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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 554
Gots: 532 | FT: 34
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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Photo of kbeals
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bulldogp04 for hooking me up with this brew!

2007 vintage bomber decanted into a snifter.

A- Pours a bright copper/amber color with a finger of fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. A thin film remains behind and provides a bit of lacing.

S- A quick punch of bourbon is followed by tons of sugary sweetness. Plenty of fruitiness to it also, cherries along with some tropical fruit smells. Pretty complex aroma.

T- Starts off very sweet with the aforementioned aromas and finishes off a bit boozy. In between is a slight amount of bitterness, almost a dry, tannic feel to it. Very tasty.

M- Very slick, oily mouthfeel to it. Heavy bodied and low carbonations.

D- This beer left me wanting more, but the 12% ABV prevents me from this. A definite sipper.

Photo of scifan
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear copper color into my awaiting goblet. This beer is crystal clear and almost glows when held to the light, with a nice one finger head on top. This beer looks gorgeous. Nice bit of lacing as the beer leaves the glass.
One the first couple of passes I'm getting mostly sweet malts, lots of toffee and caramel. Also a touch of molasses and tobacco linger in the background. Piney hops add just a touch of balance, along with a hint of alcohol.
Taste follows nicely with the nose. Lovely malt flavors coat my tongue. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and just a hint of cherries. Again the hops are not really a factor, there's just enough to let you know they're there. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as well.
This is a BIG beer. Very thick and chewy, slightly syrupy. The carbonation is good so the thickness isn't too intense. Overall a very nice barleywine.
EDIT: The more I thought about it and the more I drink it this beer reminded of another, Thomas Hardy's. They taste very similar. That's pretty good company.

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

Thanks got out to an awesome BA who hooked me up with this.
2008 bottle split three ways in tulip glasses. The bottled poured produced a finger worth of tan head that went to a thick lace. The body of the brew was a copper red in color.

A nicely oxidized nose, sweet toffee and honey as well in the aroma. The flavor was great no hotness at all from the better than 12%. Big caramel and toffee flavors filled my mouth; the year in the bottle did it some good. The carbonation was spot on just enough to keep it from being syrupy with a medium feel in my mouth.
Good sip ability on this brew. One glass is enough in a sitting but the glass goes down mighty fine. This is a good American barleywine, worth seeking out in my book

Photo of JamesS
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650ml waxed bottle into a pint glass. Blue wax so 2009 vintage that my buddy picked up at the brewery in July. Was a hazy amber color. Plenty of carb streams and some lacing. It had a large foamy beige head that very slowly settled to a collar and wisps.

The aroma was very hoppy with grapefruit and pine but plenty of molasses and sweet caramel malt as well. No alcohol presence. Was surprised how sweet smelling this one was. The taste was extremely sweet and on the wrong side of the too sweet border at first. It got a little better as it warmed up but still way too sweet. The hops were never really a player which was shocking considering how much they were in the aroma. Very odd. Needs some hop balance to the sweet and aging. Just becomes too sweet halfway to really enjoy. My rating reflects a half bottle as any more than that isn't doable.

Overall, a major disappointment and a rare miss for me from 3F's. I've had a lot of barleywines in the past couple months and this one is bottom tier.

Rotation: one and done on fresh. Would try an aged one. Would try on-tap to see if it differs.

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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 kegger22
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purple wax edition. Deep amber with a respectable head that faded quickly. Aroma was citrus as first and as Behemoth warmed, it turned to the roasted malt mentioned on the label. In terms of taste, this was a tale of two barleywines too. Cold, it was like an old girlfriend, cold and bitter. After warming up a bit, it was also like an old girlfriend; warm and sweet with the bitterness only a distant remembrance. Mouth feel? No old girlfriend references here. A little oily with a nice body (well, maybe). Drinkability? I'll be back, just not tonight.

Photo of mwa423
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from bottle with almost no head, color is an exceptionally clear dark amber, with a hint of red.

S - The smell is very sweet and sour. Strong sweet hop profile, not like grapefruit or lemon, but like candy lime. Very nice.

T - Wow! There are lots of hops that give it the flavor of canned fruit cocktail, there is a good solid hit of alcohol, you know this one is every bit of 12.5%. Exceptionally enjoyable for the style.

M - Coats the mouth completely and a dry finish leaves the mouth wanting more

D - Exceptionally good, but like Dark Lord, you're only drinking one of these bad boys.

Photo of hughesm4
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bomber poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. Very nice light brown color that is a little hazy and has a slight head that sticks slighty and then runs down the side of the glass.

S. Great smell. Very sweet smell with a slight hint of bitterness.

T. Good. Just about the same as the smell, but with a little more bitterness.

M. Fills the mouth with bitterness, but leaves a very sweet taste in the mouth.

D. Goes down great for the abv. Too sweet to drink quickly or a lot of. Very good barley wine

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

Thanks Mike for helping me out with this one. The smell is a tremendous amount of hops woth a sweet malt undertone. Pours cloudy and thick with almost no head. This beer just screams high abv. This is an extremely drinkable barleywine for something so strong. Slightly over-sweet but this is a very slight trait and I'm diggong to find something I don't like. It might be a little overpriced for a beer. But at 12.5% it's a party starter that will do. I'd buy it if it were available without me having to drive a few hours.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a light copper with a great two finger thicke light tan head. There is little carbonation, lacing is think but disappates quickly.

The beer smells hoppy with citrus, maybe banana, and some spice.

It tastes very smooth, light hoppy taste, smooth light bitter finsih.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage W/ Purple Wax Into Tulip Glass
22oz. Bomber Sampled W/ A Fellow BA

This brew poured a light brown color w/ ruby red accents, and a thin beige head. Lacing hangs on the glass slightly. The nose on this on is of citrus hops, clove, and a touch of banana fruitiness. The taste was of caramel/toffee up front, citrus hops/banana in the middle, and a finish of a touch of alcohol warmth. Drinkability? I could drink this all night if I had access to alot more of it - superbly well balanced American Barleywine and the high ABV is well masked. The mouthfeel on this is a little slick and it lingers on the palate nicely. Overall, this brew shocked me w/ its great balance and well roundedness. Expected this to be the usual over hopped American Barlewine standing on the line of being a DIPA which I usually don't prefer, but that was definately not the case w/ this brew. Excellent work and attention to detail by Three Floyds! This is a must try for any barleywine lover and will be sampling again.

Photo of bort11
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mikesgroove sat on me and made me say "Uncle" with this one. From the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF

22 oz bottle, sealed with yellow wax, 07 written on the top. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Thin tan head quickly leaves whispy lace on the surface, then gone. Color is a murky raisin brown.

Smell is sweet, but I'm thinking it has mellowed with age. There is dried fruit, some banana esters. Mild pine hops. Taste has all kinds of dark sugars. Brown, molasses, caramel sweetness. And still it is very mellow and balanced. I don't feel like I'm going into sugar shock from the sweetness. And then there is that cool piney hops. It doesn't feel like it's keeping the sweetness in check, because that's already balanced. It's more of a complimentary secondary flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit buttery and slick. Mild tingling carbonation. This was a very enjoyable treat, and now I need a fresh bottle to compare.

Blipped "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen

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

In a tulip:

Rich copper hazy body with a nice head on top. Great lacing that sticks to the glass. Smell has honey and canned pineapple grape juice and is overall very sweet. Tons of coriander in the taste, with clove, honey and pepper as well. It has a fruit punch character, very sweet. Thick. Coats the mouth with velvety goodness. Well carbonated. Tons of flavor inevitably brings a bit, but overall Behemoth is a truly great beer.

Photo of bgreg3
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

app.-pours a nice amber color with a nice foamy head that sticks around for quite a while. Looks like a very enticing barely wine

Smell- Sweet sweet caramel and roasted malts, with a fine hop smell and the spice is also very present in the smell, it smells like everything.

Taste- Fucking great! A sweet caramel taste comes followed by an attack of hops followed by roasted malt that lingers for a bit , then there comes a cherryish hoppy finish , this is like three floyds took all there techniques meshed it all together and came out with an incredibly balanced and fine barely wine!

Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body , but with soo much in there, one can only expect it, I like it though

Drinkability-This is not that drinkable , but I can drink a 22oz of it, but it would be hard to drink anymore after that.

This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever had. It's amazing. If you like Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, Pride and Joy, Rabbid Rabbit or anyother of their stuff. You will LOVE this.

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottling (light blue wax)

Appearance: With a vicious pour, I was only able to rouse a very modest head that quickly faded to a ringlet; the liquid was a hazed amber

Smell: A lot of nostril stinging alcohol, but tropical fruit underneath - grapefruit, mango and lychee as well as a bit of toffee

Taste: With a sweet, toffee/bread base, the tropical flavors take a while to appear, but the bitter grapefruit arrives by mid-palate with a vengeance, and brings along the mango and lychee as well; after the swallow, the hop bitterness drives it up a decibel, but the underlying toffee sweetness persists to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; avoids the thick stickiness of most barleywines, but there is a clear presence of alcohol in the gullet

Drinkability: At first, I felt that the lack of a heavy body might mean that this was a barleywine that would not age well, the alcohol presence will clearly enable this one to last; very different from most barleywines and it would be interesting to see how this matures; next time I come across a bottle, I plan to lay it down for a few years

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

2008 bottle courtasy of gford217.

Poured from a bomber with a purple wax dip. Went into an oversized snifter. Forming a 2 finger tan fluffy head. Receeding somwhat quickly and leaving a thin layer of retention, with good lace coverage. A nice deep copper red color, semi-transparent.

Aroma is malty thick with honey and grains, kind of a special b breadyness to it. Mild oranges, plenty of marmelade and sweet nectar.

Taste is sweet upfront with loads of malt and a touch of a roasty grain flavor. Hops live on through the middle picking up some bittering through the swallow and lingering with pine and grapefruit.
Bready, semi sweet and full of almost a rye like crack of peppery notes.
No boozyness but just a touch of warming to the throught as I swallow.
No booze at the nose at all.
Becoming increasingly bitter as it warmed, with alot of hop flavor pouring in.

Mouthfeel is just perfect for the style. Sticky with a little bit of creamyness from carbonation. Carbonation is present throughout, stinging the toungue for only an instant.

This is a terrific barley wine. Not fresh, but age has probably done the heat some good, as its super layed back and almost too easy to drink.

Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Poured a nice burnished copper color with a nice collar of off white foam.

Sweet aromas of grapefruit, honey and green apples.

The flavor of this one is an incredible mixture of honey, bubble gum, peaches and canned pears, all of which combine to almost completely hide the loads of alcohol contained within, before finally leading to a nice bitter, drying finish.

I traded for this one as an afterthought in a big trade, and I am very glad I did. A very nicely balanced barley wine, easy to drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

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

2009 vintage.

A: Reddish copper with a slight chill hazy. A small off-white head with yellow hues settles rather quickly and leaves some lacings.

S: Plenty of hops - big notes of grapefruit and small hints of strawberries. Grass, floral notes and a general fruitiness. Sweet malts with a slightly bready character, fudge, nutty aromas and brown sugar. Incredibly well balanced. Great smell.

T: A fantastic taste. Great balance between sweet malts and fresh hop aromas. Notes of grapefruit, strawberries, mango and cherries blend with pine-needles, floral notes and hop resins. A thick and very pleasant malty backbone with a somewhat toasty character - dark bread, nuts, chocolate and huge amount of sweet caramel. The finish is really bitter and contains fresh hop resins, a hint of tobacco, wood and gentle spices. The bitterness slowly fades away in a really long finish. A sweet taste of alcohol is noticeable, but it's really integrated with the rest of the flavors.

M: Full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D: Very good. It's almost unbelievable to think a beer as potent as this one can be so balanced, it's practically flawless. Rich, powerful and complex, it doesn't get much better than that.

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy crimson into a snifter. Head is slight and bubbly and dies quickly. Some thin strips of lacing stick to the glass. Smells of sweet and tart cherries, figs, deep caramel malts, a damp earthiness and some piney and citrusy hops. More dark fruitiness hits the palate up front with some dark chocolates, more big piny hops, some grain and a squirt of citrus finish things off. A prolific alcohol heat lingers and there's some astringency apparent after a few drinks. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied and a little creamy. Drinkability suffers slightly due to the overabundance of alcohol. There's not a lot going on in the carbonation department. This one pushes the limits in terms of complexity and alcohol, but its failures are definitely outweighed by its successes.

Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium brown with a silky tan head. Decent lace. Fantastic nose has fresh citrus hops, big malts, caramel, ripe cherries and subtle white wine grapes. Taste is a delectable blend of fruity hops, rich bready malts, carmelized candy, tropical fruit and sweet alcohols. Big, meaty body with a resigny finish. Delicate carbonation compiments the complex flavor profile. Fantastic stuff, needs to try more of FFF's offerings. Maybe I'll seek out one of the goops next.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. The bottle is dipped in bubble gum pink wax. Looking at some old reviews indicates this is a 2006 vintage. Poured into a trio of snifters, this barleywine appears a deep apricot color with about two fingers of dense, pillowy light ecru foam. Nose and flavor consists of pineapples, tons of sweet caramely malts, the alcohol isn't really noticeable at this point, but you can still tell it's is quite strong. Notes of prunes, raisins, tart green apples, a hint of dark cherry are also present. Thick, syrupy and full bodied with ample carbonation to match the richness and flavors. We enjoyed this along with a few various sharp cheeses, grapes and apple slices.

Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with a large bright white head. Rentention is medium and there is little to no lacing.

S - A little boozy as you might expect. Heavy malt with plenty of fruit esters. Citurs hops are very noticeable.

T - Malty upfront with some fruit sweetness. Then the strong hops take over and wash some citrus through the palate. Finishes almost sticky with a sweet aftertaste.

M - Chewy and creamy.

D - The alcohol makes this less drinkable than the taste.

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.