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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 529
Gots: 517 | FT: 33
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 theminutemen


4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-02-2012 21:33:20 | More by theminutemen
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-02-2012 03:15:54 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of beerbiatchMD


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.  2012 Vintage. THANKS rfraga for the bottle.

A: orange brown, opaque, one finger of cream colored head, great retention and lacing.

S: pretty strong earthy hops up front. Behind this is a hint of caramel malt, but predominant smell is hops: pine, floral cannabis.

T: pretty hoppy with a nice background of sweet malt.  Individual flavors include  pine, bitter cut grass, caramel.  Pretty complex but hops predominate, which isn't what I'd expect from a barleywine.

M: Smooth, a bit dry.  Not really any alcohol heat.

O: very good, quite hoppy, certainly a well done beer and highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 12:06:07 | More by beerbiatchMD
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-01-2012 02:58:45 | More by todisht
Photo of SpdKilz


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy red/brown color and about a finger of off white head.

Smell – Lots of pine and citrus hops, grapefruit, malty backbone, toffee, and caramel.

Taste – Spot on with the aroma. Way more IIPA than barleywine at this stage. Resiny pine, lots of caramel, earthy hops, and sticky hops.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, oily, decent carbonation.

Overall – A decent barleywine, but sure not worth the price. I’d rather get a few Stone Old Guardian’s than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:41:41 | More by SpdKilz
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-29-2012 02:43:16 | More by quilty
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-28-2012 23:42:11 | More by DCon
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-28-2012 06:12:09 | More by Loudiamonds305
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-27-2012 19:06:41 | More by bertram
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-27-2012 03:19:04 | More by stoutlover1978
Photo of kawilliams81


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with Red wax.
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a thin, dark caramel with a huge 3" off-white head. Blotches of lacing resides quickly with some remaining.

S- Sweet malts and a ton of citrus.

T- Caramel malts and some toasted malts. Citrus (grapefruit and orange) dominate this beer. Hops leave a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

M- Full body, high carbonation. Abv is noticeable but not to the point that hinders the drinkability (that is if you are use to high abv beers).

O- Good American barleywine, but the hops dominate this beer. Would like the malts to come through more. This, like many others recently it seems, flirts with what style it is: American barleywine or DIPA?

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:17:58 | More by kawilliams81
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle in a duvel glass.

Nice deep amber/copper color. One inch head that lingers and never quite completely goes away. Nice lacing.

The aroma is fruity. I picked up pineapple, plum, citrus, and mild alcohol. This beer is well hopped.

The flavor is instantly sweet with a great hop burst. There are dark fruit flavors that mix with a slight toffee flavor and strong malt body. The alcohol is more apparent as the beer warms.

Overall this is an awesome barley wine and I will drink again and again. Probably my second favorite winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:58:11 | More by thydarkprevails
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 yellow wax Ohio vintage. Huge thanks to bhollas for this.

A: Medium amber with a yellowish orange tint, I'm guessing from the blonde. Two finger light tan head with awesome retention and great lacing.

S: That big citrus hop astringency. Grapefruit and pine. Some deep toasted toffee and caramel malts come through. Typical barleywine aromas but nice and solid.

T: Caramel and toffee dominate this one. Not a lot of age on it but the earthy citrusy hops have meshed well with the sweet caramel and toffee flavors. Very nice. Alcohol comes through slightly in the finish.

M: Medium light body. Lower carbonation. Medium creaminess. Alcohol burn in the throat.

O: Very good barleywine. Seems like it has age well in the year its had. Would love to have this with a few years on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:39:51 | More by doughanson78
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Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh January 2012 edition poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange colour with a big glow. One finger of cream coloured head formed and slowly receded to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas up front - grapefruit, orange zest, peach and pineapple. Smells like a fresh, juicy DIPA. A big bitterness accompanies the hop aroma along with some noticeable alcohol. Some sweet caramel malts in the background provide some sweetness but definitely take a back seat to the hop aromas.

T - Big bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and peach flavours. A huge malt backbone provides sweet caramel and sticky candy flavours but the massive hop profile dominates.

M - Medium to full body with a massive chew. Sludgy. Lots of sticky, resiny, tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:28:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*2012 version(red wax)*

22 oz brown bomber bottle with interesting yet funny FFF style artwork on the label with the neck being dipped in beautiful red wax. Poured into a 12 oz beer sniffer.

A - light shade of copper with dashes of dark amberish brown mixed all over. Pretty light for a barleywine style. Good eggshell(slightly off-white) head that hangs around in a semi fluffy manner before residing to a nice ring of lace that does provide some decent stick to the glass.

S - very imperial IPA like aroma with heavy doses of both citrusy and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit with touches of lemon and orange. Pine whiffs join the smallest hint of fresh green grass. Malts are in the background and very light through the entire aroma.

T - knock you on your back citrus hops consisting of grapefruit and a little lemon. Malts are more noticeable in the mouth with a tasty caramel taste. Does a nice job balancing out the sturdy alcohol and hop bitterness. Almost grain like barley note that's in and out, but never there too long. Nice addition of spice toward the back before a somewhat heavy note of piney hops. Alcohol has some booziness to it, but still an excellent flavor.

M - almost, if not full bodied with a good creamy texture. This may be too big for some, but it's semi-stickiness allow for a good sipper on a cold winter night.

O - another solid brew from Three Floyds. I was expecting less hops however, but that's nearly crazy talk when thinking FFF. But hey, hops are great and so is this beer. I wouldn't say it's their best offering nor would I say it's the best the barleywine style has to offer. I'm looking forward for this one aged a year or so. Yes I couldn't resist not stashing one back in a cool, dark place. Bottles with wax just beg for some cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:49:54 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz 2012 bottle poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 2/24/12. Thanks to Treebs for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Great translucent red color. Thick off white lacing maintains its presence throughout the session and provides sticky lacing.

Smell: Tons of citrus hops. Refreshing grapefruit and orange scent. Smells like a hop profile that is similar to 3F IPAs.

Taste: Initially sweet and malty, but the flavors are consumed by the big hops. Balances out nicely. Hops are a delicious mixture of pine and citrus flavors. Finishes pretty bitter with a strong alcohol taste that warms the throat.

Mouthfeel: An average mouthfeel that is well-carbonated. Alcohol is noticeable and not as well hidden as I've tasted in other top notch barleywines. Definitely a sipper.

Overall: Another awesome beer from 3F that is an interesting take on barleywines. Very hop heavy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:51:05 | More by mfavoino
Photo of amart80


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-25-2012 00:23:56 | More by amart80
Photo of WillCarrera


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, red wax 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a ruby red color, topped with a finger of sticky off-white head that leaves some good lacing.

S- Very hoppy, lots of pine and citrus aroma. Also some sweet caramel malt and some booze.

T- More bitter hops, lots of citrus and pine. The flavor is more malty than the nose suggests, with a nice sweet caramel flavor and some dark grains, but it’s the hops that rule this beer. Finishes with lingering bitterness, some dark grainy sweetness and some alcohol.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and thick feel, good moderate carbonation.

O- A pretty tasty barleywine, I just had Boogoop last week and am very impressed with the FFF barleywine collection.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:12:54 | More by WillCarrera
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Pours a bright and mostly clear orange tinted brown, minimal cap of off white froth gone quickly. Even after a year, the scent is dominated by hops, muted pine and mildly bright citrus lead, backbone brings notes of buttery toffee, light caramel and whiskey. When poured at about 40-45 degrees, the flavor still had a decent hop profile, while the sweetness was light and the malts did not provide much character. As it approached room temperature, flavor blossomed with nice toffee and whiskey notes found in scent, hops still lead the overall profile though. While carbonation was at a nice level, the beer felt a little too light for the style, lacking any sticky or coating texture or even smoothness. Great scent and taste from this hop centric barleywine, body lacking compared to many other true barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 16:05:43 | More by rfgetz
Photo of truthcontortion


4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a gobblet style glass. Bottle was a 2011 yellow wax Ohio only bottle.

A. Poured a finger or so height white head over a dark almost ruby brown colored body.

S. Sweet, bitter whine smell with a little fruit.

T. An absolutley beautiful mixture, Hoppy, a little bitter and sweet. Ive honestly never tasted a more balenced beer.

M. Washes down smooth but a tad dry. Not bad at all.

O. If you see this beer i recommend you try it. Even if you dont share my opinion. Im sure you wont regret it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:20:40 | More by truthcontortion
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-19-2012 16:55:44 | More by ohtheguilt
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-19-2012 16:49:21 | More by TravisMBinns
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-19-2012 14:34:57 | More by andybaran
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-18-2012 20:59:08 | More by MapleCity219
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-18-2012 17:08:19 | More by zonker17
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.