Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of bamadog
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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 DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 2008 vintage that I picked up at the brewery at DLD 08.

A beautiful copper colored pour with a dense, beige head that falls off to a disk leaving nice lacing, this is a particularly gorgeous barleywine. The nose is quite nice. Mildly hoppy with citrus and pine notes present and a big caramel malt backbone. Some mint and alcohol are noticeable too. Red delicious apple is noticeable as well. Quite nice!

The palate, however, falls rather flat. Heavy on the crystal malt, this is astringent without (thankfully!) too much sweetness. While the astringency does fade as the beer warms up and has time to breathe, it is initially rather unpleasant. This beer is pretty big and sweet. The hops have faded gracefully, leaving some mild pine bitterness and some citrus fruitiness. The mid-palate has plenty of fruit, with red delicious apples, a little grape, Alcohol does appear on the finish, mildly warming. Full in body, this is soft and lush on the palate. The finish has crystal malt and a mild bitterness. Decent stuff. The alcohol is rather well-hidden IMO. However, there just isn't enough malt complexity to keep this interesting on the palate, nor is it worthy of time in a cellar IMO.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz red capped 2012 version.

Appearance - Tanish caramel brown, nice 1 inch foamy head and decent lacing.

Smell - Lots of fruity hops, caramel, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, some molasses.

Taste - Very hoppy at first sip, loads of piney, grapefruity hops mixed in with some caramel malts,added molasses and spices. Alcohol shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Big, strong beer, hops coat the tounge, along with caramel and spices. The palate gets more hops and some sugars. Aftertaste is hoppy, sweet and carmael.

Overall - God, this really is closer to a ipa then any barleywine ive ever had. Makes me wish i had a bottle or two to age to see waht this becomes in a couple years. Really tasty, loads of flavor and not overly sweet. Price tag was a bit much so if i ever get the chance, ill grab one bottle and cellar it. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another cool beer from Irishgurl4. Cheers for the trade mate!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2012
Red Wax

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Color is a perfectly clear burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of citrus and piney hops on the nose. Grapefruit is there as well, but mostly piney and grass aromas. A touch of caramel, but very little malt to speak of on this one.

TASTE: A touch of caramel and a hint of piney hops initially, but the beginning is a little lack luster. Flavor really picks up after the swallow, with citrus and lots of piney hop bitterness. Bold and lingering aftertaste of citrus and piney bitter hops, and just a touch of caramel malt sweetness that tries but fails to provide balance. This is flavorful and enjoyable, but it's just a DIPA really.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter on the palate than hoped, and only semi-creamy as well. Goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: An enjoyable beer, but there's not much barleywine about it really. It is too hop forward and lacks a big enough malt base to put it in this style classification. Perhaps a couple years of age will do this one some good, but fresh, it's simply another hop bomb of a DIPA. This makes scoring it a tough task, as it was a really nice beer, but was also mislabled. Anyways, this is a beer I'd gladly drink in mass quantities, but not if I'm in the mood for a barleywine. Thanks for the cool beer Irishgurl4. Despite the score, I really enjoyed this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 (purple wax). 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful grapefruit red with a nice tuft of off-white foam. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet old citric hop, fruity spice, cherry, apple, molasses, mild yeast, caramel.

T: Moderately citric with a bit of bitterness. Slightly boozy caramel malt, cinnamon bread, hop leaf, cider, cherry. Warming, bready, and sweet in the finish.

M: Crisp carbonation, almost thick-bodied.

O: Even after 4 years the hops are still going strong, although the age has smoothed things out, getting rid of most of the bitterness to let the sweetness come out. Good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to age it.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.3% out of 100 with 1,849 ratings
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