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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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1,468 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 526
Gots: 519 | 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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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

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
95 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.