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Topless Wytch - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 525
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 78
Gots: 79 | 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: 525
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 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 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 brewdude1982
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bomber poured into a snifter.

This pours a brown with a faint translucent quality. Slight head as well. It smells malty. It tastes like a porter but I was surprised that it was better, considering that it came from Three Floyd's. it has a medium body.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks silverx for sharing
The beer pours black with a thin halo of a tan head. Its nose is slightly roasty with a touch of yeast fruitiness. The taste is roasty, slightly fruity with a bit if caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering sweetness. Overall this is an interesting baltic porter, from FFF and a great representation of the style for sure, but not my favorite.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds nonic pint glass.

A - Pours midnight black, showing ruby highlights when held up to the light. About a finger of almond head fades quickly; too quickly. Some lacing paints the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and candied figs. I get faint smokiness, but chocolate and fruit sweetness are dominant. Roasty nuts come through after several whiffs.

T - The flavors are robust starting with obvious coffee/chocolate roastiness. Some char and bitter molasses follow mid-palate. The finish returns to the flavors of baker's chocolate with coffee ground linger. Alcohol is unapparent.

M - The body is medium-thick with moussey smooth carbonation. Drinks like a beer with half the ABV.

O - Thus far I have been very impressed with all of the Three Floyds offerings I have tried. While this one does not live up to the some of the others, it is a very solid beer I would happily have again. It has more flavor than some of the watery Baltic Porters I have tried in the past. Chocolate, roasty, dark fruit notes all contribute to a pretty solid beer. The mouthfeel is amazing, despite the lack of head. In the world of FFF beers, this isn't near the top but it is good compared to the entire craft beer world..

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- A light shade of black. Not completely opaque as you can see the littlest amount of light through the edges of the glass. Less then 1 finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

Smell- Coco and bittersweet chocolate with. Not a ton there, but what is, smells very plesant.

Taste- Milk chocolate in the front that transistions to bittersweet chocolate and then has a slight boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body and coats the mouth in a silky smooth way. Just the tiniest shade of watery feel, but that is to be expected in a porter.

Overall- There is a nice amount of complexity with a plesant warming that will be nice on a cold winter night.

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Photo of jsulko
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Dark black color with decent off white head.

Smell is mostly of roasted malt. Hint of chocolate in there somewhere.

Taste is slight maltyness with little else going on that I could tell. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Probably my least favorite Three Floyds beer ever. Not much going on for me.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a half a finger of a quickly dissipating brown head. Slight alcohol legs.

S- A bit of a roasted malt. A TON of bakers chocolate in this beer, very cocoa forward. A nice hoppyness to the beer.

T- A nice bitterness up front perfectly balanced but the sweet and dry bakers chocolate. A lot of roasted malts. A little flavor from the hops. Pretty basic flavor but very well balance and well done.

M- Slightly bitter and dry. Easy drinking for 9% Roasty mouthfeel.

O- This is a great brew. very simple and well done. The best of its style.

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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 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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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 Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a minimal light tan colored head that quickly reduces to just a faint ring around the edge and barely a hint of surface coating. No lacing.

S: Aroma is of coffee and deeply roasted malts. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: Flavor is much of the same, but with a bit more complexity. Roasted malts, roasted coffee, some light chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and a little raisin. Moderate sweetness. Cocoa powder on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of heavy. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Not necessarily syrupy, but starting to get there.

O: Not a bad beer. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the style, but even for the style, this one doesn't seem to bring a lot of complexity and just falls a little flat for my tastes.

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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 chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded Teku glass

Although I had this many times on tap, including this past weekend, I decided to review the bottled version. Pours an extremely dark brown, with a one and half finger beige head that slowly dissipates. No lacing. The aroma is dominated some roastiness and very dark chocolate. Dark chocolate and molasses dominate through the mid-palate and finishes dry with some alcohol warmth, roasted malt, and mild espresso-tinged bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly slick and smooth. I have always enjoyed this potent brew and was very happy to see Three Floyds finally bottle it. Not overly complex, but Topless Wytch is a very solid Baltic Porter and the perfect choice for a chilly Autumn or early Winter evening.

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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 Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours black, light tan-colored head, thin ring.

S - Roast, chocolate, toasted malts, some light fruity notes. Not quite as sweet as some other BP's I've had, but I like the fact it's a little more roasty then sweet & fruity.

T - Again, more roast/chocolate/malts then anything. The dark fruit sweetness is even less on the palate when compared to the nose. Finish is light chocolate bitterness and toasted nuts.

M - Medium to full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice BP that I've never several times in several different locations. A little easier to drink because it's not quite as sweet as most others in this style and not cloying at all. Good stuff.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap the FFF Explosion for Brixie's 78th Anniversary. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with thick khaki colored head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Light roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and light sweetness.

T: Roasted malts with bitter baker's chocolate and a light coffee bean. The finish has some dark fruits and malt sweetness. A touch of bitterness is also present on the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a nice full flavor and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is roasty and dry with a nice medium carbonation.

O: A very solid baltic porter. Not overly complex, but the flavors all compliment each other.

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Photo of Auracom
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 oz. served in a plastic cup on March 25th, 2012 during the FFF Deconstruction. Moving straight from an English to a Baltic porter.

A - Somewhere between a medium brown swirled with deep black. A bit of that faint deep violet hue. Light head, good lacing.

S - Plenty of chocolate, spices, light syrup (more like Maple, less like molasses). Faint note of light fruit zest. More muted than I'd hoped.

T - Big-time milk chocolate, about on the level of Stone IRS here. Roast, light coffee. Strong contrasting hop cones near the backend. A big porter here. Great backend aftertaste of cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

M - Medium body, bitter light dry finish. Some alcohol warming in the throat.

D - Aroma was so-so, taste made up for it. The chocolate isn't overbearing but I'm not convinced that this is as well-integrated as it could be.

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

On tap for Gravity Head 2012: it was freshly tapped an hour before I tried it.

A – It was opaque brown/black and looked rather thin. It does not appear very viscous. There was a small tan/yellow head which lingered, and a moderate smooth lacing on the rim.

S – Chocolate malt, big chocolate upfront. Faint hops in the background.

T – Different from the nose… Charred wood upfront… smoky malt; there’s also some sweetness that is different than the chocolate: caramelized sugar and dark roast coffee. There is a slight burn, but not strong for the high ABV. Finishes dry and with a slight smack of hops.

M – Quite easy to drink for a 9%. It was velvety smooth, which was probably the highlight of the brew.

O – It’s a bit one-note. Not quite as complex or as extreme I had hoped for from FFF, but overall, a nice Baltic Porter. It was good for the style, and I’m glad I got to try the rare rotating brew from FFF.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip at the pub. Dark brown with a dark tan head. It slowly recedes with nice lacing. Smell is chocolate, coffee, malt. Flavor is strong of barley and coffee with a nice hop balance. Mouthfeel is kinda thin and the alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Three Floyds brewpub, Munster, IN, into a tulip glass

Pours a pretty dark chestnut color. By pretty dark I mean basically black. Soft, khaki foam makes for a 1.25 finger head. Decent retention. Not much to say about the appearance.

Way, way more chocolate in the nose than I would have figured. Baker's chocolate for days, along with toffee and cookie dough. There's some herby hop aromas too, but they struggle to match up to the chocolate overload.

Topless Wytch tastes much differently than it smells. For one, the beer is basically an Andes mint. It's got that kind of milk chocolate -- a whole bunch of it -- and the hops here taste fairly minty and green. What's missing is the dark fruit flavors that are the hallmark of the Baltic Porter style. This tastes more like an imperial porter than a Baltic one. Additionally, you can't taste a single trace of the beer's 9% ABV (which is a positive trait).

It's a touch thin in body, but nothing egregious. Nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a touch shy of "good." Perhaps if this weren't billed as a baltic porter it would score higher. It's a bit one-note (and that note is chocolate). Tasty but also underwhelming considering the source.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap - Pours a beautiful pitch black without any light able to peek through. A small white-tan head quickly dissipates. Smells of roasted almost burnt malts dominated the nose. First sip is deep roasted malts, slight dried dark fruits, and some coffee notes present. Mouthfeel is top notch as it is super creamy and a real joy. Slightly under carbonated but oh so slightly and certainly not a flaw. The 9% ABV is well hidden and most appreciated. Very tasty!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a near-black hue with a bit of dark umber around the edges; it is capped with a fairly long-lived, if minimal, tan-colored head, depositing streaks of lace.

S - The nose is basically a great deal of roast grain; suggestions of coffee, unsweet chocolate and burnt toast are there, but underdeveloped.

T - The taste is just as the nose promised: it tastes like a bunch of near-charred grain with just enough bitter balance to knock most all of the sweetness out, but not enough bitterness from hops to contribute any specific notes. Coffee grains are perhaps the strongest non-barley note. Alcohol is relatively unnoticed.

M - The feel is big, full and palate-staining.

O - Its not bad at all, don't get me wrong, but it is somewhat middle-of-the-road.

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