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Topless Wytch - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Topless WytchTopless Wytch

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 527
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 81
Gots: 75 | FT: 6
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: 98 | Hads: 527
Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a black colored brew with a nice decent sized head. It's got some tan lacing down the glass. Chocolaty aroma and heavily roasted malts on the nose, not much hops coming off this. Chocolate burnt toast and smoke flavors on the tongue on every sip. Creamy and dry mouthfeel. This brew all around it rather good. Very glad I tried it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right out of the Baltic regions, inspiration is claimed by the Three Floyds Brewing Company and manifests in this manly ale that's much like imperial stout except with a backseat with the roast.

Dark and rusty, the beer's appearance is lightly murky and muddy. But a delicate coffee-like creme fights through the haze and resides on top. Its ivory foam is creamy and somewhat short-lived. Light on lace, it seems that the alcohol impede much of its formation and retention.

Deep, dark, and sultry aromas of dark fruit, rummy alcohol, and heavy toast frame the aromas with both power and grace. Charred berries, grapes, and cherries weave into malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, cofffee, nuts, and toast for complete roundness and satisfaction- as far as the nose is concerned.

Even more powerful, the taste follows closely with strong malty sweetness to start. Burnt caramel quickly turns to black-strap molasses, chocolate, light nutty coffee and toasted walnut. Its middle palate brings about burnt fruit flavors of cherry and grape just before a more vinous "wood aged red wine" taste rises in slight estery and tart form. Finishing modestly oak-like, the beer rounds out with alcohol flavors of spiced rum.

Its highly robust texture is lush and coats the mouth with big residual malt sweetness and a bit of cocoa-like grit. Its sweetness turns tart and lightly astringent, which balances the sweetness and signals a turn towards finish. Warm and spicy, the beer seems to be a more ale-like version rather than the more common "lagered" versions.

Having a lot of barrel aged imperial stouts lately, this beer is in the same class with those. But supplanting more toasty character than that of roast, the beer is soft, supple, and drinkable in comparison even though its body and power suggests something bigger.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brickskeller during their Three Floyds event. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a bit of a head. The nose brings forward a bit of roast as well as loads of dark fruit in addition to some chocolate and coffee. The taste really brings forward some dark cherries, dates, and plums with good roasted coffee. Fairly full mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a really nice beer that I was glad to be able to try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unassuming black body offset by a ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: Highly roasty nose with a strong scent of burnt coffee beans and lesser notes of chocolate-covered fruit and licorice.

Taste: As you'd expect from the nose, it's very roasty and gives you a big taste of burnt malt and coffee. Charred sugar. Handful of grains and dark chocolate followed by oven-roasted raspberries and prunes. A fair amount of roasty, earthy bitterness along the way. Finishes expectantly roasty with a whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Plenty tasty! A fine Baltic Porter from Three Floyds.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since I last had this brew at the 2010 DLD. How time flies... Anyway, it pours a solid obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt toffee, and cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, yogurt (straight plain, y'all), flowers, pine, light mint, and balsa. Somehow, all of these components combine to form a nice, hoppy-ish Baltic porter. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a very nice Baltic porter, one that shows that you can add some hops to the style without completely ruining it.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, apple, raisin, coffee, toast, molasses, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, roasted malt, raisin, apple, toast, molasses, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, light fruits, molasses, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted malt flavors with fruity esters; with minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. Very nice balance and complexity of robust roasted flavors with fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 inch of tan head, no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Very enjoyable.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink for 9% ABV.

d - I enjoyed this porter a lot. I thought it was well balanced and would love to try it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fountainhead for their "It Might Get Dark" Party. Served in a snifter.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Roasted malts, light coffee, bitter chocolate, hint of smoke, a bit of light brine and olive character, a bit of nebulous fruitiness, and some sharp alcohol.

T - Bitter roasted malts, burnt espresso, char, smoke, hint of peat. Somewhat flat in flavor profile, and could use a bit more sweetness for balance.

M - Sharp, biting carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Some alcohol warmth is present.

D - Not a bad beer, just a slightly dull one for 3 Floyds. Well-crafted and surprisingly traditional, just not my favorite offering from these guys due to the flavor and somewhat poorly hidden alcohol. To heavy to have multiple glasses.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF

Pours a beige colored head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Sweet, rich, and malty. A lot of dark dried fruit flavors. Cherries, plums, caramel malt, some spices, and coffee in the background.

Taste: Some smokey notes here with roasted coffee. Rich and sweet. Chocolate. Some toffee malt here. I also get some wood/oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and dry.

Overall, a decent Baltic porter. Very roasted with light smoke notes. Slow drinking (high abv) but I really enjoyed the many flavors here.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

The beer is dark mahogany with an inch of soapy, foamy, beige head. Aromas of chocolates, dark fruit. Sweet fruits with some cherry notes. Chocolate covered cherries and perhaps a touch of espresso. Raisins, prunes, dates, figs, etc. Perhaps a mild hop bitterness might help to balance the equation a bit. Finishes sweet. Definitely a bottle for sharing, as the sweet character becomes cloying.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick in DC the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with light coffee, leather, licorice, chocolate, vanilla and some light chalk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, with the moderate sweetness countered and balanced very nicely by the licorise and coffee combination. Mouthfeelis full, rich, soft and long... these guys really have a way with big beers when it comes to texture. The bitter finishes with a hint of bitterness, which enhances the beer's drinkability IMHO. Alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it does not really mar the beer's drinkability in any way.

Quite impressive. Just delicious.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, sampled the night before DLD.

Pours an opaque dark brown/red, very thick tan head, tons of thick lacing on the glass, great retention, settles to a thick layer. Smell is awesome, chocolate, roasty goodness, toffee, vanilla and oak, bready, dark fruit and cherry, more chocolate, very nice. Taste is similar, nice thick chocolate and coffee roast, tofee, sherry, alcohol, some dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, very rich and roasty, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied, low carbonation, super smooth, very drinkable. Excellent beer!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.2.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a very small tan head that moves quickly to the edges.

S - Burnt chocolate, pretty muted.

T - Flat chocolate, dark fruit, some sweetness, but not much.

D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Prett muted all-around. Some Chocolate and dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roast malt dominates the aroma, with rich cocoa notes and muted boozy dark fruit.

Flavor is sweet and extremely chocolatey initially, becoming roasty and dry, almost chalky, mid palate, and finishing coffee-like. Dark cherry notes are muted, but would probably meld well, with time. Would love to see this with some age on it. Very viscous, rich body. Just a tad too bitter. That chalky character becomes offputting.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very hop forward Baltic porter with medium milk chocolate, as the hops dominate. A medium mouthfeel.

A good Baltic porter, but dominated by earthy and green hops.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mohagany beer with a khaki head that left fat lace on the sides.

S - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, dark and unsweetened chocolate. Unlike most baltics, this one focuses more on the roast aspect and less on sweetness. Quite nice.

T - Roast, a little sour lactose sugar, some dark fruit, bitter notes, and cold coffee. Taste is good but not as good as the nose.

M - Full bodied with lively carbonation and a puckering finish.

O - Good beer. Like it more than a lot of baltic porters and would drink again.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at the brewpub. Tulip glass. Gorgeous burnt black chocolate, almost completely opaque, topped with a hearty head.

Smells a little cold, if that makes any sense. A little like the flavor is getting dulled by the temp. Crisp, fiery burnt malts flick and flitter alongside fruity and bitter American hops. Profile grows in complexity as it warms.

Tastes smooth, sweet, bitter, and then dry. Milk chocolate moves into burnt grain--rough, unfinished porter malt--and then it moves into much smoother, almost stouty finish of bitterdry hops.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at FFF last time I was there maybe 2 months ago? Enjoyed from a FFF pink mini mug

a - brew pours a watery black with a thin off tan fizzy head. Nice streaky lace left on the mug.

s - nose is crisp, roasted molasses...smells like winter with chocolate and coffee.

t - nice big roasted chocolate. Porter char. Hint of dried dark fruit on the backend.

m - porter char with roast. Cooling. Fairly bold.

o - overall a solid Baltic porter.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. Poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark brown, nearly black body with a one finger white head with minimal retention and some lacing. Nothing special.

Smell- caramel, milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and believe it or not, a nice crisp noble hoppiness evoking some earth. All things considered this is very nice.

Flavour- milk chocolate, roast malts, earthy bitterness, a little bit of alcohol warmth. Decent but nothing mind blowing for a Baltic porter.

Mouthfeel- rich, fuller bodied beer with good carbonation and a nice bitter earthy finish. It's about what I expected from Floyds.

Overall- decent example of a Baltic porter that is earthier and more bitter than usual. I'd have liked a more malty, chocolatey porter but this isn't bad by any means.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Topless Wytch from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.