Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
1,851 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,851 |  Reviews: 593
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Vintage 2011 white wax bottle shared with Nick for purposes of a video review. Poured into a tulip/wine glass, transcribed from the footage.

A: Pale golden-brown with wonderful clarity, neither of which you normally see on a traditional Barleywine. Ah, that makes sense now with the "Blonde" moniker. A big billowy, fluffy off white head forms providing great retention and sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Light citrus fruits, rich caramel malts, and a sugary sweetness on top of everything. No dark fruits, or dark malts like you'd expect from the style, though this obviously is a different take. Grapefruit, orange and mango drizzled with a sweet sugary mead aroma takes off to the end.

T: Much like the nose, the initial rich caramel malts lay the foundation for the beer. The citrus is mid-palate and takes focus with sweet mango and white grapefruit. Hints of vanilla and toffee are towards the back palate. This is incredibly well layer and complex, always changing and bursting with flavor.

M: Good carbonation while not being overdone, still leaving with a nice medium to full-bodied beer. It's remarkable how drinkable this is for 10.5% ABV. No detectable alcohol burn or heat, just very easy to drink.

This was a nice surprise from Three Floyds, and fortunately this doesn't suffer the sugar-overload that their other waxed creation, Dark Lord, exhibits fresh. A nice balance of malts, fruitiness and sweetness was achieved here, and putting the "Blonde" twist on the style was welcomed here.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Pours an orangish-amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite interesting. Sweet oak aromas with some bready malt character and vanilla. Some bright fruits, along with brown sugar and honey. Taste is just as it smells/ Lovely honey and bread-like malt flavors with delicious oak. Sweet fruits with just a hint of booze and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a very delightful barleywine.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass (thanks Ryan).

Appearance: caramel color, a bit hazy, minimal white head that fades isntantly, minimal lacing.

Smell: malty, a bit boozy, bready, honey.

Taste: malty, bready, boozy, honey, a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, crisp.

Overall: A tasty barly wine, very bready, not very complex, very drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of fvernon
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 (white wax) served at 50 degrees into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip... I figured it was time to open it, with the 2012 edition coming out right around the corner.

The opening had a satisfying release of co2, and poured a wildflower honey gold-brown with about a 1/2 inch of cream-yellow foam, dissipating into a bit of lacing and a foam border over the course of about a minute. The aroma is of spruce, dates, and vanilla, plus that signature 3F's flavor that I assume to be the water supply up there in Munster. The initial sip has a bit more of a bite than I was expecting - mellow honey and wheat toast on the front, but quickly translating into a sharp, strong fruit - not-quite-ripe blackberry and blueberry? - only for a second, then the spruce, pine sap, and alcohol hit for a long finish. I can feel it in the back of my throat for a while, with just a bit of a sticky residue still on the back of my tongue and cheeks.

Overall the 2011 is really quite nice; a complex sipper. It could be aged a bit longer, but I'm not sure if I'd go as far as next winter - and I'm not sure how much it would change by the end of this. Glad I opened it, now on to sitting here and enjoying it!

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been drinking a lot of Barleywines lately and this one was a worthy addition.

A: 1+ fingered head that displayed solid retention and had a creamy off white coloring. Partly cloudy body that was a reddish brown allowing only some light to pass through.

S: Caramel, roasty notes with dark fruits and a slight hop profile. Fairly standard for the style.

T: Vanilla, caramel, raisons and other dark fruits produce a very strong flavor and help compensate for the rather bitter aftertaste.

M: Well carbonated with a slight alcohol burn, coats the mouth evenly.

O: Another solid brew from my favorite Indiana brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

2010 Vintage, tasted 12/28/2011.

Pour: Golden brown with a soft, fluffy off white head. Good retention throughout the entirety of its life in the glass.

Nose: Big citrus hops, even after a year of aging. Pineapple, vanilla, caramel, and toffee and something I can't figure out.

Taste: Big citrus hops, pineapple and mango, toast, toffee, caramel, slight vanilla and an onslaught of hops longer at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very lively, well carbonated with velvet like smoothness.

Overall: A pretty fantastic American barleywine. I like English better but this is great for the style. I bet bourbon or brandy barrels would make this very interesting!

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

2009 blue wax bottle.

Amber orange, small amount of beige head. Still a good amount of pungent hops. Typical sweet and sour aroma. Flavors are mellow. Mild bitterness from the hops and good amount of sweetness from the malt. The booze is well hidden. Mild carbonation. Decent American barley wine.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,851 ratings
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