Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
BA SCORE
93.3%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 1,849 ratings
Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
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
2017 Bottle release - Lime Green Metallic Wax

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#891
Reviews:
593
Ratings:
1,849
Liked:
1,726
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
586
Gots:
649
Trade:
52
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,849 |  Reviews: 593
Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brzezniak88
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with beige head. Aroma is really hoppy for a barleywine, earthy and resiny. Taste starts slightly malty but overall it's really hoppy. Really fresh tasting barleywine.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's the end of July and I'm cracking a 2014 (2 1/2 year old) vintage bomber of Behemoth a barley wine that explicitly says to drink in the cold winter months... What am I thinking. Pours a rich thick caramel color with a thin cream colored head that disappeared quickly. Can't see light through the glass. The first thing I smelt as soon as I cracked the bottle was honey. A closer snif reveals caramel, maple syrup and molasses. It's not as sweet as it was when it was fresh. Like the ones I taste caramel, molasses, and the finish is kind of dry and fades away. Perhaps a bit of sour apple as it warms Light carbonation. I'm not sure what I was expecting from a 2 year old BW but it's still very good.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Caramel Brown

S: Malty, Hoppy, Bready.

T: Bitter hops come out early and stay strong. There is some sweetness in the background, but it is overwhelmed by the hoppy bitterness. Rather one dimensional taste.

F: Was perhaps a bit thin for a Barleywine.

O: I really didn't care for this one. I prefer English Barelywines over American Barleywines, and this is clearly an American Barleywine.

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Photo of dtm426
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nawpnawp
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear light brown with a finger of head that looks sticky and creamy. The smell is mostly caramel with a hint of lemony zest; a little unexpected for a barleywine, but in a good, refreshing way. The taste is must of the same - it has a huge caramel backbone that is finely balanced by the hops. This is not what I was expecting at all, but given that it's from FFF, it makes a ton of sense. I would never have guessed it was 80 IBUs. The sweetness perfectly complements the hops and malts. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but that's a good thing.

It drinks more like a DIPA than a traditional barleywine, but like all of FFFs unique takes on beer styles, this one is a home run.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcbs4040
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
2.05/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of puftdank
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johng19751
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lothar666
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look-
Poured a ruby red body with a tiny bit of Amber-orange haze and a creamy bone white head that left beautiful muddy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell-
Surprisingly thin but delicious aroma of dark sour cherries and a hint of vanilla.

Taste-
Burnt toffee, dark cherries, vanilla, perhaps a touch of molasses. The aftertaste is slightly more fruity than the smell.

Feel-
Seductively smooth and creamy but with a slight gritty feel on the tongue from the sugars and sediment in this 6 year old vintage bottle. The burn that one usually experiences with a barleywine is completely diminished due to the quality of the brew coupled with its age.

Overall-
I may be biased because I opened up one of these 2010 vintage bottles for the first time a couple of years ago when my wife and I were first together. We opened up another bottle for our anniversary, and this is one instance in which Nostalgia has not been unkind. This is damned close to being a perfect beer. It's age has mellowed it to the point where it nearly completely hides it's potent ABV, and it drinks like a slighlty fruity and sugary decadent dessert in a glass. I look forward to when I can get out to 3 Floyd's brewery once again for dark lord day, and come back to New England with another case of this delicious beer.

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Photo of chillin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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