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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 548
Gots: 532 | FT: 34
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002)
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Photo of bort11
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mikesgroove sat on me and made me say "Uncle" with this one. From the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF

22 oz bottle, sealed with yellow wax, 07 written on the top. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Thin tan head quickly leaves whispy lace on the surface, then gone. Color is a murky raisin brown.

Smell is sweet, but I'm thinking it has mellowed with age. There is dried fruit, some banana esters. Mild pine hops. Taste has all kinds of dark sugars. Brown, molasses, caramel sweetness. And still it is very mellow and balanced. I don't feel like I'm going into sugar shock from the sweetness. And then there is that cool piney hops. It doesn't feel like it's keeping the sweetness in check, because that's already balanced. It's more of a complimentary secondary flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit buttery and slick. Mild tingling carbonation. This was a very enjoyable treat, and now I need a fresh bottle to compare.

Blipped "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen

bort11, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Rich copper hazy body with a nice head on top. Great lacing that sticks to the glass. Smell has honey and canned pineapple grape juice and is overall very sweet. Tons of coriander in the taste, with clove, honey and pepper as well. It has a fruit punch character, very sweet. Thick. Coats the mouth with velvety goodness. Well carbonated. Tons of flavor inevitably brings a bit, but overall Behemoth is a truly great beer.

schroederm, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

app.-pours a nice amber color with a nice foamy head that sticks around for quite a while. Looks like a very enticing barely wine

Smell- Sweet sweet caramel and roasted malts, with a fine hop smell and the spice is also very present in the smell, it smells like everything.

Taste- Fucking great! A sweet caramel taste comes followed by an attack of hops followed by roasted malt that lingers for a bit , then there comes a cherryish hoppy finish , this is like three floyds took all there techniques meshed it all together and came out with an incredibly balanced and fine barely wine!

Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body , but with soo much in there, one can only expect it, I like it though

Drinkability-This is not that drinkable , but I can drink a 22oz of it, but it would be hard to drink anymore after that.

This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever had. It's amazing. If you like Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, Pride and Joy, Rabbid Rabbit or anyother of their stuff. You will LOVE this.

bgreg3, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle courtasy of gford217.

Poured from a bomber with a purple wax dip. Went into an oversized snifter. Forming a 2 finger tan fluffy head. Receeding somwhat quickly and leaving a thin layer of retention, with good lace coverage. A nice deep copper red color, semi-transparent.

Aroma is malty thick with honey and grains, kind of a special b breadyness to it. Mild oranges, plenty of marmelade and sweet nectar.

Taste is sweet upfront with loads of malt and a touch of a roasty grain flavor. Hops live on through the middle picking up some bittering through the swallow and lingering with pine and grapefruit.
Bready, semi sweet and full of almost a rye like crack of peppery notes.
No boozyness but just a touch of warming to the throught as I swallow.
No booze at the nose at all.
Becoming increasingly bitter as it warmed, with alot of hop flavor pouring in.

Mouthfeel is just perfect for the style. Sticky with a little bit of creamyness from carbonation. Carbonation is present throughout, stinging the toungue for only an instant.

This is a terrific barley wine. Not fresh, but age has probably done the heat some good, as its super layed back and almost too easy to drink.

Buebie, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured a nice burnished copper color with a nice collar of off white foam.

Sweet aromas of grapefruit, honey and green apples.

The flavor of this one is an incredible mixture of honey, bubble gum, peaches and canned pears, all of which combine to almost completely hide the loads of alcohol contained within, before finally leading to a nice bitter, drying finish.

I traded for this one as an afterthought in a big trade, and I am very glad I did. A very nicely balanced barley wine, easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

emmasdad, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

A: Reddish copper with a slight chill hazy. A small off-white head with yellow hues settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

S: Plenty of hops - big notes of grapefruit and small hints of strawberries. Grass, floral notes and a general fruitiness. Sweet malts with a slightly bready character, fudge, nutty aromas and brown sugar. Incredibly well balanced. Great smell.

T: A fantastic taste. Great balance between sweet malts and fresh hop aromas. Notes of grapefruit, strawberries, mango and cherries blend with pine-needles, floral notes and hop resins. A thick and very pleasant malty backbone with a somewhat toasty character - dark bread, nuts, chocolate and huge amount of sweet caramel. The finish is really bitter and contains fresh hop resins, a hint of tobacco, wood and gentle spices. The bitterness slowly fades away in a really long finish. A sweet taste of alcohol is noticeable, but it's really integrated with the rest of the flavors.

M: Full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D: Very good. It's almost unbelievable to think a beer as potent as this one can be so balanced, it's practically flawless. Rich, powerful and complex, it doesn't get much better than that.

ricke, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy crimson into a snifter. Head is slight and bubbly and dies quickly. Some thin strips of lacing stick to the glass. Smells of sweet and tart cherries, figs, deep caramel malts, a damp earthiness and some piney and citrusy hops. More dark fruitiness hits the palate up front with some dark chocolates, more big piny hops, some grain and a squirt of citrus finish things off. A prolific alcohol heat lingers and there's some astringency apparent after a few drinks. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied and a little creamy. Drinkability suffers slightly due to the overabundance of alcohol. There's not a lot going on in the carbonation department. This one pushes the limits in terms of complexity and alcohol, but its failures are definitely outweighed by its successes.

stephens101, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with a silky tan head. Decent lace. Fantastic nose has fresh citrus hops, big malts, caramel, ripe cherries and subtle white wine grapes. Taste is a delectable blend of fruity hops, rich bready malts, carmelized candy, tropical fruit and sweet alcohols. Big, meaty body with a resigny finish. Delicate carbonation compiments the complex flavor profile. Fantastic stuff, needs to try more of FFF's offerings. Maybe I'll seek out one of the goops next.

rye726, May 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. The bottle is dipped in bubble gum pink wax. Looking at some old reviews indicates this is a 2006 vintage. Poured into a trio of snifters, this barleywine appears a deep apricot color with about two fingers of dense, pillowy light ecru foam. Nose and flavor consists of pineapples, tons of sweet caramely malts, the alcohol isn't really noticeable at this point, but you can still tell it's is quite strong. Notes of prunes, raisins, tart green apples, a hint of dark cherry are also present. Thick, syrupy and full bodied with ample carbonation to match the richness and flavors. We enjoyed this along with a few various sharp cheeses, grapes and apple slices.

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with a large bright white head. Rentention is medium and there is little to no lacing.

S - A little boozy as you might expect. Heavy malt with plenty of fruit esters. Citurs hops are very noticeable.

T - Malty upfront with some fruit sweetness. Then the strong hops take over and wash some citrus through the palate. Finishes almost sticky with a sweet aftertaste.

M - Chewy and creamy.

D - The alcohol makes this less drinkable than the taste.

CMW, May 09, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 on tap

pour was a dark amber with a medium head. smell of lemon zest, sweet tea malt character. surprised at the lack of alcohol in the nose. nice body, great carbonation. with an english appeal. a mild citrus, mead like sweet, pineapple finish. not very hot on the throat, not very peppery

2012 on tap

would have to say this is one of the most drinkable barley wines i've ever had. dangerously drinkable. rather fresh but not punchy hops. more so aromatic. quite nice on the nose of candy pineapple and nose of earth and pine. pours like most barley wine. amber with an off white head. palate is a beautiful pairing of citrus mended to earth pineapple, to pine tree to hazelnut to malty sweetness that has a nice dynamic. hints of coconut at one point. but very faint notes of a lot of stuff. not a style i search out much because i feel you need to have it fresh to feel its full range. a port wine sipper... that goes too quick.

averaged score

rtepiak, May 04, 2009
Photo of Beerkovich
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - yellow wax

[You're welcome, 'Buckeyesox,' and thank you for the BA Boris the Crusher--awesome stuff.]

Appearance: aged 2 yrs. now, this one pours a little thicker and hazier than a fresh bottle--beautiful saturated color--blood orange, fades to rust orange in the light and amber at the edges. Appetizing yellowy head fades to mere wisps of film forming artistic patterns on the surface.

Nose: Very full and appetizing--exotic, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and then a subtle backbone of bready, malty delight--coffeecake? Nut roll?

Flavor: A cornucopia of bright, vivid flavors. Tropical fruit-like esters, grapefruity hops, a little bit of sour apple when it warms, pineapple,...watermelon?. And I swear, I'm also getting a 'cherry ring pop' candy flavor. Very succulent, and perfectly balance by the malt, manifesting itself as caramel, pecan, walnut, sourdough bread...is this more complex than FFF's Dark Lord?! Certainly hoppy, but definitely not as bitter/over the top as some american bw's.

Mouthfeel: full, creamy, ample carbonation for the style/age...but just a slight off key astringency to it that I've never been quite able to describe.

Drinkability: The flavors are balanced, the alcohol is hidden remarkably for the abv, but there's just an odd disjunct between the malt and hop/fruit components of this beer. Where the two meet there's just a slightly slick, almost soapy sort of conflict (fyi, not so present in recent '09 bottle)

That being said, there's so many good things going on here it's ridiculous. Having had this beer many times, I'm almost at fault for celebrating its quirks. Unique and delicious. One of my all-time favorites. And yes, worth the $17 to try (if you still have a job).

Beerkovich, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of amneziak
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber orange color with a medium amount of cloudiness. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of carbonation, but there is a very nice amount of creamy off white (nearly tan) head. The retention is quite nice in this beer. Occasional swirls of the glass will bring back two or three fingers worth of head. Lacing is also superb with that crystal-like quality from the sugars.

Smell: Smells just like a Barleywine should. There is a lot of caramel malt and a bit of pungency from the hop presence. You also get some of the characteristic fruits like figs, prunes, raisins, and dried apricots. The hops might not be as upfront as I'd like, but we'll see what they have to offer once I dig in to the glass. To be fair, I've started this one a bit colder than I probably should have. Give me a break -- it's a 22 ounce beer at 12% ABV so it's probably going to take me a while to finish.

Taste: Sadly there is not as much hops as I've come to expect from a Barleywine. And with as well as Three Floyds Dreadnaught is hopped, I'd think there'd be more here. However, that's certainly not a bad thing because the caramel quality of the malt is actually very nice and makes up for any lack of hops. The fruits translate very well from the nose to the palate and are accompanied by some very nice underlying floral components.

Mouthfeel: For a Barleywine I'd say the mouthfeel is one of its best elements. It's not attacking my mouth the way I thought it might, and the alcohol presence is low enough (figuratively speaking) that I don't get the burn I normally get from some of the higher ABV Barleywines.

Overall: At first I wasn't too fond of the lack of hops, but wow this really turned for the better after a few sips. The sweetness of the malt and the floral and fruit components are enough to carry this one as far as it will go. This is unquestionably one of the more drinkable Barleywines I've had. Once again, Three Floyds proves why so many people want their beers.

The Grand Ole Hopry
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGrandOleHopry1

amneziak, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
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!

barleywinefiend, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours a dark gold/copper color with a two finger head that almost overflowed my pint glass and never completely disappeared, leaving some decent lacing on the way down

S--Smells of sweet fruity hops, caramel malts, hints of banana bread and carrot cake. Very nice.

T--Sweet malts dominate the palate, but there is also a flower/citrus hop bite that helps keep it balanced. Caramel, carrot cake, apple skins, maple syrup far in the background. I have only had a few barleywines in my young beer advocate life and I wasn't a huge fan of them, but I really like this one a lot. Maybe my palate is developing and I might be able to go back and enjoy some of the previous ones.

M--There is an oily texture from the hops that helps this one coat the mouth and glide down the throat, but the carbonation quickly washes it away and there leaving a bit of a caramel/biscuit aftertaste. Medium bodied, feels great!

D--This one must be sipped due to the crazy ABV but the alcohol is disguised very well. A bomber of this is almost perfect and I will definitely return to it in the future, and try some other barleywines in the process.

alcstradamus, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber ruby hue. A less than one finger head comes after the pour, leaing a littl foam throughout all 22 ounces. Fresh cherries soaked in some brandy with some honey drizzled over toasted malts. Starts malty and somewhat sweet. Syrupy light ruits, toasted bread grain soaking in a sort of brandy style malt sangria hits the front to middle of taste. The finish highlights the citrus and mint bitterness that slowly pushes the malt and fruity booze out of the way. The palate is boozey somewhat syrupy and a slow interchange of bitter and fruity.

scruffwhor, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light orange hue with a sticky off white head.
Canned pineapple, caramel, honey and sweet bread. Hops are prominent and alcohol also makes an appearance.
A sweet pineapple character is very prominent with a huge malt body to balance off the sugar and hops.
Huge mouthfeel. Very big, syrupy and sticky. Good carbonation but could improve slightly.
A fantastic barley wine. I will be acquiring more of this in the future. It is however overpriced. 14.99 is pretty steep for a bomber.

alovesupreme, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fairly blonde and amber, light amount of head. Smells citrusy and piney with an undercurrent of alcohol and dark fruit? Upon first sip, I'm slammed with the hops. After that intial rush, things mellow out a bit and become more complex. There's a very nice fig sweetness underneath the citrusy hops. There's a definite alcohol afterburn here. This is a very complex beer with lots of thinking to be had. The mouthfeel was very nice, quite thick and smooth on the tongue. While it's nice to get through one of these, there's no way on earth I could have a second in a row. Side note: This is actually closer to a DIPA due to the apparently high IBU's.

youngblood, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of charlesw
2.42/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

They should just call this an IIPA - it would score better. As it stands... Bleh. I suppose... By BJCP you might get away with having this much grapefruit in your face, but by normal drinkability standards... No way. No balance. Like, hello.

The marketing speak on the bottle is pretty far from the mark:
"gleaming dark ruby copper"
- Uh. How about cloudy orangey amber?
"breathtaking aroma [...] brown sugar, grapefruit, molasses, dark bread ..." (etc, etc)
- How about not. Brown sugar as first? And the grammar errors... It's just not professional. Well, that was obvious from the bad and inappropriate artwork. But, still. This doesn't describe the beer I smelled in the slightest. It smells like grapefruit juice mixed with fizzy mineral water.

It goes on to try to tell me what I'm tasting. Well, it's not even close. This is, oddly, cloying. Certainly hopped up the wazoo but definitely not to good effect. Sweet, flowery, bitter, sour. Leaves the mouth watering (and I don't mean that in a good way).

"It's not normal."
- Exactly. And, hey, for an IIPA I'd just say that I don't like it. For a barleywine... I say that the light fruitiness is not to style.

charlesw, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper to golden brown in color with a thin tan head.

Smell: Sweet smelling and very powerful. Pine and hops is the first thing I noticed followed by caramel and mandarin oranges.

Taste: Mandarin orange at first then pine and a bitter hops. It has a great sweet and bitter combination. Has a definate alcohol feel to it at 12.5%.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Has a dry and bitter finish with very light carbonation.

meatmallet, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Rainne
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed this in Munster I naturally got some bottles to go.

A- Nice copper color with a thick and fine looking lacing.

S- Like a good barley wine, several zesty tangy fruits hit the nose first. A caramel smell in the back. A little tamer than on tap.

T- Just like the smell. Nice hops show up stronger than the smell and add good balance.

M- Nice body with good carbonation and pleasant smooth thickness. A little more carbonation on tap than I noticed in the bottle.

D- Drink it. I liked it better on tap but the bottles are still good of course.

Rainne, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFFs. Dark orange in appearance. Citrus and carmel nose, a perfect mix of yummy goodness. Tastes just like it smells, carmel/citrus/hoppy. Medium on the mouth, very smooth. This beer is easy to drink but will sneak up on you if you're not careful. Always have a few bombers on-hand while they're available.

Sean9689, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with fogdog. 2008 release (light purple wax). Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours thick and cloudy; caramel in color. A small, loose, khaki head forms on top but quickly fades to a thin film with halo. No lacing. Some small yeast sediment chunks sit at the bottom.

Smell: Burnt sugars, loads of caramel and doughy malts, juicy mandarin oranges, molasses, sweet pine and hops. Lots of sweet maltiness throughout.

Taste: Lots of sweetness upfront: mandarin orange, red berry pie filling, more juicy citrus, molasses, and candied flavors. Some brief sourness pokes through before the taste morphs into sweet, moist, pine and bittering hops. I wanna say there's some Belgian yeast in here too. Finishes dry and bitter, but leaves lots of sweet, malty, residue as well.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, sticky, thick, and malty. Finishes with a light alcohol burn (masked pretty damn well), however the buzz is setting in quick - my belly feels warm and my head's starting to spin. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Coats the mouth thoroughly.

Drinkability: As said above, alcohol is masked very well. Watch out kids! Flavor is deliciously sweet, but not cloying. Enjoy at a slow pace, if your will power permits. EDIT: 20 minutes later, I feel like I've been kicked in the head. Good thing I shared a good portion of this one; I can't imagine how I'd feel if I drank the whole thing.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazy, bubbly burnt orange. A dense cap of pale yellow foam sits atop like a plug. It does slowly recede, leaving a good wall of lace all around. Very active bead to this one.

Aroma - heavy citrus and syrupy fruits. Quintessential barleywine nose.

Taste - chewy, sweet grain to start, a mostly caramel character; very clean. The hops move in confidently. Having aged this bottle, they are spicy and bitter, but not obnoxious. Easily balancing the malts, they add in a warm booziness on top for good measure. A bit of tartness on the swallow, the hops continue drying the palate into the finish. Ends resiny, warm, and with a touch of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - smooth but with lots of crisp carbonation. The body is heavier than average but probably *just* average for a barleywine.

Drinkability - a fine example and a great candidate for aging.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 10, 2009
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.