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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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Ratings: 1,853 |  Reviews: 593
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is again a style bender from Three Floyds Brewing Co. Boozy and sweet I don't know what to compare it to. Gumball head with more port wine, maybe closest.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber into my tasting snifter. Small white head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity aroma with port cherries and pine hops.

Taste: Sugary sweet rum, fruit, raisins and pine and bubblegum hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer. Warming alcohol.

Drinkability: It is definitely a strong Barley wine and a sipping beer but itt is as drinkable as any big beer. Very enjoyable.

Hope this is helpful.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel in color and very hazy. A thin off-white head caps the beer and quickly fades to an even thinner ring around the edge. Leaves a nice thin sheet of lace on the glass though.

S - Big sweet caramel and brandy notes. Very boozy. A citrus hoppiness is present as well. Everything in the nose is big but it all seems to play off each other well.

T - Light caramel sweetness quickly overcome by a taste of alcohol soaked fruits. An interesting mix of raisins, peach, and a little citrus. The alcohol is very present throughout with a nice warming feel to it. An excellent mix of tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with a sticky, resinous feel. For the sttle, this is very high on the drinkability scale. Quite the sipper.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured cold from the tap to a 12oz goblet a deep, dark and semi opaque caramel brown with a full finger, foamy off white head with nice retention and lace to the rim.

aroma of great big piney hops up front with hints of sweet toffees in the wayback.

as advertised to the nose, hops big and in front, then moving to the side for the equally huge sweet toffee malts. floral hops evident as the glass warms a bit and the balance of the beer becomes a bit more even.

low carbonation, hot, mild bitter up front, sweet following quickly thereafter, smooth and creamy til the bottom of the glass.

drinkable - sure, as long as you're sitting on a stool for a while.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy dark golden orange in the glass with a bit of a white head that melts to a white ring that lasts forever.

Aromas of sweet, sweet, amber malts and bitter Pacific NW citrus peel hops.

Tastes of sweet amber malts are immediately assaulted by the bitter citrus peel hops. Not necessarily grapefruit or lemon...just bitter citrus peel. A balance of sorts is created by the two flavor sensations but not a perfect balance...there is no marriage here. The two flavors remain seperate although complimentary.

Aftertaste is bitter but doesn't linger...a nice cleaness prevails making you look for another sip.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, red wax 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a ruby red color, topped with a finger of sticky off-white head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Very hoppy, lots of pine and citrus aroma. Also some sweet caramel malt and some booze.

T- More bitter hops, lots of citrus and pine. The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests, with a nice sweet caramel flavor and some dark grains, but it’s the hops that rule this beer. Finishes with lingering bitterness, some dark grainy sweetness and some alcohol.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and thick feel, good moderate carbonation.

O- A pretty tasty barleywine, I just had Boogoop last week and am very impressed with the FFF barleywine collection.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,853 ratings
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