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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1381
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


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

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, hoppy drinkable barleywine. Nicely hopped up but there have been other hoppy barleywines I have had that are more complex at a similar or lower price. Good head and hoppy aroma. Yellow wax 2007 that I should have aged, how did I know without a warning label.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 02:45:47 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one with me!

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is the same with a nice citrus zest flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with some nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:57:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release. Lavender wax. Molten copper with a gorgeous glow when the snifter is backlit with bright April sunshine. Several slowly rising bubble streams disappear into the underside of a burly chunk of sandstone colored foam that is starting to plaster the glass with extensive sheets of stippled lace.

The nose is an enjoyable melange of caramel malt, quasi-citric hops and well-integrated alcohol. So far, it looks and smells like BBB will be similar to Stone Old Guardian. This isn't my favorite sort of American barleywine, but let's see what the taste buds have to say.

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is a beast of an ale that tastes like it was expected to taste. There may be a little more caramel malt than the 'Blonde' of the name would suggest, but that's a good thing. I probably should have cracked the crown sooner than today, since a more aggressive hoppiness would have improved it considerably.

Although the flavors are bold and deep, they aren't exactly broad. Specifics include sugar cookies coated with caramel icing, concentrated iced tea, grapefruit peel, and a warming shot of Stolichnaya Cristal. Even though most would consider it balanced, this '08 vintage is slightly more sweet than bitter from beer entry to beer exit.

The mouthfeel isn't as huge as the beauty queen on the label... which is another good thing. The beer benefits by being silky smooth and lightly chewy, rather than sappy and sticky and ponderous. An ideal amount of laid back carbonation helps the cause.

It wasn't until somewhere in the second glass that the flavor score was awarded with its current perch. Warming brings out a few subtleties that weren't present right out of the chute. In the end, Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is another masterpiece from the hugely talented brewmasters at Three Floyds. An asking price of $15.99 is pretty steep. That doesn't mean that I won't continue to buy at least one bottle from every release.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 14:55:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Could not believe that I really had never tried this one. Well that was about to change! Purple wax
was split between me and Rich. Poured out a nice and lazy amber color with a thick head of white that
while staying low to the surface, certainly had some nice staying power.

Feel is like syrup, just thick, and really filling. Loads of hops jumping right out at me, even with a
little age on it. Fresh pine, hints of candied sugar, an almost medicinal like quality at times peaks
its head up. Still though all very, very nice. Rich flavor here, candied sugar, notes of hops and rich
grassy, herbal qualities. For as strong as this one was it really kept the ABV very, very nicely
hidden. Sipping an hour later I was amazed at just how well rounded this one really was.

Overall just a super solid and very well put together Bwine. I could have drank this one all day!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:24:45 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling (light blue wax)

Appearance: With a vicious pour, I was only able to rouse a very modest head that quickly faded to a ringlet; the liquid was a hazed amber

Smell: A lot of nostril stinging alcohol, but tropical fruit underneath - grapefruit, mango and lychee as well as a bit of toffee

Taste: With a sweet, toffee/bread base, the tropical flavors take a while to appear, but the bitter grapefruit arrives by mid-palate with a vengeance, and brings along the mango and lychee as well; after the swallow, the hop bitterness drives it up a decibel, but the underlying toffee sweetness persists to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; avoids the thick stickiness of most barleywines, but there is a clear presence of alcohol in the gullet

Drinkability: At first, I felt that the lack of a heavy body might mean that this was a barleywine that would not age well, the alcohol presence will clearly enable this one to last; very different from most barleywines and it would be interesting to see how this matures; next time I come across a bottle, I plan to lay it down for a few years

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:00:03 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 21:11:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American barleywines are usually tough for me. Although I acknowlege the balance of the rich malts, sharp hops, and agressive alcohols; after a certain level of intensity is met, balance is not now the issue but the main characteristics are come in conflict with eachother. Though I know that this beer meets all the characteristics of good American barleywines, the drinkability suffers because the beer is everywhere at once. When everything stands out, nothing stands out. The nose shows an agressive blend of candied fruits, syrup-like malts, sweet alcohols, and a ton of citrus and pine hops. Flavors fare much the same with the heavy malts favoring a rich caramel - syrup taste with rum-soaked cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and berries. The beer shows light bread flavors that shy away from the toasty notes that are found in non-blonde versions. (I kinda like the simplification of the malt profile). The body is creamier and maltier than the flavor suggests-- not as syrupy or cloying to the texture as you'd think, but with a full, sweet mouthfeel that follows with a sweet, dry, warming feel that sets the beer right for the style. Finishes sweet, fruity, herbal, and warm.

I had a sample of this beer a few months ago. This particular beer was about four years old and it was much better than this younger version that I have tonight. The hops digressed to an herbal, lightly-grassy note. The alcohols meld well with the candied fruits and the beer begins to take on the prefered balance of English style barleywines. Thanks to clvand0 and to Merlin48 for the beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 04:06:42 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby copper with a nice off white head. The smell of glorious hops immediately hits you and you know this is a barleywine of the American variety. The smell fades into some red fruits and sweet malt. The taste goes the same way, with the hops dancing in the forefront behind a pretty good malt base (I only say pretty good, as I'm not a big fan of aged Behemoth--it loses the hops and the malt isn't complex enough, IMO). The mouthfeel is full and lucious, and although this is a sipper, I'm always wanting another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 23:03:52 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release.

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark

amber body with a small, thin,

off-white head.

Smell: Flowery, sweet-smelling malt aroma of light caramel and with notes of sugar-coated pineapple rings, apricots, and citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a candyish sweetness. Fruits follow from the nose. Citrusy hops provide a moderate, jarring bitterness to match the sweetness. Trace of that ABV along the way. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surely a nice American barleywine, but I do find the price somewhat deterring.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:53:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the brewpub.

And here our Three Floyds Brewpub Experience comes to an end. Good times had by all, believe you me. This capper pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. I wouldn't go so far as to call this blonde by any stretch, but she's pretty nonetheless. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, leek, light-ish pine, and sweet, sweet toffee. The taste does not strive to deviate from this pre-determined path, though the grapefruit is slightly intensified, and some mandarin orange syrup seeps in as well. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid b-wine that somehow doesn't overdo it on either the hops or the malts. Right on, son.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 02:05:21 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know I'll be spanked but good!

Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly.

Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it...

Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd?

Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rock'em, Sock'em robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and...

Boom, boom, boom, I've barely gotten into it, and it's knocking at my frontal lobes...we're coming i-in...hide the ki-ids...here I am, wishing I'd saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I don't wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...?

I really, really like this, but it's a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at one's feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable robe...you know the scene...

I'm drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just don't find three chins very sexy.

(Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 08:54:47 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of the '09 release (blue wax). Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Just terrific - three fingers of dirty white foam that dissipates slowly to a terrific lace pattern. Slightly hazy amber orange-red color with a few bubbles lazily rising to the top. This is pretty incredible for such a high gravity barleywine.

S - Hops! Shouldn't be surprised, considering it's a 3F brew, but it's full of grapefruit, pine, and floral scents. Lots of great caramel malty sweetness as well. It's not what I generally expect from the style, but it's terrific.

T - Much more malt in the taste - lots of caramel and brown sugar, but also some of the grapefruit hoppiness as well. It's a touch hot, but not offensively so. It's good, but not nearly as great as the smell.

M - Not as full-bodied as I expected. Lots of residual stickiness and surprisingly high carbonation. Very velvety and smooth to drink.

D - Pluses include great flavor and well hidden ABV. Negatives are high carbonation, high ABV, and price ($17!!). Drinking a bomber is no problem, but ponying up enough cash for a second one is less likely. I'd love to try the barrel-aged version again and review that.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 05:02:09 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, acquired from brewcrew76, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus, hops and a little alcohol.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel, citrus and other fruits. It might have lost some of the hops edge but there's still enough of it to provide a good balance, especially for such a high-octane beer. There are a lot of flavors rotating around harmoniously which keeps the beer quite intriguing. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, deceptive and very strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-gravity beer to drink for as long as you are able.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:33:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper orange in the glass, several inches of foam billow up to the rim of the tulip glass and slowly settle. Intricate tendrils of lace coat the sides, and the skim never breaks somehow. Pretty impressive considering the abv.

Rich aroma of toffee and plenty of sweet candied citrus. Spicy pine, and resiny hop-associated notes envelop the nose. As it warms the alcohol rears it's spectral head.

Spicy hops blast through first, slick and piney, with traces of candied orange peel and grapefruit that sync with the aroma. Persimmon spice, peach, brandy, toffee and caramel. Big malt sweetness and burly heft. Fullness in spades, rich and velvety feel, with an enshrouding and palate crushing sweet citrus blast. Lingering resiny pine and orange peel notes, drying and not especially sweet in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present but not devastating. Low to medium level of carbonation that is just right.

Take an hour or two to savor this on a cold winter night.

sound: Nortt - Til Gravens Vi

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:51:02 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510, this one will go nice with the cool Colorado August night we're having!

Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Crazy lacing & good head retention

S: Nice bourbon notes, leafy hops, & faint dark fruits, that all fade quickly.

T: Cakeyness, ghost booze & hints of Bourbon & dryness up front. Oakyness, booze-soaked raisins & plums, pralines & grapefruit as this warms.

MF: Smooth, stickyness follows, low carbonation & superb balance along with nice chewyness

Drinks great for the abv & style, some addtional aging might've helped this one in this tasting , but I rate it a great ABW!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 04:28:38 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage shared by the other Matt, thanks Huhzubendah.

Beer is surprisingly yellow (although upon closer examination it is called BLONDE, I'm not smart) with moderate to low carbonation and a thin white head of small and medium bubbles, not much lacing.

For a barelywine, it is quite hop forward, lots of resiny piny hop flavors in the nose...earthy at times too. I can pick up the malt but this is a hop bomb.

The leadoff here is alcohol and sweetness giving way in the midpalate to the pine hops. The hops are strong in flavor and force the palate to experience them, burying the alcohol significantly. I suppose this is one strategy to cover up alcohol, I wonder how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 21:34:33 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

This is beer No. 1499. The beer pours red-amber with a medium off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt and citrus hops. The flavor is caramel malt with a nice mix of orange and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:16:17 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, thin, white head. It left behind soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruits.

T - It taste fruity, mostly orange, with a nice sweet caramel malt taste.

M - It was soft and smooth with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good barleywine. I liked the fruity flavors - very unique for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:30:54 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had as part of the Central New England BA Meetup #2. Did a vertical of '07, '08, and '09. I gotta thank heliosphann for the '07 he gave me (although we didn't drink mine as another attendee brought his '07), brundo4 for the last minute '08, and the two attendees of the meetup that brought their '07 and '09 versions. I'll look up names when I get a chance.

A: Starts with a nice creamy head for the younger '09, but seems to lose the head and carbonation as it ages down to the '07. It is also pretty clear for the newer '09 and super hazy and gooey looking as it ages.

N: The '07 has a lot of hops, a really nice hop presence actually. Again, as it ages the hops seem to decay, and sharply. The '08 had very little and the '07 had pretty much none. It also had a lot of malt and sweet syrupyness to the nose, especially so in the older versions.

T: The '09 has some sweet malts, with lots of hops, mostly spicy and fruity hops, pretty bitter, with a long spicy hop bitterness. A good sweetness and maltiness, but not too much. A very nice balance. The '08 is less so on everything hoppy and more so on everything malty and syrupy. The flavors seem to meld more and become a hodge podge of malts and sweetness, as well as fruit and more chewy malts. More molasses and brown sugar with a little lingering bitterness. The '07 is not very tasty at all. It has a very distinct dirt flavor, like that pocket of dirt you get from an uncleaned potato. It's very unpleasant actually. No hops or bitterness to speak of. Some subtle light malty flavors with some lingering sweetness and a boozy spicy flavor. It does hide the booze well on all accounts.

The '09 was hands down the best. This one doesn't seem to age well and really just dives off the cliff after a couple years. I really enjoyed the '09 thought. This is similar to Big Foot at first with lots of hops and bitterness to add to the nice Barleywine sweet maltiness, but doesn't age like BigFoot, instead just stinks up the place. I'll do my grading based off the '09 version as it is fresh and tasted the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:58:13 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 release, Sampled December, 2005
Pours with a frothy, one finger thick (at most), pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, ruby red color that has lots of bubbles rising slowly through the thick viscous body. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity up front; redolent of tropical fruit notes as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, hints of kiwi. It is an odd mixture, almost like a tropical fruit cough syrup; though it is actually interesting and even nice. The aroma ends with a hit of spicy alcohol, which clears the sinuses a bit.

The taste is quite sweet as well, and at first does not seem quite so fruity as the aroma, but towards the end the tropical fruit notes really start to kick in. Peach, and apricot are prominent, but there are also notes of mango, definitely papaya, and hints of lychee. The finish is really where these tropical fruit notes start to get funky; they definitely remind me of some type of cough syrup, or perhaps even children's aspirin. The finish is solidly bitter of course, but it is also joined by that lingering, sweet medicinal note.

This is really quite a bit different than the last time I had this (in 2004), then it did not have the tropical fruit notes. My guess is that the hop bill changed on this. The tropical fruit notes are not bad, in fact they make the usual hop character quite interesting, but it is the medicinal notes in the finish that is a bit distracting. I do have this to say for it though, it is quite interesting!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 04:43:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a really pretty amber color, nice lacing, thin white head. Candied sugar and hops on the nose, makes this beer smell great! Taste of sweet malts and lots of hops. Nicely balanced barley wine. Dry mouthfeel not overly heavy which is surprising for the amount of flavor this has. Overall this was probably my favorite beer I had while I was visiting the brewpub there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 03:39:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation!

650 ml blue-waxed bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours orange amber with a head that forms then immediately descends to a bubbly, then creamy, cover. Strands of dotted lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit, pinenuts, FFF house character, and bready notes. A strong hop aroma is backed by caramel/toffee, nutty graininess.

The taste is sweet upfront. Sticky resin, caramel, rum-soaked grapefruit with raisin and cherries in the finish. Sweetness turns to sweet and bitter in the spicy drying finish. Alcohol shows, though incorporated well enough into the general taste.

It hits full-bodied. Sticky, though carbonation is enough to cut through to make it not cloying. Bitter, with some residual sweetness staying on the lips.

A complex, hoppy, though firm malty, barleywine with a distinct FFF character. One to sip as a long "nightcap".

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:55:48 | More by jwc215
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008
Poured a deep orange, maybe even copper color with a nice tannish head. Nose is sticky with caramel, brown sugar and fruits. Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Mine had an oxidized taste, I believe it was taking a turn for the worst. I did notice dried fruits, caramel, molasses, tobacco. Mouthfeel was nice. The ABV was very well hidden!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:33:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

orange wax edition, shared with friends, thank goodness. this beast pours a burnt orange color, with lots of yeast sediment and maybe an inch of just off white head. the nose is really sweet, English toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and beet sugars as well. there is also a lot of hops, not quite hog heaven level, but this is definitely an American barleywine, with some pine notes and even some tropical fruits emanating from the hopping. the taste is crisp for how sweet it is, and I think the hops do save this beer from being just a sugar bomb. the alcohol is piercing, and the flavors all combine to be like a really good bread pudding. sort of odd in a beer, but I enjoyed the flavors coming together as they did. the feel is a little sluggish. not quite bubbly enough, and the sweetness starts to take hold after half a glass or so. this beer becomes pretty punishing when its warm, but so do most barleywines. I know its the wrong time of year for this, so maybe that had something to do with my dislike of the mouthfeel, but this is a complex and enjoyable beer nevertheless. still waiting to be blown away by three floyds though.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 18:14:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

Thanks to crazynelson for the trade. Poured a slightly hazy reddish-amber with little to no head (which I think is ok for a beer of this strength). Like the other strong, amber beers I've had this one has a strong sweet white bread flavor. The aroma jumps out of the glass in a strong perfume of light carmel, grains, bread crust and honey. That honey continues in the strondy bready malt flavor, which is backed up by a strong spicy/hoppy finish. Thick mouthfeel, but a great beer to share. Certainly worth trying if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

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