ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 10/7/10: Bottle. I see 3Fs is pulling some old draft-only recipes out and bottling them. I found this, along with the Moloko Milk Stout, in bombers at Chicone’s in Western Wisconsin. Both brews I had sampled years ago at the Great Taste of the Midwest, the Moloko making a huge favorable impression on me. I did not remember I had rated the Blackheart at the GTM in ’05 and I see now I didn’t really care for it. Let’s see if my opinion has changed. Very hoppy in the nose with some discernible sweetness. Murky orange body. Nice lace. Very sweet and strong flavor with faint orange rind notes. Pretty good balance with the malt sweetness a little more assertive than the hops. Clearly this is a different brew than it was 5 years ago if I remarked at that time that it wasn’t very sweet. Hugely flavorful yummy brew.
8/25/05: GTM. Wonderful, floral hoppy IPA aroma. Fresh hops as in fresh from the vine. Like it they were just freshly cut. Dark amber body. Small, off-white head. More malty than hoppy. Not all that sweet. Not really liking it that much. A little flat in flavor for an IPA. Disappointing. Ar 9, Ap 4, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 15.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’05 GTML sample. Clear amber body, thin light tan head. Carmael malt aroma with a limey, zesty hop accent. Predominantly hoppy flavor - orange, zesty stem, mint. Not much malt sweetness, just a bit of white bread yeastiness. Not all that I expected.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ GTMW. Mostly clear, medium caramel brown in color with a heavily speckled and thin grey head. Aroma introduces rich hops and a trademark barnyard characteristic siding it with the English syle, in addition to other elements of caramel, toffee, hay, hazelnut casings and nectar. Wonderful affirmations abound as the the liquid grazes my lips. Hop smack at first touch, closely followed with an earthen yeast quality. Could go head to head with Alpha King, relying on its malt complexity. Elemental butterscotch fuels the fire. Nice bitter and toffee-laden finish. Another memorable beer by one of the world’s greatest breweries.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 On tap at Map Room as "ThulzaDoom". This was just brilliant! Poured a lovely copper color, with a off-white dense head. Piney/hoppy aroma, with some grapefruit, lemon, and something remniscent of caramel. Medium-bodied, and bursting with flavor. The fruits and grasses were well-balanced with the signature 3F hoppy bitterness. Coated the mouth well. Finish was long and hoppy.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Growler, settled for about 2 weeks: frothy and creay ivory bubbles a top a mostly hazed, dark pumpkin body. Amarillo hop aroma with bits of grass, lemon zest and ripe vanilla. Decently carbonated, but the real beauty of this is not in the delivery, but what is delivered: fresh, herbal hops and a creamy, wet maltedness...a balance that is uncommon from these pervayers of hop monsters...there is a sweet funkiness in the finish, a testament to our beer drinking brothers across the pond.
jsquire (3720) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Reddish amber color when held up to the light (outside) with a cream colored head. Caramel candy nose. The flavor had lots of applesauce sweetness balanced with mostly grapefruit bitterness. More like an English IPA, but still a Flyods brew.
fraternie (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy coppery body. Strong fruit aromas of mango, banana, bubble gum and candy sugar. Sweet malt of caramel is present initially, subtle citrus undertones. The finish is extremely bitter in perfect imitation of the style, but may overwhelm the flavors a bit as it is aggressive and somewhat metallic hopping. Certainly, there is a lot going on in this brew.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, amber body with a huge, off-white head. Big, sweet nose that is malty and subtley bitter. Berries, apricot, caramel, whole grains, some light citrus and maybe a touch of pine. The body is smooth and creamy, not too thick, but substantial. Fairly sweet elements to start, dominated by caramel and fresh baked bread. The finish shows a substantial hop bitterness that is unique for Three Floyds, at least in terms of hop variety. More balance and subtle character than most Floyds beers, but tasty, regardless.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dollar per oz. serving at the Dark Lord release bash. Back porch wood sealant color with light beige head. Nice hoppy piney aroma. Simple bitter hoppy taste with a little carmel malt underneath. Solid IPA, but not even in the same class as 3F’s Dreadnaught (or Alpha King for that matter). Not a bad effort, but certainly not a unique beer to search out.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale brown body with small beige head. Straight from the tap at Three Floyds. Hoppy nose with citrus tones. Nothing exceptional. 3F certainly has better. Medium body, thin texture. Some caramel in with the citrus hops. Not a bad beer but certainly not one that should cost as much as it did. Odd, that. But it was a decent drink.