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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

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Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

2008 bottle courtasy of gford217.

Poured from a bomber with a purple wax dip. Went into an oversized snifter. Forming a 2 finger tan fluffy head. Receeding somwhat quickly and leaving a thin layer of retention, with good lace coverage. A nice deep copper red color, semi-transparent.

Aroma is malty thick with honey and grains, kind of a special b breadyness to it. Mild oranges, plenty of marmelade and sweet nectar.

Taste is sweet upfront with loads of malt and a touch of a roasty grain flavor. Hops live on through the middle picking up some bittering through the swallow and lingering with pine and grapefruit.
Bready, semi sweet and full of almost a rye like crack of peppery notes.
No boozyness but just a touch of warming to the throught as I swallow.
No booze at the nose at all.
Becoming increasingly bitter as it warmed, with alot of hop flavor pouring in.

Mouthfeel is just perfect for the style. Sticky with a little bit of creamyness from carbonation. Carbonation is present throughout, stinging the toungue for only an instant.

This is a terrific barley wine. Not fresh, but age has probably done the heat some good, as its super layed back and almost too easy to drink.

Buebie, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

A--Pours a dark gold/copper color with a two finger head that almost overflowed my pint glass and never completely disappeared, leaving some decent lacing on the way down

S--Smells of sweet fruity hops, caramel malts, hints of banana bread and carrot cake. Very nice.

T--Sweet malts dominate the palate, but there is also a flower/citrus hop bite that helps keep it balanced. Caramel, carrot cake, apple skins, maple syrup far in the background. I have only had a few barleywines in my young beer advocate life and I wasn't a huge fan of them, but I really like this one a lot. Maybe my palate is developing and I might be able to go back and enjoy some of the previous ones.

M--There is an oily texture from the hops that helps this one coat the mouth and glide down the throat, but the carbonation quickly washes it away and there leaving a bit of a caramel/biscuit aftertaste. Medium bodied, feels great!

D--This one must be sipped due to the crazy ABV but the alcohol is disguised very well. A bomber of this is almost perfect and I will definitely return to it in the future, and try some other barleywines in the process.

alcstradamus, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev 0%

theminutemen, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

qcbrewer, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BillHilly, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

craftbeerasian, May 17, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Vertical of the 2005 and 2006. The ratings above are for the 2005.

2005: Nice red body with a thin off white head. The nose is very spicy. It has a very sweet flavor but with a sizeable spice kick. Medium body with good drinkability.

2006: Lighter than the 05; more orangey than red. I would have given it a 3.5 on appearance. It is sweet like the 05 but with not as much spice kick as the 05. The body and drinkability are comparable to the 05.

drseamus, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

2007 vintage, 22oz bottle, poured into a Three Floyds pint glass
A: A brown very close to the color of a brown glass bottle. 1/2-finger lingering head.
S: Initial sharp hop attack of citrus and pint, but raisin, fig and toffee underneath.
T: Cherry, toffee, pine, fig, orange. Complex and tasty.
M: Full, a bit viscous yet crisp. Not remotely boozy despite the 10.5% abv.
O: This is very well made and very enjoyable. Complex and balanced.

ONUMello, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Upon popping the cap of this bottle, after fighting through the wax of course, I knew this was 22 oz of pure hedonistic pleasure just from the aroma. Addictive citrus and rum nose, with coconut, pineapple, cherries and booze. Heavenly...or maybe it's been too long since I've had an Old Horizontal, which I am finding this Behemoth is very similar to.

Pours a slightly murky ruby color, the frothy head lasting only for a minute. Extremely sticky and chock full of pine notes, this is a perfect balance of malt assault and hop bomb. It's over the top. The alcohol is not overt in the flavor profile, but certainly makes itself known otherwise. Chewy, bready dough maltiness combines with lingering hop oils, ripe plums, citrus...and even prunes. Warming after-effects. Light carbonation, and extremely flavorful right out of the fridge - and still obviously delicious as it warms and becomes more toxic. I'm definitely taking this bomber down...or is it taking me down? This is undoubtedly a top-notch, first class American Barleywine. FFF distributes many of their brews here in PA...send this too!

IrishRedRock, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of korguy123
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%

Yellow wax for the 2011 release in Ohio.
Super special thanks to JM03 for this.

A- Slightly hazy chessnut brown with ruby highlights. Super soapy egg shell colored head that stands about two fingers high and sticks around for a while becore deflating. Lacing is remarkable..

S- Floral hops with a juicy citrus presence of mandarin, grapefruit with a pineapple. Sweet malts provide an almost honey presence. Strawberries and cherries round everything out.

T- Juicy citrus with a potent pine hop taste. Subtle alcohol adds a warming and helps blend the sweetness and bitter together. Dry lingering aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation and warming alcohol.

O- This is by far the best barleywine I've ever had.

korguy123, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks Larry Roush!

Pour is amber, and very tanslucent at that. Initial pour produced a darker than usual off white head.

This thing smells like pine. All pine hops Pine needles, pine cones, and bitter hops. Malt backbone is there, but this thing might be the hoppiest barleywine Ive smelt.

Initially I got loads of pine hops, but it finishes creamy and smooth. Buttercreams and toffee come to mind. The malt bill might be the smoothest beer Ive ever had. Its still a very bitter barleywine at heart. Pine needles and alpha acids from the hops. The only knock I have is the booze. Its comes up cloylingly and becomes warming.

The bitter mouthfeel switches to creaminess and then back to heavy on the hops. The creaminess really coats the mouth, and it feels buttery. Maybe its diacetyl, but it fits.

The best way I can put it: a creamier fresh Bigfoot.

VncentLIFE, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Many thanks to cfances33 for this bottle!
(2013 vintage, reviewed 3/13)

That murky sort of copper / honey gold color that I remember with a sexy ass thin finger of off-white head that paints lace all over the place. A bit of oily booze legs and a surprising amount of beading. Thick bubbles border the glass to form a stubborn collar from start to finish.

Oh mommy. This smells incredible. I'm getting that awesome Dreadnaught type of hop profile on the nose layered with caramel cake and raw honey. I like where this is headed...

Boom. Massive waves of tropical and citric hop flavors. Juicy... Salt n Peppa and Heavy D up in the limousine... if you catch my drift. So fucking tasty. You gotta have this stuff fresh. Hoppy goodness.

Thanks bro man!

Poured from bomber to snifter, big thanks to mordormongo for this!
(2012 vintage, reviewed 6/12)

Blonde? Maybe a real dirty blonde. Pours a bright amber - pretty much exactly the color of the amber that the mosquito was preserved in from the first Jurassic Park movie. Nice finger of silky off-white head that fades out to a thick collar with some spotty bits retaining in the middle. Very nice to look at.

Smells massive... boozy resinous hops, caramel, butterSCOTCH... I could keep my nostrils shoved down in there for a good while, and even as it sits in front of me on the table I can smell how pungent it is.

Definitely a substantial hop presence... hops, then some malty bits, then a booze burn that dries things up. In my mind, the taste of this thing borders a big old IIPA. Enough hops to satisfy a non-barleywine drinker I think.

The feel is rather low as the booze is really pretty harsh. I don't mind that one bit myself but it does affect drinkability.

Extremely pleased with this one. Thanks very much Scott!

yamar68, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Acquired this bottle in a trade with jaustin72403, thanks man.

22oz. bomber poured into a crystal tulip a rather thick, murky dark copper with a small light beige cap. Good carbonation with tiny bubbles rising through the viscous liquid...the head settles to a ring and some lace.

Big malty nose greets you with some authority, backed by an equal dose hops aplenty. Alcohol becomes evident as the brew warms up.

A boatload of caramel malt starts off on a dirty sweet note with flavor to chew. An equal balance of strong hop comes through quickly with some pungent, some what piney aspects, followed by a grassy and not so bittering finish. A rather big Barleywine in flavor with damn near perfect balance.

Kind of chewy, thick mouthfeel with an occasional bite from the hops.

Good stuff thats made for strong ale drinkers, not for the light hearted at a fat ABV of 12.5%. Enjoy and proceed with caution.

scottoale, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks man!). January 2013 release, but no printed bottling info. Served in an Ommegang tulip snifter.

Pours ruby tinged brown with one and a half fingers sandy pale head that leaves a good bit of head.

Nice citrusy hop nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar in the background.

Grapefruit and orangey hop flavor dominate the flavor initially. Then brown sugar, caramel, a little earth and a healthy dose of booze. Really quite tasty with many more sweet and hoppy layers that present as it reaches room temperature. My description doesn't really do justice to the complexity of the malty hoppy goodness of Behemoth.

Nice syrupy medium thick body with a refreshingly subtle light carbonation. Goes down much easier/smoother than the 10.5% abv might imply. Great, lasting sweet but hoppy finish.

It drinks almost like an imperial IPA, which is perhaps why I like this so much. I'm really torn between saving the other I have and drinking it soon. Hopefully I can get more so both will be an option! Another win from Three Floyds in my book and certainly worth a try if you can get it.

ThickNStout, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev 0%

cnbrown313, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%

Sorrowfully totally clear amber-orange pour atop which an initially honest off-white cover fades at a constant rhythm. Expressive aroma firstly disarming you through a blast of floral, piney, sprucey aromatic amarillos. The underlying malt is not to be neglected, highly candyish, like concentrated Jolly Rancher juice. Tons of residual sugar components, yet well developed fruitiness, rich with melon and perfumed berry notes. Quite boozy in mouth, if not necessarily harshly so thanks to the cognac-like nature of the alcohol, reminding of a concentrated wine. Thus very sweet and fittingly very hoppy, foresty, fruity, woody and throath-coating. Very malty spirit is betrayed by a rather syrupy palate, certainly fruity and alcoholic, but also rather oily and slick even, the carbonation being restrained to say the least. Far from a favourite among barleywines, just not very mature nor sagacious, it remains an experiment worth seeking out.

Rastacouere, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

2007 Release.
22 oz bottle..Yellow wax covering the neck..

Burnt copper color..sticky beige head leaves some nice lacing behind...safe to say it's prettier than the gal on the label.
Aroma of rich malt & grapefruit..talk about hop juice..
Hefty pine resin..think and sticky.. hops laced with fruity pineapple, orange, & grapefruit. The alcohol lends a slight burn even amongst this menagerie of flavor. Bitter finish lingers for some time...

One of the hoppiest barleywines you'll find (and that's saying something).

hero27, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of lunarbrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Beer pours dark amber/red with about 2 fingers of khaki head. The head dies fast and bubbles still sit on top of the beer.

It smells sweet, like brown sugar, and floral. There is a little berry nose to this--I'm thinking strawberry.

Yep! It's is enormously sweet, yet very well balanced. I love the flavor. Again there is a lot of brown sugar. There is also some caramel sweetness. The beer has a little bitterness on the aftertaste, showing the beer's American barleywine character. The hop presence is mostly floral. The booze is very well hidden, especially for a fresh vintage.

The mouth feel is sticky sweet, medium/heavy-bodied, and has medium carbonation. I wish the mf was a little bigger and richer, but it's a small critique for a great beer.

I'm a big fan of this beer. The hops are in a great place right now, IMO. However, I think the mouth feel and sweetness will benefit with some age. I just hope the hops stay strong with time, in which case this will be a phenomenal brew!

lunarbrew, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

StArnoldFan, Apr 06, 2014
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%

taospowder, Sep 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Talk about a difference between smell and taste!! Smelled like a hop bomb....huge grapefruit, brown sugar, massive hops. Yet in the taste it was so smooth and mellow I was amazed. For the price, $20, it is quite the investment. How can they charge that much when Dark Lord is less expensive and less available. Someone needs to explain supply and demand to 3F. Still, I will buy a few more as this is an astounding example of a barleywine. English or American?? Personally I think it is bordering on an English style as the hops are not that prominent. It is so complex with grapefruit, brown sugar, nuts, caramel, super sweet and creamy. Probably my favorite barleywine right now. Spend the $20 and try this one.

kirok1999, Feb 25, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Hophead717, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

DangerDawg, Mar 31, 2013
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.