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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
BEER INFO

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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyd's- Behemoth

Big thanks to Patrick, aka Pwoods (formerly Pimpp) for this 1!

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a good foamy head.
S- Vanilla caramel malt, pine resin, and dried fruits. Light on the nose.
T- Sweet caramel malt with hints of vanilla. Big thick oily pine hops with an equal balance of orange and plum.
M- Slick and sweet with an even thicker hoppy tongue coating. Very mild for a high alc barleywine. Goes down smooth. Finishes off with a pine tar bite.

Overall- Very smooth and, too, quaffable for a 10%-12% barleywine?! (Thanks Patrick)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber ruby hue. A less than one finger head comes after the pour, leaing a littl foam throughout all 22 ounces. Fresh cherries soaked in some brandy with some honey drizzled over toasted malts. Starts malty and somewhat sweet. Syrupy light ruits, toasted bread grain soaking in a sort of brandy style malt sangria hits the front to middle of taste. The finish highlights the citrus and mint bitterness that slowly pushes the malt and fruity booze out of the way. The palate is boozey somewhat syrupy and a slow interchange of bitter and fruity.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2009 vintage (blue wax)
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a deep orange amber color. Only a small ring of bright white head. Still has some carbonation. Alcohol feet inching up the sides of the glass when you move it around.

S: Still getting some hops on the nose. Pine and orange like citrus. Some marmalade. Breadiness from the malts, leads to that slight caramel note. Not the best nose I have had on a barleywine.

T: Definitely still some hops in this beer. Nice sharp pine on the tip of the tongue. Some of that orange character. Then the big maltiness comes into play. Get some caramel, some mild toffee, soft vanilla. BA would be killer on this. Finish lingers for a while.

M: It's a big medium. Not quite full bodied. It's rather chewy though.

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Photo of bobhits
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i've been meaning to wring up a review for this one for a while. I feel that a second review for the tap version will be required as well.

Red Wax just released (imo fresher the better here).

Oddly the color when held to my laptop is bringing out some orange colors but when held to the lights it seems far more of a ruby read. The clarity seems odd given the high abv (10.5 is at least simi high) and the style, but I won't mark off for too much here. The second pour, made AGRESSIVELY gives off a HUGE head, 3 fingers and lacing is well represented.

Fruity mango and huge caramel malt back.

Oh so nice. hops bring in a huge amount of tropical fruits while the malt give it a deep and rich sweetness. The final verdict is malt favored by a hair, nearly perfect for the imperial IPA loving American hop head...I'd just go elsewhere if you want a balanced english style barely wine. Caramel, mango, orange, peach, with bittering hops to bring it all into shape.

Alcohol certainly kicks in here, not letting the hops and the malt speak alone. The alcohol is a touch hot given the 10.5 vs say 12 which it tastes and feels like. Still velvety smooth and really tasty. The density here is on the lower side of the style as well. This beer is a sweet IPA vs the wine like effects expected from a huge barely wine. Carbonation is actually rather strong here as well which perhaps keeps this one on the lighter side of the style.

OK, if we were to score this strictly as an Americna barely wine...it isn't really in style. it also misses the IPA style though I suppose you could see this as what a blend of 90 and 120 dream of being if they used quality malt and hops.

At around 17-18 after tax this is a stiff hard to swallow price on a beer. That said this is really really good beer, maybe even pushing great. Drop the price to 14-15 and this is a winner. That said this once again showcases the amazing hops and malt flavors that all three floyds beers beers have. I'm not sure what they are doing, but from pride and joy all the way up to Behmonth the amazing hop and malt flavors stay unquestionably theirs. I feel the price requires a full pint off the overall score.

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Photo of faernt
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a small chalice. I forgot, that, with a small glass, the flavors seem to concentrate. They don't really concentrate, but my perception of them does. A small glass seems to slow me down. This beer might be worthy of slowing down.

I do appreciate the wax top. It, too, gives me the assurance that I may lay this one down for quite a while without the risk of cap failure. It looks to have been double-dipped (like a Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cone), giving it another assurance (not that it recalls a Dairy Queen cone...right?) of quality.

Perception goes to appearance. Immediate visual judgement is pretty complex. With a bottle of beer, there is much more to this appearance thing than the color of the beer in the glass. By the time I poured this beer into the glass I chose (partly from the initial visual impression), I'd made up my mind about what lay ahead. Waxed bomber...comic book ugly label... 3F seems to get respect for this manipulation of their image. I think it really works for them, and I drink their beer in spite of it, because they make good beer.

The pour comes with a tight-bubbled 1/2" head that subsides into a skim showing an archipelago of foamy little islands. The color is clear copper.

The temp is 55 degrees and the beer seems to like that.The smell releases easily with the slight soapiness that I get when I smell 3F (That's me, I know, but I get soap. It doesn't work with some of their beer, but, here it's ovepowered with a malt smell along with the complex unknowns that are also familiar with 3F)

The taste is slightly sour before it picks up a sweetness for a short time followed by a coating bitterness that subsides on my tongue at a rate similar to foam fading.

The glass has langing lace on its sides now. it is particularly thick just at the surface to rim joint. It creates what looks to be a snow-covered lake shoreline on a copper lake. This is definitely a beer of perception. The top of the beer now looks like a flyover on a small lake. What a P Bunyonesque experience this is.

This is a big fat beer. The goofy label is definitely a forcast of things to come. I'm glad that some of my friends are fat. This is a do over. Actually, it was a "do over" I've had it before and am glad to have returned. The perception stuff is worth your time. The clues you get about the upcoming experience are tricky and true.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Based on notes from a visit to the brewpub on 07 Aug 09*

Split a snifter with a friend.
Big Hops.
Wow, this is truly a Behemoth. This beer is big all the way around. Taste, aroma, alcohol, you name it.
The beer was presented in a snifter. The color was impressive, an intense copper. It was close to the end of the night, so I don't recall the head.
The nose on Behemoth is intense to say the least, full of pungent, spicy, piney, citrusy hops. Some malt sweetness was there, but was smothered by the drippy hop vapors.
The taste was a punch in the mouth. It has a good mouthfeel, but the hop bitterness went storming in like little lupulin Gestapos, having their way with my tastebuds. There is a distinct caramel sweetness, maybe even a little brown sugar, and fruits, but the hops dominate. The alcohol also was very prevalant.
Behemoth was a tough battle. A fine beer by any one's reckoning, but not one for amateur, which I obviously am. I would love to see some age on this old girl.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. wax-topped bomber into a pint glass.

hazy, ruddy orange-brown with a half-inch of tan frothy head that leaves some thin lacing.

sweet malty aroma with a strong fruity hop component. notes of pineapple, tangerine, and caramel.

thick feel with a gentle carbonation. strong sweet maltiness up front with notes of brown sugar, then a drying hop finish. definite presence of piney hops and tropical fruits. alcohol is fairly well-hidden, although drinkability has to take a hit from the high ABV and price.

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Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering I assume the most recent vintage served in a half pint glass. The brew appears a copper color hazed with golden coloration around the edges. A finger of creamy tan head appears across the top and lasts with an off-white tinge.

The smell is hoppy with notes of fruity rinds and herbs. Some solvent alcohol makes itself known under the hop character aling with a little bit of mineral aspect. Some pine quality is noticed and lasts into the back of the nostrils long after a whiff of the brew is taken.

The taste is strong and hoppy with oily feel reminescent of the most brutal DIPA offerings. It is bitter and rindy with a toasty grain backing and strong solvent alcohol feel. It is pitty with fruity alcohol and zesty quakity of fresh hops. Quite a warming feel all the way down.

This is a medium boded brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold sipper of a brew but overall is pretty well put together for an american style barleywine. Fans of brutal DIPAs will find love in this offering. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1460th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

2011 Yellow Wax OH release

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color.

Smell- It has some good aromatics behind it. The booze is quite prickly on the nose and then the malts come in to add a rich aroma. Lastly is the citrus and hops. A bit dry and a bit piney.

Taste- I will admit this took time to enjoy. At first the citrus hops combo mixed with the high abv didnt sit well. Once the beer warmed the flavors were more developed and layered.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium thick carbonation level. Sweet and malty on the finish with resdidual bitter citrus hops.

Drink- Its flavorful, just not used to the blonde aspect still. I would have an older vintage to see how develops.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage generously shared by Andrewinski1. Poured into a tulip. Clear amber body with about a finger of off white head that dies down leaving sticky lace along the glass. Really fruity nose, really reminds me of strawberries mixed with dark fruits. Malty notes and carmel undertones round out a sweet aroma. Good deep malt flavors on this one. Musty cellar flavors supported by dark rich fruits and carmel notes. The mouthfeel is good. Enjoyable full body on this guy and carbonation is great, it's a bit hot though. I'm digging this, but it's a bit boozy. I don't mind sipping on this guy though.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 green wax.

A - Nothing very blonde here, as it pours a tawny caramel-amber hue, capped with minor froth and leaving not so much lace.

S - The smell is basically the same as the taste; it is malty with a pronounced cereal-grain element, heavily (and muddily) hopped, and slightly sweet with no hint of the abv within. Though it is fairly pleasant, it is certainly not exceptional in any way.

T - Let others wax superlative, I will handle this with a bit of comparative analysis: Behemoth is relatively pricey compared to many widely available barleywines and is not commensurately better; I don't think it as good as most BWs of any regard.
Specifically, regardless of price, better examples can be had by Anchor, Stone, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada. Of widely available ABWs, I prefer Behemoth only to Avery's offering.

M - Nice enough, it has a big body but is not overly viscous.

D - Drink it? Okay. Buy it? Perhaps at a deep discount...

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage - Pours a clear copper with a thin cream head the leaves good lacing.

Nose wackes you with strong citrus hops, some toffee and bready malts and sweet caramel.

Taste is like the nose, citrus hops are up front bready malts and sweet caramel on the finish. The sweetness is a little syrupy and almost too much, but it does hide the alcohol well.

An IPA barleywine, a nice twist on the barlywine style. Only complaint is a it's a little too sweet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Behemoth has a very dark, reddish body with a solid yet thin tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while, and even on a snifter it leaves some excellent lacing.

Rich malt a biting hops are both prevalent in the aroma. Lots of pine mixed with citrus. Toffee, caramel and sweetness come from the malts.

I really don't think Behemoth is terribly complicated, but with that said it is still a good barleywine. The hops come through first, providing a boat load of bitterness with flavors of pine, resin, and grapefruit (in that order). I wouldn't pick out one of the hop characteristics as dominant, but I would say that the hops are a little more powerful than the malt. Not that the malt bill is small, as it provides a big, rich backbone to this beer with flavors of toffee and caramel. Dark, rum soaked fruits also make an appearance before a burst of alcohol warmth finishes the beer out.

The body is surprisingly light, although it has a low to moderate carbonation level. It isn't what I expected, but I have to say that it works.

Behemoth is a good barleywine, and I'm happy to have tried it fresh, because I can leave the bottle I have in my cellar for a year or two now.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy copper color-some slight head but it goes away in a hurry. Big hoppy aroma-sort of treacle like-malty sweet with some dried fruit and honey. Big malty and hoppy flavor. Decent level of bitterness. Very syrupy and sweet flavor. Decent body. Very full and sweet. Overall a decent US barleywine. Nothing in here stands out more then any other US version. Still a fine brew. Big props to beerbeing for the bottle to try. I hate wax capped bottles of beer-not worth the hassle for the decor.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 FFF Behemouth

Pours a beige head. Color is a peach hued copper.

Aroma: All malts. It definitely shows age for being a bwine. Toffee, caramel, raisins, plums, dark fruits, and a light amount of alcohol. Fairly sweet as well.

Taste: Just like the nose. Very malty. Smooth though. Some biscuits and dark fruits, raisins. Alight amount of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty, but clean.

Overall, a decent bwine, but I do want to try this fresh. I imagine it being a lot hoppier. The hops do seem a bit faded.

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Photo of Grinnerman
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. I had it on tap a winos depot in Kentucky. The color was an amber with a cream colored head.

Smell: Hop. Wonderfully refreshing. Mild caramel but the hop aromas quickly take over.

Taste: Very good flavor. Mild caramel tones and as expected hops. Wonderful hops.

Mouthfeel: Good but I lean on the thick and sticky. For the style this is good though. Little bit of stickyness.

Overall: Really a good beer. I enjoyed it. I have had it out of the bottle but on tap is just a bit better. I recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with Red wax.
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a thin, dark caramel with a huge 3" off-white head. Blotches of lacing resides quickly with some remaining.

S- Sweet malts and a ton of citrus.

T- Caramel malts and some toasted malts. Citrus (grapefruit and orange) dominate this beer. Hops leave a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M- Full body, high carbonation. Abv is noticeable but not to the point that hinders the drinkability (that is if you are use to high abv beers).

O- Good American barleywine, but the hops dominate this beer. Would like the malts to come through more. This, like many others recently it seems, flirts with what style it is: American barleywine or DIPA?

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage courtesy of Gillard. Pours hazy copper with lasting tan head. The aroma is nice and hoppy with pine hops and fur tree followed by sweet mildly roasty malts and hints of caramel. The taste starts hoppy and earthy and a tad thin. The hops come off as pine, grassy, resiny and earthy bitterness. Wow, lots of hops. By midway the sweet malts peak in intensity but quickly get overtaken by pine and grassy hop bitterness that run right into the after taste. Darn smooth really but would benefit from several more years of aging.2005 vintage. It pours a hue darker than the '06 with an even bolder tan head. The aroma is much more barleywine like with a suitable level of dark fruity esters to break up the once hop dominated nose. I also get a just noticeable caramel note. The taste is richer with a bit more malt caramel notes and dark fruity esters. The hops are still over powering. I think this will be excellent in a couple more years. I now wish I had another bottle.

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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 KAF
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I should have waited longer to try this. Not much head but off white almost vanilla in color. A large abundance of different flavors. Some fruit (apple, fig, orange), brown sugar and molasses in aroma. Quite malty. Hard to specify all the different flavors here. There are a bit more hops then I expected but that is not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release.

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark

amber body with a small, thin,

off-white head.

Smell: Flowery, sweet-smelling malt aroma of light caramel and with notes of sugar-coated pineapple rings, apricots, and citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a candyish sweetness. Fruits follow from the nose. Citrusy hops provide a moderate, jarring bitterness to match the sweetness. Trace of that ABV along the way. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surely a nice American barleywine, but I do find the price somewhat deterring.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange color, with a quarter inch of yellow foam. No lacing at all, though. Smells strongly of malt, fruit, citrus. Taste is a sweet, malty, flavor, with brown sugar, dried fruit, and hops mixed in. Good solid flavor, but it seems to fade as I work my way through the glass. Carbonation is a bit weak. Actually, it's a fair bit weak, and going flat as I finish the glass. A nice flavor, but lack of carbonation drags down the overall experience.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mix of strawberry and cooked cherry juice. Somewhat murky and mysterious. Minimal head with a small ring of white bubbles around the glass.

S: Bit of cherry, maple, oak, some pine, brown sugar and a touch of bubblegum..

T: Starts off with rounded fruity flavors (cherry, fig, strawberries) then moves to nice caramel malts with stiff citrus hops hitting the center of the tongue. Some earthy dirty hops round out the finish. Alcohol vaprs as it warms. Aftertaste is sort of cherry Robitusin.

M: Thick, syrupy.

D: Over rated I thought. Aftertaste was cloying and not so great. WAY better barleywines out there.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A. Pours a hazy amber with half finger head that dissipates to a film leaving some residual lacing.

S. Caramel malt with apple cider notes alongside pine and citrus hop notes with a good amount of apparent booze left.

T. A good amount of caramel malt backbone, but not as much as a good English barleywine (i.e. I don't think this would hold up for 10 year + aging like the good examples of English versions). There's still a decent amount of piney and grapefruit bitterness, but not as much as the nose would suggest. Booze is there, but not overwhelming. The balance still sits in favor of hop flavor, but the caramel malt backbone almost balances it out.

M. Fairly thick with a medium plus level of carbonation that prevents it from sitting on your tongue too much. Not bad, but I really prefer a nice thick barleywine.

D. Seems more like an aged DIPA to me. I'm not a huge fan of American barleywines, but I thought a year of age (or more) would really help round this out. I've got a 2008 still aging so that'll be the final test for this beer.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Thanks Andy. Blue Wax, 22oz bottle...

A: Murky copper / ruby red mix with a 1 inch off white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Some super sweet caramel malts assault me first quickly followed by subtle flowery hops and heavy booze on the backend. I get a little bit of toffee and almost like a hint of Windex scent, weird. Good.

T: I get a quick sweet malt that is quickly overthrown by piney hop. Some caramel and toffee blended in the middle with some earthiness on the backend. Hmm, this is decent, but kind of a little bit of a letdown.

M: Light body with a nice carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the hop wall. It's good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not great, but good. Don't bother hunting, but ok to try if you like a hoppy barleywine.

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