RATINGS: 1195   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - 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 (11888) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a dark pink ruby color with a thick, but fading head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of citrus, hops, and flowers. Flavor is intense and sweet with roasty and citrusy hops. Huge sticky mouthfeel that finishes with silk. This is the quintessential Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2005
22oz - Aroma is a hop blast! Fresh and pungent. Also smells of carmel malt, vanilla, and citrus. Pours a deep amber with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is not as intense as I expected, but still loaded with hops. The malt balances very nicely. Palate is still a bit "warm" with tart hop and alcohol, but not as over the top as I expected. A very tasty barleywine that will only get better with a little time in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Bottles courtesy of temporrari and JCW. Pours dark amber mahogany with decent off-white head. Aroma is full of orange citrus, candied fruits, really cleam malt for a bw. Flavor sweet/juicy citrus hops, with only a faint bitterness. All kinds of fruit, apple, peach, apricot, and white grape. Fine IIPA dont think the malt profile is there for a BW. Still quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
05 Bottle. Color is a most beautiful dark ruby red with a off white creamy head. Aroma is typical of 3 Floyds. Loads of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and citrusy goodness. I cant believe how awesome this stuff tastes. At first sip its like drinking fermented candy coated apples balanced by grapefruity, piney hops. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. This is my ideal barleywine. Imagine, if you can, Dreadnaught on steroids. That would give you an idea as to how complex and big this beer is. Slight presence of alcohol, but it is very welcome in adding to the complexity of this brew. Good job 3 Floyds.

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