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The Creeper - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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The CreeperThe Creeper

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 55
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Creeper Doppelbock is a big German-American style Doppelbock brewed with the band Pelican in honor of the band’s 10th anniversary.
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 48
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick imperial like dopplebock. Big chocolate and it's on the sweeter side, with understated bitterness. A big beer, very dangerously drinkable. Deep brown bodied with lots of retained head. Malty aroma. Bottle in trade from (fill in blank when I remember).

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat this beer is not like a regular Dopplebock. It pours a super oily, dark brown with a thin tan head. It drinks with a load of body smacking you in the face and intense, dark flavors.
The beer has killer notes of tobacco, coffee, and a very rich chocolatey aftertaste. Very tasty beer, drinks more like a stout.

Photo of Hannah
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best beer I've EEEVVVERRRR HADDDD, bottled, outa the tap, whatever, delicious. Dark dark day when I could no longer go into my local Three Floyds and take home (yet another) growler of the dark goodness.

IF ANYONE somehow manages to still have a bottle of the stuff, I am without a doubt willing to throw down a pretty penny for it!

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark turbid brown with a small tan head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, cocoa, nougat, and herbal blasts.
Taste is if the aromas with perhaps a touch of cut wood and smokiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, semi dry, with aberry and cocoa lingering.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for sharing this FFF beer I never thought i'd see.

Poured into a tulip glass, it had a reddish brown color with a tan head of creamy foam. A thin collar of lacing around the edges and a broken skim results after a few minutes.

Nutty maple aromas, toasted malt, generally mellow.

Flavors are similar with a mild but persistent bitterness. Malt forward, somewhat toasty and even slightly rich in feel. For a year old doppelbock, this is holding up nicely. Lightly chocolatey and nutty with mild coffee undertones. Pleasant overall and worthwhile for sharing.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyds Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thing dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges. Some spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Coffee and roasted malts totally dominate.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate.

D - Lower carbonation, thin body, oily feeling left in your mouth.

O - Roasted malts and thin body.

Photo of JackieTH
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured forebodingly dark with a half-inch of tan head that leaves rings of lace. Hell of a dark dopplebock. Smell was primarily rich chocolate. Taste followed the smell with chocolate and roasted malt, slight lactic sweetness and a hint of raisin and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy, nice and creamy, with nice carbonation that wakes up the tongue. Overall, very good. One of the best dopplebocks I've ever had. Quite honesty it tastes similar to their Moloko, but at 9% packs a well-hidden punch.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavy chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little cream character in the aroma. While it smells delicious, it doesn't really smell like a doppelbock.

The flavor is similar. The dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a little dark fruit hidden in the background. The alcohol is present in the flavor and the aroma, but the beer is still easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, nice tan head, small and leaves to ring fast. Spotty lace.

S - Chocolate chip cookies and soy sauce.

T - Sweet malt, choc chip cookies and soy sauce, with a shot of booze.

M - Medium to heavy, creamy, decent balance and good carbonation. Hot on finish.

D - Very nice treat.

Photo of thagr81us
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, cotton candy, and brown sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great tasting brew. The aroma was very intersting as I have never smelled cotton candy in a beer before and for that to be out of a Doppelbock was just shocking to put it lightly. The flavor was pretty darn tasty with the nice subtle hint of coffee going on here. Again, another first in a Doppelbock... Not sure if FFF messed this one up or meant to do this, but whatever the reason, it worked quite well. A definite must try... Just wish I had more.

Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark ruby/brown color. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and reduces leaving a partly cloudy lacing.

The aroma is a bit weak to be rated higher. A slight caramel sweetness combined with a roast malt, chocolate note. Some minimal hopping.

The taste is solid with a good blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel sweetness combined with an interesting smokiness. Again, minimal hoppy presence.

The mouthfeel has medium-full bodied with an elevated level of carbonation that leaves a twinge to the back of the palate. Reasonably smooth and somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a reasonably easy beer to drink. It has solid components and leaves me interested in coming back for more, however, a slow pace related to ABV and palate keeps it from being more drinkable.

Photo of Wadsey
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Creeper

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours black with a dense, brown head that rises a couple inches above head. Poor retention and lacing. When held up to the light, deep brown highlights are revealed. 

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, bready malts and some dark, dried fruits. A little licorice and a hint of smoke. 

T: Sweet malts up front, followed by dark, dried fruits and molasses. Mild bitterness. A little licorice in the finish  The molasses is pretty strong and keeps prompting me to think of carmelized barbecue sauce and smoke. That's probably a good cue for food pairings. Nonetheless, this beer is meaty. 

M: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: The Creeper drinks like Moloko's demented half-brother. Its 9 abv is masterfully hidden. I find The Creeper to be an unusual and enjoyable doppelbock. 

Photo of Roeters
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into three floyds pint glass

Pores black with 3 fingers of head the quickly falls to 1 finger, doesn't leave anything on the glass. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt with a slight moca character. Tastes of chocolate, burnt sugar, big roasted flavors and coffee. Leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste otherwise finishes very clean. Love the beer I think it is a little big for a doppelbock but still great. Should've bought more then one.

Photo of Seeker41184
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date Drunk: 1/6/11

750mL into pint glass

My very first Doppelbock. First off, very very "creepy" logo with a pentagram. Pours a deep solid black with minimal head. All I smell is dark roasted malts. The beer is a medium bodied, creamy thick feel with slight carbonation. The taste is of medium roasted dark malt and peat, with some espresso and dark chocolate "trying" to poke through. I was hoping for more out of this beer, but there is no way there is 9% alcohol in this beer, you don't even taste it.

Photo of sidetracked
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a medium/deep brown head. Head dissipates leaving only a ring around the glass edge. No lacing.

Smell is bitter roasted malts mixed with a light sweetness. Grainy, bready and cereal malts.

Taste is sweet roasted malts, molasses and bitter chocolate. Finish is more bitter and roasty with light bitter chocolate and brown sugar. Slight lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Clean finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a solid beer with a good flavor for a lighter body. Enjoyable.

2/2/2011

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large tulip glass - thanks to mikesgroove for this awesome extra

Pours a full deep dark color with some brighter ruby edges, frothy tanned head fades, streaky lacing left on the glass.

Nice scents of dark fruits with sweet edges, dates and raisins, licorice, smoke, with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Slightly sweet and bitter up front with hoppiness. Raisins and dates with some brown sugar, slightly caramelized. Roasted malts provide thick burly backbone. More fruited sweetness with bits of chocolate and hop bitterness followed by fading alcohol warmth in the finish.

Thicker syrupy body, slightly higher carb, fairly smooth drinking. Really nice flavor, good candied fruit sweetness and mild presence of alcohol. I'm not sure this exactly tasted like a doppelbock but definitely delicious.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass (though after the fact a snifter might have been a better option).

3.5 A: Pours black. About three fingers of creamy light brown head with below average retention and just a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Good amount of roastiness in this with semi-sweet chocolate making a big appearance as well. Some faint caramel, but overall fairly dry. Malts can be described as grainy, if anything. Grassy hoppiness Not bad, but needs some strength.

4.0 T: Unlike the nose, the taste is big and bold. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee each exhibit plenty of force. Secondarily, there is a touch of smoke, some lactose-like sourishness, caramel, and dark fruits. Again, grassy hops. Pretty good, borderline 4.5.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy, but could be more so and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a pretty good beer and is basically an imperial stout brewed with lager yeast. Good taste, no off-flavors, and highly drinkable.

Photo of PDXHops
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. A shade darker than cola brown with a dense cap of creamy foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice brew, but it doesn't fit neatly into the doppelbock category. In fact, despite the lager yeast, I'd have guessed imperial stout. Smells of rich chocolate and dark fruit. Exceedingly thick and smooth feel, almost as if it was served on nitro. Buttery bread at the finish, plentiful chocolate and roast beforehand. Tasty stuff, but not really to style. An odd beer to rate, but a nice one to drink, if that makes sense.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend and I split a chug while boiling the wort for a Vienna style lager, not that these beers have much in common.

Doppelbock? I've never seen a doppelbock pour this dark, almost black once it's in the glass. Head is fine, appearance is much more like a big stout head than any (German) doppelbock I've ever had.

The nose is malty and bitter. Probably my least favorite part of this highly enjoyable beer, although in fairness to the brew, I was at the tail end of a cold so maybe didn't appreciate it fully.

Wow is this ever thick on the tongue. So thick. Definitely one of the thickest beers I've ever had. Like motor oil. Doesn't taste like any doppelbock I've ever had though...neither the yeast nor the malt nor the hops remind me of doppelbock.

Finishes well, with an excellent mouthfeel. Doppelbocks tend to be among the heaviest feeling beers in my belly...The Creeper has this quality in common with other doppelbocks, but that's about it. Don't but if you're in a doppelbock only kind of mood, but definitely pick this up if you want to try a completely unique beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery over Christmas and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a pretty good tan head. After the initial pour, the head dies down somewhat quickly but leaves some nice lacing and eventually settles into a moderately-thick collar. The nose is really quite sweet straight from the start with some really nice notes of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee. The taste follows along this path, though isn't quite as sweet or complex as the nose. Very smooth. Good light chocolate notes and a bit of caramelized dates. Medium body with good carbonation. A nice example of the style.

Photo of Dhren1979
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Tpe: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pours pitch black w/only about 1/4" of head. Lacing is present, but doesn't really sticks to the sides of the glass to long.

S: Slight sweet, malty aroma. Only a subtle hint of coffee can be detected as well.

T: Again slight, sweet, malty, roasted taste. Just a slight touch of bitterness @ the end from the hops.

M:Creamy with medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation for this beer style.

D: This brew is aging quite well since I last had this back in October '10, and is dangerously drinkable. I am looking forward to aging the other 4 bombers I have.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two imperial pint glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Special thanks to Steve for the hook up!

A: Pours a dark cola brown/black with rusty highlights. A really thin layer of creamy khaki colored head spreads out on top and quickly recedes to a slight collar with a few whisps of skim.

S: Lots of roasted malt. Way more than expected, which is awesome. Along for the ride is some dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of medium roast coffee.

T: Just as above with chocolate covered cherry, spicy alcohol, and cinnamon.

M: Very nice dryness from the roasty malt which keeps the sweetness from getting out of hand.

D: I really liked this because it's not what I expected, at all. Some rich sweetness that is countered expertly by the dry, roasty malt and slightly solvent alcohol.

Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Ring of small dense bubbles for head.

Some roasty elements to the aroma. Flavor is similar with some strong flavors of malt, dark fruits and maybe even a twinge of smoke.

Lively carbonation, which was pleasant and unexpected. Not a style I typically go for, but this one was quite tasty and I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out of the bottle so I can compare.

Photo of westweasel
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out from a 22 oz. bomber into a Russian River goblet.

The beer pours out almost black and opaque with a very thin beige head. The aroma is filled with lots of chocolate, some roastiness, and maybe just a touch of smoke. This smells like a great baltic porter. I'm not getting many toasty notes.

The taste is dominated pleasing chocolate flavors with a hint of roast and again maybe a hint of smoke. This is a delicious baltic porter.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, and feels very smooth and creamy.

This is an excellent, drinkable beer. It's not like most of the doppelbocks that I've tried. But since this is made to be more "dark and disturbing" - it does fit the theme of what they were doing. Excellent job!

Photo of 2BDChicago
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black shade of brown. Tan medium thick foam of moderate retention.

S: Dark roasted malt without smokiness. Then some light notes of dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate.

T: A full sweet bread taste upfront. It's creamy and fully carbonated so the prescence is big. A few notes of raisins and prunes. Then faint alcohol taste in the background.

D: I keep forgetting this brew is in the lager family. This brew is doubley big and deep for a bock. It's like biting into a loaf of Hawaiian bread and then doing a shot of vodka. None of the FFFs signature big hop is here. It's an OK beer, but I always expect big leaguer performance from the FFFs boys.

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The Creeper from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.