Barrel Aged Behemoth - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 523
Gots: 119 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  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.

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 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 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 MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside the standard FFF Behemoth.

Yellowish amber body with a thin cap. Aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, malt. Some sweet fruity notes. More complex and drinkable than the standard version, with barrel aging characteristics cutting some of the alcoholic fruity ester sweetness. Caramel malt lingers. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

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 HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

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 Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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 cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerOps
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014, with orange wax, bottle 1226 of 1696.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Enelson for providing this gem in trade. Red Waxed bottle # 107 of 454
Enjoying as part of the 2013 Blizzard Nemo celebration. Since I couldn’t make it to Night of the Barrels, it was fitting to open and enjoy this as we get dumped on.

A finger of head forms then fades immediately. Beer is a hazy shoe leather brown with a spritz of carbonation escaping at the edge of the glass. The head is knocked down immediately and a thin formed.
Aroma is nice.. almost bordering on excellent. Caramel, vanilla and a touch of apple cider. Thick in your nose. A hint of bourbon, but not in your face.

Ok, we have a nice one here. Certainly no surprise. Immediately I can tell this is very good, but isn’t quite the caliber of the Blithe’s from Dry Dock.. (in my opinion) But the comparison alone means we are in rarefied air here. So… that should be taken as quite a positive. Initial deep malt and sweet caramel gives way to lots of vanilla and bourbon. For me the heat from the abv/bourbon influence is spot on here. Right on the edge and it works quite a bit. I mentioned apple cider in the aroma and the flavor also reminds me of this. A really freshly pressed cider… Not sour, not negative… actually quite nice. The bourbon, vanilla aftertaste is fantastic.

Bold body, but just shy of sticky. The heat is on the edge but doesn’t cross the line.
Enjoying this and very happy that I was able to secure a bottle. Man, I would love to be able to score another at some point over the next couple of years…..
Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywines are really becoming my favorite at this point.
Three Floyds does it again.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle from trade. 2013 batch numbered 143/1696. Pours murky light brownish amber with a creamy off white and yellowish head. Aroma of lemon peel, caramel, oak, vanilla. Flavor follows with lots of lemon hops, caramel and big brown sugar, lots of oak, light vanilla and bourbon. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation and some nice warmth on the back wen with the oak balancing the sweet nicely. Enjoyed this much more than the regular version.

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
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!

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 mcallister
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looks like a beer that has been sitting in a barrel for a while. Dark opaque russet. A very good looking barley wine and much more woody looking than the non BA version. Poured with no head.

Big resiny fig and raisin aromas with a toffee underlying that was scorched in hell. Dried fruit galore with nutty aspects. A floral somewhat citrusy hop esters linger deep in the background. Very reminiscent of a recent vintage Hardy's I sampled.

What a monster of a beer. Big alocohol in the mouth. Full of sweet toffee malts and melted caramel. Milk chocolate with rum soaked raisins. For Blake a big mission fig paste mid palate leads to the long candied hop finish that lasts and lasts. Grilled pear, and caramalized pineapple help tame the alcohol.

Mouth is a little thin otherwise very good and the type of beer I could sip daily.

Photo of nrbw23
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

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