The Creeper - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
The CreeperThe Creeper

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

103 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 48
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 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 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.

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 gordio25
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I picked a bottle of this up at the FFF brew pub. It pours like a stout with thin brown head. The color is a deep red almost like wine but much darker almost black. The smell is dark chocolate and fruity dark cherry. These carry over into the taste as well. It has a very sweet malty flavor up front then the chocolate and darker flavors come threw on the finish. This is a big beer with a lot of body and a long finish. At 9% abv I can see why they call this the creeper.

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 MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep dark brown, nice tan head and lacing.
S: chocolatey malts mostly, dark fruitcake.
T: strangely differed from the nose-tangy stone fruits (cherries) moreso than the chocolatey dark bready malts. medium sweetness. hops very subtle. more fruity than bready richness as i'd expect for the style.
M: well-carbonated, full-bodied. the tanginess or hint of sourness takes away just a bit here.
D: a sipper.

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

22oz bottle, obtained from brewery, poured into snifter.
Black, opaque liquid, thin, tan head, dissipates quickly.
Roasted malt, coffee, caramel scents.
Highly carbonated, burnt malts, thin, dry with lingering malt aftertaste.
Dopplebock on steroids which is drinkable, but not anything I would seek out.

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 cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub on thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a transparent dark coloa brown with a dark tan colred head.

S-the nose is faint but very roasty in what I do get. Roasted malts and some notes of roasted coffee.

T-the taste follows the nose but bigger. Lots of roasted malts, lots of coffee, some notes of dark chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness in the form of dark fruits.

M-creamy medium body that is soft on the palate and has a well carbonated finish giving it a nice clean feel on the back of the throat.

D-different than what I was expecting. big time roasted malts with very little sweetness. Still, this is pretty tasty, very simple and straigh tforward, with great drinkability especially for the alcohol content.

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 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 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 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 paulozanello
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the 3f brewpub in Munster IN.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a tan white head that leaves good lacing.

Smell is not very strong and mainly of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste starts with roasted malts, charamel and finishes with some nuttiness and dark chocolate. Very pleasant. Aftertaste is mild and sorta sweet. Actually it reminded me of Swiss chocolate.

Body is medium and carbonation is high. Drinkability is medium to high. Alcohol is very hidden.

Overall a good dopplebock but not as sweet and charamel like the classics beers of the style. This has more of a chocolate and roast feel to 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 mikereaser
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed blind as part of blind beer bif #3

Bottle 4 from Box 2 thanks to Khazadum

Poured into my Pilsner glass while trying to stay up to see the cloud covered lunar eclipse.

A - Pours a pitch black with a half inch of tan foam that quickly faded

S - Deep roasted malts and coffee, really roasty aroma

T - Roasted malts, honey, brown sugar, sweet tasting but not overpowering, there is a tiny bit of smokiness to it as well in the finish. As it warms i'm picking up lots of chocolate and the smokiness fades away and it becomes really smooth.

M/D - smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied with faint carbonation, good flavor but I don't think i'd drink more than one.

3.5/3.5/4.5/4/3.5

pull off the cover like the clouds flying by uncovering the lunar eclipse...
Three Floyds The Creeper Dopplebock.
Awesome bottle! Big thanks for the chance to try this. I had a trade which of course fell through so I'm really appreciative to try this. Dopplebocks aren't my favorite, but this had a good taste to it and was enjoyable to try.

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 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 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 brdc
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to my great friend stoutsnipas. Large bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Dark brown, some reddish highlight, one finger of off white foam, average retention, minimal lacing.
Aroma has some sweet maltiness, but some roasted malts at times given a "smokey" impression, some chocolate, dark fruits. Pleasant but unexpected.
Medium to full, moderate carbonation lending it a smooth feel, it is mostly sweet, but does not feel like a typical dopplebock. It is not the typical "clean" malty sweetness, with some notes resembling a stout, some even comparable to "crossover; beers like Black Albert. Roasted malts, caramel, bread, chocolate, some coffee, and even some "smokey notes" again.
Pleasant, nice, but just not a dopplebock.
FFF is better doing ales, but that is not news to anybody.

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

poured into a pint glass

A.

pours extremely dark brown, to the point of black. a small amount of brown head that dissipates quickly.

S.

big time roasted malt. a little chocolate and coffee. perhaps a hint of rye and licorice. reminds me of a rye knot baltic porter from Figure 8.

T.

big roasted flavors. a little sweet chocolate and very mild bitterness. Not getting the huge licorice taste that people are saying but get some subtle licorice tones to it.

M.

medium bodied with some good carbonation. Beer goes down very smooth. doesn't feel like a beer that's 9%

D.

pretty good. I'd definitely get another bomber or glass at the pub. Great taste but nothing too over the top. A nice beer to enjoy right now as the weather is getting colder. Alcohol seems to be a little high, but as said previously, you don't feel too bad after a pint. I could definitely polish a bomber off myself.

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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
The Creeper from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.