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RATINGS: 1149   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jezmez68 (398) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle shared with a friend during the Packers/Giants playoff game. Yellow wax (2007). Pours amberish brown. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste is a nice mix of malts and hops, however does not come off as "hoppy." Very nice body and mouthfeel. I didn’t know this was so rare. I had been saving this one since October 23.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
750ml bottle from Drinks over Dearborn, in Chicago. Pours a hazy golden color with offwhite head and foamy lacing. Beautiful aroma of citrus and ripe appricot. Nice flavor, balance of sweet dried fruit and slight bitter. Traces of spice and ripe fruit. Nice lingering sweetness and dryness. 22oz bottle from Whole Foods Market in Chicago. Light copper color offwhite head with slight lacing. Strong malty sweet aroma, dried fruit candy and toffee. Nice carbonation, noticeable alcohol, though not overpowering. Malty sweet flavor, balanced with hoppy bitter; traces of citrusy oranges and toffee. Bala aftertaste lingers on the tongue alcohol not overpowering.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 White wax bottle. Has been in a temp controlled cellar since we got it through trade. Pours vibrant orange with a small, very firm white cap on top. Nose shows hop resin, loads of passionfruit and tropical fruit notes, and some deeper, darker fruits underneath. A touch of orange and toffee in there too. Taste showcases the fruits fantastically. Heavy caramel biscuit with more hop resin. Sweet passionfruit and mango are lasting. Slick and full mouth feel. Can’t taste the booze at all. Dangerously easy drinking stuff. Unbelievable beer

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (351) - USA - MAR 12, 2014
Poured from a red wax bomber bought at 3F in 2012 into a 3F Teku glass amber red with a lacy beige head that laces beautifully down the side of the glass. Aroma is hoppy yet highly sweet. Very faint alcohol. Flavor is molasses thick sweet with lots of citrus hops like a sugar pine tree. 10.5% ABV well hidden. Bitter sweet finish. Extremely well balanced. Fave barley wines are American & this one is pretty much PERFECT!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to Phaleslu!!! Shared with many appreciators. Deep, slightly hazed amber pour with a thin and creamy beige cap. This beer has the biggest nose I have ever experienced! It drips with fruitiness. From mango, to peaches, to apricot, to pear. Also in the nose, bready caramel malts some alcohol, and a massive amount of hops. But it is the tropical fruit note that makes this really special! Tastes as I expected. Loads of fresh tropical fruit like mango, melon, and other fruits, piney bitter hops balance perfectly, and lead to sweet caramel towards the finish, with the alcohol not all that detectable. Chewy, resiny finish with loads of tropical fruit and lingering bitterness. One of the best beers I have ever had. Thanks so much Peter!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
650 ML bottle, 2010 Blue Wax - Pours deep caramel, thin 1/2 finger tan head. Huge bouquet, more than words can describe. Huge beer, biggest beer I’ve ever had. Such complexity, such flavor!! Marvelous!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (6697) - 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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22oz bottle, yellow wax 2007. Had this from notes bottle shared at REM release. One of the best BW’s I’ve had. Pours a wonderful caramel hue, slight head. Aromas are filled with toffee, vanilla, caramel, and slight citrus from the hops still present in the nose. Palate is tremendously balanced and smooth with a slight bittering finish. Flavors and bold following the nose perfect, great weight too, nothing thin. Would I say this could go longer? Yes. Ages so good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jhyland13 (28) - - MAY 8, 2012
Pours a dark copper. Aroma of hops and a floral citrus. Rich smooth taste of caramel and malted barley. Hints of hops as well. A+ beer all around.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
22oz. Bottle. 2013 orange wax. Pour is a rich mahogany with off white head. Aroma of caramelized malt and fruity cherry notes. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Cherries, caramel, with hints of chocolate and brandy. Dangerously drinkable at 12% abv.


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