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Pillar Of Beasts | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.22/5
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24 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Somewhere in the distance we hear the pounding of native drums. Was it in our minds? We don’t know. What we do know is that we made a salted caramel barley wine, put it in bourbon barrels for 12 months, and added vanilla beans and cocoa nibs. Taste the scrumptiousness.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
24
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of MJSFS
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brockrexius
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours a murky brighter brown. The salted caramel and barrel are the most dominant flavors, and of the barrel the wood is up front with the barley and caramel, while the hot booze is more in feel and finish. Cocoa, vanilla, golden raisin, chewy molasses also present. Smell is boozy caramel and barley.

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Photo of darktronica
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very muddy on the initial pour, which eventually resembles a hazy caramel-colored brown. Very little head to speak of, just a bit of light burbling. Vanilla and rich caramel on the nose, with some nebulous, very mild Christmas spice--similar to cheap caramel chew candies, but maybe a little classier thanks to real vanilla rather than extracts. The spices disappear on the palate, but otherwise, the aroma carries through to the flavor profile, joined by some bit'o'honey and bourbon booze. The finish does still have a bit of bright acidity to it; this is much needed to keep it from becoming a sugar bomb.

That said, I'm having some cognitive dissonance drinking this. It's FFF, so I'm expecting massive hops, and yet all I've got is a sweet, English-style profile. I can't tell if the beer is a) actually an English barleywine with additives, b) an American barleywine whose hop character is being completely drowned out by the additives, or c) it's secretly a wheat beer that's been sufficiently sweetened and barreled to call it a BBA barleywine. Whatever its true nature, it's delicious. No complaints.

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Photo of jws7968
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boozy, salted caramel is not something I would usually enjoy. This one is beyond solid. It looks like the rusted water that comes through old pipes after a water main break. The aroma is very barrel forward. Taste is caramel with some saltiness and a little vanilla. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured the color of rust water with visible white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The barrel aging was prominent in the nose with a hint of sweetness.

Taste - My initial impression was bitter caramel, if such a thing exists. Surprisingly, the salt also comes through. I came expecting a sweet dessert style beer, but this was just a bitter mess. Regular Behemoth has more sweetness than this.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity allowed the beer to linger and stay for a while. Unfortunately, only the hops were lingering.

Overall - Maybe I did not get a great bottle. But in the big picture, I was not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Muss42
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.27/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Azpittil57
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The barrel and vanilla shine here. I'm not a huge vanilla fan but FFF does it well. Punch of salt, bourbon, and mild grass initially. Pillowy vanilla sweetness follows with bourbon heat. Finish is warm with the base beer and caramel showing why barleywine lovers love barleywine.

Exciting project from FFF. I will never take a pastry barleywine over a straight up BA one but each aspect of this beer was well executed so I have no reservations saying its excellent.

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Photo of AngEo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Muddy water with really no head to speak of. Barleywines arent pretty. Let's accept that and move on.
S: Very nice. Deep tones of vanilla on the nose that finish with a hot wave if boozyness. Carmel malt, toasted oak.
T: Bourbon soaked vanilla. Sweet but not overpowering. Warms on the way down but doesnt feel 14% Will certainly sneak up on you.
F: Drinks smooth and goes down hot. Good cold weather sipper. This beer excels here.
O: Another solid offering from a brewery that knows their way around a barrel. I bought a bottle to cellar as I an a fan of the style, but if barleywines arent your thing it is at the very least worth trying a pour.

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Pillar Of Beasts from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 24 ratings