The Creeper - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews by SykDoc:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Stigs
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to goodstrongbeer. split. served in standard pint glasses.

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy dark khaki colored foam. falls within a couple minutes to a thin film and ring. the beer is mostly black, with barely some deep brown color coming through the edge of the glass.

S - bold, roasted malts...yet holds back from being charred and ashy. solid amount of dark chocolate and weak roasted coffee, chicory, and smoke, as well as a twinge of dark fruits near the end.

T - chocolatey sweetness dominates right off the bat. joined alongside molasses, figs, and toasted nuts. there is also a detectable smokiness, scotch-peat like towards the end as well as some barely noticeable alcohol and char.

M - medium bodied with a nice, controlled moderate carbonation. very creamy from sip to swallow, finishing just the smallest bit dry and chalky. lingering cotton-like feel in the mouth from sweetness and a faint alcohol burn.

D - very solid beer all around. big, bold flavors and a ton of them to boot, yet everything meshes well. wonderful sipper (to split) on a brisk, quiet night.

Photo of nkersten
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this growler, one of the beers I was most excited to try after I showed up to the Pelican show and all the kegs had blown early. Vigorous pour, black liquid with a small dark tan head that settles to the edges. Even though this wasn't bottled, the label on the FFF blog is amazing, one of the best beer labels I have seen to date - extra points here as I think this is part of the appearance. Smell is coffee, burnt sugar, caramel and licorice. Taste is big on the black licorice, but settles into a creme brulee burnt caramel sugar, minimal hops and a bit of roasted coffee bitterness. it was a sweet beer, but not in the way that other beers in this style are, which is to its advantage. Heavy body and light carbonation, most likely from the growler but still good. I really enjoyed this beer, it was unlike any other doppelbock I have had.

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

Pours like a stout into my 3f pint glass. Nearly black with some brown visible in the head.

Smells of dark licorice. The taste pretty much follows the smell. It opens up with coffee before blasting me with licorice and settling into kind of a mix of the two.

The medium body (last few other beers have been pretty heavy, so medium is relative) seems to work pretty well for the flavor. The blast of licorice and 9% alcohol content make this a sipper.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for hooking me up with this one!

Dark brown, almost black body with a dense coffee brown head that leaves filmy lace on the glass. Anise, dark fruit and a charred, smoky maltiness in the nose. Rich and chocolatey with plenty of roasty malt flavor and sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation that adds to the drinkability. This is a nice take on the style, big and bold.

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 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 ne0m00re
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 ox bottle purchased from the brewery.
A: Black with a reddish brown hue, chocolate head died to a collar and thin film.
S: Chocolate espresso with a raspberry and sherry/port alcohol. Nice.
T: Creamy chocolate with bright sherry and merlot alcohol that lingers, espresso is much dimmer in the taste. Silght moldy hops in the finish. Roast is creamy and is cleansed with the alcohol. Simple and good.
M: Creamy and frothy into a clean finish.
D: A pint would be good.

Photo of curly31989
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Adam for this early christmas gift.

It pours a dark reddish brown with a little tan head. It dissipated fairly quick and has a just a little lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malt, hits of coffee and dark fruit.

T: Once again, tons of roasted malt, coffee which adds the acidity (not bad though) and a little chocolate. I'm really liking this flavor.

M: Really smooth, with just enough carbonation

D: Definitely worth trying if your in the area. This bomber isn't going to last me long.

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

*poured from a bomber into a pint glass*

This doppelbock poured extremely dark brown (basically black) with a very thin tan head that dissipated immediately. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma is of chocolate, bready roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and a bit of hops. It smells great. I'm looking forward to the next phase of reviewing this beer.

This is a BIG doppelbock. Holy shit... I'd really like to know how this isn't classified as a stout. I mean, its not Imperial Stout level, but my God... There's a lot going on here. I'm getting tons of rich roasted malts and chocolate followed by strong coffee, burnt biscuit, and bittering hops. I tend to gravitate towards beers that I feel are going to "challenge" my tastebuds (IIPAs, Imp. Stouts...) so doppelbocks have remained largely off my radar. I picked this up at 3F brewpub on a whim and I'm not AT ALL dissapointed. I'm curious how this beer would cellar. I can't help but thing this stuff would mellow out to a ridiculous drinking experience in a year to 18 months or so.

Mouthfeel is above average, I'd say. Its got decent body and light carbonation. Honestly, though, halfway through the bomber the ABV is starting to make it's presence felt. This gets me to our next topic...

Drinkability? One bomber this evening is plenty for me. Could I drink more? Yes. Would I like to drink more? Yes. Should I drink more? Probably not.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. While I'm not all that experienced with doppelbocks, I have to say this one has definitely grabbed my attention. I'll most certainly be trying more.

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 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 AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to spycow for having this around for our tasting.

A - An almost black beer that looks quite dark brown in the body. Decent sized head that receded to an uneven cap.

S - A lot of dark fruit and licorice, kind of pungent in a way I didn't like.

T - Everyone else seemed to like this, but I did not care for it. Huge licorice bomb really destroyed my palate, got some dark fruits on this also, but not a ton else.

M - Nice carbonation balances out the beer, medium bodied.

D - Not drinkable due to the taste for me, the 9% isn't helping. Don't like this beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From FFF's beer list:
A ridiculously massive dipole bock brewed for Pelican's 10 th anniversary concert and box set release. There are no words to describe this beer.
23 IBUs, 9% ABV, $5 bowtie glass

Pours a dark red... So dark it looks black. Tan head is thick and velvety... Dwindling slowly into a wisp of cloud-like bubbles with a collar of foam that retains very well. The garnet and amber color is gorgeous as I hold this up the light and behold its beauty.

A roasty and chocolatey note greets me first. A very slight spicy hop note comes across as well, but the sweetness is very noticeable. The sweet notes come through in the taste-- a big roasty note hides a slight earthy quality. The cocoa comes across and contributes a bit of bitterness that meshes well with sweet malt notes. A thick, creamy iced-coffee feel and flavor on the finish.

The body is very full... Luxurious and velvety feel with a perfect amount of carbonation. Just great.

The overall drinkability of this beer is phenomonal. I can't imagine drinking any other dopplebock now that I've had this. FFF must love Pelican and their music, because this beer commemorates them with such style.

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 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 yeahnatenelson
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/29/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a deep brown with scant ruby highlights and one finger of frothy khaki head.

Smell -- Chocolate and patent malt, morning's first cup of coffee, and plums. Not especially aromatic, but what is present is quite good. Wish I could've given this higher marks in this category.

Taste -- Right off the bat is a tidal wave of chocolatey roast malt along with coffee and cream, and gentle leather. Prune and red grape wrangle the chocolate malt in to give the beer style authenticity. Finish is black coffee with baker's chocolate and leather.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate soft carbonation. Very nice, indeed.

Drinkability -- This beer is almost too good. I know what you're thinking: "Nate, this is some straight-up homer talk." Maybe so, but this has been the best tap-only FFF beer I've had since I caught the beer bug. Rich, roasty, and incredibly drinkable. Granted, this is a pretty left-of-center Doppelbock, but in the best way possible. I expected this beer to be passable within the style, but this kicked my expectations into the gutter.

My bartender told me that he wasn't sure that this was going to make it into bottles. For heaven's sake, please let him be wrong!

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 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.

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