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RATINGS: 1191   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 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 (3439) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2005
22oz - Aroma is a hop blast! Fresh and pungent. Also smells of carmel malt, vanilla, and citrus. Pours a deep amber with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is not as intense as I expected, but still loaded with hops. The malt balances very nicely. Palate is still a bit "warm" with tart hop and alcohol, but not as over the top as I expected. A very tasty barleywine that will only get better with a little time in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Bottles courtesy of temporrari and JCW. Pours dark amber mahogany with decent off-white head. Aroma is full of orange citrus, candied fruits, really cleam malt for a bw. Flavor sweet/juicy citrus hops, with only a faint bitterness. All kinds of fruit, apple, peach, apricot, and white grape. Fine IIPA don’t think the malt profile is there for a BW. Still quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
05 Bottle. Color is a most beautiful dark ruby red with a off white creamy head. Aroma is typical of 3 Floyd’s. Loads of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and citrusy goodness. I can’t believe how awesome this stuff tastes. At first sip it’s like drinking fermented candy coated apples balanced by grapefruity, piney hops. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. This is my ideal barleywine. Imagine, if you can, Dreadnaught on steroids. That would give you an idea as to how complex and big this beer is. Slight presence of alcohol, but it is very welcome in adding to the complexity of this brew. Good job 3 Floyd’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a small off-white head. Sweet Malty, very hoppy, pinetree, grape aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a hoppy, lonh bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3940) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Pours clear brownish with a white head. Smell VERY nice of concentrated eldeberry flower juice. Sweet and perfumed, very peachy. Quite full and somewhat sticky in the mouthfeel. Sharp sweet and dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
What a great experience. Ruby red color. Pine, somewhat medicinal, but extremely generous aroma. Oily palate. Like the other 3F beers I’ve had, it’s not just the intensity of the aroma, but the subtlety of the malt/hop balance in the tasting. They’re both there, and they’re best of friends. Excellent, from one who is not a hop-head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Copper colour with a small beige head. Hoppy bitter, light fruity aroma with a faint malty sweetness. Sweet malty aroma with a hoppy fruityness and a dry, light sweet finish.

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