TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Beautiful red color with a tan head. Aroma of pine and citrus - very Christmas like - with a full sweet malt background. Taste is lots of sweet malt and fruit. Full body. Very nice bitter hop finish makes for an extremely balanced brew especially considering the huge flavors. This moves near the top of my all time favorites. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2005
drank on christmas day. pours dark red with a tan head -only if poured aggresively. upon opening the bottle this massive rush of sweet sugar and a slight hop aroma comes rushing out. taste is sweet, rich, and of course, a little hoppy. this is going to be something that will age a really long time. the ratings on this have continuously fallen since it was draught only, but i went into this thinking it was like it used to be - in the top 20 - and i still feel that way. this is an exceptionally well brewed beer. if you have ever needed a reason to live in indiana, three floyds brewing may be that reason. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 23, 2005
A very complex aroma of caramel malt, citrus, and molasses. The color is a a rich reddish brown with a decent tan head. The flavor is initially a slight candy sweet followed by a bitter hoppy cascade of flavors. The finish is dry and pleasent on the palate. FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2005
2005 release, Sampled December, 2005Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours with a frothy, one finger thick (at most), pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, ruby red color that has lots of bubbles rising slowly through the thick viscous body. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity up front; redolent of tropical fruit notes as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, hints of kiwi. It is an odd mixture, almost like a tropical fruit cough syrup; though it is actually interesting and even nice. The aroma ends with a hit of spicy alcohol, which clears the sinuses a bit.
The taste is quite sweet as well, and at first does not seem quite so fruity as the aroma, but towards the end the tropical fruit notes really start to kick in. Peach, and apricot are prominent, but there are also notes of mango, definitely papaya, and hints of lychee. The finish is really where these tropical fruit notes start to get funky; they definitely remind me of some type of cough syrup, or perhaps even children’s aspirin. The finish is solidly bitter of course, but it is also joined by that lingering, sweet medicinal note.
This is really quite a bit different than the last time I had this (in 2004), then it did not have the tropical fruit notes. My guess is that the hop bill changed on this. The tropical fruit notes are not bad, in fact they make the usual hop character quite interesting, but it is the medicinal notes in the finish that is a bit distracting. I do have this to say for it though, it is quite interesting!
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Thanks to Blake (1FastSTi) for this bottle. Hazy orange-red body, medium light tan head. Big piney hops aroma (as expected), toast, and caramel. Huge, thick mouthfeel, with sweet, syrupy caramels, toast, and dark fruits toast taking turns with the strong piney, grapefruit rindy, earthy hops in dominating the palate. Warming alcohol finish. This is an intense, sweet, in-your-face American barleywine that delivers big time, especially in the flavor and palate departments. Worth sipping from a snifter, or guzzling from the bottle, for that matter.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
a BIG thank you to silphium....this was a gem...beautiful cherry red appearance with minimal off-white head...aroma is initally a slam of hops, citrus and grapefruit notes....flavor is AMAZING...a huge inital offering of cherry flavors; add spice, other fruit notes, caramels, and a great aftertaste of mild hops and subtle bitterness....perfect smooth palate....THREE FLOYDS RULES BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Bottle courtesy of JCapriotti....popped the cap on the bomber and took a whiff...sweetness, a little hoppy, but definitely fruity. Wife says it smells like tanning lotion. Let’s hope that’s as close as we get to that! Deep reddish amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is all over the place...it’s very fruit-hop laden...interesting. Flavor is right up our alley. Big bitter hop edge tagging right along with caramalt flavor, and how about that alcohol belt to the head...sheesh. Makes me think of a way over the top impy IPA, but not exactly. Finishes extremely bitter...as it warmed in my glass and I sniffed I couldn’t help but think of pineapples. Maybe that’s just me. I’ll have a few bottles to sit for a while just as a test to see how they age, but not because I expect to like it more...this stuff is damn fine right now. I bit brash and "in your face", but I’m guessing that’s how the brewer wanted it. Thanks Jason....and thanks Matt for hooking me up with more of this beast! Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Very dark, clear amber - almost like bourbon - with a tiny, off-white head. Extremely floral hop aroma - you almost don’t need to taste this brew, you can sit for a looong while simply sniffing and enjoying the fantastic aromas. Full-bodied with a shipload of malt and caramel. The aroma hops also leave quite some bitterness, but it’s never overpowering - even for my palate. A truly great brew. 031205 MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Bottle. Very strong fresh, spicy hop aroma. Hazy red/brown colour, nice stable light brown head. Flavour is very nice, powerful with some teaishness from the hops. High bitterness, along with the alcohol burning my throat a bit. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2005
maybe ive just been drinking mostly hoppy stuff lately, but this didnt seem as harsh as some recent reviews. yes, there is some alcohol presence, i found this to be farily smooth for how big and sticky this beer was. it will be interesting to taste this when it gets a little age on it.