Hell's Black Intelligencer - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad
A: Black with a half finger tan head.
S: Really amazing fresh coffee aroma with some cola nut in the background. As the beer warms, it develops more of a raisin aroma.
T: Some great freshly ground coffee and tootsie roll flavor with dark chocolate and raisin undertones. Has a great mouthfeel. I usually don't like thinner stouts, but this one was amazing.
10-22-2011 23:17:51 | More by notchucknorris
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
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
An Oatmeal Stout brewed with Intelligensia Coffee-- 28 IBU, 6% ABV.
Served in a coffee mug.
This beer is dark. Very dark... Amber hues come out and shine brightly. A decent cap of tam bubbles sit, reluctant to go quietly into the mid-day.
Smell is huuuge coffee-- almost espresso. Bitter chocolate and some sweet careless malts.
Taste falls in line with nose-- a sweet malt base leads into notes of bitter cocoa and espresso-like fresh ground coffee. Very tasty, very big coffee-- easily the strongest coffee flavor I've ever found in a coffee stout. Just delicious. I hope this is being treated as a research and development idea and this beer gets received well-enough to warrant future batches.
Body is medium-full with plenty of carbonation. This comes across just the slightest bit slick, like iced coffee.
This thing is incredible. I could sip this all day. Fantastic.
10-25-2010 17:23:10 | More by AleWatcher
4.72/5 rDev +7%
Had this on tap at the FFF brewpub on New Year's Day and was so impressed, got a growler to go.
Pours nearly pitch black with a one-finger tan head. Head retention is really good, as is lacing. The smell is unsurprisingly dominated by cold brewed, dark roast coffee and lighter notes of toasty malt and dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with the delicious Intellegensia coffee taking center stage. The bitterness from the coffee is noticeably absent with only a beautifully smooth roasted bean flavor remaining. The toasty malt and dark chocolate notes provide nice depth along with some light dark fruit flavors that creep in on the finish. This is a whole lot more complex than many coffee stouts. The full-body is presumably assisted by the oatmeal. The finish is fairly dry, but not overly so, and the alcohol is almost non-existant. The drinkability is quite high due to the complex flavors and absence of intrusive bitterness and alcohol. Pretty much unquestionably the best oatmeal stout I've ever tried, and right there with the best coffee stouts I've had. As this was my first beer of 2011, I think it bodes well for the year.
01-22-2011 18:37:17 | More by WeisGuy
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
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
On tap at the brewpub the night before DLD '12!
Black body, lots of bubbles produce manila-colored head. Decent lace.
Incredibly pungent aroma of fresh coffee caresses the nostrils. Smells crazy good -- really reminds me of Bourbon County Coffee. Gotta visit Intelligentsia now...
Pretty damn flavorful for a regular oatmeal stout. Tons of coffee, roasted malt stouty goodness, caramel, other deliciousness. Could use more body for an oatmeal stout, but that's peanuts. This is an incredible beer that I wish they bottled.
04-28-2012 01:13:34 | More by brystmar
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
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
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
On-tap at DLD 2012, poured into a plastic cup, reviewed from notes.
A- Pours a super dark brown, verging on black, has a thin layer of creamy tan head.
S- Unbelievable coffee aroma, really delicious coffee beans and roasted grain, some chocolate, smells awesome.
T- Big blast of coffee beans, bitter and heavily roasted, a bit of char and then some bittersweet dark chocolate.
M- Medium-bodied, medium to low carbonation, feel is maybe slightly thin but I think it's fine.
O- An awesome coffee beer, FFF + Intelligentsia is definitely a winning combination.
05-06-2012 00:48:44 | More by WillCarrera
4.5/5 rDev +2%
Had this on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad when I was there. Poured a dark black color with about half an inch of mocha-colored head. Scent was out of this world with fresh-brewed coffee and molasses. A bit of charcoal as well. Taste was like Starbucks bitch slapped you in the face. Tons of fresh coffee with some roasted malt and vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy with slightly bitter finish. Drinkability was very high. Overall, if you love coffee...you will love this beer. I had Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter a few nights ago, and to me these two beers have the best coffee profile. May need to revisit Speedway Stout since it's been a while. My main point is that it's up there with the best of them.
10-21-2011 04:44:20 | More by DovaliHops
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
4.93/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from growler to glass, pitch black nice one finger mocha head faded down to a film and ring around the edge of the glass. Left decent lacing.
Smells like a fresh cup of dark roasted coffee, would expect no less.
Tastes like a cup of coffee, I'm thinking I may need to pick up some of the coffee from Intellegencia or whatever it is. Pick up a nice herbal/medicinal hoppiness that fits perfectly... Hmmm maybe float a couple hop cones in the morning joe..
Mouthfeel is medium to start but finishes light perfectly suits the brew
Drinkability damn... a 1/2 gallon won't just cut it, especially since my girlfriend (who is in no way a craft drinker) keeps taking my glass and trying to play keep away... I'll share
She was intrigued enough to ask where the brewery was so she could get more... I think when we make it to Chicago at some point we'll make a detour...
11-13-2010 03:23:32 | More by sliverX
Hell's Black Intelligencer from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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