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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 529
Gots: 517 | FT: 33
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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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strangebrew321

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-18-2012 04:49:16 | More by strangebrew321
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-17-2012 05:21:58 | More by imperialking
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-16-2012 15:51:21 | More by drummermattie02
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY tried this one. After having traded away multiple bottles, and after sitting on two for several months, I decided to give it a go.

2011 Vintage
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.

A: Light, pineapple hops work well with the carmelized pineapple from the malt. A light hint of booze as well.

A: 1/2 finger of off-white foam forms with each pour. Clear, bronze body. Awesome color!

F: Herbal hops up front quickly yield to delicious malty goodness. Sweet, carmelized sugar, sweet tea, a touch of peach, and a mild bitterness. A quick description: clean, sweet, a mix of caramel and fruit, and enough bitterness to balance.

M: Medium-full, slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation.

O: I love barleywines, but American barleywines are sometimes a bit hoppier than I'd like. I'd held onto this one for several months, hoping it might tone the hop bitterness down a bit. Well, whether the time in the bottle helped make this one that much better, or it was really a stellar one to begin with, the beer I tasted was one hell of a barleywine! Get this one if you can!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:40:18 | More by mdvatab
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nightwing002

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-16-2012 00:35:45 | More by nightwing002
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-15-2012 23:24:10 | More by jenray
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rfraga77

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-15-2012 22:48:39 | More by rfraga77
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-15-2012 21:43:16 | More by RedHaze
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fergster75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-15-2012 12:55:29 | More by fergster75
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-14-2012 22:58:02 | More by btesta
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-12-2012 23:36:17 | More by nucmedmario
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

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

Vintage 2011 white wax bottle shared with Nick for purposes of a video review. Poured into a tulip/wine glass, transcribed from the footage.

A: Pale golden-brown with wonderful clarity, neither of which you normally see on a traditional Barleywine. Ah, that makes sense now with the "Blonde" moniker. A big billowy, fluffy off white head forms providing great retention and sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Light citrus fruits, rich caramel malts, and a sugary sweetness on top of everything. No dark fruits, or dark malts like you'd expect from the style, though this obviously is a different take. Grapefruit, orange and mango drizzled with a sweet sugary mead aroma takes off to the end.

T: Much like the nose, the initial rich caramel malts lay the foundation for the beer. The citrus is mid-palate and takes focus with sweet mango and white grapefruit. Hints of vanilla and toffee are towards the back palate. This is incredibly well layer and complex, always changing and bursting with flavor.

M: Good carbonation while not being overdone, still leaving with a nice medium to full-bodied beer. It's remarkable how drinkable this is for 10.5% ABV. No detectable alcohol burn or heat, just very easy to drink.

This was a nice surprise from Three Floyds, and fortunately this doesn't suffer the sugar-overload that their other waxed creation, Dark Lord, exhibits fresh. A nice balance of malts, fruitiness and sweetness was achieved here, and putting the "Blonde" twist on the style was welcomed here.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 13:57:16 | More by ShanePB
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-12-2012 08:15:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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Shoo65

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-12-2012 04:48:14 | More by Shoo65
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-12-2012 01:46:37 | More by callmeishmALE
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LinusBohman

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-11-2012 20:09:23 | More by LinusBohman
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DovaliHops

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Pours an orangish-amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite interesting. Sweet oak aromas with some bready malt character and vanilla. Some bright fruits, along with brown sugar and honey. Taste is just as it smells/ Lovely honey and bread-like malt flavors with delicious oak. Sweet fruits with just a hint of booze and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a very delightful barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 07:51:50 | More by DovaliHops
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phichifiji00

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass (thanks Ryan).

Appearance: caramel color, a bit hazy, minimal white head that fades isntantly, minimal lacing.

Smell: malty, a bit boozy, bready, honey.

Taste: malty, bready, boozy, honey, a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, crisp.

Overall: A tasty barly wine, very bready, not very complex, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 17:58:54 | More by phichifiji00
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.6%

01-09-2012 10:39:14 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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fvernon

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 (white wax) served at 50 degrees into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip... I figured it was time to open it, with the 2012 edition coming out right around the corner.

The opening had a satisfying release of co2, and poured a wildflower honey gold-brown with about a 1/2 inch of cream-yellow foam, dissipating into a bit of lacing and a foam border over the course of about a minute. The aroma is of spruce, dates, and vanilla, plus that signature 3F's flavor that I assume to be the water supply up there in Munster. The initial sip has a bit more of a bite than I was expecting - mellow honey and wheat toast on the front, but quickly translating into a sharp, strong fruit - not-quite-ripe blackberry and blueberry? - only for a second, then the spruce, pine sap, and alcohol hit for a long finish. I can feel it in the back of my throat for a while, with just a bit of a sticky residue still on the back of my tongue and cheeks.

Overall the 2011 is really quite nice; a complex sipper. It could be aged a bit longer, but I'm not sure if I'd go as far as next winter - and I'm not sure how much it would change by the end of this. Glad I opened it, now on to sitting here and enjoying it!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:48:02 | More by fvernon
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking a lot of Barleywines lately and this one was a worthy addition.

A: 1+ fingered head that displayed solid retention and had a creamy off white coloring. Partly cloudy body that was a reddish brown allowing only some light to pass through.

S: Caramel, roasty notes with dark fruits and a slight hop profile. Fairly standard for the style.

T: Vanilla, caramel, raisons and other dark fruits produce a very strong flavor and help compensate for the rather bitter aftertaste.

M: Well carbonated with a slight alcohol burn, coats the mouth evenly.

O: Another solid brew from my favorite Indiana brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:01:38 | More by tjkinate
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Breylan

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-02-2012 08:35:22 | More by Breylan
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HopHead29

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-02-2012 08:04:58 | More by HopHead29
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emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2012 05:44:46 | More by emdawg
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-31-2011 19:43:05 | More by DWolf
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.