Barrel Aged Behemoth | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Barrel Aged BehemothBarrel Aged Behemoth

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

Added by GbVDave on 01-06-2007

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of Warren2621
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of SeanBond
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of dfillius
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Hop_God
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of tourdot
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the most complex and enjoyable BA barleywine that I have had. Viscous with tremendous barrel character and the nose on this beer is stellar.

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Photo of pagriley
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick heavy legs. Murky and muddy, just the way it should be.
Booze and dried fruits on the nose; sweet, but not cloying and still some hops lurking in thebackground.
Dried fruit, sherry, some oxidation and more booze on the palate. Barrel has faded into the base beer perfect.y A bit too much carb, but a few swirls solve that problem. Lighter body and mouth feel than I expected, but still ample, and not overly sweet.

Overall an excellent beer. Not sure it is better than any other great BA Barleywine like BA Bigfoot or BA Old Stock, but an experience certainly

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Photo of Beer4B
3.06/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

A huge thanks to pauljrinaldijr for sending over this long time want as an extra in a trade, world class beer advocate right there!

A: Pours a very hazy muddy brown with just over 1 fingers width of light tan head, which has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves essentially no lacing but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Huge nose, lots of sweetness including a big toffee/caramel character, some dark fruits, candied sugar, vinous notes. There are also some pleasant faded hop characters. Barrel notes aren’t strong, but are noticeable, with a charred oak and subtle bourbon booze. 4.5

T: Pretty big barrel notes right off the bat, with bourbony vanilla and charred oak. Burnt sugar, toffee, bitterness. There an almost anise like licorice character. Aftertaste of oaky bourbon and burnt sugar lingers for ever after each sip. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation appropriate, a bit thin considering its such a big beer, ABV is noticeable, but drinkability remains excellent. 4.25

O: Wonderful beer. So glad I finally got to try it. Easily in the top handful of American Barleywines I have ever had. Thanks again Paul for hooking me up! 4.5

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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Photo of timc100
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%


Sweet lighter fruits, orange peel, sticky boozy caramel, bourbon. More oak, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar as it warms.

It is a solid BA barleywine, but doesn't come together as well as I'd hoped. The hops faded considerably, but in the end they do not work very well with the barrel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.1.14
Orane wax 2013

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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