redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Bottle. I think you should include chocolate and pine as a flavor combination that does not work as I found this absolutely disgusting in every respect. The pine dominates the aroma and taste and in itself this is not bad, but since pine is such overwhelming force if it is overused it quickly becomes tiring. The pine hops do not enhance, emphasize, or work with the chocolate at all. In fact these 2 ingredients work opposite of one another and in my mouth it felt like doing a cement mixer. I have had beers that were bad from poor quality and poor ingredients but this was the worst tasting beer I have tried yet. This did not work for me at all.
Re-rate: on tap this is not as bad as the bottles I tried in the past. not the clash in flavors.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 1/6/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with bigbadbear63 from RateBeer 12/4/03. Pours extremely dark, opaque brown, possibly the darkest, thickest-looking porter I've seen. Slight reddish-brown edges, but otherwise utterly opaque. Dark tan head doesn't stay around much but the lacing is quite nice. Aroma is majorly hopped. Slight edge of dark malt, and fresh barley but mostly the deliciously floral, sweet grapefruit of those Three Floyds hops-- smells a lot like the Dreadnaught. Darkness of malt and even a little chocolate comes out a bit as I smell it more. Initial taste is sour, citrusy and stinging with bitter hops, the malts kind of pushed in the background and around the edges. Strange mix, I must say. Finish turns deeply dark and astringent. Medium-full body, very creamy texture and with a very long, straightforwardly roasty, dark chocolate malt finish. A little like a smoked porter. Very little sweetness on the end. Pretty potent stuff, feeling even more powerful than the 7.5% alcohol indicates, but I'd like it to mellow out a bit. Still pretty damn good. Finally, I notice as it warms up just how smooth and creamy the body on this beer is. It's tremendously elegant even as it warms-- the alcohol does not get any harsher or the flavors any more difficult to handle. I think I actually prefer it at room temperature, or very close.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at 3F: Strong resiny hop aroma, plus grapefruit. Ultra resiny flavor. Dark brown, with medium head. Medium body. Dry, near chocolatey finish.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Poured black with some reddish hues, tan head and nice lacing. Piney hop and slightly roasted aroma. Taste started resiny hoppy, then turned roasted, mocha, vanilla, cappuccino. Full creamy mouthfeel. This is a one of a kind, well balanced porter!!
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big stuff here. Deep dark ruby color as expected. Roasty and snappy hop finish after nice malty sweetness (but not too sweet). A nice holiday treat.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at 3F. A small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a brown/black hue. The nose was malty, chocolate and some coffee notes. The flavor was somewhat bitter, chocolate, hops, and coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and this was a full bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This draft brew sampled at the brewery for the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black brwon body with no visible carbonation and an excellent lace. The aroma was strong with hops and mild malt. The mouthfeel can best be described as "Oh my God hops!" that hit like a freight train at first then mellows our very cleanly into a more porterlike malt finish. It had a stong hop flavor that was unporter like and a brown malt porter like finish. Definately another "Not Normal" brew from the masters at 3F. It is a porter that stretches the very meaning or definition of the style.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh man, this is so good. I wish that when I tried it at the brewery, I wasn't so hungover. I would've enjoyed it more, and bought more. I only bought 1 bottle and loaded up on Dreadnaught instead. Not a bad dillema. The aroma of this is very chocolatey with some coffee. Appearance is very nice. It's opaque dark brown-black with a nice creamy head on top. Taste has a lot of cocoa to it then turns into dark chocolate. Definatley more bitter than most porters, and it's very well done. Palate is a little watery, but still creamy. Finish is kind of chalky. I sure wish I had some more. Very easy to drink.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with a nic tan head that stays around for a while. Average lacing, very nice. Aroma is strongly roasted with coffee and chocolate, very rich and refined. Flavor is smooth and rounded, with an also nice roasted coffee & slight chocolate aftertaste. The finish is mild and smooth. This is a great porter, I can't see how anything could be better.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, ruby edges with a small tannish head that dissapates quickly and leaves a fair lacing. Hops and alcohol fill the aroma. Some malt, some spice. Malt starts out this beer, it runs along to hops and finishes slightly bitter. Some fruit as well as some caramel flavors. Full bodied. Smooth palate slightly creamy. Interesting porter. Very different. Thanks Ed!