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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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Photo of nsh221
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottling

A: Nothing amazing, but solid all around. Amber-brown color, nice head and solid lacing.

S: Awesome. Lots of that distinctive FFF hop aromas(plenty of citrus and pine). And then super candy sweetness behind it. Not sickly sweet, but rich.

T: Follows the nose. I may be a bit partial to this as I sometimes find ipas and iipas too one dimensional, but it tastes to me like an iipa but with an amazing malty rich quality and sweetness to balance the hops bitterness. Though I will cellar a couple, part of me wants to drink them all fresh.

M: Thick and rich, nice level of carbonation. Despite it being fresh, I didn't notice the alcohol as much in the taste as in the way this and other high abv beers tend to coat your tongue. Very rich.

O: I can see why some people who have specific ideas of what a barleywine should be may find this a bit off, but overall, it is still an exceptional beer. Again, will let a couple sit and see, when the hops recede, what other flavors may emerge. Really interesting, well balanced and approachable beer.

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Photo of vic21234
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage with orange wax.

A- Pours a clear yet slightly hazy copper color. A finger's worth of off-white head sticks around for while and helps to form some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The smell is sweet overall. I get citrusy fruits, some pine, and a caramel backbone. Some alcohol sting is noted in the smell as well.

T- Initial taste is of some nice hop characters. The citrus notes in the smell do not seem to carry over in the taste, as the hop notes are mostly pine and grassy for me. I get an overall sweetness from the malts and caramel flavors. A kind of acidic (not bad but can't think of another word to use) fruitiness is also apparent.

M- Hoppy, bitter, fruity, sweet, dry finish. Drinks hot, and the flavors develop more as the beer warms.

I love a good barleywine, and this one does well. Nice job to FFF.

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Photo of ctrevino
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KFBR392
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hits all the checkpoints that a classic barley wine should. About a finger of slightly off white head formed on the pour. The creamy head provided some very solid lacing on the glass. Head was prevalent on the outside of the glass during enjoying this brew. Some nice carbonation bubbled throughout the edges of the glass. This really made my mouth water.

Smell: Once I broke the seal on the bottle the wonderful aroma blasted out of the bottle. The front of the aroma is a ton of hops. More hops then I would have expected but was very pleasant. Mixed well with the hops is full bodied caramel and malt. Some sweet with the sour of the hops goes a long way.

Taste: What you would probably expect from the aroma but also throws in a few odd twists and turns. This beer definitely got more delicious as it got closer to room temperature. A lot of hop bitterness bites throughout this beer. The front is smooth then the hops jumps all over the palette. Creamy awesome barley accents provide a dry and wonderful finish to this brew. Very impressive how the complex layers have distinguished themselves but at the same time come together to make a really awesome barley wine.

Mouthfeel: I could use a little more here. The creamy accents are very noticable in the taste but not the mouthfeel. Kind of the hallow hop bitterness hangs around without much else.

Overall: I am not surpirsed Three Floyds would bring the heavy hops in their barley wine. This is my favorite style and I probably prefer the creamy barley over bitter hops but no doubt this is a great representation of the style, just with the classic Three Floyds taste. I've got another bottle that I look forward to sitting on for a while and revisiting this brew in about a year.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red wax---2012 release.

Appearance: Completely opaque dark orange color with a modest frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Tons of caramel malt and some orange citrus with pine. Once it warms a bit you get apricot and a definite alcohol note. Pretty nice balance in the aroma but nothing that gets me all that excited.

Taste: They weren't joking about the sweetness in this beer. A big helping of caramel and sugar crusted barley flavor throughout. A nice dose of hops in this one as well giving tangerine and pine characteristics to the flavor as well as a moderate bitterness on the back end. Slightly crisp finish that transforms into a nice heat from the 10.5% ABV. The flavor is a bit one dimensional but there are hints of greatness. Overall the picture that comes to mind when drinking this beer is a whiskey soaked orange dripping with syrup.

Mouthfeel: As full and robust as the thickest of them. Smooth carbonation and an ease of drinkability for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: The Barleywine style is one that I've recently started seeking out and I've become something of a connoisseur. What you have here is a very good beer and an interesting take on the style. A hop head who has a sweet tooth would definitely enjoy this one. The sheer body of this beer is enough to make any craft beer enthusiast content. If you have access to it and like DIPAs or Barleywines then pull the trigger. Would I drink it again? Yes, I'd age one.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque murky amber color with a big, fat head light caramel head. Mild, sweet toffee on the nose. A bit of dried fruit as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Almost creamy. A lot of dried fruit in the flavor. A little bit of alcohol and some bitterness at the finish. Decent. Not great.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sbxx
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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