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RATINGS: 1172   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
I've become a barleywine fan because of this beer. It has a definite alcohol kick, but is balanced by the smooth fruity flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2003
Perturbingly smooth drinking from my first three floyds brew. This one pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a tiny off white head, little if any. The aroma hints at sweetness, fruity esters, caramel malts, definite hops presence, and citrus. The taste is a beautiful amalgamation of smooth caramel malts..just perfectly sweet with a tiny bittering alcohol presence. Fruity orange and citrus undertones caress the palate. Little carbonation level, just perfect in almost every respect. Total aftertaste explosion in the mouth. An extremely nice barleywine!!!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
LIKE A FRUIT FAIRY WALKING A TIGHT-ROPE MILES HIGH ABOVE COMPETING BARLEYWINES---A PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN CARAMEL MALT(S) SWEETNESS AND MASSIVE HOPS.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2003 I must say that I really enjoyed having my senses tickled, or massaged...literally all 5 senses took part. The soft exploding of bubbles was noted and I swear I saw a dove in the lacing. Amazing creamy & malty (Grape-Nuts soaked in 2% milk) aroma. The initial fruity goodness widened to a juicy caramel apple kiss. Sticky, chewy, vinous. Impressive carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Deep brown color with a medium beige head. A bit if an alcohol taste, hints of caramel and citrus fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9366) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Thanks to hopsrus for sending me some of his stash of this (bottled from growler). Very dark maple syrup color with a medium beige head. Strong malt and caramel nose. Rich and full-bodied, consisting of flavors of malt, alcohol, caramel and pineapple. Nice tart hops presence in the finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
RAF: Dark copper in appearance. Very bitter with an aggressive hop aroma. Alcohol is evident. Lots of hops in this one. Pine, caramel, grapefruit/citrus masked by intense bitterness. Very sweet. More drinkable than other barleywines I've sampled, given its relatively young age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2003 Fresh Draft: superbly subliminal gleaming intoxication of dark ruby red..a thin head above and aromas of cherries and grapefruits, smoke, and alcohol..the tongue is slapped with sticky pine resin, grapefruit rind, cherries, fruit cocktails, and beef jerkey...a delightful, dark-lit/late night sipper..and so freaking tasty it amazes me..although i suppose the hoppiness can get out of hand if your not in the mood for it.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this was the worst of their beers. The aroma was obnoxious to me. The head was mixed with large and small bubbles. It had a heavy taste with an after bite and an initial taste that I could only describe as off. The color was very nice deep caramel brown and you could not see through it. GF did not rating it but preferred to get another Robert The Bruce instead!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Mmmmm... Barleywine! Dark reddish black with a light head introduces you to this great barleywine. The strong combination of flavors mask a high alcohol content. So complex that it could take a life-time to figure out all the flavors on your own. Goes down smooth and is the best sipping beer for a winter night.


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