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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 565
Gots: 597 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
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Ratings: 1,634 | Reviews: 564
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.39/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter

A - Pours copper/amber in color and slightly hazy. Has a nice off white head.

S - Orange, grapefruit & pine on the nose. The hops are very present on the nose.

T - Sweet caramel & orange peel at first. The hops shine through a bit on the finish with a lovely lingering citrus taste.

M - Low to slightly medium carbonation. Medium bodied and pleasant on the palette.

O - Per the side of the bottle: "it's not normal." What a great barleywine! There could be a blurring of the lines between an American barleywine & a DIPA. It's not overly complex but, there's not a whole lot of things taking away from this beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Holland
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep orange to brown, fairly clear for its gravity, and decent head that dissipates to give a fine lacing and edging.

S: very hoppy, some bitterness, and malty.

T: very malty all the way through and good hop character with bitterness and citrus and pine. No roasted malts, very little alcohol flavor. Great subtle fruity flavor too.

M: great thickness and smoothness even with the medium carbonation and excellent bitterness. It provides a balance not seen in double IPAs.

O: the light malt base made it more of a bitter, slightly dark IPA. Great beer, and I'd love to keep one for a few years to see what happens.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TheTot
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass
2011 release

One thing I will say right off the bat that will not effect the grade of this beer but just something to point out. I wish that FFF would have used their normal wax on this beer as this thinner wax flakes and made it very likely that it will get into the beer itself. Having said that, here is the review.

Pours a nice dark amber color with an off white head that has some large bubbles to it as well as the small ones. Takes a few minutes for the head to disappear which is about right. In the smell I get the normal hop characteristics of all FFF beers, which makes for an amazing smell, odd to get in a barley wine but this is FFF after all. After the hops I get a deep and profound sweetness throughout. The smell is up there as one of the most pleasant smelling beers out there. Taste wise this beer is very complex. At first you get a very nice smoothness to it, then you get a hit from the hops like a pale ale, and then it finishes with the sweet alcohol ending like most barley wines have. The sweetness and smoothness fade away to leave the hops that everyone knows and loves about FFF beers to linger on the palate for a while. The mouthfeel is very nice and leaves a residue on the inside of the mouth after consuming. Overall this is probably my favorite barley wine I have had and was intending to age this but was told to drink it sooner rather than later as it loses some of the hop characteristic. I would recommend this beer and next time I will pick up 2 and age one.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a golden amber with a one and a half finger white head which slowly dissipates. Beautiful lacing

S: Fruity aroma of grapefruit, light citrus, combined with a bit of toffee.

T: Pleasing citrus up front transitioning into a creamy caramel maltiness finishing in light biting citrus hops with slight undertones of pine. Just the right hints of sweetness.

M: Very creamy, silky, pleasantly sticky at the perfect times, and finishes extremely smooth.

O: This is a wonderful brew, above average in every respect. It is so drinkable and dangerous at 10.5% abv. You'll definitely want more than one...

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up
2009 vintage blue wax

A-- Poured a light, clear orange brown color. Looks quite thin for a barleywine. Really nice two finger light brown head. Great body to the head before finally falling to film. Good retention to this as well.

S-- Toffee, orange, grapefruit, pine, and bread. Can tell in smell that the hops have fallen off and the malt is taking over. Alcohol is very well hidden in the nose.

T-- Orange, toffee and bread. Slightly sweet taste and really the last bit that the hops have any impact as still get citrus here and there in the taste.

M-- Slick and sweet. Very full bodied but not coying in the least. Well hidden ABV in the feel as well. Very, very solid. Get slight notes of strawberry with the orange. Lower medium carbonation.

O-- Has to be a hop bomb fresh. Get remnants of the hops but it adds a lot to the beer at this point in time. Scary easy to drink as could drink a bomber of this very quickly.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Pours deep mahogany with about a fingers worth of head formation that dissipates rather quickly

S: huge fruits (predominately citrus and grapefruit) that is complemented by a huge floral hops. Alcohol is present and makes its self more noticeable as it warms.

T: orange peel is very evident and well balanced with caramel malt, and of course more hops. It also has a slight creamy finish that helps tone down the alcohol. As it warms, grapefruit really starts to shine through in the taste.

Overall this beer is very smooth and well balanced, but not all that complex in my opinion. Price is rather steep but I'm glad at least tried it out.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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