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Barrel Aged Behemoth - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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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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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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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 21:59:57 | More by yeahnatenelson
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

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

A: deep ruddy cloudy dark amber to chestnut. Unexpectedly nice persistent light brown head and lacing.
S: the citrusy hops found in regular fresh behemoth aren't there, in their place is a complex bouqet from the year in woodford reserve barrels-toffee, dark honey, dried stone fruit, vanilla, light bourbon, fruitcake, nuts, etc. Very complex and certainly I'm missing some notes. Long complex sweet finish, some spice and dark rum or whisky on the end.
M: thick, viscous, sweet, sticky, and full.
D: very complex sipper. A must try for barrel aged or barleywine fans.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 21:02:57 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Wadsey

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've drank this two times at Three Floyds, most recently today. I had two snifters and loved it.

A: Murky brown. I'm being generous with appearance because a small group of bubbles formed a skull on the beer's surface. Scout's honor. Pretty bad assed.

S: When the beer warmed to its proper temperature, it smelled like buttery toffee and bourbon.

T: Dynamic. Buttery toffee up front, and then bourbon, vanilla and nuts. If you dig, a touch of dark fruits, maybe light milk chocolate.

M: Appropriately low carbonation and full for style. Sticky, too.

D: Delicious. This is to barrel-aged barleywines what BCBCS is to barrel-aged stouts: a gourmet candy bar soaked in bourbon. No heat to be found but it is mildly warming.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 23:22:26 | More by Wadsey
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MrHirschybar

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 05:07:50 | More by MrHirschybar
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Gobzilla

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barrel blast

A: Poured a reddish brown in color with brown highlights that had a almost no head and left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on here but had lots of caramel, bourbon, booze, and toffee, but had hints of vanilla and citrus notes as well.; very nice aroma.

T: the bourbon added some nice complexity to the behemoth base brew which had lots of caramel like the nose bourbon that was not overwhelming, vanilla toffee accents and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bourbon, slight boozy, sticky finish.

D: very nicely done barrel aged brew that was not over done but was definitely a sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 19:11:58 | More by Gobzilla
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/15/2011

2008 vintage on tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

A: Pours almost still with a few stray bubbles. Color is a light crimson.

S: Prominent toffee and lesser notes of caramel accompany a strong hop profile, redolent of earth and pine. Bourbon is not overpowering, but it's nicely integrated.

T: Upper moderate piney hop bitterness balanced by prominent bourbon toffee notes. Well balanced. Booze is strong. Finish is aggressive and bitter, with lingering hoppy toffee bourbon booze.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice and aggressive barrel aged American Barleywine. A little like Alpine's Great with more hops and less toffee.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 21:38:43 | More by HopHead84
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rfraga77

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 18:21:50 | More by rfraga77
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 13:45:37 | More by Thorpe429
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Gumballbrogan

Indiana

4.93/5  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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 20:32:30 | More by Gumballbrogan
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2009 01:07:50 | More by kimcgolf
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a ruby reddish color. Not too much head here just a few bubbles here and there.

S- Compared to the normal Behemoth the hops seem to have mellowed out quite a bit. I could pick up a nice wood smell, some bourbon and something that was spicy.

T- Tastes of bourbon, nice vanilla, woody and caramel malts. Very nice brew here a lot going on in here.

M- A huge beer, full in body and very low carbonation.

D- Wow this is a great beer. I really enjoyed this one. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 20:27:43 | More by nrbw23
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mynie

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Barley's should be barrel aged. Like, normally, with few exceptions. They're the one style I really enjoy but absolutely cannot drink regularly because they're just too darn harsh. Oak smooths everything out, make it soft and blurry like you're looking around a room through a scotch glass.

And when you combine a stellar barleywine with an excellent aging process it should be no surprise that the end result is a great beer.

Dark ruby, almost flat. High ABV + aging = not much to look at.

Smells like a really, really smooth barleywine. Old furniture, woody hops, smooth whiskey.

Tastes like it smells. SMOOTH. Lots of whiskey, lots of hops, goes down like silk. Nothing harsh or syrupy, no burny alcohol. Just goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 15:46:51 | More by mynie
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pwoods

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 01:13:11 | More by pwoods
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

This was a memorable brew. On tap during Jan '09 at the BrewPub. Aged in (from FFFs management) Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, this was unlike anything I've ever had before. Still the citrus and bitterness of Behemoth, very "in-your-face" but included a sweetness/sugary taste of bourbon...easy to detect! I could drink this beer until I pass out (which wouldn't take much with the ABV). One of my favs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 17:31:36 | More by Sean9689
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panicspread33

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Three Floyds Brew pub and WOW. Huge brew with alot different aromas on the nose but the biggest would have to be the bourbon. Super smooth mouth feel and hits the plate with a burst of sugars and hints of plum and citrus. One of a kind beer from a one of kind place. Thank you munster IN.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 20:45:13 | More by panicspread33
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby color with a short, creamy off white head.

Scent of bourbon. oak, caramel, sugars, and some fruit. Very nice bourbon and oak characteristics here.

Taste of sugars, bourbon, oak, caramel and warming alcohol. Finishes dry with a lingering oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 17:00:19 | More by paco1029384756
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