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Barrel Aged Behemoth - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 517
Gots: 114 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 59
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Photo of Sparty1224
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I went to FFF Monday after DLD for lunch since I live right by the brewery and this beauty and Oak Aged DL were still left. Have to say happy I got to try it since had to leave DLD early and I got to try it in a practically empty FFF which gave me the chance to fully appreciate it and write a full review. Served in a stemless goblet which look like a rounded old fashioned glass to me.

A - This is a dark apricot color that has hues of gold and bronze shining through it. There is a small ivory head that sits on the sides of the glass and really had no chance of surviving. Looks thick and viscous, almost syrupy like as it just coats the heck out of this glass. Very clean looking beer and actually after looking at it for a while, it reminded me of what a fine scotch looks like sitting in its glass. It seems to have a glow to it that just reminded of the old firewater. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen.

S - this was much sweeter and less hoppier than the fresh Behemoth that I've had on tap. It smelled of apricots and honey at first. Also get a big hit of oak, cinnamon and whiskey spiciness that let you know this was barrel aged.

T- First of I want to say that I loved this so much more than the regular Behemoth which I've only had fresh and on tap. I don't know if it was the year of aging or the barrel but this was so much smoother than it was fresh as the hops were much more subdued and the flavors all seemed to meld together. The first taste I got was candied apricots and then there came a hint of fresh toffee and caramel. Almost tasted like sucking on a Wehter's original. On the end, this was all counterbalanced by the effects of the Barrel aging as I got a bit hit of smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and whiskey flavors. One great thing about this beer is how much is how complex it was. All of the flavors were huge and prominent yet it was super balanced and each sip brought me a new flavor experience. One thing that I love about FFF Barrel aging is that they use Woodford Reserve barrels, which, if you have ever had the whiskey you would know this already, is one of the spiciest bourbons out there. These barrels really impart their odor and flavor in the beer and causes the beers to differ completely from their non-BA brethren.

MF - overall just how a barleywine should feel in the mouth. It was big, thick and sticky yet managed to not be cloying at alll. There was no carbonation at all and this was good as it just allowed all of the flavors to roll in and coat your tongue. The after feeling had a nice bit of spicy and astringent to it that reminded you of the effects of the BA

D - This was one insanely good beer and it was so easy to drink. In terms of taste, while it and Oak Aged DL are both 5's, I thought this one was even better than OA DL. If possible, I would give it a 6. Wish it had a bit of a bigger nose but oh well. Loved this so much more than the fresh Behemoth I had on tap and this experience inspired me to buy some Behemoth to cellar to see if the flavors will meld together as well in the bottle as they did after a year in the barrel. Try this if you get the chance as you will not be disappointed at all.

Photo of pwoods
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at DLD '09

One of the best beers I've ever had.

Pours light burgundy, a little cloudy. A decent, airy head forms and holds for a bit. Not a ton of lacing because of the high alcohol but the hops stick just a bit. Aroma is out of this world. Lots of fruits. Ruby Red Grapefruit is the frontrunner with plenty of other aged citrusy fruits to back it up. The bourbon barrel just did absolute wonders for the taste and aroma. The barrel is a touch more present in the aroma but it's still perfect in the taste. Hops are still pretty big in the taste but nicely rounded out with the age. Sweet but not cloying. The alcohol is heavenly. The fruity esters are perfect. Body is about full with just enough carbonation. A pure sipper at its finest.

Photo of timc100
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

52/1696

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Behemoth Barleywine (Barrel-Aged) was served on tap at FFF Brewpub during the 2007 Dark Lord Day. I was very excited to get the opportunity to sample this one even though it was presented to me in a plastic cup and served at extremely cold temperatures (-40F). The first thing that stood out in my mind (as compared to the bottled version) was the dark, ruddy brown color (maybe aged in the same barrels as the Dark Lord?) that was almost completely opaque with very little carbonation that created barely a tannish brown head. As the barleywine warmed, it started to let off some of those ripe, pungent Northwest hops that it's famous for, along with some serious vinous bourbon overtones (cherry tobacco, mint honey, cinnamon sticks & French vanilla) from the Woodford Reserve barrel. The rough-edged flavor expressed some of the treacle/toffee & toasted caramel sweetness that wasn't completely overshadowed by the marked bitterness or weighty alcohol. The finish was long, hot, and slightly coarse. This hefty, barrel version is certainly a sipper that might benefit from some additional aging to mellow out the rough edges. Here's to wood, it's good!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of Gumballbrogan
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had for the first time since DLD. Better than I remember that day. The taste of bourbon and oak was a great combination with the barleywine. That sweet, woodsy taste lingered on the palate and hd a smooth finish. Really wish it could have bottled and taken home. Definitely worth trying!!

Amazing Beer!!!

Photo of jegross2
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  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.

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6th taster - Port's Barrel Blast
2008 Vintage

A - Ruby light grape color - copper. Little to no head from the poor on tap that had a light color...

S - Strong vanilla, bourbon, oak sweetness, smoke warmth, peat

T - Bourbon, vanilla, oak sweetness with a peaty smoky finish. The strong taste makes up for the tricky light color.

M - Little to no carbonation, very smooth, little bit of heat that made it more enjoyable - this went down very smooth

D - Very nice drink - one of my favorites at the event. Vanilla, oak, peat like - reminded me somewhat of all the flavors I like in a scotch, but in a very smooth drinking beer. Very much enjoyed this one...

Photo of rfraga77
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice red/brown burnt color. A nice head forms and holds on for quite sometime.

S- Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon with slight sherry like notes poking through. Most of the hop aromas from regular behemoth are non existent.

T- A true sipper. The bourbon and age have done wonders on this barleywine. The one year in the barrel has created an awesome liquid to be savored by kings, queens, and me. I would never have guessed 11%. The age has mellowed out most of the bitterness. Barrel aging barleywine should occur more often. A wonderful marriage of flavors. Top 5 beers i have ever tasted.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation.

D- Even though it is 11%, i can drink these all night. As a matter of fact, i drank this until the keg was gone. I officially had the last glass. WOW. I cant wait until next year when it comes out again. Keg was gone in less then 1 day.

Photo of sman262
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap 1/10/07, first off this is definatly how i think a barrel aged Behemoth might taste.

A: Extremely dark for a barley wine, could tell this has definatly undergone a change in the barrel.
S: I am a sucker for barrel aged beers, I love the smell and the taste, its like drinking fine wiskey but instead its not 100 proff
T: LOTS of Bourbon here, very intense along with the alcohol, the snifter was almost too much, it was sooo intense.
M: Very silky, had the ability to coat your mouth with flavor, reminds me of the Kentucky Breakfast.
D: There is no way i could drink more than one snifter of this stuff.

Photo of iadler
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Three Floyds.
I let it sit on the bar for a while to let it warm up a bit. Smell is incredible. Think a very nice bourbon whiskey smell complimenting a very refined, well melded barleywine. Taste is absolutely amazing. This is one to sip all day. Every sip was velvety smooth and better than the last. This barleywine has transformed into a incredible beer while in the barrel. I could not get enough of this beer. The guys at Three Floyds have taken barrel aging to the highest level.
Very glad I had the chance to drink this.

Photo of mdm46410
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at DLD '08. A syrupy pour of muddy amber/brown with almost no head or lace. The aroma was sugary carmel and bourbon. The flavor was almost that of melted caramel with tinges of bourbon seeping through. Very nice! The mouthfeel was lush and thick with minimal carbonation. Although my rating for this and the regular Behemoth are the same, these are two vastly different beers. Not anywhere near as hoppy as it is fresh, this brew has taken on a much sweeter, English barleywine character. I love it!

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at FFF 1/6/07. "BA Behemoth (aka Wood Aged Behemoth), the 2006 BBW that's been aged 1 year in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon oak barrel, 12.5% abv."

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. No head with an off-white ring.

S: Huge boozy nose of bourbon with caramel and vanilla.

T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, burnt toffee, cinnamon, caramel, and spices. Sweet with a hoppy/alcohol tang to the spicy finish.

M: Huge, slick, and coating. Massively thick, smooth, and oakey. Very still/low carbonation.

D: Surprisingly very drinkable considering the high abv. Maybe a tad too bourbony but very enjoyable none the less.

Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013
#644/1696


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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD 2009. All the reviews for the Barrel Aged Behemoth indicate that it was a bourbon-barrel aging, so I've added this one. Note also that this was not the oak aged with cherries--unfortunately, I didn't get to sample that one.

A: Fairly dark, molasses type color. Slightly reddened with a creamy off-white head.

S: A good whiff of oak alongside sweet and creamy malt. Quite similar to the regular Behemoth, but quite a bit lower on the hop scent than fresh Behemoth.

T: Sweet and complex. The oak has definitely done a number here, and comes out very well. It melds with Behemoth's flavor quite well, creating a subtle spiciness. Some caramel flavoring is definitely there.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and very creamy. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Very good stuff. The flavor of the oak is a little much to drink a lot of this, but that just encourages slow sipping. Solid beer all around. Hope to have this one again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD '09 in a plastic cup. Poured to a to a deep dark brown, with little had or lacing, to the consistencuy of cough syrup. Nose was malty dark fruit, sugar cookie and bourbon. Mouthfeel was full, and a went back and forth between the biting sting of the bourbon and the swee thickness of the malt, yet all the while mellow. Taste was primarily bourbon, Karo dark syrup, and dark fruit, and the finish was very warming and smooth. At 12.5%, the folks at FFF did a good job of keeping the alcohol from being overwhelming.

Darn good beer, though not quite up to the DL status.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at the FFF Pub 02/04/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a dark ruddy brown with a sudsy tan ring. A bit of head would have been nice, but otherwise it looks good.

Smell -- Sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and dark fruit. Very inviting.

Taste -- Bourbon, damp lumber, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, muted citrusy hops still kicking. The barrel characteristics are certainly present, but not so overwhelming that you can't tell that the base is Behemoth. Really quite nice.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with milder, almost creamy carbonation. Subtle wood tannin dryness is perceptible. Very smooth, and a good fit for the flavors.

Drinkability -- Of the handful of barrel-aged FFF beers, this is by far the best. While the others were so hot and boozy that the base beer was totally overwhelmed, the mellow bourbon really elevates Behemoth and gives it a new character. Total win.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.1.14
Orane wax 2013
1460/1696

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Barrel Aged Behemoth from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.