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
Ratings:
1,842
Reviews:
592
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,842 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, hoppy drinkable barleywine. Nicely hopped up but there have been other hoppy barleywines I have had that are more complex at a similar or lower price. Good head and hoppy aroma. Yellow wax 2007 that I should have aged, how did I know without a warning label.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one with me!

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is the same with a nice citrus zest flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with some nice citrusy aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

orange wax edition, shared with friends, thank goodness. this beast pours a burnt orange color, with lots of yeast sediment and maybe an inch of just off white head. the nose is really sweet, English toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and beet sugars as well. there is also a lot of hops, not quite hog heaven level, but this is definitely an American barleywine, with some pine notes and even some tropical fruits emanating from the hopping. the taste is crisp for how sweet it is, and I think the hops do save this beer from being just a sugar bomb. the alcohol is piercing, and the flavors all combine to be like a really good bread pudding. sort of odd in a beer, but I enjoyed the flavors coming together as they did. the feel is a little sluggish. not quite bubbly enough, and the sweetness starts to take hold after half a glass or so. this beer becomes pretty punishing when its warm, but so do most barleywines. I know its the wrong time of year for this, so maybe that had something to do with my dislike of the mouthfeel, but this is a complex and enjoyable beer nevertheless. still waiting to be blown away by three floyds though.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I payed a lot of money to try this beer and I'm glad that I got to try it. It is a bit confusing to figure out exactly what kind of beer this is.
It pours an orange color and produces a bit of yellowish foam. A little light in color for a barleywine.

It smells real sweet and light, sort of like a blonde ale. There is some hop aroma in there but not a whole lot. Interesting balance. The flavor is the weirdest part. It has a fairly low bitterness. It also has a honey-like sweetness to it. I'm assuming this comes from the yeast but theres a banana quality to it. And somewhere in all of this is 12.5% abv. Hard to believe.

The body was thick and did what it was supposed to. Good amount of carbonation. I would love to drink another bottle but its a bit expensive and there are still thousands of beers that I haven't tried yet.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a really pretty amber color, nice lacing, thin white head. Candied sugar and hops on the nose, makes this beer smell great! Taste of sweet malts and lots of hops. Nicely balanced barley wine. Dry mouthfeel not overly heavy which is surprising for the amount of flavor this has. Overall this was probably my favorite beer I had while I was visiting the brewpub there.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American barleywines are usually tough for me. Although I acknowlege the balance of the rich malts, sharp hops, and agressive alcohols; after a certain level of intensity is met, balance is not now the issue but the main characteristics are come in conflict with eachother. Though I know that this beer meets all the characteristics of good American barleywines, the drinkability suffers because the beer is everywhere at once. When everything stands out, nothing stands out. The nose shows an agressive blend of candied fruits, syrup-like malts, sweet alcohols, and a ton of citrus and pine hops. Flavors fare much the same with the heavy malts favoring a rich caramel - syrup taste with rum-soaked cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and berries. The beer shows light bread flavors that shy away from the toasty notes that are found in non-blonde versions. (I kinda like the simplification of the malt profile). The body is creamier and maltier than the flavor suggests-- not as syrupy or cloying to the texture as you'd think, but with a full, sweet mouthfeel that follows with a sweet, dry, warming feel that sets the beer right for the style. Finishes sweet, fruity, herbal, and warm.

I had a sample of this beer a few months ago. This particular beer was about four years old and it was much better than this younger version that I have tonight. The hops digressed to an herbal, lightly-grassy note. The alcohols meld well with the candied fruits and the beer begins to take on the prefered balance of English style barleywines. Thanks to clvand0 and to Merlin48 for the beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling (light blue wax)

Appearance: With a vicious pour, I was only able to rouse a very modest head that quickly faded to a ringlet; the liquid was a hazed amber

Smell: A lot of nostril stinging alcohol, but tropical fruit underneath - grapefruit, mango and lychee as well as a bit of toffee

Taste: With a sweet, toffee/bread base, the tropical flavors take a while to appear, but the bitter grapefruit arrives by mid-palate with a vengeance, and brings along the mango and lychee as well; after the swallow, the hop bitterness drives it up a decibel, but the underlying toffee sweetness persists to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; avoids the thick stickiness of most barleywines, but there is a clear presence of alcohol in the gullet

Drinkability: At first, I felt that the lack of a heavy body might mean that this was a barleywine that would not age well, the alcohol presence will clearly enable this one to last; very different from most barleywines and it would be interesting to see how this matures; next time I come across a bottle, I plan to lay it down for a few years

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper orange in the glass, several inches of foam billow up to the rim of the tulip glass and slowly settle. Intricate tendrils of lace coat the sides, and the skim never breaks somehow. Pretty impressive considering the abv.

Rich aroma of toffee and plenty of sweet candied citrus. Spicy pine, and resiny hop-associated notes envelop the nose. As it warms the alcohol rears it's spectral head.

Spicy hops blast through first, slick and piney, with traces of candied orange peel and grapefruit that sync with the aroma. Persimmon spice, peach, brandy, toffee and caramel. Big malt sweetness and burly heft. Fullness in spades, rich and velvety feel, with an enshrouding and palate crushing sweet citrus blast. Lingering resiny pine and orange peel notes, drying and not especially sweet in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present but not devastating. Low to medium level of carbonation that is just right.

Take an hour or two to savor this on a cold winter night.

sound: Nortt - Til Gravens Vi

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage with red wax. Thanks, Sean.

Clear pale amber topped by a thin white crust. Looks more like a DIPA than a barleywine.

Smells more like a DIPA, too. Pretty nice citrus hop nose, grapefruit dominant with a woody/earthy note beneath and some tropical fruit sweetness. The malt profile is pretty dry and subdued at this point.

Palate is citrus heavy and pretty bitter, with a fairly dry and light malt backbone for a 12.5% beer. Some nice tropical fruit undertones, light sugary pale malt. Ends like a DIPA with a big bitter hop bite. I've had this before aged and didn't care for it, but fresh it's rather delicious.

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Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, thin, white head. It left behind soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruits.

T - It taste fruity, mostly orange, with a nice sweet caramel malt taste.

M - It was soft and smooth with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good barleywine. I liked the fruity flavors - very unique for the style.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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