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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1383
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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beerinator

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby slipper red, with hints of brown. The head is frothy and off-white of course.

Aroma: Bang hops. Sharp hops. Fruityness and malty bread aromas push their way through. The fruit is plumy and raisiny. You can smell the sharp hops walling up a barracade against the fruit.

Taste: The sweet malty backbone starts up quickly in the taste. There are more hops in here than you could have even imagined from the extremely hoppy smells. Big hop flavor. But the big hop flavor seems fairly well balanced by the caramel fruityness of the malt. The beer finishes a tad bit sweeter than you would expect from the aroma. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of hop flavor that flitter through this one. Underlying the entire taste on the tongue is a solid hop presence. The mouthfeel is solid and spot on. Carbonation level would make a yeast's daddy proud.

Notes: Good Beer. If you have tried Dreadnaught, you will probably expect nothing less from Three Floyds in the Barleywine category. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 02:25:24 | More by beerinator
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karst

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 fresh from brewery's release party.

Pours a clear reddish maghogany with tan head that reduces to a ring hugging the wine glass. Aroma of citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) hops and premium malts. Should age well - I will try another bottle in 3 months. Alcohol stays hidden even in late stages as it reaches room temps. Full-bodied with slick mouthfeel. Flavors of huge malt bill, soft alcohol, light caramel balance with strong Cascade and Amarillo hops. IBU's remove the huge malts and cotton candy- light caramels in the finish.

Very easy drinking no need to share the bomber, although I am sharing this 1st bomber from the case with my brew partner as we map out the next half dozen home brew recipes before we order ingredients. Here's hoping our upcomming Barleywine is nearly as good at this big Behemoth.

My kind of woman!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 00:59:15 | More by karst
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Secret Santa 2005 # 5

Tis a cold winter night, Eighteen inches of snow blankets our sleepy little town. By the light of the roaring fire my goblet is colored ruby red, with a thick creamy tan collar.

The aroma is rich, sweet, enticing, candy, bready, fruity and alcoholic.

Taste is rich, sweet, deep not cloying, warming but not too alcoholic, malty and hoppy and piney and nuty and fruity and dear god I thought I would never say it about a Three Floyds beer but it's balanced !

Lucious thick mouthfeel just oozes over the tongue. And it is indeed, absolutley dangerously drinkable.

A wonderful winter experience I hearily recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 02:01:51 | More by RonfromJersey
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session1979

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage – DFH Snifter

Appearance: Pours a brilliant clear burnt amber with minimal but clingy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet incredibly complex balanced aroma of light oily hops, warm malt, oak, caramel and spices.

Taste: Wow, finally a beer that tastes as good as it smells! The hops are now present but again well balanced. A taste sensation full of brown sugar, bready malts, maple and spices.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully creamy and warming as it goes down. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is scary drinkable. As soon as you start to notice the alcohol, the sensation is gone and you just keep drinking.

Final Comments: I absolutely loved this barleywine and would put it as one of the best American barleywines I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 07:58:20 | More by session1979
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the Three Floyds' brewpub on 2/18/11 after a morning trip down from Traverse City, MI with fellow BA zoso1967 and his wife (thanks for driving!).

Behemoth is served up dark copper with glints of gold into a small snifter. A 1.5 finger light khaki head swells on top of the body. The lacing is phenomenal and looks like paint thrown onto a wall from a flicked brush.

The initial smell announces aromas of sweet caramel malts and fresh hop juice. DAMN! This is a fresh, delicious, fruity smelling beer. Candied fruit, orange juice, tropical fruits (pineapple and honeydew melon) waft wonderfully out of the glass. Ah, Behemoth, you smell like a fresh spring morning in an orchard.

Wow, the taste is a fresh, fruity, layered treat. Orange, caramel, and pineapple combine to produce a wild, full taste. The hop presence seriously steps it up at the end of the sip with a resinous, grassy, grapefruit finish. It is quite amazing how the hops dry out such a sweet and full beer.

The mouthfeel is very full, hearty, and coating in the middle of the sip and very dry at the end. This is medium to full bodied for the style with medium carbonation that complements the body perfectly. The finish is puckeringly dry.

Wow, count me impressed by Behemoth. It is eminently drinkable for a huge beer. How is it so sweet at first, but so dry at the end? I could have a few of these (and probably hurt a lot afterward). This is perhaps the best Barleywine that I've had. I really love Three Floyds' beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 02:26:20 | More by TCHopCraver
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

- White wax, 2011 vintage

Deep, rich amber in color with orangish highlights. Nice thick, creamy white head of foam that coats the glass. Very complex fruitiness going on in the nose. Tropical. Aromas of pineapple and mangos. Citrus as well, with fresh orange peels and pink grapefruit. Pine, tree sap, red delicious apples, sweet malt and toffee back up the fruit.

Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate. A very soft and easy drinking
barleywine. Getting alot of the same fruit in the taste. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, melon. Like biting into a orange peel. Sweet, sticky on the lips. Good malt. Toffee, burnt or caramelized brown sugar, maple syrup. The hops hit you in the finish. Citrus, tree sap, pine-spruce, kinda woody hop character. Nice bitterness which lingers in the back of the palate. Sweet and piney brew that stays sticky on the lips. As the beer warms the hops and toffee malt characters become more pronounced.

This is a great barleywine fresh or with a couple years of age on it. For me a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 13:29:08 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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beerguy101

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color. Small head. Aroma is floral hops and malts. A very big bold malty and hoppy barleywine. VERY smooth taste. The big rich malts are balanced by big floral citrusy hops. A very well balanced barleywine. The alcohol is not at all evident despite the 11.5%. VERY nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is malty, with a lingering slight bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 17:32:24 | More by beerguy101
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daedalus

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink wax sealed 650 ml bomber, adorned with creative 3F artwork.

As soon as I uncorked this bad boy, I was overwhelmed with smells of pineapple and hop resin. Oh my, what a mouth-watering combination. The beer pours a burnt reddish-orange with a cream colored head. Sure, it was nice to look at, but the smell alone begot an incontinent reaction and I had to taste it.

With the first sip, the pineapple/citrus/hop aromas from the nose resurface, followed by alcoholic hues that are balanced by a caramel sweetness and bread-like mouthfeel. The beer sweetens slightly as it warms and the alcohol becomes more pronounced; more like a ‘conventional’ barley wine.

I really did not find this one to be as overdone as I expected, given the style of the beer and brewery’s track record. Yes, it is aggressively hopped, but it is quite complex and well balanced. Another fine offering from Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 03:56:05 | More by daedalus
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Vancer

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a brew, sent by orbitalr0x in a nice trade. Thanks mucho!

The yellow wax dipped bottle pours like the double digit alcohol bomb that it is….. hazy amber but just a minimal of head trying to rise up. What little lace there is sticks to the side of the snifter like gorilla glue.

Aroma reminds me of a cross between a west coast DIPA and a classic barleywine with the strong cirtus hops and caramel malts dueling it out.
Again, very strong citrus, orange and syrup bodied brew. Would have guessed DIPA in a blind tasting.

Oily and hoppy BW, you know the alcohol is there, but it doesn’t distract from a fine frosty. Nice rosey cheeks after just one glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 19:46:13 | More by Vancer
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wax sealed 22oz. bottled poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date found. I am guessing that this is a 2009 vintage. . .

(A)- Pours a thick and cloudy reddish amber color that produced a 1-finger sized off-white to yellow head that is fairly thick and is sticking around for awhile. Tiny bits of lacing present.

(S)- Dry yet massively malty caramel, butterscotch, honey, and toffee.

(T)- Crazily dry hops up front that disappear within seconds into layers upon layers of malty goodness. Caramel, honey, butterscotch, brown sugar, and toffee just for a start. Its even lightly floral with a delicate lemon citrus on the finish. Superbly complex yet bold and sweet.

(M)- Great carbonation level amidst this malt monster. The hops are really potent, but are overshadowed by how symphonic the malts & barley are. In the end, this creates a harmonious balance and complexity together. The alcohol is definitely present, but integrated very well.

(D)- A superb to fantastic barleywine that fits the style perfectly. Perhaps one of the best I have tasted? Malty as hell, but supplements it with massive hop and alcohol parts creating a very dynamic beer for sure!
A definite sipper though; a 22oz. will kick you to the floor! If it werent for the abv, drinking this would not be hard at all. In fact, I was surprised when I polished it off in less than an hour; its that good.
I suspect that this would/could age incredibly well! I plan to get my hands on some more of this! **update** In my opinion, this does not age well at all; best consumed fresh!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 23:59:54 | More by sweemzander
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ibbjamin

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $19.99 for a bomber from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. This is the 2009 release. Cellared for just about two years and pour into a large snifter to review.

Yields a nice half inch white head. Glowing orange in color; I would have guessed it was a double IPA by sight. A very thin layer of retention remains and thick lacing lines the snifter as she goes down.

Strong and boozy barleywine aroma. Fig, red grape and grapefruit aromas come through in the fruit category and there is a strong presence of mellowed resious hops, likely from the cellaring. I'm thinking this would have been more hoppy and less boozy as a fresh bottle. Still the citrus, grapefruit and pine are quite evident. Sugary notes of caramel and honey add to its complexity. Butterscotch and oak wood are also present in the nose. The booze is a cross of rum and bourbon.

The bourbon, rum and aged oak wood come through most in the taste, but are so smooth and balanced with many of the aforementioned characteristics I detected in the nose. Hints of smoke come through as well. The dark fruits and mellowed hops make this one complex and enjoyable.

Medium full body and a lusciously smooth going down. Such a pleasant mouthfeel. Transitioned to a medium length aftertaste of oak wood, mild booze and complexity.

High ABV, big in taste and aroma and this one goes down easily. I want more!

This is a world class barleywine. Great to try, but it is a pricy one!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:55:12 | More by ibbjamin
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

orangey brown with a thick tan head that dissolves to a ring.
the smell is pungently hoppy, with thick earthy sappy pine as well as some light citrus. some brown sugar and caramel take a backseat. with warmth some more candy like caramel aromas come out
the taste is rich and hoppy, and more well balanced than the aroma might let on. loads a caramel, molasses, some spicy qualities and a good dose of rich ripe dark fruitiness. sugary with out being abrasively sweet, this barleywine walks a fine line, and to great effect. finishes up with piney hops that clean things up very well. surprisinly restrained alcohol for 12.5%.
it's got a full luxurious mouthfeel with low and very fine carbonation that i wouldn't change a bit.
decent drinkability for the bigness of the beer. this is an absolute must try if your a fan of american barleywines. very, very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 00:13:41 | More by kmo1030
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my review #100.

A- A colorful red/copper color. There is a slight sheen of foamy head nestling atop the beer. Despite the large abundance of foam there is a lot of action going on in the glass.

S- The smell is very complex. I smell a good fruityness combined with the aroma of hops. But I also smell cinnamon, vanilla, and other spices. I almost feel like the smell resembles a orange spice tea.

T- Wow this is a roller coaster of a beer. There is a definite hop taste, but there is a great pineapple taste that shows through. I'm also getting flavors of wood. The after taste brings toffee and caramel flavors.

M- Thick in the mouth, very much on the syrupy side.

D- Yes this is easy to drink and

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:55:15 | More by Wetpaperbag
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srandycarter

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark caramel. Not much head, not much lacing.

S - Shazam. Deep, almost meaty malts, sweet and solid.

T - Sweet malty, alcohol and burning bitter hops that are NEEDED to quell the first part.

M - Medium to full, good carb and coating.

D - For the style, which is friggin HUGE, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 06:23:40 | More by srandycarter
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seen this bottle over and over and over again, since the first time I've seen it up until this moment I've probably spent a few thousand dollars on beer, yet for some reason I always thought this beer was too expensive. I've had trips to the store where I would drop 50 or 60 bucks total but for some reason couldn't fork over a 20 and change for this beer. Finally, after stopping by a Sal's Beverage World I saw bottles of this stuff for sale for 14.99 when I normally see them for 21.99 or more (more than Darklord sells for, at the brewery at least). There was no way I was going to pass this beer up this time and finally bought a bomber.

Yellow wax dipped cap, not sure what year this is, my guess is 07.

Pours a rusty golden brown. The color of a cloudy iced tea. Head is thick and rich and a sandy golden white. It bubbles down into a thin ring but also manages to leave some pretty substatial lacing considering the size of this beer. Really makes me imagine that the hops could have been a huge factor in this beer at one point.

This beer is pungeant (spelling plz?) just massive doses of malts and hops. Old Ruffian smells similar to this but not quite as hoppy, but to be fair I am going by memomry on that comparison. Booze, honey, brown sugar, molasses, super resiny, I mean hops dipped in the essential oil of hops kind of hoppiness, chocolate, mango, canned pineapple juice. This is a friggin nasal assault, I mean I honestly feel violated by this beer it gets so freaking deep into your nasal cavities it sort of scares me, THE DEFINITION OF AMERICAN-STYLED BARLEYWINES.

Oily, barely carbonated, thick and chewy. I almost hesitate to think what this beer could be like fresh, even after what I would guess was more than a year spent on the shelf this beer manages to display an intese hop bitterness. Granted the hops have a deeper, mellower, more earthy kind of taste to them but are they ever there and they don't let you forget it. They serve to keep things from becoming disgustingly sweet, instead the beer seems to be held in check, cherries, buttery brown sugar, freshly turned planting soil (that may be a bit over the top but if you think about it, it sort of exists), iced tea (I'd wasn't sure what the previous reviewer was talking about, but it's there), hazlenut, chestnut, walnut, boozy plum and herbal hoppines and a fistfull of oak, a big fucking fistfull. Mouthfeel is the only thing that is bothersome for me, just feels a bit undercarbonated and slightly watery as a result, I was hoping after such a huge punch in the face with the aroma that my mouth might be wired shut by a massively chewy malt bomb and while the malt and hop bomb remains try, the beer is not nearly as chewy as I would have imagined or would have liked.

It's taking all my willpower not to guzzle this stuff. It tastes so good, so complex, yet powerful in almost every respect. If the mouthfeel were a bit fuller it would easily be a 5, even considering how big this beer is. Really an amazing beer, would imagine that age does wonderful things to this beer, but even fresh wouldn't be bad either, just really really intensly hoppy I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:35:55 | More by bluemoonswoon
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bheilman

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle a few times at the Trion in New Haven, Indiana (Fort Wayne area) and just the other night on draft. I have to agree that this beer is more drinkable on draft, but I really enjoyed it out of the bottle too. I was comparing it with my buddies' HopWallop and HopSlam and definitely thought I made the best decision. It gave me a strong notion of grapefruit, but not so much that it was too sour or bitter. The balance of malt must have knocked that down a bit. It was actually dangerously smooth, I'm sure if I didn't know what I was drinking I could have ordered three or four and ended up on the floor. I'm high on barleywines lately and this is definitely one of the top five I've had. I haven't had a bad 3 Floyd's beer, but this is one of their best. Go out of your way to get this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 01:51:50 | More by bheilman
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Taylor for hooking me up with this brew.

2008 vintage

Pours a copper colored body with amber highlights. foamy ivory colored head with good retention.

The smell is that of boozey fruit -cherries mostly, citrus hops, honey and pinesol.

The taste follows the noses lead. Very sweet throughout with noticable alcohol. the bottle is about a year old now and the hops are there but only as a supporting role. this is one sweet and boozey ride!

The body is full and the feel is slick and syrupy.

Drinkability gets knocked a notch only for such a high ABV. other than that this is a fine crafted American BW.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 01:47:26 | More by bonsreeb85
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Bomber bottle with wax on the top. Pours an amber/brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma reveals a lot of US hops as well as slight fruit and a strong malt character. The flavor is much the same. Big caramel malt backing with some cherry flavors and lots of hops. Fairly thick mouthfeel and the drinkability is very good. This is a very nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 15:11:01 | More by clvand0
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

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

Behemoth Barleywine (2005) is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55F) from a small brandy snifter or thistle. A huge Northwest hop bomb explodes out of the bottle filling the air with ripe, pungent hop field aromas. This barleywine pours up with ample carbonation and a bit of anticipation. The deep copper-reddish amber color is bright & beautiful to behold with a medium tannish-white head that dissipates slowly under a barrage of alcohol. Simply magnificant! The resinous Northwest hops (Columbus?) almost completely dominate the aroma with lots of pine tar, pine cone & citrus (grapefruit) notes, but there's some notable caramel malt and alcoholic warmth that underlies all those hops & intense fruitiness. The flavor starts off just as fruity with a solid caramel maltiness with hints of brown sugar, hot caramel apple, buttered rum, toffee/treacle, etc... with a very slight astringent nuttiness (e.g. Brazil nut). A moderate-marked bitterness helps to solidify this chewy full-bodied barley & hop monster. The ever present alcohol and citrusy hops create a big, bang finish. This is an aggressive, massive "hopspectacular" American-style barleywine that is sure to please a seasoned beer connoisseur, but definitely NOT a beer for the uninitiated. I recommend sharing this Blonde Behemoth beauty with your friends, because handling her wholly could cause a hernia or at the very least temporary blindness. To be forewarned is to be forearmed! Buy, cellar & horde as much as you can find. Here's to the Blonde Behemoth from Munster...

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 18:39:36 | More by Beertracker
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First was handed one of these by the man himself, Beerguy (Frank). This one comes from orbitalr0x...hand delivered all the way from IL...thanks brother.
Pours a clear ruby red with a half finger of light beige head...very little lacing.
Fantastic in the nose...definitely American as the juicy fruit hops hit me. Throw in citrus, dried cherries, touch of raisin and a gentle burn on the hairs.
Taste is splendid...if you don't mind the hopped up bw's, this one really delivers. So well balanced and I am glad to see it more sweet than bitter...strawberries mainly in the flavor, the alcohol shines thru a bit and the aftertaste is delicious.
Mouthfeel is thicker than medium and the carbonation is perfect.
At 12.5% I will not reach for anything beyond this 650ml...the night begins and ends with this one...no complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 01:40:37 | More by warriorsoul
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to beerbeing for this via trade. No idea how old this bottle was but it definitely came across smooth and rich as if it's aged for more than a year!

A - Thick golden amber color, small off-white head
S - Wonderful rich malts, raisins, plums, and caramel.
T - similar to the aroma but such complex interweaving of flavors as it rolls across the tongue.
M - full bodied, rich and sweet.
D - one is enough but oh the wait to have another.

I'd stock up on these in the beer cellar if it was in my market. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 16:03:22 | More by barleywinebrewer
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arkurzynski

Wisconsin

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

2010 vintage. Chilled, but let this one warm up a bit. Color is a mix of deep amber red mixed with apricot. Light carbonation with minimal head, but persists. Great earthy hop presence in the nose, a hallmark of 3 Floyds. Also dried fruit, toasted malts, but the hops do it for me. Full palate, like jello. Extremely well-rounded and smooth - dried fruit, toasted malt, and wood. Finishes dry with earthy/piney hops that linger. Some alcohol presence, but not in the taste. For me the hop presence definitely edges other barley wines I've tried. Now its time to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a few years!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 21:57:24 | More by arkurzynski
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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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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Aquired some of this via trade (bottled from growler). Very dark maple syrup color with a medium beige head. Strong malt and caramel nose. Rich and full-bodied, consisting of flavors of malt, alcohol, caramel and pineapple. Nice tart hops presence in the finish. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2003 19:27:30 | More by Dogbrick
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zerk

California

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

Translucent amber with a thin but persistent head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of floral and pine hops, with some malt sneaking through. I can tell immediately that this is an Americanized Barleywine... but I'm not complaining. Flavor begins with a rich carmel malt sweetness that gives way to a piney bitterness... nicely balanced... not too much bitterness, just enough. Quite a bit of flavor and aroma hops went into this, and the hoppiness is quite pleasant. Moutfeel is sticky and oily with a full body and medium to low carbonation. Absolutely delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2003 00:09:35 | More by zerk
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.