Hell's Black Intelligencer - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
This beer was surprisingly tasty for 6%. Another win for FFF. Had on tap at the brewery.
The beer has a nice dark dark brown color, a small ring of off white head and a good looking body.
The smell has plenty of great fresh coffee brand with a nice chocolate malt base. Some nice hip esters float out as well, I know it's cliche but it reminds me strongly of Founders Breakfast Stout.
The taste is extremely balanced, a great blend of sweetness and lots of roast, with plenty of body. Lots of fresh coffee, a great grainy oatmeal malt base, and nice fudge notes. A little bit of bittersweet tastes in the finish.
Feel is good, nice body overall and well carbonated. Wish it was thicker.
Overall an excellent brew.
03-13-2012 21:17:56 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
Supplied by spycow at our recent tasting.
A - Nice late foam rose on this one after a fairly normal pour out of the growler. Nice one finger brown head, surprising as the growler was a couple days old. Good black color, with some brown on the edges.
S - A very bitter coffee smell, really reminds me of a dark espresso served warm. Quite the coffee beer, not a ton of stout characteristics about it.
T - This was quite the shock, a great tasting beer, somehow managed to capture the essence of warm coffee in it while being cold. The stout characteristics are tasted mostly in the depth of the beer, as it doesn't taste like overcarbonated and watered down coffee, as the oatmeal stout base is strong enough to support the rich coffee flavor.
M - It was a little flat, although I'm not sure more carbonation would have been better on this fresh.
D - Highly drinkable for something with such strong coffee. I drank several glasses of this and loved it, phenomenal beer.
10-31-2010 23:20:50 | More by AgentZero
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, Zack, Cameron, Scott and Rich at GBX. Served from growler into a North Coast Old Rasputin nonic. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain excellent. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. Flavor came on in waves which made my palate very happy. Glad to have gotten the chance to try this one without doubt. Thanks again for sharing this gem Mike!
01-03-2011 19:34:33 | More by thagr81us
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
thrilled to be able to drink the one with calton and the guys from gbx yesterday. such a damn fine beer, i was extremely impressed. served in multiple pint glass.
pour could not have been any better with a dark inky color that no light could penetrate which gave rise to a huge tan head that was nearly three inches in height. really an amazing looking beer i have to admit. full on mocha covers the room with its smell, this was a monster right out of the gate. immense coffee and chocolate aroma does not dissapoint as the flavor comes through with a wonderful balance of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts and cocoa, simply sublime. each sip melted away the palate with its smoothness. sweet coffee and vanilla wash away the palate in the end,
overall a superb offering here one one the best i have ever had in the style by far. simply an amazing beer.
12-31-2010 15:25:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
Got to enjoy this beer at Romans' during the FFF Poppa skull event. Served in a tulip.
A: Pitch black with about a finger of mocha hued head. Nice coating of lace. Good retenttion.
S: Wow! Coffeee all day long in the nose. A nice smooth coffee with hardly any bitter or harshness. Maybe just a touch of cocoa but it's fighting to be noticed.
T: The flavor has just as much coffee as the nose with a bit more chocolate. Simply wonderfully smooth. No bitterness at all. Other than those two flavors I can't pick anything else out. I'm not complaining.
M: Medium body smooth and velvety carbonation.
D: Overall I could drink this all day. With the sessionable ABV and super smooth flavors this one hits the spot for sure. One of the best coffee forward oatmeal stouts I've ever had.
11-18-2010 12:58:24 | More by beerwolf77
4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks to my friend Adam for dropping this by while in town. What can I say, intelligencia coffee and FFF are a match made in heaven.
This poured dark black, with a small brown head. As the beer warmed up, the coffee aroma became very prevalent mixed with oatmeal and chocolate notes. The smell reminded me of a mocha.
This beer has wonderful flavor. The coffee is very strong but smooth, full bodied, with very low bitterness and acidity. There's a good amount of chocolate to back up the coffee flavor.
The mouth feel was slightly lacking for me. It came off a little too dry for my liking, but smoothed out as the beer warmed up.
If you can stop by FFF, you must try this one before its gone!
11-29-2010 16:18:16 | More by curly31989
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
10 oz glasses being poured at the brewpub. Served in a translucent glass coffee cup. I love that.
Looks like a dark stout or porter. Not much of a head, since the coffee cup doesn't allow that, and it's more of a very dark red than a black.
Smells like a wonderful blend of dark coffee and west coast finishing hops. Very, very dry. Perfect! More brewers need to realize that there's a different between coffee stouts and mocha stouts, and that while chocolately beers can be nice, they're not the only way to go, and that there's something grand about a dark, bitter coffee beer.
Tastes great, but a slightly thin body prevents everything from tying together perfectly. It's straightforward and delicious: black coffee up front, dry American hops in the back, big, huge bitterness all throughout.
12-02-2010 17:09:57 | More by mynie
4.5/5 rDev +2%
Growler shared by Jwiss22 with petesuphi. Went a little something like this...
A- A menacing, hellaciously black appearance. I mean god damn it's black as tar, allows no light to pass through and has a nice amount of carb leading up to a thin brown head that is darker than some nut brown ales I have seen. A frightening appearance that is intriguing in the same sense.
S- A right hook of roastiness followed by a few straight jabs of bitterness and chocoaltes. As it warms a creeping over hand right of dark, bitter chocolates and the intoxicating and seductive aroma of freshly brewed gourmet coffee. This one will have you on the ropes drooling on yourself and waiting to skip all properness and get down to business. An amazing aroma.
T- Holy shit! This is like drinking iced coffee. It's a great bitter opening accompanied by sweet and bitter chocolates. The finish is a shit ton of coffee, roastiness and sweet chocolates. The maltiness is there, but not a real front runner to the overpowering coffee wallop.
M- Utterly blissful. It's coating and syrupy not at all chalky, coats everything. I swear I had to pick coffee grains out of my teeth. There's no abv heat to speak just coffee, coffe and more coffee. Did I mention coffee? Not to mention it's smooth as glass.
D- If you love coffee why haven't you tried this already? It's simply an experience and an enjoyable one to boot. Love it. It's not overwhelming and a smooth and velvety masterpiece. I would love this with breakfast.
For the love of God Three Floyds can you please bottle some of your masterpieces so they can be traded for by us out of towners?
12-30-2010 05:39:42 | More by StormKing47
Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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