Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 554
Gots: 531 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage with red wax. Thanks, Sean.

Clear pale amber topped by a thin white crust. Looks more like a DIPA than a barleywine.

Smells more like a DIPA, too. Pretty nice citrus hop nose, grapefruit dominant with a woody/earthy note beneath and some tropical fruit sweetness. The malt profile is pretty dry and subdued at this point.

Palate is citrus heavy and pretty bitter, with a fairly dry and light malt backbone for a 12.5% beer. Some nice tropical fruit undertones, light sugary pale malt. Ends like a DIPA with a big bitter hop bite. I've had this before aged and didn't care for it, but fresh it's rather delicious.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper orange in the glass, several inches of foam billow up to the rim of the tulip glass and slowly settle. Intricate tendrils of lace coat the sides, and the skim never breaks somehow. Pretty impressive considering the abv.

Rich aroma of toffee and plenty of sweet candied citrus. Spicy pine, and resiny hop-associated notes envelop the nose. As it warms the alcohol rears it's spectral head.

Spicy hops blast through first, slick and piney, with traces of candied orange peel and grapefruit that sync with the aroma. Persimmon spice, peach, brandy, toffee and caramel. Big malt sweetness and burly heft. Fullness in spades, rich and velvety feel, with an enshrouding and palate crushing sweet citrus blast. Lingering resiny pine and orange peel notes, drying and not especially sweet in the aftertaste. Alcohol is present but not devastating. Low to medium level of carbonation that is just right.

Take an hour or two to savor this on a cold winter night.

sound: Nortt - Til Gravens Vi

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

orange wax edition, shared with friends, thank goodness. this beast pours a burnt orange color, with lots of yeast sediment and maybe an inch of just off white head. the nose is really sweet, English toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and beet sugars as well. there is also a lot of hops, not quite hog heaven level, but this is definitely an American barleywine, with some pine notes and even some tropical fruits emanating from the hopping. the taste is crisp for how sweet it is, and I think the hops do save this beer from being just a sugar bomb. the alcohol is piercing, and the flavors all combine to be like a really good bread pudding. sort of odd in a beer, but I enjoyed the flavors coming together as they did. the feel is a little sluggish. not quite bubbly enough, and the sweetness starts to take hold after half a glass or so. this beer becomes pretty punishing when its warm, but so do most barleywines. I know its the wrong time of year for this, so maybe that had something to do with my dislike of the mouthfeel, but this is a complex and enjoyable beer nevertheless. still waiting to be blown away by three floyds though.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, thin, white head. It left behind soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruits.

T - It taste fruity, mostly orange, with a nice sweet caramel malt taste.

M - It was soft and smooth with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good barleywine. I liked the fruity flavors - very unique for the style.

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

2007 release, acquired from brewcrew76, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus, hops and a little alcohol.

T: The taste is malty but not overly sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel, citrus and other fruits. It might have lost some of the hops edge but there's still enough of it to provide a good balance, especially for such a high-octane beer. There are a lot of flavors rotating around harmoniously which keeps the beer quite intriguing. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, deceptive and very strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent high-gravity beer to drink for as long as you are able.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had as part of the Central New England BA Meetup #2. Did a vertical of '07, '08, and '09. I gotta thank heliosphann for the '07 he gave me (although we didn't drink mine as another attendee brought his '07), brundo4 for the last minute '08, and the two attendees of the meetup that brought their '07 and '09 versions. I'll look up names when I get a chance.

A: Starts with a nice creamy head for the younger '09, but seems to lose the head and carbonation as it ages down to the '07. It is also pretty clear for the newer '09 and super hazy and gooey looking as it ages.

N: The '07 has a lot of hops, a really nice hop presence actually. Again, as it ages the hops seem to decay, and sharply. The '08 had very little and the '07 had pretty much none. It also had a lot of malt and sweet syrupyness to the nose, especially so in the older versions.

T: The '09 has some sweet malts, with lots of hops, mostly spicy and fruity hops, pretty bitter, with a long spicy hop bitterness. A good sweetness and maltiness, but not too much. A very nice balance. The '08 is less so on everything hoppy and more so on everything malty and syrupy. The flavors seem to meld more and become a hodge podge of malts and sweetness, as well as fruit and more chewy malts. More molasses and brown sugar with a little lingering bitterness. The '07 is not very tasty at all. It has a very distinct dirt flavor, like that pocket of dirt you get from an uncleaned potato. It's very unpleasant actually. No hops or bitterness to speak of. Some subtle light malty flavors with some lingering sweetness and a boozy spicy flavor. It does hide the booze well on all accounts.

The '09 was hands down the best. This one doesn't seem to age well and really just dives off the cliff after a couple years. I really enjoyed the '09 thought. This is similar to Big Foot at first with lots of hops and bitterness to add to the nice Barleywine sweet maltiness, but doesn't age like BigFoot, instead just stinks up the place. I'll do my grading based off the '09 version as it is fresh and tasted the best.

Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joe1510, this one will go nice with the cool Colorado August night we're having!

Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Crazy lacing & good head retention

S: Nice bourbon notes, leafy hops, & faint dark fruits, that all fade quickly.

T: Cakeyness, ghost booze & hints of Bourbon & dryness up front. Oakyness, booze-soaked raisins & plums, pralines & grapefruit as this warms.

MF: Smooth, stickyness follows, low carbonation & superb balance along with nice chewyness

Drinks great for the abv & style, some addtional aging might've helped this one in this tasting , but I rate it a great ABW!

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of the '09 release (blue wax). Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Just terrific - three fingers of dirty white foam that dissipates slowly to a terrific lace pattern. Slightly hazy amber orange-red color with a few bubbles lazily rising to the top. This is pretty incredible for such a high gravity barleywine.

S - Hops! Shouldn't be surprised, considering it's a 3F brew, but it's full of grapefruit, pine, and floral scents. Lots of great caramel malty sweetness as well. It's not what I generally expect from the style, but it's terrific.

T - Much more malt in the taste - lots of caramel and brown sugar, but also some of the grapefruit hoppiness as well. It's a touch hot, but not offensively so. It's good, but not nearly as great as the smell.

M - Not as full-bodied as I expected. Lots of residual stickiness and surprisingly high carbonation. Very velvety and smooth to drink.

D - Pluses include great flavor and well hidden ABV. Negatives are high carbonation, high ABV, and price ($17!!). Drinking a bomber is no problem, but ponying up enough cash for a second one is less likely. I'd love to try the barrel-aged version again and review that.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind BIF Beer #7

Regular 22oz bottle. The cap was not covered enough, so we could tell this was FFF immediately.

It looked like a barleywine, and I had had a 2012 Behemoth a couple weeks back. I thought the 2012 Behemoth was amazingly complex., so this is a combo review.

Sweet smell. Tastes like an old ale barleywine combo. I wrote in my notes that this was not behemoth though because it lacked the complexity of the 2012.

Guess: Risgoop.

Reveal: Huh? I deservingly got laughed at for being so sure it was not behemoth. I would have given this a 3.75.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage shared by the other Matt, thanks Huhzubendah.

Beer is surprisingly yellow (although upon closer examination it is called BLONDE, I'm not smart) with moderate to low carbonation and a thin white head of small and medium bubbles, not much lacing.

For a barelywine, it is quite hop forward, lots of resiny piny hop flavors in the nose...earthy at times too. I can pick up the malt but this is a hop bomb.

The leadoff here is alcohol and sweetness giving way in the midpalate to the pine hops. The hops are strong in flavor and force the palate to experience them, burying the alcohol significantly. I suppose this is one strategy to cover up alcohol, I wonder how this ages.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know I'll be spanked but good!

Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly.

Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it...

Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd?

Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rock'em, Sock'em robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and...

Boom, boom, boom, I've barely gotten into it, and it's knocking at my frontal lobes...we're coming i-in...hide the ki-ids...here I am, wishing I'd saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I don't wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...?

I really, really like this, but it's a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at one's feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable robe...you know the scene...

I'm drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just don't find three chins very sexy.

(Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!)

Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage consumed in Jan. '14.

Hazy but still translucent copper-colored liquid, with a small off-white head that retained as a thick ringlet and dotted the glass with lacing. Aroma of thick sweet malts, and somewhat off-putting old resinous hop oils, some neutral alcohol. On the palate, caramel malts, brown sugar bubblegum, some candied fruit and more of the resinous notes detected in the aroma, hints of acetone. Hmm. Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than expected. It was good, but not overall what I expect from a barleywine, and I wasn't really sold on it.

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation!

650 ml blue-waxed bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours orange amber with a head that forms then immediately descends to a bubbly, then creamy, cover. Strands of dotted lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit, pinenuts, FFF house character, and bready notes. A strong hop aroma is backed by caramel/toffee, nutty graininess.

The taste is sweet upfront. Sticky resin, caramel, rum-soaked grapefruit with raisin and cherries in the finish. Sweetness turns to sweet and bitter in the spicy drying finish. Alcohol shows, though incorporated well enough into the general taste.

It hits full-bodied. Sticky, though carbonation is enough to cut through to make it not cloying. Bitter, with some residual sweetness staying on the lips.

A complex, hoppy, though firm malty, barleywine with a distinct FFF character. One to sip as a long "nightcap".

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

This is beer No. 1499. The beer pours red-amber with a medium off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt and citrus hops. The flavor is caramel malt with a nice mix of orange and piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice barleywine.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.