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Barrel Aged Behemoth - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 379
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 525
Gots: 116 | FT: 15
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2007

American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.
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Photo of dfillius
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed a 2013 bottle on 1/19/14
A: Cloudy brown liquid with 1/2 finger tan head
S: Bourbon heat tickles the nostrils. Earthy, oak, nougat.
T: No bourbon heat in the mouth. Sweet finish is almost like candy but not cloying at all.
M: Sweet, chewy, not hot at all.
O: Very tasty. I love it.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky dark brown, some ruby to orange hues around the edge

S: dates, brown sugar, booze

T: more dark fruits, booze again, burnt sugar, slight hops

F: low carbonation, smooth, high ABV coating

O: quite good, balanced well then punch of booze on the end .. good job

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Photo of tourdot
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the most complex and enjoyable BA barleywine that I have had. Viscous with tremendous barrel character and the nose on this beer is stellar.

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Photo of pagriley
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick heavy legs. Murky and muddy, just the way it should be.
Booze and dried fruits on the nose; sweet, but not cloying and still some hops lurking in thebackground.
Dried fruit, sherry, some oxidation and more booze on the palate. Barrel has faded into the base beer perfect.y A bit too much carb, but a few swirls solve that problem. Lighter body and mouth feel than I expected, but still ample, and not overly sweet.

Overall an excellent beer. Not sure it is better than any other great BA Barleywine like BA Bigfoot or BA Old Stock, but an experience certainly

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Photo of Beer4B
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky brown swamp water in look this beer left a lot to be desired. Weak mouthfeel, lacking in flavors that didn't blend really well. Not a good beer.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. 2015 edition with purple wax, bottle 824/1053. This one's a little over a month old.

A: Easily one of the more ugly BA beers I've seen in a long time. This one pours a very murky, dark brown color. Has the look of dirty water or mud. Thin, off-white head rings around the glass. Not very appetizing.

S: Molasses, dark fruits, candied plums, sugar cane, caramel and bourbon. Compared to the base beer, much less hop presence here. Way more dark fruit and molasses from the barrel aging.

T: Dark plums and cherries, toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon-soaked sweet breads. A faint, faint presence of hops in the back of the mouth. Bourbon flavor is nice and smooth, not too boozy.

M: Full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. Some heat on the finish, can really feel the 12.5% in this one, especially as it warms.

O: I recently had the base beer, Behemoth, and just wasn't impressed. I didn't review it, as I was saving this one for more of a comparison type review. I think I was less impressed with Behemoth because I tend to favor more English-style BWs that are malt-forward and rich, and Behemoth is super hoppy and fresh. I found it a bit abrasive. But BA Behemoth really takes the edge off that beer, and turns this into one fine beer. There's still a tiny hint of the hoppy base beer underneath, but for the most part, this is one nice complex beer. Lots of dark fruits and burnt candies. Bourbon textures are really nice. If there's a fault, it's the ugly appearance and the noticeable booziness. This doesn't meet the level of BCBBW at all, but it's a great BA Barleywine from Three Floyds.

Recommendation: Is it worth the price and effort to snag this? Eh, I'm not 100% sure. At the least, it's worth a trade or just seeking out during a bottle share. It's a really good beer, just maybe a tad overpriced for the quality.

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Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

A huge thanks to pauljrinaldijr for sending over this long time want as an extra in a trade, world class beer advocate right there!

A: Pours a very hazy muddy brown with just over 1 fingers width of light tan head, which has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves essentially no lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Huge nose, lots of sweetness including a big toffee/caramel character, some dark fruits, candied sugar, vinous notes. There are also some pleasant faded hop characters. Barrel notes aren’t strong, but are noticeable, with a charred oak and subtle bourbon booze. 4.5

T: Pretty big barrel notes right off the bat, with bourbony vanilla and charred oak. Burnt sugar, toffee, bitterness. There an almost anise like licorice character. Aftertaste of oaky bourbon and burnt sugar lingers for ever after each sip. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, a bit thin considering its such a big beer, ABV is noticeable, but drinkability remains excellent. 4.25

O: Wonderful beer. So glad I finally got to try it. Easily in the top handful of American Barleywines I have ever had. Thanks again Paul for hooking me up! 4.5

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside the standard FFF Behemoth.

Yellowish amber body with a thin cap. Aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, malt. Some sweet fruity notes. More complex and drinkable than the standard version, with barrel aging characteristics cutting some of the alcoholic fruity ester sweetness. Caramel malt lingers. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle from trade. 2013 batch numbered 143/1696. Pours murky light brownish amber with a creamy off white and yellowish head. Aroma of lemon peel, caramel, oak, vanilla. Flavor follows with lots of lemon hops, caramel and big brown sugar, lots of oak, light vanilla and bourbon. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation and some nice warmth on the back wen with the oak balancing the sweet nicely. Enjoyed this much more than the regular version.

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Photo of timc100
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%


Sweet lighter fruits, orange peel, sticky boozy caramel, bourbon. More oak, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar as it warms.

It is a solid BA barleywine, but doesn't come together as well as I'd hoped. The hops faded considerably, but in the end they do not work very well with the barrel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from totoropanda. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 376 / 1676

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, looser, foamy, crackly and slightly fizzy, off-white head with half decent retention. Hazy burnt umber with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy wisp. Splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of oak, whisky and coconut on the nose. Toffee and caramel for sure, with vanilla to accompany the coconut and sweet barrel aromas. A hint of piney hops as well, but faint. Pretty nice stuff overall.

TASTE: Oak, whisky, vanilla and coconut up front. Barrel flavors mostly, as well as a bit of booze, red berries and alcohol at the swallow. A bold but shorter lived aftertaste of oak, whisky and barrel flavors, coconut, toffee sweetness, as well as some piney hop bitterness. Enough barrel with the sweet and hoppy barleywine coming through as well. Pretty good really.

PALATE: Thinner body and a bit airy and prickly on the palate. Goes down a touch prickly and finishes sticky on the palate. A scratch and burn after the swallow and lots of heat lingers on the palate. Suffers from a thinner and abrasive palate, like many of the style do.

OVERALL: This is pretty good. Quite oak heavy, but that's not a bad thing. The feel is a bit under par, as are many in the style, but the flavor is well balanced and barrel aging well executed. This is actually more barleywine than their regular Behemoth is. Quality and worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers totoropanda!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.1.14
Orane wax 2013

A - Pours a murky medium brown with a bubble tan head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Bourbon, oak, bitter hops, caramel malts, vanilla. Lot going on here.

T - Lots of caramel-toffee and vanilla with a bitter hop hint in the background.

D - Heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - Very tasty and nice, no bite, drinks very easily.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Fux
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.92/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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)

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Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Barrel Aged Behemoth from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.