Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4.23/5
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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:
#984
Reviews:
600
Ratings:
1,875
pDev:
9.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
594
Gots:
645
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,875 |  Reviews: 600
Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
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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Photo of Treyliff
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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Photo of JoeLev
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bl00
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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Photo of Gaddabble
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grovejr20
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

Photo of grover37
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jmh21
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of rabbott2
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vande
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amano_h
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage (Blue Wax), consumed in 2017.

Much like Ken Griffey Jr., Allen Iverson, and the Oranje, Behemoth is the picture definition of a king without a crown; its class is undeniable, it has everything going for it that would set it apart from others of its genre, commands respect and reputation among admirers of its prowess, yet it's never quite gotten the credit or the adulation that it properly deserves.

Leave it up to the creators of the original "juicy" American Pale Ale (ISO, btw) to fabricate a Barleywine as dry, if not drier than the most highly bittered, hopped up (imperial) IPAs. People (and quite correctly, I might add) make the joke that at the tail end of an IPA's freshness spectrum, it ceases its brief flickering existence as an IPA and is reborn with a new identity as a "Barleywine." Hence, it would seem, that the characteristic that people seem to associate most with a Barleywine is the malt-inspired "sweetness" which may indeed feel overpowering, especially to those expecting something as bitter as crushed dandelions and endives.

Behemoth challenges that pre-conceived notion that Barleywines need to be "malty" or even "sweet" by being exactly that and not exactly that at the same time. It's like a poorly-formulated Schrödinger's Barleywine, assuming that a Nobel-prize winning physicist would have enjoyed the complex nuances of a malt-based ingredient in the early 20th century.

There's no point in writing separate aromatic/palatal descriptions for this beer as it seems pretty consistent on both fronts. The first impressions of the brew is as you'd expect of a malt-forward beer: mellowingly sweet sensations of coffee'n'creme, dry apple skins, and Werther's Original are the primary characteristics detectable on the nose and tongue.
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The name "Behemoth" must be in reference to the hop bill that was involved in the production of this brew as there is a giant bite of grapefruit rinds and sharp resins which washes away the brief notion of sweetness that was previously introduced. Whereas the hop influx can be described as being akin to a "hop bite" it's benign enough to the point that it leaves behind a drying sensation on the palate, as opposed to the cloying astringency you feel in poorly hopped excuses of an ale -- and this is coming from a beer cellared for three years, I might add.
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Medium-bodied, with gentle yet somewhat stinging carbonation; the mouthfeel is gorgeously creamy with each sip of the liquid lightly coating the tongue before traversing down the alveolar ridge and to the back of the throat. No signs of boozy heat during the drinking experience whatsoever.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful color of almost burgundy/rose/mahogany mix. Nice thin light tan head.
Smell is sweet. Maybe some caramel sweetness.
Taste is pretty much the same. Sweetness, some caramel & slight hop presence.
Feel is very smooth going through. Soft.
Overall, this was very good. A lot better than the 17 I had. I'm glad.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,875 ratings