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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1162) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 21, 2014
22oz bottle with purple/lavender wax. 2011? Aroma is full of caramel notes with some toasted bread, toffee and a light roast character. Some burnt sugar and hints of honey. Light citrus and pine hoppiness, but the hops have mostly faded. Light alcohol spice. Pours a somewhat cloudy, copper and amber with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Faint lacing and long legs. Flavor has a moderate sweetness with lots of caramel and toffee. Some light treacle notes. Moderate toasted bread and nuttiness. Hints of roast and smoke. Moderate bitterness with light citrus and pine resin; again the hops have really faded. Light honey notes in the finish along with hints of alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice barleywine that has asked really well. I like the way the malt character had integrated and the heart had faded. Im not a fan of super hoppy barleywines so the she had helped in that way too. Oxidation is only showing hints of honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4585) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
What more can i say than what the others have said, this should be the base line for all barley wines, solid overall. Nice caramel, toffee flavors, not overly sweet, a little booze thrown in, not overly boozy, solid barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 16, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014 Served: 22 oz bottle Vintage: 2013 Blue Wax Cap Look: pours a cloudy dark amber. Little to no head off white Smell: sweet. Fruity. Cherries. Strawberries. Taste: heavy alcohol. Feel: good carbonation leaves a thick film like an IPA. Overall: good beer. Very hoppy. Like the First drank: 6/14/14 Jenna's graduation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaysbeers (85) - - APR 4, 2014
Bottle (blue wax) to glass. A deep amber color. Smells like a hoppy 3F beer. A full mouth feel, and balanced taste. At the very end, a slight raisin sweetness. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (592) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Blue Wax A- Pours a deep orange huen with a nice, frothy head. S- Sweet, light fruit, molasses, hints of date. T- Lots of malt, starts off with deep brown sugar and raisin and moves to a huge hop back end that is very bitter and has a bit of an alcohol burn. M- Thick with medium carb. D- This could certainly use some aging but I liked it a lot. The look kind of threw me off but it really comes together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from Rileys Wines of the World in downtown Madison. This has been sitting in my pantry for some time, and I was waiting for a special occasion to drink it, but fuck that. This poured out leathery brown in color. It had a huge caramel malt bouquet, with a subdued pine hop aroma. A pungent booze aroma leaped out, and made this nearly cloying. Sometimes, too much of something is not a good thing. The flavor was more of the same - booze, caramel malt, pine hop. Rather messy, in my opinion. It seems as though its just trying to be bold, and big, without being harmonized. Im glad to have finally tried this, but I cant say that this stood out as one of the top barley wines Ive ever tried. It had the texture and appearance of a great barley wine, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Popped after a long HMOG weekend. This is something I have been wanting to try for quite some time and finally was able to get one in a trade. Pours a murky orange/brown with an off white head. Smell is big sweet caramel malty, hops, bit of light biscuit. Taste rides that perfect line of sweet caramel, citrus hops, fruity, some bits of welcome booze. I love big sweet American barleywines and this is a damn fine example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bomber, thanks to Jeff. Pours somewhat murky brown. Aroma: caramel, herbal and resinous hops, some toffee but overall aroma is muddled -- a murky mix of big flavors that feel like they were thrown together just because. Taste: all kinds of meh. Palate: full body, soft carbonation. Overall: muddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2013 22oz bomber pours a hazy light brown with an off white head. Pretty hoppy for a year old. It almost tasted like an old ipa over a barley wine. Still great beer very sweet malt taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (405) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Poured from a red wax bomber bought at 3F in 2012 into a 3F Teku glass amber red with a lacy beige head that laces beautifully down the side of the glass. Aroma is hoppy yet highly sweet. Very faint alcohol. Flavor is molasses thick sweet with lots of citrus hops like a sugar pine tree. 10.5% ABV well hidden. Bitter sweet finish. Extremely well balanced. Fave barley wines are American & this one is pretty much PERFECT!!

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