SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub: This poured black in color with the head completely fading away. The nose begins with coffee and then fades to an herbal/fishwater/funk that was not enjoyable at all. The palate was soft which was surprising given the alcohol level. I just couldn’t get past the fishy smell in the nose.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An effective Imperial Porter. Rather rich flavour spectrum even without much fruitiness. Excellent
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Almost black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Some roasted flavours along with black liquorice and candies. A light coffee presence (more like a black coffee cup than roasted coffee beans) and an even lighter chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is sticky but pleasant. Nicely hopped with a green and fresh feeling. Didn’t feel all that sweet, which is a good thing. I usually find Baltic Porters too sweet syrupy so I suspect this one is Americanised. Weirdly I thought there was many commonalities with their Decimator Doppelbock that I had earlier that day. Too bad this beer isn’t available in Montreal cause I’d like to add a variation to my late night arguments with my girlfriend when I come back drunk… “Please don’t tell me you again went to a bar and paid for one of those topless bitch”, “a Wytch honey, it was a Topless Wytch this time”.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub on 5/31/08. Pours a thin black with a brown head that fades quickly to a ring. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate and brown sugar, but dominated by the coffee. Flavor was about the same. Brown sugar and chocolate underneath that coffee. Body was a little watery and it sort of lacked any real cohesion of the flavors. It’s missing that extra umph to make this great. This is a lot more roasted than the Red Tendon Baltic porter which was overly sweet, but it seems a lot more simple and lacking in the body. Maybe a cross between the two baltic porters would make for a better baltic porter. But I’m always happy to try another 3F beer.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewery’s tap room during Dark Lord Days ’08. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that has some nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malts, coffee, a touch of chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is full bodied, little carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt, coffee, some dark chocolate and flowery hops. Finish is semi-sweet, chocolatey with a slow aftertaste of coffee, dark malts that slowly disappears after the finish.
ilovedarkbeer (2448) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was not as impressed with this beer as I am with 3Fs other beers. Nose is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Body is dark black brown with almost no head. Taste is bitter and of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and malt. Good but I was not blown away.
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft 8 oz. "mini-shaker" at 3Fs. Thin but noticeably brown head atop a porter to stout dark body. A sharp coffee smell I haven’t found in the Baltic strain of porter before. Flavor is strong with coffee hard candies, but still a bit of lager cleanness. Threads of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Can’t say it goes down easy; I had to wrestle it a little. But when it finally yields, it does so nicely.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 On tap at FFF’s.Worth the three hour drive. Chocolate and coffee stand out and hide the high ABV.
BabyJoe692 (109) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Black in color with a light tan head. Roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor with hints of Chocolate and Coffee.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good porter from 3F (on tap at the brewery) but didn’t enjoy nearly as much as the Alpha Klaus. More of a true baltic porter in that it did not have the characteristic citrus flavors of 3F. Good blend of chocolate and malt and mouthfeel was decent. Also very smooth for carrying a high ABV. As usual, a winner and would drink again, but they set the bar so high with their great beers, that I don’t put this near the top of the list.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at 3f. gotta give a shot to 3f for serving their beer in poor glasswear...who serves their beer in a juice glass? wtf??? fortunately, the beer was real good. dry, chocolatey, warming going down.