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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 569
Gots: 588 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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
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Photo of KajII
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a cloudy medium honey copper with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that diminished slowly down to a large puddle and collar of foam which allowed for some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a caramel malt, pine hops and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit), dark fruit (cherries) and a slight alcohol tinge.

The taste was sweetly bitter with hints of caramel and dark fruit early on and then progressed into a more pronounced bitterness and mildly acidic with a strong hoppy citrus note and a decent alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a very long time with a nice hoppy alcohol warming sensation left behind.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with an extremely dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall an exquisitely well balanced Barleywine with a nice fruity alcohol presence and a big dose of hops...

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Larry Roush!

Pour is amber, and very tanslucent at that. Initial pour produced a darker than usual off white head.

This thing smells like pine. All pine hops Pine needles, pine cones, and bitter hops. Malt backbone is there, but this thing might be the hoppiest barleywine Ive smelt.

Initially I got loads of pine hops, but it finishes creamy and smooth. Buttercreams and toffee come to mind. The malt bill might be the smoothest beer Ive ever had. Its still a very bitter barleywine at heart. Pine needles and alpha acids from the hops. The only knock I have is the booze. Its comes up cloylingly and becomes warming.

The bitter mouthfeel switches to creaminess and then back to heavy on the hops. The creaminess really coats the mouth, and it feels buttery. Maybe its diacetyl, but it fits.

The best way I can put it: a creamier fresh Bigfoot.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

APPEARANCE: Pours somewhere between a deep copper and mahogany. The head is a full inch thick and sticks around for a while. Maybe three or four minutes before finally settling. The lacing is decent, but not outstanding.

SMELL: Fairly strong and quite bready. It is not as sweet smelling as I remember it from last year, but some pine, orange and lemon lurk just beneath the bread.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee lead the way with the bread from the nose right behind. The finish is more piney and resinous, very DIPA-like towards the end. A tiny pinch of roasted malt balances out the sweetness and ties everything together.

MOUTHFEEL: Big mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a slight pucker towards the back end. Some bitterness also sneaks in with the finish. It is not only complex in flavor and aroma, but mouthfeel as well.

OVERALL: This is a great Barleywine, but I do have to say I enjoyed the 2011 a bit more (and I did consume it back then as well). This year's offering seemed more boozy and hoppy, neither of which is a bad thing, but I just remember last year's batch going down very, very easy. I know I'll buy this again, but at $18.99 a bomber, it is tough to justify more than a bottle or two.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of cmadd
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 red wax

L: Clear red amber sticky spotty lacing with minimal head.

S: Characteristic 3F hopping with some Amarillo, some small back ground sweet nutty malt. Sweet tropical fruits, alcohol. Really nice.

T: Starts with light sweetness and fruity hop flavours, but goes rather quickly to a rough hop bitterness. The finish is hop bitterness with some lingering sweetness/sugar bitterness. Alcohol comes through slightly. I was definitely expecting more hops here.

M: Minimal carbonation, body is pleasantly creamy for a barleywine.

O: It's pretty straightforward American Barleywine (on the sweet side); more or less what I'd expect, but I usually look to 3F to defy expectations, so in that sense a little disappointing. Still, very glad I got to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - 2008 vintage, thanks to crushedvol

Pours a slightly hazed brilliant copper red color. Some hues of auburn and gold shine through with decent clarity. Thin beige head slowly fades out into some wispy film and spotted lacing.

There's still a notion of hops in here, surrounded by some citric peel and orange. Bready and malty with some sweet caramel and syrup. Hint of fruit on the back end with a warming alcohol sensation.

Slightly bitter up front with some lingering pine touches. Hints of grapefruit and citrus with a faint fruit sweetness. A touch of cherry before the burly backbone comes through with bread crust and caramel. Slightly sweet, but still balanced with the alcohol warmth towards the finish.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Time has done this beer really well - I was surprised to still get a little kick from the hops which worked really well with the rest of the profile. I definitely want more of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red-orage with a huge head that has yellow tint.

It has a tutti-frutti bubble gum scent with sweet caramel. There's a strong herbal and citrus hop presence.

Being the fresh 2012 vintage, I expected much more hops coming from 3F. However, the strong sweet malt presence was a pleasant surprise. That's not to say the hops aren't there because it's still a very hoppy barleywine. They just don't dominate. Citrus and fruity, and again with the bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is soft and sticky, cut with mild carbonation.

It's a top notch barleywine. It's on the hoppy side, but still well balanced.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.