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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 556
Gots: 538 | FT: 37
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2002

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
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
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Photo of wilwfu
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to posting a few more reviews... 2008 bottle, consumed over thanksgiving, pours, well, really slurps out of the bottle, a nearly opaque copper color with a slick, airy and dirty foam on top. Immediately the aroma hits reminding me of pine resin, caramel and pancakes! I have half an inclination to go mix a big IPA with some pancake mix after smelling this thing. I sip on it for a while as the taste is very oily and sweet, with a subtle finish of cherries and caramel. Have had several versions of this on draft and can definitely tell it has mellowed in the bottle over the year.

It's big, it has character and its not for everyday, but on thanksgiving it was perfect

Photo of xcrunner78
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet aroma, caramel, fruit and a bit of citrus. Pours to a thin head. Aroma is very well balanced of citrus hops, caramel malts, and small sweet notes of alcohol. Leaves some caramel on the palate with a hint of citrus. Nice and creamy, a great sipping beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'08 22 received a long while back from Bobby91w ... Freaking incredible trade... Thanks Bobby.... Hope you're safe.

Opened tonight as part of my ongoing "I'm tired of being broke" cellar adventure.

Poured into my Delirium goblet.... 2 finger foamy head is sorta a lite tan that has a yellow tint... the brew is very clear orangey amber... nice lace for the entire glass.

Nose is just dripping with American hops.. tons of citrus and a bit less pine... caramel malts and a sorta bready element.

Taste is just huge too of course.. fairly bracing bitterness that melts with caramel and a bunch of toasty sorta biscuity maltiness.... then the hops come with a full frontal assault.. resinous pine and an oily citrus.... finish is a lingering caramel essence and a sorta pithy grapefruit bitterness... yummy.

The body is viscous, but not overly done.. the carbonation is perfect and really adds to the drinkability.

Thanks again Bobby. I still have a 3 year vertical of these from Czoch75.... I am itching to get the boys together for a night of debauchery.


Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-the color is a clean golden haze, it pours a thick two fingers of off white head. very solid retention and a nice lace left on the glass

S-big malts hit the nose first, lots of buscuity aroma with some sweet caramel malt. notes of citrus hops and some pine come in afterwards with some hints of the alcohol present as well

T-the taste is well balanced, big as you might expect. sweet malts, some caramel and an earthy buscuity taste come in first followed by a piney hop and light bitter hops towards the back, no bitter linger at the finish (nice!)

M-full bodied, very syrupy and quite smooth. the alcohol is somewhat present at first but it mellows out big time and is well hidden for how strong this beer truly is.

D-this is actually extremely drinkable, its big and smooth, not bad lingering effects from the alcohol and the high % is well hidden! another awesome beer from three floyds, man i wish I could get their stuff regularly.

Photo of jsh420
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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

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

2009 vintage

A- clear amber, light brown. Decent head with a great, clingy lace.

S- hoppy, with brown sugar and a slightly floral presence. Also an alcohol undertone.

T- Good balance of malt and hops, with hops slightly taking the upper hand. Big presence of brown sugar, and I also found a bit of a nutty taste towards the finish, as well as some roasted barley. Very Complex.

F- Although it has a very rich feel, it is not overly heavy for the style.

D- Reasonably drinkable. It lets you know the alcohol is there, without being overbearing. A pleasure to put down, but it doesn't leave me calling for more, as some brews do.

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

Thanks to jwinship83 for trading me this one and making it my 200th brew to review.

2007 bottle.

A- Dark caramel brown mahogandy in color. Not much for head. A generous ring around the glass to start but fades to a thing ring. No lacing. My standards for looks arent to high for this style anyhow.

S- Caramel, toffee and sweet brown sugar nose with a malt backbone. Boozy tones as well.

T- Welcoming sweetness on the nose that primes the palate with for a base coat of complexity to follow. Following the arom,a caramel and brown sugar up front, spicy middle followed by a piney hop finish. The complexity and sweetness is well balanced here. The ABV is well hidden by creamy overtones. Great job FFF.

M- Somewhat creamy on the palate. Not to dry or sticky like most others in this style. I'm impressed. low carbonation. thick bodied.

D- What an enjoyable barleywine. The complexity of the taste is surly one of the best I've had of this style. Its so easy drinking and smooth. It's not overly sweet or boozy tasting as the case with many others in this style. I like the approach to the palate.

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

Poured this out of a 22 oz. bomber into a Nitty birthday mug.

A: Lots of lacing, poured a big, hearty head that died down after a couple minutes. Cloudy light brown and golden color. Very beery.

S: You can definitely smell the caramel maltiness, and hints of grapefruit. Slight hints of hops in the smell, but you can taste the hops far more than you can smell them. As me mate says, "It's good."

T: Liquid art in a bottle. The hops really come through with a nice burst of citrus on the tongue. The caramel flavor comes through nicely with the maltiness. Slightly bitter/sour aftertaste, a mix of grapefruit and spruce essence.

M: Pretty light bodied, not surprising given the alcohol content. Slightly dry aftertaste, lingers slightly but that is likely due to the alcohol.

D: Quite drinkable, this beer hides the high alcohol content very well, I could drink a number of these and get smashed before I knew it. The only problem lies with the price: at $20 a bomber, I can only drink these when student loans come in the mail. But gosh, would that I could drink these all the time.

Photo of sweemzander
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wax sealed 22oz. bottled poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date found. I am guessing that this is a 2009 vintage. . .

(A)- Pours a thick and cloudy reddish amber color that produced a 1-finger sized off-white to yellow head that is fairly thick and is sticking around for awhile. Tiny bits of lacing present.

(S)- Dry yet massively malty caramel, butterscotch, honey, and toffee.

(T)- Crazily dry hops up front that disappear within seconds into layers upon layers of malty goodness. Caramel, honey, butterscotch, brown sugar, and toffee just for a start. Its even lightly floral with a delicate lemon citrus on the finish. Superbly complex yet bold and sweet.

(M)- Great carbonation level amidst this malt monster. The hops are really potent, but are overshadowed by how symphonic the malts & barley are. In the end, this creates a harmonious balance and complexity together. The alcohol is definitely present, but integrated very well.

(D)- A superb to fantastic barleywine that fits the style perfectly. Perhaps one of the best I have tasted? Malty as hell, but supplements it with massive hop and alcohol parts creating a very dynamic beer for sure!
A definite sipper though; a 22oz. will kick you to the floor! If it werent for the abv, drinking this would not be hard at all. In fact, I was surprised when I polished it off in less than an hour; its that good.
I suspect that this would/could age incredibly well! I plan to get my hands on some more of this! **update** In my opinion, this does not age well at all; best consumed fresh!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

Pours a rusty copper color with one finger of off white head.

Scent of hops, caramel, sugar, sweet candy, a hint of peppermint, and a bit of alcohol. Surprisingly still has a decent hop presence for being eight months old.

Taste of sugars, caramel, earth, oak, cinnamon, candy and some fruity hops. I prefer it fresh, but it is still quite good with a little age.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bite of carbonation.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2008 (Purple Wax)

Pours a clear amber/ruby color. Almost three-fingers of tan foam make the head, which is slightly thick and creamy. Retention is pretty good and the lacing is thick, plentiful and sticky.

A big, rich, maltiness dominates. After a year, there is still a good amount of grapefruit and a nice subtle pine presence. Mild hints of bubblegum.

The malt dominates here also, surprise. Very smooth taste and nicely, mildly, sweet. Light earthy/nuttiness. Mild biscuity yeast presence. Mild hints of grapefruit and pine on the back end.

Definitely a full-bodied brew. Medium level of carbonation, which seems to work best for this style, IMO. Very smooth, with just a hint of sharpness, at the front and the very back end. It has a nice level of creaminess, which I'd like to boost, just a touch, but that's just me though.

Despite it's big abv, this is a very nicely done and well balanced beer that is quite easy to drink. I'd love to have more of this.

Photo of nickiversen
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped open a bomber of this the other night. Never had it before and was looking forward to it.

A well executed american barley-wine. The color is a ruby/amber color with a finger width white head with decent lace.

The smell is a nose-full. The alcohol is very present and you can smell the hops on top the head.

The taste is smooth and suprisingly drinkable for how heavy the alcohol was coming out of the scent.

Great beer and a must try.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

A - A light copper/orange color with ruby highlights and and fair translucence that refracts light in golden brown and light yellow. Absolutely amazing color. A white head forms on pour and slowly recedes, but laces the glass quite well.

S - A heavy fruit smell with cherries and pear, complemented by some muted citrus hop flavor. Some mild caramel sits underneath, and some booze burn if you sniff too hard.

T - The strong fruit smell leads well into the taste. The aforementioned cherry and pear are present with some pine hops in the middle for balance and a finish of syrupy caramel. the hops are perfectly stated as they come in the middle, complement the fruit and provide balance and then quickly fade, letting the caramel malt go to work. A very first course, main course, dessert presentation. Well done.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, with some slight sugary syrup. A fair amount of carbonation, maybe slightly excessive for a beer with this much flavor.

D - The alcohol is hidden quite well, but its still there and you can feel it after a bomber. Still a deliciously sweet brew that was almost too easy to drink, especially since this is such a sipper.

My favorite barley wine.

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

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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