beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mild chocolate and roasted sweet malt mix with a nice and clean floralesk piney hop start the nose off with a decorous medley. Other mentionables beyond the milk chocolate make for some charred brown sugar and a lovely bourbon laced molasses under current. Impressionable and close to cloning an Imperial stout-like nose. Sometimes wiffs were lighter then others; seemingly changing and without much stability but well worth it when the strength assumes control.
Deep and very dark brown, nearly black with slivers of glowing amber at the bottom. Finger high foam of light tan sits atop for a good stay. Lacing coats in a thin sheeting eventually breaking into webbings all around the glass top.
Great flavors here, super fine balance between a sweet and soft chocolate cake backing that continues to lift itself through the softer yeilding piney hops that perk with a incredibly nice and easy bitterness. Very nice to behold. The chocolate borders a coffee roastyness while maintaining its full-on chocolate cake-like fluffyness and richness. The subtle but eager piney edged hops blend across and within the chocolate without much effort and fit together with a swimmingful smoothness. Great finisher too. Bits of anise and licorice spice pop to the surface blending with leftover roasted barley and oatmeal along with mirco bursts of heavy roasted coffee. Wow and yum! Perfect blend of flavors that I could really get used to.
Strikingly fine and smooth body, lightly creamy, lightly bittered with swell chocolate tones and piney hops; just past a medium fullness thats very well rounded and clean. Nothing harsh or out of place here. Finish is strikingly subtle, yet complexing with a delicate drying character and all that wonderful leftover stuff.
An excellent porter! A big chocolatey balancing act with hops and bittering bite that holds true, bold,smooth, and rich the hold ride through. This is a top notcher in my book! Goes down quickly without much labor. Kudos 3F! Yummalishious!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Amazing aroma huge hops up front. Floral and pine. (The only reason I am giving a 9 instead of 10 is that it goes from open a hop pellet packet to all malt it 20 seconds. This is fixed by a little swirl of the glass.) The aroma then goes to choclatey sweet malt. Flavor is roasty with some chocolate, piney hop, and a light bitter dry finish. Smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium body.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to the one like kinz for this special brew.the alpha poured a dark brown with hints of crimson sneaking out when held to light.it also gave off a nice head that left very atractive looking webbing.the aroma was dominated by piney hops,then a bit of chocolate,and roasted malts.the flavor was again,dominated by pine and citrus style hops.folowed by some chocolate,and malt.nice thick moutfeel and smooth taste.personally its a bit to hoppy for my porter palate,but still a very wonderful brew.
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to brentfeesh(brent) for trading this bottle. Black with a ring of tan bubbles that left some excellent lacing. Pine tree hops with some coffee, carmel and chocolate as well. Piney hops with roasted coffee and hints of carmel. Clingy feel with lasting hops bitterness. A wonderful beer.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle. poured dark brown, wih granet edges, and a tan head. aroma pine, bitter sweet chocolate, honey, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, floral. flavor, semisweet chocolate, malts, caramel, fruity, raisins. the hops were not as strong in the flavor as they were in the aroma. nice dry mouth feel
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahhh, finally had the chance to try this stuff ... thanks to Tad. Deep and dark brown with a slight reddish tinge around the edges; light tan head. Smooth, easy-to-drink texture. Very roasted, with big elements of coffee and bitter cocoa throughout. Nice level of sweetness (chocolate, caramel, vanilla) in the malts. Has a grassy, hoppy edge to it, with a little pine and some smoky-woody notes. Sour bitterness in the finish. Overall, rather hoppy, but not as much as I expected. And itís not really biting or citric, though it does have a little grapefruit. Hops seem to be mainly grassy and earthy, and a little sour. Surprisingly balanced. Very interesting porter thatís a pleasure to drink.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
01.27.05 Bomber via trade with doubletriple. Deep, near-black pour; minimal tan head. Aromas - wow, this is wild stuff! Pine sap, roasty and burnt coffee, chocolate, grapefruit, and alcohol. Like all FFF beers, the palate is amazing, perfect: this porter is coating and full, wanes to a thinner, crisper, clean finish and a lingering bitterness that is sharp in a pithy way. Lots of hops, grapefruit, and yet a great, malty, roasty balance. 3 cheers for 3 Floyds; these guys have a knack for making hops rock. Thanks millions, George!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with clinging beige head. Coffee and hoppy tastes start out, then a finish with chocolate and slight fruity finish. Pretty good stuff.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicate coffee aroma, some chocolate in there. Very fine. Thin head, small bubbles. Very dark color, opaque. Taste is nice and hoppy up front, fading to a roasted coffee taste that rolls out to a nice long finish. Alcohol is well masked. Body came off a little thin for my taste though.
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This does indeed have a soda-ish smell to it. A big roasted malt and chocolate aroma and one of the most pleasing smells Ive experienced in a porter. The flavor is a bit smokey and decently hopped with some chocolate, raisins, and vanilla. This is some good stuff.