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RATINGS: 1191   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
2014 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21037) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle at home ... leaving me only 2 more to complte my top 50 beers with 250 ratings...2007 bottle ... deep copper big foam head ... big sweet american hop with a fair ammount of malt in nose ... big sweet piney citrus hop ... lots of caramel ... light vanilla ... warming soft spirit ... medium bitterness... soft carbonation ... Think this would age wonderfully.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Yellow wax, vintage 2006 released 2007, 3 years old
Hazy dark amber color; small, persistent creamy head. Huge caramel, malt and hop aroma, light Bourbon vanilla too, nuts, light sweat, and light raisins. Good body strength, full malt flavor, caramel, sweet but not syrupy, sweet nuts too; strong bitterness, resiny and a bit fruity, with raisins; it’s actually less aggressive than modern American samples, and closer to my beloved Thomas Hardy’s Ale. The alcohol just creates a warming feeling in the end. Powerful and yet well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (17911) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2009
Bottle at 3 Små Rum, Göteborg. Amber/orange color, small offwhite head. Aroma from tropical fruits, peach, pear, pine apple, grapfruit, grass and hops. Malty, sugary notes, some caramel, grassy, spicy flavor, really hoppy, grapefruit, salty and some salmiak. Long pleasant bitter finish with grass and salt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (17418) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
CBC. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, alcohol and rather hoppy - fruity. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 110512

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 Bottle at the Angry Fist of Santa tasting at Chris o’s. Thanks Harry. Hazey reddish amber with thin beige head. Aroma of lovely grapefruit hop. Really nice, bit of musty malt as well, really lovely hop, a bit minty. Not as good as something like old crustacean, bit musty and oxidised. Bit too sweet. 3.2/5 Re-rate Bottle at LCRBM 5 at Kulminator. Hazy copper no head. Quite nice good big US hops typical US barley wine, but done well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (16789) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
Malzig-trockener und sehr gealtert wirkender Antrunk mit wenig Hopfen. Würzig-süß werdend, die Malzigkeit ist angenehm und in dieser Vollmundigkeit nicht erwartet. Dennoch wirkt das Aroma nicht übertrieben. Gut! /10/9/9/12/10

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16724) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, caramel, yeast and caramel. Vinous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16626) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle split at home with JF, IP trade with the Baldwizzard, 13/02/16. Yellowwax so guess 2006 rew. Lightly hazed orange amber with a well appointed beige covering. Nose is caramel xauce, light spice, fruit cake, raisens, hoppy underpin, light booze tunes Taste comprises Xmas cake, light spice, toffee, earthy hop, biscuit crumble, light pine, dark fruit rinds. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in a boozey balanced close. Solid BW .. good dose of hops without being OTT ..has held up extremely well for 9+ years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16482) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle, 22oz. It’s an almost clear, golden beer with an off-white head. Resiny, grapefruity nose with malts in the background. Fluorine, beefstock and some roasted hints as well. Pretty much the same in the mouth, but slighlty more pronounced, and with a wonderful bitterness. Bitter, sweet and malty finish. Full-bodied and slighlty warming. A really lovely beer, maybe a tad on the sweet side though. 090828

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16080) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
Bottled (yellow wax = November 2006, Vasa session). Dark amber-brown color, small off-white head. Caramel, citrusy hops, bread and white pepper in the nose, also some fruity notes. Sweetish toffee, caramelly brew with bready and hoppy flavors, Alcohol rises in the finish. A bit liquerish palate. Heavy stuff. Not really very complex, but good sipping beer.


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