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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1380
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


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

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zipper8650

New York

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer Sunday
2012 Red Wax, snifter
A - nice off white head poured straight down the middle, really nice lacing!
S - taste it before you smell it because the smell will throw you off. This beer smells like a hop bomb
T - ok, the smell really had me curious what this one was going to be like but its a different beer when you drink it. the hops are forward but the end note is barley wine. Its definitely sweet but not maple syrup sweet, its candied citrus/ white sugar sweet. the 10.5% is very well hidden
M - very nice, thick, par for the course
O - Overall I am not disappointed in this one and am really enjoying it. I like my BW's way more malty but I can also appreciate how well balanced this one it, its a great flavor, really well made beer. I don't know that I would go out of my way to get it again but would definitely be interested in trying variants. Not my favorite choice for the style but still a really great beer
Skol

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:19:27 | More by zipper8650
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours dark amber/red with about 2 fingers of khaki head. The head dies fast and bubbles still sit on top of the beer.

It smells sweet, like brown sugar, and floral. There is a little berry nose to this--I'm thinking strawberry.

Yep! It's is enormously sweet, yet very well balanced. I love the flavor. Again there is a lot of brown sugar. There is also some caramel sweetness. The beer has a little bitterness on the aftertaste, showing the beer's American barleywine character. The hop presence is mostly floral. The booze is very well hidden, especially for a fresh vintage.

The mouth feel is sticky sweet, medium/heavy-bodied, and has medium carbonation. I wish the mf was a little bigger and richer, but it's a small critique for a great beer.

I'm a big fan of this beer. The hops are in a great place right now, IMO. However, I think the mouth feel and sweetness will benefit with some age. I just hope the hops stay strong with time, in which case this will be a phenomenal brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 03:00:02 | More by lunarbrew
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark-red amber, big head.

Smell: Big sweet orange/citrus aroma.

Taste: Sweet citrus, oranges, balanced flavor between sweet and hoppy. More of a DIPA feel and flavor than barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Moderate feel, not too heavy for 10.5%.

Overall: I finally got to try this one as Hudson got some in. Very good stuff, it does remind me more of a sweet DIPA than a hoppy barleywine, but that's fine by me. Nice and hoppy but not bitter, solid sweetness but not cloying. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 17:34:11 | More by Mdog
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DRyan

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ranger Creek tulip, served at 50 degrees
2013 Orange wax

A: Beautifully dark orange/ruby red with a very creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves heavy lacing

S: I'm not getting a hole lot, but I'm a bit stuffed up so this whole review might be a bit biased. Some alcohol, some fruits, some toffee/malty bits.

T: Heavy on the alcohol but not a burn, certainly warms the stomach. Has some malty sweetness, has some odd other flavors. It's missing the toffee the caramel the richness that I was really expecting from it. This may all be because this is a 2013 and it's just too green... I have another bottle that will age for at least a year or more and I'll come back and re-do this review and see the differences/

M: Nicely thick but not cloying, smooth, velvety

D: Pretty easily drinkable for such a big beer. I think some time on it will do wonders... at least I hope so for the $16 a bottle I spent!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:56:53 | More by DRyan
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Rope

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance-
Muddy brown, with hint of red. Thin head at best, disappears quickly.

Smell-
Wonderfully hoppy at first, sugary second, and alcohol third. The combination, strangely, reminds me of minnows.

Taste-
Delightful, a very present hop taste akin to pale ales. The malt comes through sweetly, but not syrupy like some of your stronger beers. The best part, the alcohol taste is surprisingly hidden.

Mouthfeel-
Low carbonation, a little oily, but par for the course when it comes to barley wines.

Overall-
Easily the best barley wine I have had, but that is more due to the hops than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:34:48 | More by Rope
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22 oz bomber
Glass: Snifter
Additional: 2013 release

Appearance: a brown color with good clarity. a couple fingers of a tannish head that leaves a lacing on the sides

Smell: not much discernable but certainly hops and sweet malts. wish i could pick more out

Taste: caramel malts, citrus hops, vanilla, alcohol. almost taste like it was aged in oak the flavors are so blended.

Mouthfeel: heavy. bitter and warming afterwards. a little bit of pleasant creaminess

Overall: the only big beer i got from three floyds during my trip to indiana but a winner. the flavor is complex and taste. I wish i could taste an aged one cause i think itd play out real nice. for the price its definitely a treat but if it was available where i live i might pick up one a year and let it go from there

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:16:18 | More by SportsandJorts
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yamar68

Minnesota

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

Many thanks to cfances33 for this bottle!
(2013 vintage, reviewed 3/13)

That murky sort of copper / honey gold color that I remember with a sexy ass thin finger of off-white head that paints lace all over the place. A bit of oily booze legs and a surprising amount of beading. Thick bubbles border the glass to form a stubborn collar from start to finish.

Oh mommy. This smells incredible. I'm getting that awesome Dreadnaught type of hop profile on the nose layered with caramel cake and raw honey. I like where this is headed...

Boom. Massive waves of tropical and citric hop flavors. Juicy... Salt n Peppa and Heavy D up in the limousine... if you catch my drift. So fucking tasty. You gotta have this stuff fresh. Hoppy goodness.

Thanks bro man!

Poured from bomber to snifter, big thanks to mordormongo for this!
(2012 vintage, reviewed 6/12)

Blonde? Maybe a real dirty blonde. Pours a bright amber - pretty much exactly the color of the amber that the mosquito was preserved in from the first Jurassic Park movie. Nice finger of silky off-white head that fades out to a thick collar with some spotty bits retaining in the middle. Very nice to look at.

Smells massive... boozy resinous hops, caramel, butterSCOTCH... I could keep my nostrils shoved down in there for a good while, and even as it sits in front of me on the table I can smell how pungent it is.

Definitely a substantial hop presence... hops, then some malty bits, then a booze burn that dries things up. In my mind, the taste of this thing borders a big old IIPA. Enough hops to satisfy a non-barleywine drinker I think.

The feel is rather low as the booze is really pretty harsh. I don't mind that one bit myself but it does affect drinkability.

Extremely pleased with this one. Thanks very much Scott!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:24:45 | More by yamar68
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 650 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2013 vintage with orange wax.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and hazy brownish amber orange with a lot of bubbles sticking to the glass. About one finger of off white head which fades into a patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big and rich aroma of fruity hops, sweet malts, and booze. Big mix of hops upfront with hints of citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, papaya, lemon, and peach. Earthy grass and some spicy pine. Strong malt backbone with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some candied sugar sweetness. Scent of alcohol is fairly strong as expected. A really good aroma. Almost like a West Coast IPA with the hop presence.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big taste of citrus and earthy hops with sweet caramel malts. Big hop taste with notes of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, papaya, and peach. Herbal hops and spicy pine resin along with some grass. Some candy like sugar. Big malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some alcohol taste is in the mix as well. A really good hop forward taste that is well backed by the malts.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is felt as expected but it isn't overwhelming.

Overall: A really great American style Barleywine. Huge hop taste with some really nice citrus esters. IPA like with the hops but a big enough boozy malt presence to remind you that it is a Barleywine. One of the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 07:26:44 | More by MattyG85
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an amber pour, cloudy, with a finger of creme colored head. smells of heavy booze, lots of sweet bready malt, spicy herbal hop profile. a sweet but subtle malty flavor. lots of sugary sweetness, a bit of banana, lots of booze flavor. full body with low carbonation, very heavy warmth.

this is a decent barleywine, a little bit different from what i was expecting - and VERY booze forward. not bad, and i wouldn't mind seeing how last year's bottle held up.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:56:09 | More by facundoCNB
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themind

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This barley wine just flat out kicks butt! what an awesome brew! for the style this is the best that I have had and would seek it out again. FFF does it again with a high quality beer. Pours a small head, it's a little thick but the mouth feel is good. The ABV is hidden well and it has a hidden hop character to it.

Bottom Line: Exceptional barley wine beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:43:18 | More by themind
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weonfire

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange wax (2013 Version)

A - Brown/Red in color. semi opaque- a bit hazy. white cream head- finger thick, lots of lacing.

S - Good amount of hops. carmel, dried fruit. scent of an IPA.

T - Hoppy. If your expected the english style - haha....certainly not that. Carmel malt sweetness. initially real sweet but bitter as it goes down. wine + IPA?

M - viscosity is high but froth level is a bit unimpressive - med/low. covers the mouth decently tho.

O - I honestly would not know this was a barleywine. Yes, I understand it was the American version. But it really tastes and feels like a Imperial IPA with a small amount of sweet red wine added. Whatever you wanna call it, it did enjoy it - while very sweet, I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:26:15 | More by weonfire
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks man!). January 2013 release, but no printed bottling info. Served in an Ommegang tulip snifter.

Pours ruby tinged brown with one and a half fingers sandy pale head that leaves a good bit of head.

Nice citrusy hop nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar in the background.

Grapefruit and orangey hop flavor dominate the flavor initially. Then brown sugar, caramel, a little earth and a healthy dose of booze. Really quite tasty with many more sweet and hoppy layers that present as it reaches room temperature. My description doesn't really do justice to the complexity of the malty hoppy goodness of Behemoth.

Nice syrupy medium thick body with a refreshingly subtle light carbonation. Goes down much easier/smoother than the 10.5% abv might imply. Great, lasting sweet but hoppy finish.

It drinks almost like an imperial IPA, which is perhaps why I like this so much. I'm really torn between saving the other I have and drinking it soon. Hopefully I can get more so both will be an option! Another win from Three Floyds in my book and certainly worth a try if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:08:07 | More by ThickNStout
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nsh221

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottling

A: Nothing amazing, but solid all around. Amber-brown color, nice head and solid lacing.

S: Awesome. Lots of that distinctive FFF hop aromas(plenty of citrus and pine). And then super candy sweetness behind it. Not sickly sweet, but rich.

T: Follows the nose. I may be a bit partial to this as I sometimes find ipas and iipas too one dimensional, but it tastes to me like an iipa but with an amazing malty rich quality and sweetness to balance the hops bitterness. Though I will cellar a couple, part of me wants to drink them all fresh.

M: Thick and rich, nice level of carbonation. Despite it being fresh, I didn't notice the alcohol as much in the taste as in the way this and other high abv beers tend to coat your tongue. Very rich.

O: I can see why some people who have specific ideas of what a barleywine should be may find this a bit off, but overall, it is still an exceptional beer. Again, will let a couple sit and see, when the hops recede, what other flavors may emerge. Really interesting, well balanced and approachable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:56:55 | More by nsh221
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vic21234

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage with orange wax.

A- Pours a clear yet slightly hazy copper color. A finger's worth of off-white head sticks around for while and helps to form some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is sweet overall. I get citrusy fruits, some pine, and a caramel backbone. Some alcohol sting is noted in the smell as well.

T- Initial taste is of some nice hop characters. The citrus notes in the smell do not seem to carry over in the taste, as the hop notes are mostly pine and grassy for me. I get an overall sweetness from the malts and caramel flavors. A kind of acidic (not bad but can't think of another word to use) fruitiness is also apparent.

M- Hoppy, bitter, fruity, sweet, dry finish. Drinks hot, and the flavors develop more as the beer warms.

I love a good barleywine, and this one does well. Nice job to FFF.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:49:57 | More by vic21234
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hits all the checkpoints that a classic barley wine should. About a finger of slightly off white head formed on the pour. The creamy head provided some very solid lacing on the glass. Head was prevalent on the outside of the glass during enjoying this brew. Some nice carbonation bubbled throughout the edges of the glass. This really made my mouth water.

Smell: Once I broke the seal on the bottle the wonderful aroma blasted out of the bottle. The front of the aroma is a ton of hops. More hops then I would have expected but was very pleasant. Mixed well with the hops is full bodied caramel and malt. Some sweet with the sour of the hops goes a long way.

Taste: What you would probably expect from the aroma but also throws in a few odd twists and turns. This beer definitely got more delicious as it got closer to room temperature. A lot of hop bitterness bites throughout this beer. The front is smooth then the hops jumps all over the palette. Creamy awesome barley accents provide a dry and wonderful finish to this brew. Very impressive how the complex layers have distinguished themselves but at the same time come together to make a really awesome barley wine.

Mouthfeel: I could use a little more here. The creamy accents are very noticable in the taste but not the mouthfeel. Kind of the hallow hop bitterness hangs around without much else.

Overall: I am not surpirsed Three Floyds would bring the heavy hops in their barley wine. This is my favorite style and I probably prefer the creamy barley over bitter hops but no doubt this is a great representation of the style, just with the classic Three Floyds taste. I've got another bottle that I look forward to sitting on for a while and revisiting this brew in about a year.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 05:39:39 | More by KFBR392
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red wax---2012 release.

Appearance: Completely opaque dark orange color with a modest frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Tons of caramel malt and some orange citrus with pine. Once it warms a bit you get apricot and a definite alcohol note. Pretty nice balance in the aroma but nothing that gets me all that excited.

Taste: They weren't joking about the sweetness in this beer. A big helping of caramel and sugar crusted barley flavor throughout. A nice dose of hops in this one as well giving tangerine and pine characteristics to the flavor as well as a moderate bitterness on the back end. Slightly crisp finish that transforms into a nice heat from the 10.5% ABV. The flavor is a bit one dimensional but there are hints of greatness. Overall the picture that comes to mind when drinking this beer is a whiskey soaked orange dripping with syrup.

Mouthfeel: As full and robust as the thickest of them. Smooth carbonation and an ease of drinkability for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: The Barleywine style is one that I've recently started seeking out and I've become something of a connoisseur. What you have here is a very good beer and an interesting take on the style. A hop head who has a sweet tooth would definitely enjoy this one. The sheer body of this beer is enough to make any craft beer enthusiast content. If you have access to it and like DIPAs or Barleywines then pull the trigger. Would I drink it again? Yes, I'd age one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:54:34 | More by JamesMN
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DocJitsu

California

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque murky amber color with a big, fat head light caramel head. Mild, sweet toffee on the nose. A bit of dried fruit as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Almost creamy. A lot of dried fruit in the flavor. A little bit of alcohol and some bitterness at the finish. Decent. Not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:09:40 | More by DocJitsu
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange wax for 2013 and super fresh!

Pours out a deep amber/slightly burnt orange with reddish highlights and a finger of off-white head.

The aroma is very, very hoppy. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes like mango, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple and orange. This is followed by some sweet malt notes with toffee and caramel.

The taste is also extremely hop-forward. A lot of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and apricot along with some slightly piney hop notes too. There are the sweeter malt notes near the end with toffee and caramel and it's fairly balanced between sweet and bitter with all the hops added in.

The mouthfeel is creamy and the body is full. There isn't much of an alcohol aroma, but there is some slightly in the taste and a small warming sensation as it goes down.

Very easy to drink and one of the hoppiest Barleywines I have ever had. It reminds me slightly of Avery Hog Heaven actually. If you can find this pick it up, but it is kinda expensive at $19/bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:57:25 | More by JohnnyMc
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sbxx

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013
Orange Wax

Appearance - A nice, mystifying cloudy amber. Piqued my curiosity about this beer even further.

Smell - Sweet, floral, fruity, and citrusy. Beautiful.

Taste - Not as fruity as expected based on the smell. Great balance of hops, malt and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a sticky finish on my lips.

Overall - Hard to believe it's 10.5% ABV. Everything is blended so well. I can't imagine the time and energy it takes to perfect something like this. A very solid brew, but easy to understand why it's a seasonal. I look forward to getting it again next year, and I definitely want to try one of the barrel aged versions at some point.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 07:27:20 | More by sbxx
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zrbeer1579

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Orange Wax

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Deep ruby with brownish hues. A half finger tan head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Fruity, mostly tropical fruits. Slight pine and floral. Caramel malts and slight hints of alcohol.

Taste: Tropical fruity flavors. Some citrus and earthiness. A touch of pine and floral. Big smooth caramel with some toffee notes. Some vanilla and/or honey like sweetness as well. Some bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable but it is not as strong.

Mouthfeel: Thick with carbonation under median. Very smooth. A bit sticky and oily but cloak the mouth nicely. Bitterness is not as aggressive as I thought it was going to be. It does lingers, but it's light.

Overall: Despite being more of an Imperial IPA, it has rich malts flavors that balance well with the hops. Happy I grabbed a bottle of this. I'm not sure how an aged Behemoth(regular Behemoth) would be. Wish I could try the barrel aged versions.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:57:51 | More by zrbeer1579
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy ruby orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Hops. Good deal of the actually, more than I was expecting for a Barleywine. Citrus, grass and caramel round it out.

T-More like an IPA. This is really an American Barleywine. Hop forward. Notes of grass, caramel and molasses round it out. Nice bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated

O-One of the few barleywines I had fresh and really liked. Not sure if aging would do this any good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:48:10 | More by rlee1390
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this out of the tap at Firkin, poured into a snifter

A- Pours a deep brownish color that is a beautiful red when held up to the light. A finger and a half of head that had nice retention.

S- Great floral aroma from the hops, malty with a hint of alcohol.

T- Taste is sweet with a little less hop presence than I had expected. Hint of alcohol as well, which is not surprising at over 10% ABV.

M- Mouthfeel is almost creamy for a barleywine. Carbonation is light and it has warming feel on the way down. Very sticky.

O- A very enjoyable barleywine, but could have used more hop bitterness in my opinion. All of the beers by three floyds are great, but this one might be a little better when aged in a bottle. I will have to purchase it at the store and give it another try to see how it compares.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-07-2013 23:59:21 | More by MickeyBeer
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't think many people know what a barley wine style beer is, and very few I talked to like this style of beer. Well, if you ever want to convince someone of a barley wine, give them one drink of Behemoth! Typically I am a huge IPA fan, but this may be one of my most favorite beers ever.

It's has a lot of IBU's but is definitely not overly bitter. It has a nice smooth quality to it as well but still boasts a high alcohol content. A perfect balance of citrus type hops/malt/honey gives this beer a special quality.

This is a beer aficionado's must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 15:10:59 | More by Ncpogs
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overnightstorms

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Barley wine from Three Floyds

Poured in a wine glass (best glass available)

A- clear whiskey amber brown. Nice head, with fine lacing

S- earthy and floral with sweet alcoholic notes. Burnt sugar. 

T- rich and flavorful, sweet, hoppy, alcohol stings the nose, caramel, fruity wine notes

F- feels like wine, so rich it's chewy. 

O- I love this beer. It's really fueled my barley wine obsession. Always look forward to when the beer comes out. Love the artwork and of course the wax. 

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 06:20:41 | More by overnightstorms
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a slightly deep, caramel brown…mildly transparent, I can see some sediment floating about inside…about a finger width, off white head formed and remained and sticks together nicely…tons of life when I swirl it around…looks fantastic…(4.25/5)

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, some alcohol heat, pale malts, citrus (lemon, pineapple) hops, earthy bitterness…its got a little lemony disinfectant spray aroma…very balanced, plenty of pale, sweet, caramel malts mixed with citrus and earthy hops…(4.5/5)

Taste: Yum! Rich caramel malts balanced nicely by zesty lemon/pineapple citrus hops…there’s definitely an earthy/damp forest hops resin flavor happening here as well…very balanced…its sweet, robust, full flavored and hinted nicely by alcohol and citrus bitterness…not a totally unique flavor, but when it’s done right, you can taste it, and it’s done right here…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to full carbonation…fluffs up nicely bringing sweet caramel malts all over the palate…chewy, fresh, zesty…citrus/earthy bitterness shows in the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This beer is really good…the guy at the brew pub said this was one of their more sought after beers and I can see why…Three Floyds do a fantastic job with their citrus hops flavored beers and here they’ve got them playing so nicely with sweet, caramel malts…a hint of the higher ABV, but that’s to be expected from this style and it does add to the overall flavor…it’s superbly drinkable and wonderfully flavored, my only knock is the price tag…I paid $15 for a bomber (total splurge I bought at wholesale, I’m not sure what they’d charge at a store) and while it’s good, I have a hard time recommending anything that expensive…is it good, YEAH…is it worth $15, maybe…but if your like me and occasionally spend for beers typically out of your price range, this is a good experimental choice…(4.25/5)

Serving type: bottle

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