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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,613
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 569
Gots: 587 | FT: 48
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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 churchillps
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was huge. Ruby red in the light with a minimal head. Lacing was poor and hardly stuck at all. Smelled of pine, herbs, dark malts, and alcohol. Flavor was the same, just magnified by about a thousand. Pretty spicy with some hop hints in the center. Dark malts and herbal/floral scents really took the center stage. Alcohol was present but not overpowering, though it grew exponentially as it warms. Pretty thick and hearty, couldn't have more than one 22oz bottle. A good find, but pretty pricey for $14.99.

Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful dark ruby red and formed an off white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, heavy on caramel and pine. The flavor was of hops, malt, caramel and anise with a somewhat vinous taste. Medium light and fairly light for this style. It has a bittersweet finish and could use some aging. At it's current price range I doubt that I will be getting it very often.

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

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This one pours a clear(from first pour to last) deep amber/copper with about a 1" head of foam.(somewhat vigorous pour)
Lots of nice sticky lacing to be had here.

The smell is nice and powerful with notes of caramel, citrus, and pine. It *smells* balanced for the style.

The taste is, again, nicely balanced with a bold caramel hop character that's offset by equally bold hops, but it's not overpowering in any way. Nice citrus up front, pine shows up about mid palate and shares finishing duty with the malt. Yummy. Not much alcohol apparent other than some slight warming after the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium full and it's pretty lightly carbonated. Wow. I really like this BWSA and it, to me, is *so* easy to drink that I know this bomber isn't going to last as long as it should. Oh well, maybe I can get my hands on some more. ;^) It's one of those brews that hits the spot, if you know what I mean.

The aftertaste is very long lasting...the mix of pine and caramel just keeps on keeping on and that's a great way to end each sip. Another winner from Three Floyds. No doubt about it.

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

Big thanks to BeerZach for sharing this one!
Pours caramel colored with little to no head on it. Smell is malty and caramelly and while balanced somewhat, doesn't have those billowing fresh hops that many of the Three Floyds beers do. Taste however, is exceptional, and very smooth with creamy caramel, with a hint of pine at the finish. One of the smoothest barley wines I've had, and especially for 12%, it's fantastic. Quite an awesome beer by one of my favorite breweries.

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

Pours an amber color with hints of brown. Decent-sized off-white head with pretty good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is fantastic with caramel malt and piney, citrusy hop notes.

Taste follows the aroma with malt and caramel sweetness followed by a huge piney hop bitterness that leaves a dry, clean, resinous aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and nicely, but lightly, carbonated.

Drinkability is amazing for a 12.5% ABV beer. Can easily drink the whole 22 oz bomber and still want more of its flowery, hoppy, malty goodness.

Photo of satowns
2.76/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a brownish orange color with a rocky foam cap.

Aromas of bread mold and alcohol. Apricots and a hint of medicinal alcohol. I get the sense of slight oxidation...kind of a wet cardboard stench.

Flavors of orange and other citrus. A little musty around the edges. Bitterness is there, but I don't really like the flavor of the hops, outside of the citrus.

Didn't want to finish my half of the bomber, pour it out. There could have been something wrong with this bottle; a bit light struck (although no skunk), maybe its old (but this beer should withstand a bit of age) or improper storage...

I will update my review as soon as i get another bottle.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: none, just chatting with my neighbor who brought the beer back from a business trip to Chicago...

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release.

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark

amber body with a small, thin,

off-white head.

Smell: Flowery, sweet-smelling malt aroma of light caramel and with notes of sugar-coated pineapple rings, apricots, and citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a candyish sweetness. Fruits follow from the nose. Citrusy hops provide a moderate, jarring bitterness to match the sweetness. Trace of that ABV along the way. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Surely a nice American barleywine, but I do find the price somewhat deterring.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, appears a deep thick coppery color. Fine carbonation slowly fights through the thick body and forms a creamy head that dissipates more quickly than it forms, leaving wispy film and bubbles.

Smells of rich deep malt, full of caramel and roastiness, topped by some hoppy brighter fruit scents. Overall characterized by the toasted bready, lightly sweetened malt. Hints of clover, honey, and alcohol.

Taste brims with full on malt characteristics of caramel and roasted grains. Slight nutty and floral notes emerge and pause momentarily with a thin sugary stickiness, then dissolve into clearly defined hop character stacked with pine, resin, and crisp grapefruit, cresting with a pointed bitterness that rises from the tongue and floods the palate. Final notes of resinous hops, juicy fruits, and yeasty toasted bread soften slowly into a slightly smoky grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a struggle between the thick body and tight carbonation, yielding a full feel with flavors released slowly by the escaping bubbles. Smooth, sticky, and resinous are all excellent descriptors, with the feel progressing parallel to flavor with each sip.

With a notable Three Floyds flavor profile, this full bodied barleywine is a journey of hop and malt flavors. Overall drinkability is abstruse, with a great individuality of style offset by a heavy body and ever present 12.5%abv. I struggled with this review, finally deciding that this beer is simply a dichotomy of all that makes beer what it is. Tensions emerge between hop/malt, body/carbonation, and flavor/consumption. Try it. You may not love it, but you won't be disappointed.

Photo of jeonseh
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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 -

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

Cloudy reddish mahogany with creamy cream-colored head, fine bubbles leave nice sticky lace.

Sweet and malty, toffee with a quick sharp citrus hop impression, some subdued alcohol.

Malty sweetness with an orangey citrus flavor dominating. Dry tannic finish.

Very smooth and soft. Very drinkable barleywine, would'nt have guessed the alcohol content.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Glowing hazy dark orange in color. Pours a thin white micro bubble head that dissappears almost immediately. Little or no lacing.

S: Citrus juice. Pine resin. Tropical fruit. Fresh baked bread. Alcohol.

T: Juicy citrus and big pine hops blast the tongue with a big bitter bite. Pleasent waves of pineapple or mango appear and are taken over by the taste of rock candy and sweetness of caramel malts that give off a biscut like aftertaste. Soft warming alcohol.

M: Thick and oily. Minimal carbonation. Warm and puckeringly dry.

D: The high ABV lends toward sharing with good friends. The purists would shout that this is not a barleywine, but I throughly enjoyed this brew none the less! Recommended!

Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this bottle in a trade with jaustin72403, thanks man.

22oz. bomber poured into a crystal tulip a rather thick, murky dark copper with a small light beige cap. Good carbonation with tiny bubbles rising through the viscous liquid...the head settles to a ring and some lace.

Big malty nose greets you with some authority, backed by an equal dose hops aplenty. Alcohol becomes evident as the brew warms up.

A boatload of caramel malt starts off on a dirty sweet note with flavor to chew. An equal balance of strong hop comes through quickly with some pungent, some what piney aspects, followed by a grassy and not so bittering finish. A rather big Barleywine in flavor with damn near perfect balance.

Kind of chewy, thick mouthfeel with an occasional bite from the hops.

Good stuff thats made for strong ale drinkers, not for the light hearted at a fat ABV of 12.5%. Enjoy and proceed with caution.

Photo of t0rin0
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I payed a lot of money to try this beer and I'm glad that I got to try it. It is a bit confusing to figure out exactly what kind of beer this is.
It pours an orange color and produces a bit of yellowish foam. A little light in color for a barleywine.

It smells real sweet and light, sort of like a blonde ale. There is some hop aroma in there but not a whole lot. Interesting balance. The flavor is the weirdest part. It has a fairly low bitterness. It also has a honey-like sweetness to it. I'm assuming this comes from the yeast but theres a banana quality to it. And somewhere in all of this is 12.5% abv. Hard to believe.

The body was thick and did what it was supposed to. Good amount of carbonation. I would love to drink another bottle but its a bit expensive and there are still thousands of beers that I haven't tried yet.

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

note: This has one of the best labels of all time.

a: This blondes natural color is a light ruby tinged with some orange. It pours with a medium sized off-white head that fades quickly leaving lots of lace.

s: I was expecting a hop monster, but that's not the case. The most obvious aromas are sweet raisins and alcohol that smell of brandy. There is decent amount of a piny lemony hop as well.

t: This barleywine seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. It lacks both the raw hoppiness of an American bw, and the fermented fruit flavors of an English bw. A strong brown sugar flavor that is not overwhelmingly sweet, along with some raisins, start things off. A nice lemony piny hop follows. At the end there is a nice warming alcohol that ought to be painful given the abv. There is a bit too much sweetness here for my taste, but given my previous experiences with 3Fs, I expected it to be worse. This is a very good if enigmatic barleywine.

m: Solid overall, good body and carbonation.

d: Thanks to brandoman63 for the chance to try this very solid barleywine.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

mf: very nice.

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

Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting to develop a real problem with three floyds. Just about every time I try one of their beers, it becomes my favorite example of that style (thus far: R.I. Stout, Pale Ale, DIPA).

Behemoth pours a semi-attractive orange with a bit o' carbonation. No real head. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Yum...hop oil. Smells of hops and sweet citrus. Interesting.

Taste is sublime. Marvelously hoppy, but a gigantic sweet malt and citrus backbone. I know there's some exotics in here, probably mango and oranges, maybe a few others.

I could go on all day, but this is great, and a really underrated barleywine. Perhaps it's not indicative of the style (very hoppy), and that's hurting it's cause.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sman262 for this bottle which was delivered to my house today. Cheers!

2007 bottle. Pours with a fairly thick head. Dark amber in color. Smells sweet with a hint of booze. Tastes sweet & a bit hoppy for a barleywine. It still has a bit of an etoh burn going down even after a year. Reminds of Devils Dancer a bit. A sipper for sure but a very good beer.


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

650 ml bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really nice color. It looks like a cloudy apple cider brown with light tan head that stays for a while.

S - Light smell, almost a hint of grape juice. Sweet hoppy smell.

T - Really sweet hops. Strong hop flavor with a really bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Cool bottle. Great beer.

Photo of session1979
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage – DFH Snifter

Appearance: Pours a brilliant clear burnt amber with minimal but clingy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet incredibly complex balanced aroma of light oily hops, warm malt, oak, caramel and spices.

Taste: Wow, finally a beer that tastes as good as it smells! The hops are now present but again well balanced. A taste sensation full of brown sugar, bready malts, maple and spices.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully creamy and warming as it goes down. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is scary drinkable. As soon as you start to notice the alcohol, the sensation is gone and you just keep drinking.

Final Comments: I absolutely loved this barleywine and would put it as one of the best American barleywines I have had to date.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy dark golden orange in the glass with a bit of a white head that melts to a white ring that lasts forever.

Aromas of sweet, sweet, amber malts and bitter Pacific NW citrus peel hops.

Tastes of sweet amber malts are immediately assaulted by the bitter citrus peel hops. Not necessarily grapefruit or lemon...just bitter citrus peel. A balance of sorts is created by the two flavor sensations but not a perfect balance...there is no marriage here. The two flavors remain seperate although complimentary.

Aftertaste is bitter but doesn't linger...a nice cleaness prevails making you look for another sip.

Photo of marksto
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty amber color, surprisingly cloudy and not at all "blonde" as the name implies. Thin white head falls rather quickly. Aroma has a mix of fruit, sweet malt, alcohol, and a touch of citrusy hops. Flavor is a big, bold, powerful mix of complex fruitiness, sweet malt complexity, and a well-balanced touch of resinous, american hop bitterness. The key is in the balance, and it is all mixed very nicely.

I've had this one for a while, but I believe I paid about $18 for the bottle - not a cheap beer for sure. A very good and interesting barley wine, definitely worth trying, but for the price I'm not sure I'd do more than one a season.

Photo of sfoley333
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle with yellow wax (2007). Poured into tasting glass from Pizza Port bottle shop, i brought it in to share. Poured a copper brown color with white thin head that lasted only a few seconds. Smell was of sweet malt, fruit bread, a touch of alcohol. Taste was a lot less hoppy and alcoholic than I expected, most of the flavors were carmel, a little pineapple, sweet breads, with a pinch of grapefruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky but without being overtop sweet with a medium to full body and etheral carbonation level. For being 12.5% it really doesnt taste it but it will creep up on you in the end. With a nice balanced flavor and aroma, I would like to try again with a little more age.

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

Pours a clear burnished bronze. Pillowy off white head is creamy and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is very earthy with plenty of toasted caramel malt nuttiness to balance with the resinous spicy hop and strong alcohol. Very enticing.

Taste is mainly chewy malt up front. Surprisingly full of dark fruit. Nutty with a slight brown sugar aspect. Then the hops gradually build to a strong leafy green-ness. I can't get over the balance of this brew. Finish is thick, mildly spicy hops and lingering alcohol.

Mouthfeel is quite full and round. Viscous with hop oil. Amazing.

This is a great barley wine. I was expecting something with a harsh hop bite. This beer is very smooth with a subtle and enjoyable flavor. Go get this one. Probably the easiest drinking barley wine I've had.

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine 2007

Bottle courtesy of Cresant, thanks again!

Yellow wax, Cresant marked the bottle 3/07, I am assuming that is when it was purchased.

Beer pours a clear and bright amber color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are very boozy. Oak, whiskey like, bright unsweetened fruits, and some nutty spices.

Beer has kind of a a syrup like taste, sweet, nutty, and with some oak and booze like flavors. This strikes me as being closer to a British style barley wine, than an American version. Not a whole lot of hops here, just a bit of a mineral bitterness on the crisp and alcohol biting finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very thick, full, coats the mouth wonderfully.

Drinkability is surprisingly pretty good for such a high ABV beer. Easy to sip, and pretty tasty. Not my favorite beer from this style. But it is solid, and well made. With that said, I would definitely balk at the price tag if I ever saw this in a store. Bigfoot and Old Guardian are just as good (if not better) IMHO, and cost much less.

Photo of faernt
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a small chalice. I forgot, that, with a small glass, the flavors seem to concentrate. They don't really concentrate, but my perception of them does. A small glass seems to slow me down. This beer might be worthy of slowing down.

I do appreciate the wax top. It, too, gives me the assurance that I may lay this one down for quite a while without the risk of cap failure. It looks to have been double-dipped (like a Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cone), giving it another assurance (not that it recalls a Dairy Queen cone...right?) of quality.

Perception goes to appearance. Immediate visual judgement is pretty complex. With a bottle of beer, there is much more to this appearance thing than the color of the beer in the glass. By the time I poured this beer into the glass I chose (partly from the initial visual impression), I'd made up my mind about what lay ahead. Waxed bomber...comic book ugly label... 3F seems to get respect for this manipulation of their image. I think it really works for them, and I drink their beer in spite of it, because they make good beer.

The pour comes with a tight-bubbled 1/2" head that subsides into a skim showing an archipelago of foamy little islands. The color is clear copper.

The temp is 55 degrees and the beer seems to like that.The smell releases easily with the slight soapiness that I get when I smell 3F (That's me, I know, but I get soap. It doesn't work with some of their beer, but, here it's ovepowered with a malt smell along with the complex unknowns that are also familiar with 3F)

The taste is slightly sour before it picks up a sweetness for a short time followed by a coating bitterness that subsides on my tongue at a rate similar to foam fading.

The glass has langing lace on its sides now. it is particularly thick just at the surface to rim joint. It creates what looks to be a snow-covered lake shoreline on a copper lake. This is definitely a beer of perception. The top of the beer now looks like a flyover on a small lake. What a P Bunyonesque experience this is.

This is a big fat beer. The goofy label is definitely a forcast of things to come. I'm glad that some of my friends are fat. This is a do over. Actually, it was a "do over" I've had it before and am glad to have returned. The perception stuff is worth your time. The clues you get about the upcoming experience are tricky and true.

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.