Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as big as I thought. For some reason, I expected this to be something like fifteen percent alcohol. Iím not dissapointed as this is a fine brew but I just have this idea in my head of Three Floyds cooking up beautiful brutality to such an extent it boggles the mind.
Carefully poured, this is a crystal clear deep ruby brew--just a bit of head that wanes somewhat quickly as I generally expect in such a high gravity brew. The nose here is very interesting; underneath the expected layers of pine, citrus and kind bud is sort of a roasty, savory, slightly salty note, in a strange way reminiscent of roasted meat. I canít explain it but itís there. Not as full bodied as I expected but w/ lively carbonation and a nice sweet citrus taste to compliment some more pine notes. Alcohol is very there but not at all unpleasant, a very refined ethanol kind of taste that provides a dry counterpoint to the malt sweetness. Iím finding this suprisingly quaffable given the sheer tonnage of ingredients that undoubtedly went into this. Iím not sure if this is worth the million gazillion dollars I paid for it but I enjoy it nonetheless and thatís what counts when the day is done.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was a day of sharing. Phil (pdhabel) sharing Pannepot, Mike and Mollyís sharing Rogue Charlie, Drew sharing a 2004 and 2005 Dark Lord. So, it seemed the thing to do to share a bottle of Behemoth, with the disclaimer that it is not mature yet. Poured a deep ruby with a creamy beige head. Hops (itís Three Floyds, after all), sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, honey (?). Rich mouthfeel, smooth and syrupy and full. The flavor was sweet and syrupy and hoppy with elements of port. Itís true that this needs some aging but it is still, as is, a rewarding and awesome drink. Six more months, Nick? If I could hold out, it should be awesome.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From an 05 bottle thanks to Edward. The last time I sampled this it was $22 a growler at the brewery, including the jug! I like my barleywines in the English style rather than the overhopped American, but 3 Floyds does a nice job of balancing its overhopped bw with a great malt base. Lots of sweetness here with notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla, honey, and apricot/peach. Certainly needs time as other have noted, and I will rerate again in a year.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium, clear amber hue with a short, tan, frothy head. Aroma of pine needles, basil, thyme, mint -- very herbal and piney. So much so that I canít detect much of the underlying malt. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor. Heavily sweet, heavily bitter finish. Mostly caramel sweet, the malt flavor. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Tastes great, just smells like a spice rack.
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excited for this one, and once again Three Floyds lives up to the ratings. That being said I still think Old Horizontal is better, and no donít all start the hate mail at once. Anyway to the beer. Pours out a nice reddish tinged brown with a very small lacing head. The aroma is strong of amarillo hops. Very balanced and complex taste with notes of brown sugar, caramel and maybe a touch of a spice, and hops many hops. This has been hands down the hoppiest barleywine Iíve had, gonna let another bottle sit for a while, then try it. Overall a very solid beer
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear amber color with a ruby tint a minimal off-white head. Aroma of hops and um hops and did I mention hops. The huge hop aroma covered everything else BUT it seemed tight. I donít know if it is the specific hop or that it is too much. I love tons of hop aroma but it didnít spread and fill it was more like a tight punch. A nice tight punch but there is always something a little wrong with getting punched. The flavor was malty sweet that became quickly replaced by hop big flavors. The alcohol seemed to thin up the very finish of an otherwise full bodied beer. Alcohol flavor was not there however.
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark amber to brown appearance. The aroma is pine, mint, tobacco, and some alcohol. The flavor is quite sweet but the hop presence is definitley there. Some pine shows in the flavor along with strawberries, brandy, pine, and caramel. The aftertaste is syrupy and warming. This one is quite complex and BIG like most of the 3Floyds beers. I liked it. Thanks CaptCougar for bringing this one.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown body with a decent head. The hops are huge and not the normal hop profile. Itís like taking a whiff of a crushed mint leaf at first and then after a few more sniffs you start picking up a little basil and maybe a slight touch of tobacco. The malt and alcohol are entirely covered up by the hops. The flavor is much less syrupy than I had expected and this actually turns into a very drinkable beer. The hop aroma is just huge, but but the bitterness isnít overbearing. The alcohol isnít too noticeable and the malt isnít too cloying. One of the better hop monster barleywines Iíve ever had and actually the first Three Floyds big hype beer that I actually agree with the hype. I was disappointed in Dreadnaught. Didnít really care too much for Dark Lord, but Behemoth is actually extremely good.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange/amber, with a light tan head. Aromas are grapefruit, pine, with lesser amounts of malt and caramel. Flavors are grapefruit, pine, caramel, and fruit. Body is nice, not too heavy. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. I want to try this again in a year or so. Thanks to EddieG for this bottle.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Bottle 05- Pours a dark crimson ruby color, decent sized off white head. Aroma is huge grapefruit, like ocean spray juice. Pine needles, lemons, caramel, and watermelon jolly ranchers. Flavor is big and hoppy, more grapefruit, caramel, pine needles, and fruits. Smooth on the palate with a nice alcohol kick to it that compliments the brew.