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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1380
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

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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 02:05:21 | More by TMoney2591
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Pub 02/04/2011. Quite fresh.

Appearance -- Pours a light ruddy brown witha cap of sudsy beige head. A substantial amount of lace for a barleywine.

Smell -- Big juicy citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, toffee and a hint of dark fruits. Very IPA-esque, the hop aroma is very reminiscent of Dreadnaught.

Taste -- Very hop forward with tropical fruit, grapefruit, and resinous bitterness. Sturdy malt base of toffee and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with moderate creamy carbonation. Smooth, easy-drinking. Lovely.

Drinkability -- Overall it feels like a bigger, fuller, more malt-complex IIPA from FFF. I like it now and will probably like it more with a little bit of hop fade. Very aggressive American Barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 22:11:05 | More by yeahnatenelson
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip at Three Floyds.

Appearance: This pours a turbit amber brown color with a modest eggshell colored head, which fades to a ring and leaves a smattering of lace.

Smell: A heavily hopped barleywine, for sure. Honey and caramel sweetness combine with floral and citrus hops. Soft booze in the background. Three Floyds has the scary ability to hide the booze in these 10% beers.

Taste: The taste starts sweet, but the alcohol is already present. Caramel provides most of the sweetness, with caramel and pale malts providing a nice backbone. The hops are mostly floral, with some citrus and light pine. A pretty big hop bill overall. Right now, I think I had to take off just a little since the flavor is good, but not that complex and a little raw.

Mouthfeel: Sticky sweet, with fuller than medium carbonation. The body is anything but behemoth, especially for the style and ABV. A very juicy feel.

Drinkability: Yea, I would definitely sip this for a while, it is quite enjoyable. Very sweet and hoppy, so I am intrigued to see how this would age.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 22:54:35 | More by KickInTheChalice
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HosP

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luckily stopped by 3Floyds on way to Chicago and they had just tapped the 2011.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color. Thin head sat on top for bit and left great lacing down the glass.

S- Very sweet smelling with pine/herbal hop notes. Maybe some caramel in the back but very faint and hard to detect. Did get a little boozy aroma as well.

T- Very similar to the nose. Very sweet drink with the hop flavors dominating the malt undertones. I've never had a fresh barleywine, and I liked it surprisingly with the amount of sweetness coming from it. I seemed to taste some pine and floral hops with maybe some slight fruit flavor. At the end some caramel/toffee flavor, but very subtle.

M- Medium body, little carbonation. Got more of an oily feel than I was expecting, but lot of hop flavor pretty normal.

D- For something much sweeter than I typically like, it was an excellent drink. The ABV does creep up on you, but is masked throughout well. Going to have to open up my 2008 to compare here sometime soon! Bought a bottle to age as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 17:41:15 | More by HosP
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Behemoth has a very dark, reddish body with a solid yet thin tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while, and even on a snifter it leaves some excellent lacing.

Rich malt a biting hops are both prevalent in the aroma. Lots of pine mixed with citrus. Toffee, caramel and sweetness come from the malts.

I really don't think Behemoth is terribly complicated, but with that said it is still a good barleywine. The hops come through first, providing a boat load of bitterness with flavors of pine, resin, and grapefruit (in that order). I wouldn't pick out one of the hop characteristics as dominant, but I would say that the hops are a little more powerful than the malt. Not that the malt bill is small, as it provides a big, rich backbone to this beer with flavors of toffee and caramel. Dark, rum soaked fruits also make an appearance before a burst of alcohol warmth finishes the beer out.

The body is surprisingly light, although it has a low to moderate carbonation level. It isn't what I expected, but I have to say that it works.

Behemoth is a good barleywine, and I'm happy to have tried it fresh, because I can leave the bottle I have in my cellar for a year or two now.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 15:49:08 | More by Hojaminbag
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds on 7/21/09. Pours gold with beautiful frothy eggshell head. Super citrusy hops aroma with a touch of caramel. Nice sweetness up front followed by a solid bitterness. Medium body with okay carb. Good bitter finish with a little touch of caramel on the tongue. Incredible american barley wine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 04:36:20 | More by ChrisPro
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 20:31:06 | More by mdfb79
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick in DC the other night.

The beer pours a rich looking copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose surprisingly hoppy and bitter, but with considerable brown sugar and caramel as well. The latter goes well with the pepper and pine I get from the hops. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this beer, although I didn't find the beer to be quite as complex. This beer is quite sweet (as you'd expect), and is dominated by brown sugar, caramel and light chocolate. On the ohter hand, the hoppy bitterness is pretty noticeable, especially on the finish with this well made beer. Mouthfeel is full, rich, soft and creamy... yet not at all heavy. In fact, given this beer's abv. and sweetness level, I was surprised by how drinkable and light on its feet the beer is. The alcohol is there, but the beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring. Amazing, really.

Would be curious to see how well this one ages. In any event, even as a baby, this is a very impressive and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 15:32:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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thedrewski86

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is an amazing beer. If I could brew beer like this I could die happy. Poured into a small footed glass, this strong ale has a beautiful gold, unsuspecting color. About and inch of head, medium lacing. The smell is actually quite wine-like (even though barleywine isn't actually 'wine'), very heavy alcohol. Taste is very sweet and has a huge body. This is quite simply and enormous beer, just like the name says.
BTW, this is rated at 10% abv at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 19:05:06 | More by thedrewski86
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jquanmusic

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my personal favorites. Every time I go to FFF I start off my nights with one (or 2,3,or 4) of these. I definitely prefer this one on tap. The purple wax (08) has aged quite nice, and is very well balanced now. Don't get me wrong I still love the blue wax (09) as well.

It pours a nice light coppery orange with a good two finger head (usually). The smell is that of pine and citrus. On tap this has a big smell. The taste follows the smell nicely. The pine and citrus is there, but you also get a nice bitterness and almost a flowery taste along with some carmel. The high ABV is nicely hidden, but it can really catch up with you so be careful. I could definitely drink this all night if it wasn't for the high ABV and high price (who am I kidding I would drink this all night).

If you get the chance to make it to DLD make sure you check out the barrel aged incarnations of this as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 17:33:43 | More by jquanmusic
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ruby copper with a nice off white head. The smell of glorious hops immediately hits you and you know this is a barleywine of the American variety. The smell fades into some red fruits and sweet malt. The taste goes the same way, with the hops dancing in the forefront behind a pretty good malt base (I only say pretty good, as I'm not a big fan of aged Behemoth--it loses the hops and the malt isn't complex enough, IMO). The mouthfeel is full and lucious, and although this is a sipper, I'm always wanting another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 23:03:52 | More by Thorpe429
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KrisPaulk77

Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 05:50:37 | More by KrisPaulk77
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a tulip with the wife bellied up to the bar at the Three Floyd's brewpub. Probably due to the cost of bombers, I've managed to avoid trying this one until now.

Light blond in color. Nose is light sweetness, but prett subtle, with a bit of light fruit salad.

Behemoth struck me as something that needs to age. Fresh out the keg, this isn't all that good. The hops are jarring & harsh, at odds with the caramel sweetness lurking under the surface. The malts play a definite second fiddle here, & the high alcohol adds to the strangeness & chaos in the mouth. The smooth mouthfeel only added to the confusion.

Overall a pretty decent beer, but one I'd like to see with some age on it. The components of this one definitely need to introduce themselves & get comfy before this one comes together as it seems it should.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 03:18:12 | More by maximum12
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rtepiak

Poland

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 on tap

pour was a dark amber with a medium head. smell of lemon zest, sweet tea malt character. surprised at the lack of alcohol in the nose. nice body, great carbonation. with an english appeal. a mild citrus, mead like sweet, pineapple finish. not very hot on the throat, not very peppery

2012 on tap

would have to say this is one of the most drinkable barley wines i've ever had. dangerously drinkable. rather fresh but not punchy hops. more so aromatic. quite nice on the nose of candy pineapple and nose of earth and pine. pours like most barley wine. amber with an off white head. palate is a beautiful pairing of citrus mended to earth pineapple, to pine tree to hazelnut to malty sweetness that has a nice dynamic. hints of coconut at one point. but very faint notes of a lot of stuff. not a style i search out much because i feel you need to have it fresh to feel its full range. a port wine sipper... that goes too quick.

averaged score

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 20:11:08 | More by rtepiak
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFFs. Dark orange in appearance. Citrus and carmel nose, a perfect mix of yummy goodness. Tastes just like it smells, carmel/citrus/hoppy. Medium on the mouth, very smooth. This beer is easy to drink but will sneak up on you if you're not careful. Always have a few bombers on-hand while they're available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 17:39:21 | More by Sean9689
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap! What the hell is Three Floyds doing in tap in Mass? I asked the guy behind the bar at Deep Ellum and he said "they are friends with someone at Three Floyds." Works for me.

Poured into a Maudite glass. Looked beautiful. Bright orange in color with incredible head and lacing. Just a powerful looking liquid in that glass. My buddy got the Anderson Valley Double IPA and coveted this as soon as he looked at it.

Smell was incredible. Strong citrus smells of orange, grapefruit and lemon. It also had a very strong smell of pineapple, amazing freshness with this beer. Absolutely delicious smelling.

Taste is strong sweet orange, bitter fresh hops and a nice malt back. This one is amazingly balanced for a very, very hoppy 12.5% barleywine. I loved all of the flavors jumping out of this beer, so easy drinking for the ABV it was ridiculous. I wanted a second but that would have put my head on the bar.

FFF, come to Massachusetts for real!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 20:35:07 | More by indiapaleale
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes on Monday night at Deep Ellum. I was really surprised to see this on, as Three Floyds does not distribute to this area. Appearance is a dark orange, with three fingers of white heading, taking a long time to die down. Smell is of floral hops, but of garlic, mango and other citrus fruits. Gentle flowery hops dominate in the taste, with the malt taking a backseat. Alcohol burn is there in a very mild way. Feel is on the medium side. Drinkability is superb, but after more than one of these, you would definitely be feeling it. As others have commented, this beer really tastes more like an Imperial IPA than a Barleywine. At the same time, sometimes the line between those two styles gets blurred, which isn't a bad thing. So I guess this is just a really hopped up Barleywine. Either way, I wish it was here all the time. Head over to Deep Ellum now and get some while you can. Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 20:07:17 | More by jamie2dope
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trbergman

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Deep Ellum, Brighton, MA.

A - Light orange with one inch of dense, clinging off-white foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, burnt toffee, resinous pine, orange rind, grapefruit.

T - Somewhat sweet with strong malt backbone. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with candied orange peel, grapefruit pith.

M - Rich and chewy.

D - Drinks like a DIPA, with some alcoholic heat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 04:48:35 | More by trbergman
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bheilman

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle a few times at the Trion in New Haven, Indiana (Fort Wayne area) and just the other night on draft. I have to agree that this beer is more drinkable on draft, but I really enjoyed it out of the bottle too. I was comparing it with my buddies' HopWallop and HopSlam and definitely thought I made the best decision. It gave me a strong notion of grapefruit, but not so much that it was too sour or bitter. The balance of malt must have knocked that down a bit. It was actually dangerously smooth, I'm sure if I didn't know what I was drinking I could have ordered three or four and ended up on the floor. I'm high on barleywines lately and this is definitely one of the top five I've had. I haven't had a bad 3 Floyd's beer, but this is one of their best. Go out of your way to get this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 01:51:50 | More by bheilman
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Durge

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10.5 percent ABV according to the menu I bought it off. Pretty bright copper toned barley wine with a medium light tan head and great lace. Sharp grapefruit and some malt bread in the aroma. Taste is very smooth and sweet with pear and grapefruit, raspberry and caramel malt. Lots of goodies going on here with a viscous feel. Nice tartness over the caramel underpinnings. The alcohol is evident but does not preclude reasonable drinkability. This was a joy and was available to me at the new Brass Monkey in Kokomo, Indiana (unfortunately BA doesn't allow you to give credit on their Beer Spy report for Brewpubs for some reason). Thank you!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 16:41:26 | More by Durge
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

Poured a clear dark amber/ruby color with thin off-white head, some lacing. Smells of caramel, lots of pine, citrus, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, lots of caramel, and lots of pine. Medium full body with a syrup-like consistency. Well balanced with lots of caramel and lots of pine and the slightest kick of alcohol on the back end, to remind you of how big this girl really is. Strong flavors, very sweet, very piney, and very easy to drink for as powerful as it is.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 02:50:51 | More by HopDerek
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 14:11:32 | More by jeonseh
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at 3f pub, this was a rich blond in color with decent clarity. nose was more complex than i am able to do justice, i can say that it was dominated by the loads of sweet 2 row malts: bready, doughy, honeyish, floral, and citrusy. taste was balanced more towards the sweet with typically big 3f's hops to provide balance. alcohol is slightly noticeable at the end of the long, complex finish. obviously a big-bodied beer and very viscous mouthfeel. drinkability suffers due to the abv in a barleywine. i wish my liver could process about 5 of these at a sitting.

update:had this via a bomber and it was quite different. darker, tawny color. rum and dark tropical fruits, preserved fruits in the aroma and taste. alcohol more noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 23:50:05 | More by MrMcGibblets
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mcallister

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque scarlet/amber/mahagony depending on which way the light hits it. Head is rich and creamy and hold up well considering the alcohol. Leaves a very fine lace in it's wake.

Well what too say. This is a very nice smelling beer but too me it's much more similar too a DIPA. A huge burst of grapefruit with every whiff. Smells very good but I prefer my barleywines with more of a caramel, toffee malt aroma at the forefront. We shall see how this transpires to the taste. There are caramel, and toffee however but it seems dominated by the hops.

Good amount of alcohol in the mouth yet very balanced. This is one fruity barley wine. Grapefruit, peach, and floral hop dominate the mouth. But there is a significant underlying of caramel, and sweet toffee malt. Big and complex but in an odd way because of the fruitiness. Nicely carbonated which lends hand too the immense hop. This one may be hard to quit drinking.

Mouth is big and creamy and rich. Long dry finish seems sweet but it's the fruity hop that deceives.

I love beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2007 22:42:04 | More by mcallister
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery, aged one year. Poured a murky brown color with a creamy yellowish off white head and nice lacing. Strong citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Very rich mouthfeel had tastes of citrus and bitter hops, and well as being balanced by a nice sweet maltiness.

The young bottles still need a bit more time to meld, but give it another 3 - 4 months, and they should be just as good as this draft sample I had at the brewery in March of 04.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2006 12:58:35 | More by egajdzis
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.