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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 565
Gots: 595 | FT: 49
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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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Ratings: 1,633 | Reviews: 563
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this waxed top bomber up at 3F

a: quickly fading bubbly white head w/ amber/straw body; light lacing

s: apple malts; toffee and grain; light alcohol; caramel malts

t: warm appley malts; grain; toffee and caramel; light abv; sweet syrup

m: smooth and lightly cloying

d: a nice example of the style and a great bp

Photo of Derek
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cellared ~15 months.

A: I was expecting something more Blond! Hazy chestnut with a light tan head, very little retention but some nice leg/lace.

S: Pine, booze, beer nuts, cotton candy.

T: Very boozy, but pleasantly smooth (not too hot). Pine, apricot, caramel, cotton candy and grapefruit citrus. Plenty of bitterness to offset all that sweet malt.

M: I know this is big, but there just way too much residual sugar here.

D: The alcohol is strong, but its the sugar that makes this a little rough.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyd's- Behemoth

Big thanks to Patrick, aka Pwoods (formerly Pimpp) for this 1!

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a good foamy head.
S- Vanilla caramel malt, pine resin, and dried fruits. Light on the nose.
T- Sweet caramel malt with hints of vanilla. Big thick oily pine hops with an equal balance of orange and plum.
M- Slick and sweet with an even thicker hoppy tongue coating. Very mild for a high alc barleywine. Goes down smooth. Finishes off with a pine tar bite.

Overall- Very smooth and, too, quaffable for a 10%-12% barleywine?! (Thanks Patrick)

Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just couldn't hold off drinking this one any longer. I'm also pretty damn sure this stuff is 10.5% ABV, not 12.5. Poured it from a 22 oz. bomber with purple wax into a snifter.

Appears a a lovely clear shade of red-orange with a one and a half finger light tan head that leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is an explosion of juicy citrusy hops laced with delightful sweet caramel tones reminiscent of a good DIPA. There is also some sweet orange peel and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Taste is just as amazing as the aroma. Huge caramel sweetness is perfectly blended with citrusy hops. Some tropical fruitiness comes through as well. Finishes with a nice dosage of grapefruit hops that linger on in the mouth. Exquisite.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but not syrupy at all. Nice level of carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

Wow, I can actually say that this bottle was worth the 16 dollars. This stuff is damn near a DIPA, with a bit more caramel flavor. Amazing beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American barleywines are usually tough for me. Although I acknowlege the balance of the rich malts, sharp hops, and agressive alcohols; after a certain level of intensity is met, balance is not now the issue but the main characteristics are come in conflict with eachother. Though I know that this beer meets all the characteristics of good American barleywines, the drinkability suffers because the beer is everywhere at once. When everything stands out, nothing stands out. The nose shows an agressive blend of candied fruits, syrup-like malts, sweet alcohols, and a ton of citrus and pine hops. Flavors fare much the same with the heavy malts favoring a rich caramel - syrup taste with rum-soaked cherries, apples, peaches, pears, and berries. The beer shows light bread flavors that shy away from the toasty notes that are found in non-blonde versions. (I kinda like the simplification of the malt profile). The body is creamier and maltier than the flavor suggests-- not as syrupy or cloying to the texture as you'd think, but with a full, sweet mouthfeel that follows with a sweet, dry, warming feel that sets the beer right for the style. Finishes sweet, fruity, herbal, and warm.

I had a sample of this beer a few months ago. This particular beer was about four years old and it was much better than this younger version that I have tonight. The hops digressed to an herbal, lightly-grassy note. The alcohols meld well with the candied fruits and the beer begins to take on the prefered balance of English style barleywines. Thanks to clvand0 and to Merlin48 for the beers.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my review #100.

A- A colorful red/copper color. There is a slight sheen of foamy head nestling atop the beer. Despite the large abundance of foam there is a lot of action going on in the glass.

S- The smell is very complex. I smell a good fruityness combined with the aroma of hops. But I also smell cinnamon, vanilla, and other spices. I almost feel like the smell resembles a orange spice tea.

T- Wow this is a roller coaster of a beer. There is a definite hop taste, but there is a great pineapple taste that shows through. I'm also getting flavors of wood. The after taste brings toffee and caramel flavors.

M- Thick in the mouth, very much on the syrupy side.

D- Yes this is easy to drink and

Photo of jwinship83
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yellow waxed from my cellar (heh not very old) for the annual devils lake family camping trip

A- deep dark amber with very little head. you can tell its thick when you swirl the glass.

S- wow, so complex. sweet fruits, but not your normal ones. pineapple, and various citrus notes. you can tell there are plenty of hops in here.

T- caramel, citrus hops, again with the pineapple, and other sweetness.

M- very thick and syrupy. just like a good barleywine should be.

D- its something ill enjoy again and again, but not all the time and certainly not more than one at a time. its pretty potent, and pretty expensive. a nice choice for special occasions and i cant wait to see what time will do to this one.

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

Found this in my beer notes, reviewed in Jan 08 just making it to computer. Many thanks to merlin48 for sending me this pricey gem, sporting yellow wax seal.

Pours a deep rich copper color with a nice red tint to it. Sports a smaller light tan head that falls to a ring and leaves some light lace behind.

Aroma is rich caramel malt loads of citrus grapefruit, orange actually loads of orange with touches of honey sweetness. Good aroma but not awe inspiring.

Taste is rich lots of malt caramel that linger and linger. Sweet honey touched by orange slices. Finish is lingering grapefruit rind bitterness that is not overpowering enough in my opinion. Some alcohol notes appear but do not overpower and are expected at this level.

Mouthfeel is nice approaching full nice mellow carbonation, makes it nice and smooth. Great malt backbone on this brew.

Drinkability is good enjoyable but nothing special to justify the price. More or less a good barleywine for twice the price or more of other good barleywines. I might of been expecting Dark Lord in BW formate who know. Worth a try not worth repeat buying unless you have much larger budget then mine.

Photo of pwoods
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle dipped in purple wax, purchased at the Brewery on DLD '08, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice shoe leather ruby and glows nicely. A decent head forms in the snifter, creamy tan, and has some retention. A bit of lacing here and there.

S: Big hops, bit a citrus, lots of pine and oily resin. Big dark bready notes with dark fruit, black cherries?. A sweet vanilla smell... maybe oaky. Alcohol is present and smellls great.

T/M: A good bitterness level, not too potent and slowly climbing into a dry and lasting finish. More citrus than I anticipated, blending well with the massive pine and oily hop resin tastes. Malts are large in the moist dark bread and oaky/vanilla character. More of the dark, juicy cherry flavor adds a nice depth, especially mixed with the citrusy hops. Body is nearly full with only a little bit of syrup like character. Carbonation smooths things out very nicely.

D: 12.5% is way up there but it's not abrassive and it actually drinks pretty easy. This is a very tasty barleywine and I'll be getting more next year at DLD.

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

Thanks to joe1510 for this beast.

22 oz. purple waxed bomber allowed to warm up slightly then poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright ruby hue with a fluffy one finger off-white head that dies down to a thin whispy layer of bubbles. An outer ring remains which leaves a good amount of stick on the sides of the glass. Smell begins with a powerful punch of piney hops, slick oily hops, and rich malt. Sweet candy sugars and some spice tickle the nose as well. Booze does make an appearance, but I was expecting that for the style and abv. Overall the aroma is very powerful and can be detected from halfway across the room, I love it. Taste begins with sweet malts followed by slick piney hops. Midway the caramel malt becomes more present with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is dry and sweet, almost like hard candy I used to get from my grandma back in the day. Overall the taste isn't as complex as I had expected after taking a whiff, but it's still good none the less. Medium to full body with a smooth and creamy feel and a carbonation that stings the mouth leaving it slightly dry. I can't belive this beer is 12%, I hardly taste any of that on the tongue which is pretty scary. Barleywines aren't my favorite style, but this is defintely one of my favorites of the group. Good beer for sure, get your hands on this one if you can.

Photo of Tilley4
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bulldogp04 for sending this down to me in a recent trade..

2008 bottle with the purple wax poured into a Duvel tulip.

This pours a reddish bronze color with a big fluffy eggshell head and some of the best lacing that I've ever seen. This is one incredibly beautiful brew!

This has an aroma reminescent of a West Coast IPA, a real hop bomb. Its loaded with grapefruity citrusy pineappley hop aroma but as it warms up a bit, the sweet maltiness really starts to shine through and balances this out beautifully... Damn, this smells terrific!

The first few sips of this brew were laden with pineappley orangey grapefruity hops. They are ridiculously delicious! Later on down the glass, the maltiness comes out to put this one in rarified air. Its just stupid how good this beer tastes. Now, the booze is evident but at 12.5% what can you expect? It doesn't detract from the flavor at all. If anything, it enhances it.

It has a tremendously creamy rich luxurious mouthfeel that makes this one a pleasure to drink.

All around, its really hard to top this barleywine. I've been on a barleywine kick lately and this is the best American style that I've had in a LONG time. The drinkability suffers a bit because of the high ABV but every other aspect is just magnificent. In my opinion, this is FFF's best offering.

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

10.5 percent ABV according to the menu I bought it off. Pretty bright copper toned barley wine with a medium light tan head and great lace. Sharp grapefruit and some malt bread in the aroma. Taste is very smooth and sweet with pear and grapefruit, raspberry and caramel malt. Lots of goodies going on here with a viscous feel. Nice tartness over the caramel underpinnings. The alcohol is evident but does not preclude reasonable drinkability. This was a joy and was available to me at the new Brass Monkey in Kokomo, Indiana (unfortunately BA doesn't allow you to give credit on their Beer Spy report for Brewpubs for some reason). Thank you!

Photo of Atron67
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up at DLD and since im a fan of big hoppy beers, and figured i might as well try it fresh as opposed to let it mellow out. purple wax

A- ruby copper color with a light thin white head on top that didnt build up high but left a solid lacing around the glass on the way down. significant chill haze whick ill attribute to the high hop concentration

S- theres a definite strong malt basis to this beer, however the complex fruity citrusy hops really do hold the throne of your attention.

T- strong maltyiness on ther start, then the hops come in, the beer stays pretty solidly malty and a light fruity character with caramel? notes. the maltiness is pretty solid and the hops are there but considering the smell characteristics, this beer is much more dominated by the malts then i was expecting it to be. thefinish stays lightly fruity and pretty strong. the alcohol is really well hidden, however the warmth after the swallow is pretty evident

M- thick, creamy, light carbonation, sticky to the tongue

D- pretty solid sipper,

Photo of david131
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple wax

A- A clean and clear copper color with a few streams of slowly rising carbonation. The head is modestly thick and creamy with some decent retention. Doesn't look all that meaty for the ABV.

S- Pine and caramel, pineapple, citrus. Sweet smelling and not overly intense. Grapefruit and brown sugar are in there as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar with some nice citrus hoppiness. A little nutty on the tail end. This is not a blow your doors off barleywine, which is actually nice. The alcohol is ever so slightly noticeable when you look for it. This is almost like a sweet, complex candy.

M- A little dry and sticky at the end, but it is damn creamy. Not harsh at all, for the style at least.

D- This was deceivingly drinkable. The alcohol is masked very well. A unique take on the style. Sounds like a big beer, but doesn't drink like one. A little pricey, but this is the finest American barleywine I have had.

Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How many times do I have to say this.. Big thanks go out to bgramer for the brew.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep caramel orange color with about a half finger of tan head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves minimal, but thick lacing.

A: Sweet caramel, candy, maple syrup, and citrus hops. Orange, peach, and mango are prominent. Sweet malts are present as well.

T: Again very sweet. Caramel and tropical citrus hops dominate, but the malts balance it very well. Very syrupy, very good.

M&D: Full body, no carbonation, makes for a brew that coats the palate. At 12.5% ABV this is a big beer, so the drinkability is limited, but....FFF is fast becoming my favorite brewery. This is an excellent example of an American BW. Skal.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. I have forgot who from, but I beleive it was hoppymeal. Thanks whoever sent this to me.

Poured from the yellow waxed, capped 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Murky iced tea colored beverage with a small and wispy white head that leaves quickly and leaves no trace of its existence.

Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Pineapple, caramel maltiness, earthy hops. Very nice indeed.

Hoppy and fruity and alcoholic in the flavor. I must say that all things are very balanced. Nothing is too over the top or stand out more than the other. Getting lots of fruitiness, most notably pineapple, green apple, and even some tropical fruitiness like mango.

I really enjoyed this. A beast like this in a 22oz bottle is hard to finish alone but it can be done. Just dont try to get up and walk around after you drink it all :)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to gkatsoris for this gem.

Poured from the bottle a murky copper color almost like tea, with a smooth cream colored head.

Rich aroma of caramel, pine, and citrus. Very nice.

The taste is much like the aroma and nicely balanced. Huge taste of caramel malts, piney hops, and apricots. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Creamy mouthfeel, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

This barleywine from FFF has so much going for it. Perfectly balanced, rich and creamy, easy to drink, and so damn tastey. You'd never guess it was 12.5% ABV.

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

L: Bought at DLD 2008 and poured into a tulip glass. This poured a nice dark copper color with a rich off white head that left lacing along the side as it settled.

S: Has that distinctive FFF hop smell to it along with a backdrop of pine. Not too pungent so quite pleasing for a barleywine.

T: The hops along with caramel malts hit the mouth immediately and a slight burn of alcohol is detected in the back. Quite sweet for a barleywine, the citrus flavors help balance the bitterness that is left in the end. Reminds me of a more loud version of Dreadnaught.

F: This barleywine has some body, but quite light for the style. Some carbonation chimes in after swallowing.

D: Quite a drinkable barleywine. Considering the alcohol content, the blend of ingredients hides the alcohol very nicely and creates a very pleasing barleywine. Not a sipper like some, you can go ahead and take a good mouthful and taste everything this has to offer. A good beer for sure, but the price is a little exorbitant. A good beer to pick up and try though.

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

On tap at FFF

Poured a clear dark amber/ruby color with thin off-white head, some lacing. Smells of caramel, lots of pine, citrus, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, lots of caramel, and lots of pine. Medium full body with a syrup-like consistency. Well balanced with lots of caramel and lots of pine and the slightest kick of alcohol on the back end, to remind you of how big this girl really is. Strong flavors, very sweet, very piney, and very easy to drink for as powerful as it is.

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.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.