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RATINGS: 1199   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
2014 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle, thanks to slob for this trade! Pours a beautiful garnet-amber color when held to light with a small, rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, pine and grapefruit, with sweet undertones - brown sugar, toasty malts and alcohol. The flavor is big, bad and unrepentant - as Id expect from a 3Fs brew. Sweet and full bodied, yet extremely hoppy - caramel and hints of maple along with lots of grapefruit hops, pepper, woody astringency, pine juice and lots of alcohol, though its quite well hidden. Full body and mellow carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
Bottle that I picked up at the release at the brewery. I have been saving this for a while at the advice of many that once claimed that it was too young. So I saved it until the end of March, nearly 9 months of aging. Had it to celebrate the end of 75 hour work weeks of medicine. Nice treat to end it with.

Hazy ruby/amber with a big quickly discipating off-ivory head that fades to a thin long lasting rim. Nose very full of malts alcohol plums and caramelized sugar. Hops not so much intiailly but as it wars they pick up. The taste initially is tangy, strong with alcohol, citrusy hops and malts. The middle is much more genel with malt and alcohol then fades into strong vapros of alcohol and crisp hoppy spice with grapefruit towards the back. The end is a rush of hops barley and produces kind of an evergreen flavor. Imagine climbing a pine tree as a kid, then later you eat something without washing your hands. That sticky sharp pine just covers everything. Wonderful really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Clear ruby red with a small beige head. Strong piney citrus hop and caramel aroma and flavor with some chocolate and toffee note.

   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 didnt 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2006
Hazy, deep amberish-red beer with a quick disappearing yellowish head. The aroma has sweet barley accents but has also hints of with sugar coated nuts, fine XO-Cognac, milk bread, spices like Massis Banda, cardemom, and cinnamon. Also touches of a cigare box,Marroccan dried fruits, wild flowers, humide forrest soil and refreshing citrussy hops. The taste is wine-like (Marsalla), sweet malty, complex fruity (figgs, dates, confit dorange) and has the nice warming up from a top quality brown Rhum. In the afthertaste the refreshing bitter accents are comming up. Again hints of wild flowers, citrussy hops, fresh herbs, nut-peel and exotic spices are working wonderwell with the pessents but not overpowering warmth of the sweet alcohol. A great brew that lingers on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9879) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Red-amber beer with orange-amber head, gone in seconds. Rich, vinous, brandy-like nose. Grapes, ripe fruit as apricots and a lot of alcohol. Further aroma of lavender or rosemary. Earthy, vinous, mouldy (in the nicest possible way), mushrooms, refined citrus flavours. Hops retronasal: dry, imposing, but not dominating. Lots of malts underneath, coloured malts, rich. Resiny hops make up the balance; Rich, velvety, nearly buttery and superbly sensual MF, and a LOT of alcohol. A truly worthy BW. Well balanced, imposing but not pretentious, which is a bit a 3F problem...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Ive been waiting a long time to try this. Recently, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with 2 bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. Huge hops all over. Could very easily be mistaken for a double IPA. Very much worth the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 hops ooze out of every crevice in this one - resinous hop syrup body, its almost offensively hoppy. extremely bitter throughout, and if i hadnt had someone to share the 22 oz with, i dont think i would have finished it. drinking it was a chore, although this beer could be good in small doses.... i enjoy the malt profile, but simply too much hops for a barley wine. ugh, ill stick to some more balanced barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Hops stand out in the aroma - resiny, piney, and peach-grapefruit citrusy; alcohol is next - peppery and fruity with a slight burn; and lastly there is some caramel malt to provide some balance. Clear ruby-amber color, thin wisps of off-white head linger, but very little head formation or retention overall. Caramel-fruity sweetness overpowered by resiny hop bitterness in the flavor - big flavors all around, with bitterness winning out in the end. Full body, some hop-derived astringency and mild alcohol burn, moderate carbonation - not really easy-drinking, but less harsh than some other barleywines. Overall, this is a big, in-your-face barleywine. Imagine a souped-up car stereo - everything is cranked to the max, the whole car is shaking, but it is high quality system - loud but little distortion. Is it too loud? Thats a matter of personal taste - but this is definietly barleywine cranked to the max.

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