Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber shared by nicktbm. Thanks Baird! 2011 bottle.
Pours a reddish copper hue with amber edges, a sliver of cream-coloured froth, and lots of spotted lacing on the snifter glass. An attractive brew, to be sure, but where's the "blonde" appearance that the label advertises?
Smell is caramel, toast, alcohol, doughy malts, table cream, pine, floral hops, orange peel, slight grapefruit note, cake batter, and assorted stone fruits (peach, plum, nectarine). More hop-forward than an English barleywine, though not nearly as assertive as I expected.
Taste is toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, and cotton candy upfront, more peach, nectarine and pruney/plum-like flavours mid-palate, orangey-citric hop bitterness precedes a mild burn on the tongue. On par for the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fuller than medium-bodied, bordering on syrupy, balanced hop bitterness transitions to a toasty, drying finish. Alcohol warms the insides but thankfully I can't taste it.
Overall, Behemoth is more basic than I anticipated, but still a satisfying sipper nonetheless. Despite the claims that this beer is a monstrous complex blast of humulus lupulus, our fresh bottle was quite tame, and about as hoppy as most aged US barleywines. I enjoyed contemplating this tasty and well-constructed beer; however, don't go into it expecting a hop bomb.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2011 17:48:37 | More by cratez
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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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