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Barrel Aged Behemoth - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 492
Gots: 95 | FT: 10
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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Photo of sweemzander
2.25/5  rDev -48.5%

sweemzander, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of aasher
2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

aasher, May 03, 2013
Photo of birdsellam
2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

birdsellam, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.89/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

huskermike12, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -31.4%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -31.4%

Klif, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3/5  rDev -31.4%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.15/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

chippo33, Mar 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

jampics2, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of SteelersX
3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
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!

SteelersX, May 12, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Steimie, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Brew33, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
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!

Jeffo, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

AleWatcher, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of VerticalLiturgical
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

VerticalLiturgical, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

dfhhead25, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

strongaf, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of timc100
3.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

timc100, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

ChadQuest, Feb 27, 2011
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Barrel Aged Behemoth from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.