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RATINGS: 1178   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 Bomber, RLB YEHA-05 Well, I’ve waited many moons to have a crack at this beer. Pours a hazed dark amber with thin white head. There’s no mistaking this is a FFF brew the moment the pink wax is cut and the cap released. Aroma is pungent with cat piss, scads of alcohol, and plenty of citrus/grapefruit blossom. The beer is much sweeter than I anticipated, and uncomfortably so with the enormous amount of alcohol present throughout. The stuff is intensely hot, harsh, and almost mean to the senses. It’s certainly not the top ten barley wine I’d hoped, but it’s brash and bold enough to make me glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)OMG, here´s respect to a giant beer, Witch btw is too much for me. the best is a heavy nose of grapes, elderflower and at least a ton of hops. The alcohol is very dominant, even in the flavour and tjhe rest gets overwhelmed by the high sugarcontent. What´s the point with the the bottle size, one could ponder on that and the whole designline from 3F, in another lif time, for now, thanx for the effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice head. Extreme hoppy, but very hoppy smooth aroma. Complexity of hops, malt and alcohol. Very delecious and nice. Just a wonderful barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Finally got ahold of one of these fatties. The beer glowed with a nice rosy-redness in the light. Sweet-smelling nose was very inviting. Great texture ... thick (especially as it warmed), weighty and smooth, but not necessarily cloying (alcohol warmth seemed to cleave that right off). Hops were electric on the tongue right from the beginning. Surprisingly, I found the malt sweetness (mostly caramel notes) to be rather subdued (for some reason I was thinking it would be sweeter). Hop flavors/aromas were plant-like and grapefruity. A healthy amount of bitterness -- laden with a woody saltiness -- followed through into the finish, and lingered in the aftertaste. Halfway down the bottle, and on occasion, some really nice notes surfaced (hard to define, kind of "woodsy," but not "woody," if that makes any sense ... perfect pairing for a cigar, if that makes it any clearer). Fantastic brew, at any rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
22oz pink waxed bottle (’05). Poured a darker and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of hops (it is a 3F beer) - citrus, flowers, grapefruit, oranges, fruits, and caramel. Even with the high hop presence, there was a very light maltiness to it (should balance out better with some age). Light alcohol kick at the finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Generous hopping is right! Huge hop-a-riffic aroma. Smooth and quiet mouthfeel with a lingering hop-ness that hangs on the back of your throat, not wanting to go down. It’s good, but not good enough to warrant the price or the super high percentile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Wow, those people over at Three Floyds sure do love their hops. Just like their other offerings I can recall, this smells of hops from half a kilometer away. Nice dark amber with a tint or red and a thin cream head. As for subtleties in the aroma, there isn’t much beyond the sweet citrus smell and a less copious smell of malt. The flavor comes off as a nice hearty malt taste. Real filling for the entire mouth, but still is very hot. There is a decent sharpness towards the end where the hops make their appearance in the flavor. Mouthfeel takes a knock in my book because of how hot and bitter this beer is. I think I’ll open another one of these right before rapture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 commercial deScription is accurate.....nice beer to sip on over a long period of time... would be nice to try again a year or so from now.................wow this review sucks.....this has to be the best idea i have ever come up with...sip a barley wine....oh well i should probobly add something about this being over-rated, but maybe i am just a jerk and want to be disagreable this beer had a sweet bottle....that is one sexy beast

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 deep pink orange. The color of fine cognac. Nose of hops, flowers, fruit, cat urine. Deep flavor profile of tropical fruits, hops, apples, cherries, etc. Sweet and spicey. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a dark pink ruby color with a thick, but fading head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of citrus, hops, and flowers. Flavor is intense and sweet with roasty and citrusy hops. Huge sticky mouthfeel that finishes with silk. This is the quintessential Barley Wine.

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