Barrel Aged Behemoth
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #5
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #521
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 9.59%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
490
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Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
Notes: American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. 2018 edition, had 7/26/19.

Pours a medium amber, semi opaque, with a half inch head and some spotty cling. Aromas of caramel, malt, bourbon, figs, plums, some tobacco and vanilla, light cherries and brown sugar, light char. Flavors of bourbon, caramel, malt, dates, plums, brown sugar, vanilla, some tobacco, light figs, a light hop bitterness. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

This really opens up as it warms. The barrels are prevalent, not dominant. Terrific aromas. Very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase at a high price point.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 25, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a hand-written orange wax sealed bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Bottle #570.

L: Cloudy turbid mahogany/caramel pour. A finger of fizzy white head. Falls fast leaving a nice ring of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee... fruit, dark sugar, and vanilla.

T.F: Rich... sweet up front with brown sugar and caramel. Bread and toffee. Fig, plum, and vanilla. Bourbon and oak but smooth and wild. Thick and sticky on the tongue. Low carbonation... warming and boozy. Dark fruit and sugars linger at the finish.

O: A fantastic barrel-aged Barleywine. Big and flavorful.... and still fantastic 6 years in. Very glad I got to try this one and as always a fan of what 3 Floyds is doing.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Dec 04, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass.
Look: a very hazy copper-light brown color with an impressive tan head. Nice lacing in the glass, especially for a big BA beer.
Aroma: caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and faint citrus hoppy notes.
Taste: the malt and the barrel produced a rich vanilla flavor which remained in the forefront throughout the drink. Smooth and rich caramel notes that were joined with a fairly bitter and citrusy hop presence, reminding me that this was an American Barleywine. Smooth bourbon lingered on the finish.
Feel: big as expected but easy to drink. Fairly light on the palate at the end.
Overall: a fantastic American Barleywine. Great base flavor and the barrel only enhanced the flavors.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 27, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turbid burgundy brown color with cream colored lacing.

Toasted caramel, light bourbon, and a little oxidation in the nose.

Toasted toffee flavor, bourbon, citrus, oak, ends with a piney citrus bitterness with slight warming on the way down. Lingering citrus and dark roasted toffee with some booziness.

Thick and velvety on the tongue.

Recommended and so glad I was able to try this one!!

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Jul 06, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 Woodford, drank March 2019
L: Dirty pond water or apple cider. Cloudy with a little bit of cream colored head. Kind of ugly.
S: Amazing, toffee, vanilla, and a little bit of citrus.
T: Similar to the smell, toffee/vanilla/citrus, with a little bit of wood.
F: Very little alcohol burn, goes down really nice.
O: Great beer, one of the better BA barleywines I've ever had. This was drank about 2 years after bottling, so the hop flavor was pretty much gone. Based on other reviews, it would have had more hop flavor when fresh.

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miniditka77 from Illinois, Mar 24, 2019
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pouring this 2018 (silver wax) bottle into a tulip, this beer pours out a dark and turbid brown. Like a very strong brewed tea. It forms over a finger worth of tightly packed, tingy yellow bubbles to create a crown. Leaves some lacing. Impressive crown for something barrel aged and if it wasn’t for the turbid looks, it would get higher marks. 4.25

The nose comes in with raisins and dark fruit galore. Waves of figs, caramel, leather, tobacco, vanilla and wood character. It overrides a lot of the prominent hop aspect found in the original. I do still detect it slightly, in the form of a light fruit aspect, like apricot, but not as heavily. Absolutely beautiful smell though and I hope this depth is continued. 4.75

With the first taste comes sweetness of caramel and vanilla. There is almost a candy like presence as well, like candied fruit of some kind or even Swedish fish, maybe some grilled pineapple. It could be the light fruit notes I’m picking up in the hops mixing with the sweetness. It then melds into the other depths of the brew with the notes of leather, figs, raisins, black tea. Once again though, absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing about this taste right now if I had the power to. 5

The mouthfeel brings a bourbon warmness, like it should. It doesn’t bring too much though and doesn’t burn. Where the original is medium-full bodied, this definitely gets the extra boost it needs to declare full bodied. It doesn’t bring a real pop of carbonation, it goes in and leaves quite the same, however it does work for this. It finishes with a dry, clean oak character. 4.5

Overall, this truly is a world class beer. I tried to judge it fairly and mark it for characters liked and unliked. But it still comes out on top. It’s a different beer completely than the original Behemoth. It still shows those light fruit hops, but takes a lot of the burnt sugars and resiny pine elements away from it. So I can see how some people like one but not the other. But man, am I happy I got to try this. Thanks to my sister for grabbing it on a trip. 4.75

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find the name ironic. While it is a “big” beer at 12.5% it is not beastly. In fact, it’s rather gentle. And that, my friends, is dangerous. Piney, lemony and earthy hops play off a caramel and toffee malt profile all tied together with the kiss of a bourbon barrel.

A perfect style example.

Beyond reproach.

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TheGent from New Jersey, Feb 18, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized snifter. pours a light, puddle water brown out of the bottle but collect in the glass a darker, ruby reddish brown. half finger of sand colored head that fades to a ring around the glass. smells of whiskey, figs & dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and an event lighter hint of hops. taste is similar with more pronounced chocolate aftertaste as it warms. much more whiskey sting on the nose but plenty of barrel in the taste. mouthfeel is good but not great. still, nothing terrible & overall, fantastic BA barleywine. heavy yet drinkable. much more complex than the non-BA version (which i very much enjoy too). interested to see how this tastes after a bit of aging.

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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Three Floyds brewery. The look was a golden orange. The aroma was some booze up front with caramel and vanilla. Also getting some stone fruits. The taste was some toffee, caramel, and then a little hoppyness. There was a just a little kick of spice at the very end. Very nice mouthfeel with hardly any carbonation.

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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$30
Three Floyd's Kiosk

Barrel Aged Behemoth is about as pretty as a barleywine can get. It's deep mahogany in color, very rich, with some ruby highlights when backlit. Good clarity throughout. The light khaki foam is dense on the pour and never fully dissipates. FInely bubbled and tight, the foam rises to two fingers and eventually settles at a thick cap while leaving sheet lacing etched into the glass. It will take soaking and scrubbing, good thing I have a maid named Phil.

The nose is rather welcoming. It went from that hoppy monster at birth to more English in nature with the year in the barrel. Gobs of caramel and toffee and yellow cake off the bat. This guy sports a pretty extensive malt profile. Tea leaf and clean booze follows. Oaken vanilla and barrel sourced caramel run the middle. A soft citric fruitiness lingers on the backend in the form of orange marmalade and brown sugared grapefruit. There's a ghost-like wood spiciness that's reminiscent of sandalwood. This beer has a lot of depth and tends to morph with each whiff.

The malt profile follows that of the nose. It's not overly sweet and actually lays out a pretty sturdy base. Caramel, toffee, yellow cake, and a cinnamon spiciness from the barrels get this one moving. There's a sprinkling of baking spices in the middle before the barrel provided vanilla and caramel come along. Tea leaf-like aged hops pop up toward the finish with a touch of complimentary oxidation. Jammy orange and bitter, yet sweet, grapefruit hit on the backend with a soft, lingering bourbon heat on the swallow.

The body is sloth-like upfront until that healthy effervescence kicks in and get's it moving at a respectable clip. The body is on the heavy side of the spectrum and needs such a tight, dialed in carbonation to work well. There's a mild residual sweetness that gets washed away after a few seconds by a tannic supplemented dryness. Some clean boozy heat rises through the nose and accentuates the dryness. This beer is a sipper, for sure, but that dryness keeps it getting sipped.

Barrel Aged Behemoth is a good beer. The malt profile really shines with the year rest and the help of bourbon barrels. It's a big, boozy, bruiser of a beer. Rich in character; malt, hop, and barrel. It'll warm you up on a cold night, that's for sure.

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joe1510 from Illinois, Dec 27, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release from 750 mL bottle, after also enjoying it on draft at the brewpub. The pour is very similar to the regular Behemoth, perhaps a touch darker from memory, but still with a full finger of head and plenty of soapy, retained lacing. Tobacco, grape tannins, bitter hops, prune, vanilla, pomelo, brown sugar, and a blast of oak. More mellow than an unaged vintage but still quite in your face, the BBA version is getting pulled in a slightly more English direction by the booze and barrel.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a beast of a beer! Warm like the original, with enhanced booze, bourbon, wood, and molasses to go with underlying cookie yeast, barley, dark fruit, tobacco, and earthy cream. Really complex offering. Has no real weaknesses, the body especially that is full yet not too heavy, thick and textured, yet smooth, robust but not overpowering

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 22, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper brown and murky.

Oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrusy hop resin, and caramel.

Barrel character is there, but the base beer still is able to shine through.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, thick, some larger chunks of sedimentation.

Overall, while this appears a murky, unappealing mess, the hops really make this one stand out in aroma and flavor.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, May 04, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to Torrey bottle 133 of 744. Barley wine tasting 2018. Copper colored pour with a small tan head. Malty aroma with some nice boozy barrel notes. Sweet malts up front in the taste, wood barrel, vanilla. Well rounded

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 01, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a darker hue than the base, displaying cloudy but shimmering copper-brown with a creamy tan collar.

The smell is a drastic change from the base, and a huge step up as well, with more toasty, charred oak, caramel, red wine grapes and vanilla.

A ton of charred bourbon and toasty vanilla oak comes across on the palate as well, with prune, red grape and amaretto heat. Holy complexity Batman! I'm at a loss for descriptors, but I do get some maple and graham as it warms.

Medium body, fuzzy carbonation, with a very dry, sticky finish.

2017 Green Wax - Woodford

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 21, 2018
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4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is a very murky dark brown. Poured with a finger plus of cream head that disappeared very quickly.

Aroma is huge raisin/fig/plum with a bunch of bourbon and a hint of tobacco .

Taste follows nose. Incredibly complex, balanced, smooth and potent.

Feel is smooth and slick.

Overall a fantastic BA Barleywine that is deceptively smooth and incredibly complex. The abv will catch up with you.

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FFFjunkie from Illinois, Nov 26, 2017
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4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours light purple color with light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly but comes back with a swish of the glass. spotty lacing.

Aroma - Huge dark fruit plum, fig, raisin lots of oak and bourbon, vanilla and some tobacco as it warms.

Taste - Taste is very similar to the aroma all of the flavors stand out but are very balanced. This is dangerously easy drinking and so very smooth.

Feel - Medium bodied smooth creamy feel nice warming from the bourbon very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall - Might be one of the best barleywine's I have had spot on aroma and flavors. Smooth as can be.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Nov 26, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by Austin as a vertical from 05 - 15. This was the 2012 BA version which stood out as a deeper and darker cousin compared to the non-barrel aged brothers. Intense, deep and delightful.

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wethorseblanket from California, Jan 16, 2017
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4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My personal favorite beer.

2017 Old Forester edition bottle poured into Dark Lord mini snifters. Wax cut through and opened with 3 Floyds super metal battle axe opener.

A: Opaque deep brown. Looks like muddy water in the best way. Light mustard brown head to match.

S: Punch in the face of bourbon, toffee, bourbon, bourbon, green apple.

T: Bittersweet green apple off initial pull. Assault of hops and bourbon fondle the tongues balls before penetrating the taste buds through and through. Your tongue feels dirty afterward but as you try to clean it off, you're hit with levels of hops and bourbon over and over. So much depth here. So much flavor that refuses to be subdued without a fight. Finishes dry with significant heat.

F: Silky smooth. Creamy and sticky also. Coats the cheeks and tongues in sharp bourbon bliss and excites the taste buds enough to open them up for onslaught of boozy goodness. Bites your cheeks with hops and warms the soul with bourbon heat.

O: I personally can't get enough. The bourbon is sharp and in your face. The malts and hops come up big. If you like big barrel presence then this is the bottle. Unconditional love for this thing

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Warren2621 from Indiana, Oct 13, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, this was much better than I expected. Not quite as thick as I typically like my (especially) barrel-aged barleywines, but very tasty. Whatever barrels FFF uses give the beer almost an apple cider-like taste, and the fruitiness of the barleywine plays well with that. As someone who isn't a huge barleywine fan, I thought this was a nice change of pace.

I certainly wouldn't pay what FFF charges for a bottle (I think somewhere in the $30 range), but for something I was ready to write off as "another overhyped FFF beer," this is good stuff.

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SeanBond from Illinois, May 03, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red with a thin, tan head and lots of lacing. Smells of sweet malt.
Lots of malt, Carmel, some hop which creates one of the smoothest beers I've had. A light medium mouthfeel. Keep on trucking FFF!

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4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was tan in appearance with little noted head.

Smell - The beer had a malty nose with little in the way of barrel aging noted.

Taste - The booze comes to the front. It is boozy, but a little spicy. Cinnamon and clove can be observed. As a whole, the beer can be described as leathery, with some vanilla notes. The aftertaste has an oaky presence that accompanies the booze.

Mouthfeel - For the style, it is thinner than I might expect. The regular edition behemoth has more staying power.

Overall - For the price, there are better BA barleywines available.

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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

About an 8oz pour on tap at FFF. 2016 version.

A- Moat water brown... lets face it, barley wines are never pretty
S- Boozy, lots of barrel characteristics on the nose. Sweetness
T- Not too how. Barrel really shines. Lots of bourbon sweetness working well with the barley wine sweetness and hops. Not too sweet
F- Nice and full without being syrup
O- Great beer

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed a 2013 bottle on 1/19/14
A: Cloudy brown liquid with 1/2 finger tan head
S: Bourbon heat tickles the nostrils. Earthy, oak, nougat.
T: No bourbon heat in the mouth. Sweet finish is almost like candy but not cloying at all.
M: Sweet, chewy, not hot at all.
O: Very tasty. I love it.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky dark brown, some ruby to orange hues around the edge

S: dates, brown sugar, booze

T: more dark fruits, booze again, burnt sugar, slight hops

F: low carbonation, smooth, high ABV coating

O: quite good, balanced well then punch of booze on the end .. good job

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Hop_God from California, Sep 10, 2015
Barrel Aged Behemoth from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 490 ratings