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

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

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Samuel906 on 06-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by charlzm:
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3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

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Photo of joeseppy
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Swongler
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerhunter247
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NWatters
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 01001111
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Nick29
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Ian707
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Diggy
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Cfeezy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Tyrus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Ol' Leghorn (Three Floyds Collaboration) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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