Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine
BA SCORE
4.23/5
1,851 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:
#897
Reviews:
593
Ratings:
1,851
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
586
Gots:
647
Trade:
52
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release. Lavender wax. Molten copper with a gorgeous glow when the snifter is backlit with bright April sunshine. Several slowly rising bubble streams disappear into the underside of a burly chunk of sandstone colored foam that is starting to plaster the glass with extensive sheets of stippled lace.

The nose is an enjoyable melange of caramel malt, quasi-citric hops and well-integrated alcohol. So far, it looks and smells like BBB will be similar to Stone Old Guardian. This isn't my favorite sort of American barleywine, but let's see what the taste buds have to say.

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is a beast of an ale that tastes like it was expected to taste. There may be a little more caramel malt than the 'Blonde' of the name would suggest, but that's a good thing. I probably should have cracked the crown sooner than today, since a more aggressive hoppiness would have improved it considerably.

Although the flavors are bold and deep, they aren't exactly broad. Specifics include sugar cookies coated with caramel icing, concentrated iced tea, grapefruit peel, and a warming shot of Stolichnaya Cristal. Even though most would consider it balanced, this '08 vintage is slightly more sweet than bitter from beer entry to beer exit.

The mouthfeel isn't as huge as the beauty queen on the label... which is another good thing. The beer benefits by being silky smooth and lightly chewy, rather than sappy and sticky and ponderous. An ideal amount of laid back carbonation helps the cause.

It wasn't until somewhere in the second glass that the flavor score was awarded with its current perch. Warming brings out a few subtleties that weren't present right out of the chute. In the end, Behemoth Blonde Barleywine is another masterpiece from the hugely talented brewmasters at Three Floyds. An asking price of $15.99 is pretty steep. That doesn't mean that I won't continue to buy at least one bottle from every release.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC. 2010 Vintage.

a - Pours a reddish, dark amber color with a little bit of white head.

s - Smells faintly of citrus hops, as well as smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, little bit of bitter hops, and booze

m - Medium to heavy body and low carbonation.

d - Very drinkable for a high ABV barleywine. I thought the alcohol was hidden well and really enjoyed the smooth caramel malts. Would be interested to see how it ages as well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Could not believe that I really had never tried this one. Well that was about to change! Purple wax
was split between me and Rich. Poured out a nice and lazy amber color with a thick head of white that
while staying low to the surface, certainly had some nice staying power.

Feel is like syrup, just thick, and really filling. Loads of hops jumping right out at me, even with a
little age on it. Fresh pine, hints of candied sugar, an almost medicinal like quality at times peaks
its head up. Still though all very, very nice. Rich flavor here, candied sugar, notes of hops and rich
grassy, herbal qualities. For as strong as this one was it really kept the ABV very, very nicely
hidden. Sipping an hour later I was amazed at just how well rounded this one really was.

Overall just a super solid and very well put together Bwine. I could have drank this one all day!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this Barleywine, this years bottling poured from the bomber into a pint chilled.

A - A medium copper shade w/ good clarity and modest pale cap.

S - An aroma likened to "caramel soaked in whiskey" according to ffejherb, there certainly is a vanilla/slight sherry note w/ a pear like fruit ester. The nose also has toffee and lightly hoppy scents to accent the alcohol odor which is fragrant and the malt gives a sweet smell.

M - Thick, chewy, strong and very spicy feel. The texture is dense and a residual sweetness is left on the palate after the swallow with a mild heat

T - Plenty of flavor jumps out as the barleywine enters my mouth - flavors of caramel and stone fruit w/ piney spiciness from the hops and resinous bitter qaulities add depth. The flavor of brandy soaked oranges and a brown sugar-like sweetness is noted. The taste of piney hops seems to shadow the sweet malt component and enhance the taste as a spicy and alcohol flavor carry on to the finish.

D - The ale is bigger than its bottle, a fantastic barleywine which tastes so good fresh with the hops almost as much of a focal point as the malt and alcohol, a class act with an very smooth drinkability for such a big beer. Well worth the taste, thanks FooFaa!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Clear amber body with a nice off-white head. Decent lacing. Nice retention. Good looking barleywine.

Smell - Very hop forward. Citrus hops and a caramel malt. The caramel malt is an afterthought to the hops.

Taste - Again, citrus hop forward. Dry hopped a lot, it seems. The middle flavors are sweet caramel and toffee. Just complex enough to keep it interesting. Bitter finish, but it mixes well with the caramel to create a nearly perfect balance.

Mouthfeel - As stated, a perfect balance, but it has an odd dry finish that is uncharacteristic. Missing the mouth-coating aspects of a huge barleywine. It's also pretty boozy.

Overall - Very nice, but missing some fine touches that would make it spectacular. I'd love to try this in a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the brewpub.

And here our Three Floyds Brewpub Experience comes to an end. Good times had by all, believe you me. This capper pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. I wouldn't go so far as to call this blonde by any stretch, but she's pretty nonetheless. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, leek, light-ish pine, and sweet, sweet toffee. The taste does not strive to deviate from this pre-determined path, though the grapefruit is slightly intensified, and some mandarin orange syrup seeps in as well. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid b-wine that somehow doesn't overdo it on either the hops or the malts. Right on, son.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A: The label art is outrageous and awesome, as is typical of any FFF beer. The beer appears mostly clear and is dark orange in color. The head is off-white and leaves a good amount of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma is potent and easily detected from a few feet away, with scents of hops, pine / pine resin, alcohol.

T: Behemoth is very hop forward, with a heavy alcohol and pine resin presence. The alcohol content is subdued to a certain degree by the huge hop aroma. Though the beer possesses a healthy malt bill, this barleywine is more hop forward than many other examples of the style.

M: The feel is medium-bodied with a lingering sticky pine aftertaste.

D: Best enjoyed in small quantities, this is a great bottle to share a few ways.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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 InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dvmin98
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,851 ratings
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