above paragraphs. Medium bodied, mild carbonation; feels flat and slick.

I don't often write bad reviews, and it pains me to do so to one of my favorite breweries, but I don't know what the hell happened here. The only thing I can think is they were trying to make a more accessible super heavy duty IPA on the vein of Dogfish Head's 120 minute IPA. What ended up happening is two great breweries tried mixing two great styles and found that sometimes you shouldn't mix your pickles with your ice cream.

Photo of martyl1000
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Side Door Chicago.

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Pours an orange/amber body with an eggshell one finger head. Not much retention or lacing to the head.

S - Very hoppy on the nose! Caramel malts shine through and afterwards the citrus notes hit. May'be it's the fact the beer is cold and hasn't warmed to room temperature, but I'm not picking up any barrel notes.

T - Hops rush through right away. The caramel hits along with barrel notes of oak and vanilla. There's a citrus, bitter ending to it.

F - Medium bodied and low/medium carbonation. Very smooth drinking that's slightly boozy.

O - Hell of a collaboration here. I'm loving this beer! The FFF hop kings work their magic along with the barrel knowledge of FW. Just a hugely hoppy barleywine, with the barrels an afterthought.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty now, but I am looking forward to seeing how bottles of this one will age.

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber purchased at FWIBF 2014 into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Nice bright, rich orange color, like a DIPA. Short head forms and then disappears quickly, thin lacing around the outside of the glass.

Smell- Initial burst is bright, citrus hops, but this quickly give way to caramel maltiness and a sweet toffee aroma, creating a sensation like a caramel apple.

Taste- Smooth mixture of both caramel sweetness and hop bitterness. Initial hop kick gives way to the rich, sweet barleywine flavors, with a bit more hop on the back. The citrus hop flavors present in the initial aroma are not present in the taste, the hop flavor serves mainly to balance out the carmel sweetness. Barrel character is minimal, though some bourbony vanilla and very light wine astringency come through.

Mouthfeel- Decent, a bit thin. Minimal carbonation.

Overall- I'll note that I had this poured for me at the Firestone Walker Restaurant the morning it was released, not knowing anything about it. Very first impressions were: extremely malty IPA? It tasted more like a barleywine despite the color, and when the server described it to me as a "blonde barleywine", it made perfect sense. Thinner and less rich than most Barleywines, but all of the flavors blend well together, with none in particular being overbearing. I like this beer a lot, hope to see it again in distribution.

Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Poured into a snifter 9/28/2014.

A- Slightly hazy golden-brown body, one inch white froth that dissipates quickly, with some lacing left over. [3.75]

S- Quite a bit of citrus and pine; caramel, toffee, bread, oak. I'm not sure if there's bourbon in this, but I wouldn't be surprised. Quite hopped up as you'd expect. [3.75]

F- Citrus, resinous hops, a slightly smoky bourbon flavour, lots of caramel and toffee, a good bit of heat but not overwhelming. Some pine, citrus on the backend with a bit of heat. Gets sweeter and sweeter as it warms. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fairly resinous, kind of like a double IPA except with a lot more sweetness to it. Nice slightly bitter pine+citrus finish. [3.75]

O- Seems to me that this is a very hopped up Double Double Barrel Ale. Pretty good; barleywines, especially American barleywines, aren't really my thing, but I did enjoy this one. [3.75]

Photo of MrcNpls
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I might get some heat for this but this was an all around delicious beer. Was expecting a strong punch after the smell but ended up being perfect. Love it.

Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thin head with short retention
Aroma with notes of vanilla, white wine, Dama da Noite flowers and nutmeg.
Flavor with notes of spicy, caramels, nutmeg, lots of pears, very present oak and white wines. Dry, bitter and spicy aftertaste.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.5% is felt, but is part of its flavoring and adequate to style.
Barley Wine with a unique character, neither too malty nor dark fruity, leaning towards white wine aged in oak and spices.

Photo of Filabee
2.12/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I had a hard time finishing this beer. I would certainly not seek it out again.

Photo of napdynmite
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't a big fan of barley wines until I tried this. Candy, orange peel, vanilla, caramel, floral hops. Amazing complexity.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz bottle at fridge temperature split between a pair of pint glasses. Bottled on 05/30/14.

Pours clear golden amber with a medium sized pale head. Head fades moderately quickly. Not much active carbonation. Smell is nice, very juicy and double IPA ish. Lots of fruity notes.

Taste is strong lemon bitterness, a tiny bit of dishwater, definitely noticeable alcohol. Some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little still, but not unexpected for a barleywine. Slightly dry, which is a little unexpected. Overall, very good.

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Ol' Leghorn (Three Floyds Collaboration) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.