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Scarf Patrol (Barrel Aged Oatgoop) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GbVDave on 01-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by thedrewski86:
Photo of thedrewski86
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hap on tap at 3Fs last night. Poured into a snifter glass, leaves a wispy white film of a head, dark amber/copper color. Little rim of lacing at the top, none after that. The alcohol is so much that any lacing just slides down the glass. Smell is sweet, a lot like a port; very boozy. Taste is sweet and thick, heavy bourbon flavor with almost undiscernable malts. No real hop characteristics. Oak is the biggest flavor in the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, very thick. I can't say drinkability is the best on this, I didn't want another one right away. I would get one again but at $9 for a few ounces, I would rather get a couple of Dreadnaughts.

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Photo of beertooth
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub served in a small goblet. Review from notes taken.

This beer is a semi-hazy brown liquid with ruby highlights and a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing.

The nose is all barrel. Tons of oak, spicy alcohol, vanilla, coconut, some dark dried fruits are present as well.

The first sip is a wooden fist to the face. Lot's of tannic characters, vanilla, soaked oak, coconut, burnt sugars, sweet malts, lot's of boozy heat, caramel. It's hard to tell what beer this was before it hit the barrel. There's some hop bitterness present as well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and slick and low carbonation and finishes very sticky.

A very interesting beer to try, but I enjoyed fresh Oatgoop better. I had a hard time finishing this beer. The booze and barrel really choked this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 10-06-2009 21:23:06

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Photo of rfraga77
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ronn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wedgie9
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Three Floyds. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a fluffy white head. Aroma is oak with super rich malt and over ripe pitted fruits. Full bodied with a brown sugar sweetness. Oak comes through nicely. Overall this is a great beer. My only complaint is that the alcohol is a little out of balance.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at FFF 1/16/10. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Was told by both the bartender and our server that this is different than the "Barrel Aged Oatgoop" that's also listed in the database.

A: Served a reddish, caramel-y looking brown. Tiny light brown head was no thicker than a saltine and no lace was left behind.

S: HUGE barrel aromas. Tons of vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, coconut, bourbon, and burnt barrel. When it got to temp, we began to notice a distinct tangy pineapple aroma.

T: See above with even more bourbon and charred oak. Seriously, the barrel flavors are off the scale. Spicy bourbon sodden oak. The aforementioned pineapple is very present in the taste as well. When first served the fruitiness took on a subtle cherry flavor that gradually changed over to pineapple with the change in temperature.

M: Very smooth (not syrupy) with a spicy finish. Heather felt that the spiciness was from hops and not alcohol. I'd have to agree because, well, she's right about such things!

D: Judging by Alex and Justins' reviews of "Barrel Aged Oatgoop" I'd have to agree that this is a different/tweeked version. Sure some of the same characteristics are there, but the thing we noticed that was way different (judging by their reviews) was the booziness. We didn't pick up on the heat they both experienced, at all. Maybe they did something different to the base beer before it went into the barrel, maybe it was a different barrel, or more (or less) time in that barrel? Who knows, who cares! We thought it was excellent.

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Photo of muskabeatz
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub this evening, not knowing it was there until I saw it on the menu. So I said 'what the heck' and gave it a shot, and WOW, very impressive to say the least.

Dark, clear, amber hue with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing. The aroma is where this beer comes to life. Huge presence of Bourbon upfront that goes down smoothly with a little help from the mellowness of the oak and vanilla flavors. Has a nice rich sweetness to it. Mild carbonation, and just the perfect amount of body in my opinion. I find this to be remarkably drinkable; however, at 10% it will catch up with you fairly quickly.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 3/6/2010, poured into what Three Folds calls a snifter

Moderately dark scorched-amber/rust in color with a few pale yellow highlights around the edges; it is fairly dense & fairly cloudy. The pour yielded essentially no head, just a very thin skim on top & a slight ring around the inside of the glass. By the end of the glass, there is nothing in the way of retention or lacing.

The aroma is very enticing. I was told Woodford Reserve barrels were used, which suits the bourbon lover in me just fine. Said bourbon permeates the nose without being too strong or over-bearing. Also to be had are notes of vanilla & wood, as well as an oat-imparted smoothness. Plenty toasted malts & dark sugars, too - caramel & maybe molasses.

The taste mirrors the aroma strikingly well. Bold overtones of bourbon & all that accompany it: earthy notes of oak, charcoal & mild notion of vanilla. The whiskey elements are supported by a sturdy regiment of oats & malts. To this end, it seems much in-line with a wheatwine: toasted malts & sugars: caramel, brown sugar, molasses & a spot of toffee. Earthy hop undertones are present throughout.

Scarf Patrol leans toward the heavy side of medium body; it is very sticky & dense. It definitely invites the tongue to stick to the roof of the mouth after each sip. Reasonably low carbonation. There is some alcohol heat but it isn't out of line or hard to deal with. There are residual notes of dark sugars & bourbon, with the latter lingering the longest.

In my opinion, this is a beer to let warm. The flavors seemed disassociated at the beginning but blend much better with warmth. Also, the whiskey becomes more subtle. Overall, enjoyable & quite solid.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.61/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

you will find no bigger supporter of 3Fs than me, however...
A: brassy/golden/light amber color with a nice, thick, creamy white head and lacing.
S: boozy whiskey, sweet honeyed malts, strange cough-syrupy thing going on.
T: overwhelmingly my impression was of bad childhood cough syrup, very boozy, with sweet honeyed or vanilla-like malt.
M: almost full-bodied, viscous with residual sugar and boozy alcohol.
D: eh, not so much.
This was called something else at the pub, but i forget the name they had for it.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of pittsburghkid66
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenominal beer. Never pay $9 a snifter but had two of these (plus a behemoth)for lunch at the brew pub. Went back to the office and my secretary found me passed out at my desk.

Nice aroma of alcohol, sweet almond, brandy. Very smooth and tasty. Could drink this all day. Clear copper with a large head that dissipates quickly. Smooth as silk with even taste throughout. sweet taste with no bitterness or afterburn at all.

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Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of trbergman
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the Three Floyds brewpub.

A - Hazy chestnut with one finger of pillowy light tan foam that fades quickly but drops some nice lace.

S - Tons of bourbon barrel flavor, with bourbon (obviously), vanilla, and a bit of coconut. Spicy aromas of clove and cinnamon. Fruity banana and fig.

T - Baked apple with cinnamon and clove. Some banana, with sweet caramel and vanilla and a hint of tobacco. Bourbon is well incorporated, lacking the hot booziness that can really detract from the rest of the beer. Minimal hop flavor, with moderately assertive hop bitterness. This reminds me quite a bit of Founder's Nemesis (2009). Tasty.

M - Velvety, full body. Very good.

D - A tad expensive to order more than one, but the glass I had was excellent. A good sipper while reading a book at the bar.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 3 Floyds, served in the usual half-goblet/tulip thing.
Had this originally in October - when I stopped by 3 Floyds recently, I was told that the only thing different is the name. The only difference I perceived is that it had mellowed out a bit over the past four months.

A - A dime of off-white foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing. Transparent ruby red and brown color. Looks a lot like the other barrel-aged beers I've had here.

S - Tons of butterscotch, coconut, and vanilla. There's not a lot of Oatgoop still in here, although it's more present than Fantabulous Resplendence X. Some burnt sugar and roast malt character peeks through, but this is all about the barrel. Maybe a touch of spice - pretty boozy too.

T - Taste has a lot of coconut, butterscotch, burnt sugars, and a heavy tannic finish. There's some berry and fruitiness going on as well. Aftertaste is all woody and tannic.

M - Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation, some alcohol warmth, and a dry woody residual feel with some stickiness.

D - One goblet of this is overkill. The heat and the intense barrel character make this a slow sipper. I'm also kind of concerned that all the barrel-aged beers taste very similar - perhaps they are in the barrel too long? There's very little of the base beer coming through.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the FFF brewpub, in Munster Indiana.

A - Pours a clear amber/orange with a thin white head. Head recedes quickly but leaves great lacing on the sides. Looks big.
S - Oak. Tons of oak along with a heavy malty sweetness. Smells big.
T - Wow. Sweet malty notes with a heavy oak backgrounds. Get some raisins and vanilla in the finish. Tastes big.
M - Thick, sweet, little bit of zest to it. Feels big.
D - I could drink this all night, or until I hit the floor and passed out. Its smooth, clean, not overly harsh or overly sweet. Complicated to where I find new stuff with each sip. Drinks big.

Overall - I normally dont review beers on my blackberry or in a bar. This beer was the exception, and I would be doing it a disservice if I didnt. This was a rare treat at the brewpub, and I hope the regular version stands up to this one. Phenominal.

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Scarf Patrol (Barrel Aged Oatgoop) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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