Hell's Black Intelligencer - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4/5 rDev -9.3%
A: It is black, pitch black. Head is a creamy, milk chocolate, brown.
S: Smells like coffee...almost dominates the other smells but roasted malts are present, some chocolate. Intelligencia makes great coffee and this stuff smells like fresh pot of it.
T: Tastes like it smells...big coffee taste, but works well with the malt character to deliver a nice flavor. Not surprising considering it is a Floyds beer. Everything is big in their arsenal.
M: Nice body for a stout, not too heavy, and is pretty smooth.
D: Definitely tasty, no booziness to it, as I mentioned it goes down smooth.
01-19-2011 16:09:25 | More by onefmatt
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours black in color without much of a head. Nose is loaded with fresh coffee aromas with some chocolate notes. Taste is Pretty much coffee from the start to finish - tons of fresh coffee mixed in with chocolates. Somewhat one-dimensional, but pretty delicious altogether. Mouth has a little bit of carbonation through the middle and smoothes it out. Overall, this is a really nice coffee beer but a good drinking beer.
04-28-2012 20:34:42 | More by birchstick
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
On tap @ Three Floyds, they serve this in a Coffee Mug, LOLs and smiles all around.
Hard to view in this light and in this glassware, but it is black with a tan head,but i probally could have guessed that before ordering.
The aroma and flavors are totally strong in the coffee dept, and this is one of the few beers where its done right, they started with good coffee roasted just over the border by a great roaster(intelligensia), and made sure it didn't come out like cardboard like most coffee beers, good stuff here, top 5 coffee beer out there.
Even more impressive is that they got the full round roasted flavors packed in here with such a low ABV! and kept everything in check, it's too often that non-Imperial coffee stouts go cardboard, not the case here.
Medium body and highly drinkable,somewhat creamy but with an almost dry stout feel to it.
Bottle this. please.
12-20-2010 05:39:45 | More by ChadQuest
4.1/5 rDev -7%
Yes, very excited to see this back on the brewpub's tap list. 8 oz. served in a plastic cup on March 25th, 2012 during the FFF Deconstruction.
A - Exactly as remembered. Very deep black/brown coloring, probably the darkest FFF beer I've seen besides DL. One-finger, dark khaki head. Average retention and lacing.
S - Strong roasted espresso and coffee beans. Oatmeal flakes, almost a light lactose, a twinge of honey and vanilla as it warms.
T - Not quite an iced coffee in beer form, but it's about as huge on the espresso front as you could hope for. Very little sweetness throughout the drink. Lots of roasted malts morph into a bitter coffee finish at the back end.
M - High carbonation, not smooth. Surprisingly dry finish.
D - Effortless to drink this one and helps remedy my hatred for Chicago traffic at 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Revisiting would be a no-brainer, though it doesn't seem quite as robust in the coffee notes as I recall.
03-27-2012 21:58:32 | More by Auracom
4.1/5 rDev -7%
tap tap - seved in a short mug glass.
A - deep brown, almost black with a two finger medium brown head. Leaved a fair amount of lacing.
S - wow - lots of coffee. Some roasty, acrid notes apparent, but the coffee overwhelms all.
T - the intense coffee flavor as one would expect from the nose. Very drying on the palate - almost like a irish ale yeast dryness, but more intense. No hops detectable - the coffee overwhelms all.
M - just enough body to hold on to all the flavor - any thinner and I would say fail,
D - somewhat low for me. I'm not a coffee drinker, but do enjoy coffee/espresso stouts, I just like them with a little more reserved flavor.
Overall, a pretty nice beer. I do like my coffee stouts a little less coffee forward, but this well made in the FFF style.
04-26-2012 21:37:03 | More by beesy
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
Aroma:Tons of coffee in the nose. It smells like a cup of coffee, no beer.
Appearance:Black with very little head.
Taste:It's definitely coffee, but there's also dark chocolate, and roasty malts. It still has amazing coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel:It's a little watery, but very easy to drink.
Drinkability:This was quite a pleasure to drink, but I'm a big fan of coffee. This is a great mild coffee stout, but with none of the sourness you sometimes get with this style.
03-01-2011 23:52:16 | More by fear025
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
Growler shared by Chris at Halloween tasting, thanks! Pours a opaque hazy coffee brown/black with a small mocha head that disappears fast. Smell is pure espresso with a slightly sweet milk and chocolate malt in the background. Big coffee flavors up front, slightly sweet with lots of coffee grounds following and some bitterness. Somehow it is not overpowering for a coffee stout. Mouthfeel is heavy with mild carbonation, coating and creamy. This is one tasty coffee stout, hopefully they will decide to make it again.
11-04-2010 14:02:01 | More by nkersten
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
Growler provided by Thorpe, thanks! Beer is completely black and opaque. This tan head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation low. Looks good.
Aroma is nice, some roast, some coffee, decent volume, smells good.
Beer is creamy and finishes with some coffee notes on the ending. It's medium bodied and has a great forward mild sweetness, good body in the middle, low carbonation in the mouth and a strongly bitter but not overpowering finish. I'd have more of this.
01-03-2011 23:04:29 | More by drabmuh
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
Had on tap yo!
A- Pours a deep black color. One and a half finger mocha colored head showed medium retention. This just leaves whisps of light foam on the top of the beer. Nice this streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S- Iced coffee is all I can think of! This has a deep roasted malt base to begin with. Some hints of darker chocolate really goes well with the malt. There is a fresh roasted coffee flavor that just jumps out from this point on. It really overtakes everything but to be honest I don't mind.
T- Upon first sip I get the roasted malts right out front. This quickly goes from a roasted malt to a darker chocolate and then just keeps the dark chocolate in the front. Coffee roast does come in next with more of a espresso style of taste. The chocolate and coffee mingle and blend fantasticly together. Nothing really else gets ahold of my taste buds. I really don't mind though.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate everything from the palate to the aftertaste. Even in the aftertaste there is really not much in hints of alcohol at all. This was a one sided beer with the focus being on the coffee and malts. No off flavors could be detected at all in this coffee bomb. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.
D- Wow oh wow. If you like coffee..you will like this beer. The ABV is very low and adds to the drinkability to this beer. I could have sat down and had many many pints of this beer. FFF just proves once again that they are not just another brewery. Their flavorful beers are worthy of most of the hype they get.
02-16-2011 02:36:22 | More by alleykatking
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/29/2010. Served in a glass coffee mug.
Appearance -- Pours jet black with two fingers of sudsy khaki head. Not too shabby.
Smell -- Cafe macchiato, dark roast malt, faint toffee sweetness. The Intelligentsia coffee takes center stage for certain.
Taste -- Again, rich roast coffee is in the limelight. Tastes like the morning's first cup with a splash of cream and a dash of turbinado sugar, black patent malt, gentle oats, and baker's chocolate.
Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium-high prickly carbonation.
Drinkability -- The Floyd clan really hits the nail on the head with this coffee oatmeal stout. It leans hard on the coffee to accentuate the malt roastiness. Moreover less malt sweetness than in the usual oatmeal coffee stout. Robust, very well balanced - dare I say tempered? Not too much acrid roast/coffee grounds bitterness. One of the better coffee-centric beers I've ever had.
10-30-2010 02:56:08 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
On tap @ 3 floyds in a coffee mug, Growler brought to Darkness Day, and again on tap @ Small Bar Division in a snifter.
Appearance- Dark as black coffee with a lighter colored head than I expected. Holds head for a little while then melts into a thin ring and leaves very nice lacing.
Aroma- COFFEE! Seriously this smells like the espresso I brew every morning (Black Cat from Intelligentsia). If you like espresso/coffee then you will like this.
Taste- Chocolate coffee, rich malt flavor that really comes through. A bit of hops on the back for nice complementary flavor with the coffee up front.
Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit thinner and more attenuated than would be great for a stout. This is the only flaw I can really say this beer has.
Drinkability- Partly due to the thinner mouthfeel this is a very drinkable stout. Overall I could comfortably have 2 of these and not need a break in between.
Honestly I would drink this in the morning before I would drink Beer Geek Breakfast. This is a Coffee stout that takes coffee seriously.
11-15-2010 06:19:38 | More by cadaugherty
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
With ultimate smoothness and a velvety texture, this Stout carries intense roast and coffee taste but with a very moderate mouthfeel and dry finish.
Pouring a solid black color, the infussion of coffee is almost evident to the eye. A creamy off-white head blankets the beer before reducing to a delicate creame around the rim.
Aromas are of freshly ground coffee beans- likely of espresso or French roast varieties. The roast of barley, malted milk, bitter chocolate and light caramels support the coffee notes; but this nose is all about gormet coffee.
Flavors reveal themselves in reverse, layer by layer. Sweeter, maltier character shines first with the soft caramels and malted milk richness. But the transition into chocolate, cocoa, roasted barley, and finally French roast coffee carry the beer into the coffee bittered finish where the final impressions are all about the smooth coffee taste.
Full flavors early, give the impression of a weighted body, but the early creaminess gives way to a fleeting malt fullness and towards a smooth and velvety dry finish. Avoiding the acrid textures of coffee grounds, the coffee dryness and bitterness reveals themselves nicely without astringency or unnecessary bite.
A very solid Oatmeal Stout, signatured by the silky finish- but with bold coffee character. Though high in quality, you should expect a very coffee-forward beer.
02-10-2011 16:39:50 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
thanks to Dan8181
pours a deep cola black with a creamy head. light retention.
lots of coffee, lots... lights sweet roasted malt.
coffee, lots of it. tastes like a cold espresso. light sweet roasted body backs up what is a coffee bomb. light citrus hops towards and through the finish.
moderate body with a light carbonation.
as a fan boy of intelligentsia coffee, i was eager to try this. did not let down. awesome coffee bomb.
11-04-2010 01:25:43 | More by hooliganlife
Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.