pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle purchased the day of the release... Pours a mostly opaque dark cola hue, reddish brown at the edges, and topped with a thin wispy light beige head... Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruit, honey - mostly sweet and sacharine and almost syrupy even in the nose. Somewhat messy and unrefined... Flavors don’t deviate much from the aroma with brown sugar, molasses, a lighter cocoa note, slightly roasted, honey. Basically a wide gamut of flavors that don’t mesh all that well with another. Syrupy body and overly sweet. Don’t count myself as a fan.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 3 Floyd’s Anniversary party. This beauty was poured nicely into what looked like I’d say a 10 oz or so plastic cup. Now that’s what I call baller. The beer itself was pitch oil black with a tan head. Aroma had espresso, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a touch of molasses/brown sugar hops. This stuff is pretty thick. The mouthfeel seems real heavy on this one with light carbonation. Taste pretty much followed the nose. It seemed Dark Lord forward while melding in some notes from its other parts. I am curious if this was brewed all at once or blended. On one hand I could see this being brewed at once because it finishes so smooth. On the other hand it seemed like the parts that made up the whole were thrown in their and it was noticeable in the middle. Up front had all the other flavors I noticed in the nose. Overall I enjoyed this and think it will age in a year or 2 nicely.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at FFF’s Anny Party...pour is jet black with a sizeable tan head. Strong notes of ripe, dark fruits, fresh espresso, grassy hops and dark chocolate are melded extremely well in the nose. Palate starts off fairly well carbonated and extends to a silky finish...absolutely no cloying sweetness to note, the blend was done extremely well IMO. Notes of espresso, raisins, blackberry, dark chocolate with a wonderful grassy hop mid-palate and finish. Everything blends perfectly...Cheers to FFF’s, Surly, Struise and Mikkeller for the offering.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample @ FFF XV party. Slick black oily pour, small tan head. Smell is of malt, chocolate, coffee, etc. Taste is quite the same. Medium to medium thick mouthfeel, somewhat soft carbonation. Very nice, smooth, oily and tasty. Surprisingly very little noticeable heat, with a little age this will undoubtably be close to perfect. However, at the moment I think it seems to be a little less than the sum of its parts.
Beerman6686 (3546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a straight jet black color with a very dark mahogany head. Aroma was lots and lots of coffee, velvety chocolate, some hops, and dried dark fruits. Flavor was suprising in that I could definitely actually taste aspects of each of the four beers in this one, dark fruits, dark coffee fromt he mikeller, lots of belgian chocolate from the struise, and definitely more hops than most impy which seems to be from the darkness. Overall really solid and better than I was expecting from this blend but still definitely not worth the money.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at 3 Floyds’. Joan Jett black pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malt and coffee aromas. Bravo guys the blend works well together with big chocolate, smooth caramel, and dark roasted malt notes. Very complex with undercurrents of coffee, some hoppy notes, and dark luscious fruits. Very well done......
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Draft on tap at FFF XV Party (Munster, IN). Pours a rich roasty opaque black pour, murly and dark with a frothy tannish big ring of a head. Laces small. Aromas are hoppy, dry and roasty with touches of creamy roast, vanilla, and toffee. Quite dry on the nose. Initial is some roasty, dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla. Touches of grapefruit and piney hops work their way in. Nice and rich, some gentle vanilla, good healthy roast. Some good coffee, quite strong and roasty/bitter into the finish. Not the most complex beer, offering some cocoa and caramel up front. Finish is gradual and lingering maltiness but quite dry, hoppy. Put together well, but so are a lot of Imperial Stouts... and not at $30 a bottle. Good beer.
HonkeyBra (2858) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Three Floyds XV Anniversary event. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much going into this. I’m not a huge fan of half the stouts that went into this beer. And I’m not usually a fan of blends. Big, oily, black pour with a tan head. Aroma is quite interesting. I can pick out bits of all the beers. Thick molasses and cherry notes from the Dark Lord, a kiss of hops from Darkness. Roasty coffee notes along with some smooth cocoa. The Flavor takes me off guard at first. I thought I wouldn’t like it but it’s actually quite nice. The different beers show their strengths and compliment each other. Nice roast, gargantuan cherry notes, some hops, all held together by the luscious chocolate from the Black Albert. Funny, I came into this not expecting much but I’ve been quite surprised. Smooth, easy to drink for such a big beer. Very well-done in my opinion. A perfect poem from Three Floyds on their anniversary.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Had at 3F’s XV anniversary party. Pours a nice rich dark brown, with a nice head. Aroma was of chocolate, with some coffee, and very pleasing. Of the four beers that this makes up I have only not had Black Albert. I could definitely taste the characteristics of DL and beer geek brunch. Overall probably not as good as the hype right off the bat. Looking for it to age well though.
rhsiung (492) - USA - NOV 13, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
delicious. and what a beautiful afternoon. 4 hours was a long time to wait in line, but sometimes it don’t come easy.