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Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 126
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to todd1 for this brew.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky dark orange with a thick one finger off-white head. Good layer of stickiness remains on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of extremely bitter pink grapefruit, pine, and corn syrup. A good amount of booze in the nose with hefty caramel malt and butterscotch. Overall the aroma is very strong, but I'm not a big fan of what's there. Taste starts off with musty citrus hops and creamy caramel. Sticky floral hops midway with more buttery malt flavors and some alcohol. Crystal malts and rich pine in the aftertaste with a warming booziness. Medium to heavy body with a very chewy feel. A soft and flowing carbonation that fits in quite nicely. I found this one pretty difficult to put down, the booze is all over the place. I wish I had this fresh to see how it compares. I don't see this beer getting much better with time so drink it if ya got it!

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Photo of faernt
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had no idea what I bought. I opened the bottle and poured it into a schooner. (Chalice, goblet...what happened to schooner anyway?) (A schooner of beer, murder of crows...) It was too cold and offered up a small head. However, even cold it had the viscosity of an ice beer (like EKU 28) and no chill haze. My first mistake of overchilling this beer was overcome by its quality.

The first taste was Imperial IPA. The hops were huge and not the slightest bit soapy as some 3F beer tastes to me. Then it continued with a nuttly, carmel taste. This was followed by the reminder that this is a thick beer. It's the color of light maple syrup and has a thickness with no cloying consequence.

I'm not a hophead. I don't drink IPA much. This is an extreme version with much going on other than hops. The overwhelming hoppiness is only one "over the top" aspect of this beer, and, I suppose that is what makes it a good one for me. It handles each over the top component well. I will have to get another to chill it properly. I can't recreate the surprise, but it will still be a good experience. I wouldn't be surprised to find that others have consumed my opportunity by now and I'll have to live with the memory.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky looking peach toned body. Thin off white head leaves sparse, spotty lace. Nice whiff of hops on this one. Grassy and tropical and piney and resiny and even a little minty and fragrant. Just a hint of alcohol on the nose too. Flavor follows suit with all kinds of hop derived flavors: menthol, spruce, pine oils, red and white after-dinner mints and grassiness. Kind of an odd mixture and definitely unique, but it appeals to me nonetheless. There's also that "spiked punch" feel to this flavor. Tropical fruits laced with alcohol. Malt base is kind of sugary and sweet, but distantly in the background. The mouthfeel is pretty hot. The alcohol is definitely present here and making itself known. Body is medium at best. And the beer seems to be fairly well attenuated for such a big plato. An interesting beer. And good, but strong ales like the Bastard are much more flavorful and drinkable...and a lot cheaper.

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Photo of cokes
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly blurred, brassy orange with a tight-cropped khaki lace.
Strong hops wafts, ringing with pinetar, mango, ruby grapefruit, and rusted tin. Malt is only tenuously apparent in the nose with its wavering sweet dough.
Into the mouth, malt makes a cursory introduction. Fully sugar cookie-doughy with accompaning caramel nougat. Despite the ensuing emphasis on the hops, the malt base is simple and beautiful. And then the hops take their star turn, but seem to be going through the motions, playing their hits slightly offkey. Grapefruity, piney, and tinny, they bring juiciness and generalized bitterness, but don't present as congruent or particularly well-suited with the malt onset. They ring clangy here. Disjointed and gangly. Strangely though, if they were louder and more obnoxious, they might almost be forgiven, at least for the effort. It's not a total mishmash or failure, but the malt load is delicious, and the hops-- FFF's bread and butter-- fail to dazzle. Alcohol is not very intrusive, though it tows some gin-fumes later on.
The body is a thickened fluffy fleece, that is still downable in modest gulps. Texture-wise, this is all one could ask for, even if it gets a tad sticky as it warms.
This is a very drinkable, and very balanced creation. A special release Three Floyds sets the bar high, and this honestly doesn't reach that level. Rating-wise, you can't hold that against it too much, or way too much. It is hard to be objective. But $10 says that this is disappointment.
It is generally tasty and solid. While only slightly flawed, it's neither fantabulous, nor resplended.

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Photo of Wildman
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber color and formed a very small bubbly white head that left little lace. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, lightly of caramel and pepper. The flavor was of malt, grapefruit, a touch of caramel with the pepper still hinting in the background. The body is medium light and the finish is slightly astrigent, yet sweet. A good beer, but not worth the cost in my opinion, but I suppose is getting to be the average for this brewery.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This pours a clear medium amber gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel malt and bready malt in the nose. Yes....I like.

The taste starts of with the caramel malt sweetness followed by strong bread notes and both are balanced by a light citrus hop bitterness that gets a bit stronger as the session goes on. The alcohol is up there but I'm not finding much sign of it other than some warming after the swallow.

It has a thickish mouthfeel that doesn't exactly work for me as it's harsh on my tongue. The carbonation is on the light side and it finishes slightly bitter and then it becomes a bit watery. Weird. Great head retention and very good lacing.

Bottom line: An interesting offering from Three Floyds. Not my favourite but still worth trying...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds' Fantabulous Resplendence, 10th Anniversary Ale.
Purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Masison, WI...sat in my fridge for nearly a week before opening. Incredible display of patience.
22 oz. bomber...no notion of the style or abv or any other information about this particular beer are given, more than made up for by the incredibly awesome, gorgeous color cartoon painting on the label, showing all the FFF characters from a decade of labels, ...there's Miss Behemoth! Black Sun! Robert the Bruce! Rabbid Rabbit! Gumball Head the Cat! The Alpha King...and many others I don't recognize...is that Ninkasi serving drinks?

Very hazed, utterly opaque, mucky orange hue, nice, if slim, creamy off-white head...looking good!

Outsized hoppy aroma, reminiscent of Dreadnaught...very pungent and potent, ripe mango and grapefruit, as hoppy as all get out...

On the tongue and all over the mouth, an incredible blast of hoppitude. A blistering strip of bitterness pervades the senses...orange and lemon, pine aplenty, rich and vibrant...
Malt is a nominal issue, but it's plenty there to hold up this intense hoppiness...tasty malt, then it slips, and the massive bitterness blows by...mmmm, lip-smackin', delicious! Feels strongish, too...but I haven't a clue how much...10%?

Juicy, juicy, yummy, yummy,...then sharp, with the smack of alcohol. Boozy, then sunny, then fruity, next bitter, ...a bit of a mess, with flavors all over the place, not as well put together as I would have liked...but it's a damned fine beer. Fullish body, with a long, hoppy finish, huge bitter, fruity texture.
Feels like a hoppified quadrupel or a pine resiney barleywine, really. And that's a good thing!

Congrats, Three Floyds, on 10 years! Long may ye wave!

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Photo of far333
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, orangey copper colored, with a low off-white head that barely rises and lays down quickly.

Big aroma of sweet tangerines and honey.

Bright flavor of floral hops, sweet tangerine, toffee and marshmallow, turning quickly to grainy brown sugar, followed shortly by piney hop bitter, and nearly simultaneously sending warm currents to the cheeks and tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for a strong ale, but it totally works for me. I like a good balance of malt and hops and this one sure does it well.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, not too carbonated. Very drinkable despite the strength, this is a very tasty beer. Good sipper. Thanks for autumnaldave for surprising me with this one.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper body with an off white head. There are lots of things in the smell; alcohol, pine needles, a little malt, and cherry. The taste starts with a slap of bitterness, then a bit of alcohol burn, then some sweetness; like caramel, then a real woody aftertaste. Nothing is out of line here, everything just blends together, but you can taste the individual flavors. Nice medium-full mouthfeel. The heavy alcohol makes this a good sharing beer after dinner.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is sugary, full of grapefruit, syrupy, herbal, with ripe summer fruit, caramel, and sugary notes coming through.
Taste is of honey, spice, and syrupy, sugary fruit filled flavors.
Mouthfeel is sugary, sweet, hot, with bitter herbal notes hanging on in the finish.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle in a DogfishHead Snifter.

A - Orange/amber color. A little hazy. Not much head.

S - Very fruity, citrus, grapefruit/orange.

T - Strong grapefruit flavor. Some bitterness in the finish. Sweet and citrusy.

M - Full bodied. good carbonation.

D - This is one I have to enjoy slowly. There's a ton to take in and needs to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cool label on this one. Pours a copper color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops - pine and citrus all over the place. Not much else going on in there. The flavor is the same way. Hops on top of hops on top of hops. Very bitter with tons of hop flavor. Almost oily. The alcohol makes itself known a little and there is a hint of caramel malts. The body is medium and the drinkability was a little on the low side because of the huge hop levels. I don't think I could drink a whole bottle of this alone.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy gold. A thin head of white, dense foam rose to the surface and receded within three minutes to a patial skim-coat.
Aromatics are laced with with a citric bitterness, tropical fruit pith, sweet malt, toffee bits, and some faint wet paper. Pungently promising.
The mouthfeel is medium and a bit chewy. Lightly syrupy and sticky.
The pallet is bitter and strong. Plenty of alpha-acids and warming alcohol.
Robustly hopped with a high level of grapefruit bitterness on top of a caramel-laden malt base.
The alcohol steps forward and mingles with more bitter fruits, and finishes very warm with wet brown paper.

Showing some age, but still big and brash.
I don't like to describe a beer by comparing it to another, but this drinks a lot like Devil Dancer.
Somewhere between a barleywine and a triple IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep orangey color ale with medium size foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of fresh grapefruit is totally incredible with some bitter notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some fresh grapefruit with a nice mix between some more bitter and floral hops and a decent malt base. Body is full with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The fresh grapefruit aroma and taste was quite spectacular and definitely something that I wouldn't mind drinking on a regular basis.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I split this bottle with SurlySober, who has had it before. And I must agree with SurlySober's assessment, which is that this beer tastes a bit like an aged Dreadnought. When an IPA ages, it seems like it loses its hoppiness and a more malty character emerges. And this is a lot like what this beer tastes like. It is amber in color just like Dreadnought, smells lightly hoppy and sweet, just like Dreadnought, but the flavor is completely different. The hop character is toned way down (inconsistent with its smell), and there is a huge amount of maltiness which in its own way provides a degree of bitterness to this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and not bad.

I liked this beer, but not nearly as much as I've enjoyed other beers (Dreadnought, Alpha King, Alpha Klaus, etc) in the Three Floyd's line-up.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This ale looks very potent with a bright but murky orange body and little head.

Smell – The hops are the first thing to greet the sniffer. They are full of heavy pink grapefruit, similar to other hop profiles from TF but much stronger. The malt at first struggles for recognition but finally does come into its own. It smells like that gooey liquid malt that sticks to the tabletop.

Taste – This is a grapefruit hop bomb. The hops are huge and don’t fall back from the smell like the pretenders. The malt is there to offer structure to the flavor profile, but it struggles with the massive hop flavors. If you want a hop bomb drink it fresh, otherwise lay it down for nine months or a year.

Mouthfeel – This is big. It’s not full-bodied but pretty class. TF can thank its Dark Lord for redefining my idea of full-bodied. The carbonation is tight and lively.

Drinkability – This ASA has to be measured in “sippability” because the monstrous hop profile will not tolerate a guzzling. This is an excellent, exceptionally hoppy take on the style and was a pleasure to consume.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand my secret Santa for sending me this wonderful holiday treat.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

This brew pours a light copper color - actually lighter than I would have expected - with an off-white head that quickly reduces to just a ring of bubbles. The aroma is a blend of bright, bitter hops and astringent alcohol, with notes of caramel sweetness.

The taste follows the nose, with a bold hoppiness balanced by the sour alcohol and a light touch of syrupy-sweet fruit. This one surprisingly smooth and creamy in the mouth, and goes down far easier than its ABV would portend.

Fantabulous Resplendence, indeed. This is a supremely complex but approachable brew. Wonderful.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for this 650 mL bottle.

A: The strong ale is a lighter amber color, sitting in my glass looking like a pale ale or IPA. The ale has a haziness that darkens it up at the wider points while allowing for a radiant glow at the narrower parts of the glass. A finger and a half of head has laced around the entirety of the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy, nearly a barleywine in its strength. Caramel malts and heavy dark fruits share space. The fruits have a green grape and apple element.

T: The ale has almost two years under its belt but the hop profile remains pretty vibrant. Citrus with a medicinal mildness makes an appearance before retreating into the malt. Caramel is pleasant and paired with a deeper sweet fruitiness than the nose lets on. Pepper and mint flavors come through with a mild spice profile near the end of the sip. This is a strange beer that has evolved seemingly with each sip. The finish has a very bright fruitiness that has pineapple and apricots in prominent position. An intriguing enigma of an ale.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, a real doozy that doesn't skimp on intensity. The ale has a bold flavor that doesn't tranlate into a harsh taste, a real plus.

D: One bottle per evening is sufficient, thanks. The ale is strong without numbing the tastebuds, a well-balanced flavorful drink.

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh. Bomber bottle. Amber in color. Bright, 3 Floyds hoppiness on the nose. It's not alarmingly aromatic like fresh Dreadnaught can be, however. Flavor is extremely hoppy, but not quite heavenly hoppy and bright like fresh Dreadnaught. It's a nice beer, but not great brew.

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Photo of cameraman
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden/amber color, wirh a thin white head forming, that dissloves away quickly. The strong fragrance all the way around it strikes you several feet away. Malt sweetness comes out at the start, then it is folowed by grassy and strong citrus scents, it finishes with the twinge of alchol. The taste starts with the malt, that is soon overwhelmed by grass and citrus, mostly grapefruit, along with some earthy flavors as well. A very consistant feel, it never seems to lose or gain any weight or texture as it crosses the palate. An easy drinking beer, if you are having just one. This beer is a hop heads delight, and is what Three Floyd's is about, pushing the parameters of beer. Cheers, to ten more years.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazy auburn body with a small beige head that distributes some island chain lace. Huge aroma of pine resin, orange marmalade, and candied peaches. Body is thick, almost chewy, with a restrained carbonation. Taste is bold. Bitter citrus rind, pine resin, orange marmalade, and some chewy malt. Some syrupy sweetness contends with some punchy alcohol and the assertive hops profile. An appropriate anniversary ale that is both challenging and enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy pumpkin orange with just the sort of fine yeasty haze that looks... well... fantabulous. The creamy crown (the color of butter cream frosting mixed with orange juice) looks like it'll stick around forever. As does a blanket of barely broken lace.

Given the overlap between American strong ales, American barleywines and DIPAs, it isn't surprising that X's nose is reminiscent of an especially orange fruity DIPA. Compared to my memory of Dreadnaught (it's been waaay too long), this one is more malty and less hoppy. The aroma is pleasant, but so far my socks are still firmly in place.

As suspected, Fantabulous Resplendence tastes like a DIPA that has had its hop edginess dulled somewhat by the passage of time. Knowing Three Floyds, this stuff was probably a tongue abuser par excellence immediately after bottling. Since it's anything but a one-trick pony, it's still pretty damn good at the nine month mark.

The sugar cookie-like malt backbone is sturdy, and is almost entirely pale with a wee hint of caramel (a guess). Brown sugar flavors abound. Soft-edged alcohol is becoming marginally more noticeable as the ounces pass, though a slight tongue tingle and a spreading warmth are define positives. Considering the ABV, it's buried impressively well.

Amarillo has to be at least one member of the hop bill, thanks to a juicy tangerine quality. Another guess is Chinook because of a spicy-resinous citrusiness. It is amazing how easily drinkable this boldly flavored strong ale is. Some high-ABV beer loses muscle over time. 'X' appears to have maintained its workout regimen, while simultaneously brushing up on its manners.

The mouthfeel is the best of all worlds. It's full without being sappy or sticky. Yet another reason why the bomber is on its last legs as I type. Even though the bubbles could stand to have a shorter half-life, they add to the experience in a positive way. Besides, hop burps are always welcome.

My list of favorite craft breweries changes over time. One of the unwavering constants, however, is Three Floyds. They brew mindblowing beer that is usually chock full of hops and is incredibly well-constructed to boot. While 'X' isn't quite legendary, it's more than worthy of Tenth Anniversary status. Here's to the next decade of fantabulous resplendence from one of America's best.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good and very drinkable hoppy beer that is soft of the palate, hop oily also citrus oily, and yet offers an orange led fruitiness. Excellent example of style. Alcohol not in taste but certainly in knockout punch. Great with meaty supper.White lacey head on orange.

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Dew dampened hay bales and a fresh cut of cedar, some maduro smoke and raisin bread just for laughs.

Appearance: A burnt-orange amber tinted by a mildly viscous haze beneath a thin, worked for, and hastily retreating head.

Taste: My immediate reaction is one of Bigfoot memories. It's got the hop profile and weight of it, anyhow. There is a sense that this starts to taste like the smell of lily of the valley, those little white, strung-light flowers of spring that hide inside of lily fronds in late Wisconsin Mays. I hear those things are poisonous, but in this context, GIVEMEBACKMYSON is sans concern. Making some headway and this starts to dig in its heels and shoulder up what is proving surely to be quite the expensive trucks full of malted barley. At first a biscuity notion prevailed, but now all I can think of is rye bread, pumpernickel, dandelions, pine tar, sinsemillia and mango peels. All in one bowl, drenched in braggot. But that goes without saying, right? This reveals numerous complexities, but they come in peeks and furtive glances rather than a full-out peep show of nuance. A sip or two would give me the idea that somebody had cracked one of my 03 Bigfoots for about 3 hours, then decanted and served it to me for a surprise. A (much) longer look brings forth unmentioned ideosynchracies to this bruiserweight barleywine. I didn't mention alcohol for a reason, but I'll bet there's plenty of it here, albeit in masquerade.

Mouthfeel: Mercifully low on CO2, which made it possible to hide heat, booze, and etcetera. A bit slinky down the back.

Drinkability: I had a bomber's worth. I'd recommend splitting one if you can. With me.

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a couple years ago in Columbus, Oh.

This pours a hazy orange/amber color with a decent white head. This leave a nice lace around the glass.

The smell is a beautiful bouquet of citrus and piney hops with a fruity floral note. Lots of depth and a hint of toffee.

The taste is filled with even more depth and a very nice caramel backbone. The malts really blended together beautifully and the piney hops have managed to hold after a few years. Huge mouthfeel and a velvet smoothness that makes this quite a delight.

I am really glad I let this sit around for a while because it seems to have made everything just merry together wonderfully. Delicious!

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Fantabulous Resplendence X Anniversary from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 151 ratings