rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks jbickus! Black pour with a creamy tan head. Roasty, earthy aroma with touches of coffee beans and piney hops in the back. Dry, bitter cocoa nibs up front fading into roasted malts with coffee with a spicy pine hop kick at the end. Medium bodied and a trace of alcohol. Pretty solid.
jbruner (2837) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to rbrazell! Pours a translucent brownish black with thin ring of lacy tan head. Aroma of piney hoops and roasted malts, taste is more of the roasted malts and coffee. Thin on the mouth, almost more like a big black IPA than a stout to me, but solid.
Tmoney99 (11615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured black color with medium frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Aroma is very complex with roasted chocolate, licorice and citrus hop. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate bittersweet flavor and moderate to heavy complex dark bittersweet finish of Moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle picked up from the brewery post-DLD ticket sales (Munster, IN). Pours a blackish brown hue, darker and opaque, more black as I get a better look. Touch of ruby midnight edges show some life. Cakey medium brown head atop settles as a firm layer, laces well. Aromas are a bounty of hops, piney and grapefruit ridden. Firm resiny pine and florals meet some mellow roast, black malts, biscuits. A touch of sweetness, the hop profile is quite firm and certainly leads this one. Some carmelization, toast, and mellow sweet caramel and toffee, touches of cocoa meet that decent roastiness, black malts and strong hop elements. Initial is firmly bitter up front, grapefruit and citrusy hop elements hit at first, a firmer bitterness that settles quickly into a more stouty middle, some caramel, darker malts, and biscuits meet some nice dry and bitter elements. A decent roastiness, some dark cocoa and some resiny bits. The backend is where this beer starts to shine for me, offering more bitter resiny hops, florals, a touch powdery and dry. A lighter body overall as we move through, making this quite drinkable but perhaps making the hops even more of a focus. Some cocoa, carmelization, and sweetness latch on as we finish up. Decent roastiness finishes up with that malt element, but still a good bitterness from that brunt off hops. The nose really offers a lot here, the front being fruity hop driven and moving quickly back into a hoppy stout niche. Overall, it’s a touch underbodied for me but still a pretty nice beer. At times the hops overwhelm the base but at others those elements poke through and provide some semblance of balance. Solid beer. I’d call it somewhere between a Black IPA and a Stout though (Which I don’t have a problem with).
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown/black with a lasting foamy tan head. Aroma is hops and roasted malt. Taste is floral hops, roasted malt, and a touch of cereal and chocolate. This is like a thicker black ipa. It needs to lay down for a while.
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a huge cascade effect upon pouring. Espresso colored head. Big time citrus aroma. Typical 3 Floyds. Mouth is a little lightweight, but wow does the flavor pack a nice punch. Sweet taste turns into bitter roast and finishes citrus. This is a very tasty beer.
ccex (1022) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle pours an opaque dark brown with 20finger frothy tan head and decent lacing. Smells like a classic FFF brew with knockout punch of cittrus hops. Aroma is full of roasted malts, nuts and chocolate, with the citrus hops present in the finish. Taste is slightly sweet and malty at first until the bitter hoppy finish kicks in. Alcohol is well hidden but present in the aftertaste. Body is medium to full chewy with average carbonation and a mouthfeel somewhere between creamy and oily. I coudn’t taste any toxic waste, but thought that this was a very impressive Black IPA instead of a stout, due to the trademark FFF hoppiness.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2013 Rerate: served in my new FFF Chalice: The malt notes are more noticeable and the hops less dank. Not getting that weird soapy note I did the first time. Still I feel this is closer to an Black IPA than a stout. 7/3/7/3/13 3.3
Initial Rating: Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown nearly opaque with a long lasting head but not much lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, roast, dark rye bread, citric and tropical hops, hint of dankness and earthiness. The taste is well balanced till the overly bitter finish. Sweet chocolate and espresso before toasted bread. The finish is very astringent, piney and a tad catty. A bit of soapy notes and mint leaves too. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive but far too thin for me. It is okay... is this FFF summertime answer to Alpha Klaus? If so, need to go back to the drawing board. (if not for the chocolately notes, this would be a Black IPA IMO) 6/3/6/2/12 2.9
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by John. Pours dark brown with an attractive tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a chewy dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a serious hop profile.
oRos (1298) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from john. Aroma is hoppy. With lots of roasted malts in the taste. Has a spicy finish with some hop bitterness