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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 531
Gots: 521 | FT: 34
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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joe1510 for this beast.

22 oz. purple waxed bomber allowed to warm up slightly then poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright ruby hue with a fluffy one finger off-white head that dies down to a thin whispy layer of bubbles. An outer ring remains which leaves a good amount of stick on the sides of the glass. Smell begins with a powerful punch of piney hops, slick oily hops, and rich malt. Sweet candy sugars and some spice tickle the nose as well. Booze does make an appearance, but I was expecting that for the style and abv. Overall the aroma is very powerful and can be detected from halfway across the room, I love it. Taste begins with sweet malts followed by slick piney hops. Midway the caramel malt becomes more present with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is dry and sweet, almost like hard candy I used to get from my grandma back in the day. Overall the taste isn't as complex as I had expected after taking a whiff, but it's still good none the less. Medium to full body with a smooth and creamy feel and a carbonation that stings the mouth leaving it slightly dry. I can't belive this beer is 12%, I hardly taste any of that on the tongue which is pretty scary. Barleywines aren't my favorite style, but this is defintely one of my favorites of the group. Good beer for sure, get your hands on this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:26:11 | More by BeerTruth
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bulldogp04 for sending this down to me in a recent trade..

2008 bottle with the purple wax poured into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a reddish bronze color with a big fluffy eggshell head and some of the best lacing that I've ever seen. This is one incredibly beautiful brew!

This has an aroma reminescent of a West Coast IPA, a real hop bomb. Its loaded with grapefruity citrusy pineappley hop aroma but as it warms up a bit, the sweet maltiness really starts to shine through and balances this out beautifully... Damn, this smells terrific!

The first few sips of this brew were laden with pineappley orangey grapefruity hops. They are ridiculously delicious! Later on down the glass, the maltiness comes out to put this one in rarified air. Its just stupid how good this beer tastes. Now, the booze is evident but at 12.5% what can you expect? It doesn't detract from the flavor at all. If anything, it enhances it.

It has a tremendously creamy rich luxurious mouthfeel that makes this one a pleasure to drink.

All around, its really hard to top this barleywine. I've been on a barleywine kick lately and this is the best American style that I've had in a LONG time. The drinkability suffers a bit because of the high ABV but every other aspect is just magnificent. In my opinion, this is FFF's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 01:22:51 | More by Tilley4
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10.5 percent ABV according to the menu I bought it off. Pretty bright copper toned barley wine with a medium light tan head and great lace. Sharp grapefruit and some malt bread in the aroma. Taste is very smooth and sweet with pear and grapefruit, raspberry and caramel malt. Lots of goodies going on here with a viscous feel. Nice tartness over the caramel underpinnings. The alcohol is evident but does not preclude reasonable drinkability. This was a joy and was available to me at the new Brass Monkey in Kokomo, Indiana (unfortunately BA doesn't allow you to give credit on their Beer Spy report for Brewpubs for some reason). Thank you!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 16:41:26 | More by Durge
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up at DLD and since im a fan of big hoppy beers, and figured i might as well try it fresh as opposed to let it mellow out. purple wax

A- ruby copper color with a light thin white head on top that didnt build up high but left a solid lacing around the glass on the way down. significant chill haze whick ill attribute to the high hop concentration

S- theres a definite strong malt basis to this beer, however the complex fruity citrusy hops really do hold the throne of your attention.

T- strong maltyiness on ther start, then the hops come in, the beer stays pretty solidly malty and a light fruity character with caramel? notes. the maltiness is pretty solid and the hops are there but considering the smell characteristics, this beer is much more dominated by the malts then i was expecting it to be. thefinish stays lightly fruity and pretty strong. the alcohol is really well hidden, however the warmth after the swallow is pretty evident

M- thick, creamy, light carbonation, sticky to the tongue

D- pretty solid sipper,

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 00:52:41 | More by Atron67
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple wax

A- A clean and clear copper color with a few streams of slowly rising carbonation. The head is modestly thick and creamy with some decent retention. Doesn't look all that meaty for the ABV.

S- Pine and caramel, pineapple, citrus. Sweet smelling and not overly intense. Grapefruit and brown sugar are in there as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar with some nice citrus hoppiness. A little nutty on the tail end. This is not a blow your doors off barleywine, which is actually nice. The alcohol is ever so slightly noticeable when you look for it. This is almost like a sweet, complex candy.

M- A little dry and sticky at the end, but it is damn creamy. Not harsh at all, for the style at least.

D- This was deceivingly drinkable. The alcohol is masked very well. A unique take on the style. Sounds like a big beer, but doesn't drink like one. A little pricey, but this is the finest American barleywine I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 03:03:58 | More by david131
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How many times do I have to say this.. Big thanks go out to bgramer for the brew.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep caramel orange color with about a half finger of tan head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves minimal, but thick lacing.

A: Sweet caramel, candy, maple syrup, and citrus hops. Orange, peach, and mango are prominent. Sweet malts are present as well.

T: Again very sweet. Caramel and tropical citrus hops dominate, but the malts balance it very well. Very syrupy, very good.

M&D: Full body, no carbonation, makes for a brew that coats the palate. At 12.5% ABV this is a big beer, so the drinkability is limited, but....FFF is fast becoming my favorite brewery. This is an excellent example of an American BW. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 22:45:56 | More by Gtreid
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. I have forgot who from, but I beleive it was hoppymeal. Thanks whoever sent this to me.

Poured from the yellow waxed, capped 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Murky iced tea colored beverage with a small and wispy white head that leaves quickly and leaves no trace of its existence.

Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Pineapple, caramel maltiness, earthy hops. Very nice indeed.

Hoppy and fruity and alcoholic in the flavor. I must say that all things are very balanced. Nothing is too over the top or stand out more than the other. Getting lots of fruitiness, most notably pineapple, green apple, and even some tropical fruitiness like mango.

I really enjoyed this. A beast like this in a 22oz bottle is hard to finish alone but it can be done. Just dont try to get up and walk around after you drink it all :)

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:59:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to gkatsoris for this gem.

Poured from the bottle a murky copper color almost like tea, with a smooth cream colored head.

Rich aroma of caramel, pine, and citrus. Very nice.

The taste is much like the aroma and nicely balanced. Huge taste of caramel malts, piney hops, and apricots. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Creamy mouthfeel, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This barleywine from FFF has so much going for it. Perfectly balanced, rich and creamy, easy to drink, and so damn tastey. You'd never guess it was 12.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 23:19:40 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Bought at DLD 2008 and poured into a tulip glass. This poured a nice dark copper color with a rich off white head that left lacing along the side as it settled.

S: Has that distinctive FFF hop smell to it along with a backdrop of pine. Not too pungent so quite pleasing for a barleywine.

T: The hops along with caramel malts hit the mouth immediately and a slight burn of alcohol is detected in the back. Quite sweet for a barleywine, the citrus flavors help balance the bitterness that is left in the end. Reminds me of a more loud version of Dreadnaught.

F: This barleywine has some body, but quite light for the style. Some carbonation chimes in after swallowing.

D: Quite a drinkable barleywine. Considering the alcohol content, the blend of ingredients hides the alcohol very nicely and creates a very pleasing barleywine. Not a sipper like some, you can go ahead and take a good mouthful and taste everything this has to offer. A good beer for sure, but the price is a little exorbitant. A good beer to pick up and try though.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 01:47:17 | More by Scrumtralecent
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

Poured a clear dark amber/ruby color with thin off-white head, some lacing. Smells of caramel, lots of pine, citrus, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, lots of caramel, and lots of pine. Medium full body with a syrup-like consistency. Well balanced with lots of caramel and lots of pine and the slightest kick of alcohol on the back end, to remind you of how big this girl really is. Strong flavors, very sweet, very piney, and very easy to drink for as powerful as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 02:50:51 | More by HopDerek
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was huge. Ruby red in the light with a minimal head. Lacing was poor and hardly stuck at all. Smelled of pine, herbs, dark malts, and alcohol. Flavor was the same, just magnified by about a thousand. Pretty spicy with some hop hints in the center. Dark malts and herbal/floral scents really took the center stage. Alcohol was present but not overpowering, though it grew exponentially as it warms. Pretty thick and hearty, couldn't have more than one 22oz bottle. A good find, but pretty pricey for $14.99.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 21:28:04 | More by churchillps
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful dark ruby red and formed an off white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, heavy on caramel and pine. The flavor was of hops, malt, caramel and anise with a somewhat vinous taste. Medium light and fairly light for this style. It has a bittersweet finish and could use some aging. At it's current price range I doubt that I will be getting it very often.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 20:55:46 | More by Wildman
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This one pours a clear(from first pour to last) deep amber/copper with about a 1" head of foam.(somewhat vigorous pour)
Lots of nice sticky lacing to be had here.

The smell is nice and powerful with notes of caramel, citrus, and pine. It *smells* balanced for the style.

The taste is, again, nicely balanced with a bold caramel hop character that's offset by equally bold hops, but it's not overpowering in any way. Nice citrus up front, pine shows up about mid palate and shares finishing duty with the malt. Yummy. Not much alcohol apparent other than some slight warming after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium full and it's pretty lightly carbonated. Wow. I really like this BWSA and it, to me, is *so* easy to drink that I know this bomber isn't going to last as long as it should. Oh well, maybe I can get my hands on some more. ;^) It's one of those brews that hits the spot, if you know what I mean.

The aftertaste is very long lasting...the mix of pine and caramel just keeps on keeping on and that's a great way to end each sip. Another winner from Three Floyds. No doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:52:46 | More by Bitterbill
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerZach for sharing this one!
Pours caramel colored with little to no head on it. Smell is malty and caramelly and while balanced somewhat, doesn't have those billowing fresh hops that many of the Three Floyds beers do. Taste however, is exceptional, and very smooth with creamy caramel, with a hint of pine at the finish. One of the smoothest barley wines I've had, and especially for 12%, it's fantastic. Quite an awesome beer by one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:15:31 | More by JDV
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with hints of brown. Decent-sized off-white head with pretty good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is fantastic with caramel malt and piney, citrusy hop notes.

Taste follows the aroma with malt and caramel sweetness followed by a huge piney hop bitterness that leaves a dry, clean, resinous aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and nicely, but lightly, carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 12.5% ABV beer. Can easily drink the whole 22 oz bomber and still want more of its flowery, hoppy, malty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:12:09 | More by AaronHomoya
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2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a brownish orange color with a rocky foam cap.

Aromas of bread mold and alcohol. Apricots and a hint of medicinal alcohol. I get the sense of slight oxidation...kind of a wet cardboard stench.

Flavors of orange and other citrus. A little musty around the edges. Bitterness is there, but I don't really like the flavor of the hops, outside of the citrus.

Didn't want to finish my half of the bomber, pour it out. There could have been something wrong with this bottle; a bit light struck (although no skunk), maybe its old (but this beer should withstand a bit of age) or improper storage...

I will update my review as soon as i get another bottle.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: none, just chatting with my neighbor who brought the beer back from a business trip to Chicago...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 04:00:26 | More by satowns
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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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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, appears a deep thick coppery color. Fine carbonation slowly fights through the thick body and forms a creamy head that dissipates more quickly than it forms, leaving wispy film and bubbles.

Smells of rich deep malt, full of caramel and roastiness, topped by some hoppy brighter fruit scents. Overall characterized by the toasted bready, lightly sweetened malt. Hints of clover, honey, and alcohol.

Taste brims with full on malt characteristics of caramel and roasted grains. Slight nutty and floral notes emerge and pause momentarily with a thin sugary stickiness, then dissolve into clearly defined hop character stacked with pine, resin, and crisp grapefruit, cresting with a pointed bitterness that rises from the tongue and floods the palate. Final notes of resinous hops, juicy fruits, and yeasty toasted bread soften slowly into a slightly smoky grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a struggle between the thick body and tight carbonation, yielding a full feel with flavors released slowly by the escaping bubbles. Smooth, sticky, and resinous are all excellent descriptors, with the feel progressing parallel to flavor with each sip.

With a notable Three Floyds flavor profile, this full bodied barleywine is a journey of hop and malt flavors. Overall drinkability is abstruse, with a great individuality of style offset by a heavy body and ever present 12.5%abv. I struggled with this review, finally deciding that this beer is simply a dichotomy of all that makes beer what it is. Tensions emerge between hop/malt, body/carbonation, and flavor/consumption. Try it. You may not love it, but you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 20:41:48 | More by lightindarkness
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at FFF and served in a goblet

A - a deep orange color that looked as it were mixed with some red as well to darken it up. Actually reminded of a darker Dreadnaught as it was a deep orange instead of that brighter orange. Also had a ivory colored head that had some light carbonation to it and texture wise looked rather flat sitting on top

S - got mostly sweet fruity aspects out of the nose such as pineapple and mango. Also a bit of sugary sweetness and actually a lot of hops were mixed in there as well. The hops are what surprised me the most and if anything made the smell remind me more of a DIPA than a BW.

T - hmm, very hoppy for a BW as that is one of the first aspects I noticed. There was also a lot of sweet tropical fruit flavors in there as well such as mango, pineapple, and even a light acidic, tangy orange flavor. This fruity aspect goes along with the even sweeter aspects of the toffee like sweetness that pervades the beer and overpowers the flavors in the mouth. The after taste was actually a bit of the alcoholic taste and then actually a bit of hoppy bitterness. Overall, the flavors were good and a very sweet BW that hid the alcohol pretty well but it wasn't too complex either. After awhile I felt as it I could really only taste the cloying sweetness and that hurt the taste in my opinion.

MF - The body of this beer was rather thin given the sweet stickiness that the beer had. It seems a contradiction but it was one aspect of this beer that stood out to me. It was as if they made the beer sticky without making it thick. There was a light carbonation as well which was nice with the hoppy aspect of this BW. I felt the extra carbonation was needed to go along with the hops and it was better to have that than to have the beer be super thick. Also this makes this one a bit less of a sipper than some BW.

D - Overall, an interesting take on a BW and as per usual for FFF, they twist the style by throwing in a ton of hops. Usually I find their interpretations to be an overwhelming success but here I don't think it really works that well. What ended up happening was that instead of brewing a BW, they seemed to brew a wanna be, weaker version of Dreadnaught. That's what this beer seemed like to me since it was just Dread with less hops and about the same fruity flavors. It is worth a try but at 16.99 a bottle in the store, I'd be hesitant to pick one up especially if Dreadnaught is around. However, it would be interesting to try one and see if it ages well in the bottle after some of the hoppiness fades away, yet I think that doing that would take away from how FFF wants you to enjoy the beer so I'd recommend drinking it fresh.

MF -

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 14:11:32 | More by jeonseh
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North Carolina

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

Cloudy reddish mahogany with creamy cream-colored head, fine bubbles leave nice sticky lace.

Sweet and malty, toffee with a quick sharp citrus hop impression, some subdued alcohol.

Malty sweetness with an orangey citrus flavor dominating. Dry tannic finish.

Very smooth and soft. Very drinkable barleywine, would'nt have guessed the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 03:52:49 | More by BeerZack
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Glowing hazy dark orange in color. Pours a thin white micro bubble head that dissappears almost immediately. Little or no lacing.

S: Citrus juice. Pine resin. Tropical fruit. Fresh baked bread. Alcohol.

T: Juicy citrus and big pine hops blast the tongue with a big bitter bite. Pleasent waves of pineapple or mango appear and are taken over by the taste of rock candy and sweetness of caramel malts that give off a biscut like aftertaste. Soft warming alcohol.

M: Thick and oily. Minimal carbonation. Warm and puckeringly dry.

D: The high ABV lends toward sharing with good friends. The purists would shout that this is not a barleywine, but I throughly enjoyed this brew none the less! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 01:47:00 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this bottle in a trade with jaustin72403, thanks man.

22oz. bomber poured into a crystal tulip a rather thick, murky dark copper with a small light beige cap. Good carbonation with tiny bubbles rising through the viscous liquid...the head settles to a ring and some lace.

Big malty nose greets you with some authority, backed by an equal dose hops aplenty. Alcohol becomes evident as the brew warms up.

A boatload of caramel malt starts off on a dirty sweet note with flavor to chew. An equal balance of strong hop comes through quickly with some pungent, some what piney aspects, followed by a grassy and not so bittering finish. A rather big Barleywine in flavor with damn near perfect balance.

Kind of chewy, thick mouthfeel with an occasional bite from the hops.

Good stuff thats made for strong ale drinkers, not for the light hearted at a fat ABV of 12.5%. Enjoy and proceed with caution.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 22:54:09 | More by scottoale
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I payed a lot of money to try this beer and I'm glad that I got to try it. It is a bit confusing to figure out exactly what kind of beer this is.
It pours an orange color and produces a bit of yellowish foam. A little light in color for a barleywine.

It smells real sweet and light, sort of like a blonde ale. There is some hop aroma in there but not a whole lot. Interesting balance. The flavor is the weirdest part. It has a fairly low bitterness. It also has a honey-like sweetness to it. I'm assuming this comes from the yeast but theres a banana quality to it. And somewhere in all of this is 12.5% abv. Hard to believe.

The body was thick and did what it was supposed to. Good amount of carbonation. I would love to drink another bottle but its a bit expensive and there are still thousands of beers that I haven't tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 23:06:16 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: This has one of the best labels of all time.

a: This blondes natural color is a light ruby tinged with some orange. It pours with a medium sized off-white head that fades quickly leaving lots of lace.

s: I was expecting a hop monster, but that's not the case. The most obvious aromas are sweet raisins and alcohol that smell of brandy. There is decent amount of a piny lemony hop as well.

t: This barleywine seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. It lacks both the raw hoppiness of an American bw, and the fermented fruit flavors of an English bw. A strong brown sugar flavor that is not overwhelmingly sweet, along with some raisins, start things off. A nice lemony piny hop follows. At the end there is a nice warming alcohol that ought to be painful given the abv. There is a bit too much sweetness here for my taste, but given my previous experiences with 3Fs, I expected it to be worse. This is a very good if enigmatic barleywine.

m: Solid overall, good body and carbonation.

d: Thanks to brandoman63 for the chance to try this very solid barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 15:49:53 | More by DIM
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*liked it, would never buy it at the price*

app: cloudy, red orange. not great not bad.

smell: smells big and bad. and robust. lotsa malts to go with some citrus and mild fruit hops. yummy, but intense.

taste: ho hum, can I say over rated. i just did. its good, but not refined and not classy. it is an average usa BW.

mf: very nice.

drinkable?: eh, kinda. its good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 03:21:54 | More by AndoBrew
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.