Barrel Aged Behemoth
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #5
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #526
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 9.59%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
490
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth
Notes: American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.
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Reviews by joe1510:
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joe1510 from Illinois

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. 2015 edition with purple wax, bottle 824/1053. This one's a little over a month old.

A: Easily one of the more ugly BA beers I've seen in a long time. This one pours a very murky, dark brown color. Has the look of dirty water or mud. Thin, off-white head rings around the glass. Not very appetizing.

S: Molasses, dark fruits, candied plums, sugar cane, caramel and bourbon. Compared to the base beer, much less hop presence here. Way more dark fruit and molasses from the barrel aging.

T: Dark plums and cherries, toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon-soaked sweet breads. A faint, faint presence of hops in the back of the mouth. Bourbon flavor is nice and smooth, not too boozy.

M: Full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. Some heat on the finish, can really feel the 12.5% in this one, especially as it warms.

O: I recently had the base beer, Behemoth, and just wasn't impressed. I didn't review it, as I was saving this one for more of a comparison type review. I think I was less impressed with Behemoth because I tend to favor more English-style BWs that are malt-forward and rich, and Behemoth is super hoppy and fresh. I found it a bit abrasive. But BA Behemoth really takes the edge off that beer, and turns this into one fine beer. There's still a tiny hint of the hoppy base beer underneath, but for the most part, this is one nice complex beer. Lots of dark fruits and burnt candies. Bourbon textures are really nice. If there's a fault, it's the ugly appearance and the noticeable booziness. This doesn't meet the level of BCBBW at all, but it's a great BA Barleywine from Three Floyds.

Recommendation: Is it worth the price and effort to snag this? Eh, I'm not 100% sure. At the least, it's worth a trade or just seeking out during a bottle share. It's a really good beer, just maybe a tad overpriced for the quality.

Apr 04, 2015
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Beer4B from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky brown swamp water in look this beer left a lot to be desired. Weak mouthfeel, lacking in flavors that didn't blend really well. Not a good beer.

Apr 27, 2015
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largadeer from California

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

May 22, 2012
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vissai from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Feb 19, 2013
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tmryan21 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2015
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Sep 05, 2014
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JayCheG from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 25, 2015
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goast8127 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Dec 10, 2014
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TGanyone from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 19, 2014
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BillHilly from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Jan 26, 2014
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 11, 2014
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KevSal from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Sep 10, 2014
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Tafyob41 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 27, 2015
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MJSFS from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 24, 2019
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Jan 08, 2013
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Apr 07, 2014
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beefsquatch from New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

May 18, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2018
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Narthax from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 03, 2015
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Auracom from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Boom. Thanks Marcus, this was incredibly generous and is really appreciated. Second bottling with orange wax. A total of 6-7 oz. into a taster on June 15th, 2013.

A - Very murky toffee coloring, absolutely no head, retention, or lacing. Considerable legs though.

S - Bright, refined whiskey barrel, raisins, spicy fig, orange marmalade, and oak shavings.

T - The hops from the base have really relaxed in favor of a balanced barrel attack. Rich dark fruits, deep cocoa, pine cone, and a touch of some lighter tropic fruit blend that accents much more of an English-style base.

M - Moderate carbonation (much higher than it looks), medium body, very dry finish for the style.

D - Significantly better than regular Behemoth. Much like regular Dark Lord, it's bizarre how this transforms inside a barrel.

Jun 21, 2013
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rspauldi from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 27, 2017
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MrHirschybar from California

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Jan 24, 2011
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Nat1975 from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 26, 2015
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rjacobs6 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Feb 04, 2013
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