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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 535
Gots: 529 | 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 meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as you pop the top off this the hops come right at you. It poured out a dark red with a tall tan head that left streaks and rings of lace as it collapsed. Big citric hop notes with plenty of pine to go along with it. There is a big sweetness there as well as some ripe fruit notes and caramel malt competes with the giant hoppiness. No real alcohol comes out in the nose surprisingly. Taste is huge as well plenty of grapefruit and pine needle hops smacking you around with a nice bitterness. Dark ripe fruit notes balance it out a bit with some sweetness as does light caramel and light doughiness. Lots of stuff going on in the flavor and it all seems to come on strong. I think in a few months it might all meld together better which would really boost this to greatness. Ends with some bitter and sweet fruits. This definitely warms you up real quick with the first sip. Thick and almost syrupy with a bit of sticky sweetness going on. No lack of body here. Pretty damn drinkable with all things considered. Another great beer form 3 Floyds.

meathookjones, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours red, no I mean red, like a firetruck. Comes with no head an almost no lace.

S - Wow, cherries, berries and citrus is all you get, it is like an air freshener in a glass.

T - The taste hit's you out of left field, this is an INCREDIBLY hoppy barleywine. There are touches of fruits, barley, yeast and carmel, but until it gets to room temperature, the hops dominate. LET THIS BEER WARM.

M - Very smooth with a pretty heavy alcohol burn similar to drinking a wine or spirit.

D - It is a great beer, but is over the top in ABV and taste, this was split in two, and took about an hour and a half to finish, but enjoyed it all.

Bumpon10s, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened bottle hop aroma stretched across the room. Poured out nice reddish brown to copper color. Head long lasting some lacing. Head color off white. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. It helps to accentuate the caramel, cherry, malt, and grapefruit. Tastes of hops, hops, and more hops. With caramel, malt and some grapefruit to start. Hops flavor lingering throughout. Warming up brings in some cherry, maple, piney character as well. Nicely carbonated, full bodied with slight aclcohol warming becoming present after half pint or so. Just a spectacular American Barley Wine. Well balanced even with the large hops aroma, and hop flavoring. You never really lose the other aromas and flavoring. Smooth till the finish seemingly aged a while before bottling. Well done 3F. All I can really say to express true feeling toward this beer is WoooHOOOO

amatuerbeerguy, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of karst
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 fresh from brewery's release party.

Pours a clear reddish maghogany with tan head that reduces to a ring hugging the wine glass. Aroma of citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) hops and premium malts. Should age well - I will try another bottle in 3 months. Alcohol stays hidden even in late stages as it reaches room temps. Full-bodied with slick mouthfeel. Flavors of huge malt bill, soft alcohol, light caramel balance with strong Cascade and Amarillo hops. IBU's remove the huge malts and cotton candy- light caramels in the finish.

Very easy drinking no need to share the bomber, although I am sharing this 1st bomber from the case with my brew partner as we map out the next half dozen home brew recipes before we order ingredients. Here's hoping our upcomming Barleywine is nearly as good at this big Behemoth.

My kind of woman!

karst, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle with wax on the top. Pours an amber/brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma reveals a lot of US hops as well as slight fruit and a strong malt character. The flavor is much the same. Big caramel malt backing with some cherry flavors and lots of hops. Fairly thick mouthfeel and the drinkability is very good. This is a very nice barleywine.

clvand0, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant and clear deep amber to mahogany with a light tan head that falls to a ring around the top. The light passing through it gives a really nice amber to red glow to the foot of my glass. The nose is not nearly as big as I expected it to be. There is a deep caramel sweetness with notes of artificial cherry from the aroma hop and a moderate piney hop bitterness. Very nice and rather complex. I like that its not incredibly strong. Flavor big maltyness...caramel is most prominent with fruity notes and light pineyness from the hop. No real bitterness hangs on. Aftertase is a little like spun sugar. Sweet, but not cloying. Tasty. The feel is thick, slightly syrupy with a light carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding. No hint at all of the ABV on this beer. The flavors meld well together and everything just works so well. Well worth trying. I like it.

kmpitz2, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark copper with a tannish head on top that chilled out for a while there. Carbonation was apparent, in the opaque body. Smelled of pine, grapefruit, cherry, malty maltiness. Taste was of a warm alcohol bite, some sweet brown sugar, pine needles, juniper, grapefruit, plum, some whiskey notes and a very sweet finish with the hops bouncing around the tongue. This stuff was too drinkable for how strong it was. As I already drink beer pretty fast, I drank this one WAY too fast. Dangerous but delicious.

HoboAGoGo, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a deep reddish brown body with a strong carbonation and a thin creamy light tan head, that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edge.

S- The smell of fresh green hops is bold to day the least. Fresh grapefruit, cat pee (in a good way), pine trees and some more grapefruit in the finish.

T- This beer taste like fresh citrus hops with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and a hint of lemon. There is a hint of pine and some light brown sugar notes also. The finish is a nice bold alcohol warmth.

M-medium mouthfeel with a faint astringency and good alcohol warmth in that hoppy finish.

D-Wow this beer has a good balance of big juicy hops and a powerful alcohol warmth. It would be nice to have a little more complexity in the malt flavor. I think this beer is young, bottled ~2 weeks ago, so as it ages it should get better and better.

rhoadsrage, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of beerinator
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruby slipper red, with hints of brown. The head is frothy and off-white of course.

Aroma: Bang hops. Sharp hops. Fruityness and malty bread aromas push their way through. The fruit is plumy and raisiny. You can smell the sharp hops walling up a barracade against the fruit.

Taste: The sweet malty backbone starts up quickly in the taste. There are more hops in here than you could have even imagined from the extremely hoppy smells. Big hop flavor. But the big hop flavor seems fairly well balanced by the caramel fruityness of the malt. The beer finishes a tad bit sweeter than you would expect from the aroma. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of hop flavor that flitter through this one. Underlying the entire taste on the tongue is a solid hop presence. The mouthfeel is solid and spot on. Carbonation level would make a yeast's daddy proud.

Notes: Good Beer. If you have tried Dreadnaught, you will probably expect nothing less from Three Floyds in the Barleywine category. A must try.

beerinator, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005: I purchased this at the brewery for $180 a case. I have poured it into a tulip. The slight head quickly fades. The body is a clear amber.

When I was at the brewery yesterday, a lady popped one of these, and poured it into a glass. I kid you not, I smelled this thing from 5 feet away. We were standing in the brewery, with all kinds of other smells, yet this stood above them all. The nose is of cherries and pineapples, with a nutty, malty backbone. The alcohol is definitely noticeable.

The taste is fu!@#ing huge! The hops are running wild up front. Orange, pineapple, this hop profile could only be pulled off by Nick Floyd. The hops seem to be sweet instead of bitter. They leave an oil slick on my tongue. The malt side has molasses, toffee, and cherries. There is also a nutty, doughy, bready character as well. This is like a big, juicy, alcoholic grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. It is certainly coating. The drinkability is better than average, but the acidity of this prevents me from having another one, for now. I have plenty for later.

Sephiroth, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brand new September 30, 2005 release pink wax dipped bomber. After fighting through the wax the cap comes off and the Behemoth pours into my SN tulip a deep copper red that comes alive when held up to the light. A nice tan bubbly head leaves nice spotty lacing. Aromas of...WHOA...an intense cornucopia of luscious scents nearly overwhelm me. Further inspection leaves me with rich, deep caramel, sweet sugary molasses, fresh baked bread, dark fruits, cocoa and pine needles. Big grapefruity, pineapple, citric hops are bold, ripe and resinous. Literally intoxicating..your nose will keep coming back for more.

First sip brings a wall of deep caramelly maltiness with interwoven notes of molasses, dark fruits, cherries, melons and pine. Rich and fairly sweet initially. A bit nutty with a good helping of citrusy, grapefruity resinous hoppy bitterness on the way down. Hints of alcohol peek through as well and provide a nice belly warming sensation. Lingering notes of raisins and sweet candied bread. Quite an enjoyable, hoppy barleywine here. A beautiful blend of rich malts and hops. Yum.

Mouthfeel is dense with a nice creamy aspect and good stable carbonation. Chewy without going over the top. A nice sipper as each one packs an array of flavors. I wouldn't mind having a few of these on a cold day..but you have to watch out for that ABV. Paired nicely with some 3 year old cheddar. Well worth seeking out...I have a feeling that aging this a year or two will produce some good results. Still a bit overpriced in the grand scheme of things...but I guess one should not put a price on happiness...and right now I'm pretty damn happy.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 vintage - drank in 2004

Poured a fairly dark brown, opaque as all heck, into a tulip glass. Nice firm head on top with thick lace slowly edging down the glass.

The smell was unmistakeable musty hop funk and enormous sweet malts intertwined to form a hellishly American-styled extreme version of a barleywine. Both sugary and herbaceous, it dripped scents of big sweet caramel, very nice scents of cannabis, buckets of ruby red grapefruit, and a bubble-gum like melon. Couldn't help but think of Dreadnaught with a load of crystal and roasted malts behind it.

Taste was, again, like Dreadnaught with tons of darker malts. Simultaneously expressed flavors of caramel, dessert spice, toffee, very sweet melon, orange, and bits of grapefruit. Take the most extreme flavors of Three Floyd’s hops and bolster them with a truck of equally large malts, and thats what you get. Most impressive was the relatively small but very fine roastiness in the finish, very unlike Three Floyd’s in its soft, fine, and restrained English touch.

Rounded out by a thick mouthfeel, but not cloying or pasty, I tasted this beer whenever I burped or coughed for the next 24 hours, literally. Very extreme, but very drinkable in that over-the-top way. Found it on-tap at the Blind Tiger, a couple days after their Barleywine festival, and am very happy to have experienced it.

nomad, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler. Keg aged one year at the brewery.

Beautiful deep amber/copper color with a substantial off-white head that lasts. Nice rings of lace remain on the pint glass.

Nose of aromatic, citrus-laden hops, pineapple, caramel and brown sugar.

This almost tastes reminiscent of caramel-drenched grapefruit. The hops have clearly mellowed, allowing more of a sweet, caramel malty flavor to penetrate the palate, though the sticky, resinous hop character is not far behind. Citrus fruit and tropical fruit, mainly pineapple, appear most prominently. Some hop bitterness lingers on the finish.

Full, sappy mouthfeel is most enjoyable. Never cloying or syrupy, but loosely carbonated and super smooth for a beer of over 10% abv (not 12.5% as this listing states).

While there is perhaps the slightest detection of alcohol looming underneath all the huge flavors here, it's super drinkable nonetheless. A very well-done barleywine, as one would expect from this brewery. Great stuff.

Jon, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Browns tree-bark brown with large off-white head. Aroma is beautiful malt and sweet bitterness. Dark fruit aromas, prunes, raisins along with citrus fruits. Flavor is wonderful malt ! Even the bitterness seems to be infused with earthy malty flavors. Almost a light smoke or peat also was detected. Really excellent beer that I think would do amazing sitting some 22 oz. bottles for a year or two in the cellar.

CRJMellor, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color. Small head. Aroma is floral hops and malts. A very big bold malty and hoppy barleywine. VERY smooth taste. The big rich malts are balanced by big floral citrusy hops. A very well balanced barleywine. The alcohol is not at all evident despite the 11.5%. VERY nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is surprisingly dry. Aftertaste is malty, with a lingering slight bitterness.

beerguy101, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of zerk
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent amber with a thin but persistent head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of floral and pine hops, with some malt sneaking through. I can tell immediately that this is an Americanized Barleywine... but I'm not complaining. Flavor begins with a rich carmel malt sweetness that gives way to a piney bitterness... nicely balanced... not too much bitterness, just enough. Quite a bit of flavor and aroma hops went into this, and the hoppiness is quite pleasant. Moutfeel is sticky and oily with a full body and medium to low carbonation. Absolutely delicious!

zerk, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of TheDM
1.83/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hotstuff and I went on a tour of their brewery. For $5 you get a 12oz glass of 3 of their beers. I thought this was the worst of their beers. The aroma was obnoxious to me. The head was mixed with large and small bubbles. It had a heavy taste with an after bite and an initial taste that I could only describe as off. The color was very nice deep caramel brown and you could not see through it. Hotstuff did not rate it but preferred to get another Robert The Bruce instead!

TheDM, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled 14 December 2002. a wonderful balance of hops & malt. It has a loads of malt up front w/ a very dry finish. This is a world class winter warmer. When will they have this available in Southern California? Three Floyds makes some great beers.

jcalabre, May 19, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good size head that quickly drops to a thin film that lasts the length of the beer. Rich dark caramel color. Smells pretty sweet and some alcohol, though not as much as is actually in it. Complex tastes, predominately cherry. Feels very good in the mouth, but it's just a little too sweet, this hurts the drinkability.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

dwarbi, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired some of this via trade (bottled from growler). Very dark maple syrup color with a medium beige head. Strong malt and caramel nose. Rich and full-bodied, consisting of flavors of malt, alcohol, caramel and pineapple. Nice tart hops presence in the finish. Excellent.

Dogbrick, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample in 10 oz bottle ( micro growler)
Hazy, orange/red color, thick, creamy tan head receeds to wispy froth covering the beer. Blast of fruity aromas - cantaloupe and raisins mixed w/ wildflowers. Full bodied, sugary malt up front, flavors of honey on toast - hops then bite the tongue and back of the throat while more grassy hops take charge of finishing things. Hop infused , sugary sweetness coats your mouth. This is like eating hop candy! Alcohol is there but does not over power this tasty barleywine. Very drinkable w/ a unique nuttiness and exceptional balance.

Shiredave, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, in a pint glass. Thankfully, I wasn't driving... They used all three Floyds in this one, and called in the cousins.

Deep amber with slight carbonation. Very fruity nose. The flavor starts out by attacking every tastebud in your mouth - primarily sweet malt, with a background bitterness and alcohol that sings its praises loudly. Caramelly mid-sip, with a floral citrusy hoppiness hiding at the end. The finish changes 3 times in 2 seconds, from hop to sweet to toffee. The main flavor is a sweet maltiness that is incredibly similar to my buddy's 1996 barleywine, so much so that I told him to haul his keester over to the bar because they kegged it for him. Huge. Wonderful.

sponberg, Jul 04, 2002
Photo of mspears68
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice barleywine. Very thick, barely off-white head. Not as hoppy as expected from a 3Fs beer but that is a bonus in this case. This was a 2009 bottle and it would have aged several more years, IMO. I'm thinking about trying to procure some verticals. Overall, worth a $4$ trade if you find some and older vintages should do well.

mspears68, May 09, 2011
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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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