Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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 - Silver Wax

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,652
Reviews:
600
Ratings:
1,879
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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596
Gots:
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Trade:
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FFFjunkie for this Hoosier gem. 2017 release.
Pours a beautiful amber, holding a bit of golden sunset within. Frothy off-white head bounces 2+ fingers high before receding to a milky pond scum-(not in color)-like layer. Moderate lacing.
Smell begins with a complex waltz of caramel like sweetness and piney/citrusy/floral hops. A lot going on here. A bit of damp malt notes, reminds me of a cereal I liked as a kid, Buckwheats.
Tongue is working. Picking up an initial caramel meets bourbon sweetness that is instantly tamed by some floral citrus, earthy pine notes, and a hint of spice. Warming. Smooth date notes, rich and chewy. Medjool style. This seems to blur the line between a traditional English Barleywine and her 'Merican cousin. The hops really do tame the sweetness, and also add their own dimensions here. Smoothly and lightly boozy.
Mouthfeel is full enough for style. No shrinking violet here. Mild carbonation.
Overall, I like this a lot. Can;t wait to try the BA version.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby-amber color with a one finger creamy off-white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- spicy citrus rind up front on the nose, along with orange marmalade. Caramel malty sweetness with brown sugar, candied dark fruit and alcohol close it out

T- spicy and resinous citrus zest and rind up front, along with some piney hop notes. Mid-palate gives malty sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar and dark bread. The finish gives more zesty orange, along with caramel malt and a hint of booze

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy, warming finish

O- holds up well to aging with plenty of citrusy hop notes still coming through

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, copius head remains for a significant time. Nose is spicy, some notes remind me of cured meat (wife says dry dog food), dried dark fruit, slight boozy heat on the back. Taste is grapes, raisin, spicy, wood. Lingers into classic barleywine funk. Mouth feel is medium but full. Nice carb remains, very smooth. Overall I dig this quite a bit. Manages to highlight the distinctive barleywine profile while also being very approachable

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3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kricks77
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Vintage 2016. Light amber/orange color with a 2.5 finger off white head. Great retention that slowly fades into a collar. Thick webs of lacing coat the glass. Rich aromas of caramel and toffee make up the sweetness. Dark fruit with hops that are earthy and piney. It is pleasant because of the caramel and toffee flavors mixed with some dark fruit. A bit of bitterness and spice to it along with some alcohol. Medium body with soft carbonation. A bit warming. A delicious BW, but kind of pricey at $17.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,879 ratings