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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
OK, does it count if I’ve only tasted this as part of a recipe? Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown made a caramel sauce for an ice cream Sunday out of this beer, and paired it with a Moloko Stout during a Three Floyd’s tasting given by two f the brewers. Great combo, and delicious sauce. Thumbs up for beer-food pairings, and the use of beer in recipes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16658) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15649) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15607) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (15094) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14835) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle @ Odense Smagning, August 2009. 2008 Vintage. Pours dark amber orange with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is sweet and vinous. Lots of hops, malts, toffee, caramel, fruit and vanilla. Sticky, vinous, creamy, smooth and complex. Long warm and hoppy end. A big Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14695) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14612) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle at ØLbutikken - thanks Jeppe. Clear deep red/brown - offwhite head. High hoppy (American hoppy - Three Floyds hoppy...), sweetness, caramel, ryebread, nutty, dark fruits, choclate notes, pine, grass, pine needles, amber malts, citrus, light alcoholic, smooty body. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14610) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Bottle. Very strong fresh, spicy hop aroma. Hazy red/brown colour, nice stable light brown head. Flavour is very nice, powerful with some teaishness from the hops. High bitterness, along with the alcohol burning my throat a bit.

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