Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
650 ml bottle, 2013 vintage with orange wax, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.
The beer pours a deep amber color with hues of red and burgundy. A 2 finger high, bone colored, soapy head rises from the beer with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a bit muddled, piney, sticky hops hits the nose straight away but quickly lead to sweet brown sugar, rich dark malted grain, toffee and pitted fruit with a huge boozy kick. The balance is a bit awkward and the alcohol is quite harsh. The flavors are a bit smoother and more integrated. Bitter, pine forward hops rush out but are cut by sweet brown sugar, toffee, pitted fruit and super harsh alcohol at the finish with just a touch of smokey alcohol. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, a bit bubbly and lively for my tastes when it comes to a barleywine, but the finish is dry and bitter, plays nicely with the hops.
Verdict: A good but not great barleywine from Three Floyds. Best when super fresh and with some years on it, but the hops do feel a bit out of place in this brew. An interesting experiment in the American style, but doesn't match the smooth, rich complexity of an English style barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2013 03:23:19 | More by kevanb
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4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Blue wax to tulip.
A. Dark copper with amber hues. Cloudy. 2 finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Nice laces.
S. Moderately fragrant. Big time floral hops w/ a citrus finish. This beast is certainly going to be a hoppy barley wine (big surprise).
T. A little sweet, a lot bitter. Strong hops flavor with a certain presence of barley wine = apples, plums, figs, malts, pears, and persimmons.
M. Very thick. High carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O. Very nice. This is certainly a 3F ale in respect tot the level of hops. Which are very high. This is a great ale to share. Very strong and very well crafted. I certainly recommend this ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 00:15:15 | More by macher0
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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