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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 529
Gots: 517 | FT: 33
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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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

04-29-2014 14:08:36 | More by ToddBeans
Photo of regspeir


3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

acquired in trade from Brundo4 - 22 oz. bottle into a snifter
Pours a mahogany red with a smallish head which completely disappeared. Very light lacing which didn't last. Nose is ripe cherries, bananas and butterscotch. Hoppy start gave way to dark fruit, esp. cherries, banana and butterscotch. It almost tastes like a lighter sherry. There is a little hop bitterness in the dry finish. Some alcohol warming is there, but less that the 12.5% might lead you to expect. The mouthfeel is creamy but light for the style. This was an OK barleywine but not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 21:46:16 | More by regspeir
Photo of Ondray


3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

03-10-2014 19:52:36 | More by Ondray
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cellared ~15 months.

A: I was expecting something more Blond! Hazy chestnut with a light tan head, very little retention but some nice leg/lace.

S: Pine, booze, beer nuts, cotton candy.

T: Very boozy, but pleasantly smooth (not too hot). Pine, apricot, caramel, cotton candy and grapefruit citrus. Plenty of bitterness to offset all that sweet malt.

M: I know this is big, but there just way too much residual sugar here.

D: The alcohol is strong, but its the sugar that makes this a little rough.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:03:46 | More by Derek
Photo of Longstaff


3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A heavy handed pour only raised about a 1/4 inch of off white foam on top of a orangy/reddish viscous body. Aromas of pine/grapefruit/tropical hops standout along with fruity alcohol aroma. Hop flavors do not deliver on the aroma that was promised. Malt flavors are not complex and the hop flavors seemed too muddled. Alcohol flavors are well in check for 12.5%. Nice chewey mouthfeel that is expected of the style.

A decent barlywine, but for the price of this 22oz. bomber ($16), I was expecting something that would blow my mind and would stand out from the rest. All that got blown away here is the $8 out of my wallet they are overcharging for it. If ya want a hoppy barlywine that is easier to drink and much more complex, pick up two Avery Hog Heaven bombers for about the same price.

Don't beleive the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 19:43:54 | More by Longstaff
Photo of CasanovaCummins


3.34/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not getting this as a Barley wine. I smell the signature Three Floyds hops, but it isn't as sweet as a BW usually is. The nose is nice for a big, hoppy non-BW. Confusing.

The taste is, once again, bit fat hoppiness typical of the brewery- sharp and tangy. I'm STILL not getting this as a BW. A bit too thin, though the mouthfell is fine, for anything other than a BW. I get the malts, but can't pin down any caramel notes on this.

If you're looking for a sweet, thick BW- go elsewhere. If you're looking to sample thru the Three Floyds taste catalogue this one is a tick worth trying. Once.

I'd say this would be a good candidate to age or have as a barrel aged brew. As it is, it is a hop bomber that hits just a bit strong for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 18:00:51 | More by CasanovaCummins
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3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Release (White Wax)

Poured into a goblet.

Pours a gorgeous dark amber red color. Little head retention, managed to leave some lacing in the glass.

Behemoth has a sweet, hoppy smell.

Juicy, wine taste at the front through the middle. A little bitter on the end.

Smooth mouthfeel for a 10.5% abv, more of that juiciness from the taste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy for a big barleywine.

Overall: Kind of disappointed, I feel like this is going to be a lot better if I let it age. I was expecting a little bit more complexity from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:46:50 | More by Gunslinger711
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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with a touch of brown, almost like a cognac. Little bit of head that disipates quickly. Not a whole lot of lace develops in glass.

Smells super hoppy with a very noticeable whiff of alcohol that stings the nose a bit with a deep inhale.

Reminiscent of a lot of other FFF brews in that it's very, very hoppy. Significant alcohol up front that makes this one a sipper for sure. Nicely sweet on the front of the tongue though. Not pulling any of the caramel malts that the bottle promises, but maybe my palate just isn't refined enough :) Seriously reminds me of a DIPA with the big hop profile and then the bitterness that it finishes with.

Feels really good in the mouth...Honestly my favorite part about the beer. Nice and full bodied; really coats well.

Again, this is a sipper. Not really what I expected at all when I picked it up. Definitely going to cellar one for awhile and re-visit to see if some of the hops/alcohol fade a bit. Not my favorite, but not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 05:19:02 | More by lloyd83
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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to admit this is only my second time trying a barleywine. The first was a 3F's in Munster. It was a 2001 Behemoth. That, I found to be more full bodied and mellower. But, here goes...

Poured into a snifter a clear deep amber color. A small ring of fine bubbles around the glass.
It smells spicy, with tangy peaches and sweet apricots. It smells sort of like an apricot, raisin fruit juice.
It's taste is sweet and spicy with a piney aftertaste. Alcohol is overtly present.

I enjoyed this before on tap.The bottle not so much.
I'll probably try the stuff on tap again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 20:17:33 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of nick76


3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Called just Behemoth. The aroma is right for the style as it pertains to american Barley Wines. There is plenty of hops, more than many of the style but not more than seems appropriate. It is both citrusy and Piny. There is also sweet malt and carrot juice. The appearance is perfect for the style with a larger head than many imported Barley Wines. The flavor is like the style with a bitter finish and very well hidden alcohol. The palate is appropriate for the style. Overall it's a good example of the style. Actually it's got some qualities that I wish other would have but I could do without the carrot taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 11:15:22 | More by nick76
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan for this 2009 bottle. Out of my Sierra Nevada XXX glass.

A- A nice amber/orange color. Pours with a light white head that dissipates quickly. Some minor lacing.

S- Some mild sweetness and hops. Nice, but nothing too interesting.

T- Creamy and malty. Caramel and some piney hops. The beer is balanced and easy to drink, but is lacking complexity. Not what I was expecting.

M- The aftertaste is nice, and the body and carbonation are good. The beer just lacks flavor, and any real complexity.

O- I had high hopes for this beer, and it really just fell short on the flavor profile. It was smooth and easy to drink, but nothing worth seeking out again.


Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 18:02:52 | More by Gfunk720
Photo of AndoBrew


3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*liked it, would never buy it at the price*

app: cloudy, red orange. not great not bad.

smell: smells big and bad. and robust. lotsa malts to go with some citrus and mild fruit hops. yummy, but intense.

taste: ho hum, can I say over rated. i just did. its good, but not refined and not classy. it is an average usa BW.

mf: very nice.

drinkable?: eh, kinda. its good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 03:21:54 | More by AndoBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-07-2013 01:23:08 | More by leinie13
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-16-2012 00:35:45 | More by nightwing002
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-05-2013 01:47:09 | More by HumanParaquat
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-04-2012 20:20:11 | More by ZPB
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-27-2013 15:30:51 | More by sukwonee
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-12-2012 08:15:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-22-2014 17:39:05 | More by Keananmichael5
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-05-2012 18:44:49 | More by Spider889
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-07-2012 23:35:15 | More by FullObs
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-01-2012 04:25:40 | More by tobelerone
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-15-2014 14:15:56 | More by Thebrianeffect
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-22-2013 16:33:47 | More by oregone
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.