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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses.
2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax
2014 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (3838) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle poured a fairly clear auburn, mahogany with a small off white head. Only traces of lacing. Aromas of deep malts and hops that were not overpowering but seemed to compliment eachother well. Flavors were smooth dark maltiness with some soft fruitiness and hops that balanced well and did not leave much bitter aftertaste. Nice smooth heavy feel, and fairly lively carbonation. Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing this from his recent trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
22 oz. bomber thanks to magicbill: Cherry amber color with a small off white head. Honey sweet, fruity aroma (orange and cherry). Flavor starts rich and sweet followed by some cherry flavor and ending with a soft orange rind bitterness. Full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. 10.5% ABV well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Thanks to Dough77 for this one. You know how some barleywines (mostly English) have a really salty aftertaste? We’ll, this beer has a really salty aftertaste. I expected more malt and hops and I was let down. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer, but worthy of 100%?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Big thanks to Tchrome for sharing a bottle of this with me and to Ray for sending me a couple of bottles! Big sweet PNW nose. Dark ruby red nose with no head. Taste-What? Ginger and cinammon in a barleywine? Medium-high sweetness, honey, molasses, black pepper, pine, maple syrup. Very sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
At yeha and my homie RLB. Aroma citric hops and caramel and slight fruit as well. Poured a nice carmel type color. Flavor was just great, the aroma leads you to believe your gonna get creamed by the hops but the caramel malts balance well with the hops leaving with just a tinge of sugar. Palate was nice, had a nice warming fullness to appreciate. Overall this was just damn yummy!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bubblegum, sticky aftertaste of raisins and pecans, and definite (*sigh*) grapefruit. The malt does a nice job of staying solidly caramel in the background while letting the foreground play with gentle multi-fruit sweetness and a lot of hop acidity. Alcohol warming but not burning. In the end, a lot to like, but too hoppy and the malts were almost too....bright...for this to taste balanced. Some darker caramel/chocolate richness might have sold me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Big thank you to Sliffy for a bottle of this. Super hoppy. Cirtus, pine and some othe fruits like strawberry. Not exceptionally bitter. Balanced well with the malt. Malt gives some sweetness and other typical berleywine fruit flavors like plum and raisin. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel. The only flaw here is a bit too much of a buttery/butterscotch flavor that comes out more as it warms. I preferred it when it was colder and the hops were stronger. Still, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Huge, grapefruit aroma, very citrusy, not much else, though assertive and yummy. Pours with a tiny little fizzy head (not as creamy as the label makes you think), dark brown. Taste has lots of sweet caramelly malts with a delicious hop kick... not very bitter but still hoppy. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, though palate is still creamy goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Thanks Duane. This was aved for my big 1000. Thick ruby color, very thick pour, small beige head. Aroma of caramel, sticky citrus grapefruit pine. Taste was very good. Caramel and roasted malts under some hops. Fruit mixed in. Hops through and through. Excellent ! I want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 3 Jul 2007. 22 ounce bottle. 2005 vintage.
I really had a pretty big Three Floyds bias back in the day. This beer is damn hot. Lots of alcohol. The the great hop character is still there. Still a nice looking beer. Just not as good as I once though.

1 Jan 2006. 22 ounce bottle. 2005 vintage. 10/5/10/5/19
Served in a snifter. Pour like maple syrup, with a quickly vanishing beige head. Crystal clear. Aromas of sticky maple, chewy caramel, pungant citrusy hops, and nose hair singing alcohol. Tons of caramel with some hidden cherry notes. The hop character is nothing like I imagined it would be, and that is a good thing. Plenty bitter, and the flavor and aroma are just enought to let you know they are there. I’m brewing a barleywine tomorrow. This is what I hope to make.

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