haukur (1865) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FFF bending the porter concept a little bit over here. Hoppy aroma. Soft mouthfeel but with a long bitter finish. Black DIPA? Very good!
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a massive dark brown head. Aroma is fruity hops, chocolate milkshake, tobacco, lightly smokey. Flavor is rich cocoa, more fruity hops, a trace of smoke. Palate is rich, clean, oily, creamy. Excellent. Not my favorite style but I really enjoyed this.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyable. Lots of great roasted oats, coffee, malt notes in the aroma. The taste included much of the same, but with a noticeable hop presence and some citrus and grapefruit. I’d recommend picking one up.
ChadPolenz (1760) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There seems to be a growing trend in the craft beer lately of brewers collaborating with non-brewers for a special one-off release. Frankly, I find these to be a little gimmicky because if the beer doesn’t work they can always blame it on the fact it was an experimental brew. I had high hopes for Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok because it’s one of the best craft brewers in America collaborating with one of the biggest names in the heavy metal music scene. What they came up with is an "imperial porter," which is certainly unique, and a very tasty, enjoyable beer, but nothing earth-shattering.
I received a 22oz bottle from a friend in Chicago. I split it with a friend. We each poured it into plastic tumblers (watch the video review to find out why).
Appearance: Typical porter or stout complexion of near jet black color with slight ruby red edges. Forms a large, dark khaki, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Very true to the porter style with sweeter notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs, and raisins (chocolate-covered raisins, actually). Subtle, but noticeable, smell of coconut hide and general earthiness.
Taste: In the world of brewing, a strong porter is technically a stout, but there’s a distinct difference in taste, especially in the case of Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok. This beer has all the sweeter flavor notes you’d find in a porter: slight milky/dairy flavor; milk chocolate, dark cherry and raisin, plus some earthy roughage on the back end to provide for some bitterness.
As it warms it grows even more complex imparting a slight smoky taste, a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sourness or tang. You might chalk this up to the alcohol accentuating these components often found in the palate of more traditional, pub-style porters. It’s not a flaw, per se, but an absence of these flavors would make this a great beer instead of just a very good one.
Drinkability: While this beer is rather hefty at 8.2% ABV, it would be difficult to detect this if you didn’t know that. There’s no alcohol presence whatsoever and the beer just doesn’t feel all that heavy. It’s super smooth with a lovely, but light, chocolate and raisin aftertaste. And while sweet, it’s never cloying. Its drinkability is a great reason to love it.
ansjelaah (1747) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, bruine kleur met een kleine beige schuimkraag, ruikt naar mout, hout, caramel, smaakt zoet, caramel, koffie/thee, maar teveel koffie voor mij
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is quite sour on blueberries, medium hops bite, licorice, feel is medium, carb is quite low, taste is sour, some leaves, weak port and medium hops finish
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate and sweet caramel. Nice thick full bodied flavor. Good Porter.
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Atom. Pours a deep black with a small brown head. Smells almost exactly like new rubber....the smell I get when I walk into a tire store. The smoke and the hops are a little odd together, but easy to drink on the light body.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of rothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit, smoke, black licorice, honey, coffee, and a touch of lactose sweetness.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit, some smoke, and some black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some honey, and a bit of lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted milk chocolate malts, dark fruit, coffee, smoke, and a bit of honey.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet, smokey, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial porter with good complexity, body, and overall balance.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap; pour is dark brown/amber? ( I dunno, its too dark ) with an average off white head; sticky lacing. Chocolate, raisins, smoke on the nose. flavors are similar; ah, and later I found the honey. I find the brew to be incredibly watery with a lackluster finish. It just goes downhill for me, and that is that.