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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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Reviews: 576 | Ratings: 1,775
Photo of RobinLee
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Orange Wax. Color: Nice deep amber, ruby tonez. Smells like caramel and rye spice, maybe red fruits on the tail. Smell follows on through the palate- nice caramel sweetness balanced by that rye spice, with something like apple acidity, fruits. Bit of booze, but I suspect the age has mellowed it considerably.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), 2013 vintage (orange wax), poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 4/3/14

Small amount of carbonation. Brown reddish body. Not too much aroma. Some alcohol grainy smell. Slightly fruity taste. Some sweet bread notes. It’s decent.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not getting this as a Barley wine. I smell the signature Three Floyds hops, but it isn't as sweet as a BW usually is. The nose is nice for a big, hoppy non-BW. Confusing.

The taste is, once again, bit fat hoppiness typical of the brewery- sharp and tangy. I'm STILL not getting this as a BW. A bit too thin, though the mouthfell is fine, for anything other than a BW. I get the malts, but can't pin down any caramel notes on this.

If you're looking for a sweet, thick BW- go elsewhere. If you're looking to sample thru the Three Floyds taste catalogue this one is a tick worth trying. Once.

I'd say this would be a good candidate to age or have as a barrel aged brew. As it is, it is a hop bomber that hits just a bit strong for the style.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle; about 6 years old, cellared at 55 degrees F.

Dark amber color, pretty, with no head.

Smells like caramel malt, sweet grain, and touches of fresh golden apple and pineapple; quite attractive.

On the palate, a cohesive blend of sweet malty and hoppy flavors. Caramel, earth, light tobacco, light fruit. Good depth of flavor and assertive bitterness. Long, bitter, earthy finish. Balanced and tasty.

Cushy, slick, silky texture.

Seems to have aged well; no overt oxidization. Good stuff.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber body with only a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Big hop notes on the nose along with some brown butter/burnt caramel. Definitely an american barleywine. This is like a DIPA with the malt bill kicked up for added body and sweetness. It works very well. This is surprisingly drinkable and almost refreshing at such a high ABV. Definitely worthwhile for hopheads out there.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange wax, 2013 vintage. Tasted 24 May 2014.

Pours a rich rusty amber-brown. Half a finger of yellowish head, okay retention and good lacing.

Smell is big and beefy. Caramel malts, hops, and alcohol. Leathery, herbal, and biting. But all in a nice way.

Taste is bruisingly strong and bitter. I don't find much else in there, unfortunately, as the bitter of the hops and the alcohol mask any pleasant flavors the malts might bring. Tastes like a hopped-up barleywine, but not anythig I really want to drink all that much of.

Feel is good. Medium-heavy body, enough carbonation, lasting.

A decent hoppy barleywine. The big problem is that it's lacking anything particularly interesting. No flavors that really grab me, not particularly well balanced. It's what I'd expect, but nothing more.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Orange Wax

A- Pours a deep amber with ruby and orange accents coming through. Dense dirty white head that does everything it can not to fade. Terrific lacing

S- Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and charred malts all come through amidst the fruity, floral notes. Delightful, yet not robust.

T- Some time has certainly helped smooth this one out. Flavor profile is similar to the nose in that it is tempered but becoming. Starts with the rich, charred malts before moving on to a layer of sweet, chewy caramel and tropical fruits

M- Probably the weakest aspect for me. While the booze is mild, the body is on the lighter side. A rather pathetic carbonation level. Sticky though.

O- Not bad. Everything seems to come together nicely, but nothing really "pops".

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Photo of macher0
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue wax to tulip.

A. Dark copper with amber hues. Cloudy. 2 finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Nice laces.

S. Moderately fragrant. Big time floral hops w/ a citrus finish. This beast is certainly going to be a hoppy barley wine (big surprise).

T. A little sweet, a lot bitter. Strong hops flavor with a certain presence of barley wine = apples, plums, figs, malts, pears, and persimmons.

M. Very thick. High carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O. Very nice. This is certainly a 3F ale in respect tot the level of hops. Which are very high. This is a great ale to share. Very strong and very well crafted. I certainly recommend this ale.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. 10oz poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark brown body with a one finger white head, decent lacing nothing special

Smell- citrus, grapefruit, orange, and some caramel. No mistake though this is hoppy as hell and not close to being true to the style.

Flavour- super hoppy, dank and bitter with a lot of grapefruit qualities and a fairly minimal caramel toffee contribution. This is not subtle at all.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, nothing special. Fairly bitter nothing much else and very sweet here. Dry and sweet finish.

Overall- not that special of an American barleywine. Overly hopped as you'd expect from a Three Floyds beer.

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Photo of guityler83
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 – Blue wax

A: Poured into a snifter the head built a modest half finger tall. Off white, khaki looking, fell after about 30 seconds. Swirling the beer produces slow falling alcohol legs. The beer is a very haze, dark woody mahogany color with a reddish tint. The lacing left on the side of the glass is just a few small streaks.

S: Fresh smelling hop aroma with citrus and musty pine. A noticeable sweetness coming through from fruity yeast esters and malt character. Caramel and stone fruit with some ethanol.

T: Strong grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness gives way to a sweet malt profile. Toffee, syrup, candy sugar and caramel notes. The hop flavor evolves on the pallet to a more dank pine flavor with some tropical fruit (citra?). The balance is down the middle surprisingly, if this wasn't so fresh I think the malt would win the balance game, but I'm liking the balance of the fresh Behemoth.

M: Big thick body with much residual sweetness. Alcohol warming is there but not overpowering. Carbonation is lower with some stickyness left on the tongue.

O: Don't know why you would age this beer, fresh is the way to go. Fresh hop aroma, great bitterness, it's bassicly a DIPA with a bigger malt body.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark auburn cloudy color with a great tan head. Carmel hop smell. Sweet Carmel malts but with a good hop balance. Medium body and carbonation. Best barley wine I've had, love it!

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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage (blue wax). 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep hazy auburn with some sediment; fluffy khaki head that slowly fades leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are hop forward. Smells like a DIPA. Some tropical notes with pineapple leading the way. Lots of fresh citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Some berries. Some caramel and cocoa too. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's still a nice bitterness to this one. Lots of sweet fruits. Some dark fruits are in the mix as well. Some raisins and plums are noticeable. Subtle hints of toffee and butterscotch. Solid malt backbone blends harmoniously with the hops. More caramel and cocoa in the flavors. Slightly spicy. Some resin. There's an extremely subtle warmth to this one, but it's perfect. It's definitely not hot or boozy. Very smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with creamy active carbonation. Fluffy stuff. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a very impressive brew. It's definitely hop forward and has alot of DIPA characteristics, but there's no question that it's a barleywine. It's pretty pricey, but it's well crafted. I really like this one fresh, but age will not hurt it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-waxed 2013 bottle pours deep red-amber with a decent head.
Attractive aroma is a bit too flowery, giving a hint of perfume.

Alcohol is partly hidden, but still drinks like 10% ABV.

Feel: a little hot on the tongue, this would no doubt benefit from some aging.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage consumed in Jan. '14.

Hazy but still translucent copper-colored liquid, with a small off-white head that retained as a thick ringlet and dotted the glass with lacing. Aroma of thick sweet malts, and somewhat off-putting old resinous hop oils, some neutral alcohol. On the palate, caramel malts, brown sugar bubblegum, some candied fruit and more of the resinous notes detected in the aroma, hints of acetone. Hmm. Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than expected. It was good, but not overall what I expect from a barleywine, and I wasn't really sold on it.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz blue wax bomber 2014 series

Pours a nice copper amber color a very thin head

Smells very sweet almost burgundy like apples

Not as fruity as it smells a bold first impression the hops and barley hit simultaneously but the hops as 3f hops tend to stick around burnt caramel, heavily hopped but hard to determine variety

Bold character masks high alcohol content, reminds me of a Rye PA I've had in the past but much stronger

A great barleywine for hopheads not sure what to pair it with great by itself but by the time I'm done with this bomber Ill be bombed.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.22.13
2012 Red Wax

A - Pours a cloudy caramel brown with fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter, malty, caramel.

T - Toasted brown sugar, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and not bitter as the nose would suggest. Good beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2 years old or so. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber color with a few cm of sand colored head. Opaque but not cloudy. Decent retention and a smattering of lacing.

S: Just-barely-rich caramel, appealing but restrained. Malty notes, light citrus (orange peel, tangerine). A really nice, classic barleywine aroma; not exactly what I was expecting from FFF.

T: Toffee, molasses, a little fig, very light tropical fruit (pineapple), a little water, finishing with a touch of mouth-drying, gripping, lingering bitterness. Mild sweetness complements the taste decently well.

M: Mouthcoating, with a medium-light body (bordering on thin for a higher ABV barleywine) and light carbonation. Alcohol is mostly hidden.

O: A very nice example of an American barleywine which wisely chose to show restraint on the hops.

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Photo of dumpman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 red wax capped bomber, poured into a sam smith pint glass.

copper colored semi clear with an orange hue.

nice malt with hop fragrance

sweet at first but as it works over the tongue a bitter finish, slight alcohol burn.

big and syrupy nice, chewy.

excellent barleywine that I've been cellaring tastes as good as it looks, smooth
tasting for a 10.50%abv barleywine.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber came from Adam. Big thanks! White wax which I think is a 2011, poured on 12/14/13. Pours a orange brown, a bit murky, with a small yellowish brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, orange peel, some more fruits, figs. Flavor is big time malts, toffee, caramel, lots of fig, some orange peel, still some semblance of hops with a little dankness, and more big malty notes. Lots of flavor, and very much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is chewy but with plenty of carbonation despite the age. This is good stuff, but I don't think it lives up to its name for me unless it is better fresh.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Fall 2011 Ohio bottling with yellow wax. Pours slightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, grass, pine, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, tangerine, toast, floral, brown sugar, raisin, pear, light pine, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, raisin, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of RickS95
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange wax, 2013 vintage

The pour is a cloudy, hazy brown with some lighter orange notes thrown in. You can see the richness. The head is a finger thick. A variety of different sized bubbles, all offwhite in color. Decent retention. The thinnest of laces left behind.

There's a lot of complexity, even in the nose. Malt is the overwhelmingly dominant scent. It's everywhere, particular caramel malt. Faint hints of citrus, vanilla and alcohol esters fill out the scent profile.

The taste rocks. It's a handful with the alcohol being so high, but despite that, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar and citrusy hops appear at different times.

It's full bodied and smooth, as smooth as a 10.5% ABV barleywine can be. There's plenty of heat from the alcohol, but it's not a palate destroyer. Slightly sweet up front and then buttery midsip, the bitterness is there, but they're kept in check by the sweet malt and fruity acidity. Hops are present, but the malts dominate.

Barleywines are sometimes hard to like because they're so aggressive. This is smooth, sweet, creamy and hot. It's very manageable, not only for the style, but in general. Three Floyds has another hit with this behemoth of a beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Three Floyds Brewery

2007 Bottling
Yellow Wax

Thought I'd go with something I've been wanting to try for awhile now. I must say I'm pretty excited. Behemoth Blonde pours decent looking mahogany red but when held to the light it glows ruby. Small lines of carbonation bubbles crawl to the surface. A one finger ivory head formed on the pour that slowly fell and left sheet lacing as it did. Excellent looking beer.

This barleywine is packed to the gills with big aromas. One thing that actually is a little subdued is the hoppiness. A little strange coming from Three Floyds, especially in a barleywine. There are hops but I expected a hop bomb. There is a lot of brown sugar and caramel. Maybe even some raisins. Doughy with a squeeze of grapefruit juice and spicy alcohol. Wonderfully complex.

Definately more hops on the tongue than in the nose. This could actually be more complex in the flavor than the aroma. Brown sugar right up front fades into the doughiness of dark bread and caramel. Theres a very smooth and enjoyable nuttiness that I can't identify. On the finish those hops take hold and the stomping begins. Grapefruit and sticky resiny hops beat all over your mouth and just linger and linger. Holding on as long as possible. Very complex and big. Just my style.

As I get down to the subject of mouthfeel my lips are completely numb. It's been awhile since a beer has done that to me and I love it. For such a heavy big brew this barleywine is in no way sticky or overly sweet. Thick body that becomes airy as it hits the back of the tongue. Silky smooth with that lingering hop kick.

Great drinkability for such a big complex beer. It will easily burn out your tastebuds but that wouldn't stop me. If I had a steady supply I would tip them back regularly.

I decided to try this for my 200th review and I'm glad I did. A barleywine that's hard to reckon with. This is the best barleywine I've sampled in recent memory. Another superb beer from Three Floyds.

Reviewed: 7/7/07

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Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bottle that was wax sealed. This bottle has one creepy label. The label depicts a blond, fat, and rather pink woman wearing a green one piece bathing suit with a sash around her that reads "Miss Behemoth." Off to the sides of the woman are two creepy Adams Family like men eyeing this behemoth beauty. Surrounding these creepy people is the name of the beer and the 3F skull. The outer edges of the labels hold the mandatory US info, a description of the beer, and a small map to the brewery. You can tell what vintage this beer is from the color of the wax. My bottle was sealed with red wax which means its from 2012.

I poured this Barleywine into my Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Snifter. From behind the super creepy label came a very tame dark and hazy cranberry orange colored beer. It was hazy that my eyes had a hard time trying to find my fingers on the other side of the glass. The color of the beer was better looking than the head of foam, but the head of foam was nothing to shrug off. At the height, the head of foam was 3/4 of inch tall and light beige in color. It was one of those colors that was in between white and beige. This indecisive head of foam had good retention that left behind a medium sized strings of rings and a handful of sticky streaks of lace.

Right off the bat was this Barleywine's rich hoppy scent. It smelled like the hops were a mix of citrus hops and piney hops. Like the head of foam, the hops couldn't decide on what to be. It smelled like hops wanted to take control of the aroma, but the toasted caramel malts came in a shut them down. There wasn't much after the malt. My nose only picked up a little more pine and a subtle whiff of grapefruit.

I thought this beer was going to be powerful, but it really wasn't. It wasn't strong alcohol powerful. This beer had a different power. This power was taste. Like the aroma, it was the hops that kicked off the taste. At least the hops could make up their mind on what to be. The hops tasted like bitter citrus hops. Following the hops was some pine and grapefruit. It was after those flavors where the taste then finished up with a really nice amount of toasted caramel malts and a splash of toffee. Very nice!

This was a medium to full bodied Barleywine that had a good amount of lively carbonation and a full flavored aftertaste. This aftertaste contained more citrus hops, grapefruit, toffee, and toasted caramel malts. The aftertaste came on strong, but quickly died down. It left a short lived sweet toffee taste in the back of my throat.

I originally thought this beer was going to an alcoholic mess, but I temporary forgot that this was a 3F beer. This was a well done semi sweet and flavorful Barleywine. I would very much like another bottle to age.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Red Wax Behemoth

The complexion of this barleywine was Crystal clear through a light amber hue. Very filtered appearance it poured with loads of fizzy carbonation and built a loose quickly retreating head.

The scent is strong, deeply diverse and aromatic. Lots of dark and dried fruit can be found such as; plum, prune, raisin, fig and dates. I also found a strong mahogany and cedar wood scent. Some grain and malt can be found but it's dominated by the fruit.

The taste is a little less complex with prune and date flavor first. Dried fruit sweetness and body yields to a hoppy pine and alcohol tinged flavor. As it warms to room temperature the alcoholic flavor leaves and it carries the dried fruit longer.

Overall, this barleywine held up to the hype and offered a fantastic experience.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.