3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Barleywine - American
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A huge, sweet barleywine 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
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax
2017 Bottle release - Silver Wax
Reviews: 624 | Ratings: 1,929 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, born on 1/6/20, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F:
L - amber/orange with a tan head that lingered around the edges
S - caramel, biscuit
T - caramel, floral hoppy notes, biscuit
F - medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O - very hoppy for a barleywine, in the spirit of Bigfoot

Sep 18, 2021
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Party Town bomber shelf, 2016 release according to the wax, no indication on the label.
Pours a murky brown color with a thin khaki head, decent retention and some beautiful on the snifter glass.
Aroma has a sweet dominance of caramel and honey and the obvious booze.
The taste is not as sweet as the nose suggest, finishes with a bitter note.
Mouthfeel is full and silk like.

Jul 03, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yet another brew I'd probably not drunk had it not been among BA's 250 Beers of Fame. But, I'm glad I pursued it.

In a style that offers neither foam nor pale, Behemoth still Looks average. In this highly aromatic style, Behemoth Smells good to great and, well-integrated. Tastes that way, too. A full, sweet malt balanced by enough hops. Too many American BW pile in the hops; hoping that we won't notice that their malt blending cut-corners. Not so with Behemoth. In my mouth, full and viscous... but knowing age will do this ale good.

OA: I'm one of the few Midwesterners I know still sitting on the fence about 3 Floyds. They clearly are a brewing genius. I've taken their tour and ate at their shop and the beers paired pretty well with what clearly is not a gastro-pub. But, I've only had 12 of their ales and very few repeats. Maybe if I can store this Behemoth for a few years, both of us will be mature enough to appreciate one another more. Cheers !

6/28/21 Repeated Behemoth. Edited the above review and stick with the rating. This a futures noted on UnTappd.

Mar 22, 2021
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bret27 from California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Black wax top, 2020.
L: deep amber. Moderate tan head.
S: raisins, brown sugar, dates, grass.
T: same. +vanilla notes, plum, fig, as it warms molasses and rock candy, chocolate tootsie roll. Some grassy herbal hop presence. Seems fairly fresh.
F: fairly thick but balanced. Perfect for style.
Overall: I like this. Normally I’m not wild about a hoppy bw, but in this case it seems like it increases drinkability. (on a strange side note this reminds me a lot of a Lagunitas hoppy amber I had 11+ years ago. “Lucky#13” or “brown shugga” maybe?)

Nov 17, 2020
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/6/20 650 ml bottle bought in the spring that I was thinking of aging but then saw in the cellaring thread that it wasn't advisable so thought let's get it on.

Poured into a DFH tulip a nice light tan head was over an orangish amber cloudy body. Prodigious lacing as the head died down. Smell is mostly of brown sugar and dark fruit. In the taste, although this is a hopped up American barleywine, the hops aren't overly bitter and instead add to the sweetness of the taste, particularly when it warms to room temperature. I don't think this will age nearly as nicely as Bigfoot or Bell's Third Coast so I'm not regretting my decision. Mouthfeel is fine for the style.

Although this was a positive experience, unless I can find future bottles marked down from what I paid for this, this will be a one off.

Nov 15, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on October 28, 2020. This one has green sparkle wax. I think the bottled on date is 12-28-15 but it's hard to read.

Oct 29, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (white wax capped) poured into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Ruby amber pour... semi-opaque with cloudy sediment at the finish. A solid finger of off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S: Brown sugar, hops, fruit, and spice.

T.F: Semi-sweet to start. Caramel malts... brown sugar and molasses mixed with plum and fig. Hop bitterness comes later, although is muted after 9 years in the bottle. Some spice and pine. Medium bodied.... smooth with relatively low carbonation. More dark fruit and brown sugar to finish.

O: An outstanding Barleywine which has held up ridiculously well over 9 years in the cellar. One to seek out.

Jul 28, 2020
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Winesucks from Indiana

2.47/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is no way a “sweet” BW. It has a bittersweet hoppy flavor. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot BW. The best BW I ever had so far was called “Straight Jacket” by Revolution Brewing

May 07, 2020
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a dark orange/amber color. Aroma is incredible mix of roasty caramel, toffee, brown sugar and pine. Tastes as it smells with an added citrus flavor. Very sweet initially followed with more bitterness at end. A full and smooth mouthfeel. Overall an incredible Barleywine.

Apr 24, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

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

Can’t remember if I ever had this before. It’s damn tasty, and a great example of the style. Malty, dark, bittersweet, dark fruit flavors, molasses, brown sugar, medium bodied, boozy, slightly syrupy.

Apr 10, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just fantastic. I usually dont love American barleywines as I find them too much like stale hops. This is definitely my favorite American barleywine. It's incredibly balanced and flirts between a dark fruit laden English barleywine and an earthy, dirt like old hop American barleywine.

Mar 16, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter (black label). This beast
pours a luminous ruby tinged chill hazed deep amber with a
nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick clumping
layer, and shows some fantastic lacing. Nose of resinous pine
and citrus notes with heavy brown sugar sweetness. Flavors
follow but expand nicely on the nose with rich caramel and
heavy bitter pine mingling with grapefruit and orange zest notes
layered on a bed of herbal and spicy hops with touches of
rye. Nice mouth feel; medium body, light carbonation, warming,
lightly slick, smooth, and rich with a medium dry finish.

Overall, excellence from a great brewery.


Feb 22, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly-foggy burnt-orange-brown with two fingers of dense, off-white foam. Head retention is great, with a ring of foam lingering a long while after the pour. Aroma is toasty, nutty, earthy, caramely malts with bits and pieces of raisins, plums, caramel and toffee sprinkled throughout. It's sweet, with a light swell of heat at the back retaining the balance. Flavor profile is raisins, fig, plum, molasses, oak and nutty, toasty, earthy and caramely malts. Really rich, with great depth. Initial sweetness fades as the lightly bitter malts come through at the finish. Heat curtails the experience and seals it up. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a lightly grainy, uneven texture. Overall, thick, rich and full with a little heat to spice things up. Lovely brew!

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Pink glitter wax.

Dec 08, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Head crests close to two fingers, dense with a deep tan color, great retention. Thick, sticky lacing as well. Coppery brown liquid, plenty of visible carbonation even through all the crud floating inside. Fairly boozy nose of grilled nuts, fruitcake, dates and then spiced orange peel and honey, not particularly fruity, ends with something akin to charcoal or campfire ash. Full-bodied, the carbonation makes the mouth entry pretty explosive. Dry and bitter overall, pine and white grapefruit with even a saline edge. More of that charcoal stuff. Less distinguishable fruit than in the nose, nothing quite sweet enough to register distinctly. Puckering finish. Confident this was made to brewery specs and desires but I found it tiresome and unfriendly. (Bottled 12/5/2018)

Nov 19, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, 2016 version, courtesy of @NWer. Poured into 11oz tulip. Poured a cloudy, bordering on murky, dark brown color, with a fair amount of chunks. There was 3/4 inch of off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was typical for the style: lots of sweet malt, and a noticeable alcohol hit.

Same on the tongue, fairly well average for the style.

The body was full and smooth, again, fairly typical for the style.

Drinkability was fine, no issues popped up.

Overall, a pretty average version of the style. Worth trying if you see it, not really worth any effort to obtain.

Oct 05, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Not usually my go-to style but I can still appreciate how well crafted this one is. Unsure of the year - wax appeared dark red in color. Nice darker amber color with a little fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some ripe fruit - raisin and fig - as well as caramel, toast, nuttiness and vanilla. Maybe a little malt. Taste follows the nose, good amount of warming alcohol as the beer warmed. Can feel that higher ABV. Smooth, sticky, luscious mouthfeel that coated the palate. Very nicely done by the always amazing 3 Floyds.

Sep 25, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, 2018, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy/murky reddish amber with a three finger off-white head.

S- Piney, caramel, some citrus, some stone fruits, orange peels, toasted malts.

T- Piney, toasted and caramel malts, stone fruits, raisins, some citrus/orange peels, a little herbal.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, a little creamy.

O- A really nice Barelywine, definitely has that big piney hop flavor you find in American Barelywines. Tasty and nicely balanced.

Aug 19, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled from the depths of my cellar, a 2014 blue wax bottle with 5 years on it.

A - Dark hazy bronze-brown color, not much light getting through, with a minimal light tan head that disappears, and no real lacing to speak of.

S - A nose full of pine and lemon hop notes, with a core of sweet caramel, and a big note of booze over all.

T - Following the nose, the core is a caramel and bread malt flavor, raisins and dark fruit, but the hops come through in a variety of ways, from the pine and lemon that came through in the nose, to a strongly brewed tea aspect. Alcohol and woodiness are there too, but they recede before the sweet and bitter.

M - Minimal carbonation is not surprising after a long run in my basement, but the feel is moderately weighty given its name, not burdensome, with a brisk alcohol warmth on the finish that cleans the bit of stickiness in the open right off.

O - I am not a fan of the style, but this is a well-built rendition, and with 3 Floyds it naturally loads up with hop notes and flavors. I cannot say I'd buy another bottle, as it is all a bit too much for my tastes, but I am glad I had this one.

Aug 03, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2018 bottling

Pours a cloudy, deep auburn-ruby hue topped with a consistent two fingers of off-white, fluffy foam; excellent retention recedes slowly to a spotty cap and dense collar of froth; comprehensive walling of thick lacing paints the glass.

Aroma shows slight but apparent notes of citrus upfront, with orange peel leading the way before a dense bit of subtle pine accompanied by a small dosing of grapefruit zest enters the fold; dried caramel malt presence has a subtle influence on the entirety of the bouquet.

Taste brings a steady combination of floral pine, oaky caramel malt, sticky grapefruit peel, and airy citrus/tangerine fading toward a finish with a minor vanilla edge.

Mouthfeel shows a creamy medium body with an equally fluffy carbonation through the mid-palate that fades to an airy hop prickle spread thinly to the finish; drying, boozy edge is subtle but definitely present.

A big, boozy American barleywine that still manages a strong semblance of balance; it’s well-composed in all the right places, but what booziness is still apparent is aggressive enough to mute the nuance that’s surely bring this to the next level. A solid, very well-made barleywine nonetheless.

Jun 19, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A clear dark amber color with a thick tan head. Great looking beer. Aroma was definitely American BW with citrus/piney hops, caramel, and brown bread. A hint of booze gave away that this wasn't an IPA. On the palate, a rush of caramel and bready malt hit me first, followed quickly by bitter grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes. As they faded, caramel and toffee reappeared, along with candied oranges and a steady but gentle warming from the alcohol. Off-dry finish with a full body. Overall an outstanding American Barleywine. Not as bitter as Bigfoot, which is a good thing for me.

Jun 18, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy deep amber with a one finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, tangerine, grapefruit and piney hops.

T - The taste orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar and big piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is an excellent Barleywine. Perfect mix of sweet malts, citrus and resinous hops. Highly recommended.

May 25, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

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

Three Floyds Behemoth

Purple Wax

Bottled 12/5/2018

This beers pours a hazy, translucent, orange /brown color with a fluffy, two finger, off-white head that settles to a half finger while streaking the glass with tons of lace. A few bubbles here and there rising up from the glass. 3/4 an hour in and there is just a thin layer of foam across the top of the beer and a thick ring around the glass. Specks of foam dot the glass. Very attractive.

The aroma is sweet, bready, dried stone fruit including apricot and prune, offset with orange/lemon citrus and piney hops. I get a lot of orange citrus. Candied rind, and zest. Combined with the alcohol it evokes Old Fashioned. Giving it some swirls I get Panettone. More of that sweet bread and raisin aspect. There is a sweet woodiness as the beer warms up, which reminds me of the burst of tobacco and cedar when I open my cigar box. I’m even getting some hints of holiday spice here as the beer really warms up: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom. Around Christmas my wife sticks oranges with whole cloves and hangs them around the house. The aroma reminds me of that. 10.5% ABV is definitely present and complements nicely fruitiness and spiciness of the beer

Sweet, bready, caramel and toffee malt up front combined with earthy and spicy hops. Spice throws me for a loop here. Could be the hops, but it reminds me of rye. Chewy malt profile. Dried fruit including brown raisin, apricot, prune and date. The bitterness pricks the tongue and slowly begins to envelope the entire palate, eventually taking over. A complementary flavor to the huge malt profile. Alcoholic warmth follows on the tongue and in the pipes. The beer is piney and lemon pithy. Candied orange note on the palate too. Also getting some holiday spice including nutmeg and cardamom. This beer is all English Barleywine malt profile up front, followed by the Americanization of the style that comes through as a classic West Coast DIPA.

Low carbonation. Super smooth and finishes with a long, drawn out bitterness. The 10.5% shows up on the feel as it warms my palate and pipes. I like that though. This beer is not ashamed of itself, like the lady on the label. And why should it be? The sticky, sweet malt profile coats my lips, like a big, boozy, English Barleywine.

This beer perfectly blends the English and American Barleywine. A chewy, sweet, malt profile blended with piney, lemony, orangey and pithy hop bitterness. The label makes me think of sex. This beer is like the offspring of a big, bold, unabashed threesome among a classic American Barleywine, a malty, bitter, American DIPA and an English Barleywine.

Thinking about this beer after the one an two year bourbon barrel aged beers: This one has more heat and more bitterness. It seems the barrel tempers these two aspects.

Apr 08, 2019
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2beerdogs from California

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FFFjunkie for this Hoosier gem. 2017 release.
Pours a beautiful amber, holding a bit of golden sunset within. Frothy off-white head bounces 2+ fingers high before receding to a milky pond scum-(not in color)-like layer. Moderate lacing.
Smell begins with a complex waltz of caramel like sweetness and piney/citrusy/floral hops. A lot going on here. A bit of damp malt notes, reminds me of a cereal I liked as a kid, Buckwheats.
Tongue is working. Picking up an initial caramel meets bourbon sweetness that is instantly tamed by some floral citrus, earthy pine notes, and a hint of spice. Warming. Smooth date notes, rich and chewy. Medjool style. This seems to blur the line between a traditional English Barleywine and her 'Merican cousin. The hops really do tame the sweetness, and also add their own dimensions here. Smoothly and lightly boozy.
Mouthfeel is full enough for style. No shrinking violet here. Mild carbonation.
Overall, I like this a lot. Can;t wait to try the BA version.

Jun 04, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep ruby-amber color with a one finger creamy off-white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- spicy citrus rind up front on the nose, along with orange marmalade. Caramel malty sweetness with brown sugar, candied dark fruit and alcohol close it out

T- spicy and resinous citrus zest and rind up front, along with some piney hop notes. Mid-palate gives malty sweet notes of caramel, brown sugar and dark bread. The finish gives more zesty orange, along with caramel malt and a hint of booze

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy, warming finish

O- holds up well to aging with plenty of citrusy hop notes still coming through

May 27, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color, copius head remains for a significant time. Nose is spicy, some notes remind me of cured meat (wife says dry dog food), dried dark fruit, slight boozy heat on the back. Taste is grapes, raisin, spicy, wood. Lingers into classic barleywine funk. Mouth feel is medium but full. Nice carb remains, very smooth. Overall I dig this quite a bit. Manages to highlight the distinctive barleywine profile while also being very approachable

Apr 14, 2018
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