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 - Lime Green Metallic Wax

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#916
Reviews:
595
Ratings:
1,860
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No matter what style 3 floyds always brings that unique flavor that you recognize from them. This was good but just a little too light.

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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

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kbret
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first one I had this year the hops hit me very strong. I'm getting more of the carnal in the second. Has a red huge to it. Nice sweet smelling with a Carmel aftertone. This is a blonde Brarleywine... from what I understand has an American spin on the style. I really enjoy this one and will seek it out each year. Three Floyd's never disappoints me....

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz waxed bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Small soap off white head that laces the glass nicely. Body is a murky copper almost reddish hue.

S: Lots of sharp resiny hops. Burnt sugars, almost smells like it's going to be strong. A little bit of an oak smell as well.

T: Lots of resiny, floral, hops with a nice tangy bitterness then a little sweetness. Finishes a little smoother with a linger malty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied lighter carbonation almost a little thin.

O: This isn't bad but it isn't anything extraordinary. The mouthfeel us a little surprising I would have thought it was going to be almost cloying but it really isn't the beer finishes somewhat smoothly.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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