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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2003
Mmmmm... Barleywine! Dark reddish black with a light head introduces you to this great barleywine. The strong combination of flavors mask a high alcohol content. So complex that it could take a life-time to figure out all the flavors on your own. Goes down smooth and is the best sipping beer for a winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Deep amber color, aroma was piney with an assortment of fruits in the back ground. Flavor was consistent with the aroma, and a very good malt character to it. I loved it, I need to buy more.

   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 I’ve 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 it’s hard to find any faults. One of the best BWs that should continue to get better with age. Bravo!

   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!!!

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (10581) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tobias (204) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersammich (74) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours with a decent head. Smells great, tastes great. Extremely well balanced, nothing overwhelming the other. Tastes of hops, citrus, mild alcohol taste, slightly bitter finish. A really great beer. Had from a bottle.

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