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RATINGS: 1144   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Grassy, herbal hops, pear, pineapple and lychee fruitiness and some alcohol in the sweet aroma. Clear amber-brown with a low, off white head that recedes to ring. Strong fruity flavour with assertive bitterness and an herbal, citrus, grassy hop character. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Itís very good, but Iíd have to say Iím disappointed for a Top 50 beer, especially one that I have sought after since I first heard of it a few years ago... Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Deep amber color, aroma was piney with an assortment of fruits in the back ground. Flavor was consistent with the aroma, and a very good malt character to it. I loved it, I need to buy more.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
brownish red color, off white head. i thought the aroma a bit medicinal. fruity (but not overpowering) flavor with a hint of alcohol. not very complex, but iíll see how the bottles i have age.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle: Viscous pour, coppery amber, moderate off-white head, spotty lacing, lively yet slow to rise carbonation. † Sure seems thick. † Pine and citrus peel on the nose, slight hop but the pine and citrus dominate. † Semi-sweet, somewhat candyish, notes of alcohol. † Strong pine oriented citrusy explosion in the mouth. † Lingering citrus peel twang well after the exit. † Big, smooth, but not as complex as I thought. † Perhaps this will come with time? † Body and mouthfeel are quite full. † ABV is well hidden on the tongue.   Good stuff indeed. † Thanks Eric!


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
My goodness this is great. Thanks for the bottle, npdempse. Perfect head on a red pour that left great lacing throughout. The aromas were very sweet. Cherry, pineapple, pear, peach, and grape. Yes it does sound like fruit cocktail. Molassas and dark cherries were reserved for the flavor. Darker malts came throught there too. Nice hop finish that was refreshing and not biting. What great stuff. I loved it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Beer pours clear, ruby red with a good sized off-white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is dominated by many layers of hops and a significant sweet candy sugar aroma, reminding me of cotton candy. Big hop aroma, very piney, with some serious citrus juiciness, and alcohol. Initial flavor is of big caramel sweetness, then the hops kick in in a big way. Big bitter, citrus, grapefruit juice. The alcohol is fairly front and center as well. I like this, but am a bit unsure what it is trying to accomplish. Good, but not great, and not the awesome beverage I associate with The Floydís.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 2005 bottle provided by Muzzlehatch and sampled on 11/6/2005. Pours a foamy off-white to light beige head atop a filtered ruby-amber body (not opaque, Martin). Head shows moderate to low retention with no lacing. Aroma of intense amarillo hops fruitiness. Juicy tropical fruits abound, with a thick caramel sweetness, plenty of ruby red grapefruit and moderately resinous hops bitterness. Being fresh and full of hops, the aroma strength is through the roof. I donít get complex caramel sweetness at all, out of the nose. Rather, I get huge caramel sweetness with a touch of drying yeast. No one mentions more than "sweet" or "caramelly" or "candyish/sugary" malts in the nose description, yet everyone seems to love it. Guess most people donít care for malt complexity in the nose.
Flavor bludgeons you with a massive dose of pine resin, bitter grapefruit and other citrus notes, while the sweet candyish-to-caramel malt attempts to balance. In the end, it dosent even remotely succeed, the hops being too acidic, bitter and sticky. The fair amount of alcohol apparency does not help matters either. Notes of yeast bi-product fruitiness are obviously apparent as well. Body is full, mouthfeel has low to moderate carbonation and a syrupy, sticky-sweet texture, but still missing that smooth silky texture that only non-filtration can bring. No attempt at balance, and thatís fine, I realize and appreciate that 3 Floyds doesnt value balance in most of their higher gravity brews. Donít really think it will improve with age either. The hops will die off, somewhat, sure, but the complete filtration, just like in this yearís darklord, will not allow it to hold up to oxidation, nor do I think the alcohol will be able to integrate as well. And ending on a positive note, itís not cloyingly sweet.
2005 bottle consumed on 1/18/07
Well with some 14 or so months of age on it, Iíve got to say I like it even less, or was being generous in my initial rating. I poured myself about 6 ounces and had to dump about 3 of them in to SuIIyís glass. Too much bitterness, sweetness and no real class. I donít even find it that complex, the hops, even having faded somewhat, just steal away the show. Bitter and now soggy with too much acid and alcohol warmth. The body still is comfortable, with lots of sweet, round sugars, but it dosent seem to have improved. Guess Iíll have to wait another 2 or 3 years until the hops have completely faded to see how the malts work. The wax is great though, no oxidation whatsoever.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2005
Clear amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Intense, complex and wonderfull aroma of spruce, hops, candy and fruits. Amaziing flavor of hops, spruce, candy, fruits, maple sugar, caramel and alcohol. Thereís also a perfumey thing in there. The body is light and very liquorous with low carbonation. This is very complex and amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
bottle. I was really looking forward to this and I have to say, I was fairly disappointed. bright ruby red with a small whitish head. aroma has a good share of orange/grapefruit-rind hops and caramel bready malts. very malty and thatís the prominant characteristic. yeasty and VERY HOT. quite a bit of hoppy orange flavour too. this is a huge beer and I wonder if Iíd like it any better earlier in a tasting. Iíll have to get my hands on another taste/bottle, somehow...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2005
bottled. Poured a clear dark red with little to no head. Aroma was strong on citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor was huge on hops with a good amount of sweetness to offset the bitter. Finished off with an alcohol flavor that definitely let you know this was not for the weak hearted.


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