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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!05. Deep amber body with some noticeable viscosity and a thin filmy off-white head. Appealing range of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas but also smells quite resinous. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the nose. Flavor is not exactly bad but was too rough and out of balance. Hop profile is like sucking on tree bark, the bitterness is coarse and harsh yet the residual malt sweetness seems quite high, and the impression of alcohol is elevated and hot. May just need time for the hop flavor and bitterness to soften and the malts to open up and provide some integrating balance. As a young barley wine, this wasnt especially pleasing. I preferred the small sample that I mixed with a dash of New Glarus Belgian Red. Long sought after, I wont say Im disappointed but rather be optimistic instead and say that a re-rate is pending circa 2008 if the beer gods grant me the opportunity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 Bomber, RLB YEHA-05 Well, Ive waited many moons to have a crack at this beer. Pours a hazed dark amber with thin white head. Theres no mistaking this is a FFF brew the moment the pink wax is cut and the cap released. Aroma is pungent with cat piss, scads of alcohol, and plenty of citrus/grapefruit blossom. The beer is much sweeter than I anticipated, and uncomfortably so with the enormous amount of alcohol present throughout. The stuff is intensely hot, harsh, and almost mean to the senses. Its certainly not the top ten barley wine Id hoped, but its brash and bold enough to make me glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)OMG, heres respect to a giant beer, Witch btw is too much for me. the best is a heavy nose of grapes, elderflower and at least a ton of hops. The alcohol is very dominant, even in the flavour and tjhe rest gets overwhelmed by the high sugarcontent. Whats the point with the the bottle size, one could ponder on that and the whole designline from 3F, in another lif time, for now, thanx for the effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice head. Extreme hoppy, but very hoppy smooth aroma. Complexity of hops, malt and alcohol. Very delecious and nice. Just a wonderful barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Finally got ahold of one of these fatties. The beer glowed with a nice rosy-redness in the light. Sweet-smelling nose was very inviting. Great texture ... thick (especially as it warmed), weighty and smooth, but not necessarily cloying (alcohol warmth seemed to cleave that right off). Hops were electric on the tongue right from the beginning. Surprisingly, I found the malt sweetness (mostly caramel notes) to be rather subdued (for some reason I was thinking it would be sweeter). Hop flavors/aromas were plant-like and grapefruity. A healthy amount of bitterness -- laden with a woody saltiness -- followed through into the finish, and lingered in the aftertaste. Halfway down the bottle, and on occasion, some really nice notes surfaced (hard to define, kind of "woodsy," but not "woody," if that makes any sense ... perfect pairing for a cigar, if that makes it any clearer). Fantastic brew, at any rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
22oz pink waxed bottle (05). Poured a darker and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of hops (it is a 3F beer) - citrus, flowers, grapefruit, oranges, fruits, and caramel. Even with the high hop presence, there was a very light maltiness to it (should balance out better with some age). Light alcohol kick at the finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Generous hopping is right! Huge hop-a-riffic aroma. Smooth and quiet mouthfeel with a lingering hop-ness that hangs on the back of your throat, not wanting to go down. Its good, but not good enough to warrant the price or the super high percentile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Wow, those people over at Three Floyds sure do love their hops. Just like their other offerings I can recall, this smells of hops from half a kilometer away. Nice dark amber with a tint or red and a thin cream head. As for subtleties in the aroma, there isnt much beyond the sweet citrus smell and a less copious smell of malt. The flavor comes off as a nice hearty malt taste. Real filling for the entire mouth, but still is very hot. There is a decent sharpness towards the end where the hops make their appearance in the flavor. Mouthfeel takes a knock in my book because of how hot and bitter this beer is. I think Ill open another one of these right before rapture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 commercial description is accurate.....nice beer to sip on over a long period of time... would be nice to try again a year or so from now.................wow this review sucks.....this has to be the best idea i have ever come up with...sip a barley wine....oh well i should probobly add something about this being over-rated, but maybe i am just a jerk and want to be disagreable this beer had a sweet bottle....that is one sexy beast

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 deep pink orange. The color of fine cognac. Nose of hops, flowers, fruit, cat urine. Deep flavor profile of tropical fruits, hops, apples, cherries, etc. Sweet and spicey. Excellent.

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