BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Tap at Floyds, served in Tulip glass: Deep brown hue with a fading head and spotty lace. Nice deep dark fruit and spiced nose. Notes of cardamom, star anise, mint, and grains of paradise. Fruity esters of prune and fig in addition to toasted almonds, rye bread, and Belgian dark sugar. Very inviting and phenolic.cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2007
The taste starts quite fruity and sweet. Notes of toffee, nuts, and a ever present spice character. Never cloying despite the sweetness, helped I think by the spices. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, oily and lively, matches the flavor profile well. A great black beer with complex character, I dig it even if some of you don’t get it. A wonderful change of pace to the standard FFF fare.
Black, just that simple. smelled cinnamon, chocalate and ginger. Its bitter and a medium thickness to it. Creamy. hope to taste again DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Draft in Trappist glass (or tulip), 3F’s. Hey, look... it’s black! And with a creamy white head on top. Lots of Belgian spice in the nose; I’ll call it coriander and grains of paradise. Spices roll throughout the tongue like Blackjack gum, maybe even like Kvas. Black version of Belgian malts there, and some raspberry and currant notes. Spiciness dwindles further down, leaving more of an "old ale" taste. Yummy, and different from the usual Floyd fare. Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
On tap at the Three Floyds pub. Deep chocolate brown pour; golden brandy edging and thinly topped with grey-tan foam. Phenolic and strange intrigue in the aroma; banana, cranberry, dill and garlic in an initial intimation of sweet pungency. Drier tones of cardamom and anise chase it a bit toward the end. Slightly metallic with mineral notes. Flavor brings a big banana sweetness that hums over the top of thick dark bread, nutmeg, black licorice and sweet squash flesh. Really odd, and cool; plenty of salt, dry wood and nutty oils. Gently carbonated, medium in body and deftly presented. Waxy in the finish with red apple peel; a fairly long life. Understated in its spicing and quite careful altogether; very nice. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2007
BCTC - I guess I will go against the grain here because I really enjoyed this beer. After consuming a bunch of Belgian beer and a lot of them sour, I stumbled over to the 3 Floyds table. Out of curiosity I asked what they are serving and the answer was unfamiliar, so I said pour baby. Pours very dark brown almost black with almost no head. Aroma is very bread-y (not rye) but some other bread with a strong seed flavor. Taste is light and full of flavor of other spices, very earthy. Very different for 3 Floyds (translation: not full of hops). A great change of pace at the fest and the most innovative beer at the fest. And exactly what part of Brussels does this come from, cause I would like to see more Belgian beers like this.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
On tap @ the Brew pub: Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma, spicy, slight smoky notes, some roasted notes, yeast and cloves. Flavor, spice, some corriander, cloves, yeasty, some roasted notes, and some hints of molasses. Pretty solid. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
On tap @ 3F for Andrews Bachelor Party. Pours black with an off white head. Inviting nose of smoke, bacon, cherries, plums, black cherries, and oak. Chocolate and molasses flavors, black cherries, bacon, oak and a counteracting sweetness and bitterness. This is unlike most 3F beers I’ve had, I’d love to see them try more of this and variations of this to perfect this beer. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
On tap at FFF brewpub. Black opaque with small tan/off-white head. Dark fruity, light malt aroma, spiceyness. Flavor is grain, sour, dark fruit, pine, char and spice. Med body and creamy. Very tasty and remeniscent of philosphers stone from two brothers.. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Pours near black with red near the edges. Aroma of dark candy, molasses, licorice, vanilla, and pepper. Taste is lightly sweet and peppery. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly sticky with lush carbonation. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2007
From a bottle filled from a growler filled at BCTC.
Pours opaque black, with extremely fine bubbles that rose to a head of two inches with a longish pour. The dense head of dark beige fell within three minutes, and revealed a partial skim coat on the surface and some decent webbed-lacework.
Aromatics are heavily spiced with cardamom. A medicinal-menthol tinge comes through the slightly acrid and roasty profile.
A bit of Vics vapor rub amongst roast coffee beans and bakers chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and creamy.
The pallet is fairly mild, with the spicing not as apparent as the aromatics suggested.
Roasted malt, toasted cocoa nubs, and coffee grounds give way to a blend of citrus zest and spicy phenols.
Finishes with lingering roast and warming spice.
Alcohol is nill, and overall, the brew is more drinkable than when first sampled back in the summer.
Age has improved this beer.