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 JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Orange wax for 2013 and super fresh!

Pours out a deep amber/slightly burnt orange with reddish highlights and a finger of off-white head.

The aroma is very, very hoppy. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes like mango, grapefruit, papaya, pineapple and orange. This is followed by some sweet malt notes with toffee and caramel.

The taste is also extremely hop-forward. A lot of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and apricot along with some slightly piney hop notes too. There are the sweeter malt notes near the end with toffee and caramel and it's fairly balanced between sweet and bitter with all the hops added in.

The mouthfeel is creamy and the body is full. There isn't much of an alcohol aroma, but there is some slightly in the taste and a small warming sensation as it goes down.

Very easy to drink and one of the hoppiest Barleywines I have ever had. It reminds me slightly of Avery Hog Heaven actually. If you can find this pick it up, but it is kinda expensive at $19/bomber.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Orange Wax

Appearance - A nice, mystifying cloudy amber. Piqued my curiosity about this beer even further.

Smell - Sweet, floral, fruity, and citrusy. Beautiful.

Taste - Not as fruity as expected based on the smell. Great balance of hops, malt and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a sticky finish on my lips.

Overall - Hard to believe it's 10.5% ABV. Everything is blended so well. I can't imagine the time and energy it takes to perfect something like this. A very solid brew, but easy to understand why it's a seasonal. I look forward to getting it again next year, and I definitely want to try one of the barrel aged versions at some point.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of zrbeer1579
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Orange Wax

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Deep ruby with brownish hues. A half finger tan head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Fruity, mostly tropical fruits. Slight pine and floral. Caramel malts and slight hints of alcohol.

Taste: Tropical fruity flavors. Some citrus and earthiness. A touch of pine and floral. Big smooth caramel with some toffee notes. Some vanilla and/or honey like sweetness as well. Some bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable but it is not as strong.

Mouthfeel: Thick with carbonation under median. Very smooth. A bit sticky and oily but cloak the mouth nicely. Bitterness is not as aggressive as I thought it was going to be. It does lingers, but it's light.

Overall: Despite being more of an Imperial IPA, it has rich malts flavors that balance well with the hops. Happy I grabbed a bottle of this. I'm not sure how an aged Behemoth(regular Behemoth) would be. Wish I could try the barrel aged versions.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy ruby orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Hops. Good deal of the actually, more than I was expecting for a Barleywine. Citrus, grass and caramel round it out.

T-More like an IPA. This is really an American Barleywine. Hop forward. Notes of grass, caramel and molasses round it out. Nice bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated

O-One of the few barleywines I had fresh and really liked. Not sure if aging would do this any good.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this out of the tap at Firkin, poured into a snifter

A- Pours a deep brownish color that is a beautiful red when held up to the light. A finger and a half of head that had nice retention.

S- Great floral aroma from the hops, malty with a hint of alcohol.

T- Taste is sweet with a little less hop presence than I had expected. Hint of alcohol as well, which is not surprising at over 10% ABV.

M- Mouthfeel is almost creamy for a barleywine. Carbonation is light and it has warming feel on the way down. Very sticky.

O- A very enjoyable barleywine, but could have used more hop bitterness in my opinion. All of the beers by three floyds are great, but this one might be a little better when aged in a bottle. I will have to purchase it at the store and give it another try to see how it compares.

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4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't think many people know what a barley wine style beer is, and very few I talked to like this style of beer. Well, if you ever want to convince someone of a barley wine, give them one drink of Behemoth! Typically I am a huge IPA fan, but this may be one of my most favorite beers ever.

It's has a lot of IBU's but is definitely not overly bitter. It has a nice smooth quality to it as well but still boasts a high alcohol content. A perfect balance of citrus type hops/malt/honey gives this beer a special quality.

This is a beer aficionado's must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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