Barrel Aged Behemoth
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Barleywine - American
Ranked #9
Ranked #858
4.35 | pDev: 9.2%
Apr 11, 2022
Jan 06, 2007
Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
Notes: We put our American style Barleywine ale in Bourbon barrels for 12 to 16 months. The intense hop character gets rounded out and complemented with the natural vanilla, coconut and Bourbon notes extracted from the barrel aging process.
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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by woosterbill from Kentucky

12oz bottle into a BiL glass.

L: Muddy reddish brown body topped by a perfect finger of dense tan head that displays great retention and lacing. Gorgeous foam but an uninspiring body.

S: Rich caramel pops as the core aroma, with orange marmalade, whiskey, and vanilla performing admirably in supporting roles. Some brown sugar and barrel char combine into a terrific crème brûlée overtone. Fantastic!

T: Candied citrus, toffee, baker’s chocolate, and barrel. The hoppiness of the base has resolved nicely into the upfront citrus and the bitter chocolate flavor toward the tail end, with the malt and barrel maintaining
dominance in the center of the palate. Tons going on, with the bulk of it great.

F: Lively medium body with tons of soft effervescence. Maybe a bit less richness than ideal, but quite pleasant.

O: Excellent example of a barrel-aged American Barleywine. Very glad it’s no long a brewery-only $35 bomber! Beers of Fame tick 216/250.


Apr 11, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a thin white head. Nice amount of light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, burnt sugar and bourbon.

T - The taste is vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, dates, earthy hops and finish with a good amount of bourbon barrel.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a still dry finish.

O - Really tasty BBA Barleywine. Unbelievably drinkable for being 13.6%.

Apr 10, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle; 13.6% ABV
thanks to Ken for the bottle
L: hazed brown body with a thin beige head
S: caramelized grain, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, piney hops
T: rich & complex; very boozy; grain, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, earthy pine, white pepper
F: full body, lower carbonation, boozy and sweeter finish
O: really good beer - thanks Ken!

Apr 09, 2022
3.72 by crobinso from Colorado on Apr 08, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Pours dark brown. Smells of bourbon and sweet malts. Love that aroma. Taste is a bit sweet, and the bourbon barrel is present without being overpowering. Maybe some figs going on here. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super creamy. Great barrel aged barleywine.

Mar 27, 2022
4.38 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Mar 27, 2022
4.64 by FrankCastle from California on Mar 26, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Looks murky and dense.

Smells is delicious. Reminds me so much of firestone sucuba but more potent and sweet. Absolutely no question this is American style with the mustiness of the hops.

Taste and feel. Oh yeah. This may be the best American barleywine I've had. Its got the hop presence you expect but it is not at all bitter. Remarkable beer really. It taste like caramel covered hops. But now that I say that not excessively sweet either. Certainly less sweet than an English. Just an absolute perfect intermingling of rich, toffee, toasted nuttiness and fruity flavors bouncing off earthy herbaceous floral notes. The bourbon is HUGE..LIKE REALLY MASSIVE. This beer hides absolutely zero percent of its 14%.

Overall... absolutely world class and this is 3 months old. I could drink this as is every day...having said that I want to drink this with 10 years on it... there are few beers I feel actually improve with age but I'd bet the bank the bank this one does for my palate. Looks like I'm ISO some more of these.

Mar 19, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

It's difficult to read the text over the logo. With the aid of a light, it says: "BOTTLED 01-17-22 3778"

Aroma; It has a strong aroma of toffee, brown sugar, and wet wood. There are notes of molasses and Fig Newton. The aroma is really wonderful. There is a light bit of alcohol that creeps in from time to time but the general experience is more than enjoyable.

Taste: Brown sugar and dates come through up front. There is this very sweet flavor with a mix of lightly browned raisin bran toast. It is full of robust and enjoyable flavors. There are raisins there which are really wonderful. There is a light bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It is thick and chewy with a slight burnt bitterness. It feels a bit overly thick but what is there works well with the flavors in the beer.

Overall: As a whole the beer is a more thick and full-bodied beer but it also does a very good job supporting the interesting and flavorful characteristics of the beer which consist of brown breads, dried fruits, molasses and molasses-sugars, and slightly sweeter dates, raisins, and prunes. The label doesn't seem to indicate what the ABV is but it seems very sweet. I would definitely like to try this beer again if there were some way to tell what the ABV was because while the flavors and aromas seem good the beer feels too sweet for a Barleywine. It's worth recommending because it is interesting, although it does feel overly sweet.

Mar 18, 2022
4.33 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Mar 16, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Pours a fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head with med retention fair soapy lacing, dark hazy chestnut brown color

Nose sweet malt, candy malt with caramel, sticky toffee, nutty and touch of nougat, light vanilla, a bit of sweet bourbon, fair fruity, light spicy hops

Taste brings more sweet malt, candy, caramel, toffee, rock candy sugar, a touch nutty, fair spicy earthy hop bitterness but balanced, light winey oxidation aging, mild bourbon and vanilla barrel, fair alcohol, touch of dark red fruit, spicy hop finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med to lighter frothy carb, fair warning alcohol

Overall eh, OK barleywine but nothing special, and bourbon barrel didn't add much although it did round the hops a bit, but not a huge fan of this beer in general

Mar 13, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - fantastic reddish brown with a great head and incredible rimming slight lacing
Smell - caramel toffee barrel and a great rye smel
Taste caramel toffee slight dark fruit, fantastic barrel
Feel - medium full body slight fizz carb
Overall - really great

Mar 12, 2022
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3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BB1313 from Ohio

Bottled on 12/29/21. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky and hazy brown; fluffy light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing.

The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel. Some toffee and dark fruits. It smells like your traditional barleywine but the bourbon basically goes unnoticed in the aroma department.

The flavors follow the nose. More sticky caramel and toffee. Some chocolate and cocoa. More dark fruits. Lots of raisins. Some citrus in the mix, especially lemon. The bourbon is on the subtle side. Some oak and wood coming through. Some rye and black pepper in the mix giving this one a subtle spiciness. Moderate to low bitterness. Solid sweetness. Strong malt backbone. It finishes a little warm and the alcohol is slightly noticeable, but in a good way. This one makes for a nice sipper.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's thick, slick and fluffy.

This is a pretty nice barleywine. The bourbon characteristics are noticeable in the flavor department but they aren't the star. It's hard to tell whether it's the bourbon coming through or if it's just a big beer. Either way it's a nice classic and traditional example of the barleywine style.

Mar 08, 2022
5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Mar 03, 2022
4.47 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Feb 28, 2022
Photo of NCSapiens
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Smells and tastes like sweet caramel candy bourbon.

Feb 27, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into snifter. Thick syrupy caramel color, cream colored body.

Sugary malty bourbon sweet nose.

Caramel, both milk chocolate and vanilla, very sweet. The spicy hops and some peach and pear notes come through as it warms.

Early on I feared this wouldn't distinguish itself from any other bourbon barrel beer (not necessarily a bad thing). This is a very good ale and to be savored.

Feb 25, 2022
Photo of VABA
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has hop and malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant hop and bittersweet malt flavor
A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
A good Barleywine

Feb 24, 2022
Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

On tap at Dominion Wine and Beer.

T - Not too much bitterness. More English than American barley wine to me. Lots of malty caramel, brown sugar, and also barrel oak and vanilla.

MF - Very warming on the palate and in the gut.

Probably a bit too much barrel for me. I like the base beer to be the star of the show.

Feb 22, 2022
4.22 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2022
4.4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Feb 13, 2022
Photo of Matt_M
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Matt_M

2022 batch.

Poured deep copper color with little head
Smells of malt, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla. `
Definitely taste the barrel. Vanilla and slight sweetness comes out as it warms. Hops are there too, but not prominent.
Nice mouthfeel as it is not cloying at all.
Very drinkable. Not as sweet or as thick as some. Nice flavors. Good, dry finish.

Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by midlifec from Michigan on Feb 08, 2022
4.58 by Z_Anderson_0406 from Minnesota on Feb 06, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

12FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours brown and is topped with a minimal head.

Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, figs, dates, and alcohol all seem to be prominent aromas.

the taste is similar. But as it warms, I get some caramel and vanilla flavors. Less booziness than the smell indicated. The other things that I smelled are there in the taste.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This beer is much better as it approaches room temperature.

Feb 06, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This monster pours a muddled orange
tinged brown with a decent head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin light film, and shows subtle lacing. Nose of bourbon, oak, coconut,
sticky hops, butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Flavors surpass the nose
with fig, cherry, oak, coconut, vanilla, toffee, sticky pine laden hops, orange
zest, and touches of brandy. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth,
rich, lightly coating, warming, boozy, low carbonation, and a rich sweet and
bitter hop touched balanced finish that is medium dry.



Feb 04, 2022
4.47 by Lukass from Ohio on Feb 02, 2022
4.35 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Bottled 12/30/21 Glad I get to try the first one "fresh", looking forward to seeing how they develop over time.

Drinking great right out of the gate. The hops are muted after 12-16 months in the barrel but an earthy remnant remains. Stewed, booze soaked raisins, sticky caramel, and plenty of smooth booze are all here in wonderful harmony. The finish adds a nice oaky tingle. The body is full and lush. Bought a case without every trying this before. Looking forward to the next 23.

Jan 30, 2022
4.4 by Giggy from Michigan on Jan 27, 2022
3.89 by jsh420 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2022
4.38 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 24, 2021
4.5 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 17, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Crazy world – seeing previous whales like this sitting serenely on shelves in four packs of 12 oz. bottles. This is one.

The pour is darker, redder than Behemoth of ancient yore. The nose is almost entirely heady bourbon. Pretty sure my blood alcohol level went up just sniffing.

Barrel Aged Behemoth is a violent improvement over the original (at least according to my 12 year old review). The bourbon is, shall we say, strong, yet lets cool stuff from the base dirty up the palate too. Crystal sugar, earthy hops, sherry (or is it sherri?), vanilla, citrus. The finish is toasted, sharp oak & a jab to the liver. Sweet. Very, very sweet. Container verdict: too small. Way, way too small.

This is far better than the original either in bottles or on draught. An excellent beer & I am mourning that this is the final bottle.

Nov 16, 2021
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Nov 14, 2021
4.08 by Dope from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2021
4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2021
4.75 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Sep 17, 2021
4.03 by StoutSnob40 from California on Sep 07, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a dark brown with a thin head and a lot of lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and booze.

Tastes of raisins, prunes some hops and sweet toasted malt. There is a slightly bitter warm alcohol finish.

Medium heavy body with slight carbonation. Lush slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This is one powerful luxurious sipper!
This is

Sep 05, 2021
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