frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
When he handed me this bottled, Cornfield made sure to point out the phrase, "It’s Not Normal" on the bottle... and, boy, was he right. Aromas were confusing... starting with a flagrant, burnt-bitter-coffee, covering pine, chocolate and raisin. Further pours elicited solely intense pine-hop aromas. End of the bottle went back to malts. Crazy. The beer was pretty-lookin’, with a deep, dark, red/brown body under a sizable, fluffy tan head that eventually ended in an oily film. Good balance in the flavor, with black coffee and dark chocolate, ending on a spicy, bitter note. Full bodied and rich, with an oiliness in the mouth. I put some extra points on for all the confusion... then took them back off to make it even more confusing. Ha!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2005
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Deep brown hue. Frothy, tan, average head. Chocolate, coffee, tar, pine. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. the bottom line is: good, but missing many of the typical porter characteristics. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Thanks to Zathrus13 for the bottle. Pours a nearly opaque brown black, small tan head with decent lingering. Chocolate aroma, some coffee notes and an interesting earthy, almost grassy hop smell. Slightly sweet nose, quickly overrun by a cocoa, roasty malt flavor. Hop presence then begins to assert itself, nicely balanced between bitter and spicy, with a floral pantina that covers the back end of the taste profile. Finish is very smooth with roastiness melding nicely with an increasingly dominating hop flavor. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very lusterous. pineypower (3347) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
Finally got a hold of this one without having to pay $90 for a case of it, but now I know I would have. Pours out a nice dark brown color with a small lacing head. There is a defiinite hop aroma a little more powerful than you’d expect from a porter. The taste is very complex with a nice chocolate roasty flavor, but also a good hop flavor. SpringsLicker (3664) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Thanks to Sprinkle for this gem!
This is nothing like any Porter I’ve ever had, but should I expect same ole’ from Three Floyd’s??!!
Combine a good Porter with a Dreadnaught hop schedule and pull it off with nary a fault and you’d have this beautiful brew!
It only can be described as a Porter the way Three Floyd’s would do it. Excellent hop presence with a nicely rounded chocolatety smooth Porter.
I wish for only two things, a Three Floyd’s Homebrewer’s Recipe Book and distribution of this fine brewery’s products in my local area.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2005
Dark brown body, nice creamy tan head. Sweet, mildly roasted and chocolatey Three Floyds hops. Taste is a bit dry... roasted chocolate and citrusy 3F hops predominate the taste. Hidden sweetness plus those hops are very palatable. It is pretty good, though, predictable. StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2005
Dark beer with a nice lacy head. Chocolate smell with hints of coffee. Makes my gums tingle while I drink it, followed by a great hoppy finish. Very tasty. Thanks CaptainCougar! entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
Absolutely perfect appearance, deep dark red/brown with thick creamy head that leaves a ring of lacing at the top of the glass all the way down. The initial hoppiness is surprising but after that if only shows up on the last of the finish and some on the aftertaste which is really interpreted as a dry roastiness. The citrus and chocolate combo works for me because it tastes like dark unsweetend chocolate. Great example of this style and very enjoyable although overpriced. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2005
Really damn well done, what else can I say. I daresay the finest Porter I’ve ever had, easily. Part of my definitiion of a great work of art is: harmonious integration of its elements. And this one’s got it. Where it’s complex and variable, it meshes with the rest. Smokiness, roastiness, chocolate, coffee (on the aroma coinciding just right with the flavor), all coming together in a swirling tongue-caressing elixir that matches precisely and lovingly with the creamy head. And speaking of that head foam, it’s of the perfect consistency with respect to both density and thickness. This is a work of beauty. Nah, it’d be nitpicky to put this at my original score of 4.7. It doesn’t really fall short at all. Most unforunate indeed that I can’t procure a lot more of this fine beverage.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Great porter. Delicious hoppiness to it. Could have used a bit more roasty character to it, and a more accented/complex malt, especially in a beer this dark, but it was very enjoyable none the less.