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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Garnet colored pour with little head retention. A huge wall of citrusy hops seep up and out of the glass. On closer inspection, notes of jungle fruits, plums, toffee and brown sugar intermingle with the classic FFF hops perfectly. The body is full, balanced and a real drinker at 10.5 ABV. Creamy mouthfeel. The nutty, sweet malts melt into a perfectly balanced, bitter finish. Wow, I just wish I had a few bottles in the cellar.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (7058) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Thanks to Harry for giving in to temptation and cracking this open at the end of our tasting. Pours a murky ruby with an average size off-white head. Awesome aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and spices -- sounds simple but smells amazing. Delicious flavour of caramel malt, lots of hops, brown sugar and alcohol -- all incredibly well balanced and with a nice, long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. What a way to end the night! An amazing beer and easily one of the best Barley Wines in the world.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Bottle (650ml probably 2005). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via HUGE trade with JCapriotti - thanks, Jason!. Hazy ruby with a smallish head. Wonderful woody sweet alcohol toasty malt with balancing sweet resiny hops - god this is nice. Taste is a smoothly balanced roast malt, citrus/resin hop, yeast and alcohol balance - finishes long, balanced - the caramel malt emerges and the alcohol rides high but not over the top, age this another couple of years and itís a 10. Mouthfeel - solid, perfect body, alcoholic and lightlly astringent mouthfeel, obviously alcoholic, but smooth, smooth, smooth - one of the best, age it 3 years and watch out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a pink floyd (I am so "old" that Iím the only one to see the connection?) wax dripped neck, no bottled/freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy garnet with a foamy, bubbly pale tannish head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation for a barley wine. Had a sweet fruity and caramel malty nose, with whiffs of hops and spicy alcohol. A crisp, textured and creamy smooth, carbonated light, medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Sweet, candy-like caramel maltiness,a pineapple fruitiness, piney resiny, citric hops, gentle in their rolling bitterness, a spicy Caribbean rum-like alcohol warmth in the palate, the dry Three Floyds yeastiness and a dry sweet fruity malty finish with the hops and alcohol warmth lingering in the palate. An excellent barley wine from Three Floyds, tasty and balanced, a must try. (Music: consumed while listening to Pink Floydís "Meddle")

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2006
22oz bottle via trade with 1FastSTI - Thanks! - Pours a beautiful dark copper/mahogony with a nice short tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is cherry, caramel, grapefruit, molasses, orange, and maybe even a little brown sugar and maple. A delightful blend of citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, and sweet brown sugar, caramel, maple, and cherry in flavor. Amazingly complex and smooth to drink. There is so much flavor here that you do not realize at all the 10.5% alcohol in this big beautiful brew. Palate is sticky sweet but oh so smooth on the tongue. Finish is just a tickle from the bitterness of those hops that are there throughout each sip. This is divine!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know Iíll be spanked but good! Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly. Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it... Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd? Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rockíem, Sockíem robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and... Boom, boom, boom, Iíve barely gotten into it, and itís knocking at my frontal lobes...weíre coming i-in...hide the ki-ids...here I am, wishing Iíd saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I donít wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...? I really, really like this, but itís a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at oneís feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable robe...you know the scene... Iím drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just donít find three chins very sexy. (Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by jerc. Reddish brown with a lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Fruity, orange, piny, sherry, and alcohol aroma. Fruity, orange, persimmon, alcohol flavours with enough maple, caramel, bready, and candied fruit malts to keep the hops in line. Full bodied, syrupy and rich but smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks Chuck for the sample! Has a nice dark amber body and foamy white head. Nice malty aroma. Excellent flavor, plenty of hops and spices. Has a good body and texture, and good, lively carbonation. Overall, very good. This makes for an excellent sesquicentennial rating.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-11. Dark amber body, modest white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, grapefruit of varying levels of sweetness, moderatelemon and lemon seed notes. Very light resins in the background. Similar hop character in the flavour, citrus again but with more underlying malty sweetness supporting it. Smooth medium palate. Alcohol is all but invisible. Just really really good. 9/4/9/4+/19-20 2008 Vintage Bottle, Purple Wax, shared by DuctTape. <P>Very nice amber body with a nice creamy beige head. (4+) Very leafy green hops and light malt whispers. Big hops in the flavour with a nice bitterness but the complexity of the hops is not as resplendant as the aroma implies. Malt is sufficient, but a supporting player, along with a pleasant fruity character. Medium to full bodied palate. Much more rounded than the Hop Heaven enjoyed previously. Very nice. The last of the "Big Three Floyds" for me. 9/4/8/5/19 - 4.5 Bottle via 1FastSTI trade..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle, thanks to slob for this trade! Pours a beautiful garnet-amber color when held to light with a small, rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, pine and grapefruit, with sweet undertones - brown sugar, toasty malts and alcohol. The flavor is big, bad and unrepentant - as Iíd expect from a 3Fís brew. Sweet and full bodied, yet extremely hoppy - caramel and hints of maple along with lots of grapefruit hops, pepper, woody astringency, pine juice and lots of alcohol, though itís quite well hidden. Full body and mellow carbonation. Nice!


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