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Barrel Aged Behemoth - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 494
Gots: 95 | FT: 9
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  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.

largadeer, May 22, 2012
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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.

TMoney2591, Feb 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, May 27, 2011
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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.

mdfb79, May 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

beernads, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Mar 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

orangesol, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.89/5  rDev -33.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Gonzoillini, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

KAF, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Jan 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Zaphog, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Cynic-ale, Dec 29, 2013
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Barrel Aged Behemoth from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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