Sour Three Guy Off The Scale Old Ale Barleywine Style Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by 4DAloveofSTOUT on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 46
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed at the brewery a couple weeks ago. Bottle 447 of 1440.

Poured cold from the bottle a deep dark cola brown to a dogfish head signature glass with no head whatsoever. Carbonation is near zero.

Aroma of dark sugars, black cherry.

Big bodied, super sweet, though not cloying, tart finish, though not too terribly sour.

malty, sugary sweet, syrupy, ripe black cherries, hot after.

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Photo of emilyLOVESlime
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this as part of a Sweet & Sour tasting. Thanks to Joe for picking this up for me at the Darkhorse 4 Elf event.

A: Poured smooth and with barely any bubbles. Gorgeous dark chocolate color.

S: Chocolate, cherries. Smells like port, actually. Strong whiff of acetone-y alcohol at the first pour, but quickly dissipated (phew!).

T: Amazing chocolate, dark caramel malts up front. Very balanced and not sweet in a bad way. Not sure if I got any true sour notes, but there is dark fruit/cherry tartness there.

M: Creamy, vinous. Again, very much like a good port. Coated the tongue nicely. I typically don't like barleywines because they are too thin for how sweet they are. Loving this one.

O: Wow. So good. I was really nervous opening the bottle after getting a whiff of alcohol, but there was no "nail polish remover" smell or taste. Amazing beer, but I'm not sure it's a sour OR a BW, or even really a beer. It's amazing either way. Wish I could get another bottle somehow and I really want to try the regular one now. Cheers!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into tulip glass.

bottle 6 of 1440.
batch 1826.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with a reddish hue. A thin uneven cap of brown bubbles that quickly drops to no head.

Smell: really chocolatey malts. Sweet malts.

Taste: Chocolatey. Malty. Really sweet. Dark fruits, tootsie rolls, leather, tobacco, molasses. Vinous and kind of similiar to port wine. Woody. Sour cherries. This is really hard to describe, I just can place it. It not bad, but its atleast better than average. A mild sour cherry and sweet malts aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer. Low carbonation. syrupy and thick. A hint of booze, but it does have much of a burn.

Overall: Not really close to an old ale or a sour. It could honestly be its own beer style... I was expecting a nail polish remover bomb according to the rumors, but aleast it was better than that. No nail polish remover like all the Dark Horse Lambics. Is it an old ale? Is it a Barleywine? Is this a sour beer? No... I am just going to call it an Enigma that does fit into anything of a beer style. Chances are that Dark Horse made an Old Ale or a Barleywine and it got infected, but they bottled it anyways so they didnt loose the product. regaurdless of all that rabble. The beer wasnt a total flop. Kind of reminds me of a really really heavy mead/ beer hybrid.

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Sour Three Guy Off The Scale Old Ale Barleywine Style Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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