Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by BeerAndBourbon:
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A. Pours a hazy amber with half finger head that dissipates to a film leaving some residual lacing.
S. Caramel malt with apple cider notes alongside pine and citrus hop notes with a good amount of apparent booze left.
T. A good amount of caramel malt backbone, but not as much as a good English barleywine (i.e. I don't think this would hold up for 10 year + aging like the good examples of English versions). There's still a decent amount of piney and grapefruit bitterness, but not as much as the nose would suggest. Booze is there, but not overwhelming. The balance still sits in favor of hop flavor, but the caramel malt backbone almost balances it out.
M. Fairly thick with a medium plus level of carbonation that prevents it from sitting on your tongue too much. Not bad, but I really prefer a nice thick barleywine.
D. Seems more like an aged DIPA to me. I'm not a huge fan of American barleywines, but I thought a year of age (or more) would really help round this out. I've got a 2008 still aging so that'll be the final test for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 02:15:18 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.34/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm just not getting this as a Barley wine. I smell the signature Three Floyds hops, but it isn't as sweet as a BW usually is. The nose is nice for a big, hoppy non-BW. Confusing.
The taste is, once again, bit fat hoppiness typical of the brewery- sharp and tangy. I'm STILL not getting this as a BW. A bit too thin, though the mouthfell is fine, for anything other than a BW. I get the malts, but can't pin down any caramel notes on this.
If you're looking for a sweet, thick BW- go elsewhere. If you're looking to sample thru the Three Floyds taste catalogue this one is a tick worth trying. Once.
I'd say this would be a good candidate to age or have as a barrel aged brew. As it is, it is a hop bomber that hits just a bit strong for the style.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 18:00:51 | More by CasanovaCummins
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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