Topless Wytch - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-23-2010 02:49:56 | More by Thorpe429
4.24/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-20-2013 19:50:20 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
12-22-2008 22:25:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
05-09-2011 03:31:53 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-03-2011 01:44:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
10-15-2012 23:55:50 | More by emerge077
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
03-30-2011 11:37:33 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-05-2010 20:15:37 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev -1.2%
(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.
11-28-2012 14:59:20 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-01-2010 18:29:31 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-14-2013 07:43:13 | More by superspak
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-04-2010 15:12:52 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
06-25-2008 02:54:37 | More by Viggo
Topless Wytch from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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