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Barrel Aged Behemoth - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth

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BA SCORE
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world-class

233 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.32%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2007)
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Meadme for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy dark amber bordering on brown color with a decent sized off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on the top. Huge aromas of caramel and brown sugar soaked bourbon, with bits of dark fruit like cherries plums raisins and figs. The flavor is sweet but packs a lots of bourbon and alcohol to counter. Brown sugar and caramel with a solid bit of bourbon and hints of vanilla, oak, and dark fruits. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet almost syrupy sharp alcoholic mouthfeel. This beer smells fantastic, and tastes pretty good too, although at 12.5% it does have some rough alcohol edges. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night and wish I could spend more nights doing the same thing again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 23:23:07 | More by johnnnniee
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is cloudy dark burgundy brown with a small amount of light tan head. Lots of bourbon even from a distance. The nose is huge, tons of bourbon, dark malts, caramel, brown sugar, dried figs. Taste is also huge, lots of malt sweetness, not really sugary. Tons of dark fruits with hints of apple, lots of brown sugar and caramel. Bourbon plays in nicely, less prevalent than the nose would have had me believe. Very full body, a hint sugary, soft palate but gets a touch grainy.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:11:28 | More by cpetrone84
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle. #590/1696.

Appearance - Murky brown body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Very oaky. Vanilla. Faint grapefruit hop. Caramel malt. Not a lot of whiskey to it, but a lot of barrel.

Taste - Again, a faint grapefruit. Then whiskey takes over. Oaky. Caramel and vanilla. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Boozy and bitter.

Overall - It's a little rough around the edges, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:30:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours like a liquid brownie with a deep brown hue and a torrid thickness.

The nose is full of bourbonesque tones with fudgey chocolate, vanilla, coconut and a caramel malt aroma.

The flavor translates the nose in a strong creamy bourbon, fudge, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and caramel.

The feel is nearly as thick as it appeared with a near chewiness, smooth ans velvety.

I love Behemoth but Damn, they actually improved on it

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:47:54 | More by KYGunner
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dar482

New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy orange color.

The beer just has tons of barrel character. Bourbon, alcohol, woodiness. It is surrounded by a tinge of toffee and caramel sweetness. Some white raisins.

A relatively light body for a beer of this ABV and barrel aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 08:37:56 | More by dar482
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty boozy and hot.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:12:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Auracom

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Boom. Thanks Marcus, this was incredibly generous and is really appreciated. Second bottling with orange wax. A total of 6-7 oz. into a taster on June 15th, 2013.

A - Very murky toffee coloring, absolutely no head, retention, or lacing. Considerable legs though.

S - Bright, refined whiskey barrel, raisins, spicy fig, orange marmalade, and oak shavings.

T - The hops from the base have really relaxed in favor of a balanced barrel attack. Rich dark fruits, deep cocoa, pine cone, and a touch of some lighter tropic fruit blend that accents much more of an English-style base.

M - Moderate carbonation (much higher than it looks), medium body, very dry finish for the style.

D - Significantly better than regular Behemoth. Much like regular Dark Lord, it's bizarre how this transforms inside a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 15:28:12 | More by Auracom
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Fux

France

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Quite dark brown, with some copper glints. No head to speak of.
S: Nose is quite volatile, focused on caramel and brown sugar, with moderate vanilla, and fruity esters, fig, banana and grape.
T: The palate is mainly malty, with caramel and chocolate malts. Light woody character and some fruits, oranges, figs, etc. Alcohol is not much present.
M: The palate is a bit light for the style, it remains however quite smooth and drinkable.
O: A bit of a disappointment here. I mean, the beer is good but absolutely not worth the price I paid for it. I actually happen to have another one. Hopefully it will be better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 16:03:22 | More by Fux
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.89/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a ruddy, crimsonish-brown color with a dirty white cap whcih fades rather fast leaving a nice collar, some bubbles and minimal lacing. Pretty much what I was expecting

S: Oh boy. Old wood, bourbon, some spices, faded citrus hops, pickle juice, yup, pickle juice. Not at all pleasant but the other sensory notes make up for it.

T: Immediate thought...a splash cheap bourbon and old spent barrels. Yup, I said it. Bourbon comes out upfront with a hard-on and then some old woody, Earthy notes...the base Behemoth is a mere shadow of her once former BBW self because this shitty bourbon barrel fell on top of her. I detect pickle juice, caramel, toffee, citrus and piney hops buried beneath this overhyped and overpriced fat disaster. The finish is rather, hot, unpleasant, sticky at times....

M: Medium-full bodied, enough said.

O: Not exactly sure why this "world class", hyped or priced at $30+ or so. This beer reminded me of BA Ruffuan and BA Bigfoot, old spent bourbon barrels killing a fantastic base beer. I'm so happy I was able to tick this but so disappointed at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 13:46:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Most recent release, 2012/2013. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a half finger tan head. No lacing.

S- sweet toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and bourbon

T- caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, bourbon and faint pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O- very good BA Barleywine. Fairly sweet with some nice dark fruit notes, bourbon takes a back seat to the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:56:16 | More by kawilliams81
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Enelson for providing this gem in trade. Red Waxed bottle # 107 of 454
Enjoying as part of the 2013 Blizzard Nemo celebration. Since I couldn’t make it to Night of the Barrels, it was fitting to open and enjoy this as we get dumped on.

A finger of head forms then fades immediately. Beer is a hazy shoe leather brown with a spritz of carbonation escaping at the edge of the glass. The head is knocked down immediately and a thin formed.
Aroma is nice.. almost bordering on excellent. Caramel, vanilla and a touch of apple cider. Thick in your nose. A hint of bourbon, but not in your face.

Ok, we have a nice one here. Certainly no surprise. Immediately I can tell this is very good, but isn’t quite the caliber of the Blithe’s from Dry Dock.. (in my opinion) But the comparison alone means we are in rarefied air here. So… that should be taken as quite a positive. Initial deep malt and sweet caramel gives way to lots of vanilla and bourbon. For me the heat from the abv/bourbon influence is spot on here. Right on the edge and it works quite a bit. I mentioned apple cider in the aroma and the flavor also reminds me of this. A really freshly pressed cider… Not sour, not negative… actually quite nice. The bourbon, vanilla aftertaste is fantastic.

Bold body, but just shy of sticky. The heat is on the edge but doesn’t cross the line.
Enjoying this and very happy that I was able to secure a bottle. Man, I would love to be able to score another at some point over the next couple of years…..
Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywines are really becoming my favorite at this point.
Three Floyds does it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:25:44 | More by Reagan1984
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Floyds Barrel Aged Behemoth

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle: 271/454

Pours a nice murky brown with a thin dense off-white head. This is a very murky brew. The head recedes down to a nice thin ring around the glass. (4.0)

There is a sweet bold aroma. Nice Bourbon notes with some good apple juice notes and some woody notes. There is also some nice caramel and molasses with some nice slight hoppy citrus notes and some slight vanilla. (4.5)

Starts off with some nice intense sweetness. Awesome molasses and caramel notes with great bready malt undertones and some nice apple cider notes. Cinnamon and slight vanilla notes are present as well. Very interesting brew and not similar at all to the Non-BA Behemoth, it is still very delicious and complex. There are some woody notes and some slight boozy burn. The Bourbon notes are delicious and intense and are perceived through the whole brew. Nice caramel and oak notes. Soo good. The Bourbon notes are also complimented by some underlying strong hops that at first I couldn’t place because of the bourbon notes. As the beer warms you can really appreciate that nice Bourbon heat mixed with some intense hop notes and then it tapers of with the molasses and the nice vanilla and woody cinnamon notes. The mouthfeel is perfectly oily and creamy but with enough boozyness and heat and good carbonation. This is definitely a sipper but delicious. (5.0)(4.5)

Very good brew. Very different than the base brew but still a very delicious with great sweetness and Bourbon notes, great caramel and molasses notes with an awesome blend between the sweetness and the hops. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:26:48 | More by JoEBoBpr
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largadeer

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, almost muddy orange with thin head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

Nose: A blast of fruity hops escape the bottle as soon as it's uncapped. Once in the glass it has a stronger toffee and burnt sugar note, along with nutty, sherry-like oxidation. This is surprisingly oxidized, but in a good way - more sherry than cardboard. Bourbon is present but integrated, and there's a good deal of hoppiness left on the nose, lending a touch of peach and pineapple along with a bit of grassiness that makes me think of old IPA.

Palate: Similar to the nose, this beer has an intriguing mix of oxidation, barrel and hops. Oxidation is front and center, largely nutty and leathery in character with a bit of sherry beneath. Malt sweetness is amplified by the barrel, but it isn't a syrupy beer by any means, and burbon isn't really overt here. Hops contribute a mild bite to the finish and a touch of citrus, primarily pineapple and stonefruit. I'm surprised that the barrel aging hasn't caused the hops to disappear completely, but they're not unwelcome.

Overall: This grew on me quite a bit over the course of my glass. Really interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 18:03:59 | More by largadeer
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SteelersX

New York

3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally had this on Tap at the brewpub in 2007 the night before dark lord day.

This version
Bottle 359 of 454

The appeance was murky with a orange/reddish hue.

The smell was nice. sweet/bourbony some hops in the aroma.

taste - lots of bourbon and sweetness but a little too hoppy for a bourbon barrel beer in my opinion. Considering the base beer it's understandable. The hop and the bourbon just dont play well together.

Not my favorite barrel aged beer and not nearly as good as the 2007 version. The 2007 version was a bourbon bomb which this version is not.

Still a decent beer. I'll see how my bottle 22 ages.

Thanks to lansmen for the bottles!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:23:54 | More by SteelersX
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jegross2

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Behemoth from Three Floyds Brewing Company.
Score: 93

Bottle number 219/454 from the brewpub release in February 2012 release. Served in a Delirium Tremens balloon glass and enjoyed on 05/11/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky caramel color with a thin layer of tan bubbly head at pour. Minimal lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Brown sugar, lemon sugar cookie, and caramel. A little oak and smooth bourbon. The aroma is wheat wine-esque. Grassy hops. Light fig. Pineapple and butterscotch. Burnt sugar. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter and grassy lemon citrus hops, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. A little fig and dark fruit sweetness. More caramel and bourbon as it warms. There is a modest wood flavor too. The flavor is a step down from aroma initially, but it gets better as it warms. Well balanced with a light booziness to let you know this beer means business. Lingering lemongrass and fig flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. The finish is a touch sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: A really solid barrel aged American-style barleywine. I was skeptical as to what barrel aging would do to such a hoppy beer, but this one turned out quite well. The beer struck a nice balance between the sweetness from the barrel aging and the bitter grassy citrus from the base beer.

Recommendation: This is a beer worth seeking out, but, like Baller Stout, it's not really worth the $30 price tag.

Pairings: Morel chive cheese (sold at Hy-Vee).

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 07:48:24 | More by jegross2
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Treebs

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared in line at DLD, courtesy of Andrew (nasty31). Thanks man!! Served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark peach color with a thin yellow head forming on the pour. It keeps a thin film and leaves some soapy looking lace behind.

S: Very nice. Sweet bourbon and light oak with a light citrus hop presence that stuck around nicely from the base beer. The finish is a sweet butterscotch flavor with a little vanilla also.

T: Caramel and citrus hops are there on the first sip and start to meld with smooth bourbon and oaky vanilla that comes on the finish.

M: Full bodied, but not chewy or heavy. Incredibly smooth with a spot on medium level carbonation and a nice barrel sweetness on the finish.

O: Incredibly smooth and delicious with the alcohol completely hidden. Great balance in the flavors and this will only get better. It'll be nice to try this in a year or two when the hops fade and the maltier side starts to shine.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:07:51 | More by Treebs
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iadler

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FFF.

A- Murky brown with a thin bubbly off white head. Looks like apple cidar.

S- Bold aroma with bourbon and green and red apples, caramel, dark fruits, orange, pineapple, brown sugar, and bready malt

T- follows the aroma with sweet bourbon, slightly tart apples, caramel, faint tropical fruits with pineapple and bready malt.

M- medium carbonation and body. Finishes a bit dry. The abv is hidden pretty well.

O- Really liked this and was surprised how different it was from the regular behemoth. Some tartness and barrel aging made this quite a tasty and complex beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 19:27:23 | More by iadler
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Map Room. Served in a snifter-esque glass.

A - Murky orange-brown body - not far from clogged toilet in appearance. A small orange-tinged foam quickly sizzles to a thin ring and partial cap, leaving a few spots of lace.

S - Reference quality barrel-aged barleywine. Perfect balance of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, burnt sugars and light citrus hops. Surprisingly little overt alcohol too.

T - The taste is a bit of a step down, but still among the best of the style. More bread character mid-palate, with the caramel and burnt sugars only show up late on the palate. Doesn't pop in the same way as the aroma. Some oaky barrel tannins in the finish help balance the sweetness.

M - Full-boded, sticky, chewy, and just plain weighty - perfectly suited to the flavor profile and ABV. Lower carbonation, with a light dry, tannic, finish. Alcohol is warming but never intrusive.

D - I finished this faster than the other two, lower alcohol, beers. I wish this popped up more often, as I think it's one of Three Floyds' strongest offerings - much more enjoyable than Barrel Aged Dark Lord in my book. I can easily see this causing an equivalent hangover to Abacus.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 15:34:46 | More by MasterSki
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brownish orange. Not a pretty pour but a nice touch of yellowish head. Smells hoppy and bourbon heavy. Tons of big malt presence on the nose. Tastes sweet and malty. The bourbon melds well with the malt profile. The hops are fairly subtle on the tonue but smooth and very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 13:57:42 | More by Urbancaver
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Had on tap at Dark Lord Day. Love the normal Behemoth, so jumped at the opportunity to have this one.

a - Pours a murky dark mahogany brown color with less than an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak/wood, caramel malts, molasses, sugar, dark fruits, and light vanilla. Smell is amazing and much like the normal Behemoth fused with bourbon.

t - Tastes of bourbon, caramel malts, wood, dark fruits, sweet fruity malts and sugar, vanilla. Bourbon is strong but really great in my opinion.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink; surprisingly not a lot of heat considering the ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a nice improvement on an already great beer. I've had some bourbon barrel aged beers where the base beer was superior (like BA Blackout vs. normal Blackout in my opinion), but in this case the bourbon barrel aging did wonders for the base beer. Would love to have this one again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 00:06:12 | More by mdfb79
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fear025

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the 3 Floyds brewpub.

Aroma:Bourbon, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Appearance:Muddy brown with very little head

Taste:The bourbon really overpowers all of the other flavors on the first few sips. After you get used to it, the deep rich malt sweetness comes through, as well as dark fruits. Buried beneath the other flavors is candied orange peel, which adds an interesting complexity.

Mouthfeel:Thick and syrupy with some hot alcohol.

Drinkability:This is an amazing transformation of the Behemoth to a barrel aged beer. Tons of complexity, and very delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 17:42:13 | More by fear025
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Three Floyds.
Pour is a dark brown with a glimpse of mahogany to it. Low head but hey it's 12.5%. looks slick and oily.
Through out the time drinking this over almost an hour i couldn't stop thinking the aroma and flavors were so much like christmas candies, with holiday spices and sugary sweetness, i think it is under attenuated honestly. There is a very prominant alcohol presence that adds to the overall flavors and i feel is needed to cut the sweetness somewhat, with out it would become cloying fast.
On the palette it hits like the appearance suggested and is very oily over all and is sticky and coating.

A great brew probally worth making the hour drive, and then waiting an hour outside before getting in, for a chance to try it, might not a second time though. Made some new friends while there too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 04:28:20 | More by ChadQuest
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a snifter at the brewpub.

Appearance: This pours a murky brown color, much darker than regular Behemoth. Molasses brown in the middle, walnut brown at the edges, with a creamy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring, leaving just a bit of lace.

Smell: This is surprising, I mostly just get bourbon here. Some oak, vanilla, and maybe some general dark fruit. All of the caramel malt and hoppy aroma has gone away.

Taste: Bourbon soaked all the way through, it almost drowns everything else out. Some caramel sweetness up front, followed by some dark fruits, oak, and vanilla that add a little bit of depth, but there is no hop presence. The bourbon just rolls over anything that would be left underneath. The finish is lightly sweet and heavy on the Woodford Reserve.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied for sure. The creaminess gives the feeling the body is crushing the carbonation. Quite sticky. It has a harsh boozy feel in the throat and a pleasant alcohol warming in the stomach. The juiciness from the original is gone. It has more of a flat, somewhat dry bourbon feel.

Drinkability: One and done, definitely. I like barrel aged beers as much or more than the next guy, but this was just too much bourbon for me. It definitely brought down an otherwise good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 17:58:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the brewpub.

Finding this was still on-tap was the major victory of the Three Floyds Brewpub Experience today. It pours a murky burnt sienna topped tonsure-style by a ring of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises bourbon, a healthy amount of maple syrup, vanilla, oak, molasses, and caramel. The taste does not deviate very far from this plan, though the maple syrup and molasses are decidedly diminished, and some light clove and nutmeg notes find their way into the mix. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda chewy feel. Overall, I was a bit disappointed that the base barleywine was so o'ershadowed by the barrel-aging, but the end product here remains pretty dern good regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 01:46:07 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on tap at the FFF pub

As soon as I found this beer was still on tap I decided that it must be mine. This was served a murky looking brown with not much head on it, which may not be too appetizing until you realized it sat in an oak bourbon barrel for a long time. At that point it looks pretty tasty. The smell was unbelievably good. There was apparent the aromas most found in bourbon whiskey. There was hints of oak and vanilla along with the bourbon itself. The flavors while created on a backbone of heavy malts (the hops had long since died) was actually quite bourbon like in flavor. There was a twinge of the dank oak along with a peat smoked malt flavor that gave it a rather interesting harshness, that was by all means not bad. This beer had a hard time trying to figure out if it wanted to be a good whiskey or a barleywine. It was both and neither at the same time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 01:37:38 | More by Vdubb86
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