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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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4.2
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Photo of Beerkovich
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - yellow wax

[You're welcome, 'Buckeyesox,' and thank you for the BA Boris the Crusher--awesome stuff.]

Appearance: aged 2 yrs. now, this one pours a little thicker and hazier than a fresh bottle--beautiful saturated color--blood orange, fades to rust orange in the light and amber at the edges. Appetizing yellowy head fades to mere wisps of film forming artistic patterns on the surface.

Nose: Very full and appetizing--exotic, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and then a subtle backbone of bready, malty delight--coffeecake? Nut roll?

Flavor: A cornucopia of bright, vivid flavors. Tropical fruit-like esters, grapefruity hops, a little bit of sour apple when it warms, pineapple,...watermelon?. And I swear, I'm also getting a 'cherry ring pop' candy flavor. Very succulent, and perfectly balance by the malt, manifesting itself as caramel, pecan, walnut, sourdough bread...is this more complex than FFF's Dark Lord?! Certainly hoppy, but definitely not as bitter/over the top as some american bw's.

Mouthfeel: full, creamy, ample carbonation for the style/age...but just a slight off key astringency to it that I've never been quite able to describe.

Drinkability: The flavors are balanced, the alcohol is hidden remarkably for the abv, but there's just an odd disjunct between the malt and hop/fruit components of this beer. Where the two meet there's just a slightly slick, almost soapy sort of conflict (fyi, not so present in recent '09 bottle)

That being said, there's so many good things going on here it's ridiculous. Having had this beer many times, I'm almost at fault for celebrating its quirks. Unique and delicious. One of my all-time favorites. And yes, worth the $17 to try (if you still have a job).

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Photo of jabel9
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of barleywines I envision a dark ruby beer that is rich in malts and sweetness. Behemoth 2011 is almost the anti barleywine (in a good way). First, It has a lighter complexion with a hoppy nose that peaks the drinkers curiosity. Upon the first taste, it seems more like a double ipa than a barleywine. With an abv of 10.5%, Behemoth is very smooth and drinkable. The mouthfeel is exceptional, exactly what a barleywine should be; rich and expansive. Behemoth's finish is extraordinarily barleywie. Complex with a great sweetness and very malty. 3 floyds has once again impressed with their ability to re-invent expectation. Enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of Lukafer
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage.

Pours a golden red/amber with about 2-3 fingers of head which dies pretty quickly. Great lacing and a perfect amount of carb for this style. Smells are sweet caramel malts, slight hop, brown sugar and some raisins. Tastes sweet at front with some earthy tones, dark fruit, hops at the end then a sweet caramel/toffee finish. Wow, this is amazing. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, good carb, feels great to me. Drinkability is very high for a barleywine, but then again I love barleywines. I really wish i would have picked up a case of this when I saw it on sale for $13/bottle. This beer is aces!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had lunch today at the sterling Sun Singer and, afterward, scoured their terrific beer section. Upon seeing the telltale waxed cap of Three Floyds Behemoth, I remembered passing on grabbing a bottle of Behemoth a couple years ago, primarily because of the price and my being short on coin at that point. What a shame, for I hadn't known about the lofty reputation of either Behemoth or Three Floyds products generally then. But sweet redemption came today for, with some spare scratch, I grabbed a bottle of Behemoth. What a treasure.

A finger of off-white foam tops a mostly clear dark amber body. The body of the beer looks remarkably like cognac. Nice duration and moderate lacing on the Duvel tulip. The smell is rich with malt, sweet and dried fruit, and floral and bitter hops, boozy but not off-putting.

Wow is the best way for me to describe the taste--rife with berry, some citrus, and tart in the second half; well-hopped to balance the dense malt; roasted malt with caramel, chocolate, and coffee; and a bit spicy--nicely peppered beer. What a complex taste, made all the more accessible by the ideally balanced mouthfeel. It presents a fascinating alternative, rather than contrast, to Great Divide's Old Ruffian. Malt and hops are more restrained than Old Ruffian, but are well balanced, more on the smooth than unbridled, wild side as Old Ruffian is. The more I imbibe it, and the more it warms, the better Behemoth's mouthfeel is--just sublime.

When I grabbed this, it prompted inevitable comparisons to Old Ruffian, easily the standard-bearer for American barleywine in my mind. But upon enjoying Behemoth, I'm of the opinion that comparisons are only so useful here, and are rather unfair to both amazing beers. Old Ruffian is the Secretariat of Barleywines--powerful, breakneck, working in six different directions at once but in consort. Behemoth is not as wild, but is richly flavorful, very well balanced between hops and malt, a beer whose effects gradually rather than inexorably (as they do with Old Ruffian) emerge, a late comer rather than fast out of the gate and fast finishing. Behemoth reminds me more of Assault, the 1946 Triple Crown winner--slow out of the gate, but always a winner.

Behemoth is more a gentle, graceful giant, my new second-favorite American Barleywine. Three Floyds has created a tremendous gem. Nothing short of outstanding.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY tried this one. After having traded away multiple bottles, and after sitting on two for several months, I decided to give it a go.

2011 Vintage
Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.

A: Light, pineapple hops work well with the carmelized pineapple from the malt. A light hint of booze as well.

A: 1/2 finger of off-white foam forms with each pour. Clear, bronze body. Awesome color!

F: Herbal hops up front quickly yield to delicious malty goodness. Sweet, carmelized sugar, sweet tea, a touch of peach, and a mild bitterness. A quick description: clean, sweet, a mix of caramel and fruit, and enough bitterness to balance.

M: Medium-full, slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation.

O: I love barleywines, but American barleywines are sometimes a bit hoppier than I'd like. I'd held onto this one for several months, hoping it might tone the hop bitterness down a bit. Well, whether the time in the bottle helped make this one that much better, or it was really a stellar one to begin with, the beer I tasted was one hell of a barleywine! Get this one if you can!

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Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow wax for the 2011 release in Ohio.
Super special thanks to JM03 for this.

A- Slightly hazy chessnut brown with ruby highlights. Super soapy egg shell colored head that stands about two fingers high and sticks around for a while becore deflating. Lacing is remarkable..

S- Floral hops with a juicy citrus presence of mandarin, grapefruit with a pineapple. Sweet malts provide an almost honey presence. Strawberries and cherries round everything out.

T- Juicy citrus with a potent pine hop taste. Subtle alcohol adds a warming and helps blend the sweetness and bitter together. Dry lingering aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation and warming alcohol.

O- This is by far the best barleywine I've ever had.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brand new September 30, 2005 release pink wax dipped bomber. After fighting through the wax the cap comes off and the Behemoth pours into my SN tulip a deep copper red that comes alive when held up to the light. A nice tan bubbly head leaves nice spotty lacing. Aromas of...WHOA...an intense cornucopia of luscious scents nearly overwhelm me. Further inspection leaves me with rich, deep caramel, sweet sugary molasses, fresh baked bread, dark fruits, cocoa and pine needles. Big grapefruity, pineapple, citric hops are bold, ripe and resinous. Literally intoxicating..your nose will keep coming back for more.

First sip brings a wall of deep caramelly maltiness with interwoven notes of molasses, dark fruits, cherries, melons and pine. Rich and fairly sweet initially. A bit nutty with a good helping of citrusy, grapefruity resinous hoppy bitterness on the way down. Hints of alcohol peek through as well and provide a nice belly warming sensation. Lingering notes of raisins and sweet candied bread. Quite an enjoyable, hoppy barleywine here. A beautiful blend of rich malts and hops. Yum.

Mouthfeel is dense with a nice creamy aspect and good stable carbonation. Chewy without going over the top. A nice sipper as each one packs an array of flavors. I wouldn't mind having a few of these on a cold day..but you have to watch out for that ABV. Paired nicely with some 3 year old cheddar. Well worth seeking out...I have a feeling that aging this a year or two will produce some good results. Still a bit overpriced in the grand scheme of things...but I guess one should not put a price on happiness...and right now I'm pretty damn happy.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a very slightly hazy medium amber with an off-white head which rose slightly and fell slowly to lace the glass during consumption.

The aroma was pure 3F. The aroma was malty and nutty and in your face with the malt. Caramel malt and a toasty aroma were definitely present. The hops were spicy and earthy with a grapefruit character. The fruity aroma was bready and floral and the slight alcohol off the surface gave the phenolic a peppery note.

The flavor was malty and fruity with some dark fruits, mostly raisins. The malt contained a nice caramel aspect and a nutty flavor of Munich malt most likely. The flavor of the hops and the bittering was well achieved with some spice character and definite, yet restrained grapefruit flavors. The hops were resinouse but whipped into submission by the malt character.

The finish was malty and resinouse with both flavors lasting long and interesting into the aftertaste. Also present through the aftertaste was a peppery spice flavor. The body was full and the beer was viscous with a low level of carbonation yet the mouthfeel was still creamy. The alcohol was present and restrained throughout the beer, but created some spicy phenolics and worked very strongly with regard to warming that occurs post consumption. A great barleywine!

22 ounce bottle with pink wax seal. Thanks beerinator!

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Photo of truthcontortion
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a gobblet style glass. Bottle was a 2011 yellow wax Ohio only bottle.

A. Poured a finger or so height white head over a dark almost ruby brown colored body.

S. Sweet, bitter whine smell with a little fruit.

T. An absolutley beautiful mixture, Hoppy, a little bitter and sweet. Ive honestly never tasted a more balenced beer.

M. Washes down smooth but a tad dry. Not bad at all.

O. If you see this beer i recommend you try it. Even if you dont share my opinion. Im sure you wont regret it.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A fabulous, albeit overpriced beer. This is really the only reason for the drinkability score. It hides its ABV very well, and I certainly feel I could easily drink a great deal of it otherwise. What others have said about the complexity of the flavor is definitely true. It's kind of strange...it tastes quite sweet initally and its only when the aftertaste comes does one realize how hoppy it is. The aftertaste is pleasantly long. Serving it not-too-cold definitely improves the flavor.

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Photo of Damian
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl oz/650 ml bottle purchased at the Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
Served in a snifter

I always appreciate good artwork on beer bottles and Three Floyds happen to have some of the best. This one shows a "behemoth" blonde being ogled by onlookers as she cracks the floor below her. Amazing. Let us hope that the beer itself is as "big" as she is.

The beer poured a hazy, glowing, orangey-amber color with a bubbly, light tan, sea foam head which faded to a mass of clumpy froth. Thick streaks of sticky lacing cascaded all down the glass.

Outrageous aroma. Sweet with tons of bready, caramel malts and loads of brown sugar. Molasses and toffee notes came through strong as well. Slightly citric and fruity. Overall, very fragrant and aromatic.

Caramel malt sweetness again came through strong in the taste. The sweetness however was kept in check. Bready with notes of molasses, brown sugar and ripe, juicy fruits (possibly some tropical fruits). Slightly sticky. Loads of peach flavor as well. Orange peel was apparent in the crisp and hoppy yet balanced finish. Resinous pine notes appeared as well. The finish was pleasantly boozy, with a sweet, brandy-like flavor. Strong pine and grapefruit notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Creamy, smooth and pillowy soft on the palate. A touch thinner however than I anticipated for a beer of this magnitude.

Drinkability was outstanding. This is a "huge" beer, yet it is somehow still graceful and mellow. At 12.5% ABV, it hid its alcohol prowess dangerously well. I am assuming that the year of age I put on my bottle was the perfect amount.

Three Floyds produces nothing less than outstanding beers and this offering merely reaffirms my love for their products. If there is a barleywine out there better then this one, I have yet to try it.

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Photo of david131
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple wax

A- A clean and clear copper color with a few streams of slowly rising carbonation. The head is modestly thick and creamy with some decent retention. Doesn't look all that meaty for the ABV.

S- Pine and caramel, pineapple, citrus. Sweet smelling and not overly intense. Grapefruit and brown sugar are in there as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar with some nice citrus hoppiness. A little nutty on the tail end. This is not a blow your doors off barleywine, which is actually nice. The alcohol is ever so slightly noticeable when you look for it. This is almost like a sweet, complex candy.

M- A little dry and sticky at the end, but it is damn creamy. Not harsh at all, for the style at least.

D- This was deceivingly drinkable. The alcohol is masked very well. A unique take on the style. Sounds like a big beer, but doesn't drink like one. A little pricey, but this is the finest American barleywine I have had.

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Photo of bamadog
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the shiz-bom-diggity out of the growler, so I figured it's time to crack a bottle and see if it compares. Review is from notes taken on 7/21/2012 (Happy Birthday to me!), poured from the bottle (2010 green wax) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, coppery/caramel color; starts with a short 1/2 finger, light tan creamy head that fades quickly to nothing but a thin and swirly skim on the surface with a thicker, uneven ring; body is pretty murky, can't see too far into it, but there is plenty of tiny streams of quick carbonation near the sides;

Smell: Despite sitting in the bottle for a couple of years, the hops are still very present - grapefruit and orange peel up front, and perhaps a little bit of sticky pine behind it; as a big barleywine, the malts have big and sweet presence as well -- bit of a butterscotch/caramel aspect, that when blended with the citric hoppiness, I'm reminded of a piece of creamy orange candy. Big and robust, makes me excited to get this beer in my mouth.

Taste: God damn that is one excellent beer. Just like the nose -- huge flavors bombard the palate; plenty of those big bitter hops of the citric and slightly piny nature, and when they blend with those huge malts it is indeed like chewing on a piece of caramel with a piece of orange blended into it; alcohol is present and provides a big of a fusel taste in the back, but the other flavors mellow it out. Freaking fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and sticky; a big sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums, teeth and belly are left quite warm and tingly from the booziness.

Overall: Just as good as I remember it, not much difference from the age, still excellent. I would be happy if I could get this beer on a regular basis. Three Floyd's has lost a little bit of fandom from me since I went to DL Day, and their distribution lacks even where they distribute to (sometimes I wonder if they make more than Robert The Bruce), but this is enough to bring me back to their side of the fence. Definitely a sipper, but hell, I'll sip it all night.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample in 10 oz bottle ( micro growler)
Hazy, orange/red color, thick, creamy tan head receeds to wispy froth covering the beer. Blast of fruity aromas - cantaloupe and raisins mixed w/ wildflowers. Full bodied, sugary malt up front, flavors of honey on toast - hops then bite the tongue and back of the throat while more grassy hops take charge of finishing things. Hop infused , sugary sweetness coats your mouth. This is like eating hop candy! Alcohol is there but does not over power this tasty barleywine. Very drinkable w/ a unique nuttiness and exceptional balance.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just couldn't hold off drinking this one any longer. I'm also pretty damn sure this stuff is 10.5% ABV, not 12.5. Poured it from a 22 oz. bomber with purple wax into a snifter.

Appears a a lovely clear shade of red-orange with a one and a half finger light tan head that leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is an explosion of juicy citrusy hops laced with delightful sweet caramel tones reminiscent of a good DIPA. There is also some sweet orange peel and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Taste is just as amazing as the aroma. Huge caramel sweetness is perfectly blended with citrusy hops. Some tropical fruitiness comes through as well. Finishes with a nice dosage of grapefruit hops that linger on in the mouth. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but not syrupy at all. Nice level of carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

Wow, I can actually say that this bottle was worth the 16 dollars. This stuff is damn near a DIPA, with a bit more caramel flavor. Amazing beer.

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Photo of Boto
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle, sampled Jan. 2010: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a couple of fingers of a beige head on mine that dropped away rather quickly. Lots of pine to the nose. Still, an overall sweetness comes to the top. Also fruits (pear), caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Oooohhh, this is smooth. A nice balance of the bitterness and sweetness. It is a touch sweet to the finish. Caramel, and some pine flavors. Some fruits in there, but in the background. Fairly full bodied. This is really excellent!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was pretty expensive to me at $15. Poured this into a snifter. The color was dark ruby red with a decent off-white head. The smell was sweet, a little hoppy with caramel notes. The taste was amazing. Citrus, caramel, pine, syrup. This was like nectar! This may be the best barleywine I have ever had just barely beating the Old Ruffian on cask. Alcohol was well masked but the mouthfeel had a little astringency. Not an every day beer but for my birthday it was perfect.

1/13/08 2007 vintage was not as good as it was fresh (see above) syrupy and still had a nice fruitiness but makes me wonder about how this beer will do with age....

05/01/08 2007 vintage delicious, thick, syrupy, delicious this will age well and should be shared to mitigate how hardcore it is.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery, aged one year. Poured a murky brown color with a creamy yellowish off white head and nice lacing. Strong citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Very rich mouthfeel had tastes of citrus and bitter hops, and well as being balanced by a nice sweet maltiness.

The young bottles still need a bit more time to meld, but give it another 3 - 4 months, and they should be just as good as this draft sample I had at the brewery in March of 04.

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Photo of jquanmusic
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my personal favorites. Every time I go to FFF I start off my nights with one (or 2,3,or 4) of these. I definitely prefer this one on tap. The purple wax (08) has aged quite nice, and is very well balanced now. Don't get me wrong I still love the blue wax (09) as well.

It pours a nice light coppery orange with a good two finger head (usually). The smell is that of pine and citrus. On tap this has a big smell. The taste follows the smell nicely. The pine and citrus is there, but you also get a nice bitterness and almost a flowery taste along with some carmel. The high ABV is nicely hidden, but it can really catch up with you so be careful. I could definitely drink this all night if it wasn't for the high ABV and high price (who am I kidding I would drink this all night).

If you get the chance to make it to DLD make sure you check out the barrel aged incarnations of this as well.

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Photo of TomTwanks
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - 2012 release(red wax in ohio) into a snifter. 3/4 finger white creamy head with a dark orange/light brown color.

S - Wow, not what I expected. This smells like a nice DIPA. Citrusy,leather, earthly, awesome!

T - I've been trying to like barleywines, and this takes the cake. I'm a fan! Delicious, incredibly smooth for the ABV. Smooth up front, going into a nice hoppy mouthful with a nice alcohol presence. Cooked oranges/grapefruit. Not the "burn", but a nice known taste is present. Love it. Very impressed

M - Creamy, smooth, incredibly smooth. Moderate carbonation, just right. Nice dry aftertaste left in my mouth after every sip.

O - Really impressed. I will be looking for this beer in the future. This is the barleywine that makes me like barleywines!(though it is quite expensive!)

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with a silky tan head. Decent lace. Fantastic nose has fresh citrus hops, big malts, caramel, ripe cherries and subtle white wine grapes. Taste is a delectable blend of fruity hops, rich bready malts, carmelized candy, tropical fruit and sweet alcohols. Big, meaty body with a resigny finish. Delicate carbonation compiments the complex flavor profile. Fantastic stuff, needs to try more of FFF's offerings. Maybe I'll seek out one of the goops next.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear burnished bronze. Pillowy off white head is creamy and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is very earthy with plenty of toasted caramel malt nuttiness to balance with the resinous spicy hop and strong alcohol. Very enticing.

Taste is mainly chewy malt up front. Surprisingly full of dark fruit. Nutty with a slight brown sugar aspect. Then the hops gradually build to a strong leafy green-ness. I can't get over the balance of this brew. Finish is thick, mildly spicy hops and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is quite full and round. Viscous with hop oil. Amazing.

This is a great barley wine. I was expecting something with a harsh hop bite. This beer is very smooth with a subtle and enjoyable flavor. Go get this one. Probably the easiest drinking barley wine I've had.

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Photo of thedrewski86
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is an amazing beer. If I could brew beer like this I could die happy. Poured into a small footed glass, this strong ale has a beautiful gold, unsuspecting color. About and inch of head, medium lacing. The smell is actually quite wine-like (even though barleywine isn't actually 'wine'), very heavy alcohol. Taste is very sweet and has a huge body. This is quite simply and enormous beer, just like the name says.
BTW, this is rated at 10% abv at the brewery.

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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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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.
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