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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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very good

113 Reviews
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Reviews: 113
Hads: 165
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 89
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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Reviews: 113 | Hads: 165
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/31/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, wheat, grain, honey, molasses, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of wheat, caramel malts, honey, pine hops, alcohol, molasses, dark fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheatwine I was glad I got to try. Would like to have again.

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

Acquired from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip

A: This beer pours a murky copper color with a one finger of khaki head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving spotty, wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malts, alcohol, honey, and minor citrus notes.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malt and a hint of booziness. Some sweet honey and molasses comes in with a bit of cherry flavoring. Finish is a nice burst of grapefruit and grassy hop notes - far more prevalent than in the nose.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation with a somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down alright, touch of alcohol warming so there is a bit of a kick. This is my first oatwine, a nice style but not one that I could have more than one.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this fresh a couple times, and it was pretty hot. With some age, it's become incredible.

Appears a glowing golden copper with a sudsy film of a head. Aroma is perfumy and strong, with great depth of doughy grain without dark toasted notes. Strong floral and fruity hop notes prevail with a very sweet and rich round nose overall.

Taste sits very nicely mild with a faint bitterness on the palate up front. Faint carbonation dances through the full creamy (slightly sticky) body to deliver some deep but not overbearing flavors. Lots of dough, soft grain, mild soft fruit of ripe pear, apricot, and melon, again with a lot of floral. Fades into a swelling then decaying splash of bitterness causing the mouth to water and tighten a little. Hint of alcohol.

Overall, drinking very smoothly and with nice satisfying flavor. High abv and big style to consume a lot, but a very nicely nuanced and tasty beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Jonathan!

Hazy orange with a decent head and lacing. OatGoop has a very complex aroma with scents of hops, pine, honey, resin, and alcohol, among other aromas. The beer is sweet and has a caramel aspect to it. This seems to be somewhat consistent with the other wheatwines I've tried so far. The body is too thin, even for a wheatwine. The sweetness becomes overbearing after a few ounces. This is a good beer to share several ways at a tasting.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend and poured into my snifter.

A: Cooper in color, which looks more of a brighter orange when held into the light. A thin head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves minimal lacing along the glass as I drink it.

S: Smells a LOT like a good barleywine, which I love. Strong bitter smell from the hops and sweet maltiness and grains. A very strong sweetness in the nose, kinda like honey, caramel, or toffee. I sense a little booze, too ;)

T: Follows the nose to a point. Strong bitterness upfront with a malted backbone and slight booziness. The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced. I am really enjoying this.

M: Very full and a little creamy. Very pleasing.

D: For such a high abv, I'd say it is fairly drinkable and definitely tasty. Couldn't do a whole bomber to myself though.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazey Amber colour with an off white head that dissipates to a film.

S - heavy orangy pine notes from th bottle.Once poured takes on a more sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - Quite different to an DIPA with some heavy malts at the finsh that top up the initial citrus pine overload. At the very end ther is some cake mix type flavours that are just delectable.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation that makes for a very well balanced beer.

D - This is my one and only Wheatwine, and at $40 a bottle I'm not sure it merits it's price, but having said that it's an outstanding brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pretty excited / interested in this particular wheatwine. Beer is orange / amber. Carbonation appears low, this is showcased by the weak thin head of almost nothing. There is no lacing to speak of.

WHOA. Strong aroma, mostly honeyish malt, lots of malt, slight alcohol.

Beer is surprisingly thin, no body. Super sweet, cloying. Alcohol a warming sensation when I drink it. Finishes rather dry. There are two words I can use to describe this beer, thin and sweet. Seems to be par for the style.

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Photo of everetends
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle that I can not recall where I got it. I think it was either spointon or bitterpachyderm. However I came across it, I am happy that it is here (and has been in my cellar) and now in my snifter.

A: Pours an amber in color that has a nice amount of copper hues to it. Held to the light, more of that copper and some reds come out. The body is pretty clear, for some reason I was expecting a little more haze or darkness to the body. A light carbonation is moving around in the body. The pour yielded about half a finger of off white, cream colored head. It doesn't stick around too long and falls to a thin top cap that leaves minute amounts of spotty lacing. Meh.

S: This one is smelling like a well hopped American Barleywine. Getting a good amount of pine and citrus hops coming out first (grapefruit). The hops are incredibly still present, which is a nice surprise here. Behind that there is the malts bring out some sweetness and the oats are mingling here as well. Getting a good amount of grains and booze mostly. Smells kinda like bourbon oddly. All very nice even if unexpected.

T: Yet again we start with the hops. Pine is coming across a little more than the grapefruit, citrus hops presence, but all are pretty present considering the age on this bottle. Malts are lightly sweet. Getting a little bit of brown sugar, caramel and just a faint touch of chocolate. The booze still comes across as a little bit of bourbon with an almost honey like presence. Oats actually take a little bit of a back seat here but are still present. The flavor wraps up with a little bit of a oatmeal cookie presence. Quite tasty.

M: Medium in body with a light carbonation. It still comes across as being a little oily and creamy. Its not chewy like the name would suggest but this still works very well. Comes across as an easy drinking BW. Has a mild hop presence on the palate, nothing excessive. Aftertaste is the Oat in Oatgoop and some booze.

D: This is actually really easy to put down. I was kind of expecting a thick stout like oat beer, but this is a pleasant surprise. It has some hops presence, but isn't too bitter. It has some malt presence, but isn't too sweet. It has some booze to it, but isn't too hot. I think time has done this beer some good and its just an easy drinking brew at the moment. I really enjoy it and I am happy whoever it was sent it to me. Thanks!

Serving Type: 22oz Bottle Vessel Type: Snifter Price:NA

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Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Tawny amber color with a small, thin, bubbly off-white head. Not much retention and some spotty lacing left with some lace sticking on the side. (The second pour created a fuller, thicker, creamy head with decent retention and a bit more lacing which bumped up the score a bit).

S - Nice caramel and toffee aroma upfront with some juicy apple and pear and some tea like aromas. Hints of oat and a good amount of buttery diacetyl and butterscotch.

T - A lot of the caramel, toffee, butter/butterscotch taste along with a touch of pale malt and golden fruit, particularly apple. Also a good amount of tea and some faint citrus hops. Toward the finish some grassy and floral hops and some oat taste comes out. Hints of pine hops also come out. A very slight tart, but not sour, taste along with some sweet flavors. A lot of the flavor comes from the caramel, toffee, and butterscotch type flavors, but it isn't overly sweet (sweetness would probably be the dominant taste although there is a touch of tart and some bitter flavors).

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy and sticky feel.

D - Pretty drinkable. A little too sweet and sticky to be really drinkable. Flavors are nice and fairly balanced though, and pretty easy on the palate. The ABV is too high to have another one really, but I wouldn't mind drinking this another day. The alcohol is very well masked though.

Notes: A nice tasting beer. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this Wheatwine (Oatwine?), as before this, my experience with oat is primarily oatmeal stouts. It had some of the creaminess of oatmeal stouts, but not as chewy. Some oat is present along with the grassy hops. This was somewhat like a very malty DIPA, but not as hoppy. I did enjoy drinking this beer, but for the price I probably won't search it out.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from the bomber a clear, medium-dark amber color, topped off with a nice little bit of tan head. Aromas of oatmeal, sweet malt and apricot. Flavors of malt, with some alcohol and quite a bit of honey sweetness. A fairly decent collaborative effort.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves plenty of splashy lace on the chalice

Smell: There is a bit of an oatmeal cookie character that wafts above the rather pithy hop base; a bit of booze in there, too

Taste: Oatmeal cookies, up front, with a sweet cookie dough character; by mid-palate, however, the pithy hops come through and add a citrusy/piney undertone that lingers, after the swallow, though the finish brings a reprise of the oatmeal cookie flavor

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An oatwine, by golly, who would have thunk it; obviously some brewers did and they have created a new style that I look forward to others trying to brew as well

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

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Photo of trbergman
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Bright and cloudy red-orange with a thin lace of taupe head.

S - Sweet malt, dried apple, caramel, toffee, clove, cinnamon, and a hint of banana.

T - Sweet, but not cloying. Fruity apple-raisin compote flavor, spiced with clove and cinnamon. Also tastes of bananas, honey, and vanilla. Complex and delicious.

M - Full, lush, and creamy, with a touch of spicy zing from the yeast.

D - A great beer to savor slowly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky copper, nice large off white head. Reduces to disk, but lots of cling left on.

S - Malty big time. A small barn smell mixed in.

T - Rich malty goodness. Hop bitter finish just enough to quell the beast.

M - Fairly heavy, balances pretty even, on the sweet side. Good coat and carb.

D - For the ABV and the heaviness, I love it!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-tinged golden colour, head is sort of gone, but leaves a nice beige crown, lace is thin but decent. Clear, very slow, light bead, but yeah, looks alright. More head would be good.

Nose is a very malty affair, lots of toffee character, nutty notes with pecan and hazelnut on there, yeah very barley/wheatwine-esque. A weird tangy character, maybe some lime? on there. Tangy without the acidity really. Lots of malt and nuts mostly, very sweet grain character overall. I love this kind of smell, very enticing.

Taste is very malty again, long grain sweetness starts us off then develops into brown sugar and molasses. A strange tang on the mid provides some interesting characters, tartaric notes and some nice tempering to the very rich, full, sweet, winey character. It doesn't have a lot of "different" flavours on the palate, but nice tasting. Like, it's a good pleasant drink but not very complex considering how much flavour there is.

Nice and sticky mouthfeel, good and thick, a bit of an alcohol bite as it goes down, but yeah, certainly the right fullness for the palate.

Very pleasant beer. Dangerously sweet for how alcoholic it is, but not overly sweet to put me off.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly orange red colour, somewhat diluted in colour, with a strong, creamy but a little filmy head of off-white foam. Lacing is excellent, and I really like the thickness in the body. The carbonation is tiny and exciting, and stays static in the thick body very pleasantly. Really like it.

Lots of resiny hops on the nose. Grapefruit and pine are noticeable, along with a light seawater character that rises out of the strong, strident hop characters. There is the hint of something sweeter and stronger, but the hops are the dominant note here. It's not as piercing as the best IPA, nor as full bodied and sweet as the best barleywines, but it's still very enjoyable.

Layers and layers on the palate. It has a strong, slightly stringent citric acidity on the fore, but this is leavened by a fresh resiny hop leaf character, which is in turn swept aside by the full, strong and extremely long sweet malt character. Some tannic tobacco leaf coming through as well. Altogether it melds to a very pleasant complexity. The layers reveal themselves sequentially rather than melding particularly well, but it's very enjoyable.

A very enjoyable, and pleasantly thick beer. Although I didn't have them head-to-head, I remember enjoying the Hvedegoop more - it struck me as stronger, more robust and more complex overall. But this is still a very nice beer, full of flavour and texture.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a murky brown amber color with a thin bubbly white head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left moderate lacing on the sides.

The aroma is caramely and malty but it also has a pretty good amount of citrus and fruit flavors. The taste is malty with some caramel flavors but it isn't very sweet. It has a moderate bitterness that helps bring it in balance. It has a little of fruity flavor coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and slightly creamy, carbonation isn't too high. Drinkability is decent, I enjoyed it but it wasn't anything fantastic I would buy again.

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Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours orange and clear. Under a half finger of head, but some bubbles, and the faintest of lacing.

S- Smells strongly of pineapple, but not as strong as the taste. Also some pine needle notes, and a hefty amount of caramel. Some alcohol is coming off in the nose- a bit of vanilla, and a bit of smoke.

T- Way more pineapple on the tongue- combining with some other tropical flavors- papaya I can pick out. More malt and caramel here than in the smell. I don't generally like the tropical fruit hops, and I still don't here but I can appreciate the flavor, and it's a lot more balanced to the malt.

M- I actually can notice the oaty silkiness that often accompanies oat stouts which is kinda interesting. It's different in this beer and I like that.

D- A great beer for a cold day.

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big old chewy oatmeal cookie of a beer and it pours just like one,very complex smells and taste almost to much going on at once makes it tough to figure what they were after,heavy malts hit first and remain upfront,by no means would I call this an easy drinker its just to rich more like an October beer,but not spicey enough for a winter beer

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to dug. Shared at a tasting with some BA and RB people. WTF, man, this was labeled as an oatwine, but it was beer, not wine! They should have called it an "oatwine-style ale" or something instead. Just kidding. Bad joke, I know.

Pours a clear deep reddish-amber color with a small off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is black tea, honey, caramel, and citrus hops. Nice, but nothing too amazing.

Flavor is sweet caramel malt, oats, honey, spice, citrus and pine hops. Tasty and well-balanced, but again, not really a standout. Not that every beer has to be.

Smooth on the palate with medium body and soft carbonation. Drinkability is good. Another solid offering from FFF overall.

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy nickd717. Pours an orangey gold color with a small head. Orangey hop aroma with a big malty background, stone fruits, honey. Flavor is big on malts and hops, but it's rather muddled overall. Goopy, even. Caramel, honey, fruit nectar, pine. Very sweet. Also very smooth from the oats. Medium carbonation, rich.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 I bought a while back from Archer Liquors... I also traded for quite a few of these bottles... I love it.. but surprisingly I've never reviewed it... oh well, tonight, I'm still broke and want a nice bottle of beer... poured into my Delirium goblet.

foamy 1 finger head dies fairly quickly leaving nice lace... and the cap is a bit flimsy but leaves great lacing as I move slowly through the glass... the brew is a perfectly clear glowing orange.

Nose has a surprising amount of citrus hops that combine nicely with a bit of fruity esters... caramel is a bit lighter than I remember.

Good bitter backbone helps balance the fairly large maltiness... citrus hops and an odd yet pleasant sorta pineapple element.. a bit more attenuated than I remember.. still plenty of sweetness, but finish is hoppy and drier than memory serves.

Slightly larger than medium body with a nice everpresent small bubble carbonation.... fairly smooth... This is certainly verging on the best wheatwine I've ever had.


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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this!

Pours copperish amber with a thin tan head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with some citrus and tea-like spicy undertone. The FFF house character comes through.

The taste is sweet caramel - towards toffeeish, a touch of sour, with spicy, tea-like and citrus spiciness in the finish. Some alcohol shows through in the flavor though not harsh. Though it is a collaborative brew, a FFF character comes through.

Oat malt certainly imparts a smoothness to this one, making it velvety and allowing it to disappear (too?) quickly. Flavor doesn't quite hold on as long as expected. This is the first "oat wine" that I remember having, and it's certainly interesting.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bright enough orange/amber pour. Small amount of off white head forms a thin layer and sticks to the glass nice as well.
Quite piney and floral aroma. Hints of citrus, caramel covered apple.
Taste is very balance malt sweetness, caramel, and citrus, apple white grape. Some ash and earthy tones later. This increased as it warmed. There is a lingering piney hopness through the finish, but otherwise the hops have really mellowed in this, if they were strong at first.
It is a little warm, but doesn't seem tough to drink. Pretty sticky, medium body with light carbonation.
Pleasant, really middle of the road, nothing too extream other than the high abv. Wheatwine is a strange bird, I'd say this is adequate for the style, which I have a hard time getting my hands around. Oatwine doesn't seem to be much different. Nice to try though.

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Photo of corby112
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany copper color with dark golden ruby color when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy off white head with excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with subtle citrus and pine notes. Lots of earthy leathery malt in the nose as well along with some sweet alcohol and dark fruit character. Grainy oat presence with hints of toffee, fig, caramel, bready yeast, orange and biscuit. Also, there is a good bit of citrus peel and grapefruit. I was expecting this to smell "bigger" but the aromas are very subtle. Not as earthy and leathery as a barleywine and the hops seem to have faded as well.

Slightly chewy medium body with subtle earthy hop bitterness up front with some dry pine character. Sweet citrus presence that goes along with the dry pine notes. Hints of lemon and orange peel as well as some grapefruit. These hoppy notes are quickly balanced by a leathery malt backbone and sweet alcohol presence. The oat character is present in the malt backbone making it much smoother than a typical barleywine. There is still some subtle alcohol heat but the ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Hints of orange marmalde, biscuit, toffee, caramel and other sweet light fruit. Very well balanced and the hops that are so prominent up front actually linger into a slightly hot, dry finish.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into red wine glasses at room temp.

Split a bottle of this with a good friend who recently, at the age of 67, has decided she likes hoppy beer. She made the comment that she doesn't like beer in the winter and would rather have red wine or a martini so I cracked open this bottle to show her what she was missing.

It poured a beautiful deep gold, with minimal foam. The smell was pungent and primal, one might say resinous. No floral hops but more earthy.

The wine was sweet, but not cloying and the bitterness kicked perfectly.

We warmed it with our hands and savored the aroma, slowly sipping until iit was over. One more person converted to big beers.

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