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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)

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113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 88
Gots: 21 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SwiftyMcBeer on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This Oat Wine was brewed with our friends at Mikkeller.
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Photo of ILMbrew
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this as a part of a blind trade. Just swapping area beers without asking for anything in particular. I had pretty low expectations for this when I realized it was brewed in 2008 and now 6 years old. The style seems interesting but potentially past it's prime. Man was I wrong. This Barleywine has lost 99 percent of its potent hop aroma and flavor but it has mellowed out into one of the most unique Barleywines I've ever had. The mouthfeel is super creamy and thick but there is the undeniable sweet/sharp malt character found in a good Barleywine. This beer is incredibly drinkable at 10% and is really an enjoyable experience. Something I don't expect to experience in a again in a beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vintage bottle received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a mostly clear deep golden bordering on amber with about one fingers worth of head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is mostly orange and cherries with bits of bread, grains, and brown sugar thrown in there. Hints of earthy hop aroma are still hanging on as is a touch of alcohol. There's a definite oxidized character setting in, but at this point its more sherry like than anything bad. The flavor is sweet with light and dark sugars, orange marmalade, light pitted fruits, and a hint of earthy hop flavor. Little to no hop bitterness is left. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I had this once before thanks to Mr Barleywine, I wish I had taken some notes then to compare to now. Drinks like an aged barleywine, but a bit on the sweet side. I fear that any more age will obliterate any hops that are left to balance this beer.

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Photo of katan
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours clear, bubbly. An amber to brown color. Brown head formation is light but sticks around with a little bit of lacing.

S - Incredibly malty, caramel, toffee, some sweet and floral notes. Very sweet profile overall. No boozy notes detected, a little surprising.

T - Starts off sweet and smooth, nice and malty. Hefty body. Mid-stream brings in an interesting citrus profile as well as just a little resin. This beer has had alot of time to mature. Finishes smooth and sweet, more of the toffee. Alcohol warmth is very noticable as it sits on the palette.

M - As noted above, this beer is very full bodied. Very sticky, very sweet, Alcohol hotness is very noticeable. carbonation is light.

O/D - A very good beer, the maltiness really melds together. The hopping is down, but thats probably because this sat in the cellar for way too long. If they made it again, I would buy it.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a 22oz Bomber on 5.2.2012

Appearance- Poured from the Bomber with a thin white head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and collar. The body was a crystal clear (filtered) orange-amber color, and exhibited some light bubble trains up the sides of the glass.

Aroma- A big, bold nose comprised of light fruits (pear, white grape, peach) over a big malty backbone. Not a bunch of complexity here, but it's big, bold, and inviting.

Flavor- A nice replicate of the nose-- big malts and light fruits hit the palate first. Some mild nuttiness is presented on the midpalate, presumably from the oats. And the finish is a bit on the mild side, with a brief echo of the light fruit again.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly thin in body. For a beer called OatGOOP at 10.4% ABV, I would have expected a much fuller, chewier body. This was a bit disappointing. Carbonation was nice and mild; complimentary to the mouthfeel. Surprisingly there was no heat from the EtOH.

Overall- This beer is dangerously drinkable. In a blind tasting I would have guessed this one to weigh-in at 7 or 8% ABV. A good beer. I wouldn't turn it away if it were offered to me again.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 5/1/12.

Nice head with a light amber color. Sticky foam. The aroma is light with oat sweetness and some hops. Very sweet, light malt smell. Nice. The flavor is very light for such a strong beer, with a taste like a sweet wort, followed by some grain astringency and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected and finishes fairly dry. Overall this was an interesting and enjoyable beer, but not something I would particularly get excited about again.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark burnt orange body with a thin white head that fades quickly to a swirl with collar. Very brief spots of lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, kumquat, apricot, a little heat, sour bitter orange skin. A full package.

T - Follows the nose to a tee, plenty of different flavours to savour. Nice blend of bitter, sweet and sour.

M - Full bodied, quite syrupy, low to moderate carbonation.

O - Nice example of the style. Outrageously expensive bottle but enjoyed thoroughly on a warm summer's evening out in the back yard with the wife.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy bright orangey color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with different cereal notes (probably oat) then what I was expecting. Taste is dominated by loads of sweet caramelized notes offset by some cereal. Body is above average with good carbonation. Interesting though I am not sure I need to drink oat wine on a regular basis.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a dark burnt orange with a thin white head that faded into a thin film leaving some spots of lace.
S: Sweet smelling overall with scents of roasted orange zest.
T: Orange, citrus rind, pine resin, raisin, apple juice, and a bit oaty. Finish has an orange rind bitterness. Despite all of this, the flavors are dull and hard to pick out.
M: Syrupy mouthfeel, full body, light but tangy carbonation.
O: Flavor is a bit bland but the sweetness, bitterness and alcohol are prominent. I’m no expert in the style, but compared to the few others I’ve had, this one is not my favorite.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank 6/25/11. Split w/ scottfrie.

A: Pours a rosy amber color with a nice vanilla cream colored head (~1/2 finger).

S: Pretty muted. There's a definite hint of citrus from the hops, but other than that I'm not getting much. There is a bit 'o earthy tones (oak or some such), but not much else.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. It's dominated predominately by the hoppy aftertaste (citrus and pine), but up front it lacks a bit of a punch. The slightest hint of a sweet, oat-y taste hits, but there's nothing to contrast it with so it misses the mark a bit.

M: Pretty creamy and with a medium body. The carb is pleasant and not distracting.

O: It's a little hard for me to rate this beer as I haven't had anything of this 'microstyle'. It's not a bad beer, but the lack of flavor throughout the taste is a big turnoff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AleWatcher for sending this bottle in the Barleywine BIF. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pour yields a bright reddish-copper brew with a thin white head and some light spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings a nice malt base with some cherry and other light fruits plus a good dosing of caramel. Light bready character. The flavor is light on fruits and carries a bit of bread and caramel. A bit of booze and some light bitterness there as well. The bitterness dries out the finish a bit and there's no indication that this one contains oats, as it has really thinned out. Touch of alcohol. Nice brew.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dgfair for this bomber (no date), which was poured into a dimpled mug. Pours out in a deep ruby amber color with a rich creamy tan-coloured foam. Very well laced throughout the drinking session. Rich hoppy aroma of resin, pine-apples, alcoholic oats, oranges, red grapefruit and rose-petals. Full-bodied with notes of resin, caramel, brown sugar, red grapefruit, pine-needles and oat. Long bitter and warming finish of bloodgrape, resin, and lightly toasted pale malt which I been picking up throughout the session. Creamy oatmeal palate before a bittersweet finish. This was my first oatwine (wheatwine) ever and I really liked this one and wish this wasn't retired. A fine collaboration between the two powerhouses IMO.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared this at Goose Island as part of my 'goop vertical/horizontal. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Looks similar to Hvedegoop, but with a little less head volume and retention.

S - Oxidized, muted, and bland, with maybe a hint of sweetness.

T - Again, very bland, with maybe a kiss of caramel and maple. Bad mineral finish.

M - Smooth medium body, less spritzy than Hvedegoop, with a pleasant sticky finish.

D - This has aged far worse that Hvedegoop, and in a blind tasting I would have sworn this was the oldest of the beers. It just tastes like...nothing? I had this one fresh and it was intensely hoppy, but in just two years all that is left is bland oatmeal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats."

--Russian proverb

Glowing persimmon with swirling showers of superfine yeast and a two finger crown of cream that is equal parts ivory, ecru and pale gold. What a lovely looking lid... and lace deposition isn't too shabby either. Most attractive oatwine ever.

The nose is less impressive. Oats, like wheat, doesn't smell like much, so hops were the only way this big bruiser was going to make a splash on the olfactory front. Other than an underlying earthiness and hints of citrus peel, there's very little going on here.

Oatgoop tastes pretty much like it was expected to taste. Without big hop flavor, where did the brewers think the flavor hook was going to come from? Not from the grains and certainly not from the ale yeast. On a positive note, the double-digit alcohol is pretty mellow at this point.

Even the world's most attuned palate would have a hard time distinguishing a wheatwine from an oatwine. I'm sure it sounded like a good idea (and the name is pretty cool), but the advantage is... what exactly? An odd earthiness might be the horse chow, who knows.

It no longer seems as if any of the citrus-centric American hops were used. Maybe, but hop flavor isn't upfront enough to tell for sure. Sweetness just edges out bitterness... which makes this brew relatively balanced overall.

The mouthfeel starts out American big beer bold, but loses its way before the swallow. Probably a dearth of carbonation, which usually isn't a problem in beer of this sort. A quick deflation rather than a lingering creaminess is the biggest reason for the less than 'good' score.

In the final reckoning, Oatgoop is a somewhat disappointing effort from two breweries that hit most of what they brew out of the park. It's still decent big beer, but it's nowhere near special. Age probably hasn't hurt it much and more age probably won't help it much.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GOt this a little while back thanks to GratefulBeerHead. Been waiting for a good time to crack this and I'm in the mood to give it a shot.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over hazy red-orange copper colored beer. A slight lacing is left by the head.

Nose is erupting from the pour, loaded with wheat, barleywine like malts, lots of red malts, some oats, a slight fruity demeanor, some sweet maple syrup, and hint of booze.

Taste is pretty sweet to start. A slight grainy toasty malt flavor, combined with lots of wheat, red malts, some syrupy flavors with a bit of sugar and maple. There is also a weird woody slight barnyard funky taste. Not like a wild yeast taste, but like a strange dry bready woody ester like taste. No idea on the age of this either. A bit of fruit, light apple and hint of banana, bit of apricot. A slight warming booze taste, and some bitterness coming from roasty malts and bit of earthy hops. A very slight mineral flavor too. Pretty chewy as well, with a slight chewy malt and chewy aged earthy hop flavor. Finishes still slightly sweet with a slight sticky feel, some more bitterness coming through, and a bit more of the mineral salty taste from overroasted malts. THe hops are still there, but starting to die down. I really think the problem here is the same with the Behemoth barleywine, once it starts to age the hops start to decay and the beer gets dirty tasting. If this were fresh I bet it would be fantastic, like Behemoth. Too bad I won't get to try it fresh as it's retired.

Mouth is medium to heavier body, slightly syrupy, a bit of warming booze, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, with that slight sticky feel at the end, some lingering mineral flavors, and still fairly sweet on the finish, but drinks fairly well for 10.4%, and creeps up on ya.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, without a doubt, the best Oatwine I have ever had, hands down. I would go so far as to say that it must be one of the greatest Oatwines in the history of the universe. Of course it is the only Oatwine, to my knowledge, so that helps...

A - It pours an exceptionally radiant and translucent hue of orange-amber, and is capped with a relatively scant head of big sudsy bubbles, leaving some random lace. It looks very impressive on color alone.

S - The nose is quite nice, though I am having a hard time finding the words. It has a bit of the cinnamon roll aroma that pervades IKEA. Actually, it has a lot of that aroma... which is a good thing. There is a spicy maltiness and some earthy-spicy hop, producing impressions of baked goods, pretzels, cinnamon-sugar, tea and faint chai. Basically, it smells like a Swedish furniture retailer.

T - The taste is good, but again, exceptionally hard to describe. Bready and sweetly spicy flavors make up the base, with a definite hoppiness that is in the grassy-leafy range, but again, that doesn't exactly hit the nail on the head. I guess I'll revert to my IKEA crutch. Alcohol is well-tempered, sweet and spicy impressions of Swedish retail megaliths waft across the palate, finishing with notes of the IKEA café above the furniture showroom floor. Delicious.

M - Less than medium-bodied, or perhaps right there. Very smooth, softly carbonated, very enhancing.

D - I am a huge fan, all-around. I really wasn't expecting to like this beer so much, if at all. Had not heard the greatest things about it, though some of the reviews gave me hope; any doubts were assuaged, and then some. FFF/M FTW.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this courtesy of my good friend Jeremy, much thanks. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. A 1/4 inch light tan head forms and reduces leaving almost no lacing. It pours a clear copper amber color with no sediment and visible carbonation.

The aroma is that of a caramel sweet backed pine/citrus hoppiness that makes it sweet but natural and very easy on the nose.

The taste isn't a whole lot different than the nose with a good dose of caramel sweetness blended with a citrus hops presence, making it well balance. Oats are nominally present.

The mouthfeel was where it seemed to drop. A weak carbonation and a medium body slowed the flavor. A nice dryness rescues the overall rating.

Overall, this beer is fair to drink and worth it if you like a balanced beer a little high on the hops. I don't think it competed with the higher ranks around it, but solid either way.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, fruity esters, light alcohol.

F/M - Sweet caramel-like malts. A little bready. Earthy hops with a medium-firm bitterness. Medium bodied, slightly oily and slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly warming alcohol in the finish. Lingering caramel aftertaste.

D- pretty good for a sweetish barleywine. Full flavored, good tasting, and improves as it warms.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out an amber colored body with a small eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a minute or two before fading, and leaves behind small spots of lacing. lots of active carbonation bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.

S- very sweet smelling. lots of caramel malts right off the bat. some fruits from the hops. pineapple and maybe some lemon. i imagine these came on pretty strong when this beer was still fresh. i cant pick out any alcohol.

T- it starts out with sweet caramel and toffee-like malts. i think i waited too long for this one. the hops seems to have nearly fallen off completely, leaving this one pretty one dimensional. whats left comes across as faint pineapple and a little bit of orange/lemon. the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M- medium to full bodied and very creamy. the mouthfeel is pretty much spot on.

D- the beer i drank now and the one i drank fresh seem nothing alike. i wish i didnt wait so long to crack this one open. the excitement is all gone here.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660 ML Bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a clear dark amber color. Off white one finger head with no visible carbonation. Really nice head retention on a few swirls. Has held up well for a beer over a year old.

S-- Pine, grapefruit and a bit of maple syrup at first. Letting it sit and warm a bit more it is mostly pine and grapefruit. More like a soft IPA or barleywine by the smell. No oat smell at all.

T-- Soft pine, orange and grapefruit. Still a bit of a maple taste to it. Also got rolled oats in the first sip but no more after that.

M-- A lot of pine and citrus. At times aggressive and others not so much. Medium carbonation in the mouth and gets heavier as it sits. Flavor does last a while and is mostly pine and citrus. Get a bit of a syrupy feel as well.

D-- It is Ok, nothing too worthy of getting excited over. More of a US barleywine than anything else. Might have been better fresh. Easily drinkable for 10.4 %. The flashes of maple syrup are good and different but seems more like a softer version of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale than anything else

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Photo of crossovert
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, super expensive, will it be worth it?

It pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks for a while and then recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is very caramally with some pine and maple notes.

The flavor is surprisingly hoppy even after over a year of aging. It is very fruity and sweet as well. It is ver reminiscent of a barleywine, but with a certain lightness that is welcome.

It isn't a 15$ beer, but it is solid.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first Oatwine.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of honey, flowers, oranges, citrus and caramel malt. It smells about like a barleywine. The flavor is a great mix of toffee, caramel and orange citrus. It tastes like some of the better, hoppier American Barleywines that I have tried. I don't get too much oat character in the beer, but it is still very nice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into Chimay chalice. Big ups to my man Beerwolf77 for this one.

A- Pours a ruby red and a very small head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S- A big amount of wheat and hops. Just a touch of maple and brown sugar. A little bit of booze comes through at the end.

T- Some dark fruits, brown sugar and a big amount of hops. Not too much alcohol present in the taste.

M- Medium bodied and not too much carbonation.

D- Pretty good flavors and a nice mouthfeel. Decent balance but seemed lacking overall.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Inhold: 66 cl., 10.4% ABV, no date.

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one, the last of my tastings for the evening with the guys!

A - Almost clear amber-red color with almost no head whatsoever. A low off-white film with spotty lace is left on the glass.

S - Tons of oat and wheat that smells like a barn feeder. Toasted amber malts and light alcohol in the aroma. Pretty straight-forward and simple which isn't all that appreciated for a wheatwine. Fruity notes and very mild hops come through on the finish.

T - Fruity and hoppy with a big oat and wheat flavor. A bit of alcohol in there too. Simple flavor, not all complex like a wheatwine should be.

M - Soft, smooth texture with a nice finish. Medium-bodied and low carbonation comprise the texture of this brew.

D - Not bad but moderate drinkability for what it is. It's an ok beer in the world of wheatwines I've had. It could some more complexity and dept.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this one with my tasting buddies.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange amber. Small white head moderate lace.

Aroma is malty with hints of pine and sweet syrup. Smells like a malt IPA really.

The flaovr is rather piney. Solid amount of sweet malt and maple syrup.

Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

Overall not a world beater but a nice beer. I'm not real familiar with the style but I'm sure a fresh wheatwine would have more punch.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, thanks to Todd for this one.

Pours a copper/amber color with a thin film of head. The aroma is of maple syrup, butterscotch, and lots of bitter pine

The flavor is bready with butterscotch and notes of lip gloss. A bit one dimensional perhaps, which would be fine other than that lip gloss/waxiness.

The body is medium light and carbonation is low. Pretty much what I expect for this style.

Overall this was a nice beer and I'm glad I got a chance to try it before it disappears.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.