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RATINGS: 1146   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Bomber. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of peach and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lighlty to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Really lovely deep ruby hue, very clear, with a small creamy fast-diminishing head. Nose disappointingly two-dimensional, hoppy and alcoholic and thats it. Flavor, there"s another story. The trademark (well, seems like a trademark to me) 3Fs thick crushed-velvet mouthfeel hits you immediately, along with flavors of alcohol, oak, cherries and of course massive hops. Along with SN Bigfoot, the best hoppy barleywine I"ve had yet, though I must say on the whole I prefer the older, mellower, sweeter versions of the style; this is not on the same level as Delafield"s Okauchee Scotchie or the "97 Lakefront, good as it is.

Next day, 2nd sample, slight rerate: must have absorbed some bad odors from my car, or my sense of smell was whacked, because I get a lovely malty/dried fruit scent now; still not the very best BW I"ve had, but close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Holy moly! Huge mouthfeel from all that body. Tiny head running up through a gold-red color. Very aromatic. A cool strawberry flavor comes up first and gives way to citrusy hops and chewy malt. Very warming. Enjoy carefully while youíre judging the big body beauty pageant that is Behemoth!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Rerate: Bomber with pink wax. Filtered, hoppy (all Centennial it seems). Way citrusy. Totally devoid of character -- itís not bad, but it is completely unorigianl now and uninspring. Perhaps this is because it was resampled after two Blaugies beers...Original: Not essentially all that different from the other big 4 by 3F Iíve had since fedex delivered my package from hopsrus at 11:00 am this morning (6 hrs ago). I mean itís good, the hop profile has all the usual suspects, but the barleywine character is subdued somehat as a result. Not my fave style anyway, though I am damn glad to have had the opportunity to try this monster. And I have certainly had a major hop infusion today.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 01'vintage draft:Pretty,hazy,ruby color.Aroma was intenesly,fruity and sweet.Flavors were well balanced for bordering on extreme.This was delicious. Glass drank out of growler.Mahogany with small but lasting ring of white head.Huge hoppy(grapefruit,citric),alcohol,thick malts.Palate is thick and coats.Huge caramelly sweetness in the front,followed by intense leafy hop flavors.Finish is sweet,spicy(alcohol)and not as bitter as expecting.Huge hop burps though.The only BW to rival Bigfoot in the hop depertment.IMO,this is more soft and appealing.Taste lingers forever.Really tasty.Horizontal still beats this out,as far as US bw's. Thanks to Racegoer,for carting around the growler for Jeff and I.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 As thick as oil, but smooth as silk. Wonderfully hopped and very malty. The only thing I can find wrong with this is that it may be a bit too sweet. This is a great barley wine though.

2005 bottle, aged 4 years: Pours a cloudy dark amber ruby with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and light fruity aged complexity. Starts fairly full and caramely sweet with lots of aged cherry fruity complexity and some traces of citrusy flavoring hops. Very different from the fresh version, but seems to have aged well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Thanks to Racegoer for this one. A huge barleywine. Another huge beer from 3F. Hoppy with a malty caramel flavor to it. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
a wonderful balance of hops & malt. It has a loads of malt up front w/ a very dry finish. This is a world class winter warmer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Now this is a fantastic brew! Dark copper body with only a little head fighting its way through the thickness.Big malty body with a very nice hop presence. Aromas of cherry and alcohol greet you when you raise your glass. Another perfectly balanced brew. How do they do this. Either the floyds are master brewers with tremendous patience to go through all the hits and misses or they are the luckiest bastards in the world to have found the perfect balance in everything they brew. Either way anyone who has the pleasure of sampling one of their brews is the recipient of some masterful craftmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Draft... This beer rocks!... The aroma is very malty, alcoholic and floral. This sparkling clear amber beer has a small, creamy, khaki colored head. Mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The flavor is rich and malty/sweet. Bursts of molasses and honey with lots of grapefruit and resin. Crazily full-bodied. with a syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Long, sweet, clover-laden finish. These guys just canít go wrong.

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