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RATINGS: 1198   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Pours a murky, melon-tinted copper with a thin but creamy tan head. Chewy citrus and spice aroma with juicy dark fruits and an alcohol kicker. Smooth malts coat via a sticky body but the flavor quickly turns to burning citrus before being extinguished in a dry finish. Hop character is still very dominant at the 10 month mark... well check the other bottles at a later date.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 #500. I got this in Chicago last November and I thought I would save it for something special (since it was $15-gotta get the "3F=expensive" dig in somewhere). Poured into a NB worthy tulip. The beer is ~45 minutes out of a cool beer fridge, probably not too much colder than the room temp of 71. The beer is dark amber/red with a fine carbonation and a practically non-existant head. The caramelly aroma hits me nearly a foot away. When my nose dives into the glass I get caramel, malt, hot alcohol, and resiny hops. The initial taste is sweet, caramelly malt, brown sugar, xmas spices? followed by a rush of alcohol and citrusy hops. The finish is fiery alcohol that exits via my nostrils. The mouthfeel is nice and full and is cleaned up completely by the alcohol. I am unimpressed to say the least. I have put the remainder of the bottle in the freezer, hoping that some chill on the beer will tame the hot alcohol and restore some balance to this beer. Will re-rate in a bit. (7/3/6/4/14-3.4) OK, the beer is cooled off and I can smell the difference right away, same aroma sans hot alcohol. Taste is the same, but with a little more malt depth and only a warming alcohol in the middle and a moderately hot alcohol finish, it is certainly better a little cooler. I would give it another flavor point and another overall point, but this barleywine is more a run of the mill barleywine and not an elite barleywine like an Old Ho, Old Backus, and Bells batch 6000. (7/3/7/4/15-3.6)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle purchased from Randy at Archer. Pours deep amber with a minimal head. Plenty of sweet malt and hop aroma. Velvety on the palate with a sweet malt and carmel taste perfectly balanced with a pleasnt hop bitterness. Nice warming sensation of alcohol on the way down. Almost perfect brew. 3F does it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Dough77, thanks Tim. Rich copper in colout, thin dissipating off-white coloured head, oily. The aroma was very hoppy (lots of pine), bubblegum sweetness, intense alcohol, caramel malts. The flavour was initially very hoppy - nearing too much - but soon mellowed bring on the caramel malt sweetness. Still way to much alcohol heat. Thick, chewy, rich mouthfeel, large alcoholic body, high carbonation. Finishes very hot, lingering, lots of hops. To young at the moment, I have to try this again aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours red with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is very complex: Molasses, ginger, caramel, strawberries, and citrus with notes of alcohol. Fruity flavours, some caramel somewhat sour with a thick and rich mouthfeel and a well balanced finish. Extra point for the waxed bottle top...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2006
thanks to heemer77 ( Eric ) for picking this one up for me at the Behemoth release back in Sept. 2005. Im not usually a big barleywine fan, but this was a good one! may not quite be at its peak, but close, very close. reddish brown on the pour with almost no lace. sweet caramel aroma with flavors of brandied pears and other citrus fruits and hops. very well balanced with low carbonation and full-bodied. another quality brew from the 3F family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Deep red/brown color with almost no head. Aroma has tons of caramel, hint of pear, grapefruit, lemon, orange. Flavor is malty, has lots of caramel, slight fruitness, touch of citrusy hops. Finish is well balanced for such a big brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
bomber courtesy of Duane, loads of grassy hops and caramel in the nose...much more so than alot of other BWs. the flavor matched up to this pretty closely. a syrupy body and a very hoppy tail left me a little bit underwhelmed by this, but i prefer my barley wines to be a bit more on the malty side, so, although not ecstatic with this bottle, it was still an excellent beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2661) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bright, clear copper pour with thin head that quickly disappears leaving tight-knit bubbles floating on top. The nose is strong and filled with grapefruit, overripe fruit, nuts, earthiness and alcohol. The flavor is a nice balance of bitter hops, sweet brown sugar, caramel, leather and citrus. There are notes of earthiness and a peppery bite from the alcohol. The palate is thick and chewy. The long aftertaste starts bitter and finishes sweet. It leaves a nice coating of resinous hops. This is a barley wine for hop lovers who appreciate depth and balance. Another excellent beer from Three Floyds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown harry, and blankboy, a huge thanks to Harry for sharing this treat! Fiery orange, small white/orange head. Malty, alcohol, very sweet lovely balanced hops in aroma - wow. A sniffed this for a good couple of minutes before tasting. Full bodied foamy mouthfeel - perfect. Complex taste - Ive had more complex mind you, and more in your face, and certainly more hoppy, but rarely one more balanced and drinkable than this. So well put together. Did not even think of it as a barleywine, just a solid drinkable strong alcohol beverage. An incredible drinking experience.

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