Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from a 22 oz. bottle thanks to heemer77. sampled at hey_kevin’s christmas gathering. Dark opaque pour with a dark tan head that stuck around the edge. Piney aroma, as well as coffee, and some dark, earthy smells. Taste was mainly coffee, with some caramel and nuts too. The hoppy finish was harsh though. This needs some more balance and it would be better. Thanks Eric
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Blackish with some tan head, somewhat transparent. Why oh why must they filter and force carbonate? Nose is pure American Cascades and alcohol along with some scant mocha. Flavor is strange. The cascades are defintely a different touch, but dont really mesh well with the minimal malts in this one. Very dry. And why is the alcohol so dominant in this one? Is it really only 5.25% ABV, if so, that is not good. Needs balance.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bomber from JoshuaB. Pours a thin black with a ligh tan head. Nose is light chocolate and alcohol, some mild toffee notes. Taste is thin, watery, light chocolate, more alcohol, a dry bitter off sensation. This just didnt sit well with me, but I cant put my finger on this feature that just made the beer not good. It had kind of a bland, watered down and just not fitting taste.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottling in late 2005. This poured with a black body topped by a peach and orange colored head. The aroma was grassy with pine and coffee. It is obviously another hopped up 3F’s brew. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick. The taste had coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There was also some tobacco. Nicely done and interesting, but certainly not close to style.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dry roasted malts, vanilla, some smoke, pine, grass, and citrus fruits. Smoke, hazelnuts, chocolate, and roasted malt in the taste, bitter hoppy finish. Dry finish, but thin mouthfeel.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Black with big long lasting brown tan frothy head. Nose is full and sweet with alcohol, fructose and maybe just a dab of ketones which is probably the hops that is pretty present. Roasted malts alcohol cheries and cofee grounds in the taste. THere is a bit of cream here and there. Overall I liked this one a lot.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep, intense black with a moderately fluffy tan head. A hoppy nose reminiscent of Alpha Klaus. Piney, resinous aroma walft out of the glass with underlying notes of caramel, cocoa, nuts, roasted coffee and some burnt toast elements. The body is pretty thick and full, with mild carbonation proffering little prickling sensations on the tongue. The flavor shows the fairly unique profile shown by Three Floyds. The combination of fairly roasted malt with ultra bitter hops. While I do enjoy the combination of flavors here, I’m getting confused on the variation from other beers. This could honestly be labled Alpha Klaus and I would believe it. Almost, if not exactly, the same. Good flavor, but boring in it’s lack of originality...
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of roasted coffee with some apricot hops. Very much like alpha klaus. Dark, dark black with a thin, brown head. Flavors of roasted malt with lots of apricot hop...tons of hops. Medium body and failry dry in the finish. Reminded me a lot of alpha klaus. I didn’t like the combination of dryness and hops.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Milwaukee YEHa!05, brought by DavidP and 1FastSTi. Dark brown body, light brown/tan head. Huge Three Floyds "house" hops aroma- big pines and medicinal notes, with chocolate (overpowered by hops) in the background. Really, a dead-ringer for Alpha Klaus. But the flavor was quite different than the former beer, with licorice, toast, and chocolate leaving a sweet candy-like feel on the palate before, BAM! The huge piney, medicinal hops slam the door on the palate and close out the beer on a bitter note. The fruity aspect, almost reminiscent of cherry cordials or chocolate wafers, is unique. Strange. I can’t really figure it out, but I liked this.
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Milwaukee YeHa. Silky black body with a taller tan head. Aromas jump from the glass with fresh hops and a hint of roasted malt. Think Alpha Klaus, with a drier, chalkier character. A hoppy stout for sure.