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Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence (X Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Our small, well respected brewery is based on creating uncompromising artisinal ales of unusual character, which is what this, our 10th anniversary ale, is. Strong, hoppy, unique and delicious, defying definition. Enjoy, and thanks to all who have supported us through these 10 years. Art done by Chris Berg a Dutch artist living in Chicago check him out at around the Coyote art fest Chicago


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2009
22oz bottle. Bitter hop aroma, mostly pine and citrus, there is also an aroma of the roasted malt base. Deep amber with a medium off white head. The hop bitterness comes through first then blending with the sweet malt base, touches of alcohol as well. There is a nice long bitter finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot, the artwork on the label was impressive too.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22 oz bottle from Wilmer Liquors (New Lenox, IL). Still available there too. I had this on tap back when it was around (Summer 2007), but decided it was time to grab this and give it an official rate. Pours a deep murky rusty hue, some red and orangey amber that turns darker, pushing a decent white head that dies to a film and clings to the sides of the glass a bit. Aromas are fairly strong, pushing piney hops, citrus and grapefruit, a pugent alcohol feel, and some underlying malt sweetness. Initial tends to mirror this, fairly strong in the alcohol department, the hops havenít died from what I remember, but then again the alcohol might add to the pine and hotness of this brew, that pushes some sweet malt, fruit, citrus, and pine largely. A bit thick, but full of flavors from caramel malts and piney and citrusy hops. FFF did this big, and it is quite evident, as the strength and hops prevail, but the brew is still sweet. Bitterness and booze remain on the palate and aftertaste. Interesting, strong. Different from most ASAs.. and I largely dislike ASAs.. so this isnít bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bomber, courtesy of dchmela. Pour copper with an off-white head. Citrus hops over a firm malt backbone, a touch earthy spice/ Rich caramel malts, citris with a nice smooth bitterness, a touch of rye? a little spicy. Med-low carbonation, a little heavy, however doesnít comes across very boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (634) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2009
Pours a very deep red/orange color with a robust white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is heavy and lingering...lots of citrusy hops, a bit of pine, and a load of alcohol. Flavor is heavily hopped...resinous pine flavors dominated with some light citrus hops in the background and a decent dose of malt to keep everything somewhat in check (this is FFF afterall). Fairly heavy level of booze in here as well. Palate was chewy and I found it a bit cumbersome to drink at times, but not to the level of being offensive. Good offering, if not overpriced (where have I said that before)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a murky glowing orange color with a 2 finger off white head. Nose was quite sweet and fruity with some floral hops leaking through. Flavor was also quite sweet with a light hop bitterness in the finish. I though this tasted very similar to an aged IIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2009
Picked this up the other day at Star Liquor here in Madison: poured a cloudy orange colour with an initially big white head. However it quickly dissipates into a more modest white head. Aroma is hoppy, a little bit of alcohol and pine. Tatse is very nice, enticing with hops, some chewiness and apple and grapefruit notes. A real nice brew overall."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5553) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The pine hit as soon as the cap came off. Other notes of citrus and caramel malts are there but secondary to the pine. The flavor has a bit more balance between the pine hops and some caramel malt, but this still leans toward the hops. Mouthfeel is more assertive than most, but this is enjoyable to drink. This is one beer I will revisit soon now that it has some age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Clear, golden color with a smallish, white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, and citrus hops. Flavor is a nice treat. Tons of floral hops balanced with caramel malts. Tons of warming alcohol. Finish is bitter hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a hazy butterscotch color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, caramel, butterscotch, toasted grains and light floral hops. Flavor is sweet and floral with a higher hop profile, sweet spice, notes of citrus, grapefruit, caramel and toffee. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet floral hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6761) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2009
courtesy of retorp. Pours cloudy amber, still with light golden lacing. Aroma caramel malts loaded with grains. Taste has a thick mouthfeel of grains. Light hops and citrus with caramel malts. Drinks easy, thick on palate, a fine strong ale and another geart offering by 3FFF


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