pentaz (1239) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a lasting and lacing frothy brown medium head. Aroma is grass, roasted malt, licorice, spruce, hop soup, burnt malts
and smoke. Taste is moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry, quite hoppy, roasted and very bitter.
Bosbouw (1238) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mooi donker bier met donkere kraag. Ruikt, koffie, chocolade, caramel. Smaakt, koffie, caramel. Goede nasmaak.
Chad9976 (1176) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There seems to be a growing trend in the craft beer lately of brewers collaborating with non-brewers for a special one-off release. Frankly, I find these to be a little gimmicky because if the beer doesn’t work they can always blame it on the fact it was an experimental brew. I had high hopes for Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok because it’s one of the best craft brewers in America collaborating with one of the biggest names in the heavy metal music scene. What they came up with is an "imperial porter," which is certainly unique, and a very tasty, enjoyable beer, but nothing earth-shattering.
I received a 22oz bottle from a friend in Chicago. I split it with a friend. We each poured it into plastic tumblers (watch the video review to find out why).
Appearance: Typical porter or stout complexion of near jet black color with slight ruby red edges. Forms a large, dark khaki, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Very true to the porter style with sweeter notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs, and raisins (chocolate-covered raisins, actually). Subtle, but noticeable, smell of coconut hide and general earthiness.
Taste: In the world of brewing, a strong porter is technically a stout, but there’s a distinct difference in taste, especially in the case of Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok. This beer has all the sweeter flavor notes you’d find in a porter: slight milky/dairy flavor; milk chocolate, dark cherry and raisin, plus some earthy roughage on the back end to provide for some bitterness.
As it warms it grows even more complex imparting a slight smoky taste, a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sourness or tang. You might chalk this up to the alcohol accentuating these components often found in the palate of more traditional, pub-style porters. It’s not a flaw, per se, but an absence of these flavors would make this a great beer instead of just a very good one.
Drinkability: While this beer is rather hefty at 8.2% ABV, it would be difficult to detect this if you didn’t know that. There’s no alcohol presence whatsoever and the beer just doesn’t feel all that heavy. It’s super smooth with a lovely, but light, chocolate and raisin aftertaste. And while sweet, it’s never cloying. Its drinkability is a great reason to love it.
wchesser (1163) - 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.
sherm1016 (1147) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery during XV. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, pine hops. Like a black IPA. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavor is bitter, roasty, pine hops, a little smokey, with a bitter finish that sticks around for a while. Very much like a black IPA to me, but where do you draw the line between a black IPA and a hoppy porter or stout?
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from STFUN. black pour with tan thin head. Aroma is roast coffee grinds with lots of citrus hops. Taste is also roast coffee grinds with nice pungent hop finish. Great Hoppy porter
kevinsenn (1075) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with toffsbury. Pours jet-black with little head and a lot of particles. Gorgeous hoppy aroma. Really nice hoppy taste, with some roasted malt. Nice clean finish.. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. I’ve never had such a hoppy porter; great!
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Nose is coffee, almonds, anisette, bready cereal and alcohol notes. It’s very complex with the alcohol esters, but it doesn’t take away from it. Taste is a good balance of bittersweet, however it weighs in a little more on the bitter side. Mouthfeel is medium body, super sharp and crisp on the palate.
BRW (1005) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with beige head. Roasted, smoke, chocolate. Sweet, chocolate, roasted, coffee, smoked taste. Medium to full body.
flemmingwillum (1000) - 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!