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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml yellow waxed bomber poured into tulip 17/6/13 alpineclimber hooked me up cheers dude.
Had to do some research but this one has the hands logo and not the skull logo on the label so it would be the yellow wax from 2007

A glows ruby red with a few slow bubbles that produce two fingers of dark tan head that doesn't have the best retention but manages to leave 4 pencil thin rings of lace

S lots of brown sugar and burnt caramels, some spiced rum raisin cake,cotton candy, honey, and just a little pine and citrus with just a hint of tobacco leaf, earthy notes as it warms, smells sweet but sexy

T small step back from the nose, still has some pine resin but its mostly malty caramel and brown sugar at this point, quite nice with the booze being very well hidden

M silky upon entry leaning towards full and a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, no heat and a little pine resin and on the finish and some grit left behind, about what I look for from the style

O I love a big sweet BW and this one delivers just that, not lacking in any areas and excelling in a few, well worth looking for

very well executed and its holding up well, still has some faint hops shining through and I can only imagine how much enamel this peel off your teeth fresh. Something I'd definitely keep my eye out for in the future both fresh and aged

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

Blind BIF Beer #7

Regular 22oz bottle. The cap was not covered enough, so we could tell this was FFF immediately.

It looked like a barleywine, and I had had a 2012 Behemoth a couple weeks back. I thought the 2012 Behemoth was amazingly complex., so this is a combo review.

Sweet smell. Tastes like an old ale barleywine combo. I wrote in my notes that this was not behemoth though because it lacked the complexity of the 2012.

Guess: Risgoop.

Reveal: Huh? I deservingly got laughed at for being so sure it was not behemoth. I would have given this a 3.75.

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Photo of Prager62
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-1-16 poured in my Three Floyd's not quite a pint glass.

Look- Pours a deep amber color with a generous finger plus of creamy off white foam.

Smell- Grapefruit, mild passionfruit and mango, followed by floral esters. There is malt and some yeast that emerge from the hop forward nature of this beer.

Taste- Grapefruit, some passionfruit and a lot of floral notes in the finish. There is a nice complement of malt in the finish after the hop bite subsides.

Feel- Creamy, slick, oily, and way too easy to drink for a 10.5% abv. beer.

Overall- This is probably my favorite 'blonde' barleywine although it's more deep amber in color. I'm being sarcastic as it's a beautiful looking beer that is very hop forward, but has a complementary slick malt backbone that makes this one great tasting and easy drinking barleywine. One I look forward to every year.

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Photo of hardy008
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Hazy copper with a less than one finger tan head, which quickly fades to a small disc of foam, with sticky lacing. The aroma has caramel, dark fruit, citrus, and citrus zest.

The taste is a nice balance of sweetness, and hoppy bitterness with caramel, dark fruit, citrus, citrus zest, and brown sugar. It's amazing that this beer is still as hoppy as it is, after one year in the cellar. Age has also mellowed this beer so there is virtually no taste of alcohol.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. As mentioned before, the alcohol is well hidden. I suspect the alcohol would have been pretty strong if I drank this beer fresh. Very nicely made, and i would gladly buy this again if I get the chance.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

a: dark burnt orange. a nice lacing around the glass

s: dang! there is a ton going on here! burnt oranges, lemon rind, and grapefruit juice. treat cherries covered in vanilla and a burnt caramel. this smells awesome. a bit of earthly pine in here too. inviting!

t: starts with sweet cherries, caramel and burnt toast. there is almost an oaky quality here. dark fruit lingers in the edges of my tongue and play nicely with the sweet malt and tropical hop. some grapefruit and wonderful pine. a fantastic dry finish. as it warns the alcohol comes out more and some.funky yeast characteristics appear. wow this keeps changing!

m it drinks lighter than the abv. very very smooth with an awesome finish that lingers.

o: this is awesome. it's complex and changes with ever sip. 3 Floyd nailed it. I can't wait to see how it ages. the hops here are awesome and it is extremely well balanced. /96

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

orange wax edition, shared with friends, thank goodness. this beast pours a burnt orange color, with lots of yeast sediment and maybe an inch of just off white head. the nose is really sweet, English toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and beet sugars as well. there is also a lot of hops, not quite hog heaven level, but this is definitely an American barleywine, with some pine notes and even some tropical fruits emanating from the hopping. the taste is crisp for how sweet it is, and I think the hops do save this beer from being just a sugar bomb. the alcohol is piercing, and the flavors all combine to be like a really good bread pudding. sort of odd in a beer, but I enjoyed the flavors coming together as they did. the feel is a little sluggish. not quite bubbly enough, and the sweetness starts to take hold after half a glass or so. this beer becomes pretty punishing when its warm, but so do most barleywines. I know its the wrong time of year for this, so maybe that had something to do with my dislike of the mouthfeel, but this is a complex and enjoyable beer nevertheless. still waiting to be blown away by three floyds though.

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Photo of screamking
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
2013 edition with around 6months on it.

Appearance-pours a deep red/brown, very cloudy, small off white head which disappears quickly. Some lacing around the sides. 4

Aroma-aroma is a very even mix of hops and malt. Citrus hops are the first through, lots of grapefruit. Some fig and other dark fruits peaking their noses in. Very complex and hard to dig into. I'm also getting some cherry and vanilla. 4

Taste-that's a very even taste. Hops and malt work side by side perfectly in this one. Yes, there's bitter hops up front. There's also some nice dark fruit malts in there too.
Not one thing seems to overtake the other. 4

Feel-medium to full body, lots of boozieness in the mouth, a real good sipper. 4.25

Overall-I have had barleywines that I like more then this for one reason or the other, but I can't recall one that is this even. I really can't say that enough, it could be because I aged this a little, but the hops are completly even with the malts. Price is a little expensive, but its worth it for this beer, an all night sipper. 4

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle (orange wax) into FFF Teku

Pour: A dark hue of an amber reddish orange with a big three finger off white head that lingers for a long time. Sticky lacing is clinging all over the glass.

Smell: Very citrus and orange peel forward at first. Then a big caramel sweetness with a touch of honey.

Taste: Big citrus hop notes hit up front first. Then I get the sweetness in what I'd call a candied apple like taste. There is also a malt backbone with biscuit and yeast. The back end is a finishing of toffee sweetness mixed with citrus and grassy hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrup like coating the palate well. Does not seem to stay long after the swallow except I do notice the alcohol burn lingering. Does seem to lack a bit here. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I am a huge english style barleywine fan but damn does FFF hit the mark on this one. It has their well known hop profile with a candied sweetness in perfect harmony. Love this beer!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had three vintages of this monster. I love love barley wine but the Behemoth seems to stand out compared to the others. It has that signature Floyds taste to it even for being a Barley Wine. Sweet, touch of hoppiness, and goes down very very smooth. I wish that this was a year around beaty

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, 2013 vintage with orange wax, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color with hues of red and burgundy. A 2 finger high, bone colored, soapy head rises from the beer with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a bit muddled, piney, sticky hops hits the nose straight away but quickly lead to sweet brown sugar, rich dark malted grain, toffee and pitted fruit with a huge boozy kick. The balance is a bit awkward and the alcohol is quite harsh. The flavors are a bit smoother and more integrated. Bitter, pine forward hops rush out but are cut by sweet brown sugar, toffee, pitted fruit and super harsh alcohol at the finish with just a touch of smokey alcohol. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, a bit bubbly and lively for my tastes when it comes to a barleywine, but the finish is dry and bitter, plays nicely with the hops.

Verdict: A good but not great barleywine from Three Floyds. Best when super fresh and with some years on it, but the hops do feel a bit out of place in this brew. An interesting experiment in the American style, but doesn't match the smooth, rich complexity of an English style barleywine.

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Photo of zipper8650
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of Mdog
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of DRyan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

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Photo of Rope
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice.

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

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

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.

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

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

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of themind
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of weonfire
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of nsh221
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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