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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

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Reviews: 583 | Ratings: 1,802
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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Photo of mlockman
3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap, so maybe that was some of the issue; it was just so hop-aggressive. If I was looking for hop aggressive (which I was not) I would have ordered a Zombie Dust. Not horrible, just not my favorite rendition of the style

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from January 2015 enjoyed 4.16.15 from a teku

A: Behemoth pours a dark amber or ruby with dark caramel and rich brown undertones. Hazy and turbid as all get-out. The head is substantial, and the beer appears well-carbed. Fair bit of sticky lacing too.

S: On the nose are big dollops of pine and resin that you might expect from a strong IPA, but they are a bit caramelized and thus a bit sweeter than in an IPA. A bit of fresh, sugary lemon peel underneath that.

T: Mildy sweet toffee and caramel upfront, followed by light citrus and pine. Really remarkable blend of sweet/malty and citrus/lightly hoppy flavors. Rich, sweet, lightly hopped, and a bit fruity...just fantastic stuff.

M: Velvety, creamy, and perfectly carbed: simultaneously light and substantial.

O: Loved this one. Behemoth is one of the better, possibly the best, non BA barleywines I've had. Wish I could get this easily, and year-round.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 2012 red wax bomber. Thanks Pat.

Light in appearance and mouthfeel. Fairly sweet and fruity for a barleywine. A little complexity on the finish with some tangy notes. Not great, but not bad.

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

2012 release.
Murky craft. Imagining unfiltered raisin/prune juice. Very aromatic and lush. Gummy bear, hops and raisin standout. Taste of hop and sweet. Soon after a peasantly sour mixed with a bitter effect and the higher abv blending in comfortably. Mouthfeel has hop bitterness lingering in back of the mouth. Sugars lay on the tongue. Overall this is really a treat. Not one component outdoes the other. Well done.

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Photo of JothHu
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first blonde Barleywine. This is much more hop forward throughout, with less sweetness than typical Barleywines. As it warms the alcohol comes out, but is masked early on. A terrific beer than I would gladly drink again!

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Photo of MLDucky
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange wax bottle. Alcohol smell was non existent. Fruity notes remained in the nose. Poured a very hazy copper color. Taste was dark fruit. Cherry, plum, prune with a nice sweetness. I greatly enjoyed this. The hops obviously faded and this almost resembled a quad, but it was fantastic nonetheless.

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Photo of basshaug
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap as a 9 oz pour that in beer equivalent may have cost as much as my left nut, but

Definitely a hop forward barleywine but I really enjoyed it. Pours a dark amber with a thick creamy head.

The hops are very pronounced and the alcohol heat is present but tucked behind the hop burst. A great med-full full body mouth feel. Overall a good barley wine, even if it is slightly off the "traditional" flavor profile and more along three floyds hop forward MO.

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