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RATINGS: 1188   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
Hard to pick a colour, is it orange or red. It keeps changing under the lights. Looked almost dark pink coming out of the bottle. Light head. Aroma of hops, cinnamon and brown sugar. Itís aromatic strength lies hidden tempting you to breath deeply and then it really pulls you in. Flavour is lightly sweet. Overall like a very strong hoppy IIPA without any syrupy quality and with a nice spice character. Delicious sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a solid clear amber color with leanings towards garnet. Light white head that completely dissipates. Apricot, apple, peach brandy, nutty with alcohol hints. Nice aroma. The flavor has candied fruit, caramel, citrus hops (orange and grapefruit), and liquor like alcohol. Very strong and enjoyable. Slick and creamy medium body. Another good one, though I donít think Iíd spend 18+ per bottle again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Deep copper but clear, light head but thick lace. Huge piney nose with big malts in the back. Rich and explosive in your mouth, hops that linger forever almost in your mouth. Sweetness comes on the finish and balances at he end. Still needs some time. í05 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5863) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of JCW. Thanks, man!!! Iíve had this beer for a couple months, now, and never felt the time was right to drink it. Well, I had to work this evening until 2am and decided to come home and "celebrate" with a beer; this one in particular. Pours a pretty rubyish copper with no head, unless the ring of microbubbles around the circumference of the glass counts. The aroma is hoppy and piney with candied apple notes, caramel, bit of maple syrup and creamy malts. Bit of alcohol is still noticeable as well. Taste is suitably rich! Sweet pineapples, light pine needle, more candied apples, caramel, chocolate malt balls (Whoppers), orange peel and alcohol. This isnít as hoppy as Iíd expected, but still packs a punch. Body is creamy and smooth with mild alcohol warmth coming through but relaxing to leave a mild hop bitterness behind. Finish seems a bit dry with more sugary notes coming out. Light alcohol, melon, pineapples, tangerine, pine, caramel, and apple pie. Not sure why I kept picking up apples, but I did. Very good barleywine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3671) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Massive thanks to Secret Santa Jimmack! After reading all the complaining about this beer and its out of balance hops, I decided that it would be the perfect brew to finish up 2005. Pretty clear copper, tinge of ruby, great head initially, faded away slow. Aroma hints of caramel, but is essentially a hop bomb, a mix of loads of citrus (primarily grapefruit), anise, and a bit of pine. Caramel and smoky roasty notes are the immediate flavors on the tongue. They wilt under a massive hop attack, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pine, anise, combine together for an intensely bitter finish. Not smooth, this is a beer that would slap your mother. Just as it should be. It would be interesting to see how the hops mellow out over time, to see if there is enough malt body to carry the beer into a happy retirement. But the soul of this brew is hops, and allowing them to mellow out would be to disrespect the glory they currently possess. So although the rough edges prevent me from going but so nuts about the score on this beer, it is that wild spirit that makes me love the beer. Cheers to a great 2006!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 29, 2005
A well balanced and amazing barley wine. Hides the alcohol extremely well, though that isnít what I look for in a barley wine. For as hard as it is to find, itís not better than stone or victory.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
hollywoodj35 (1) - Newport, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
Amazing relaxing beer with outragous flavor and taste. Head color wasa eye pleasing red and consitent head foam on every poor. Fruitful and sweet tasting it for the firstime. Finishing flavor is dry and pleasant on the palate. The best beer i have tried in 2005. A holiday gift for all to share.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TerryR (390) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Beautiful red color with a tan head. Aroma of pine and citrus - very Christmas like - with a full sweet malt background. Taste is lots of sweet malt and fruit. Full body. Very nice bitter hop finish makes for an extremely balanced brew especially considering the huge flavors. This moves near the top of my all time favorites.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
drank on christmas day. pours dark red with a tan head -only if poured aggresively. upon opening the bottle this massive rush of sweet sugar and a slight hop aroma comes rushing out. taste is sweet, rich, and of course, a little hoppy. this is going to be something that will age a really long time. the ratings on this have continuously fallen since it was draught only, but i went into this thinking it was like it used to be - in the top 20 - and i still feel that way. this is an exceptionally well brewed beer. if you have ever needed a reason to live in indiana, three floyds brewing may be that reason.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 23, 2005
A very complex aroma of caramel malt, citrus, and molasses. The color is a a rich reddish brown with a decent tan head. The flavor is initially a slight candy sweet followed by a bitter hoppy cascade of flavors. The finish is dry and pleasent on the palate.

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