Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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
2017 Bottle release - Lime Green Metallic Wax

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Photo of phreak1983
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark copper with an impressive head for a barleywine.

Smell: Sweet malt and grapefruit rind hops

Taste: Pineapple, malt, alcohol is barely noticeable.

Feel: Smooth and juicy.

It's like a juicy IPA style barleywine! It's tasty and dangerously easy to drink!

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm reviewing the 2016 version, but prager62 was generous enough to send me both the 2016 and 2017. The beer pours a deep, opaque amber color with a one-finger tan head that's thick enough to coat the sides of the glass. The smell is complex. There's some bright, citrus hops on there, some dark fruits, and some caramel malts. The taste is equally as complex. The hops hit first briefly then the dark fruits come through very strongly. As it fades the caramel and maltiness lingers through to the end. The is a little smell and taste of alcohol also. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Overall this is very good and very complex. I would definitely get a could each year to drink and to age, if I had access to it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bakker for sending this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. This was a 2013 vintage bottle, consumed on 10/30/16. Poured from a wax-sealed 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy to turbid brown. A low amount of visible carbonation, but still manages to form a half-finger of off-white head. This fades fairly quickly to spotty foam.

S: Caramel, toffee, and some mildly faded citrus rind and resin hops. Mild brown sugar sweetness along with the sweet malts. Some bourbon-like sweet notes as well, though this is not the barrel-aged version. Some candied fruits and raisins as well. A nice enough nose, though nothing crazy.

T: Toffee and caramel up front again. Citrus hops and oily hop resin. Sweet malts, boozy ethanol sweetness. Lesser notes of brown sugar with mild fruity yeast esters. Light hop bitter oils persist with the sweet maltiness in the hang.

M: A medium body for style, with low carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is fairly restrained for a barleywine, though it's still fairly hefty.

O: This was an enjoyable barleywine. Definitely boozy (despite no barreling), and definitely toffee forward. I think the hops have held up remarkably well - though there's not a big bitterness, there are still the citrus and resin flavors. Reasonably good overall, though I'm not sure I'd actively seek out another.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds teku glass

This beer pours a deep amber color with blood orange highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Even though this beer is almost five years old I can still smell some hops which give is light citrus notes to compliment the caramel base.

The hop flavor of this beer reminds me of Gumballhead. It has light citrus character with a bold caramel backbone. There are enough hops to linger into the finish leaving a citrus aftertaste.

Full, syrupy mouthfeel

I am quite impressed with this beer. I was expecting it to be more hype than flavor. I am wrong. It is a very enjoyable beer. I need to find a fresh one the next time it comes around. It is great with four plus years on it.

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Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 (White wax)

Thick beige head taunts as the beefy, opaque, angry plum colored body seeks to intimidate. Nose is a party that acts like it hasn't invited me to. The fragrance is not happy that I've arrived. Reluctantly, it imparts plum, dates, a hint of either coriander or celery and maybe a smidgen of vinous heat. Immediately upon taking a swig, the tart reactions take place on my tongue but quickly dissipates as raisin overwhelms for the time being. Let it linger for a moment and a mildly harsh tobacco makes its presence known. This is indeed a complex and angry beer, for real. The finish has a bit of heat and bitter fig on the way out with this medium bodied, and solidly carbonated beer. Whew, this is a great contemplative beer for certain. I'm probably not going to drink after this one!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/7/15; drank 2/6/15 @ Yuss Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Cloudy orange/red rust appearance.

Off-white head; strong lace.

Grapefruit & orange citrus nose.

Medium thick, flat mouthfeel.

Grapefruit, orange citrus & mild caramel flavors. Tastes like an above average DIPA to me. Good.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in February 2016.
A - Pours an opaque dark amber color with one finger of white-ish head. Lots of lacing.
S - Aroma is caramel and malt.
T - Very nice caramel flavor with a fair amount of bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
M - Mouth feel is wonderfully creamy.
O - This is outstanding. Incredibly tasty and drinkable, so creamy and smooth. Everything is well balanced. I will buy every time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Yellow Wax (OH only)

Pours a light orange color with a white head and lace. Fruity ale yeast, caramel and piney hop in the nose. In the taste, a smooth balance of caramel and still viable hop resins. Alcohol is dialed in to just a small warmth. Drinkable barleywine style beer with a solid hoppy bitterness. Good beer here.

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Photo of soze47
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 varietal - around four years old. Really great, but I love a good blonde barleywine. Rich caramel first, light roast back - nose has hints of spices like sechuan peppercorns that livens up flavors all around.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with beige head. Aroma is really hoppy for a barleywine, earthy and resiny. Taste starts slightly malty but overall it's really hoppy. Really fresh tasting barleywine.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's the end of July and I'm cracking a 2014 (2 1/2 year old) vintage bomber of Behemoth a barley wine that explicitly says to drink in the cold winter months... What am I thinking. Pours a rich thick caramel color with a thin cream colored head that disappeared quickly. Can't see light through the glass. The first thing I smelt as soon as I cracked the bottle was honey. A closer snif reveals caramel, maple syrup and molasses. It's not as sweet as it was when it was fresh. Like the ones I taste caramel, molasses, and the finish is kind of dry and fades away. Perhaps a bit of sour apple as it warms Light carbonation. I'm not sure what I was expecting from a 2 year old BW but it's still very good.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel Brown

S: Malty, Hoppy, Bready.

T: Bitter hops come out early and stay strong. There is some sweetness in the background, but it is overwhelmed by the hoppy bitterness. Rather one dimensional taste.

F: Was perhaps a bit thin for a Barleywine.

O: I really didn't care for this one. I prefer English Barelywines over American Barleywines, and this is clearly an American Barleywine.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear light brown with a finger of head that looks sticky and creamy. The smell is mostly caramel with a hint of lemony zest; a little unexpected for a barleywine, but in a good, refreshing way. The taste is must of the same - it has a huge caramel backbone that is finely balanced by the hops. This is not what I was expecting at all, but given that it's from FFF, it makes a ton of sense. I would never have guessed it was 80 IBUs. The sweetness perfectly complements the hops and malts. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but that's a good thing.

It drinks more like a DIPA than a traditional barleywine, but like all of FFFs unique takes on beer styles, this one is a home run.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a ruby red body with a tiny bit of Amber-orange haze and a creamy bone white head that left beautiful muddy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Surprisingly thin but delicious aroma of dark sour cherries and a hint of vanilla.

Burnt toffee, dark cherries, vanilla, perhaps a touch of molasses. The aftertaste is slightly more fruity than the smell.

Seductively smooth and creamy but with a slight gritty feel on the tongue from the sugars and sediment in this 6 year old vintage bottle. The burn that one usually experiences with a barleywine is completely diminished due to the quality of the brew coupled with its age.

I may be biased because I opened up one of these 2010 vintage bottles for the first time a couple of years ago when my wife and I were first together. We opened up another bottle for our anniversary, and this is one instance in which Nostalgia has not been unkind. This is damned close to being a perfect beer. It's age has mellowed it to the point where it nearly completely hides it's potent ABV, and it drinks like a slighlty fruity and sugary decadent dessert in a glass. I look forward to when I can get out to 3 Floyd's brewery once again for dark lord day, and come back to New England with another case of this delicious beer.

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Photo of dleigh
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful amber color. Lots of fluffy just-off-white head.

Smells of hops, honey, and bread. Lovely smell.

Tastes of dark fruit with some caramel with a nice lingering hoppiness and breadiness.

The moutfeel is pillowy. Not much carbonation. Like velvet in my mouth. A nice warmth in my throat follow, but the alcohol is very well masked.

Bottle of the 2016.

Of the barleywines I've tried so far, this is probably my second favorite, right behind the inestimable Bigfoot.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had many Barleywines but I was comparing this one to Goose Island's Bourbon County release, and I have to say I prefer 3 Floyd's offering. The alcohol is much better masked, there is higher carbonation, not so in your face with the dried fruit complexity. For being the same style in beer they are quite different. I guess I don't like fresh GI BCBW because it is too hot and I enjoy more mellowed characteristics.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one tasted a bit off...there were hoppy, sour, then sweet notes all over the place with a bit too much carbonation.

If you took a Zombie Dust and let it sit in the fridge for a year, you would probably wind up with a similar tasting beer.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at 101 Beer Kitchen December 28, 2015 in a snifter.

Look - Very light brown with a red tint. See through. Awesome finger of thick bubbled head. A lot of lacing. I was expecting much darker.

Smell - Ginger bread. Cherry. Bread. Hop. Lighter fruits. Raisin. Cinnamon.

Taste - Ginger. Cinnamon. Cherry.

Feel - At 10.5% it is very smooth. Not as carbonated on swallow as it looks but sits a little bubbly. Little burn.

Overall - Surprised by the color. Hops come through just enough. A lot going on.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - To be specific, the beer really is not blonde. It actually is more of a copper/amber color with a white head.

Smell - The nose gives me the impression of sweet grassy notes.

Taste - The grass of the hops comes to the front, before the sweet malty backbone attacks. There is a creamy quality to the malts exaggerates the sweetness. The grass comes back to the front in the aftertaste, but the sweetness is very present.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps my favorite aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel. There is definitely a smooth, creamy quality.

Overall - From the Three Floyds catalog, this is a slightly underrated and often forgotten beer. I love it.

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

Blue wax, 2014 vintage. Poured from a a 22oz bottle into a 3 Floyds Teku glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a magnificent deep cherry amber, slightly hazy but pretty translucent body with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves little lacing.

Smells a lot more hoppy than I was expecting.. not fresh "IPA" aromas, but more aged hops that have lost their fresh character.. not in a bad way, they're just more piney and earthy, somewhat woody, sitting on a heavy caramel malt backbone.

On the tongue is a variety of notes.. nutty almonds, earthy, sweet caramel, roastyness, vanilla, muted hops on the follow through, some bitterness on the finish, aftertaste is almost oaky and charred. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Overall very enjoyable, complex, unique, flavorful.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bomber. Cloudy amber, finger off white head, plenty lace. Caramel sweet aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt balanced by some earthy hop goodness. Silky smooth feel with a dry finish. Love this Barleywine!

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Photo of JArt
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I am not a huge fan of the style, this was a very well done barleywine. I tasted more hoppiness and less sweetness than most others I had in the past.

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Photo of NappyB
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More like a malty double IPA than a Blonde Barleywine for me, but still very tasty.
The 80 IBU hops dominate the flavor, fine with me. A heavier texture than most,
nice aroma of citrus and malt. Consistent with 3 Floyds style. Different and Delicious.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy and viscous copper brown and a slight green hue, looks rather unappealing.

Tropical and citrusy hop resins, cherries, earthy and slightly piney notes as well.

The hops play a main role in flavor and bring juicy tropical and citrus fruit flavors out immediately, soon after a sweet cherry and slightly oaky flavor emerge.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, thick, some larger chunks of sedimentation.

Overall, while this appears a murky, unappealing mess, the hops really make this one stand out in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of 29mikoyan
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A spectacular Barley Wine! It does have a hoppy presence, but it is smooth and mellow like a fine brandy. Molasses, cherry, and vanilla are present in this brew. It has a nice malty mouth feel.

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