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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30965) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
A clear amber beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is sweet malty and very hoppy, while the flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, combined with preserved fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Deep amber body with some noticeable viscosity and a thin filmy off-white head. Appealing range of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas but also smells quite resinous. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the nose. Flavor is not exactly bad but was too rough and out of balance. Hop profile is like sucking on tree bark, the bitterness is coarse and harsh yet the residual malt sweetness seems quite high, and the impression of alcohol is elevated and hot. May just need time for the hop flavor and bitterness to soften and the malts to open up and provide some integrating balance. As a young barley wine, this wasn’t especially pleasing. I preferred the small sample that I mixed with a dash of New Glarus Belgian Red. Long sought after, I won’t say I’m disappointed but rather be optimistic instead and say that a re-rate is pending circa 2008 if the beer gods grant me the opportunity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
22oz waxed bottle. RLB YEHA-05. Poured a deep orange in color with no head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Piney and citrusy. Light malt presence.Sugary sweet and hoppy flavor. Caramel notes. Very hot Finish is hot and sweet. Ok. Needs some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Huge, grapefruit aroma, very citrusy, not much else, though assertive and yummy. Pours with a tiny little fizzy head (not as creamy as the label makes you think), dark brown. Taste has lots of sweet caramelly malts with a delicious hop kick... not very bitter but still hoppy. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, though palate is still creamy goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bubblegum, sticky aftertaste of raisins and pecans, and definite (*sigh*) grapefruit. The malt does a nice job of staying solidly caramel in the background while letting the foreground play with gentle multi-fruit sweetness and a lot of hop acidity. Alcohol warming but not burning. In the end, a lot to like, but too hoppy and the malts were almost too....bright...for this to taste balanced. Some darker caramel/chocolate richness might have sold me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Foggy brown and amber hue with no head. Aroma is peach, pineapple, caramel, yeast, and butterscotch. Taste is sweet with caramel, alcohol, bit of watery chocolate, light hop note. Smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1634) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle at the Düsseldorf Gathering. Quite clear amber body. Off-white frothy head. Fastly diminishing head. Aroma of liquor, american hops, oranges, ... Quite well balanced and a good complexity in the aroma. Harshly bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Good complexity as well as the balance. Nice hop character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 2005 tasted on jan 15, 2007. Slight haze, amber body with small off-white head. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, caramel, toffee and vinous, quite nice. The flavor is tofee, pine, vinous and alcohol. Medium body with a sticky texture and a warm finish.

Vertical Tasting Jan 2011. The 2005 is still the best (and least sweet of the 5), still has decent hopping and is fairly balanced (for a 3 Floyds beer). The 2007 isn’t far behind, but it’s sweeter and less hoppy. The ’08 and ’09 are both extremely sweet, with very little bitterness... very fruit juice-y. Still, they’re slightly refreshing. The 2010 is also very sweet, but this one is more caramel/crystal dominated rather than fruit juice... the worst of the bunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
sampled from a bomber. Slightly hazy amber in color. Aroma is caramel and some amarillo like orange hops. Taste is caramel, citrus hops, that blend nicely. not too much complexity, was hoping for more but maybe it needs to be aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Medium reddish color with virtually no head. Flavors are of orange peel, sweet malt, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor starts of sweet and fruity but ends almost too bitter with intense hops and alcohol. If it was balanced better I would have enjoyed this much more... Overall it is good but surely not worth the price - worth trying once but still a bit much.

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