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 (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 didn’t like the combination of dryness and hops.
Silphium (3167) - 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 (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 (9163) - 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 (5482) - 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 I’d 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 I’ll pop later, ’cause 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 - it’s good, for sure. But tamed. I’ll rerate on my bottle.
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1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Nitro at FFF. I’m so glad to see this come out of retirement!!! It pours to a dark black body with a tan nitro head. Thick and creamy head. Dry and creamy. The aroma is very hoppy with tons of PNW hops. Also, dry and malty roastedness. The flavor makes me think they took a Guinness and dry hopped the shit out of it. The palate is pretty thick and dry. I’m loving it!!!
Bottle: as good as the tap.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Ronnie’s in Forest Hill,MD.22 oz bottle.Aroma is first heady floral hops(in standard 3F fashion)but then heavily roasted malts(coffee,chocolate,caramel,smoke)take over.Nice hoppy character.Oily on the verge of medium mouth feel.Good stuff but a bit pricy(8.99) but a rare one as far as I can tell.Mabey they put out more this year? The hop burps are very nice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro at the brew pub (with a forthcoming review of the bottled version - sit tight.) Opaque and black in the imperial pint with a booming, dense and creamy khaki looking head that recedes to blanketing vellum lacing. Black licorice and burnt espresso grinds paint the aromatic picture of a big roasty stout, with ample contributions from black currant, pepper, burnt rubber and oil streaks. Some accentuations from Good & Plenty candy pieces as well. "Roasted" is one way to say it; "singed" and "burnt" would be a more accurate descriptor, and, here, that gets you points in my book. Iced coffee bitterness sinks into the taste buds, taking on a parallel flavor persona to one of those bottled frappuccinos sold in the supermarket. Bitter, dark chocolate shavings melded to melted cappuccino ice cream. Creamy and smooth character transitions to a prickly and lively (bitter) outtake with black jellybeans encapsulating the palate’s domain. Nitro might rob some of the boisterous sentiments that I expect to find in the bottle version, and we all know there’s one sure fire way to find that out. Dense, chocolate brownies sprinkled with French roast coffee grinds takes us from flavor to finish. Another admirable, style leading rendition by one of the world’s best.