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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 1,736
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 586
Gots: 609 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 571 | Hads: 1,736
Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*Based on notes from a visit to the brewpub on 07 Aug 09*

Split a snifter with a friend.
Big Hops.
Wow, this is truly a Behemoth. This beer is big all the way around. Taste, aroma, alcohol, you name it.
The beer was presented in a snifter. The color was impressive, an intense copper. It was close to the end of the night, so I don't recall the head.
The nose on Behemoth is intense to say the least, full of pungent, spicy, piney, citrusy hops. Some malt sweetness was there, but was smothered by the drippy hop vapors.
The taste was a punch in the mouth. It has a good mouthfeel, but the hop bitterness went storming in like little lupulin Gestapos, having their way with my tastebuds. There is a distinct caramel sweetness, maybe even a little brown sugar, and fruits, but the hops dominate. The alcohol also was very prevalant.
Behemoth was a tough battle. A fine beer by any one's reckoning, but not one for amateur, which I obviously am. I would love to see some age on this old girl.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. wax-topped bomber into a pint glass.

hazy, ruddy orange-brown with a half-inch of tan frothy head that leaves some thin lacing.

sweet malty aroma with a strong fruity hop component. notes of pineapple, tangerine, and caramel.

thick feel with a gentle carbonation. strong sweet maltiness up front with notes of brown sugar, then a drying hop finish. definite presence of piney hops and tropical fruits. alcohol is fairly well-hidden, although drinkability has to take a hit from the high ABV and price.

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Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering I assume the most recent vintage served in a half pint glass. The brew appears a copper color hazed with golden coloration around the edges. A finger of creamy tan head appears across the top and lasts with an off-white tinge.

The smell is hoppy with notes of fruity rinds and herbs. Some solvent alcohol makes itself known under the hop character aling with a little bit of mineral aspect. Some pine quality is noticed and lasts into the back of the nostrils long after a whiff of the brew is taken.

The taste is strong and hoppy with oily feel reminescent of the most brutal DIPA offerings. It is bitter and rindy with a toasty grain backing and strong solvent alcohol feel. It is pitty with fruity alcohol and zesty quakity of fresh hops. Quite a warming feel all the way down.

This is a medium boded brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold sipper of a brew but overall is pretty well put together for an american style barleywine. Fans of brutal DIPAs will find love in this offering. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1460th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

2011 Yellow Wax OH release

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- The color of a new undribbled basketball. Highly orange without a head to speak of or lacing. Looks like a clearer juice in the glass. A good see through color.

Smell- It has some good aromatics behind it. The booze is quite prickly on the nose and then the malts come in to add a rich aroma. Lastly is the citrus and hops. A bit dry and a bit piney.

Taste- I will admit this took time to enjoy. At first the citrus hops combo mixed with the high abv didnt sit well. Once the beer warmed the flavors were more developed and layered.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium thick carbonation level. Sweet and malty on the finish with resdidual bitter citrus hops.

Drink- Its flavorful, just not used to the blonde aspect still. I would have an older vintage to see how develops.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage generously shared by Andrewinski1. Poured into a tulip. Clear amber body with about a finger of off white head that dies down leaving sticky lace along the glass. Really fruity nose, really reminds me of strawberries mixed with dark fruits. Malty notes and carmel undertones round out a sweet aroma. Good deep malt flavors on this one. Musty cellar flavors supported by dark rich fruits and carmel notes. The mouthfeel is good. Enjoyable full body on this guy and carbonation is great, it's a bit hot though. I'm digging this, but it's a bit boozy. I don't mind sipping on this guy though.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 green wax.

A - Nothing very blonde here, as it pours a tawny caramel-amber hue, capped with minor froth and leaving not so much lace.

S - The smell is basically the same as the taste; it is malty with a pronounced cereal-grain element, heavily (and muddily) hopped, and slightly sweet with no hint of the abv within. Though it is fairly pleasant, it is certainly not exceptional in any way.

T - Let others wax superlative, I will handle this with a bit of comparative analysis: Behemoth is relatively pricey compared to many widely available barleywines and is not commensurately better; I don't think it as good as most BWs of any regard.
Specifically, regardless of price, better examples can be had by Anchor, Stone, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada. Of widely available ABWs, I prefer Behemoth only to Avery's offering.

M - Nice enough, it has a big body but is not overly viscous.

D - Drink it? Okay. Buy it? Perhaps at a deep discount...

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage - Pours a clear copper with a thin cream head the leaves good lacing.

Nose wackes you with strong citrus hops, some toffee and bready malts and sweet caramel.

Taste is like the nose, citrus hops are up front bready malts and sweet caramel on the finish. The sweetness is a little syrupy and almost too much, but it does hide the alcohol well.

An IPA barleywine, a nice twist on the barlywine style. Only complaint is a it's a little too sweet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Behemoth has a very dark, reddish body with a solid yet thin tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while, and even on a snifter it leaves some excellent lacing.

Rich malt a biting hops are both prevalent in the aroma. Lots of pine mixed with citrus. Toffee, caramel and sweetness come from the malts.

I really don't think Behemoth is terribly complicated, but with that said it is still a good barleywine. The hops come through first, providing a boat load of bitterness with flavors of pine, resin, and grapefruit (in that order). I wouldn't pick out one of the hop characteristics as dominant, but I would say that the hops are a little more powerful than the malt. Not that the malt bill is small, as it provides a big, rich backbone to this beer with flavors of toffee and caramel. Dark, rum soaked fruits also make an appearance before a burst of alcohol warmth finishes the beer out.

The body is surprisingly light, although it has a low to moderate carbonation level. It isn't what I expected, but I have to say that it works.

Behemoth is a good barleywine, and I'm happy to have tried it fresh, because I can leave the bottle I have in my cellar for a year or two now.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy copper color-some slight head but it goes away in a hurry. Big hoppy aroma-sort of treacle like-malty sweet with some dried fruit and honey. Big malty and hoppy flavor. Decent level of bitterness. Very syrupy and sweet flavor. Decent body. Very full and sweet. Overall a decent US barleywine. Nothing in here stands out more then any other US version. Still a fine brew. Big props to beerbeing for the bottle to try. I hate wax capped bottles of beer-not worth the hassle for the decor.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 FFF Behemouth

Pours a beige head. Color is a peach hued copper.

Aroma: All malts. It definitely shows age for being a bwine. Toffee, caramel, raisins, plums, dark fruits, and a light amount of alcohol. Fairly sweet as well.

Taste: Just like the nose. Very malty. Smooth though. Some biscuits and dark fruits, raisins. Alight amount of alcohol shows.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty, but clean.

Overall, a decent bwine, but I do want to try this fresh. I imagine it being a lot hoppier. The hops do seem a bit faded.

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Photo of Grinnerman
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. I had it on tap a winos depot in Kentucky. The color was an amber with a cream colored head.

Smell: Hop. Wonderfully refreshing. Mild caramel but the hop aromas quickly take over.

Taste: Very good flavor. Mild caramel tones and as expected hops. Wonderful hops.

Mouthfeel: Good but I lean on the thick and sticky. For the style this is good though. Little bit of stickyness.

Overall: Really a good beer. I enjoyed it. I have had it out of the bottle but on tap is just a bit better. I recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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?

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage courtesy of Gillard. Pours hazy copper with lasting tan head. The aroma is nice and hoppy with pine hops and fur tree followed by sweet mildly roasty malts and hints of caramel. The taste starts hoppy and earthy and a tad thin. The hops come off as pine, grassy, resiny and earthy bitterness. Wow, lots of hops. By midway the sweet malts peak in intensity but quickly get overtaken by pine and grassy hop bitterness that run right into the after taste. Darn smooth really but would benefit from several more years of aging.2005 vintage. It pours a hue darker than the '06 with an even bolder tan head. The aroma is much more barleywine like with a suitable level of dark fruity esters to break up the once hop dominated nose. I also get a just noticeable caramel note. The taste is richer with a bit more malt caramel notes and dark fruity esters. The hops are still over powering. I think this will be excellent in a couple more years. I now wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of DRyan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ranger Creek tulip, served at 50 degrees
2013 Orange wax

A: Beautifully dark orange/ruby red with a very creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves heavy lacing

S: I'm not getting a hole lot, but I'm a bit stuffed up so this whole review might be a bit biased. Some alcohol, some fruits, some toffee/malty bits.

T: Heavy on the alcohol but not a burn, certainly warms the stomach. Has some malty sweetness, has some odd other flavors. It's missing the toffee the caramel the richness that I was really expecting from it. This may all be because this is a 2013 and it's just too green... I have another bottle that will age for at least a year or more and I'll come back and re-do this review and see the differences/

M: Nicely thick but not cloying, smooth, velvety

D: Pretty easily drinkable for such a big beer. I think some time on it will do wonders... at least I hope so for the $16 a bottle I spent!

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Photo of KAF
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I should have waited longer to try this. Not much head but off white almost vanilla in color. A large abundance of different flavors. Some fruit (apple, fig, orange), brown sugar and molasses in aroma. Quite malty. Hard to specify all the different flavors here. There are a bit more hops then I expected but that is not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange color, with a quarter inch of yellow foam. No lacing at all, though. Smells strongly of malt, fruit, citrus. Taste is a sweet, malty, flavor, with brown sugar, dried fruit, and hops mixed in. Good solid flavor, but it seems to fade as I work my way through the glass. Carbonation is a bit weak. Actually, it's a fair bit weak, and going flat as I finish the glass. A nice flavor, but lack of carbonation drags down the overall experience.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mix of strawberry and cooked cherry juice. Somewhat murky and mysterious. Minimal head with a small ring of white bubbles around the glass.

S: Bit of cherry, maple, oak, some pine, brown sugar and a touch of bubblegum..

T: Starts off with rounded fruity flavors (cherry, fig, strawberries) then moves to nice caramel malts with stiff citrus hops hitting the center of the tongue. Some earthy dirty hops round out the finish. Alcohol vaprs as it warms. Aftertaste is sort of cherry Robitusin.

M: Thick, syrupy.

D: Over rated I thought. Aftertaste was cloying and not so great. WAY better barleywines out there.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A. Pours a hazy amber with half finger head that dissipates to a film leaving some residual lacing.

S. Caramel malt with apple cider notes alongside pine and citrus hop notes with a good amount of apparent booze left.

T. A good amount of caramel malt backbone, but not as much as a good English barleywine (i.e. I don't think this would hold up for 10 year + aging like the good examples of English versions). There's still a decent amount of piney and grapefruit bitterness, but not as much as the nose would suggest. Booze is there, but not overwhelming. The balance still sits in favor of hop flavor, but the caramel malt backbone almost balances it out.

M. Fairly thick with a medium plus level of carbonation that prevents it from sitting on your tongue too much. Not bad, but I really prefer a nice thick barleywine.

D. Seems more like an aged DIPA to me. I'm not a huge fan of American barleywines, but I thought a year of age (or more) would really help round this out. I've got a 2008 still aging so that'll be the final test for this beer.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Thanks Andy. Blue Wax, 22oz bottle...

A: Murky copper / ruby red mix with a 1 inch off white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Some super sweet caramel malts assault me first quickly followed by subtle flowery hops and heavy booze on the backend. I get a little bit of toffee and almost like a hint of Windex scent, weird. Good.

T: I get a quick sweet malt that is quickly overthrown by piney hop. Some caramel and toffee blended in the middle with some earthiness on the backend. Hmm, this is decent, but kind of a little bit of a letdown.

M: Light body with a nice carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the hop wall. It's good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not great, but good. Don't bother hunting, but ok to try if you like a hoppy barleywine.

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Photo of lionchow
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 release.

Pours orange-amber, thin white head, clear.

Aroma is an interesting mix of sweet malt and citrusy hops. It is really unique and enjoyable.

Flavor is of lightly sweet malt. Hop flavor is medium-strong citrus, pine, onion and garlic, with a pronounced bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol burn down the throat. Despite the nice hop flavor, I was underwhelmed but the flavor overall, especially after the excellent aroma.

Mouthfeel is thin but the alcohol burn gives a nice sensation.

Overall an excellent aroma but the flavor is just above average.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Released Bottle

A: A rocky off-white head sits on top of a hazy brown/amber hue with yellow highlights.

S: Surprisingly there is not booze in the nose of this beer. Instead, there is a strong floral hop aroma, sweet brown sugar, caramel malts, & dark fruits.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but a little more on the simple side of barleywines. Again sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, & bitter piney hops are on the palate. There is a little warming in the finish from the ABV. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was a little more complex or sweeter.

M: Medium to full body with average carbonation & an oily texture.

D: Althought I enjoyed this beer, I would say on the drinkability it was very average. I don't think this is the most amazing barelywine, but definitely worth a try. Smooth & easy to drink, but a little more bitter then expected.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a word, hoppy drinkable barleywine. Nicely hopped up but there have been other hoppy barleywines I have had that are more complex at a similar or lower price. Good head and hoppy aroma. Yellow wax 2007 that I should have aged, how did I know without a warning label.

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, 2013 vintage with orange wax, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color with hues of red and burgundy. A 2 finger high, bone colored, soapy head rises from the beer with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is a bit muddled, piney, sticky hops hits the nose straight away but quickly lead to sweet brown sugar, rich dark malted grain, toffee and pitted fruit with a huge boozy kick. The balance is a bit awkward and the alcohol is quite harsh. The flavors are a bit smoother and more integrated. Bitter, pine forward hops rush out but are cut by sweet brown sugar, toffee, pitted fruit and super harsh alcohol at the finish with just a touch of smokey alcohol. The body is nice, coats the mouth well, a bit bubbly and lively for my tastes when it comes to a barleywine, but the finish is dry and bitter, plays nicely with the hops.

Verdict: A good but not great barleywine from Three Floyds. Best when super fresh and with some years on it, but the hops do feel a bit out of place in this brew. An interesting experiment in the American style, but doesn't match the smooth, rich complexity of an English style barleywine.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber came from Adam. Big thanks! White wax which I think is a 2011, poured on 12/14/13. Pours a orange brown, a bit murky, with a small yellowish brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, orange peel, some more fruits, figs. Flavor is big time malts, toffee, caramel, lots of fig, some orange peel, still some semblance of hops with a little dankness, and more big malty notes. Lots of flavor, and very much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is chewy but with plenty of carbonation despite the age. This is good stuff, but I don't think it lives up to its name for me unless it is better fresh.

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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.