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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass
2011 release

One thing I will say right off the bat that will not effect the grade of this beer but just something to point out. I wish that FFF would have used their normal wax on this beer as this thinner wax flakes and made it very likely that it will get into the beer itself. Having said that, here is the review.

Pours a nice dark amber color with an off white head that has some large bubbles to it as well as the small ones. Takes a few minutes for the head to disappear which is about right. In the smell I get the normal hop characteristics of all FFF beers, which makes for an amazing smell, odd to get in a barley wine but this is FFF after all. After the hops I get a deep and profound sweetness throughout. The smell is up there as one of the most pleasant smelling beers out there. Taste wise this beer is very complex. At first you get a very nice smoothness to it, then you get a hit from the hops like a pale ale, and then it finishes with the sweet alcohol ending like most barley wines have. The sweetness and smoothness fade away to leave the hops that everyone knows and loves about FFF beers to linger on the palate for a while. The mouthfeel is very nice and leaves a residue on the inside of the mouth after consuming. Overall this is probably my favorite barley wine I have had and was intending to age this but was told to drink it sooner rather than later as it loses some of the hop characteristic. I would recommend this beer and next time I will pick up 2 and age one.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a golden amber with a one and a half finger white head which slowly dissipates. Beautiful lacing

S: Fruity aroma of grapefruit, light citrus, combined with a bit of toffee.

T: Pleasing citrus up front transitioning into a creamy caramel maltiness finishing in light biting citrus hops with slight undertones of pine. Just the right hints of sweetness.

M: Very creamy, silky, pleasantly sticky at the perfect times, and finishes extremely smooth.

O: This is a wonderful brew, above average in every respect. It is so drinkable and dangerous at 10.5% abv. You'll definitely want more than one...

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up
2009 vintage blue wax

A-- Poured a light, clear orange brown color. Looks quite thin for a barleywine. Really nice two finger light brown head. Great body to the head before finally falling to film. Good retention to this as well.

S-- Toffee, orange, grapefruit, pine, and bread. Can tell in smell that the hops have fallen off and the malt is taking over. Alcohol is very well hidden in the nose.

T-- Orange, toffee and bread. Slightly sweet taste and really the last bit that the hops have any impact as still get citrus here and there in the taste.

M-- Slick and sweet. Very full bodied but not coying in the least. Well hidden ABV in the feel as well. Very, very solid. Get slight notes of strawberry with the orange. Lower medium carbonation.

O-- Has to be a hop bomb fresh. Get remnants of the hops but it adds a lot to the beer at this point in time. Scary easy to drink as could drink a bomber of this very quickly.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Pours deep mahogany with about a fingers worth of head formation that dissipates rather quickly

S: huge fruits (predominately citrus and grapefruit) that is complemented by a huge floral hops. Alcohol is present and makes its self more noticeable as it warms.

T: orange peel is very evident and well balanced with caramel malt, and of course more hops. It also has a slight creamy finish that helps tone down the alcohol. As it warms, grapefruit really starts to shine through in the taste.

Overall this beer is very smooth and well balanced, but not all that complex in my opinion. Price is rather steep but I'm glad at least tried it out.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.  2012 Vintage. THANKS rfraga for the bottle.

A: orange brown, opaque, one finger of cream colored head, great retention and lacing.

S: pretty strong earthy hops up front. Behind this is a hint of caramel malt, but predominant smell is hops: pine, floral cannabis.

T: pretty hoppy with a nice background of sweet malt.  Individual flavors include  pine, bitter cut grass, caramel.  Pretty complex but hops predominate, which isn't what I'd expect from a barleywine.

M: Smooth, a bit dry.  Not really any alcohol heat.

O: very good, quite hoppy, certainly a well done beer and highly recommendable.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

2012 Bottle.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy red/brown color and about a finger of off white head.

Smell – Lots of pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, malty backbone, toffee, and caramel.

Taste – Spot on with the aroma. Way more IIPA than barleywine at this stage. Resiny pine, lots of caramel, earthy hops, and sticky hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, oily, decent carbonation.

Overall – A decent barleywine, but sure not worth the price. I’d rather get a few Stone Old Guardian’s than this.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with Red wax.
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a thin, dark caramel with a huge 3" off-white head. Blotches of lacing resides quickly with some remaining.

S- Sweet malts and a ton of citrus.

T- Caramel malts and some toasted malts. Citrus (grapefruit and orange) dominate this beer. Hops leave a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M- Full body, high carbonation. Abv is noticeable but not to the point that hinders the drinkability (that is if you are use to high abv beers).

O- Good American barleywine, but the hops dominate this beer. Would like the malts to come through more. This, like many others recently it seems, flirts with what style it is: American barleywine or DIPA?

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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle in a duvel glass.

Nice deep amber/copper color. One inch head that lingers and never quite completely goes away. Nice lacing.

The aroma is fruity. I picked up pineapple, plum, citrus, and mild alcohol. This beer is well hopped.

The flavor is instantly sweet with a great hop burst. There are dark fruit flavors that mix with a slight toffee flavor and strong malt body. The alcohol is more apparent as the beer warms.

Overall this is an awesome barley wine and I will drink again and again. Probably my second favorite winter beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 yellow wax Ohio vintage. Huge thanks to bhollas for this.

A: Medium amber with a yellowish orange tint, I'm guessing from the blonde. Two finger light tan head with awesome retention and great lacing.

S: That big citrus hop astringency. Grapefruit and pine. Some deep toasted toffee and caramel malts come through. Typical barleywine aromas but nice and solid.

T: Caramel and toffee dominate this one. Not a lot of age on it but the earthy citrusy hops have meshed well with the sweet caramel and toffee flavors. Very nice. Alcohol comes through slightly in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Lower carbonation. Medium creaminess. Alcohol burn in the throat.

O: Very good barleywine. Seems like it has age well in the year its had. Would love to have this with a few years on it.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,847 ratings.
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