TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a very dark brown with dark brown ruby bottom, that light gets through somewhat. A decent offwhite head that dies to a decent layer, laces well. Aromas are a decent caramel and biscuity malt, not outwardly sweet but inviting, with a faint spice, a touch of vanilla, toffee, bready malts. Initial is a decent sweetness, caramel, bread, toffee and biscuits, but too sweet, instead opting for an earthy bitterness to help balance in the finish. A bit of vanilla, more caramel and toffee, faint spice, very drinkable, with a medium body (staying away from a syrupy beer). This beer is very sessionable, staying away from FFF’s motto of hopping things to death. A light earthy bitterness in the finish, very easy drinker. Cheers
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/2L dimpled stein at FFF. Pours clear and dark brown with a substantial, but quickly fading head. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, and yeast esters. Flavor follows, and adds date character instead of the expected banana/clove. Semi-sweet, but with a dry finish. Not exactly true to style, but incredible nonetheless.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
chewy aroma of caramel, taffy and chocolate. flavor is very well balanced, despite ultra sweet caramel malt a sizzling hop element comes to light late in the taste. complex aroma also contains nuts and subtle banana. a rare example of a classy FFF beer that isnt just a guilty pleasure for its out of whack hopping.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In town for holidays i had to stop by and to my delight a new beer on tap it poured dark brown with tan head,it had big hints of chocolate and powered cocoa,a nice malty and roasted flavor with a nice smooth finish overall a excellant beer from FFF,CHEERS!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 On tap at Three Floyds, served in a .5L dimpled mug. Clear, dark brown pour with a one-finger thick head of tight tan foam that slowly settled, leaving some nice lacing behind. The aroma was mild cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor upped the ante just a bit with some stronger chocolate and cocoa notes, a touch of roast, and a hint of dark fruit skins at the finish. Tasty and clean. Medium-bodied with some cleansing carbonation. The finish was somewhat abrupt, but this makes the beer superiorly sessionable. No palate fatigue, just rich, flavorful beer. This may be their best lager to date. Can’t wait for the new batch of Ham on Rye. Nicely done!
HonkeyBra (4018) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bizzam. Dark brown pour with small tan head. Malty aroma qith bread, caramel, roast. Roasty flavor, lightly bitter and very dry. Crazy hops are notably missing. It seems like 3F wanted to make a legit dunkel. Looks like they did a pretty great job.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wasn’t sure of the style at first... pours medium brown color, with a thin airy head. Not much of an aroma, but has a noticeable roasted malt and coffee flavor. Wasn’t bad, but defintely not one of my favorites from 3F