Behemoth Blonde Barleywine | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Behemoth Blonde BarleywineBehemoth Blonde Barleywine

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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
2015 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2016 Bottle release - Black Metallic Wax
2017 Bottle release - Lime Green Metallic Wax

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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,836
Photo of mlockman
3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had it on tap, so maybe that was some of the issue; it was just so hop-aggressive. If I was looking for hop aggressive (which I was not) I would have ordered a Zombie Dust. Not horrible, just not my favorite rendition of the style

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from January 2015 enjoyed 4.16.15 from a teku

A: Behemoth pours a dark amber or ruby with dark caramel and rich brown undertones. Hazy and turbid as all get-out. The head is substantial, and the beer appears well-carbed. Fair bit of sticky lacing too.

S: On the nose are big dollops of pine and resin that you might expect from a strong IPA, but they are a bit caramelized and thus a bit sweeter than in an IPA. A bit of fresh, sugary lemon peel underneath that.

T: Mildy sweet toffee and caramel upfront, followed by light citrus and pine. Really remarkable blend of sweet/malty and citrus/lightly hoppy flavors. Rich, sweet, lightly hopped, and a bit fruity...just fantastic stuff.

M: Velvety, creamy, and perfectly carbed: simultaneously light and substantial.

O: Loved this one. Behemoth is one of the better, possibly the best, non BA barleywines I've had. Wish I could get this easily, and year-round.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 2012 red wax bomber. Thanks Pat.

Light in appearance and mouthfeel. Fairly sweet and fruity for a barleywine. A little complexity on the finish with some tangy notes. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 release.
Murky craft. Imagining unfiltered raisin/prune juice. Very aromatic and lush. Gummy bear, hops and raisin standout. Taste of hop and sweet. Soon after a peasantly sour mixed with a bitter effect and the higher abv blending in comfortably. Mouthfeel has hop bitterness lingering in back of the mouth. Sugars lay on the tongue. Overall this is really a treat. Not one component outdoes the other. Well done.

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Photo of JothHu
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of MLDucky
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of basshaug
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap as a 9 oz pour that in beer equivalent may have cost as much as my left nut, but

Definitely a hop forward barleywine but I really enjoyed it. Pours a dark amber with a thick creamy head.

The hops are very pronounced and the alcohol heat is present but tucked behind the hop burst. A great med-full full body mouth feel. Overall a good barley wine, even if it is slightly off the "traditional" flavor profile and more along three floyds hop forward MO.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got this beer for the first time this year at the brewery. I allowed it to age a few months but I just couldn't wait any longer to rip off that purple dress!

A - Deep dark amber. Pours thick. Big fine white head erupting out of the elixir with great lacing.

S - Initially the citrus hops just dominate the stage. There is some malt, caramel, and fruit but the hops are big and fresh. Very much more like a DIPA than a barley wine but I love it.

T - On the palate this beer is terrific it hits hard with the rich malt character you would expect from the style and then the pound of hops hits the middle of your tongue. On the backside there is the caramel and dark fruits but the hop bitterness hits the ringer. I'm sure that without the pungent, delicious hops there would be an alcohol tone but it is totally overridden. As it warms to 70 degrees the hops try to give way to the behemoth of the barleywine with the sweet malt, caramel, and raisins.

M - High mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. It is heavier on the palate but with all of the hops on the front end and the quenching bitterness you can enjoy your fruitcake and eat it too.

Overall, this beer stays true to 3 Floyds' mantra of hop first ask questions later and this is by far my favorite barleywine. Though this beer is more like a DIPA I give it it's due since it does have the rich malt character that you would expect from a barleywine but just with a ton of hops to go with it. If you want a true maltier experience I would not get this but if you like hops and the accompanying barleywine character then I strongly suggest when this becomes available to grab some!

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Bisco42
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer, has the delicious notes you except from a fine barley wine such as toffee, raisins, dark fruit, has an unexpected touch of fruitiness in there reminiscent of apples and/or pears. isn't overly sweet or boozy. Slightly metallic in the finish. very good take on the style, just not quite sure i'd go through the effort and expense it took to get it again.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep honey, hazy apple cider with loose carbonation. Rich, foamy, caramel colored head.

Aroma - Prominent citrus hops with bready malts. Very fruity.

Taste - the aroma matches up with the taste. Fruit, hops, malt. And alcohol on the back end; mild for the style - these guys know how to brew.

Feel - Bitter and sweet. Sweet and bitter. Feels so good.

Overall - great barley wine. Hoppy, fruity, dangerously strong.

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Photo of rpmetzler
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't bad, I'm just not a fan of the hoppiness. As I figure out my tastes, I can easily say that strong citrus hops aren't my thing. As far as hippy beers go, this isn't awful.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a stubby generic chalice. It showed a deep apple cider coloring, sporting a half finger tall head of burnt caramel foam that was gone by the time the glass settled onto the table. In its wake a single sheet of tan lacing was left. Chill haze reduced clarity, and punctate sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be a bit high. The aroma warmed the soul, offering flashes of intense citric hops, corn and cola syrup, pale and deeply roasted caramel malts, green grassiness, milder piney resins, black pepper spice of harsh booze, sawdust, burnt amber grain, red hot steel, Styrofoam, soft phenolic plastics, and leather polish. Following through the taste buds was freshly poured concrete, bubblegum esters, immense vodka booziness, corny adjuncts, fusel chemical and Magic Marker phenols, white chalk, pineapple and nectary fruity and citric hops, heavy caramel roasted maltiness, daisy pollen florals, mild wheatiness, and green pea vegetal twinge. The aftertaste breathed especially of biting green grassiness and dusty banana bread esters. The body was heavy and syrupy with every sip, while carbonation sat moderately high. Nice slurp and smack accompanied this feel, but creaminess or frothiness was rather lost to the mouth swirl. Massive chalky dryness turned into involuntary puck across the mouth. The abv was big, but stylistically appropriate; it warmed you more and more with each sip, which occurred at a slower pace.

Overall, this was a surprisingly and remarkably hopped beer aromatically. I guess we weren’t quite sure what to expect for a “blonde barleywine”, but for some reason a major hoppy component wasn’t it. It was pleasant, translating well into flavoring. Sadly, it remained way up front in the mouth, getting battered by waves of sharp booze and heavy grain. This introductory taste actually made us think of a “Super Zombie Dust”. It was so hopped!! Again, however, you then hit this monstrous wall of bitters, puckers, and chemicals. All that said, we’ve had DIPAs that are bigger malt bombs than this barleywine, but the booze keeps you in line with your thinking; at least this works when remembering style. This beer wasn’t bad, but it just kind of took us for a loop following that description. If you want a big, big beer that isn’t afraid to show you what it is, then this is the ticket for you, our friend.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a dark, murky reddish amber in color with a 1 inch thick white head that slowly fades to leave a nice thin coating across the top of the beer.

Smell- The nose is very hop forward with pine and citrus. Hints of dark fruit and a barely perceptible malt presence.

Taste- Starts off with toffee and graham crackers and rockets its way into orange zest, plums and pine. Finishes with a spicy heat.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body, medium carbonation and somewhat dry.

Overall- An exceptional representation of a barleywine in my opinion. FFF always seems to hit home runs for me.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Austin, partook in the vertical of 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, both 11's, 12, 12 BA, 13, 14, and 15. Almost too much to take in. The older ones had that wet cardboard oxidation going on. The BA version was special. The hops became more prominent in the 15. Wow! Thanks.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Orange Wax. Color: Nice deep amber, ruby tonez. Smells like caramel and rye spice, maybe red fruits on the tail. Smell follows on through the palate- nice caramel sweetness balanced by that rye spice, with something like apple acidity, fruits. Bit of booze, but I suspect the age has mellowed it considerably.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), 2013 vintage (orange wax), poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 4/3/14

Small amount of carbonation. Brown reddish body. Not too much aroma. Some alcohol grainy smell. Slightly fruity taste. Some sweet bread notes. It’s decent.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm just not getting this as a Barley wine. I smell the signature Three Floyds hops, but it isn't as sweet as a BW usually is. The nose is nice for a big, hoppy non-BW. Confusing.

The taste is, once again, bit fat hoppiness typical of the brewery- sharp and tangy. I'm STILL not getting this as a BW. A bit too thin, though the mouthfell is fine, for anything other than a BW. I get the malts, but can't pin down any caramel notes on this.

If you're looking for a sweet, thick BW- go elsewhere. If you're looking to sample thru the Three Floyds taste catalogue this one is a tick worth trying. Once.

I'd say this would be a good candidate to age or have as a barrel aged brew. As it is, it is a hop bomber that hits just a bit strong for the style.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle; about 6 years old, cellared at 55 degrees F.

Dark amber color, pretty, with no head.

Smells like caramel malt, sweet grain, and touches of fresh golden apple and pineapple; quite attractive.

On the palate, a cohesive blend of sweet malty and hoppy flavors. Caramel, earth, light tobacco, light fruit. Good depth of flavor and assertive bitterness. Long, bitter, earthy finish. Balanced and tasty.

Cushy, slick, silky texture.

Seems to have aged well; no overt oxidization. Good stuff.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber body with only a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Big hop notes on the nose along with some brown butter/burnt caramel. Definitely an american barleywine. This is like a DIPA with the malt bill kicked up for added body and sweetness. It works very well. This is surprisingly drinkable and almost refreshing at such a high ABV. Definitely worthwhile for hopheads out there.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange wax, 2013 vintage. Tasted 24 May 2014.

Pours a rich rusty amber-brown. Half a finger of yellowish head, okay retention and good lacing.

Smell is big and beefy. Caramel malts, hops, and alcohol. Leathery, herbal, and biting. But all in a nice way.

Taste is bruisingly strong and bitter. I don't find much else in there, unfortunately, as the bitter of the hops and the alcohol mask any pleasant flavors the malts might bring. Tastes like a hopped-up barleywine, but not anythig I really want to drink all that much of.

Feel is good. Medium-heavy body, enough carbonation, lasting.

A decent hoppy barleywine. The big problem is that it's lacking anything particularly interesting. No flavors that really grab me, not particularly well balanced. It's what I'd expect, but nothing more.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Orange Wax

A- Pours a deep amber with ruby and orange accents coming through. Dense dirty white head that does everything it can not to fade. Terrific lacing

S- Caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and charred malts all come through amidst the fruity, floral notes. Delightful, yet not robust.

T- Some time has certainly helped smooth this one out. Flavor profile is similar to the nose in that it is tempered but becoming. Starts with the rich, charred malts before moving on to a layer of sweet, chewy caramel and tropical fruits

M- Probably the weakest aspect for me. While the booze is mild, the body is on the lighter side. A rather pathetic carbonation level. Sticky though.

O- Not bad. Everything seems to come together nicely, but nothing really "pops".

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Photo of macher0
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue wax to tulip.

A. Dark copper with amber hues. Cloudy. 2 finger egg shell head that retreats to a fine bubble rim. Nice laces.

S. Moderately fragrant. Big time floral hops w/ a citrus finish. This beast is certainly going to be a hoppy barley wine (big surprise).

T. A little sweet, a lot bitter. Strong hops flavor with a certain presence of barley wine = apples, plums, figs, malts, pears, and persimmons.

M. Very thick. High carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O. Very nice. This is certainly a 3F ale in respect tot the level of hops. Which are very high. This is a great ale to share. Very strong and very well crafted. I certainly recommend this ale.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. 10oz poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark brown body with a one finger white head, decent lacing nothing special

Smell- citrus, grapefruit, orange, and some caramel. No mistake though this is hoppy as hell and not close to being true to the style.

Flavour- super hoppy, dank and bitter with a lot of grapefruit qualities and a fairly minimal caramel toffee contribution. This is not subtle at all.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, good carbonation, nothing special. Fairly bitter nothing much else and very sweet here. Dry and sweet finish.

Overall- not that special of an American barleywine. Overly hopped as you'd expect from a Three Floyds beer.

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