ABUSEDGOAT (2318) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, somewhat lighter tan head. This was on nitro tap. (damn). Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roast, oats, caramel, a touch of hops. Creamy and smooth, but I would have much preferred it to not be on nitro. Really solid sweetstout that was put on nitro.
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at the brewpub. Pours a very nice looking dark brown/black with a creamy light brown head. Good smell with chocolate and roasted malt, with a nice vanilla presence. Flavor was similar with some milk sweetness. Mouthfeel could have been more creamy, but overall solid for the style.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap@FFF. pours black with a picture perfect dense white head. really tight frothy looks so good you almost donít want to disturb it. classic stout nose of light coffee and a touch of dark fruits. very smooth silky entry. flavor is mildly sweet with an even balance provided by a nice robust flavor.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft (3F brewpub) Pours a deep, dark brown with a smooth & solid tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malts & coffee and a little semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is wonderfully creamy & sweet, with the roasteds malts, some coffee and the chocolate spilling all over the tongue. Wonderful brew.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the brewpub (though the ABV was listed somewhere in the 5ís). Dark dark brown to black with a rich dense tan nitro head. The subtle nose on this didnít really open up until the whole beer heated up somewhat. Sweet and creamy, well proportioned by a balanced roasty coffee to chocolate bitterness. Silky smooth. Creamy, though not explosively gasey. The small nitro bubbles make this rather smooth. Best nitro feel that Iíve had ever. Sweet and creamy. Chocolate ice crem, half melted, comes to mind. Creamy round (even caramel) malt with a little roast in the end. A big bitterness from roast lingers. Rock solid beer.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub, on the nitro-tap. This stout poured a dark brown color with a thick, creamy tan head that lasted forever. The aroma of this stout was very faint roasted malts with some milk chocolate. The flavor was of soft milk chocolate and mild roasted chocolate malts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a creamy, nitro carbonation. This stout had excellent balance, and the heavier alcohol was very well hidden behind the other flavors. Another excellent beer from Three Floyds!
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery a few years ago-- before the brewpub opened. Iím not a stout guy-- but this was just outstanding on tap. Very sweet, but not cloying. Iíve never had a stout that went down so easily-- such a smooth, balanced beer. Wish they had it on tap more often!
McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drinking notes from GTM 06: Wow this is can not be a stout. I have never tasted a stout this sweet. Very pleasant, must try again next year.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 2005 Growler from RooftopRogue shared with SuIIy and OldGrowth on 5/4/06 at approximately 8 months of age.
I was certainly highly skeptical of the talk about 3 Floydsí growlers being able to last about a year, but upon pouring this one, my skepticism went right out the window. Wonderfully effervescent pour shows a rich layering effect with a large head that penetrates deep in to the glass and eventually settles out about two-fingers high. Body is inky black-brown with a dark tan head. Retention is medium-strong and there is light lacing left on the glass. Head is dense and creamy.
The aroma is rich, sweet and creamy. Heavy, sweetened cream adorns the juicy drops of bakerís chocolate, while plentiful lactic acid provides a balancing tartness/dryness. Some minimal prunes and even a hint of some lighly charred malts make a showing, but are warded off by the milky/creamy sweetness. The aroma is luxurious, rich, and strong, but so soft and comforting on the nose, with only the light lactic notes and easygoing roast adding any hard notes.
The lactose and lactic acid noted in the nose pales in comparison to its appearance in the flavor. A deep milk chocolate, with plenty of bitter black chocolate opens up initially, coating the palate, and is quickly subsumed by rich, milky cream notes that keep the palate wet and heavy, as dark fruits, brought on by roasted malts playing with the lactic notes, enliven things. Some bare, graham cracker-like dryness asserts itself, briefly, and is then replaced by a crescendo of sugary, lactose sweetness on the finish. Immensely creamy, chewy and rich on the finish. Low carbonation allows the sweet, rich, milky flavors to shine, but cuts it just enough so as not to get cloying. It is, certainly, very sweet, but the fantastic execution of the lactose addition is so well-done and, in my opinion, not overdone. So many milk stouts purport this flavor and then it is barely noticeable amid the hops and roast. I could see this being a bit too much when fresh, but after 8 months, it has evened out well. No alcohol noted in aroma or flavor, nor is yeast apparent. Hops have all but disappeared as well.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ brewpub. Weak, weak, weak. Too sweet and milky for my taste. No coffee, toasted malt, or hoppy flavors here. Like watered-down milk w/ a dose of sugar.