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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
2017 Bottle release - Lime Green Metallic Wax

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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4.2
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Photo of Scout11
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on-tap at the brewery, so very fresh. Definite hop bomb when fresh, with lots of citrus and pine aroma and taste. Had a very nice sweet caramel malt backbone and the heat from the alcohol was nice. This taste improved as it warmed bringing out more flavors in the malt and the alcohol. The 10.5 ABV was definitely apparent but well balanced with the hops and malt, and was very enjoyable.

Would love to try this after a few years, will definitely be finding a bottle to try after aging.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottles thanks to readbaron (white wax) and RocPorterFanatic (yellow wax) for sending this special treat. I think this review was from the white wax version, although these were both 2011 releases it appears with the yellow wax being an Ohio release? I remember liking the yellow wax one better, I wonder what the difference was?

Pours a hazed copper color with a frothy, creamy tan head. Awesome retention and lacing, great looker.

Nose is piney, grassy and mildly citric with a firm backbone of caramel and burnt toast. Tropical fruit alcohol as it warms, pineapple specifically.

Taste is fruity and hop-flavor forward. Bitterness is actually fairly tame and malts are brighter than I intially thought from the nose. More caramel and sugary than earthy. Its good, I think this one is tasty fresh, not sure what would happen to it in the cellar.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle.

Pours a clear deep ruby red, slightly brown with a good off-white, light cream head. Good lacing.

Smell is bitter citrus hops with a strong toffee and bready malts presence. Grapefruit, lemon, pine-sol, floral and herbal hoppiness.

Taste upfront is a light citrus bitterness with toasted toffee malts quickly dominating. Caramel, toffee malt finish with a little bitter citrus peel. Kind of a tea-like, herbal hop presence. Lingering malts mixed with lemon/grapefruit hops.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a medium/high carbonation that cuts down some of the thickness and helps the beers drinkability. No noticeable alcohol.

An easy to drink malty, IPA-style barleywine. Even though the bottle is fairly fresh the hops taste slightly faded. However for a fresh barleywine, the body is great with the alcohol well integrated. Good, but not worth the price point.

2/19/2011

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Photo of mspears68
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice barleywine. Very thick, barely off-white head. Not as hoppy as expected from a 3Fs beer but that is a bonus in this case. This was a 2009 bottle and it would have aged several more years, IMO. I'm thinking about trying to procure some verticals. Overall, worth a $4$ trade if you find some and older vintages should do well.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at FFF and served in a goblet

A - a deep orange color that looked as it were mixed with some red as well to darken it up. Actually reminded of a darker Dreadnaught as it was a deep orange instead of that brighter orange. Also had a ivory colored head that had some light carbonation to it and texture wise looked rather flat sitting on top

S - got mostly sweet fruity aspects out of the nose such as pineapple and mango. Also a bit of sugary sweetness and actually a lot of hops were mixed in there as well. The hops are what surprised me the most and if anything made the smell remind me more of a DIPA than a BW.

T - hmm, very hoppy for a BW as that is one of the first aspects I noticed. There was also a lot of sweet tropical fruit flavors in there as well such as mango, pineapple, and even a light acidic, tangy orange flavor. This fruity aspect goes along with the even sweeter aspects of the toffee like sweetness that pervades the beer and overpowers the flavors in the mouth. The after taste was actually a bit of the alcoholic taste and then actually a bit of hoppy bitterness. Overall, the flavors were good and a very sweet BW that hid the alcohol pretty well but it wasn't too complex either. After awhile I felt as it I could really only taste the cloying sweetness and that hurt the taste in my opinion.

MF - The body of this beer was rather thin given the sweet stickiness that the beer had. It seems a contradiction but it was one aspect of this beer that stood out to me. It was as if they made the beer sticky without making it thick. There was a light carbonation as well which was nice with the hoppy aspect of this BW. I felt the extra carbonation was needed to go along with the hops and it was better to have that than to have the beer be super thick. Also this makes this one a bit less of a sipper than some BW.

D - Overall, an interesting take on a BW and as per usual for FFF, they twist the style by throwing in a ton of hops. Usually I find their interpretations to be an overwhelming success but here I don't think it really works that well. What ended up happening was that instead of brewing a BW, they seemed to brew a wanna be, weaker version of Dreadnaught. That's what this beer seemed like to me since it was just Dread with less hops and about the same fruity flavors. It is worth a try but at 16.99 a bottle in the store, I'd be hesitant to pick one up especially if Dreadnaught is around. However, it would be interesting to try one and see if it ages well in the bottle after some of the hoppiness fades away, yet I think that doing that would take away from how FFF wants you to enjoy the beer so I'd recommend drinking it fresh.

MF -

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Photo of Barleythenred
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a head that sticks everywhere

Smell: strong caramel malt essence

Taste: hoppy with a strong barley flavor, a good couple of years in a cellar would do wonders

Mouthfeel: light with a bitter ending note

Drinkability: very good if on tap with my current year 5 years from now would be exquisite

excellent but needing a few years from the current vintage (2011)

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Photo of churchillps
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was huge. Ruby red in the light with a minimal head. Lacing was poor and hardly stuck at all. Smelled of pine, herbs, dark malts, and alcohol. Flavor was the same, just magnified by about a thousand. Pretty spicy with some hop hints in the center. Dark malts and herbal/floral scents really took the center stage. Alcohol was present but not overpowering, though it grew exponentially as it warms. Pretty thick and hearty, couldn't have more than one 22oz bottle. A good find, but pretty pricey for $14.99.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Thin light tan head on a cloudy light brownish body.
S- Strong alcohol, big malts some light fruits, some grass and pine hops, maybe some light spices too?
T- Big alcohol comes in first with some malts backing it up. Leaves a big warming also. A nice helping of hops too. Gives a nice balance. Big dry bitterness from the piney hops with a bit of grass hops too. Very sweet, caramel comes through pretty well too. I think it may be quite young and I think with age it would calm down and blend together better. Almost very harsh now.
M- Full body but maybe a tad on the medium side. Low carbonation.
D- I think its to young but is still good. Bit harsh overall. It is nice but not what I have come to expect from Three Floyds. Wish I could try a 2003 or 2002.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 release, Sampled December, 2005
Pours with a frothy, one finger thick (at most), pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, ruby red color that has lots of bubbles rising slowly through the thick viscous body. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity up front; redolent of tropical fruit notes as well as peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, hints of kiwi. It is an odd mixture, almost like a tropical fruit cough syrup; though it is actually interesting and even nice. The aroma ends with a hit of spicy alcohol, which clears the sinuses a bit.

The taste is quite sweet as well, and at first does not seem quite so fruity as the aroma, but towards the end the tropical fruit notes really start to kick in. Peach, and apricot are prominent, but there are also notes of mango, definitely papaya, and hints of lychee. The finish is really where these tropical fruit notes start to get funky; they definitely remind me of some type of cough syrup, or perhaps even children's aspirin. The finish is solidly bitter of course, but it is also joined by that lingering, sweet medicinal note.

This is really quite a bit different than the last time I had this (in 2004), then it did not have the tropical fruit notes. My guess is that the hop bill changed on this. The tropical fruit notes are not bad, in fact they make the usual hop character quite interesting, but it is the medicinal notes in the finish that is a bit distracting. I do have this to say for it though, it is quite interesting!

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2008 (Purple Wax)

Pours a clear amber/ruby color. Almost three-fingers of tan foam make the head, which is slightly thick and creamy. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is thick, plentiful and sticky.

A big, rich, maltiness dominates. After a year, there is still a good amount of grapefruit and a nice subtle pine presence. Mild hints of bubblegum.

The malt dominates here also, surprise. Very smooth taste and nicely, mildly, sweet. Light earthy/nuttiness. Mild biscuity yeast presence. Mild hints of grapefruit and pine on the back end.

Definitely a full-bodied brew. Medium level of carbonation, which seems to work best for this style, IMO. Very smooth, with just a hint of sharpness, at the front and the very back end. It has a nice level of creaminess, which I'd like to boost, just a touch, but that's just me though.

Despite it's big abv, this is a very nicely done and well balanced beer that is quite easy to drink. I'd love to have more of this.

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Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave!

2009 vintage. Dark caramel colored with good clarity; either I am night blind or this is not blonde at all. Perhaps blonde refers only to the lady on the label and not the beer inside.

Anyway, sweet citrus and fruity maltiness stand out in the aroma. The bitterness is definitely not up there in the taste although you can tell it has hops. Good, sweet maltiness shines. Medium feel.

It's good and I like it but it is certainly not great. There are better barleywines out there.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown to ruby red with hints of orange, a nice size tan very tight head that slowly fades. Smell is rich, sugary, pruney malt with some pine tree hop aroma. There is also a little citrus note and just a hint of booze in the aroma. Taste is unique, the malts make an incredible brief but rich appearance before the hops take over. Some pineyness and a citrusy vitamin c tablet flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, there is also some chalkiness with the vitamin c flavor, a drying hop finish with some warmth from the alcohol. Interesting beer, the alcohol conent is amazingly balanced for its strength, but there are some different flavors and textures (vitamin c) that attack my palate. Look forward to an aged sample, a very good barleywine with some major citrus characteristics.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 4/3/14

Small amount of carbonation. Brown reddish body. Not too much aroma. Some alcohol grainy smell. Slightly fruity taste. Some sweet bread notes. It’s decent.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyd's- Behemoth

Big thanks to Patrick, aka Pwoods (formerly Pimpp) for this 1!

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a good foamy head.
S- Vanilla caramel malt, pine resin, and dried fruits. Light on the nose.
T- Sweet caramel malt with hints of vanilla. Big thick oily pine hops with an equal balance of orange and plum.
M- Slick and sweet with an even thicker hoppy tongue coating. Very mild for a high alc barleywine. Goes down smooth. Finishes off with a pine tar bite.

Overall- Very smooth and, too, quaffable for a 10%-12% barleywine?! (Thanks Patrick)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber ruby hue. A less than one finger head comes after the pour, leaing a littl foam throughout all 22 ounces. Fresh cherries soaked in some brandy with some honey drizzled over toasted malts. Starts malty and somewhat sweet. Syrupy light ruits, toasted bread grain soaking in a sort of brandy style malt sangria hits the front to middle of taste. The finish highlights the citrus and mint bitterness that slowly pushes the malt and fruity booze out of the way. The palate is boozey somewhat syrupy and a slow interchange of bitter and fruity.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2009 vintage (blue wax)
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a deep orange amber color. Only a small ring of bright white head. Still has some carbonation. Alcohol feet inching up the sides of the glass when you move it around.

S: Still getting some hops on the nose. Pine and orange like citrus. Some marmalade. Breadiness from the malts, leads to that slight caramel note. Not the best nose I have had on a barleywine.

T: Definitely still some hops in this beer. Nice sharp pine on the tip of the tongue. Some of that orange character. Then the big maltiness comes into play. Get some caramel, some mild toffee, soft vanilla. BA would be killer on this. Finish lingers for a while.

M: It's a big medium. Not quite full bodied. It's rather chewy though.

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Photo of bobhits
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i've been meaning to wring up a review for this one for a while. I feel that a second review for the tap version will be required as well.

Red Wax just released (imo fresher the better here).

Oddly the color when held to my laptop is bringing out some orange colors but when held to the lights it seems far more of a ruby read. The clarity seems odd given the high abv (10.5 is at least simi high) and the style, but I won't mark off for too much here. The second pour, made AGRESSIVELY gives off a HUGE head, 3 fingers and lacing is well represented.

Fruity mango and huge caramel malt back.

Oh so nice. hops bring in a huge amount of tropical fruits while the malt give it a deep and rich sweetness. The final verdict is malt favored by a hair, nearly perfect for the imperial IPA loving American hop head...I'd just go elsewhere if you want a balanced english style barely wine. Caramel, mango, orange, peach, with bittering hops to bring it all into shape.

Alcohol certainly kicks in here, not letting the hops and the malt speak alone. The alcohol is a touch hot given the 10.5 vs say 12 which it tastes and feels like. Still velvety smooth and really tasty. The density here is on the lower side of the style as well. This beer is a sweet IPA vs the wine like effects expected from a huge barely wine. Carbonation is actually rather strong here as well which perhaps keeps this one on the lighter side of the style.

OK, if we were to score this strictly as an Americna barely wine...it isn't really in style. it also misses the IPA style though I suppose you could see this as what a blend of 90 and 120 dream of being if they used quality malt and hops.

At around 17-18 after tax this is a stiff hard to swallow price on a beer. That said this is really really good beer, maybe even pushing great. Drop the price to 14-15 and this is a winner. That said this once again showcases the amazing hops and malt flavors that all three floyds beers beers have. I'm not sure what they are doing, but from pride and joy all the way up to Behmonth the amazing hop and malt flavors stay unquestionably theirs. I feel the price requires a full pint off the overall score.

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Photo of faernt
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a small chalice. I forgot, that, with a small glass, the flavors seem to concentrate. They don't really concentrate, but my perception of them does. A small glass seems to slow me down. This beer might be worthy of slowing down.

I do appreciate the wax top. It, too, gives me the assurance that I may lay this one down for quite a while without the risk of cap failure. It looks to have been double-dipped (like a Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cone), giving it another assurance (not that it recalls a Dairy Queen cone...right?) of quality.

Perception goes to appearance. Immediate visual judgement is pretty complex. With a bottle of beer, there is much more to this appearance thing than the color of the beer in the glass. By the time I poured this beer into the glass I chose (partly from the initial visual impression), I'd made up my mind about what lay ahead. Waxed bomber...comic book ugly label... 3F seems to get respect for this manipulation of their image. I think it really works for them, and I drink their beer in spite of it, because they make good beer.

The pour comes with a tight-bubbled 1/2" head that subsides into a skim showing an archipelago of foamy little islands. The color is clear copper.

The temp is 55 degrees and the beer seems to like that.The smell releases easily with the slight soapiness that I get when I smell 3F (That's me, I know, but I get soap. It doesn't work with some of their beer, but, here it's ovepowered with a malt smell along with the complex unknowns that are also familiar with 3F)

The taste is slightly sour before it picks up a sweetness for a short time followed by a coating bitterness that subsides on my tongue at a rate similar to foam fading.

The glass has langing lace on its sides now. it is particularly thick just at the surface to rim joint. It creates what looks to be a snow-covered lake shoreline on a copper lake. This is definitely a beer of perception. The top of the beer now looks like a flyover on a small lake. What a P Bunyonesque experience this is.

This is a big fat beer. The goofy label is definitely a forcast of things to come. I'm glad that some of my friends are fat. This is a do over. Actually, it was a "do over" I've had it before and am glad to have returned. The perception stuff is worth your time. The clues you get about the upcoming experience are tricky and true.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bakker for sending this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. This was a 2013 vintage bottle, consumed on 10/30/16. Poured from a wax-sealed 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy to turbid brown. A low amount of visible carbonation, but still manages to form a half-finger of off-white head. This fades fairly quickly to spotty foam.

S: Caramel, toffee, and some mildly faded citrus rind and resin hops. Mild brown sugar sweetness along with the sweet malts. Some bourbon-like sweet notes as well, though this is not the barrel-aged version. Some candied fruits and raisins as well. A nice enough nose, though nothing crazy.

T: Toffee and caramel up front again. Citrus hops and oily hop resin. Sweet malts, boozy ethanol sweetness. Lesser notes of brown sugar with mild fruity yeast esters. Light hop bitter oils persist with the sweet maltiness in the hang.

M: A medium body for style, with low carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is fairly restrained for a barleywine, though it's still fairly hefty.

O: This was an enjoyable barleywine. Definitely boozy (despite no barreling), and definitely toffee forward. I think the hops have held up remarkably well - though there's not a big bitterness, there are still the citrus and resin flavors. Reasonably good overall, though I'm not sure I'd actively seek out another.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Based on notes from a visit to the brewpub on 07 Aug 09*

Split a snifter with a friend.
Big Hops.
Wow, this is truly a Behemoth. This beer is big all the way around. Taste, aroma, alcohol, you name it.
The beer was presented in a snifter. The color was impressive, an intense copper. It was close to the end of the night, so I don't recall the head.
The nose on Behemoth is intense to say the least, full of pungent, spicy, piney, citrusy hops. Some malt sweetness was there, but was smothered by the drippy hop vapors.
The taste was a punch in the mouth. It has a good mouthfeel, but the hop bitterness went storming in like little lupulin Gestapos, having their way with my tastebuds. There is a distinct caramel sweetness, maybe even a little brown sugar, and fruits, but the hops dominate. The alcohol also was very prevalant.
Behemoth was a tough battle. A fine beer by any one's reckoning, but not one for amateur, which I obviously am. I would love to see some age on this old girl.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. wax-topped bomber into a pint glass.

hazy, ruddy orange-brown with a half-inch of tan frothy head that leaves some thin lacing.

sweet malty aroma with a strong fruity hop component. notes of pineapple, tangerine, and caramel.

thick feel with a gentle carbonation. strong sweet maltiness up front with notes of brown sugar, then a drying hop finish. definite presence of piney hops and tropical fruits. alcohol is fairly well-hidden, although drinkability has to take a hit from the high ABV and price.

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Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering I assume the most recent vintage served in a half pint glass. The brew appears a copper color hazed with golden coloration around the edges. A finger of creamy tan head appears across the top and lasts with an off-white tinge.

The smell is hoppy with notes of fruity rinds and herbs. Some solvent alcohol makes itself known under the hop character aling with a little bit of mineral aspect. Some pine quality is noticed and lasts into the back of the nostrils long after a whiff of the brew is taken.

The taste is strong and hoppy with oily feel reminescent of the most brutal DIPA offerings. It is bitter and rindy with a toasty grain backing and strong solvent alcohol feel. It is pitty with fruity alcohol and zesty quakity of fresh hops. Quite a warming feel all the way down.

This is a medium boded brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold sipper of a brew but overall is pretty well put together for an american style barleywine. Fans of brutal DIPAs will find love in this offering. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1460th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

2011 Yellow Wax OH release

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color.

Smell- It has some good aromatics behind it. The booze is quite prickly on the nose and then the malts come in to add a rich aroma. Lastly is the citrus and hops. A bit dry and a bit piney.

Taste- I will admit this took time to enjoy. At first the citrus hops combo mixed with the high abv didnt sit well. Once the beer warmed the flavors were more developed and layered.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium thick carbonation level. Sweet and malty on the finish with resdidual bitter citrus hops.

Drink- Its flavorful, just not used to the blonde aspect still. I would have an older vintage to see how develops.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage generously shared by Andrewinski1. Poured into a tulip. Clear amber body with about a finger of off white head that dies down leaving sticky lace along the glass. Really fruity nose, really reminds me of strawberries mixed with dark fruits. Malty notes and carmel undertones round out a sweet aroma. Good deep malt flavors on this one. Musty cellar flavors supported by dark rich fruits and carmel notes. The mouthfeel is good. Enjoyable full body on this guy and carbonation is great, it's a bit hot though. I'm digging this, but it's a bit boozy. I don't mind sipping on this guy though.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 green wax.

A - Nothing very blonde here, as it pours a tawny caramel-amber hue, capped with minor froth and leaving not so much lace.

S - The smell is basically the same as the taste; it is malty with a pronounced cereal-grain element, heavily (and muddily) hopped, and slightly sweet with no hint of the abv within. Though it is fairly pleasant, it is certainly not exceptional in any way.

T - Let others wax superlative, I will handle this with a bit of comparative analysis: Behemoth is relatively pricey compared to many widely available barleywines and is not commensurately better; I don't think it as good as most BWs of any regard.
Specifically, regardless of price, better examples can be had by Anchor, Stone, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada. Of widely available ABWs, I prefer Behemoth only to Avery's offering.

M - Nice enough, it has a big body but is not overly viscous.

D - Drink it? Okay. Buy it? Perhaps at a deep discount...

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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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