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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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Avg:
4.2
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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was really looking forward to finding more Three Floyds, and I guess going to Oregon was the place. Thanks Brian!

Poured a shimmering burgundy with very little head. We all appreciated mnwags' comment on the wax coating: "cow-loogey". Thanks bro. Moving along...

Honey, molasses, brown sugar and hops in the nose.

The taste brings in all the aroma does, with the hops feeling pinier, and also some maple syrup and an alcohol nip arriving. Brandy/sherry and a lightly smoked element emerge stronger as it sits. Bit of sharpness to the finish, with a buttery mouthfeel.

Not sure how old this is (bottle dating please!), but it's a little on the raw side, and will probably be even better as it ages. As is, it's a fine, enjoyable BW, just not quite as good as expected from Three Floyds.

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Photo of baos
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into pint glass (a neat trick)

A: Cloudy amber with a nice blonde head that dissipates to make a ring around the glass. Nice lacing too.

S: Hoppy and malty. A bit of alcohol smell, and some caramel and unsweetened chocolate as well. Wet cherry wood sawdust.

T: Hops, malt, caramel, unsweetened chocolate. Pineapple and bitter cherry notes. Finishes very dry and bitter, but its an awesome dry and bitter. Yum.

M: Mouth feel is awesome. Usually the barely wine brews that I've had have been lacking in that area. this one is really good. Makes me proud to be a Hoosier!

D: This beer is strong. So you can't have a six pack of this stuff while playing 7 card stud no peek. Despite its strength, this beer is awesome. For those who want to have one beer and make it count in warmth and taste this is the one. I give her an A+.

Update: Just had this one again @ Starkey's barn bar. Awesome beeer... Worth the molah.. Try one on its fits like a mo fuckin glove.

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Photo of peabody
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really cloudy like dark ice tea with one finger of off white suds leaving good lacing around the pint glass.
Smell is strong with grains and malt and lots of caramel sugars that end up as the alcohol aroma. Good stuff here.
Taste is raisin and caramel with a hoppy bitterness ending up with a sweet plum flavor. Then the bitterness is the aftertaste and it is a very sweet bitterness.
Mouthfeel is waxy and oily at the same time. The alcohol leaves a very warm feel as the blackness slowly subsides.
I like this beer but the high abv and unavailability make this a 4 instead of a 4.5.

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Photo of crazybrody06
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a mug.

Pours a ruby color with a creamy off white head. There is ton of lace made of tiny bubbles all the way down the glass.

Smell is of brown sugar, grapefruit, bread, nuts, malts

Taste isnt as sweet as the smell malts, brown sugar, hops, citrus, alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full not watery with good carbonation

I for sure couldnt drink more than a bomber.

Paid 20 dollars for a bomber, I dont know if this is really worth the price but its a good brew none the less.

The label, the wax, the price, its enough to make anyone curious.

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Photo of budsboy
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lucky find, and glad to have it.

Pours a thick, murky brown with a quickly disappearing white head.

Big sugary aroma, dark ripe fruit and alcohol. Altogether inviting, promising bigness.

Praise Jeremy, it's not too sweet. Brown sugar sweetness balanced by a roasty, bitter graininess, an skillful amount of oxidation and quick slap of alcohol. Not at all hot, I can't believe it's 12.5 ABV. Leaves the tounge coated with an oil slick of the bittersweet variety. Really nice. Don't change a thing. Exceptional.

Full and smooth, with that typical creamy 3F mouthfeel that is so very appealing. A big, big girl, this one.

So easy to drink, this lady could get me in trouble in a hurry. I'd get a case if I could 1.) find it; and 2.) afford it.

Great beer. Great label. Great brewery. Sometimes it all comes together.

You'll like this if you like:
Great Divide's Old Ruffian — gentler than this big lady
Stone's Old Guardian — head of the class
Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot — wins by a peter's hair
Hair of the Dog's Fred — he's a bit harsher, needs a shave ... or time
Moylan's Old Blarney — a damn fine brew, I might add
Young's Old Nick — English, true, but don't be a weenie about it

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy copper color-some slight head but it goes away in a hurry. Big hoppy aroma-sort of treacle like-malty sweet with some dried fruit and honey. Big malty and hoppy flavor. Decent level of bitterness. Very syrupy and sweet flavor. Decent body. Very full and sweet. Overall a decent US barleywine. Nothing in here stands out more then any other US version. Still a fine brew. Big props to beerbeing for the bottle to try. I hate wax capped bottles of beer-not worth the hassle for the decor.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650mL of this costs about $19.99 in Ohio, absurdly overpriced. I saw it on sale at DLD for $18 at the brewery (still high), but finally broke down and bought it when I saw it for $14.99 in Indianapolis. God, why was it so much? Maybe it's the gorgeous bottle, with the colorful label and the yellow dripping wax. The bottle states Behemoth Barley Wine, no mention of "Blonde" to be found except the picture of the blonde pig with the "Miss Behemoth" model label.

The color is NOT blonde, it is in fact copper colored with a thin tan head, more clear than murky. The aroma is pretty good for a barley wine, my final frontier of beers (and not one I appreciate so much yet). It smells kind of similar to Hair of the Dog beers, I wonder if it's similar yeast or fermentation process? Very sweet smelling, kind of like a dark fruit cake. The flavor is rich with sweet malts, grapefruity hops, and alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter, a little too tart for my tastes. Very thick mouthfeel, goes down slow. Difficult to rate drinkability high compared to, say a kolsch, but nicely drinkable for a barleywine.

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Photo of kajerm
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red-amber, almost brown with two fingers of massive, soap bubble off-white head and gobs of lacing. Slightly hazy.

The aroma is maltier than I expected-- maybe this is just the beers, or maybe it's because the bottle has been aged about 10 months. There is a sticky, toffeeish, almost English note of malts. Smells pretty alcoholic, which of course, it is.

Opens up with heavy malty sweetness, like an English barley wine, but this blends mid-palate into a nice, tacky bitterness from the hops (which apparently were there all along.) Not too much alcohol, although it does taste "heavy." If this didn't cost so much money, I'd love to taste it with fresh hops, but it's pretty damn good now.

The mouthfeel is heavy and stately, a classic barley wine.

Drinkable for the style for sure, but not a lawnmower beer by any means.

LATER: This is getting harder to drink. It's well-crafted-- it is FFF after all--but it's just a little too schizophrenic for me. I think in the high-ABV, hoppy barley wine-ish category, the 10th anniversary beer is a much better showing.

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Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Release.
22 oz bottle..Yellow wax covering the neck..

Burnt copper color..sticky beige head leaves some nice lacing behind...safe to say it's prettier than the gal on the label.
Aroma of rich malt & grapefruit..talk about hop juice..
Hefty pine resin..think and sticky.. hops laced with fruity pineapple, orange, & grapefruit. The alcohol lends a slight burn even amongst this menagerie of flavor. Bitter finish lingers for some time...

One of the hoppiest barleywines you'll find (and that's saying something).

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

2007 Bottling, Yellow Wax
22oz poured into pint glass cold. Small head , no lacing. Cloudy brown.

Smell is slightly fruity , some citrus, and slight caramel nose.

Taste is a nice balance of hops and malt. Slightly less hoppy than I'd expected but a nice tasting barley wine.

Mouthfeel is thick , a little sweet, about what I'd expect. Maybe slightly under-carbonated.

Overall this is a nice representation, the alcohol is well hidden. I look froward to trying this one with some age on it.

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Photo of lindenboy
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Started with a frosty pint glass, and the recollection that this beer when I first saw it at the liquor store a year ago (2006 Summer) cost almost 19$ a bottle!!! "It better be good!" I told the owner.

Almost a year later, and armed with more money than sense, I happened upon the barleywine again, at a different store, and the price had been dropped to $15 a bottle. I figured "what the hell?" and went for it.

This bottle has been cellared for a month -- I just couldn't wait any longer (and was out of beer otherwise).

Appearance - Carbonation is non-existent. Head retention lackluster (probably because of the former). It's probably good for the style not to be over done, but it could use a bit more effervescence in the glass. Looks very crisp, almost a reddish brown...good color for the style I think.

Smell - Somewhat malty, but lacking that "Three Floyds" hop crazyness. What gives on this one with the lack of aroma hops? Everything 3F makes, even an out-of-style stout, is hoppy as hell. Then you get to the barleywine, the one beer that absolutley kills for the hop balance, and that trademark crazy hoppyness vanishes. Like their previous brewer? This beer reeks of plain old pale malt. It's a muddy, malty mess. Least they could've done was pump up the sugar to dry this thing out.

Taste - Balance is all off. Hop bitterness is there, but aromas are missing. Maltyness is there, but it's mostly of a muddy, pale malt range. No biscuity flavors, nothing complex, just plain old malt. And it's deeply unbalanced. The sweetness is too much...too syrupy. This beer needs to be a bit drier to really balance well. It's hard to slurp down. My lips are sticky with sweetness after a glass.

Mouthfeel - This beer is chewy and sticky.

Drinkability - Not very. One 22 oz. bomber is MORE than enough for this evening.

I'd buy a heckuva lot of different singles before this one again, unless some major improvements came along. I would simplify the malt bill, add a little basic sugar (maybe even brown for character) to dry it out, and add some trademark aroma hops -- this beer is made for that!

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Photo of Vancer
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a brew, sent by orbitalr0x in a nice trade. Thanks mucho!

The yellow wax dipped bottle pours like the double digit alcohol bomb that it is….. hazy amber but just a minimal of head trying to rise up. What little lace there is sticks to the side of the snifter like gorilla glue.

Aroma reminds me of a cross between a west coast DIPA and a classic barleywine with the strong cirtus hops and caramel malts dueling it out.
Again, very strong citrus, orange and syrup bodied brew. Would have guessed DIPA in a blind tasting.

Oily and hoppy BW, you know the alcohol is there, but it doesn’t distract from a fine frosty. Nice rosey cheeks after just one glass.

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

Obtained in a trade with hero27.

After I pour this into a glass I wonder why they call this a blonde Barleywine. This is a dark amber color at the very least. I see in the glass a slightly chill hazed reddish brown colored ale with no real lasting head formation.

The smell is sweet hop candy. Caramel syrup and citrus hops make up most of the scent. Scents of oranges and eucalyptus cough drop and a little rum.

The taste begins sweet thick and strongly melon flavor with a vanilla after taste. The flavor stays mostly melon but after a bit the char flavor of patent malt comes out.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Nice Barleywine but this really is a hopheads brew. Nice and mellow as they go it could be more complex but I wouldn't exactly be unhappy drinking this often.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to beerbeing for this via trade. No idea how old this bottle was but it definitely came across smooth and rich as if it's aged for more than a year!

A - Thick golden amber color, small off-white head
S - Wonderful rich malts, raisins, plums, and caramel.
T - similar to the aroma but such complex interweaving of flavors as it rolls across the tongue.
M - full bodied, rich and sweet.
D - one is enough but oh the wait to have another.

I'd stock up on these in the beer cellar if it was in my market. A must try!

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light tan/brownish body with a small white head that died quickly.

Nose has a musty, mildly woody and acidic fruit smell. Big aged malts, some dirty somewhat rotting grapefruit, lime or orange peel. A little bit of hop resin and touches of sugar.

Taste is full bodied with an initial big caramel malt flavor followed by a wave of huge compact resinny hops and a huge hop bitterness. The hops are mixture of citrus fruits and rotting medicinal citrus peel with very mild touches of pepper. Very sugary sweet leaving an almost film on the lips after a couple sips. Touches of fruit juice, honey and even mild raisins. A big alcohol warmth that really shows it's colors as it warms but at the same time doesn't hint at a beer over 12%.

The hops are a little overwhelming and this is definitely a beer that could use some, but at the same time was probably intended for, aging. But honestly the more it warms it seems to balance itself a bit better. Stills seems a but unbalanced to me, but still a very nice beer. I'd like to pick up another and let it sit for a couple years.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Everything I'd hope from Three Floyds in a Barleywine pours out just as I should have expected. Thick and vicious! Looks like caramel milk when pouring. The glass accepts the contents quickly and as it turns about in heavy thick scarvings of yellow ochre swirls and light brown whirls. It builds a lightly thick capping of foam lightly with large billowing bubbles which soap up slowly to dwindle down to its frothy middling level before finally fading to a thick whispy skim always sitting. The color finally settles a dark rusty brown with a flash of dark orange within. Fuckin' Beautiful !

Aroma is a nice mix of highly present caramel goo mixed with a perfumed tight little sent of deep orange, deeper lemon, deepest pineapple, and some tattered pine sap thrown in. Clean, robust, and boastfully delightful on the nose.

But oh my the taste, the taste!...remarkable delicious! Holy fuck! ...Yum! Need I say more?




OK maybe I should try. Ummm.... how 'bout; Thick, sugary sweet laden caramel flavors are big and twisted upon a piney citrus juiced, flowery palate of goodness! Yet delicately woven with one melange of fun hoppiness that plants a bunch of fun and long lasting durations of slightly pithy bitterness interwoven within the thick juicy pulp of each fruit I might be able to summon in the ideas of tropical treats and freshness. Peach, nectarine, pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, tangerine, apple, red grapefruit, and a flinting of green grape. Yum! No banana I'm afraid. But the the caramel sweetened firmness more than enough makes up for it. Believe me. It's Heavenly!

The feel is thick and slippery, with a girth that stands on it own with a big, tall standing malt body made of caramel goodness and plastered with a hoppy touch of bite and bitterness that eludes the parching areas and goes right for the easy going goodness of juicy balance and alcohol. Why, because the 12.5 % is no where to be found until it hits the inside the head quickly after dispersing most of the contents of the bottle to the glass and then to the lips. No doubt. Creamy and lush, full and balanced; this stuff rocks with unbelievable drinkable ease and too much, so much so, I'm uncomprehensible to the point of utmost uncomprehensiblity?! I can't handle it, but love it! Great stuff!

Thanks to mjgardner for the trade!!

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow wax capped bottle.

Pours like a very thick APA. Dark brown and red, like finished wood, and it glugs out of the bottle like milk.

Smells like a cluster of hops that I cannot place.

Tastes like a clust of hops that I cannot place, giant mapel syrup, broken down sugary thick bittersweet malt. Everything condense down into its purest form. Thick and intense.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in a snifter from a twenty two ounce yellow waxed bottle. Poured a beautiful dark amber brown color. About a finger and a half of rich off-white head formed. Head hung around for a few minutes and slowly faded into a thin layer in the glass. Left some sticky lace on the glass. The smell of this beer made my mouth water. Short hoppy bursts, dark fruits including fig, plums, rum soaked cherries and raisins, and a musty yeasty aroma. Had a nice full flavor to it. More hops , cherry, wood, plum raisin, and fig. Hints of well hidden alcohol, but not boozy. Nice hoppy kick smoothed out by a nice crisp malt character. Full bodied and almost thick in the mouth. Awesome drinkability for a 12.5 % barleywine.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NucularGeorge for the brew.

22oz. Yellow Waxed Bomber

Poured into a chalice a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head which lasted awhile, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, raisins, plums, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight tangyness, and lots of caramel. The ABV on this brew has got to be hidden the best on a barleywine. Medium body. Very drinkable, a truly awesome barleywine, highly recommended.

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

This one looks a golden peach with a dark glow of strawberry in the middle. The head is an irregular off-white film.

Smells of powdered sugar and honey with an electric buzz of hops that reminds me of Simcoe with a more subtle pine behind it.

Tastes of a huge load of sweet barley and a slightly charred caramel that carries an under-ripe pear with a bunch of tingly, electric hops that remind me of the sweeter aspects of lemon zest that then fades more towards cedar. Finishes pleasantly with a woody pine smeared across my entire mouth.

Feels medium bodied and clean with a tiny, energetic carbonation.

This is a very slick and easy barley wine that’s fantastically balanced.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 100th review, and what a beer to review.

S - Picked this lady up at DLD '07. How lucky I am.

A - Deep garnet pour, light creamy caramel head, looks damn good.

S - Caramel aromas, hop scent, heat, smells like its going to be hot. This beer is like camping--in tents. (term courtesy of my pal rysky)

T - malt and hops dance together like no one is watching, good great betsy this shit be kickin'. not as much heat as I thought would be and not nearly as vicious either. subtle fruits entangle themselves within this freakin' masterpiece, herbal notes. What the hell.

M - Creamy and smooth 'nuff said.

D - Quite easy to drink, but be careful this bitch will sneak right up on your heels. Took me about 2 hours to polish off a bomber. Great beer.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A fabulous, albeit overpriced beer. This is really the only reason for the drinkability score. It hides its ABV very well, and I certainly feel I could easily drink a great deal of it otherwise. What others have said about the complexity of the flavor is definitely true. It's kind of strange...it tastes quite sweet initally and its only when the aftertaste comes does one realize how hoppy it is. The aftertaste is pleasantly long. Serving it not-too-cold definitely improves the flavor.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that was pretty expensive to me at $15. Poured this into a snifter. The color was dark ruby red with a decent off-white head. The smell was sweet, a little hoppy with caramel notes. The taste was amazing. Citrus, caramel, pine, syrup. This was like nectar! This may be the best barleywine I have ever had just barely beating the Old Ruffian on cask. Alcohol was well masked but the mouthfeel had a little astringency. Not an every day beer but for my birthday it was perfect.

1/13/08 2007 vintage was not as good as it was fresh (see above) syrupy and still had a nice fruitiness but makes me wonder about how this beer will do with age....

05/01/08 2007 vintage delicious, thick, syrupy, delicious this will age well and should be shared to mitigate how hardcore it is.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle purchased at City Wide in Mishawaka, IN. Pours red brown with a thin filmy head. fruity and lupulin filled odor. lots of sweetness on the nose too. quite floral. Taste is very hoppy and grassy. Strong hops mask and meld with the strong ethanol flavors. Sugary with some cherry and strawberry notes. quite strong and not very well balanced. thick and syrupy. Surprizingly for 3 Floyds, this one is not "not normal" (double negative!). kind of a run of the mill big american barleywine. i was hoping with would be more mellow and delicious. oh well.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,808 ratings.
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