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
2017 Bottle release - Lime Green Metallic Wax

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Photo of Dope
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle (white wax)

A: Pours a murky rusty red with a good sized tan head. Fades slowly leaving a thick and uniform patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Strong aroma, I can smell it from across the room. Loaded with fig and raisins. Toffee and caramel sweetens it up even more. Perhaps get even a little bit of grape skin.

T: Toffee up front with some nice sweet caramel and more dark fruits. Turns surprisingly bitter in the middle with some earthy and piney hops. Maybe even grapefruit. A little toast in there too. Swear I get some oak in there even though I'm not sure if it's aged on oak. Touch of cocoa here and there. Finishes somewhat dry and fairly bitter.

M: Fairly heavy, thick, astringent almost.

O: This is a great american style barleywine. Very hoppy, perhaps one of the hoppiest I've had. It's not overly sweet or overly bitter, great balance of flavors with tons of complexity. I'm not sure I could identify all the flavors, myself. Must-have if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of havok1024
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave!

2009 vintage. Dark caramel colored with good clarity; either I am night blind or this is not blonde at all. Perhaps blonde refers only to the lady on the label and not the beer inside.

Anyway, sweet citrus and fruity maltiness stand out in the aroma. The bitterness is definitely not up there in the taste although you can tell it has hops. Good, sweet maltiness shines. Medium feel.

It's good and I like it but it is certainly not great. There are better barleywines out there.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jsulko
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage bottle

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours an amber color with a decent slightly off white head.

Smell is very malty and sweet.

Taste follows the smell. Taste is very sweet almost to the point of off putting. Alcohol pretty well hidden in all the sweetness.

Hard to put a finger on this one for me. Sweetness seemed just a little too much.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown - with a decent off-white head, leaves some nice spots of lacing - far from "blonde," but whatever

Smell: Chewy, cooked, interesting malts - caramel and some toffee - nicely hoppy, as one would expect from Three Floyds, with some great citrus and some light tropical notes - some grainy alcohol in the back

Taste: Rich malts and some nice citrus - chewy grains, lots of caramel, some toffee - about as cooked as a typical American Barleywine, so I'm not sure what is necessarily "blonde" about this - orange and grapefruit, with some tropical flourishes - some sweetness and some booze

Mouthfeel: Heavy, smooth, adequately carbonated, with some alcohol heat and some slight stickiness

Overall: Good stuff

This is quite a tasty American Barleywine with some nice complexity in both the malts and hops. This is a fresh bottle, and I bet the malts would get better with age... but the hops may not. So, I guess you have to decide on your priorities.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber leaning toward copper. Head is white, bubbly and loose. Drops to a bubbly collar with tiny wisps of cap. Minor lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts. Vanilla. Caramel and light toffee. Some slight citrus coming through from the generous hopping. Grapefruit. Some oily pine. As it warms the hops start to dominate the malts. Some pale bready malts in the background. Slight punch of alcohol.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts. Nice burst of citrus. Pushes some tangerine, but mostly grapefruit and orange. Biscuit and bready sweetness. Alcohol rounds out the back. Toffee and vanilla. A touch of wood. Toasted grains. Bread crust and a faint touch of graham cracker. Raw sugar. Cooked, roasted, and toasted.

Mouthfeel: Pushes full but never quite makes it. Nice mellow carbonation. Finishes clean and delightful.

Overall: Three Floyds continues to show me that they are masters of big beers. Crazy depth of flavor with some insane hopping to make it even better. Malts are well balanced and big. Get it, drink it, love it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1460th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

2011 Yellow Wax OH release

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App- The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color.

Smell- It has some good aromatics behind it. The booze is quite prickly on the nose and then the malts come in to add a rich aroma. Lastly is the citrus and hops. A bit dry and a bit piney.

Taste- I will admit this took time to enjoy. At first the citrus hops combo mixed with the high abv didnt sit well. Once the beer warmed the flavors were more developed and layered.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium thick carbonation level. Sweet and malty on the finish with resdidual bitter citrus hops.

Drink- Its flavorful, just not used to the blonde aspect still. I would have an older vintage to see how develops.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a burnt orangish brown in color with yellow highlights with a finger of good bubbly lacing that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: citrus grapefruit was potent upfront on the aroma with lots of caramel sweetnes, hints of pineapple, and had a good amount of hop character as well.

T: the caramel was more dominant on the palate alongside citrus grapefruit and lemon zest but with a decent piney hop profile.

M: the brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which had a sweet citrusy, piney hoppy and oily finish.

O: definitely a solid barleywine and glad I've had different variations of this great brew

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of phishsihq
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Behemoth 2010 vintage, pours an attractive ruby-amber color, and a thin, off-white head casts a good amount of lace. Flowery hop aromas surprised us at first, but upon our second sniff the flowery aromas invited us in with a slight breadiness underneath and a subtle hint of alcohol. The brew starts out sweet with a slight alcohol burn that quickly fades into a delightful hop bitterness before finishing dry. Medium in body, Behemoth is medium-light in carbonation, and not a beer for the week of heart. Wish we had another....

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

2011/white wax poured into a snifter.

The head is light tan, luscious and creamy, and about 1 finger high. Sticky lacing clings to the glass as the head does a fine job of trying to stick around. The color of the beer is a clear and deep ruby, blood orange, and amber mixture.

The nose is insanely complex in my opinion. Plenty of sweet, caramel malts, caramelized/candied sugars, butterscotch candy (Worther's!), toffee, hoppy and fruity notes (though you can tell they've faded a bit) of grapefruit, blood orange AND hints of some lemon, mango, and pine, with fresh green apples, smells that hint at cherries or black cherries(?), notes of apple cider, and twinges of cinnamon(?) or some kind of spice. This is why I love barleywines!

In the taste, the complexities continue to abound. Lovely sweetness, candied sugars and caramelized malts, toffee, hop bitterness, butterscotch, bright green apple, fruity, pineapple, blood orange, pine, and hints of cherries.

Big mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium, Rich, almost syrupy consistency, sticky, full body, and a finish that's not too short, but not too long either.

Overall this is an awesome barelywine. Huge and complex and wonderful! I don't know how I took this long to try it already when I've had 2 for some time now. Huge thanks to Azdback and whoever else sent me one of these! I apologize for the fact that I can't remember who else sent me one. But the bottom line is that this beer is very good and I'm looking forward to aging my second one for a while, if I can make it that long without drinking it!

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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