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RATINGS: 1140   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


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Degarth comes over the top to bust this bad boy out towards the finish of our tasting. I was drunk as fuck at this point, so my notes didnít turn out too well. I do remember with 100% of my mind that it was one of the best beers I had ever had at the time I had this. Knowing that I was drunk I dialed a friend and tried to describe it to him, but my speech was impaired as well. Anyways here is what I got: Ruby red with a tan head. Aroma was citrus or citrus rinds. Beautiful citrus rinds. Ah good hops and shit. Drunk hops and shit. Flavor = 9 + 5. Thanks Degarth this one ruled!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-11. Dark amber body, modest white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, grapefruit of varying levels of sweetness, moderatelemon and lemon seed notes. Very light resins in the background. Similar hop character in the flavour, citrus again but with more underlying malty sweetness supporting it. Smooth medium palate. Alcohol is all but invisible. Just really really good. 9/4/9/4+/19-20 2008 Vintage Bottle, Purple Wax, shared by DuctTape. <P>Very nice amber body with a nice creamy beige head. (4+) Very leafy green hops and light malt whispers. Big hops in the flavour with a nice bitterness but the complexity of the hops is not as resplendant as the aroma implies. Malt is sufficient, but a supporting player, along with a pleasant fruity character. Medium to full bodied palate. Much more rounded than the Hop Heaven enjoyed previously. Very nice. The last of the "Big Three Floyds" for me. 9/4/8/5/19 - 4.5 Bottle via 1FastSTI trade..

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Pours a wonderful brown/orange with aa nice orangy yellow head that is about as dense and solid looking as foam can be. Aroma makes you think this is gonna be a complete hop-bomb! Yikes. Tones of pine and grapefruit and if you donít swirl the glass, you might catch some of that caramel and brown sugar. Thankfully the taste is balanced. Incredibly well-balanced too, to the point where am I asking how is that possible with a beer so not-yet-aged? Thereís a lot of caramel flavor, toffee, nuts, a very very light roast, and a wonderful hop flavor. The hop flavor isnít all that bitter either. Instead, it has more of a citrus and grassy taste. As I swallow thereís a little more roast, some cherry, and pine. The beer finishes woody, a bit dry, and the sweet, buttery, grassy taste of the hops lingers forever. Wonderful! That part reminds me of Great Divideís Fresh Hop. Possibly other fresh hop ales as well, but thatís the only one Iíve had. The texture of this beer was very creamy, the carbonation was light, but there, and the flavors were so wonderfully blended, I donít see why this beer would need to age, based on the flavor now. Perhaps aging would change the aroma and make it less IIPA-like, but Iím pretty stunned by how good this was. Worth the price of admission, despite being mostly unaffordable in the first place. Stunned....

Tried some í05 Behemoth, thanks to Lumpy, I believe. This was a lot different than the fresh beer. Aroma of some molasses, old almost stale hoppiness, wood, and cheese. Some caramel, syrup, leaves, chocolate and toffee to the taste, but it didnít feel as full-bodied as the fresh beer. Thereís a nice earthy hop flavor to the finish, and some butter. Not bitter at all. Mouthfeel was not as creamy, and a bit too slick. Taste had weakened compared to the fresh beer. A good beer, but aging this one would appeal to someone else as I thought it was worlds better when fresh. 7/4/7/4/14

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2006 yellow wax Bottle thanks to tearsforbeers!! A quest beer that Iíve been searching for since the beginning. Aroma has notes of citrus, almonds, and caramel. Hazy orange amber hue with a large cascading frothy off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lace. Flavor is sweet complex and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Top notch barley wine that is so well done itís hard to find any faults. One of the best BWs that should continue to get better with age. Bravo!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2003) - 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 Iíve 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 (5917) - 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 BWís Iíve 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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