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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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
2014 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2012 vintage (red wax). Copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit, flowers, and pineapple. A fair amount of booze, however. Very nice sweetness and bright hop flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, and oranges to go with light pine and floral notes. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. A hint of alcohol on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15615) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2000
Well-balanced, but definitely leans towards the hop. In fact, this may be the hoppiest barley wine I’ve ever had - certainly the driest.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15277) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle @ FOneFan. Amber/copper with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, caramel, vinous, little bitter, little citrus, nuts and grapefruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15272) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15149) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14923) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle from a generous trader. 2009 vintage. Pours clear brown. Nose and taste of molasses, brown sugar, light bourbon, caramel malts and spiced citrus.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (14357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
UPDATED: APR 21, 2011 22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours a gorgeous dark mahogany with a small beige head. Marvelous aroma of dark dried fruits (raisins, cherries, figs, dates), some nuts, toffee, caramelized sugar, and a hint of molasses. Incredibly complex flavour - toffee and dried fruits begin initially, with burnt caramel, toasted nuts, a little smoke, pine, and a dark molasses finish, with only a tiny tingle of an alcohol burn (exceptionally well-worked in for 12%). This is a masterpiece of beer. Thanks so much for the opportunity to try this, Dany!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14112) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is apple, alcohol, licorice, resin. Flavour is alcohol, hop, licorice, apple, resin, malt. Full bodied nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14075) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
2009 bomber from Archer Liquors. Pours lightly hazy amber with a four finger beige/tan head. Aroma seems pine over sweet malt. Medium body with medium carbonation. Malt is strong. Hop bitter is citrus? Heat is minimal, given the abv. Head does some lacing. Might be a bit toffee towards the end. Pretty well balanced finish. Bitter and sweet all at once. Pretty impressive.


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