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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 529
Gots: 521 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A huge, sweet Barley Wine with complex caramel malt notes, balanced by generous hopping and a high alcohol content. This fruity and malty beer is best enjoyed while keeping warm in the brutal winter months.

80 IBU

2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, hands not skull on flat finish label (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2011 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, glossy label, skull on label (Ohio only)
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax
2014 Bottle release - Blue wax

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002)
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with Ryan011235. 2011.5 Ohio's yellow wax batch. Poured into a Thomas Hardy snifter for barleywine authenticity.

Appearance
A superb looking beer. The head retention and lacing are basically impossible to beat. The head is a very rich, dense, frothy creature that doesn't seem to dissipate at all. Lacing is wild. The beer is fairly light, but I'm not seeing where people are getting "blonde barleywine", its just a typical caramel colored strong ale.

Aroma
Lots and lots of candied orange with a minor pine and zesty edge to it. Overall it smells very pithy, very hoppy, but sweet and tropical.

Taste
There are plenty of sturdy malts here, but they are lighter tasting. White bread with only a little caramel. Pine sap and grapefruit pith ride over top. Its well balanced, very hoppy but not bitter and annoying like most other hoppy American barleywines. There is only a small bit of alcohol that manages to peek out. Cotton candy opens up towards the end.

Mouthfeel
The body falls into the lower ranges of full. The beer is somewhat sticky, but not enough to become burdensome. Carbonation is mild and feels soft and fluffy rather than sharp and prickly.

Overall
A really nice American Barleywine. This one is done up how I like em. I guess my tastes are trained to really enjoy something like this. I'm not sure how the Barrel Aged version would turn out. I'm inclined to say that this beer wouldn't be a candidate for the charred and oaky flavors of bourbon barrels. Also, at this point I'd also guess that a fresher bottle of this would be better, that tropical fruitiness is this beer's selling point at this juncture. We have nearly a whole vertical lined up so I'll make that call soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:22:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.