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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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tar

Bahamas

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22 oz. bottle a dark copper color with a thinish (one finger with a moderately hard pour), off-white head. The head quickly fades to a small ring of lacing around the glass and a very thin skim of tiny bubbles. Smells strongly of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hop aromas with a distinct spiciness as well. A great inviting aroma overall. Sweet sticky citrus and piney flavors explode in the mouth with a strong hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is full, sticky, and smooth. While a bit unbalanced this is an outstanding beer which I've enjoyed many times on-tap in the past and hope to many times in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 01:02:49 | More by tar
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my brother in Indiania for this nice Christmas gift. Now if he could just hook me up with some Dark Lord!!!

Pours a ruby brown color with a very thin head. Thin film does leave some OK lacing on the glass. Smell of molasses and brown sugar stand out to me with just the faintest hint of nuts. Flavor initially is dominated by the malty sweetness but there is enough hops bitterness to keep it from being sickenly sweet. The bitterness hangs around enough to pucker your cheeks a little with the aftertaste. This may be due to the high ABV also. A beer that is well worth the try but so BIG that I wouldn't drink it very often.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 02:37:15 | More by beermanbrian
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jlh8643

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's vintage poured into a cognac glass. A slight creamy white tan head, which faded fast, topped the dark copper/garnet body. Citrus hops with a load of sweet malts rush out of the glass. The hops are just in front of the malts in the initial swallow. Dark fruits combine with the hops nicely. The beer is more attenuated than in previous years so the finish is a bit dryer which is more to my liking rather than the liquid fruit cake it used to be. The alcohol is somewhat obvious so drink with caution.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 04:38:55 | More by jlh8643
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 release, Sampled December, 2005
Pours with a frothy, one finger thick (at most), pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, ruby red color that has lots of bubbles rising slowly through the thick viscous body. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity up front; redolent of tropical fruit notes as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, hints of kiwi. It is an odd mixture, almost like a tropical fruit cough syrup; though it is actually interesting and even nice. The aroma ends with a hit of spicy alcohol, which clears the sinuses a bit.

The taste is quite sweet as well, and at first does not seem quite so fruity as the aroma, but towards the end the tropical fruit notes really start to kick in. Peach, and apricot are prominent, but there are also notes of mango, definitely papaya, and hints of lychee. The finish is really where these tropical fruit notes start to get funky; they definitely remind me of some type of cough syrup, or perhaps even children's aspirin. The finish is solidly bitter of course, but it is also joined by that lingering, sweet medicinal note.

This is really quite a bit different than the last time I had this (in 2004), then it did not have the tropical fruit notes. My guess is that the hop bill changed on this. The tropical fruit notes are not bad, in fact they make the usual hop character quite interesting, but it is the medicinal notes in the finish that is a bit distracting. I do have this to say for it though, it is quite interesting!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 04:43:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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badbeer

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at Lava Lounge, thanks to hero27. Beer pours a very deep ruby red as described on the bottle, excellant lacing. This is very hoppy as you might expect from an American barley wine, but there is a strong pineapple aroma as well as plum and dark fruits. Taste is much like the aroma with a strong hop and pineapple presence paired with a nice bit of alcohol warmth. Did I say this is hoppy? Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkable, yes, but limit how much you have. I would definately like to see this beer after a year or two of aging, can't wait to see what else is in store for this, enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 00:21:24 | More by badbeer
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a double deucer with a vitreous garnet hue topped with a surprisingly settling khaki collar that crept into the corners of my pint. Some rising bubbles met the top, but just a few to be exact.

Scents are an overwhelming aroma of floral bouquet mixed fruit the like of melon and papaya. (thanks to a fellow BA wifey!)

First swigs: Getting a fresh flavor of fruit cornucopia watermelon, papaya, and bubble gum. Some gummi bear sugar meets an effervescent fruit cocktail. Muted malts are overwhelmed by the fruity floral aspects. 12.5% get out of town.no way!

Feel is a frisky tricky full bodied aspect masked by a sugary thickness.

Last swigs: Gummi bear and tropical assault. Delicious to the last drop. Wasn't sure what to expect from FFF but this was a treat. Megga BIG thanks to OrbitalR0x for the traded bottle. Thank gawd that I have one more bottle.

Beer is good. Happy tropical fruit beering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 03:27:56 | More by blitheringidiot
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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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nlmartin

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a gobblet glass.

Appearance: A very pleasing coppery strawberry blonde. The head was almost not there struggling to be half inch. Almost no carbonation is present. This beer doesnt even pretend to lace.

Smell: Upon uncapping the beer my nose was assaulted with waves of fruityness, citrus, pineapple and hops exploded through the room. Just WOW! After the beer was poured into the glass the above mentioned flavors began singing Fat Bottom Girls. The fruits where joined by sugary floral piney goodness. Gods this is a treat.

Taste: This beer is heavily fruited with citrus, cherries and other fruityness. The beer is both sweet and spicy in the right mix. This is a barley wine from the hop gods.

Mouthfeel: Inspite of the sweetness of the barley wine 3F avoided making a thickly cloyingly sweet nasty mess. This barley wine is thickly sweet but the hops preserve this into a drinking treat.

Drinkability: This is just an excellent beer. The alcohol is well hidden and is deceptive. Is this really 12.5%. I could drink this all night. This fat bottom girl makes the rocking world go round.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 14:58:08 | More by nlmartin
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After trying one of these at the brewery, I obtained six of these at the 2005 release and placed them in my cellar.

When tasted at the release, the hops were huge, sharp and raw.

I took this one to our homebrew club (because my newest brew is not yet bottled) and Six weeks later this barleywine is smooth.
I served it at my cellar temp 68 deg. F I did NOT want it COLD for tasting.

Pour is Medium amber brown and clear with thin white head.

Big hop aroma

Smooth warming taste, sweet, hoppy with a malt flavor that indicated the big grain bill that was used with this beer.

Mouthfeel is full, warm viscous.

Drinkability, nice. In a room full of vultures, it was hard to get more than a taste of a couple ounces. Limited release and relatively high price make this a self regulating beer. You just can't get enough to drink it every day.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 13:52:58 | More by HopHeadKen
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kunzbrew for sharing such a great beer.
Poured clear rubyesque, with an off-white whispy head.
Repeated swirling brings the subsided microbubbles to the surface.
Huge fruit in the nose with alcohol and pine.
Rum -soaked fruit cocktail with a sprig of spruce dead center.
Finishes chewy and sweet, caramel coated candy apple with bubble gum stuck to the side.
Body thinner than expected, medium-ish.
A melange of fruits and light cocoa.
Bitterness in check with a not overdone hop flavor profile.
Pears, peaches, orange rind, cherries, melon, rum-soaked raisins.
A bit chewy and mildly sweet, vineous and warming.
Finishes long and fruity with pine resin spirits.
Complex, strong, and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 16:16:10 | More by brewandbbq
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

After 4 consecutive "turkeys" at my last tasting, somebody finally popped open this bad boy (or should I say, bad girl from the label)

Appearance: Opaque ruby red, with a light grey head.

Smell: Whowza! Like getting smacked in the face by a pine branch with hops duck-taped on it, it was totally woodsy, then turned minty fresh, then it was more like cranberries and strawberries macerated in eau-de-vie. The hops just snapped. I must have smelled it for at least 3 minutes before taking my first sip.

Taste: A body so huge I could have just stuck a fork in it and lick it. It knocks you out with a 3-punch combo of massive caramel malt, hop bitterness you feel all the way into the nerve endings of your teeth and a and alcoholic vapor that gets you right in the chest. This is for fans of extra-large Beers, but it is pretty balanced, if in an over-the-top, super-size-me American kind of way. I think my tongue turned white from the dry astringency of the hops. A fun experiment!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 01:11:59 | More by Goldorak
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorrowfully totally clear amber-orange pour atop which an initially honest off-white cover fades at a constant rhythm. Expressive aroma firstly disarming you through a blast of floral, piney, sprucey aromatic amarillos. The underlying malt is not to be neglected, highly candyish, like concentrated Jolly Rancher juice. Tons of residual sugar components, yet well developed fruitiness, rich with melon and perfumed berry notes. Quite boozy in mouth, if not necessarily harshly so thanks to the cognac-like nature of the alcohol, reminding of a concentrated wine. Thus very sweet and fittingly very hoppy, foresty, fruity, woody and throath-coating. Very malty spirit is betrayed by a rather syrupy palate, certainly fruity and alcoholic, but also rather oily and slick even, the carbonation being restrained to say the least. Far from a favourite among barleywines, just not very mature nor sagacious, it remains an experiment worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:08:16 | More by Rastacouere
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A heavy handed pour only raised about a 1/4 inch of off white foam on top of a orangy/reddish viscous body. Aromas of pine/grapefruit/tropical hops standout along with fruity alcohol aroma. Hop flavors do not deliver on the aroma that was promised. Malt flavors are not complex and the hop flavors seemed too muddled. Alcohol flavors are well in check for 12.5%. Nice chewey mouthfeel that is expected of the style.

A decent barlywine, but for the price of this 22oz. bomber ($16), I was expecting something that would blow my mind and would stand out from the rest. All that got blown away here is the $8 out of my wallet they are overcharging for it. If ya want a hoppy barlywine that is easier to drink and much more complex, pick up two Avery Hog Heaven bombers for about the same price.

Don't beleive the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 19:43:54 | More by Longstaff
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Higravity

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A real nice brown with an orange tint, but I got barely any head out of this thing. It smelled promising with large floral bouquet of some potent flower and some sap that has caught fire mixed with a double fist punch of alcohol all sitting above a bed of sweet malt madness. The I took a sip and the train jumped the tracks. What a mess of a beer. The alcohol is so prevailent that even the hops seem weak and they are strong enough to do damage all on there own. I could see laying this one down for some years that is the only thing that could save this. Sharp, abrasive, raw and rough is the way I would describe this beer. It does have a great thick mouthfeel and if I couldn't taste anything I would enjoy this well enough. Sorry maybe if I get some again I'll lay it down for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 15:42:57 | More by Higravity
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful orangish-brown in color with a light, off-white head. The beer itself was crystal clear, which I thought was strange for a BW.

Smell – OMG! This is hoppier than most dry-hopped IPAs that I’ve had. The hop aroma is just like raw hops. I mean, pull the hops off the vine and hold them to your nose and this is the smell of this beer.

Taste – The hops are huge and raw at the taste as well. It tastes like Kim dry-hopped the bottle just before I arrived. There’s a good, strong winey base to this one as well, although it’s balanced towards hops for sure.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied and very dry.

Drinkability – I enjoyed drinking this ale, but it was certainly unbalanced and would benefit from aging. For a big hop-infused alcohol rush though I haven’t found a better candidate.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for popping this hop monster at the Second Annual Beer-o-ween party. It went great with Shaun of the Dead and my spicy enchiladas.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 02:06:59 | More by RoyalT
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, enjoyed quite fresh.
It poured a clear red/orange topped by a slightly coarse tan head that thinned quickly to a ring. It did leave behind some lacing though. Pink grapefruit aroma and pine resin hops were quite strong, but caramel and toffee malts, as well as ripe fruit/raisin and faint alcohol, added some complexity and provided balance. There was a big malt backbone with a bit of alcohol that attempted to balance out the intense hop bitterness and huge hop flavour. Caramel and toffee malt provided lots of sweetness, and pine, grapefruit, and orange hop flavours produced a pleasant counterpoint. Lingering bitterness and resiny grapefruit in the finish. Plenty of alcohol warmth, which became a little hot in the finish after a while. Moderately low carbonation, fine bubbles, slightly syrupy. Pretty good overall, there's a lot of potential for this one as it matures. Thanks Viggo!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 02:59:08 | More by DrJay
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks orbitalr0x for the bottle!

2005 release 22oz.. new bottles advertise the brewpub on the side. pink wax on top and the bottle feels all sticky like dark lord.

ruby crystalline pour leaves a consistent, thin and taut ring around the liquid's surface. great color. aroma is mind numbingly hoppy- enough to put strain on my sinuses, like inhaling a noxious chemical. deep malt barleywine character is very easygoing, adding more light fruit aromas than typical bw burnt sugar/roasted malt overload. malts are certainly more grainy in the flavor, presenting a molassessy brown sugar tinged base laced with botanical hop oil. stimulating flavor without excessive bitterness. peachy fruit notes with a creamy cherry-vanilla finish, and some fruit-flavored cough syrup lingering. very complex thanks to subtle blending without hop, alcohol, or sugar overkill. very drinkable. i got a 'look' from my s/o when i finished a 22oz barleywine solo so quickly.

this beer exists somewhere between a barrel aged bw and a double ipa. dark lord epitomizes excess. this is more like dreadnaught, finding happiness in balance. can't wait to see where an aged bottle or two goes, however this is ready to drink NOW.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 20:53:00 | More by goodbyeohio
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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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meathookjones

Virginia

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

As soon as you pop the top off this the hops come right at you. It poured out a dark red with a tall tan head that left streaks and rings of lace as it collapsed. Big citric hop notes with plenty of pine to go along with it. There is a big sweetness there as well as some ripe fruit notes and caramel malt competes with the giant hoppiness. No real alcohol comes out in the nose surprisingly. Taste is huge as well plenty of grapefruit and pine needle hops smacking you around with a nice bitterness. Dark ripe fruit notes balance it out a bit with some sweetness as does light caramel and light doughiness. Lots of stuff going on in the flavor and it all seems to come on strong. I think in a few months it might all meld together better which would really boost this to greatness. Ends with some bitter and sweet fruits. This definitely warms you up real quick with the first sip. Thick and almost syrupy with a bit of sticky sweetness going on. No lack of body here. Pretty damn drinkable with all things considered. Another great beer form 3 Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 13:55:12 | More by meathookjones
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Bumpon10s

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours red, no I mean red, like a firetruck. Comes with no head an almost no lace.

S - Wow, cherries, berries and citrus is all you get, it is like an air freshener in a glass.

T - The taste hit's you out of left field, this is an INCREDIBLY hoppy barleywine. There are touches of fruits, barley, yeast and carmel, but until it gets to room temperature, the hops dominate. LET THIS BEER WARM.

M - Very smooth with a pretty heavy alcohol burn similar to drinking a wine or spirit.

D - It is a great beer, but is over the top in ABV and taste, this was split in two, and took about an hour and a half to finish, but enjoyed it all.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 07:44:06 | More by Bumpon10s
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened bottle hop aroma stretched across the room. Poured out nice reddish brown to copper color. Head long lasting some lacing. Head color off white. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. It helps to accentuate the caramel, cherry, malt, and grapefruit. Tastes of hops, hops, and more hops. With caramel, malt and some grapefruit to start. Hops flavor lingering throughout. Warming up brings in some cherry, maple, piney character as well. Nicely carbonated, full bodied with slight aclcohol warming becoming present after half pint or so. Just a spectacular American Barley Wine. Well balanced even with the large hops aroma, and hop flavoring. You never really lose the other aromas and flavoring. Smooth till the finish seemingly aged a while before bottling. Well done 3F. All I can really say to express true feeling toward this beer is WoooHOOOO

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 04:38:13 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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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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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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant and clear deep amber to mahogany with a light tan head that falls to a ring around the top. The light passing through it gives a really nice amber to red glow to the foot of my glass. The nose is not nearly as big as I expected it to be. There is a deep caramel sweetness with notes of artificial cherry from the aroma hop and a moderate piney hop bitterness. Very nice and rather complex. I like that its not incredibly strong. Flavor big maltyness...caramel is most prominent with fruity notes and light pineyness from the hop. No real bitterness hangs on. Aftertase is a little like spun sugar. Sweet, but not cloying. Tasty. The feel is thick, slightly syrupy with a light carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding. No hint at all of the ABV on this beer. The flavors meld well together and everything just works so well. Well worth trying. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 01:04:07 | More by kmpitz2
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HoboAGoGo

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark copper with a tannish head on top that chilled out for a while there. Carbonation was apparent, in the opaque body. Smelled of pine, grapefruit, cherry, malty maltiness. Taste was of a warm alcohol bite, some sweet brown sugar, pine needles, juniper, grapefruit, plum, some whiskey notes and a very sweet finish with the hops bouncing around the tongue. This stuff was too drinkable for how strong it was. As I already drink beer pretty fast, I drank this one WAY too fast. Dangerous but delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 08:18:12 | More by HoboAGoGo
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.