OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2006
22oz bottle via trade with 1FastSTI - Thanks! - Pours a beautiful dark copper/mahogony with a nice short tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is cherry, caramel, grapefruit, molasses, orange, and maybe even a little brown sugar and maple. A delightful blend of citrus fruits, orange, grapefruit, and sweet brown sugar, caramel, maple, and cherry in flavor. Amazingly complex and smooth to drink. There is so much flavor here that you do not realize at all the 10.5% alcohol in this big beautiful brew. Palate is sticky sweet but oh so smooth on the tongue. Finish is just a tickle from the bitterness of those hops that are there throughout each sip. This is divine! Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bomber poured into squat Belgian snifter, ...dark mahogany/ burgundy blend fills the glass, out wafts the aroma, and I know I’ll be spanked but good!
Little head here, though, it appears for a moment and disappears quickly.
Aroma screams brandy, cherries, hints of bourbon, port wine, licks of leather, spicy and slick...molasses, dark rum, brown sugar..liking it...
Now to taste: the Behemoth floods the mouth with fierce flavor and coats every inch with deliciousness, spreading tendrils of delight through every crack in the palate. And a thunder thuds above, as alcohol creeps along as well...boom, boom...hear his steps as he clods along the corridors of the brain...flavors detected in the nose reassert themselves on the tongue...l the slick sugary darkness, the caramel-y sweetness, the thick, resonant malt, the powerful potency. An aptly named brew, and it appears to be quite stronger than the last time I had it, on tap, nearly 4 years ago. It was 10% then, and a killer diller at that. Guess that envelope had to be pushed, eh, Floyd, Floyd, and Floyd?
Huge body, immense mouthfeel, long, slightly bitter, thick and resiny finish. A hell of a barleywine. But I want it in little bottles, not these monster servings. And I want it available in my home state, again. And I want a million dollars, and a pony, and a Rock’em, Sock’em robots, and Mommy and Daddy to get back together, and world peace, and no hunger, and, and, and...
Boom, boom, boom, I’ve barely gotten into it, and it’s knocking at my frontal lobes...we’re coming i-in...hide the ki-ids...here I am, wishing I’d saved this for a get-together with friends, and continue drinking it solo, and hoping I don’t wake up wanting to kill myself tomorrow morning...afternoon...?
I really, really like this, but it’s a serious sipper of a brew, one that should accompany a long evening with the works of Wordsworth at hand, Old Dog Tray at one’s feet, a roaring fire beside, attired in a comfortable robe...you know the scene...
I’m drooling over the intense flavors as much as the goons on the label, but not drooling over Miss Behemoth as they are...I just don’t find three chins very sexy.
(Also, confused by the name...nothing "blonde" about this beauty!) OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by jerc. Reddish brown with a lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Fruity, orange, piny, sherry, and alcohol aroma. Fruity, orange, persimmon, alcohol flavours with enough maple, caramel, bready, and candied fruit malts to keep the hops in line. Full bodied, syrupy and rich but smooth. LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks Chuck for the sample! Has a nice dark amber body and foamy white head. Nice malty aroma. Excellent flavor, plenty of hops and spices. Has a good body and texture, and good, lively carbonation. Overall, very good. This makes for an excellent sesquicentennial rating. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-11. Dark amber body, modest white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, grapefruit of varying levels of sweetness, moderatelemon and lemon seed notes. Very light resins in the background. Similar hop character in the flavour, citrus again but with more underlying malty sweetness supporting it. Smooth medium palate. Alcohol is all but invisible. Just really really good. 9/4/9/4+/19-20 2008 Vintage Bottle, Purple Wax, shared by DuctTape.
<P>Very nice amber body with a nice creamy beige head. (4+) Very leafy green hops and light malt whispers. Big hops in the flavour with a nice bitterness but the complexity of the hops is not as resplendant as the aroma implies. Malt is sufficient, but a supporting player, along with a pleasant fruity character. Medium to full bodied palate. Much more rounded than the Hop Heaven enjoyed previously. Very nice. The last of the "Big Three Floyds" for me. 9/4/8/5/19 - 4.5 Bottle via 1FastSTI trade..
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle, thanks to slob for this trade! Pours a beautiful garnet-amber color when held to light with a small, rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, pine and grapefruit, with sweet undertones - brown sugar, toasty malts and alcohol. The flavor is big, bad and unrepentant - as I’d expect from a 3F’s brew. Sweet and full bodied, yet extremely hoppy - caramel and hints of maple along with lots of grapefruit hops, pepper, woody astringency, pine juice and lots of alcohol, though it’s quite well hidden. Full body and mellow carbonation. Nice! SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
Bottle that I picked up at the release at the brewery. I have been saving this for a while at the advice of many that once claimed that it was too young. So I saved it until the end of March, nearly 9 months of aging. Had it to celebrate the end of 75 hour work weeks of medicine. Nice treat to end it with.
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Hazy ruby/amber with a big quickly discipating off-ivory head that fades to a thin long lasting rim. Nose very full of malts alcohol plums and caramelized sugar. Hops not so much intiailly but as it wars they pick up. The taste initially is tangy, strong with alcohol, citrusy hops and malts. The middle is much more genel with malt and alcohol then fades into strong vapros of alcohol and crisp hoppy spice with grapefruit towards the back. The end is a rush of hops barley and produces kind of an evergreen flavor. Imagine climbing a pine tree as a kid, then later you eat something without washing your hands. That sticky sharp pine just covers everything. Wonderful really.
Clear ruby red with a small beige head. Strong piney citrus hop and caramel aroma and flavor with some chocolate and toffee note. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Degarth comes over the top to bust this bad boy out towards the finish of our tasting. I was drunk as fuck at this point, so my notes didn’t turn out too well. I do remember with 100% of my mind that it was one of the best beers I had ever had at the time I had this. Knowing that I was drunk I dialed a friend and tried to describe it to him, but my speech was impaired as well. Anyways here is what I got: Ruby red with a tan head. Aroma was citrus or citrus rinds. Beautiful citrus rinds. Ah good hops and shit. Drunk hops and shit. Flavor = 9 + 5. Thanks Degarth this one ruled! lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2006
Hazy, deep amberish-red beer with a quick disappearing yellowish head. The aroma has sweet barley accents but has also hints of with sugar coated nuts, fine XO-Cognac, milk bread, spices like Massis Banda, cardemom, and cinnamon. Also touches of a cigare box,Marroccan dried fruits, wild flowers, humide forrest soil and refreshing citrussy hops. The taste is wine-like (Marsalla), sweet malty, complex fruity (figgs, dates, confit d’orange) and has the nice warming up from a top quality brown Rhum. In the afthertaste the refreshing bitter accents are comming up. Again hints of wild flowers, citrussy hops, fresh herbs, nut-peel and exotic spices are working wonderwell with the pessents but not overpowering warmth of the sweet alcohol. A great brew that lingers on.