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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 529
Gots: 517 | FT: 33
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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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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A:golden amber color with a one finger off white head with some pretty decent lacing. the head dies down into nothing after halfway through the glass

S:Smells of huge flowering pine tree hops. definitely has a big sweet background but those hops are just tearing into the smell. really big anticipation from the smell

T: The malt comes through a lot in the front of my mouth but the back of my mouth is screaming with bitterness. really nice caramel light citrus with the aftertaste of lots of pine. theres a spiciness in the end like a cinnamon spiced orange while getting slapped in the face with a pine tree branch. delicious!

M: A nice pop of carbonation right when sipped but dulls out real nice to let those hops do their damage. leaves a real silky mouthfeel that makes my mouth yearn for more

D: 10% isn't crazy huge but the beer goes down pretty well. there really isnt an alcohol impact with this beer. the taste is so big with hops it doesn't even allow the alcohol to appear.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 06:20:23 | More by chefmikeanderson
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2009

pours a bright orange and ruby red. inch high creamy head leaves thick lacing and nice retention.

very malty with hints of tangerine and orange and some cherry

malty through out with a sweetness up front. nice light bitterness through out. bits of caramel and dark fruit. light alcohol presence in the finish.

very full bodied, slight chewy, moderate carbonation

nice flavor, great body, but the price and ABV kill this a bit. i would buy this again though, id love to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:19:56 | More by hooliganlife
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Purple wax. Wife picked this up a couple years ago in Chicago and have been sitting on it for a special occasion. Tonight is Thursday and we're having brats?!?! Whatever.

A - Opaque 'blondesih' red with thin lacing of tan head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts and floral hops. Surprised at the floralness of the hops in this 2 year old b-wine.

T - Sweet up front with caramel middle and light hop bitterness as it goes down. I'd love to taste this one fresh to see how it has aged but guessing by most FFF beers I'm sure it was a huge hop bomb. The sweetness is remeniscent of Mirror Mirror although this is 2 years old.

M - Nice light carbonation and malty sweetness through and through.

D - Very sweet but the hops really balance this thing out nicely.

Overall a very good b-wine...sweet and hoppy but neither are overwhelming. Although I like American my b-wines hoppy this is what I expected aged. I think this would be a fun vertical to do although at $18.99 for a bomber I'm not sure I can justify buying anymore than 1/year.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:35:38 | More by boomer31
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billab914

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage with the yellow wax. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a deep mahogany color with a bit of cherry red highlights. The head mostly clung to a small ring around the edges of the glass. It left some pretty decent lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has some nice malty, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar tones to it. The dark fruit flavors have some nice plum, fig and a little cherry to it. It has a bit of citrus coming through which compliments the sweet maltiness pretty well. Not too much alcohol but enough to let you know it's a potent beer. Pretty nice and not overly sweet aroma to it.

The taste shows a lot of the caramel and dark fruit flavors that the nose had. It has a nice sweet malty flavor but it isn't cloyingly sweet. It has a bit of citrus that helps counter the sweetness a bit. It finishes with a warming alcohol flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderately low. It has a bit of a silky and creamy feel to it as well. The drinkability is decent, it had some very nice malty flavors to it. The alcohol hurts the drinkability a bit but but not too bad. Overall I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:57:32 | More by billab914
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC. 2010 Vintage.

a - Pours a reddish, dark amber color with a little bit of white head.

s - Smells faintly of citrus hops, as well as smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, little bit of bitter hops, and booze

m - Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

d - Very drinkable for a high ABV barleywine. I thought the alcohol was hidden well and really enjoyed the smooth caramel malts. Would be interested to see how it ages as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 20:31:06 | More by mdfb79
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John_M

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick in DC the other night.

The beer pours a rich looking copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose surprisingly hoppy and bitter, but with considerable brown sugar and caramel as well. The latter goes well with the pepper and pine I get from the hops. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this beer, although I didn't find the beer to be quite as complex. This beer is quite sweet (as you'd expect), and is dominated by brown sugar, caramel and light chocolate. On the ohter hand, the hoppy bitterness is pretty noticeable, especially on the finish with this well made beer. Mouthfeel is full, rich, soft and creamy... yet not at all heavy. In fact, given this beer's abv. and sweetness level, I was surprised by how drinkable and light on its feet the beer is. The alcohol is there, but the beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring. Amazing, really.

Would be curious to see how well this one ages. In any event, even as a baby, this is a very impressive and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 15:32:56 | More by John_M
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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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squaremile

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08 vintage poured at a recent BA tasting event. Pours a cloudy dark orange. Nose is very sweet, caramel, and a touch of pine hops. Taste is candy malts, brown sugar, caramel, and a nice resinous hop presence, more than Dreadnaught. Mouthfeel is sticky with a medium body, and a long lingering aftertaste. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 06:09:49 | More by squaremile
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

acquired in trade from Brundo4 - 22 oz. bottle into a snifter
Pours a mahogany red with a smallish head which completely disappeared. Very light lacing which didn't last. Nose is ripe cherries, bananas and butterscotch. Hoppy start gave way to dark fruit, esp. cherries, banana and butterscotch. It almost tastes like a lighter sherry. There is a little hop bitterness in the dry finish. Some alcohol warming is there, but less that the 12.5% might lead you to expect. The mouthfeel is creamy but light for the style. This was an OK barleywine but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 21:46:16 | More by regspeir
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 green wax

A= Another wonderful beer from thomashardy. pours a nice dark amber color similar to cherry juice or something of the like. The head is small rising only one finger yet holds some decent retention on it as well as some nice sticky lacing.

S= Pretty good and pungent. I can smell it from a few feet. The hops and malts mix to make an almost candy like aroma. Great piney hops with citrus. There is a really nice malt backbone to it that levels the hops out making it very very candy like in the aroma.

T= Wow! This is a very nice BW. As the nose lead on it's almost like candy. The tip of your tongue first recieves a great hop flavors of citrus and grapefruit and flows seamlessly to a great caramelly sweet mid. The finish is juicy hop flavor that sort of falls to a nice bitterness in the finish.

M= This is a little problem. I think this beer is just a little too thin. Not bad but a little more weight would make it sublime.

D= This beer is a homerun. Excellent barlywine that I am really happy I got to try. Well balanced and smooth. Excellent beer that I'll be looking for again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:47:16 | More by jjanega08
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urwithdave

Florida

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

'09 blue wax Tnx to Dunt for throwing this one in as an extra (1 of many btw). Poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- Pours amber in color with a off white head. Head recedes and leave a ring around the rim. Some lacing left behind.

S- Toffee, caramel, molasses, piney hops, with some sweet malty notes. Alcohol is very noticeable.

T- A sweet malt profile up front with hints of toffee and caramel. The hops are def up in this one. The alcohol is pretty hot.

M- Pretty creamy with lots of sweets in the finish but it's still bitter from the hops. A strong alcohol burn in the throat.

D- I want to put some time into the next one of these I try. This was still pretty hot and it took away from the flavor profiles. I shared this one and my half was all I really cared to drink. It was good, but a cpl years would do this one wonders!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 06:00:46 | More by urwithdave
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark amber color if not brown with a tall, light kaki head.
It smells like citrusy, piney hops with a little alcohol burn at the end of a big sniff. The flavor is big and hoppy with a dryness at the end. the malt is sweet and balanced with the hops only just over powering it.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with only a bit of dryness at the end.
Not really a drinkable beer but hey it's a barleywine although it goes down smooth I would suggest you sip this one and possibly even share it with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:33:47 | More by JoePat
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Lunch

Maryland

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle (2009 - Blue wax) acquired in a trade with czoch75 (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/03/10).

A: Pours a thick and robust dark shade of caramel capped with one finger of an off-white head. Sticky lacing is left behind.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, citrus hops, some bittering hops, and pine. Smells a tad sweet, but very inviting.

T: The nose directly corresponds to what is sensed by the palate. Caramel comes through first with a nice sweet burst of flavor and it is quickly followed by a variety of citrus and pine hops. The finish is sweet, but there is a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was low and creamy. Great sense of fullness here.

D: I am shocked that this is a 12.5% BW as it drinks quite easily and the alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

Overall this was a very well-crafted American Barleywine and I look forward to trying this again. Thanks Clint! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 18:18:35 | More by Lunch
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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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz wax topped bottle split and poured into a Meantime tulip/snifter. Yellow wax indicates '07 Vintage.

A - Totally clear and beautifully red amber with almost no head on a tall pour. A big swirl releases a very thin creamy head.

S - Big potent nose of phenol alcohol and bold malts. Toffee and caramel are huge all over the nose. An insane amount of malts in this. Barely any hops here. Warming in the nostrils.

T - Massive malt on the tongue. So rich of caramel and toffee with tons of phenol alcohol. It's incredibly one-dimensional. Just overwhelming toasted malt. The hops have almost disappeared. A pinch of bitter hops on the finish is it.

M - Medium-full bodied with a pretty warm alcohol finish and lightly hoppy with a little bit of bitterness. Fairly smooth with low carbonation to the end.

D - Warm alcohol and massive malts with a somewhat balanced finish. A bit warm and powerful though. Best shared with someone and sipped on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 23:43:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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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Pencible

Virginia

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

2009 vintage. This poured a nearly clear dark gold with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like toffee and butterscotch and succulent orange, with pineapple and a bit of bready yeast and alcohol. It tasted like orange and candied pineapple and toffee, with some grapefruit and a bit of alcohol. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice, clean, and balanced beer. It hid the alcohol decently too, so it was pretty easy to drink. This could definitely improve with age also, but was quite enjoyable fresh. This wasn't quite good enough to claim top spot as my favorite barleywine ever, but it was still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:08:41 | More by Pencible
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crossovert

Illinois

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

650ml bottle with GREEN wax, 2010 vintage.

Pours into my snifter a deep red with hints of rose. Th head is large and froth and off-white. It recedes with very nice lacing.

This one still smells hoppier than hell, which is why I decided to try it now, Thre Floyds is all about the hops and I wanted to catch em fresh. Underneath the piney, slightly citrusy, maybe some tropics, hops there is a thick maltfest. It hasn't matured beyond a fresh, hoppy dipa scent yet.

The taste itself it hugely malty but with a nice hop bitterness and resinous pine flavors. But the malt shines in the taste. There are hints of caramel, brown sugar, oxidised apple, and scotch, never cloying but supremely decadent. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

The mouthfeel is syrupy thick though decently carbonated. It is ever so slightly cloying I guess. THe alcohol burns slightly especially int he lower throat. THe finish is somewhat dry and sticky as well. Drinkability is high, it goes down like a charm and warms the belly.

Another hit from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:02:40 | More by crossovert
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jsapunor

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've heard about this beer for years and now it's time to give it a try.

A beautiful pour with a nice off white head. Lots of bubbles and when held up to the light, a gorgeous gold.

The nose promises hops and caramel which is typical for the style but the taste delivers both of these and so much more. The label promises a lot and everything is delivered. At first, the cherries were very noticeable which is unusual for a barleywine. They fade later as the glass empties but take their place in a wonderful palette of flavors. The alcohol, which is prominent in so many offerngs of this style is gracefully hidden behind hops, malt, honey and cherries. This is one incredibly smooth barleywine.

I love American style barleywines like Old Guardian, Bigfoot, Old Ruffian, Mirror Mirror, Old Horizontal and Old Numbskull just to name a few. Behemoth is a world class addition to the list.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 04:36:40 | More by jsapunor
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illidurit

California

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

Bottle from free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear orange-gold with a thin off-white froth. Aromas of caramel and alcohol, raisins, fruity hops. Flavor is fruity with a lot of caramel and the a bitter homage to the hops that used to be in this beer (I'm guessing it was a vintage bottle). Very full body, sweet and thick and bitter. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 08:37:52 | More by illidurit
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Pours a cloudy amber with a thin tanned head.
Smells of sweet caramel, biscuit and barley malts, along with some nice floral hops that ring of honeysuckle and pinneapple.
tates of tart dates and a huge fig profile layered over some sweet caramel malt and some spricy herbal notes. Herbal notes are of tumeric and cardamon., There is not much hop finish,. Sweet figs layer over the mouthfeel and give a great caramel linger with a slight alcohol singe at the finish.
Fairly drinkable considering the style

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:20:08 | More by chaz410
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eric's wrong - this one actually had purple wax, which makes it a 2008 vintage. Thanks to viggo for leaving this at my house, and then giving me the opportunity to share it again on a crazy night of drinking that was fun but not repeatable.

Pours a rich orange with a compact off-white head that left some lace as it dropped to a film. Sweet nose, with lots of brown sugar and a hint of resinous hops. Loads of caramel in the flavour, with only a smattering of floral hopping. The hops seem to have completely died out at this point, making this one serious malt heavy brew. On the bright side, the alcohol is nicely integrated. Smooth chewy mouthfeel.

This one is probably better fresh. As it is, its not a bad beer, but some more complexity would be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:13:23 | More by bobsy
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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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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, 2008 vintage courtesy of bobsy via viggo who had it stored away. Finally getting around to a few more notes from what ended up being a hazy night.

Pours a rich blonde/caramel with a bit of head that manages to leave some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is heavy with sweet caramel, pretty clean, simple. Touch of brown sugar and toffee, hint of honey.

Taste mirrors the heavy, sticky sweetness found in the nose, just a faint grassy, floral hop presence left in the finish to attempt to pull this all together. Little complexity, overwhelming sweet caramel at this point, I just appreciate a bit of balance, something to counter-point.

Pillowy smooth mouthfeel silks round the mouth, ABV no where to be found which is impressive for a 12% beer. Still, can't imagine seeking this out again. Not a terrible or even a bad beer, just that there's other less-diabetes causing beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 19:13:10 | More by ritzkiss
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a Yellow Wax bottle, making it 4 years, 3 months old at time of drinking.

A-Pours a hazy dark copper color with a quickly disapating finger of head. some lacing.

S&T-sweet caramel, floral, apricot mango and dark fruits, The citrus and piney hops have faded to but a gentle whisper that melds everything together. unbelieveable. Light kiss of alcohol...and this is 12.5%.

M- Insanely smooth, creamy and buttery palate wrapping sensation.

D- it only saddens me to think i can't regularly consume 2 bombers of this often. I think i could. at 12.5...i just can't believe it.

I haven't had this beer fresh yet,now i need to so i have a compareson for this aged one. I'm so glad i have another Yellow Seal in the Cellar! I can't speak for this beer fresh, but go buy some and forget about them for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:51:36 | More by ChadQuest
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.