Barrel Aged Behemoth - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 372
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.76%
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Gots: 120 | 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

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Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-06-2007

American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.
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Photo of ChadQuest
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.09/5  rDev -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. (740 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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... (659 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of rfraga77
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of Gumballbrogan
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
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!!! (310 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of panicspread33
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of mdm46410
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at DLD '08. A syrupy pour of muddy amber/brown with almost no head or lace. The aroma was sugary carmel and bourbon. The flavor was almost that of melted caramel with tinges of bourbon seeping through. Very nice! The mouthfeel was lush and thick with minimal carbonation. Although my rating for this and the regular Behemoth are the same, these are two vastly different beers. Not anywhere near as hoppy as it is fresh, this brew has taken on a much sweeter, English barleywine character. I love it! (506 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I went to FFF Monday after DLD for lunch since I live right by the brewery and this beauty and Oak Aged DL were still left. Have to say happy I got to try it since had to leave DLD early and I got to try it in a practically empty FFF which gave me the chance to fully appreciate it and write a full review. Served in a stemless goblet which look like a rounded old fashioned glass to me.

A - This is a dark apricot color that has hues of gold and bronze shining through it. There is a small ivory head that sits on the sides of the glass and really had no chance of surviving. Looks thick and viscous, almost syrupy like as it just coats the heck out of this glass. Very clean looking beer and actually after looking at it for a while, it reminded me of what a fine scotch looks like sitting in its glass. It seems to have a glow to it that just reminded of the old firewater. One of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen.

S - this was much sweeter and less hoppier than the fresh Behemoth that I've had on tap. It smelled of apricots and honey at first. Also get a big hit of oak, cinnamon and whiskey spiciness that let you know this was barrel aged.

T- First of I want to say that I loved this so much more than the regular Behemoth which I've only had fresh and on tap. I don't know if it was the year of aging or the barrel but this was so much smoother than it was fresh as the hops were much more subdued and the flavors all seemed to meld together. The first taste I got was candied apricots and then there came a hint of fresh toffee and caramel. Almost tasted like sucking on a Wehter's original. On the end, this was all counterbalanced by the effects of the Barrel aging as I got a bit hit of smoke, pepper, cinnamon, and whiskey flavors. One great thing about this beer is how much is how complex it was. All of the flavors were huge and prominent yet it was super balanced and each sip brought me a new flavor experience. One thing that I love about FFF Barrel aging is that they use Woodford Reserve barrels, which, if you have ever had the whiskey you would know this already, is one of the spiciest bourbons out there. These barrels really impart their odor and flavor in the beer and causes the beers to differ completely from their non-BA brethren.

MF - overall just how a barleywine should feel in the mouth. It was big, thick and sticky yet managed to not be cloying at alll. There was no carbonation at all and this was good as it just allowed all of the flavors to roll in and coat your tongue. The after feeling had a nice bit of spicy and astringent to it that reminded you of the effects of the BA

D - This was one insanely good beer and it was so easy to drink. In terms of taste, while it and Oak Aged DL are both 5's, I thought this one was even better than OA DL. If possible, I would give it a 6. Wish it had a bit of a bigger nose but oh well. Loved this so much more than the fresh Behemoth I had on tap and this experience inspired me to buy some Behemoth to cellar to see if the flavors will meld together as well in the bottle as they did after a year in the barrel. Try this if you get the chance as you will not be disappointed at all. (3,183 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Behemoth Barleywine (Barrel-Aged) was served on tap at FFF Brewpub during the 2007 Dark Lord Day. I was very excited to get the opportunity to sample this one even though it was presented to me in a plastic cup and served at extremely cold temperatures (-40F). The first thing that stood out in my mind (as compared to the bottled version) was the dark, ruddy brown color (maybe aged in the same barrels as the Dark Lord?) that was almost completely opaque with very little carbonation that created barely a tannish brown head. As the barleywine warmed, it started to let off some of those ripe, pungent Northwest hops that it's famous for, along with some serious vinous bourbon overtones (cherry tobacco, mint honey, cinnamon sticks & French vanilla) from the Woodford Reserve barrel. The rough-edged flavor expressed some of the treacle/toffee & toasted caramel sweetness that wasn't completely overshadowed by the marked bitterness or weighty alcohol. The finish was long, hot, and slightly coarse. This hefty, barrel version is certainly a sipper that might benefit from some additional aging to mellow out the rough edges. Here's to wood, it's good!

CHEERS! Beertracker (1,179 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Three Floyds.
I let it sit on the bar for a while to let it warm up a bit. Smell is incredible. Think a very nice bourbon whiskey smell complimenting a very refined, well melded barleywine. Taste is absolutely amazing. This is one to sip all day. Every sip was velvety smooth and better than the last. This barleywine has transformed into a incredible beer while in the barrel. I could not get enough of this beer. The guys at Three Floyds have taken barrel aging to the highest level.
Very glad I had the chance to drink this. (539 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (843 characters)

Barrel Aged Behemoth from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.