heemer77 (5108) - 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 3Fís 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 (5401) - Spring Mount, 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, Iím 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 itís lack of originality...
hezron (610) - 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 didnít like the combination of dryness and hops.
Silphium (3179) - 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 canít really figure it out, but I liked this.
JPDIPSO (4956) - 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.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap(Nitro) @ the brewpub- Pours a pitch black color, nice sized light brown head. Aroma is crazy for a stout, citursy almost like a pale ale! Dry and sweet, the flavor is restrained, yet emphasized by the Guiness like stout charachteristics. A very interesting take on a dry stout.
hopscotch (9517) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Very good retention. The nose delivers strong notes of chocolate and pine needles with lesser notes of caramel and vanilla. The flavor is medium bitter and burnt. No residual sweetness... cocoa powder, coffee grounds and a pinch of salt. Light to medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Finishes burnt, bitter then bone dry. Thanks go out to growler for sharing his bomber.
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 I say WAY back that Iíd rerate this from the bottle, since my original rating was based on the muted nitro version that they always serve at the 3F brewpub. The bottle version is very nice, allowing an aroma of resinous pine and some citric notes to shine through. The flavor is also much more alive with a fresh hoppy bitterness. Way better bottles... or probably draft, too, if they every drop the nitro crap.
Original Rating 12/17/2005 - 7/3/6/3/15 - 3.4
Nitro at the FFF Pub: I suspect my ratings will go up with the bottle that Iíll pop later, ícause nitroed beers are muted in aroma and taste. Quite creamy to drink. Heavily roasted malts and a solid floral/herbal hopping make for a good combination, but it tames the character of the brew when it nitros out of the spout. Somewhat smokey, highly malted - itís good, for sure. But tamed. Iíll rerate on my bottle.
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