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Three Floyd’s 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
(22oz bottle from Dak). Pours dark brown with espresso head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with some fairly heavy roast. Full bodied with an oily texture. Earthy. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Dark brown pour, cream colored head. Booze, roast, ash, prune aroma. Flavor is malty, molasses, raisins, cocoa. A lot going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Thanks JCB. Pours dark black with one finger of tan had. Nose is very hoppy, light citrus zest. Some coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor has too much hop bite. The hop character totally throws this off kilter. Some molasses. Full bodied with a warming finish and bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottled shared with P (many thanks to Pawola22). The whole may not be better than any of its individual parts, but its is still very good. It’s almost nostalgic in a way. A very creamy pour, with a wispy, tan head, and deep deep brown-black body thats not oily as one would expect. The aroma is roasty, as the coffee from Beer Geek is quite prominent. Also, herbal hops, ester fruits, fruity hop, and some powdery cocoa. There’s subtle funky sour to one as well, which seems to be from Black Albert. I’m a big fan of that characteristic. Aside from the obvious strength of the beer, the body is fairly smooth, lighter feeling than expected, well bittered, roasted, and powdery but not heavily sweet. Also, some funky fruitiness in there as well. Specific notes of roasted coffee, ester fruits, bitter herbal hops, and milky cocoa. The finish is a great combo of hop and roast. There’s only a tad bit of muddling of flavors, as I kind of expected, but that doesn’t distract from the overall production. So again, this was a fun one to drink, but not as good as the individuals. Still a great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
[bottle] shared by dalzale, Armin, and Caleb. Thanks guys! Pours viscous deep brown with a diminishing tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet milk chocolate, just a touch of soy, a little coffee, some booziness. Flavor is quite hot, chocolate, booooooozy, sweet front but very bittersweet on the finish, chocolate and coffee. This would be a lot better with a bit less booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared with the MN crew. Thanks guys! Pour is a slightly hazy dark brown, verging on black, with a spare mocha head and very little lacing. Aroma is wet coffee grounds, slightly herbal/vegetal hops, fair bit of sweet dark fruit, and a fair bit of chocolate syrup. Touch of smoke comes through as it warms. Taste is lots of sweet and chocolaty dark fruit, a bit of coffee grounds. Syrupy mouthfeel, and fairly hot. Trying a bit too hard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to SnobbyBeer! Thin black pour, very little carbonation and a slightly boozy peat/chocolate aroma. Flavor is peppery coffee, more bitter chocolate, green pepper and finishes earthy and very hot. Good beer, but I think I’d rather have all these beers separately instead of blended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Pour is thick black out of bottle with thin tan head, aroma has notes of big citrusy hops, big coffee notes, caramel, chocolate, and toffee notes, booze comes through with a fairly significant retronasal burn, hints of dark fruit, plum and raisin notes in there. Taste is some nice coffee from the beer geek brunch, hints of dark fruit mixes with toffee, vanilla, and sweet burnt sugars, touch of chocolate and cocoa powder in there, touch of roast but goes back to the milky sweet coffee notes, finishing fairly sweet, warming but fairly drying as well. Tastes much better than the aroma lets on, mouthfeel is great. Worth trying for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle shared by the ever-generous JCB. Pours pretty much black with tan head. Thick and oily. Lovely lacing and retention. Beauty of a pour. Nose is surprisingly hoppy given the three beers that compose it. Dark, chocolately, and roasty. No real hint of real coffee (Brunch). Solid, but not in the neighborhood of the three that make it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bomber from CummingsK21 - thanks, Kyle! Cool bottle and cool label (Ethan, I have it saved for you). As a fan of all of the beers in this combo, I was nervous about the propensity of blends to wash out the distinctiveness of the ingredients. And while this was a highly enjoyable impy stout, my fears were at least partly realized. Big oily pour with a modest head, carbonation settling quickly into sticky lacing. Nose of heavy chocolate, sweet malts, and some dry roasted elements in there too. While you get something of the bold chocolates of Black Albert to taste (the mouthfeel is nice and velvety in places but a bit inconsistent), the dominant member of the pack turns out to be Darkness. Very little Beer Geek roasts at all. In fact, you get a strong sense that the dry, bitter, hoppy qualities of the Surly brew may be the main thing here, but the beer nonetheless doesn’t quite achieve the glory of Darkness. Turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.

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