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Barrel Aged Behemoth - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

324 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 499
Gots: 95 | FT: 9
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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1.08/5  rDev -75.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -48.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.92/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -31%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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3.09/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was excited to try this for a while, it did not perform. Taste and smell very offensive to me and highly barrel forward. Could not finish mine.

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3.16/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Barrel Aged Behemoth from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.