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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by scottoale on 01-25-2009

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Photo of CruisaC
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade. Thanks Totoropanda

Pours relatively flat, but some bubbles make their way up to form some carbonation. Dark, dark amber in color.

Booze soaked raisins. What I expect when I sniff a barleywine.

Dark fruit, raisins, malts, toffee. Delicious.

Mouthfeel shines. Thick, but goes down easy. I don't say this much, but NO booze on this guy. Other than my face getting a little warm, you'd never know this thing packs a punch.

Dark Horse, please brew this again. If you put it in a barrel I don't know what I'd do. Glad to have tried this one.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary glass on 5/15/12

Not sure what vintage this is; I bought in in 2009.

Pours a dull brown, but takes a pretty ruby hue once in the glass. The one thumb head disappears at a moderate rate, leaving behind a large island of bubbles, collar retention and lots of lace.

The nose is all over the place; various aromatics come and go. Some highlights are notes of prune, raisin, fig, plum, caramel, butter toffee, mildly spiced bread, tomato paste, oxidation, leather, overtones of booze, and stray hints of fruits, a la blackberry and dark cherry.

The flavor takes a lean toward the sweet side, but doubles back for a drier finish. Hints of candied fruits quickly meld with the sugary flavors of fig, prune, raisin, toffee, caramel and sweet bread. The middle is fleshed out before tapering off with residual, earthy hop decay. Hints of rum as the beer warms up. The progression from sweet to dry is very enjoyable.

The feel is medium-full with a penchant for alcohol slickness. Indeed, this beer isn't shy of booziness; it has a warming feel that begins early on and builds throughout. Carbonation is low, making for a rather smooth sipping experience.

I bought three bottles of this at the end of a brief stop at Dark Horse while traveling from Ferndale, MI (by way of Waterford) to Chicago, IL for back-to-back Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 shows. If I recall correctly, I bought the last three bottles they had for sale; enjoyed one shortly thereafter and was sitting on the other two... until tonight. Check it out, and pick up a copy of Goodnight Oslo while you're at it.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gushue3
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

long time want poured into Hill Farmstead bulb.

A Very small head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. Body is a cherry red, mahogany color and looks nice.

S gigantic sweet malt and dark fruits take off in the nose. sweeter almost bubblegum scent come through. Theres a hearty bready malt. Really sweet scent that has a ton goin on.

T Big time sweetness that carries from the front to the back. sweeter dark fruits like figs and plums poke their heads out toward the middle as well as some lighter mandarin orange. The finish is slightly bittersweet, heavier on the sweet. Nice flavors

M Absolutely flat with a thicker feel on the tongue and leaves my mouth feeling sticky.

O Nice stuff going on inside this bottle, wish I had another one. I also with there was a date on the bottle to know how old it was. No hop presence whatsoever and the flavors tasted awesome for an aged American BW. ISO 3GOTSBW

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
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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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AleWatcher for this one. It's slipped by me a couple times so I'm glad to finally have one.

Drank in two parts, poured in a small Mikkeller flute. I'm not sure of the age on this one, or when it was last brewed, but something tells me that this bottle has at least a few years on it.

If I'm honest, this beer is an ogre. Its a murky, rust water reddish brown. It pours out looking really thick, and once its in the glass, leaves thick coating and legs. The head is ample for a thick, 15% abv barleywine but eventually fades all the way to nothing as spots of lace slide back down the glass.

Very interesting and much more tame than I expected. I had my self braced for a walloping of alcohol and booze soaked caramel and perhaps a truck load of hops. But things are very well integrated and tame. The alcohol is a DAMN shy of smelling like the 15% mark. This bottle has to be old. The main smells come together and smell a lot like bread pudding. Raisins, rum, cinnamon, figs, cherries and a light whiff of alcohol. At one point I was pulling out a very minty aroma which was interesting and quite pleasant. Caramel apples and toffee ride though the aroma all the while.

Very dense and rich on notes of fruitcake and rum soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. The booze is very, very tame. I expected to be breathing fire after sipping this stuff. In fact, I blew out the candle that was lit next to me for fear of igniting my breath. But instead my throat was greeted by a very well integrated, softened beer. There are lots of the caramel apple notes that were so prevalent in the aroma. On my second glass I was getting a few flavors of oxidation. I'm not sure why they waited till the second half of the bottle to peak out, perhaps it was temperature or maybe it had something to do with the dregs of the beer. At any rate, this oxidation wasn't extreme and nearly added to the flavor profile of the beer.

Not very hot, given the huge ABV. It stayed very reserved and smooth. Its a very thick beer with a long, densely sweet finish.

This bottle had been aged for some time and it had been aged properly. Everything came together well here. The only hint of the ABV was how I felt after this bottle. Big thanks Jeff!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse 3 Guy Off The Scale (Barley Wine) pours up with a light effervescence that creates a wafer-thin, Irish cream colored head that just rings the bright, deep mahogany-rufous colored body. The head retention is most certainly retarded by the alcohol! This one even shows a few legs that cling to the side of the glass. The bold, complex aromatics reveal an intense caramel maltiness supplemented by a pleasant fruitiness (citrus salad, dried apricots, orange marmalade) and a vinous strength as it warms. The bold flavor starts off a bit cloying with plenty of upfront caramel (buttered toffee, muscovado sugar) & honey (buckwheat) notes underscored by a touch of toasty nuttiness (roasted cashews, peanut brittle) which layers into the overall malt complexity before a commanding bitterness takes over to drive this one home to a slightly spicy, rich, lingering bittersweet, powerful warming finish that's dominated by the wallop! This full bodied American barleywine could use a touch more carbonation, but otherwise is a perfect companion to sip by the hearthside. This Dark Horse barleywine is certainly "Off the Scale!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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