Skakapa (52) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried on tap as well as bottle and the bottle just isn’t the same. Reddish orange with a massive crown. Strong pine and spicy hop aroma with notes of dried apricots. Bitter aftertaste which is to be expected. Sticky and sweet.
Slipstream (2381) - USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decided to open this special release, a Mikeller-Three Floyds collaboration which promises to be awesome, for my 1500th rating! Fresh bread, honeysuckle, and sweet hop aroma. It is hard to believe that this is a buckwheat ale or a barley wine or something, because to me it seemed like a full-flavored IPA. There is plenty of lively effervescence and a smooth, sweet undertone. I note a little citrus flavor, herbs, and tobacco, and a lingering bit of espresso on the palate. The ABV is high, but it is still very drinkable. A very good brew (but a little overpriced).
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with headbangers in Fleurs du Malt Beer Spot in Lyon.
The nose is hoppy with pine and spiced notes, tropical fruits then grassy undertones.
Aromas in mouth are again dominated by hop. Palate is medium to full and creamy. The finish is bitter.
I sounds more like a body-buildedAmerican IPA than a Berlay wine, but that’s really great !
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy and deep brown. Very creamy head. Super hopy aroma. Very citrus. Tastes nice very hopy, I get the buckwheat but, the hops are very strong I wish it was more malty.
swanmann (718) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s orange-ish amber, slightly hazy with sticky, pillowy tan head, dissipating slowly. Heavy caramel aroma with citrus rinds and fruit, Flavor is remarkably smooth; dark roasted buckwheat sweetness and mellow earthy bitterness combine with a medium-slick texture, well balanced and stands up with warming. Soooo goood.
JStax (4581) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a shared bottle at Jackie-O’s. Appearance is a dark amber with a nice translucency and a white head of foam. Aroma is fairly hoppy. I was expecting a bit more of a malty profile out of this one, but I probably should have known better from Three Floyds and Mikkeller. This beer tasted more like a big double IPA, with its bitterness being the predominant character. I enjoyed this, but I think I’m gonna leave the bottles alone that I have, hoping the buckwheat will come out a bit more over time.
rosenbergh (9778) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hazy dark red colour with tiny off-white head. Surprisingly mild aroma of malt, fruity hops and toothpaste freshness.
Flavour is deep malty with mild caramel sweetness and strong bitter hoppiness. Very balanced.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red orange with a huge off-white head. A very rich beer with a solid caramel malty body and tonnes of hops with orange, pine and tropical fruits.
edgallow (3380) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast and a bit of malt. Taste of nice citrus hops, sweet and a little alcohol. Very nice beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is a translucent, rusty-red with a moderately full, off-white, creamy, fluffy head which is mostly lasting and leaves drippy lace. The nose is decisively hoppy with plenty of pine, some black pepper, some lighter passionfruit and mango, herbal undertones, and a light grain note (buckwheat?). The flavor is even more hoppy but even nicer; still piney, peppery, passionfruit all over, herbal undertones, light mango, faint toasted caramel, faint tapioca, and a slight roast. The palate is medium to full, lively, drying, and lightly creamy. The finish is bitter, slightly roasty, herbal, drying, long, with an underlying caramel sweetness. I am not really sure what Buckwheat is but I am assuming the tapioca note may have something to do with it. The first beer I have from 3 Floyds but Mikkeller always does amazing things. This did drink more like an IIPA than a BW but the moderately high bitterness did carry enough other complexities to lack the over drying or over hopping as some IIPA’s seem to. The more I drank of this one the more it reminded me of Mikkeller’s Tomahawk coffee IPA with the subtle roast and tropical fruit juicy notes. The bitterness was accentuated by the roast and dry herbal and seemingly high with a less than moderate acidity. A very nice beer and I would love to try some more from 3 Floyd’s.