wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from FlandersNed-thanks, Steve! Pours dark brown with fairly thick but fading head. Nice dark roast malts and a touch of light roast coffee on nose. Some subtle smoke aroma on nose as it warmed. Straight forward, but very solid porter flavors. That Signature 3Floyd’s taste.
Slightly metallic after taste after it warmed. Reminiscent of a drier Alpha Klaus. Liked it and it’s held up well, but I’d say smoke ’em if ya got ’em.
flemmingwillum (879) - Nysted, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #777, bottle from Toft Vin. Black beer with greenish-brown hue and a very dense, stable, beige coloured head - and probably the only beer I have expierienced, having a higher head three minutes from the pouring moment, than it had one minute from the pouring moment. Furthermore, is leaves beautiful lacings at the glass when drinked. Very fruity aroma that definately underlines that this is a porter, not a stout. Hop aromas are most of all peach and raspberries, mixed with mildly roasted malts. At some moments the aroma turns almost IIPA-like, but of course with a bunch of dark malts. Honey is traceable in the aroma, but not dominating. Flavor has honey, lots of chocolate, raspberries, a fair amount of oranges, grapefruit, mild coffee and a bit alcohol, all ending in a rather bitter finish with just a notch of smoke and ashes in the final aftermath. The honey is more obvious in the taste than in the aroma, but still not the dominating factor. This job it leaves to the delicious chocolaty nuances and the still-present flowery and orangey hops. Palate is close to perfect; round, soft, creamy and smooth - almost silky at some points - but still strong and thick enough to make the manifest that this is an imperial porter. 8,2 % ABV is not traceable in the classic alcoholic manner, but is underlined by the warming feel and just a bit in the aftertaste. This is mastering of the art of brewing!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured in snifter.
A: Pours a thick black with a nice 1 finger dark khaki head. Leaves quickly leaving behind a nice little lace.
S: Very malty this one is. There is some subtle sweetness in the back along with a nice dry roast.
T: Great dry roast from the malts. Nice bitter coffee and bakers chocolates and the honey adds a nice sweetness that gives it a vanilla-like quality.
M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to light bodied with a decent carbonation.
O: A nice porter. Not my favorite, but yet another nice beer from those guys down in Munster, Indiana.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-11-2011
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of bauermj, thanks! nice solid imperial porter, bit roasty, bold and smooth, good stuff, but not outstanding. ba version would be great.
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a 22 oz bottle at the FFF brewpub last week when there were lots of folks waiting to get in. I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it lives up the the Three Floyds legend and does not disappoint. It pours very dark - I can’t see through it when I hold it up to my lamp. Considerable head remains for a while and laces the glass afterwards. The aroma is legendary 3 Floyds: citrus and hops with with some floral scents but with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is the same but bit with more roasted/smoky malts than any other FFF beer I’ve tried. I agree with the reviewers who call this "Dark Lord’s little cousin" or "my kind of beer". It’s subantial in body & complex taste. I’d rather have one of these $12 beers than 12 of any $1 beers I can think of.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/14/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.
Ragnarok takes on a chocolate black color with a nice thick coffee-colored head. The cap is full and creamy, displaying exemplary retention and leaving a ton of lace. Three Floyds knows how to make their beers look appealing.
Earthy and pine hops control the aroma, which was a little bit different than I was expecting. Chocolate and roasted malt take the back seat but are full in depth and character. There is a spicy yeast character in the aroma that kind of throws me off.
Up front Ragnarok masquerades as a typical robust porter, with a nice molasses sweetness, chocolate and roasted malt, and some creamy espresso. Rather abruptly, however, the flavor turns bitter in a way I am not used to in a porter. Spicy pine and earthy hops impart a much different character than coffee bitterness, giving this an interesting flavor. The finish cleans up rather well, with just a little bit of the hop bitterness hanging around.
The most distinguishing characteristic of this beer is how dry it feels for a porter over 8% alcohol. The hops really cut through the flavor to create a dryness and lighten the body a little bit. The finish is bitter but still fairly clean. The carbonation is creamy, but there is prickly roughness overall. Medium bodied.
Hoppy stouts and porters usually get slammed because the flavors usually do not mesh well together for me. Compared to some other Three Floyds beers, this may not stack up, but they certainly have done a better job with the execution than other attempts to hop up a stout or porter.
ansjelaah (858) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, bruine kleur met een kleine beige schuimkraag, ruikt naar mout, hout, caramel, smaakt zoet, caramel, koffie/thee, maar teveel koffie voor mij
tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark with hot cocoa head. Smells roasty, chocolate. Nice dry and hoppy with lots of malt as well. Mmm. Medium-bodied.
Bacterial (838) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A touch sweet, but still rounded out by hops and roasted malt. Heavier than a typical porter. An excellent sipping beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dogfish120love (829) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma consists of milk chocolate, pine, citrus and smoked malt. Pours dark brown with thick brownish off white lacing. Flavor consists of slight bitter or metallic notes which I’m assuming stem from fermentation of the honey. Consists of some qualities indicative of a black ipa