Topless Wytch - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 73
Gots: 79 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 04-28-2008

This strong, Baltic-style Porter has a rich, velvety mouthfeel with notes of bakers chocolate and molasses.
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Reviews by Jay_Ulreich:
Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For this being a 3F beer, its actually kind of mild and subtle from what Ive come to expect from them. This is a GOOD thing, sometimes they remind me of DFH with their weird ideas and over the top styles. Anyway, Its a solid porter. Maybe a bit too roasty to the style, but it is a Baltic.
A-An oily almost opaque black. Held up to the light some brownish red color can be seen. Very thin head which dissipates quickly. True to the style I suppose.
S- Smells very roasty, and its kinda lacking in that porterlike sour smell Im used to smelling, think St. Peters. This smells more like a stout. I get a small amount of coffee/chocolate, but its more roasted malt than anything. I dont pick up any hop aroma.
T- The taste is very good, but its more like a watery stout than a porter. Very roasty, almost chocolatey, almost no bitterness, I can vaguely taste some hops, but only if I really try.
M-Thin and smooth. Very easy drinking. For such a high ABV, this is suprising. Much like a light bodied stout. Very drinkable.
Overall, lets stick to brewing highly drinkable "to style" brews like this, Three Floyds. Keep doing what youre doing with Zombie Dust, and Dreadnaught.... stop making weird stuff like Man O Awe.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy bubbly tan head and a gentle carbonation supporting it.

S- The charcoal aroma blend with black roasted malt and it has a very mellow quality.

T- The inky roasted black malt has some chalky coffee bean hints to it with a mellow roasted char note in the finish. There is a bitter note that lingers for a moment in the finish. There is a hint of rubber balloons flavor that comes through as the beer opens up but it doesn't overpower the other flavors.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a gentle alcohol warmth when it warms.

O- This beer has nice dark char notes in a big but nice drinking porter with a much softer hop profile that remember.

Photo of degerbah
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with about a half inch of head. I'd really appreciate more head, but with a growler fill carbonation goes down hill in a hurry. The smell is nothing special. SOme roasted malt and that's about it. The taste is unique IMO. Malty with a lot of hop flavor without excessive bittering. It tastes a little too hoppy for a baltic porter but the mouthfeel is great. It reminds me of a hoppy choclate shake. I'm not doing justice to the flavor, but it really is a great drinker.

Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although no bottle date; this was purchased last October 2012.

Pours a very dark brown with a scant head.

Balsamic sweetness and soy sauce prominent on the nose. Subtle roast, salted caramel, cocoa powder and raisin.

At cooler temps, the hops enrap the tongue in a numbing sensation-love it. Wonderful dark cocoa bar, bitter vanilla extract and roasted marshmallow. Warmer temp provides subtley to the aforementioned in silky fashion and more smokey quality emerges. Warming alcohol underlying all.

Prickly carbonation enlivens the hop quality. Chocolate, caramel and toasty marshmallow linger.

Darn good Baltic Porter with a FFF signature to it. I've had a few but I wanted to put a year on this one-glad I did.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours very dark with tan head. I was supprised by the complexity yet smooth drinkability of this porter. The mouthfeel was very silky. This is just a darn good baltic porter and I will be buying this whenever I see it on the shelves.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A - black with a thin, white head that had little retention

S - roasted malts, faint coffee, creamy

T - roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, creamy, some bitterness in the finish; an all around subdued flavor profile

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This one was a bit disappointing for me. I'm not sure if it's because it came from Three Floyds or if it was just subpar in general. The flavors were there, but they were rather faint. This isn't a bad beer, but it didn't have anything that made it stand out. I'm glad I tried this one, but it's not one I would seek out again.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was fortunate enough to have a tap handle of this sitting at my local beer store. A buddy of mine bought a growler and shared.

Pours a thick, opaque and dark coffee brown/black into an over-sized brandy snifter. Thin espresso and dark tan head with no mentionable head retention but decent lacing.

Smell is of simple sweet and roasted malts with just a subtle touch of licorice and, perhaps, coriander seeds.

Taste is very much like the smell: clean, sweet malts, but with enough hop bitterness to be reminded of the bitterness of coffee. Finishes with just a tidge of the licorice as an aftertaste with a bit of sea salt.

Medium mouthfeel and buttery.

Overall, a decent Baltic Porter with simple flavors and a bit of hidden licorice. I could drink a few of these if I were a little more into the style.

Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jbuddle for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller taster flute. Poured massively dark brown with a very light tan half finger head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and subtle milk chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one was fairly well balanced and had quite a bit going on throughout it. However, it didn't really standout from some of the more exceptional brews I've had from the style unfortunately. It was quite easy to drink and could definitely get you in a lot of trouble if you aren't careful. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you have not done so before.

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap during DLD....review from notes.

A- Poured a deep dark brown color. One finger light mocha colored head stays around for a short while. Light ringing lacing left on the sides of the glass while I drink it down.

S- Roasted malts and chocolate go hand in hand with this beer. Nothing really overpowering some light grassy hopping the back end of the aroma I think. The aroma wasn't too strong I thought.

T- Roasted malts and light chocolate notes come bursting through at first with a light grassy hop to it. Interesting I think that there is a light hopping in the front of this. Some light coffee flavor as well in the middle with some light sweet molasses. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a light sweetness to me in the backend of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. I thought the flavors blended well together but were shining on their own as well. Crisp flavors overall. Light malty flavors on left onto the palate with some hoppy flavors added into the aftertaste.

D- This was a very interesting take on this style and I must say like usual 3 Floyds hits the nail on the head with this. Looking forward to trying this again the near future.

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours opaque black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head tat retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- cereal grain aroma up front mixes with roasted malt with highlights of chocolate & a hint of coffee

T- smoky roasted malt gives way to cereal grain and bitter-sweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, followed by some smoky charred wood

M- medium viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy and chewy silky finish

O- big and creamy mouthfeel with some nice smoky notes

Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had a dense thick foamy head that had true staying power and the body is a completely black hue.

The nose is chocolate malt, roasted coffee, toasted malts, tea leaf and tobacco.

The flavor is dry chocolate malt, kind of rubbery and vastly underwhelming.

The feel is very dry, smooth and light.

This was leading it's way to being a remarkable ale until I actually tasted it and found it to be lethargic and boring.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time with a bottle of this, after a few drafts in the past. Nice label art, is it a metal album cover or a beer, or both?

Reddish brown as its poured, but appears black when full in the glass. Thin head of tan foam that fizzles out after the second pour. No lace or head after a little while.

Aroma is rich with dry chocolate, and minor coffee elements.

Flavors of dry and bitter chocolate, fairly substantial and flavorful. Thankfully not sweet as many Baltic Porters can be. Body is somewhat light to medium, some perceptible alcohol traces in there as it warms. Roasty malt and lingering bitterness. Doesn't seem especially hoppy, a rarity for FFF though true to their history of nailing certain classic styles. Worth a try, looking forward to this again on draft as the weather starts to cool off.

Photo of thedrewski86
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this beer to come out again since late last summer. This was quite a delight. Pours an opaque black with no highlights. Very roasty smell. Taste is roasted malt with toffee, caramel and coffee (slight hints). Sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Barely resembles a traditional porter, but this is something I always look forward to. Now maybe they'll bring back the Sand Pebbles from last summer too!

Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at brewpub served in tulip.

solid inch+ head that dissipated after first sip leaving solid black glass. Really deep color on this one. Definite coffee notes and a bit of hops, but nothing on the order of Alpha Klaus which has a more expected FFF profile.

Nonetheless, really enjoyed this, very creamy and smooth with not even a hint of heat or alcohol, very ease sipper. Will definitely grab this again.

Photo of peabody
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark thick black liquid with 1/2 finger of tan suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is sweet molassas and charred malts. A fruity raisin/plum aroma comes into play as it warms up. NO alcohol in the nose. Pretty nice for a 9.00%er.
Taste is bitter coffee and strong dark chocolate with a sweet caramel sugar in the background.
No alcohol here either.
Mouthfeel is darn near perfect. Sweet and bitter then dry making you lift the glass back to the mouth.
Drinkability is very good here too. You really can't tell you are drinking a strong abv porter.
Very good job Three Floyds.

Oh yea, the spelling is Wytch fyi.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty close to jet black. Tan head disappears rather quickly. A few spots of lace.

Roasty grains. A hint of smoke. Piney and citrusy hop aroma.

Roasty grain, and pretty clean and sharp. Maybe some darker fruit, but a bit restrained citrusy hop flavor.

Medium body, carbonation is soft. Pretty nice, but a bit different baltic porter.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/04/2014, so this is some pretty fresh beer right here at just under a month old. My first encounter with this offering from Three Floyds, and I think also my first porter from them. Awesome bottle art.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy caramel brown; opaque black in the glass with one finger of frothy tan head. Some thin spotty lacing that falls quickly. It's okay to look at, but it's not amazing looking.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla beans up front, followed by subtle coffee bean roast. Fudge / cookie dough aromas in there also. A decent aroma of moderate strength, but I do find myself wishing for more.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter coffee beans, chocolate / cocoa, fudge, vanilla beans, cream, & hints of ashy / dark char sort of tastes. Underlying hop presence is noticeable on the end. More dark barley roast & chocolate malt than anything else.

M - Crisp, smooth and creamy, with spritzy frothy carbonation on the finish. Medium-full bodied with slightly coarse bloating carb presence.

Overall, a nice porter from Three Floyds, but it is slightly above average at best. About what I expected coming from these guys. I'd be more interested to see what the bourbon barrel aged version would be like.

Three Floyds Topless Wytch ---3.5/5

Photo of Brent
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steamhead and JoePat for delivery of a sixtel of this delightful brew for sharing at the recent Bowling Green BA gathering. Creamy mocha head and midnight liquid. Everything a Baltic porter should be - assertive but not overbearing with a big body and dense flavor profile of deeply roasted, nearly charred malt flavors and dark dried fruit notes in the background. Finish is a lingering bitterness and a hint of coffee. Very nicely done.

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black, one finger off-white head.

S-Roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some bitterness. The balance here is amazing.

M-Medium bodied, somewhere between watery and creamy. Becomes more creamy as it warms up.

O-The balance here was just great. Does not approach Everett level but still a top level porter.

Photo of hansgruber
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at FFF in a tulip

Large two finger head the color of brown sugar. Major lacing and surface foam. Dark body with dark brown/ruby red on edges. 

Chocolate coffee dominate the clean lager nose. The weakest part of the beer for me.

Chocolate, coffee, and a sweet malty flavor dominates the taste.
Pleasant bitterness from the hops. Very good stuff.

Very creamy and pretty thick mouthfeel. Just great.
Really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewpub. Pours a dark brown. Not the typical blackish color with purple highlights of baltics I'm familiar with. Smell and taste is chocolate, coffee and a nice roast taste from the malts I guess. Good mouthfeel and flavor. Again, I would've never guessed this at 9%. Decent beer, but the Decimator was my beer of choice.

Photo of mdm46410
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds and served in a half pint glass. This beer poured a dark brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin layer, lingering for most of the glass. A nice coat of lace was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of roasted malts, bitter coffee, and a bit of chocolate. The flavor consisted of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light smoke, and also a hint of earthy yeast. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Tasty and satisfying. Another solid offering from FFF.

Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this at Goose Island's Stout Fest and then again later that evening at Three Floyds brewpub. This beer poured a black with a light khaki head. It allowed a little light to pass through so wasn't as dark or thick in body as it could've been. The aromas were sweet, malty, and rich. There was some light chocolate to it with perhaps some dark fruit. The flavors weren't as prevalent as I would have liked. There was light smokiness along with chocolate and light dark fruit sweetness. It was just ok for the style. I found it to be a little thin for a Baltic Porter. This beer was ok but wasn't anything to search out in my opinion.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So many questions with this beer. Why is this witch topless? Why is witch spelled “wytch?” Why was this bomber close to $15? And at that price, why do I buy absolutely EVERYTHING Three Floyds puts out? Alas, we’ll probably never know the answer (to any of them).

A: Dark, chocolate brown body reflects the light so much that I can see myself in the glass. An aggressive pour straight down the middle of the glass gives a stocky beige head for only a moment – soon after, though, only some fizz above the nucleation site remains. Wet, sparse lacing.

S: Overtones of mildly acrid mineral and bittersweet cocoa powder give this a profoundly authentic character of European beer, a rich tradition that has its own la terroir in the hard, metallic water used. The sugars smooth to a creamy character of milk chocolate as the nose is brought down to a sweeter finishing profile of luscious vanilla, sharp roasted coffee, and lingering nutty scents.

T: A full chocolate body fills the palate to every conceivable edge with a dense blanket of warm baker’s chocolate and brown sugar. This flattening-out of the flavors seems to be a setting of the stage, as the front end tightens up in a thick, dark sweetness – tastes of molasses, hazelnut-flavored coffee, anise, and meaty dates. I’d say it’s among the most dense porters I’ve ever had. The cinnamon-spice of mild, herbal hops takes residence in the center of the palate alongside a slight astringency from the roasted, biscuity malt, giving this a bitterness that’s only just noticeable. Finishes with a sweet vanilla flavor contrasted by a dryness not unlike ginger, lingering on like the after-effects of a root beer float.

M: This beer is a mouthful of malts, though it still retains the velvety texture of a porter. The carbonation is all but lost, but not in a syrupy, stout-like way; it’s very apparently to-style.

O: Three Floyds does not do subtle very well, and I’m glad. This is as in-your-face as a Baltic porter is going to be, despite the lack of dense, piney hops that Three Floyds is known for. Still, as far as dark beers go, it’s a style I wouldn’t prefer over something like a stout, an old ale, or even an English porter (thought that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it).

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - beautiful.... Brown w slight red. Dark dark dark. Head is very foamy and stuck around.
Smell - slight chocolate, has a hint of fruit like a plum, smells like a Baltic porter. Tingles the nose.
Taste - has slight coffee but not overpowering, very clean and doesn't hang around. Taste stays w you but not in a bad way at all and is very consistent.
Feel - smooooth w a great carbonation. Light and not heavy at all.
Overall - this is a fantastic beer and I'd get it every time I see it at the brew pub.

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Topless Wytch from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.