kane (111) - USA - DEC 16, 2004
This has got to be the beer with one of the biggest differences between bottle and tap I have ever had.
In the bottle the pine hops and chocolate are a disgusting mix, ending up in a bottle I could not drink.
On tap, this beer has mellowed to where the roasted malts and hops blend well, making a tasty porter.
My review is mixed between a truely awful beer in the bottle and tasty beer on tap. Typical 3F. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Very dark brown w/ light brown foam. Aroma is quite hoppy & citrusy (especially for style) w/ robust chocolate background. Thick, chewy feel. Flavour shows some smokiness w/ a soft, rich chocolaty character & lots of hops bitterness. Overall, though, it is nicely balanced. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle - thanks to marinaro500 for the trade. Ebony brown with slight mahogany highlights and a tan head that diminishes mostly. Big hoppy nose, roasty malts and hnts of citrus. Sweet, roasty malts, al little dark fruit and lots of delicious hoppiness. Medium to full body, creamy carbonation. One of my favorite porters to date - unique and very good. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
deep brown color, with crimson highlights peeking through, blessed with a thick, prodigious cocoa-tan head...
Aroma: mmm,roasty-toasty, cinnamon, ginger,toffee,coffee, and cream...oh, yummy, oh, very good...nice as it gets...
Taste: Very smooth, yet terribly dark and full in the body, full in the flavor, ...a spicy, tastiness rings through the edges and uplifts and illuminates every aspect of the experience...nutmeg and clove...
Body never flags, stays full, and continually delivers flavor...finish isn’t as strong as I’d like, but hangs on well enough...
overall, an excellent winter warmer/spiced ale, not a surprise from this outstanding brewery...wish it were easier to find though...
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Excellent clean hop aroma. Concentrated roasted malt with pine are the dominant flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness that is not overdone. Overall a great porter that has the top quality that Three Floyds brings.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Just tried this beer last week; my favorite of about 15 sampled. Same wonderful hop aroma as the other Three Floyd’s. A little hoppy for a Porter, but a nice touch. Faint spiciness for the holiday feel. Overall, a great beer from Nick Floyd. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown color with a thick, lasting tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is similar with a nice hop bite right up front. Hops are chewy and the roasted coffee is all around. Well balanced and medium bodied with a nice sweet mouthfeel. I’d love to try this on cask. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 Re-rate2nd pass on Christmas Day should have confirmed the joy found prior, but the hops stood back this time.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Courtesy of Secret Santa
Lions and Tigers and Hops - oh my! This smells just like Alpha King (imagine that)! The freshness of this bottle is evident from beginning to end. The flavor goes from the high-alpha hops to the mild chocolate malt, but doesn’t come back for any lingering bitterness. This makes this exceptionally drinkable. Some may consider this a little thin and not roasty enough - not me! So maybe it isn’t a classic porter - but it is a good one.
MMMmmm, smell the hops as the bottle opens. Poured it into the glass half expecting it to be a nice light IPA, but no. Nice and dark like a porter should be. This is fairly fresh, so the hops have yet to subside.
Nice brown color, medium head with a vigorous pour. The hop aromas are lifting off wisps of chocolate malt, lingering around my nose. Almost like a sweet & sour sauce, they are opposites that together combine magnificently.
The taste Is exceptional, nothing like I expected when I opened the bottle. Probably a bit hoppier than most porter fans would like, but for me it was sublime.
Like coffee, chocolate, and hop oil put in a crock pot for days, the tastes just meld together in your mouth.
A perfect compliment of tastes, I will age a few bottles of this for comparison after the hops subside.
One of my favorites! VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Deep brown with very little in the way of head development. Piney, citric, and roasted malt aromas. Full bodied; flavors feature piney hops, deeply roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate flavors. Quality, but not overwhelmingly good.