Behemoth - 2 Year Bourbon Barrel-Aged | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Behemoth barley wine aged for two years in bourbon barrels.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 10
Photo of TheGent
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My review today completes the trifecta of barrel aged Behemoth from Three Floyd’s, as sent to me by The Junkie of FFF during the Can Can 8 BIF.

I recently reviewed the One Year Bourbon Barrel Behemoth and the Danish Cherry Wine version. The idea behind this review is to draw parallels and differences between the One and Two Year versions.

I’ve been drinking this for well over an hour and my notes are based on the beer approaching and reaching room temperature, which is where it currently stands as I finish this post.

Appearance: In the light this beer pours a murky, translucent, light brown color. As depicted it pours a dark brown, really burnt sienna color with some ruby notes. A beige head that struggles to sustain itself, settling to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of sporadically placed bubbles atop the liquid. No visible carbonation. Minor amount of lacing. Same appearance as the One Year.

Smell: The aroma is piney, lemony and earthy, black tea-like hops. Sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla. Dark dried fruit including raisins, dates, prunes. Some milk chocolate reminiscent of Raisinettes. Dark chocolate and cocoa. Some wood. And definitely some ethyl alcohol notes not present in the One Year. Alcohol and chocolate are new as compared to the One Year.

The aroma is slightly more woody and there is more depth driven by the extended bourbon barrel aging. The hops present just as strongly. There is more alcohol on the nose, but it’s supported by the added complexity. I prefer the nose on this beer.

Taste: Up front are the sweeter malt and bourbon barrel notes. Caramel and toffee are the dominant flavors, followed by dark, dried fruit including bourbon-soaked raisins and dates. There’s definitely a foil-wrapped, chocolate cordial aspect to this beer. The middle shifts to piney, lemony and earthy hop notes. Some bitterness. I’ve never had the base beer so I cannot comment on how the barrel impacts the hops/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. A definitive warming sensation on the palate and in the pipes.

Overall: This beer is excellent. I like the aroma more than the One Year as I think the extended barrel aging adds more complexity. The flavor is more woody, bitter and there is a discernible heat. I do think there’s also some added complexity to the flavor, without detracting from the beer via the additional chocolate notes.

My least favorite of the beers is the Danish Cherry Wine. It was not a bad beer. In fact, it was very good. As for the Bourbon Barrel Aged Versions? These beers are beyond reproach. Complex, while drinking cohesively and easily.

For those interested here are my reviews of the other two versions. Danish Cherry Wine was a full review and the One Year was cursory because I was just too caught up in the beer to be bothered with taking detailed notes.

Danish Cherry Wine Barrel Aged(3.79/-7.6%)

Barrel Aged Behemoth(4.41/+1.1%)

No strange brews here. Just some exemplary bourbon barrel aged American Barleywine. I would’ve preferred to review all these beers side-by-side, but that would’ve put me in a world of pain. Disappointed that this is all I have left.


Thank you, Dan! I’ve really enjoyed all of these beers and getting a better understanding of what FFF is all about.

And once again, thank you @Jason1221 for the proper glassware!

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Photo of darktronica
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unapologetically bigger, bolder version of BBA Behemoth. Still strongly American in style, with bright florals and substantial hop bitterness, balanced by a malt backbone and vanilla from the bourbon. Massive oak barrel character, with moderate bourbon spice and light honeyed notes. Boozy and hot, I would say that this is fantastic now but likely to remain fabulous for a long time to come if properly stored. If you prefer less prominent booze, you likely didn't spring for this given the $35 price of admission, but it will be an interesting experiment to see how much this smooths out, or doesn't, in a couple years.

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Behemoth - 2 Year Bourbon Barrel-Aged from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 10 ratings