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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1383
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002)
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jsh420

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 purple wax

pours hazy dark amber orange with a 2 finger head that covers the glass with lacing

still smells of strong pine hops and powerful tropical fruits

taste is all forward citrus fruits and pine hops and sweet candy toffee carmel malts - i know i have desribed other beers this way but this one is amazing and is world class

mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with plent of carbonation for the style - somehow it leaves your mouth coated with flavors but still light enough to want more and more

drinkability - i dare anyone to drink more then one bottle (i split this one with some peeps) but after one glass you want more

overall - i have had this beer at 2yr 1yr and fresh - all tastings are out of this world and look forward to sipping on my 07 next year at 3years

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 03:54:17 | More by jsh420
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dmb1tj

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just had this beer on draft in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. One of my top 5 favorite beers! The most hoppy barleywine ever! Really reminds me of the Dreadnaught from the same brewery. Very smooth barleywine without the overpowering alcohol finish. Three Floyds is one of my favorite brewers and i look forward to trying all of their creations! Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:56:44 | More by dmb1tj
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JamesS

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep copper color with a nice bit of light coming through; a good bit of head for a barleywine with a nice bit of lacing as well. Great deep malt scent; very sweet with a hint of lighter malt. Great deep taste; horribly malty, thick, and sweet like a good barleywine should be; a tiny bit of hops at the end, but remarkably small for a 3F brew; has a nice hint of lighter malt attributes to make it unique and different. Goes down great for such a high ABV beer, thick and great, with no noticable alcohol. Great barleywine!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:04:05 | More by JamesS
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nomad

Kansas

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 vintage - drank in 2004

Poured a fairly dark brown, opaque as all heck, into a tulip glass. Nice firm head on top with thick lace slowly edging down the glass.

The smell was unmistakeable musty hop funk and enormous sweet malts intertwined to form a hellishly American-styled extreme version of a barleywine. Both sugary and herbaceous, it dripped scents of big sweet caramel, very nice scents of cannabis, buckets of ruby red grapefruit, and a bubble-gum like melon. Couldn't help but think of Dreadnaught with a load of crystal and roasted malts behind it.

Taste was, again, like Dreadnaught with tons of darker malts. Simultaneously expressed flavors of caramel, dessert spice, toffee, very sweet melon, orange, and bits of grapefruit. Take the most extreme flavors of Three Floyd’s hops and bolster them with a truck of equally large malts, and thats what you get. Most impressive was the relatively small but very fine roastiness in the finish, very unlike Three Floyd’s in its soft, fine, and restrained English touch.

Rounded out by a thick mouthfeel, but not cloying or pasty, I tasted this beer whenever I burped or coughed for the next 24 hours, literally. Very extreme, but very drinkable in that over-the-top way. Found it on-tap at the Blind Tiger, a couple days after their Barleywine festival, and am very happy to have experienced it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2004 02:06:08 | More by nomad
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JDK

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2" head that lingers for quite a while. Lacing really clings to the sides for quite a while. Smells of grapefruit and other citrus hops and the alcohol is very suttle even with 12.5%. (The buzz will creep up on you so be careful!)
The flaver is very complex with a wonderful mouthfeel.
This beer is absolutely wonderful but at $19.95 for a bomber, this may be my last one for a while although this was worth it for a Super Bowl beer!
My son, who's favorite beer is Miller Lite, enjoyed a glass of this and was quickly picking up the different flavors and smells much to his amazement!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 01:19:10 | More by JDK
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Accidentally reviewed the barrel aged before. Sorry. This should be the correct beer.

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber with Green Wax.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, muddy and murky orange color with some golden hints. There is a slight fizzling head that recedes quick and is off white.

S - Sweet caramel and boozyness with some great flowery hop notes. Tons of malt strength as well as great grapefruit sweetness with excellent citric notes as well. There are some great sweet dark fruit notes as well. The hops are very enticing in this beer. With tons of piney resin in there as well.

T & M- Starts off with some nice bready grain that then turns into great caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. There are some nice malt hints in this beer and the hops really just support it as opposed to other ABs. There is great citrus notes and grapefruit and orange flavors. So well balanced but very very flavorful.The beer is very full and rich and with caramel flavors. There is a strong malt backbone and a nice strong but complimentary hop presence. There is some nice boozy heat that goes a long way for this beer.

D - I really enjoyed this Barleywine for the surprising balance. ABV is higher but still very good beer. This is by far my favorite AB out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:23:57 | More by JoEBoBpr
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

DrJay and Viggo contributed this bottle. big thanks to both jay and eric for this exceptional barleywine.

22oz bottle topped with pink wax. 2005 vintage.

pours deep ruby red with a hint of very very fine white head.

aroma is great. alcohol. tons of caramel and malt. grapefruit and pine, suprising for a beer with this much age. biscuit and other malt. hint of smoke.

taste is great. tons of malt. caramel and biscuit malt. alcohol. grapefruit and pine. bit of tangerine sweetness. hint of almost musty smokeyness. very good.

mouthfeel is great. nice med-low carbonation level. great body.

drinkability is excellent. very well balanced and excellent barleywine that has held up very well with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 18:21:24 | More by grub
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened bottle hop aroma stretched across the room. Poured out nice reddish brown to copper color. Head long lasting some lacing. Head color off white. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. It helps to accentuate the caramel, cherry, malt, and grapefruit. Tastes of hops, hops, and more hops. With caramel, malt and some grapefruit to start. Hops flavor lingering throughout. Warming up brings in some cherry, maple, piney character as well. Nicely carbonated, full bodied with slight aclcohol warming becoming present after half pint or so. Just a spectacular American Barley Wine. Well balanced even with the large hops aroma, and hop flavoring. You never really lose the other aromas and flavoring. Smooth till the finish seemingly aged a while before bottling. Well done 3F. All I can really say to express true feeling toward this beer is WoooHOOOO

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 04:38:13 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh January 2012 edition poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange colour with a big glow. One finger of cream coloured head formed and slowly receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas up front - grapefruit, orange zest, peach and pineapple. Smells like a fresh, juicy DIPA. A big bitterness accompanies the hop aroma along with some noticeable alcohol. Some sweet caramel malts in the background provide some sweetness but definitely take a back seat to the hop aromas.

T - Big bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and peach flavours. A huge malt backbone provides sweet caramel and sticky candy flavours but the massive hop profile dominates.

M - Medium to full body with a massive chew. Sludgy. Lots of sticky, resiny, tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:28:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Everything I'd hope from Three Floyds in a Barleywine pours out just as I should have expected. Thick and vicious! Looks like caramel milk when pouring. The glass accepts the contents quickly and as it turns about in heavy thick scarvings of yellow ochre swirls and light brown whirls. It builds a lightly thick capping of foam lightly with large billowing bubbles which soap up slowly to dwindle down to its frothy middling level before finally fading to a thick whispy skim always sitting. The color finally settles a dark rusty brown with a flash of dark orange within. Fuckin' Beautiful !

Aroma is a nice mix of highly present caramel goo mixed with a perfumed tight little sent of deep orange, deeper lemon, deepest pineapple, and some tattered pine sap thrown in. Clean, robust, and boastfully delightful on the nose.

But oh my the taste, the taste!...remarkable delicious! Holy fuck! ...Yum! Need I say more?




OK maybe I should try. Ummm.... how 'bout; Thick, sugary sweet laden caramel flavors are big and twisted upon a piney citrus juiced, flowery palate of goodness! Yet delicately woven with one melange of fun hoppiness that plants a bunch of fun and long lasting durations of slightly pithy bitterness interwoven within the thick juicy pulp of each fruit I might be able to summon in the ideas of tropical treats and freshness. Peach, nectarine, pineapple, orange, mango, lemon, tangerine, apple, red grapefruit, and a flinting of green grape. Yum! No banana I'm afraid. But the the caramel sweetened firmness more than enough makes up for it. Believe me. It's Heavenly!

The feel is thick and slippery, with a girth that stands on it own with a big, tall standing malt body made of caramel goodness and plastered with a hoppy touch of bite and bitterness that eludes the parching areas and goes right for the easy going goodness of juicy balance and alcohol. Why, because the 12.5 % is no where to be found until it hits the inside the head quickly after dispersing most of the contents of the bottle to the glass and then to the lips. No doubt. Creamy and lush, full and balanced; this stuff rocks with unbelievable drinkable ease and too much, so much so, I'm uncomprehensible to the point of utmost uncomprehensiblity?! I can't handle it, but love it! Great stuff!

Thanks to mjgardner for the trade!!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 01:56:50 | More by tavernjef
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a gobblet glass.

Appearance: A very pleasing coppery strawberry blonde. The head was almost not there struggling to be half inch. Almost no carbonation is present. This beer doesnt even pretend to lace.

Smell: Upon uncapping the beer my nose was assaulted with waves of fruityness, citrus, pineapple and hops exploded through the room. Just WOW! After the beer was poured into the glass the above mentioned flavors began singing Fat Bottom Girls. The fruits where joined by sugary floral piney goodness. Gods this is a treat.

Taste: This beer is heavily fruited with citrus, cherries and other fruityness. The beer is both sweet and spicy in the right mix. This is a barley wine from the hop gods.

Mouthfeel: Inspite of the sweetness of the barley wine 3F avoided making a thickly cloyingly sweet nasty mess. This barley wine is thickly sweet but the hops preserve this into a drinking treat.

Drinkability: This is just an excellent beer. The alcohol is well hidden and is deceptive. Is this really 12.5%. I could drink this all night. This fat bottom girl makes the rocking world go round.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 14:58:08 | More by nlmartin
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jjayjaye

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I've gotta state that American Barley Wine rocks!!!
No interpretation required.

Poured a ruby tangerine and developed better than a full finger off white head that resisted fading when poured into a snifter. The smell was nothing short of amazing. It demonstrated a very aggressive bouquet of fruity citrus. I was overwhelmed by the Imperial IPA-like hoppiness while I enjoyed the fundamentally smooth yet malt caramel flavor that I look for in my favorite barley wine. Some lacing was evident. Medium mouth; lingering after taste of hops. Hallelujah! ! I can think of nothing more satisfying than to open another, but that would be over the top.

Thank you Randy from Archers! The line forms behind me.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 01:48:35 | More by jjayjaye
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow wax coated bottle pours a mostly clear copper body. Attractive beige head is longlasting and leaves sticky lacing around the glass. Fabulous aroma is juicy fruity, lots of tropical fruit esters and invting hops. Pink grapefruit, orange marmelade, tangerine and papaya complimented by pine resin, brown sugar and caramel. Full medium body is thick and sticky. Adequate, but tame, carbonation. Taste begins with chewy caramel which quickly fades into an aggressive sticky hoppiness. Lots of oily resins segue into bitter waves of pine resin and grapefruit bitterness. Red apple and cherry notes float into the middle. Slight alcohol warming is a welcome addition to the grapefruit pulpiness. Very complex and delicious. Hop character is not unlike Dreadnaught but enveloped in a more substantial malt profile. An outstanding American barleywine!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 13:45:15 | More by merlin48
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber barleywine with a golden glow backlit by the kung fu movie on the plasma TV over the brewery window. Slightly off white head falls to a nice lace in the snifter. Big, hoppy citrus nose like a west coast IPA. Cool and reminds me a bit of Stone Old Guardian, but a bit more rough around the edges. Dark cherry, chocolate and caramel underneath the commanding hop. Sweet malt backbone that mellows the hop but by no means subdues it. Lingering Quad resin with more dark fruit and caramel on the tongue, and a fitter finish from the hop. Classic FFF hop interpretation of a standard style. Get it, drink it and live life. Going to find a clone of this one, and try to brew it at home.

11/4/11 Just drank a bottle of Behemoth that I brought home from 3F and love it even more. Really has move to the top of my list for favorite barleywines along with Stone OG. Great beer and a must try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 02:53:10 | More by FightingEntropy
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:57:25 | More by JohnnyMc
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bashiba

Iowa

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy deep mahogony brown color with light orange highlights, a bit of thin off white head, decent lacing.

Smell is like that of a freshly cut up grapefruit, full of yummy citrusy hops.

The flavor is outstanding, shockingly balanced. A nice big sweet caramel malt backbone yields to the strong citrusy hops. Leaves a great combination of sweet and bitter flavors in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is incredilbly thick, leaving a long lasting coating on your tongue and a huge warmth.

Unbeleivabley drinkable, while the alcohol is noticeable its not distracting. Shockingly smooth for a beer this big and of this style, espicially since its fairly fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 01:33:12 | More by bashiba
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stewart124

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay I've been waiting to pop this one out and found a frigid night at the lake with the fire place in the background to be the perfect setting.

The top was dipped in yellow wax.

This pours a cloudy ruby red in color with a little bit of white head that doesn't last long. It almost looks like someone squeezed fresh red grapefruit into my glass.

Now the smell just confirms my grapefruit hypothesis. Whoa! Lots of citrus, brandy, caramel, and loads of pine. This is a behemoth that I have yet to see it's equal.

The taste doesn't disappoint and I am floored with all the power packed into this 22oz. bottle. Tastes of pear, grapefruit, brandy, port wine and oh, did I mention hops? Whoa nellie on the hops! Just a ton of citrus and pine bite at my tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is just crammed to the top with a resin of hops.

Aftertaste. I don't think I will be able to taste anything for quite some time after this. Loads and loads of hops. There is a caramel chewiness and a piney bite that linger. As I get further into the beer I have found the alcohol or maybe it found me.

Simply delicious and I wish Three Floyds would come back to Ohio. Damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:06:05 | More by stewart124
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 15:10:59 | More by Ncpogs
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

a: dark burnt orange. a nice lacing around the glass

s: dang! there is a ton going on here! burnt oranges, lemon rind, and grapefruit juice. treat cherries covered in vanilla and a burnt caramel. this smells awesome. a bit of earthly pine in here too. inviting!

t: starts with sweet cherries, caramel and burnt toast. there is almost an oaky quality here. dark fruit lingers in the edges of my tongue and play nicely with the sweet malt and tropical hop. some grapefruit and wonderful pine. a fantastic dry finish. as it warns the alcohol comes out more and some.funky yeast characteristics appear. wow this keeps changing!

m it drinks lighter than the abv. very very smooth with an awesome finish that lingers.

o: this is awesome. it's complex and changes with ever sip. 3 Floyd nailed it. I can't wait to see how it ages. the hops here are awesome and it is extremely well balanced. /96

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 07:28:07 | More by schwemjw
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baos

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into pint glass (a neat trick)

A: Cloudy amber with a nice blonde head that dissipates to make a ring around the glass. Nice lacing too.

S: Hoppy and malty. A bit of alcohol smell, and some caramel and unsweetened chocolate as well. Wet cherry wood sawdust.

T: Hops, malt, caramel, unsweetened chocolate. Pineapple and bitter cherry notes. Finishes very dry and bitter, but its an awesome dry and bitter. Yum.

M: Mouth feel is awesome. Usually the barely wine brews that I've had have been lacking in that area. this one is really good. Makes me proud to be a Hoosier!

D: This beer is strong. So you can't have a six pack of this stuff while playing 7 card stud no peek. Despite its strength, this beer is awesome. For those who want to have one beer and make it count in warmth and taste this is the one. I give her an A+.

Update: Just had this one again @ Starkey's barn bar. Awesome beeer... Worth the molah.. Try one on its fits like a mo fuckin glove.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:33:55 | More by baos
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had lunch today at the sterling Sun Singer and, afterward, scoured their terrific beer section. Upon seeing the telltale waxed cap of Three Floyds Behemoth, I remembered passing on grabbing a bottle of Behemoth a couple years ago, primarily because of the price and my being short on coin at that point. What a shame, for I hadn't known about the lofty reputation of either Behemoth or Three Floyds products generally then. But sweet redemption came today for, with some spare scratch, I grabbed a bottle of Behemoth. What a treasure.

A finger of off-white foam tops a mostly clear dark amber body. The body of the beer looks remarkably like cognac. Nice duration and moderate lacing on the Duvel tulip. The smell is rich with malt, sweet and dried fruit, and floral and bitter hops, boozy but not off-putting.

Wow is the best way for me to describe the taste--rife with berry, some citrus, and tart in the second half; well-hopped to balance the dense malt; roasted malt with caramel, chocolate, and coffee; and a bit spicy--nicely peppered beer. What a complex taste, made all the more accessible by the ideally balanced mouthfeel. It presents a fascinating alternative, rather than contrast, to Great Divide's Old Ruffian. Malt and hops are more restrained than Old Ruffian, but are well balanced, more on the smooth than unbridled, wild side as Old Ruffian is. The more I imbibe it, and the more it warms, the better Behemoth's mouthfeel is--just sublime.

When I grabbed this, it prompted inevitable comparisons to Old Ruffian, easily the standard-bearer for American barleywine in my mind. But upon enjoying Behemoth, I'm of the opinion that comparisons are only so useful here, and are rather unfair to both amazing beers. Old Ruffian is the Secretariat of Barleywines--powerful, breakneck, working in six different directions at once but in consort. Behemoth is not as wild, but is richly flavorful, very well balanced between hops and malt, a beer whose effects gradually rather than inexorably (as they do with Old Ruffian) emerge, a late comer rather than fast out of the gate and fast finishing. Behemoth reminds me more of Assault, the 1946 Triple Crown winner--slow out of the gate, but always a winner.

Behemoth is more a gentle, graceful giant, my new second-favorite American Barleywine. Three Floyds has created a tremendous gem. Nothing short of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 02:48:06 | More by Gehrig
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Beerkovich

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - yellow wax

[You're welcome, 'Buckeyesox,' and thank you for the BA Boris the Crusher--awesome stuff.]

Appearance: aged 2 yrs. now, this one pours a little thicker and hazier than a fresh bottle--beautiful saturated color--blood orange, fades to rust orange in the light and amber at the edges. Appetizing yellowy head fades to mere wisps of film forming artistic patterns on the surface.

Nose: Very full and appetizing--exotic, tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and then a subtle backbone of bready, malty delight--coffeecake? Nut roll?

Flavor: A cornucopia of bright, vivid flavors. Tropical fruit-like esters, grapefruity hops, a little bit of sour apple when it warms, pineapple,...watermelon?. And I swear, I'm also getting a 'cherry ring pop' candy flavor. Very succulent, and perfectly balance by the malt, manifesting itself as caramel, pecan, walnut, sourdough bread...is this more complex than FFF's Dark Lord?! Certainly hoppy, but definitely not as bitter/over the top as some american bw's.

Mouthfeel: full, creamy, ample carbonation for the style/age...but just a slight off key astringency to it that I've never been quite able to describe.

Drinkability: The flavors are balanced, the alcohol is hidden remarkably for the abv, but there's just an odd disjunct between the malt and hop/fruit components of this beer. Where the two meet there's just a slightly slick, almost soapy sort of conflict (fyi, not so present in recent '09 bottle)

That being said, there's so many good things going on here it's ridiculous. Having had this beer many times, I'm almost at fault for celebrating its quirks. Unique and delicious. One of my all-time favorites. And yes, worth the $17 to try (if you still have a job).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 17:34:31 | More by Beerkovich
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage.

Pours a golden red/amber with about 2-3 fingers of head which dies pretty quickly. Great lacing and a perfect amount of carb for this style. Smells are sweet caramel malts, slight hop, brown sugar and some raisins. Tastes sweet at front with some earthy tones, dark fruit, hops at the end then a sweet caramel/toffee finish. Wow, this is amazing. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, good carb, feels great to me. Drinkability is very high for a barleywine, but then again I love barleywines. I really wish i would have picked up a case of this when I saw it on sale for $13/bottle. This beer is aces!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 16:27:40 | More by Lukafer
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jabel9

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I think of barleywines I envision a dark ruby beer that is rich in malts and sweetness. Behemoth 2011 is almost the anti barleywine (in a good way). First, It has a lighter complexion with a hoppy nose that peaks the drinkers curiosity. Upon the first taste, it seems more like a double ipa than a barleywine. With an abv of 10.5%, Behemoth is very smooth and drinkable. The mouthfeel is exceptional, exactly what a barleywine should be; rich and expansive. Behemoth's finish is extraordinarily barleywie. Complex with a great sweetness and very malty. 3 floyds has once again impressed with their ability to re-invent expectation. Enjoy responsibly!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:13:00 | More by jabel9
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Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a gobblet style glass. Bottle was a 2011 yellow wax Ohio only bottle.

A. Poured a finger or so height white head over a dark almost ruby brown colored body.

S. Sweet, bitter whine smell with a little fruit.

T. An absolutley beautiful mixture, Hoppy, a little bitter and sweet. Ive honestly never tasted a more balenced beer.

M. Washes down smooth but a tad dry. Not bad at all.

O. If you see this beer i recommend you try it. Even if you dont share my opinion. Im sure you wont regret it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:20:40 | More by truthcontortion
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