Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,694
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 577
Gots: 599 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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 beerinator
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of overnightstorms
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Barley wine from Three Floyds

Poured in a wine glass (best glass available)

A- clear whiskey amber brown. Nice head, with fine lacing

S- earthy and floral with sweet alcoholic notes. Burnt sugar. 

T- rich and flavorful, sweet, hoppy, alcohol stings the nose, caramel, fruity wine notes

F- feels like wine, so rich it's chewy. 

O- I love this beer. It's really fueled my barley wine obsession. Always look forward to when the beer comes out. Love the artwork and of course the wax.  (495 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know I'll be spanked but good!

Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly.

Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it...

Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd?

Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rock'em, Sock'em robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and...

Boom, boom, boom, I've barely gotten into it, and it's knocking at my frontal lobes...we're coming i-in...hide the I am, wishing I'd saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I don't wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...?

I really, really like this, but it's a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at one's feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable know the scene...

I'm drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just don't find three chins very sexy.

(Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!) (2,251 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.61/5  rDev +10%
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! (624 characters)

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

- White wax, 2011 vintage

Deep, rich amber in color with orangish highlights. Nice thick, creamy white head of foam that coats the glass. Very complex fruitiness going on in the nose. Tropical. Aromas of pineapple and mangos. Citrus as well, with fresh orange peels and pink grapefruit. Pine, tree sap, red delicious apples, sweet malt and toffee back up the fruit.

Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate. A very soft and easy drinking
barleywine. Getting alot of the same fruit in the taste. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, melon. Like biting into a orange peel. Sweet, sticky on the lips. Good malt. Toffee, burnt or caramelized brown sugar, maple syrup. The hops hit you in the finish. Citrus, tree sap, pine-spruce, kinda woody hop character. Nice bitterness which lingers in the back of the palate. Sweet and piney brew that stays sticky on the lips. As the beer warms the hops and toffee malt characters become more pronounced.

This is a great barleywine fresh or with a couple years of age on it. For me a world class brew. (1,048 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Secret Santa 2005 # 5

Tis a cold winter night, Eighteen inches of snow blankets our sleepy little town. By the light of the roaring fire my goblet is colored ruby red, with a thick creamy tan collar.

The aroma is rich, sweet, enticing, candy, bready, fruity and alcoholic.

Taste is rich, sweet, deep not cloying, warming but not too alcoholic, malty and hoppy and piney and nuty and fruity and dear god I thought I would never say it about a Three Floyds beer but it's balanced !

Lucious thick mouthfeel just oozes over the tongue. And it is indeed, absolutley dangerously drinkable.

A wonderful winter experience I hearily recommend. (649 characters)

Photo of daedalus
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink wax sealed 650 ml bomber, adorned with creative 3F artwork.

As soon as I uncorked this bad boy, I was overwhelmed with smells of pineapple and hop resin. Oh my, what a mouth-watering combination. The beer pours a burnt reddish-orange with a cream colored head. Sure, it was nice to look at, but the smell alone begot an incontinent reaction and I had to taste it.

With the first sip, the pineapple/citrus/hop aromas from the nose resurface, followed by alcoholic hues that are balanced by a caramel sweetness and bread-like mouthfeel. The beer sweetens slightly as it warms and the alcohol becomes more pronounced; more like a ‘conventional’ barley wine.

I really did not find this one to be as overdone as I expected, given the style of the beer and brewery’s track record. Yes, it is aggressively hopped, but it is quite complex and well balanced. Another fine offering from Three Floyds. (909 characters)

Photo of JothHu
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first blonde Barleywine. This is much more hop forward throughout, with less sweetness than typical Barleywines. As it warms the alcohol comes out, but is masked early on. A terrific beer than I would gladly drink again! (223 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $19.99 for a bomber from Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI. This is the 2009 release. Cellared for just about two years and pour into a large snifter to review.

Yields a nice half inch white head. Glowing orange in color; I would have guessed it was a double IPA by sight. A very thin layer of retention remains and thick lacing lines the snifter as she goes down.

Strong and boozy barleywine aroma. Fig, red grape and grapefruit aromas come through in the fruit category and there is a strong presence of mellowed resious hops, likely from the cellaring. I'm thinking this would have been more hoppy and less boozy as a fresh bottle. Still the citrus, grapefruit and pine are quite evident. Sugary notes of caramel and honey add to its complexity. Butterscotch and oak wood are also present in the nose. The booze is a cross of rum and bourbon.

The bourbon, rum and aged oak wood come through most in the taste, but are so smooth and balanced with many of the aforementioned characteristics I detected in the nose. Hints of smoke come through as well. The dark fruits and mellowed hops make this one complex and enjoyable.

Medium full body and a lusciously smooth going down. Such a pleasant mouthfeel. Transitioned to a medium length aftertaste of oak wood, mild booze and complexity.

High ABV, big in taste and aroma and this one goes down easily. I want more!

This is a world class barleywine. Great to try, but it is a pricy one! (1,453 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seen this bottle over and over and over again, since the first time I've seen it up until this moment I've probably spent a few thousand dollars on beer, yet for some reason I always thought this beer was too expensive. I've had trips to the store where I would drop 50 or 60 bucks total but for some reason couldn't fork over a 20 and change for this beer. Finally, after stopping by a Sal's Beverage World I saw bottles of this stuff for sale for 14.99 when I normally see them for 21.99 or more (more than Darklord sells for, at the brewery at least). There was no way I was going to pass this beer up this time and finally bought a bomber.

Yellow wax dipped cap, not sure what year this is, my guess is 07.

Pours a rusty golden brown. The color of a cloudy iced tea. Head is thick and rich and a sandy golden white. It bubbles down into a thin ring but also manages to leave some pretty substatial lacing considering the size of this beer. Really makes me imagine that the hops could have been a huge factor in this beer at one point.

This beer is pungeant (spelling plz?) just massive doses of malts and hops. Old Ruffian smells similar to this but not quite as hoppy, but to be fair I am going by memomry on that comparison. Booze, honey, brown sugar, molasses, super resiny, I mean hops dipped in the essential oil of hops kind of hoppiness, chocolate, mango, canned pineapple juice. This is a friggin nasal assault, I mean I honestly feel violated by this beer it gets so freaking deep into your nasal cavities it sort of scares me, THE DEFINITION OF AMERICAN-STYLED BARLEYWINES.

Oily, barely carbonated, thick and chewy. I almost hesitate to think what this beer could be like fresh, even after what I would guess was more than a year spent on the shelf this beer manages to display an intese hop bitterness. Granted the hops have a deeper, mellower, more earthy kind of taste to them but are they ever there and they don't let you forget it. They serve to keep things from becoming disgustingly sweet, instead the beer seems to be held in check, cherries, buttery brown sugar, freshly turned planting soil (that may be a bit over the top but if you think about it, it sort of exists), iced tea (I'd wasn't sure what the previous reviewer was talking about, but it's there), hazlenut, chestnut, walnut, boozy plum and herbal hoppines and a fistfull of oak, a big fucking fistfull. Mouthfeel is the only thing that is bothersome for me, just feels a bit undercarbonated and slightly watery as a result, I was hoping after such a huge punch in the face with the aroma that my mouth might be wired shut by a massively chewy malt bomb and while the malt and hop bomb remains try, the beer is not nearly as chewy as I would have imagined or would have liked.

It's taking all my willpower not to guzzle this stuff. It tastes so good, so complex, yet powerful in almost every respect. If the mouthfeel were a bit fuller it would easily be a 5, even considering how big this beer is. Really an amazing beer, would imagine that age does wonderful things to this beer, but even fresh wouldn't be bad either, just really really intensly hoppy I'm sure. (3,156 characters)

Photo of session1979
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a brew, sent by orbitalr0x in a nice trade. Thanks mucho!

The yellow wax dipped bottle pours like the double digit alcohol bomb that it is….. hazy amber but just a minimal of head trying to rise up. What little lace there is sticks to the side of the snifter like gorilla glue.

Aroma reminds me of a cross between a west coast DIPA and a classic barleywine with the strong cirtus hops and caramel malts dueling it out.
Again, very strong citrus, orange and syrup bodied brew. Would have guessed DIPA in a blind tasting.

Oily and hoppy BW, you know the alcohol is there, but it doesn’t distract from a fine frosty. Nice rosey cheeks after just one glass. (671 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to @bakker for sending this!

Absolutely delicious Barleywine. Balanced and unique.

Dark amber with lacing that covers the entire glass all the way down. A full 4 finger head via vigorous pour. Takes about 5 minutes to subside and still remains about a half finger.

The smell is distinguishable from several very feet away. Bubblegum, pine, wine, cherries, hops and grapefruit.

The taste and feel are exactly what I expect out of a hop forward Barleywine. Full bodied, bursting with flavor that begs for another sip. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Just right.

Better than Bigfoot in my opinion, absolutely worth a purchase if available and one who enjoys American BWs. (701 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange wax bottle. Alcohol smell was non existent. Fruity notes remained in the nose. Poured a very hazy copper color. Taste was dark fruit. Cherry, plum, prune with a nice sweetness. I greatly enjoyed this. The hops obviously faded and this almost resembled a quad, but it was fantastic nonetheless. (307 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Behemoth Barleywine (2005) is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55F) from a small brandy snifter or thistle. A huge Northwest hop bomb explodes out of the bottle filling the air with ripe, pungent hop field aromas. This barleywine pours up with ample carbonation and a bit of anticipation. The deep copper-reddish amber color is bright & beautiful to behold with a medium tannish-white head that dissipates slowly under a barrage of alcohol. Simply magnificant! The resinous Northwest hops (Columbus?) almost completely dominate the aroma with lots of pine tar, pine cone & citrus (grapefruit) notes, but there's some notable caramel malt and alcoholic warmth that underlies all those hops & intense fruitiness. The flavor starts off just as fruity with a solid caramel maltiness with hints of brown sugar, hot caramel apple, buttered rum, toffee/treacle, etc... with a very slight astringent nuttiness (e.g. Brazil nut). A moderate-marked bitterness helps to solidify this chewy full-bodied barley & hop monster. The ever present alcohol and citrusy hops create a big, bang finish. This is an aggressive, massive "hopspectacular" American-style barleywine that is sure to please a seasoned beer connoisseur, but definitely NOT a beer for the uninitiated. I recommend sharing this Blonde Behemoth beauty with your friends, because handling her wholly could cause a hernia or at the very least temporary blindness. To be forewarned is to be forearmed! Buy, cellar & horde as much as you can find. Here's to the Blonde Behemoth from Munster...

CHEERS! Beertracker (1,576 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Taylor for hooking me up with this brew.

2008 vintage

Pours a copper colored body with amber highlights. foamy ivory colored head with good retention.

The smell is that of boozey fruit -cherries mostly, citrus hops, honey and pinesol.

The taste follows the noses lead. Very sweet throughout with noticable alcohol. the bottle is about a year old now and the hops are there but only as a supporting role. this is one sweet and boozey ride!

The body is full and the feel is slick and syrupy.

Drinkability gets knocked a notch only for such a high ABV. other than that this is a fine crafted American BW. (626 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (1,557 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at Lava Lounge, thanks to hero27. Beer pours a very deep ruby red as described on the bottle, excellant lacing. This is very hoppy as you might expect from an American barley wine, but there is a strong pineapple aroma as well as plum and dark fruits. Taste is much like the aroma with a strong hop and pineapple presence paired with a nice bit of alcohol warmth. Did I say this is hoppy? Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkable, yes, but limit how much you have. I would definately like to see this beer after a year or two of aging, can't wait to see what else is in store for this, enjoy. (594 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 650 ml waxed bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2013 vintage with orange wax.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and hazy brownish amber orange with a lot of bubbles sticking to the glass. About one finger of off white head which fades into a patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big and rich aroma of fruity hops, sweet malts, and booze. Big mix of hops upfront with hints of citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apricot, papaya, lemon, and peach. Earthy grass and some spicy pine. Strong malt backbone with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Also some candied sugar sweetness. Scent of alcohol is fairly strong as expected. A really good aroma. Almost like a West Coast IPA with the hop presence.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big taste of citrus and earthy hops with sweet caramel malts. Big hop taste with notes of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, apricot, lemon, papaya, and peach. Herbal hops and spicy pine resin along with some grass. Some candy like sugar. Big malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Some alcohol taste is in the mix as well. A really good hop forward taste that is well backed by the malts.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and somewhat sticky. Alcohol heat is felt as expected but it isn't overwhelming.

Overall: A really great American style Barleywine. Huge hop taste with some really nice citrus esters. IPA like with the hops but a big enough boozy malt presence to remind you that it is a Barleywine. One of the best in the style. (1,640 characters)

Photo of arkurzynski
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Chilled, but let this one warm up a bit. Color is a mix of deep amber red mixed with apricot. Light carbonation with minimal head, but persists. Great earthy hop presence in the nose, a hallmark of 3 Floyds. Also dried fruit, toasted malts, but the hops do it for me. Full palate, like jello. Extremely well-rounded and smooth - dried fruit, toasted malt, and wood. Finishes dry with earthy/piney hops that linger. Some alcohol presence, but not in the taste. For me the hop presence definitely edges other barley wines I've tried. Now its time to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a few years! (616 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (712 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Wax. 2010. 10.5%.

Murky looking toffee colored body. Creamy off white head leaves its mark as I drink. The malt sweetness on the nose is nice and rounded. Caramel based and speckled with cane sugar goodness. Just the slightest bit of alcohol and tropical fruitiness. Palate brings more of the same. Subtle caramel base with fruity complexities and a little warmth. Rich and quite smooth for the strength. Though there is some alcohol that lingers afterwards. It's a malt forward barleywine, which is surprising given the breweries history with hops. Good though. And hops do provide some balance.

Had my eye on this one for about 8-9 years now. Patience pays off. It showed up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee so I nabbed a bottle. Worth the wait. (755 characters)

Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.