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

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Photo of guityler83
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 – Blue wax

A: Poured into a snifter the head built a modest half finger tall. Off white, khaki looking, fell after about 30 seconds. Swirling the beer produces slow falling alcohol legs. The beer is a very haze, dark woody mahogany color with a reddish tint. The lacing left on the side of the glass is just a few small streaks.

S: Fresh smelling hop aroma with citrus and musty pine. A noticeable sweetness coming through from fruity yeast esters and malt character. Caramel and stone fruit with some ethanol.

T: Strong grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness gives way to a sweet malt profile. Toffee, syrup, candy sugar and caramel notes. The hop flavor evolves on the pallet to a more dank pine flavor with some tropical fruit (citra?). The balance is down the middle surprisingly, if this wasn't so fresh I think the malt would win the balance game, but I'm liking the balance of the fresh Behemoth.

M: Big thick body with much residual sweetness. Alcohol warming is there but not overpowering. Carbonation is lower with some stickyness left on the tongue.

O: Don't know why you would age this beer, fresh is the way to go. Fresh hop aroma, great bitterness, it's bassicly a DIPA with a bigger malt body.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark auburn cloudy color with a great tan head. Carmel hop smell. Sweet Carmel malts but with a good hop balance. Medium body and carbonation. Best barley wine I've had, love it!

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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage (blue wax). 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep hazy auburn with some sediment; fluffy khaki head that slowly fades leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are hop forward. Smells like a DIPA. Some tropical notes with pineapple leading the way. Lots of fresh citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Some berries. Some caramel and cocoa too. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's still a nice bitterness to this one. Lots of sweet fruits. Some dark fruits are in the mix as well. Some raisins and plums are noticeable. Subtle hints of toffee and butterscotch. Solid malt backbone blends harmoniously with the hops. More caramel and cocoa in the flavors. Slightly spicy. Some resin. There's an extremely subtle warmth to this one, but it's perfect. It's definitely not hot or boozy. Very smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with creamy active carbonation. Fluffy stuff. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a very impressive brew. It's definitely hop forward and has alot of DIPA characteristics, but there's no question that it's a barleywine. It's pretty pricey, but it's well crafted. I really like this one fresh, but age will not hurt it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-waxed 2013 bottle pours deep red-amber with a decent head.
Attractive aroma is a bit too flowery, giving a hint of perfume.

Alcohol is partly hidden, but still drinks like 10% ABV.

Feel: a little hot on the tongue, this would no doubt benefit from some aging.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage consumed in Jan. '14.

Hazy but still translucent copper-colored liquid, with a small off-white head that retained as a thick ringlet and dotted the glass with lacing. Aroma of thick sweet malts, and somewhat off-putting old resinous hop oils, some neutral alcohol. On the palate, caramel malts, brown sugar bubblegum, some candied fruit and more of the resinous notes detected in the aroma, hints of acetone. Hmm. Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than expected. It was good, but not overall what I expect from a barleywine, and I wasn't really sold on it.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz blue wax bomber 2014 series

Pours a nice copper amber color a very thin head

Smells very sweet almost burgundy like apples

Not as fruity as it smells a bold first impression the hops and barley hit simultaneously but the hops as 3f hops tend to stick around burnt caramel, heavily hopped but hard to determine variety

Bold character masks high alcohol content, reminds me of a Rye PA I've had in the past but much stronger

A great barleywine for hopheads not sure what to pair it with great by itself but by the time I'm done with this bomber Ill be bombed.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 12.22.13
2012 Red Wax

A - Pours a cloudy caramel brown with fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter, malty, caramel.

T - Toasted brown sugar, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and not bitter as the nose would suggest. Good beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2 years old or so. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber color with a few cm of sand colored head. Opaque but not cloudy. Decent retention and a smattering of lacing.

S: Just-barely-rich caramel, appealing but restrained. Malty notes, light citrus (orange peel, tangerine). A really nice, classic barleywine aroma; not exactly what I was expecting from FFF.

T: Toffee, molasses, a little fig, very light tropical fruit (pineapple), a little water, finishing with a touch of mouth-drying, gripping, lingering bitterness. Mild sweetness complements the taste decently well.

M: Mouthcoating, with a medium-light body (bordering on thin for a higher ABV barleywine) and light carbonation. Alcohol is mostly hidden.

O: A very nice example of an American barleywine which wisely chose to show restraint on the hops.

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Photo of dumpman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 red wax capped bomber, poured into a sam smith pint glass.

copper colored semi clear with an orange hue.

nice malt with hop fragrance

sweet at first but as it works over the tongue a bitter finish, slight alcohol burn.

big and syrupy nice, chewy.

excellent barleywine that I've been cellaring tastes as good as it looks, smooth
tasting for a 10.50%abv barleywine.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber came from Adam. Big thanks! White wax which I think is a 2011, poured on 12/14/13. Pours a orange brown, a bit murky, with a small yellowish brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, orange peel, some more fruits, figs. Flavor is big time malts, toffee, caramel, lots of fig, some orange peel, still some semblance of hops with a little dankness, and more big malty notes. Lots of flavor, and very much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is chewy but with plenty of carbonation despite the age. This is good stuff, but I don't think it lives up to its name for me unless it is better fresh.

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

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Fall 2011 Ohio bottling with yellow wax. Pours slightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, floral, grass, pine, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, tangerine, toast, floral, brown sugar, raisin, pear, light pine, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, raisin, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of RickS95
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange wax, 2013 vintage

The pour is a cloudy, hazy brown with some lighter orange notes thrown in. You can see the richness. The head is a finger thick. A variety of different sized bubbles, all offwhite in color. Decent retention. The thinnest of laces left behind.

There's a lot of complexity, even in the nose. Malt is the overwhelmingly dominant scent. It's everywhere, particular caramel malt. Faint hints of citrus, vanilla and alcohol esters fill out the scent profile.

The taste rocks. It's a handful with the alcohol being so high, but despite that, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar and citrusy hops appear at different times.

It's full bodied and smooth, as smooth as a 10.5% ABV barleywine can be. There's plenty of heat from the alcohol, but it's not a palate destroyer. Slightly sweet up front and then buttery midsip, the bitterness is there, but they're kept in check by the sweet malt and fruity acidity. Hops are present, but the malts dominate.

Barleywines are sometimes hard to like because they're so aggressive. This is smooth, sweet, creamy and hot. It's very manageable, not only for the style, but in general. Three Floyds has another hit with this behemoth of a beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Three Floyds Brewery

2007 Bottling
Yellow Wax

Thought I'd go with something I've been wanting to try for awhile now. I must say I'm pretty excited. Behemoth Blonde pours decent looking mahogany red but when held to the light it glows ruby. Small lines of carbonation bubbles crawl to the surface. A one finger ivory head formed on the pour that slowly fell and left sheet lacing as it did. Excellent looking beer.

This barleywine is packed to the gills with big aromas. One thing that actually is a little subdued is the hoppiness. A little strange coming from Three Floyds, especially in a barleywine. There are hops but I expected a hop bomb. There is a lot of brown sugar and caramel. Maybe even some raisins. Doughy with a squeeze of grapefruit juice and spicy alcohol. Wonderfully complex.

Definately more hops on the tongue than in the nose. This could actually be more complex in the flavor than the aroma. Brown sugar right up front fades into the doughiness of dark bread and caramel. Theres a very smooth and enjoyable nuttiness that I can't identify. On the finish those hops take hold and the stomping begins. Grapefruit and sticky resiny hops beat all over your mouth and just linger and linger. Holding on as long as possible. Very complex and big. Just my style.

As I get down to the subject of mouthfeel my lips are completely numb. It's been awhile since a beer has done that to me and I love it. For such a heavy big brew this barleywine is in no way sticky or overly sweet. Thick body that becomes airy as it hits the back of the tongue. Silky smooth with that lingering hop kick.

Great drinkability for such a big complex beer. It will easily burn out your tastebuds but that wouldn't stop me. If I had a steady supply I would tip them back regularly.

I decided to try this for my 200th review and I'm glad I did. A barleywine that's hard to reckon with. This is the best barleywine I've sampled in recent memory. Another superb beer from Three Floyds.

Reviewed: 7/7/07

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

22oz bomber bottle that was wax sealed. This bottle has one creepy label. The label depicts a blond, fat, and rather pink woman wearing a green one piece bathing suit with a sash around her that reads "Miss Behemoth." Off to the sides of the woman are two creepy Adams Family like men eyeing this behemoth beauty. Surrounding these creepy people is the name of the beer and the 3F skull. The outer edges of the labels hold the mandatory US info, a description of the beer, and a small map to the brewery. You can tell what vintage this beer is from the color of the wax. My bottle was sealed with red wax which means its from 2012.

I poured this Barleywine into my Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Snifter. From behind the super creepy label came a very tame dark and hazy cranberry orange colored beer. It was hazy that my eyes had a hard time trying to find my fingers on the other side of the glass. The color of the beer was better looking than the head of foam, but the head of foam was nothing to shrug off. At the height, the head of foam was 3/4 of inch tall and light beige in color. It was one of those colors that was in between white and beige. This indecisive head of foam had good retention that left behind a medium sized strings of rings and a handful of sticky streaks of lace.

Right off the bat was this Barleywine's rich hoppy scent. It smelled like the hops were a mix of citrus hops and piney hops. Like the head of foam, the hops couldn't decide on what to be. It smelled like hops wanted to take control of the aroma, but the toasted caramel malts came in a shut them down. There wasn't much after the malt. My nose only picked up a little more pine and a subtle whiff of grapefruit.

I thought this beer was going to be powerful, but it really wasn't. It wasn't strong alcohol powerful. This beer had a different power. This power was taste. Like the aroma, it was the hops that kicked off the taste. At least the hops could make up their mind on what to be. The hops tasted like bitter citrus hops. Following the hops was some pine and grapefruit. It was after those flavors where the taste then finished up with a really nice amount of toasted caramel malts and a splash of toffee. Very nice!

This was a medium to full bodied Barleywine that had a good amount of lively carbonation and a full flavored aftertaste. This aftertaste contained more citrus hops, grapefruit, toffee, and toasted caramel malts. The aftertaste came on strong, but quickly died down. It left a short lived sweet toffee taste in the back of my throat.

I originally thought this beer was going to an alcoholic mess, but I temporary forgot that this was a 3F beer. This was a well done semi sweet and flavorful Barleywine. I would very much like another bottle to age.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Red Wax Behemoth

The complexion of this barleywine was Crystal clear through a light amber hue. Very filtered appearance it poured with loads of fizzy carbonation and built a loose quickly retreating head.

The scent is strong, deeply diverse and aromatic. Lots of dark and dried fruit can be found such as; plum, prune, raisin, fig and dates. I also found a strong mahogany and cedar wood scent. Some grain and malt can be found but it's dominated by the fruit.

The taste is a little less complex with prune and date flavor first. Dried fruit sweetness and body yields to a hoppy pine and alcohol tinged flavor. As it warms to room temperature the alcoholic flavor leaves and it carries the dried fruit longer.

Overall, this barleywine held up to the hype and offered a fantastic experience.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml yellow waxed bomber poured into tulip 17/6/13 alpineclimber hooked me up cheers dude.
Had to do some research but this one has the hands logo and not the skull logo on the label so it would be the yellow wax from 2007

A glows ruby red with a few slow bubbles that produce two fingers of dark tan head that doesn't have the best retention but manages to leave 4 pencil thin rings of lace

S lots of brown sugar and burnt caramels, some spiced rum raisin cake,cotton candy, honey, and just a little pine and citrus with just a hint of tobacco leaf, earthy notes as it warms, smells sweet but sexy

T small step back from the nose, still has some pine resin but its mostly malty caramel and brown sugar at this point, quite nice with the booze being very well hidden

M silky upon entry leaning towards full and a little syrupy and very sticky on the lips, no heat and a little pine resin and on the finish and some grit left behind, about what I look for from the style

O I love a big sweet BW and this one delivers just that, not lacking in any areas and excelling in a few, well worth looking for

very well executed and its holding up well, still has some faint hops shining through and I can only imagine how much enamel this peel off your teeth fresh. Something I'd definitely keep my eye out for in the future both fresh and aged

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

Blind BIF Beer #7

Regular 22oz bottle. The cap was not covered enough, so we could tell this was FFF immediately.

It looked like a barleywine, and I had had a 2012 Behemoth a couple weeks back. I thought the 2012 Behemoth was amazingly complex., so this is a combo review.

Sweet smell. Tastes like an old ale barleywine combo. I wrote in my notes that this was not behemoth though because it lacked the complexity of the 2012.

Guess: Risgoop.

Reveal: Huh? I deservingly got laughed at for being so sure it was not behemoth. I would have given this a 3.75.

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Photo of Prager62
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-1-16 poured in my Three Floyd's not quite a pint glass.

Look- Pours a deep amber color with a generous finger plus of creamy off white foam.

Smell- Grapefruit, mild passionfruit and mango, followed by floral esters. There is malt and some yeast that emerge from the hop forward nature of this beer.

Taste- Grapefruit, some passionfruit and a lot of floral notes in the finish. There is a nice complement of malt in the finish after the hop bite subsides.

Feel- Creamy, slick, oily, and way too easy to drink for a 10.5% abv. beer.

Overall- This is probably my favorite 'blonde' barleywine although it's more deep amber in color. I'm being sarcastic as it's a beautiful looking beer that is very hop forward, but has a complementary slick malt backbone that makes this one great tasting and easy drinking barleywine. One I look forward to every year.

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Photo of hardy008
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Hazy copper with a less than one finger tan head, which quickly fades to a small disc of foam, with sticky lacing. The aroma has caramel, dark fruit, citrus, and citrus zest.

The taste is a nice balance of sweetness, and hoppy bitterness with caramel, dark fruit, citrus, citrus zest, and brown sugar. It's amazing that this beer is still as hoppy as it is, after one year in the cellar. Age has also mellowed this beer so there is virtually no taste of alcohol.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. As mentioned before, the alcohol is well hidden. I suspect the alcohol would have been pretty strong if I drank this beer fresh. Very nicely made, and i would gladly buy this again if I get the chance.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

a: dark burnt orange. a nice lacing around the glass

s: dang! there is a ton going on here! burnt oranges, lemon rind, and grapefruit juice. treat cherries covered in vanilla and a burnt caramel. this smells awesome. a bit of earthly pine in here too. inviting!

t: starts with sweet cherries, caramel and burnt toast. there is almost an oaky quality here. dark fruit lingers in the edges of my tongue and play nicely with the sweet malt and tropical hop. some grapefruit and wonderful pine. a fantastic dry finish. as it warns the alcohol comes out more and some.funky yeast characteristics appear. wow this keeps changing!

m it drinks lighter than the abv. very very smooth with an awesome finish that lingers.

o: this is awesome. it's complex and changes with ever sip. 3 Floyd nailed it. I can't wait to see how it ages. the hops here are awesome and it is extremely well balanced. /96

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

orange wax edition, shared with friends, thank goodness. this beast pours a burnt orange color, with lots of yeast sediment and maybe an inch of just off white head. the nose is really sweet, English toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and beet sugars as well. there is also a lot of hops, not quite hog heaven level, but this is definitely an American barleywine, with some pine notes and even some tropical fruits emanating from the hopping. the taste is crisp for how sweet it is, and I think the hops do save this beer from being just a sugar bomb. the alcohol is piercing, and the flavors all combine to be like a really good bread pudding. sort of odd in a beer, but I enjoyed the flavors coming together as they did. the feel is a little sluggish. not quite bubbly enough, and the sweetness starts to take hold after half a glass or so. this beer becomes pretty punishing when its warm, but so do most barleywines. I know its the wrong time of year for this, so maybe that had something to do with my dislike of the mouthfeel, but this is a complex and enjoyable beer nevertheless. still waiting to be blown away by three floyds though.

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Photo of screamking
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
2013 edition with around 6months on it.

Appearance-pours a deep red/brown, very cloudy, small off white head which disappears quickly. Some lacing around the sides. 4

Aroma-aroma is a very even mix of hops and malt. Citrus hops are the first through, lots of grapefruit. Some fig and other dark fruits peaking their noses in. Very complex and hard to dig into. I'm also getting some cherry and vanilla. 4

Taste-that's a very even taste. Hops and malt work side by side perfectly in this one. Yes, there's bitter hops up front. There's also some nice dark fruit malts in there too.
Not one thing seems to overtake the other. 4

Feel-medium to full body, lots of boozieness in the mouth, a real good sipper. 4.25

Overall-I have had barleywines that I like more then this for one reason or the other, but I can't recall one that is this even. I really can't say that enough, it could be because I aged this a little, but the hops are completly even with the malts. Price is a little expensive, but its worth it for this beer, an all night sipper. 4

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle (orange wax) into FFF Teku

Pour: A dark hue of an amber reddish orange with a big three finger off white head that lingers for a long time. Sticky lacing is clinging all over the glass.

Smell: Very citrus and orange peel forward at first. Then a big caramel sweetness with a touch of honey.

Taste: Big citrus hop notes hit up front first. Then I get the sweetness in what I'd call a candied apple like taste. There is also a malt backbone with biscuit and yeast. The back end is a finishing of toffee sweetness mixed with citrus and grassy hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrup like coating the palate well. Does not seem to stay long after the swallow except I do notice the alcohol burn lingering. Does seem to lack a bit here. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I am a huge english style barleywine fan but damn does FFF hit the mark on this one. It has their well known hop profile with a candied sweetness in perfect harmony. Love this beer!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had three vintages of this monster. I love love barley wine but the Behemoth seems to stand out compared to the others. It has that signature Floyds taste to it even for being a Barley Wine. Sweet, touch of hoppiness, and goes down very very smooth. I wish that this was a year around beaty

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, 2013 vintage with orange wax, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color with hues of red and burgundy. A 2 finger high, bone colored, soapy head rises from the beer with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a bit muddled, piney, sticky hops hits the nose straight away but quickly lead to sweet brown sugar, rich dark malted grain, toffee and pitted fruit with a huge boozy kick. The balance is a bit awkward and the alcohol is quite harsh. The flavors are a bit smoother and more integrated. Bitter, pine forward hops rush out but are cut by sweet brown sugar, toffee, pitted fruit and super harsh alcohol at the finish with just a touch of smokey alcohol. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, a bit bubbly and lively for my tastes when it comes to a barleywine, but the finish is dry and bitter, plays nicely with the hops.

Verdict: A good but not great barleywine from Three Floyds. Best when super fresh and with some years on it, but the hops do feel a bit out of place in this brew. An interesting experiment in the American style, but doesn't match the smooth, rich complexity of an English style barleywine.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,835 ratings.
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