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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 559
Gots: 545 | FT: 38
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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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i've been meaning to wring up a review for this one for a while. I feel that a second review for the tap version will be required as well.

Red Wax just released (imo fresher the better here).

Oddly the color when held to my laptop is bringing out some orange colors but when held to the lights it seems far more of a ruby read. The clarity seems odd given the high abv (10.5 is at least simi high) and the style, but I won't mark off for too much here. The second pour, made AGRESSIVELY gives off a HUGE head, 3 fingers and lacing is well represented.

Fruity mango and huge caramel malt back.

Oh so nice. hops bring in a huge amount of tropical fruits while the malt give it a deep and rich sweetness. The final verdict is malt favored by a hair, nearly perfect for the imperial IPA loving American hop head...I'd just go elsewhere if you want a balanced english style barely wine. Caramel, mango, orange, peach, with bittering hops to bring it all into shape.

Alcohol certainly kicks in here, not letting the hops and the malt speak alone. The alcohol is a touch hot given the 10.5 vs say 12 which it tastes and feels like. Still velvety smooth and really tasty. The density here is on the lower side of the style as well. This beer is a sweet IPA vs the wine like effects expected from a huge barely wine. Carbonation is actually rather strong here as well which perhaps keeps this one on the lighter side of the style.

OK, if we were to score this strictly as an Americna barely wine...it isn't really in style. it also misses the IPA style though I suppose you could see this as what a blend of 90 and 120 dream of being if they used quality malt and hops.

At around 17-18 after tax this is a stiff hard to swallow price on a beer. That said this is really really good beer, maybe even pushing great. Drop the price to 14-15 and this is a winner. That said this once again showcases the amazing hops and malt flavors that all three floyds beers beers have. I'm not sure what they are doing, but from pride and joy all the way up to Behmonth the amazing hop and malt flavors stay unquestionably theirs. I feel the price requires a full pint off the overall score.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - 2012 release(red wax in ohio) into a snifter. 3/4 finger white creamy head with a dark orange/light brown color.

S - Wow, not what I expected. This smells like a nice DIPA. Citrusy,leather, earthly, awesome!

T - I've been trying to like barleywines, and this takes the cake. I'm a fan! Delicious, incredibly smooth for the ABV. Smooth up front, going into a nice hoppy mouthful with a nice alcohol presence. Cooked oranges/grapefruit. Not the "burn", but a nice known taste is present. Love it. Very impressed

M - Creamy, smooth, incredibly smooth. Moderate carbonation, just right. Nice dry aftertaste left in my mouth after every sip.

O - Really impressed. I will be looking for this beer in the future. This is the barleywine that makes me like barleywines!(though it is quite expensive!)

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue wax, 2009 bottling.

Pours a clear, cherry/amber with a 1", white head that falls to a cover with some sparse lacing.

The smell is a little alcohol, quite malty and a bit fruity.

The taste is deliciously sweet and malty with a little fruit. No real hint of alcohol though it's very warming in the end.

Mouthfeel is full tending to medium, very smooth and lightly carbonated. I was expecting some bitterness but got none, this goes down easy.

Overall: This beer goes down really well with a great, mellowed out taste. I haven't had it fresh with a hop presence but this is extremely nice as it is. A very good winter brew and my favorite barleywine to date.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage with red wax. Thanks, Sean.

Clear pale amber topped by a thin white crust. Looks more like a DIPA than a barleywine.

Smells more like a DIPA, too. Pretty nice citrus hop nose, grapefruit dominant with a woody/earthy note beneath and some tropical fruit sweetness. The malt profile is pretty dry and subdued at this point.

Palate is citrus heavy and pretty bitter, with a fairly dry and light malt backbone for a 12.5% beer. Some nice tropical fruit undertones, light sugary pale malt. Ends like a DIPA with a big bitter hop bite. I've had this before aged and didn't care for it, but fresh it's rather delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY tried this one. After having traded away multiple bottles, and after sitting on two for several months, I decided to give it a go.

2011 Vintage
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.

A: Light, pineapple hops work well with the carmelized pineapple from the malt. A light hint of booze as well.

A: 1/2 finger of off-white foam forms with each pour. Clear, bronze body. Awesome color!

F: Herbal hops up front quickly yield to delicious malty goodness. Sweet, carmelized sugar, sweet tea, a touch of peach, and a mild bitterness. A quick description: clean, sweet, a mix of caramel and fruit, and enough bitterness to balance.

M: Medium-full, slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation.

O: I love barleywines, but American barleywines are sometimes a bit hoppier than I'd like. I'd held onto this one for several months, hoping it might tone the hop bitterness down a bit. Well, whether the time in the bottle helped make this one that much better, or it was really a stellar one to begin with, the beer I tasted was one hell of a barleywine! Get this one if you can!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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