Ragnarok - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 109
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A robust Aesir porter brewed with our friends, the band Amon Amarth. Deep-roasted malts and honey give this beer its dark color and rich mouth feel. When Heimdal sounds the Gailar Horn for the last battle, this is the beer the gods will drink.

40 IBU
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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very deep brown with at least two fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, significant hop presence (mostly pine)

T - I had this fresh, and the hop presence was more assertive. At a few months old, the pine hops are still presence, but nicely balanced by chocolate malts. Has a nice creaminess to it. Finish is slightly dry, with faint lingering bitterness.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Slight oily hop presence.

O - An enjoyable, more aggressively hopped than average, porter. The somewhat faded hop presence works well here.

Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Midnight black with thick, foamy brown head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, chocolate and molasses. Smells like a Black Ale.

Taste: Tastes more like a somewhat sweet Porter. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and flavored coffee form the base, but it is oddly sweet. There are some pine-like and citrusy hops but they are strangely out of place. A titch of smoke.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Kind of a Strong Porter, kind of a Black Ale. Mostly it is just a mess. Some good flavors, but not worth having again.

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade

Dark brown with a moderately sized brown head that leaves dots of lace down the glass, though the liquid looks a bit thin.

The aroma is unique, though not magnificent. It's a fine combination of roasted and dark malts, piney and floral hops, and a bit of honey sweetness.

The flavor is a bit more successful than the aroma, and it all comes together quite nicely. This is a bit sweet for a typical porter, along with lots of roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A very nice, unique, drinkable stout.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bowtie)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a bubbly light tan head that last for a good bit. It is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- The clean chocolate malt aroma has a softer char quality to the finish.

T- The slight roasted mellow black malt has a note of sweetness to it and a chocolate richness that grows as the beer opens. There is a pine wood hop bite in the finish and a pleasant skunk pungency to it. There is a mineral water flavor that comes through a the beer opens. The malt also takes on a light wood and smoke note as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The smooth black malt flavors give it nice character and depth and the good crisp hop bite in the finish rounds out the flavor. Easy to drink especial for a beer that big.

Photo of Pete0714
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bomber on a trip to the brewery a few weeks back.
Poured almost jet black with tan foamy head with good retention.
Smoky and citrus hoppiness.
Taste was a toasty coffee, some of the smoky citrus in there.
Rich and full bodied mouthfeel all around, warming but not too boozy.
Overall, a well rounded powerful but not overpowering brew. Hope to come across it again.

Photo of mentaltraveller
2.16/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not very good. The appearance is interesting. It is jet black with tan debris floating in the brew. It smells strongly of hops. I thought this would taste like a black IPA. Instead, it tastes like burnt rubber. I know this beer is for band that named itself after a mountain in Mordor, a fictional wasteland of death and doom. It tastes like it. I would not recommend this.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the kind of dark brown that might as well be called black. The head is a big, thick, mocha/tan mother and hangs around long enough to be enjoyed.

Hmm...do I judge aroma as a porter, or just for how much I like it? Because even though this smells nothing like any porter I've ever had, the promise of bountiful, fragrant hops is overwhelming and tantalizing. These hops are huge, and they take over any other characteristic of the beer's smell. Even the bright herbal character is likely another facet of the hops. But wait, that familiar porter roastiness pushes through this beer with just a little bit of warming, and you're getting what seems to be, in essence, one profoundly mutated beast of a porter.

So it's no surprise that the hops awaken the tongue with their bristly, bright, super-breezy, flowery, dryer-sheet cleanliness, and no surprise either that a roasty, almost burnt malt graininess follows right behind it. Not quite burnt popcorn, but something burnt that you sort of dig, where you're thinking, "I like eating carbonized things." With a twist of lime. So, the honey this was brewed with barely shows up, which is too bad. Yeah, it's here, but you really have to concentrate to find it. And it's totally drowning in hops and char. The feel of this beer is less heavy than Amon Amarth, the band, being slick, a bit airy, and buoyant, but despite all that, certainly not weak of constitution nor body. Adequate, basically.

Huge fan of metal, although never really latched onto Amon Amarth. But I'm familiar enough with the band to feel like only the biggest, thickest, most bad-ass stout would have been worthy of carrying their name. This beer, well, I suppose it's got that dark maltiness that helps it qualify, and the label is very metal, of course. Bottom line is this: because of the high quotient of both roasty/toasty maltiness and bright, green hop presence, this drinks pretty much like those new-fangled "American black ales" or "Cascadian dark ales" or "black IPAs" or "whatever they're called this week." Which is fine, because when that kind of thing is done well, it's a treat, as is this beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was bale to get a stinger(22oz) of Amon Amarth during a recent visit to Three Floyds. The AA is a dark rich amber almost black/opaque with tan head that laced throughout the drink. The scent was a wonderful hop (pine/citrus). The taste starts as an IPA, but finishes with a taste that I have trouble describing. Not really roasty or bitter...just different. The beer reminds me more of a black IPA than a porter. It is a very good beer and glad I rolled teh dice to try it....cuz I didnt know what it was when I bought it.

Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. A solid black with a nice frothy light tan head.

Aroma, a piney IPA. Maybe a Cascadian dark, piney citrus, some roast malt and cocoa. Just not that much of a porter to me.

More roast, malt and chocolates here. Cocoa, caramel covered citrus fruit. Dry piney resin lingers in the finish then is overcome by the roast. Standard 3F hop belches. I didn't get much smoke anywhere, maybe just me. I like a heavy smoke though.

Solid medium body, nice carbonation, not quite creamy. No abv presence.

A nice beer overall, but another hop juiced 3F that I probably would only try once.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly black, inky darkness, no light reflected. Billowing, voluminous head of tan creamy foam. Sticky halo of dripping lace. Lasting head retention, nice looking lacing decorates the glass.

Piney hops, dried citrus rind, dark roast, blackened malts.

Strikes me as a black IPA, but so does Alpha Klaus. Piney bitterness that lingers, dark roast coffee and cocoa flavors. Some grapefruit bitterness in there as well, dry and bitter aftertaste, lingering pine again. Little to no sweetness. Light bodied and roasty, though the hoppy bitterness could be overbearing to the uninitiated. Perfect for a cool fall evening...

Cheers to the Madison crew!

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Brewery only release from June that Umagum picked up for me - many thanks! It was a pitch black color with some evidence of surface carb streams. It had a good sized, brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and covering film. Good, quick sliding lace with lots sticking.

The aroma was really great with a good mix of classic porter with chocolate malt and some smoke blended with a good pine resin hop aroma. The taste was also excellent and again was a great blend of traditional porter with good pine hops. It starts out a little sweet from the fruit and then a little smoke comes in to cut that and then the bitter from the chocolate and the resiny hops finish it off. Really good. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a slight watery edge to it. Great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to try. Another solid winner from 3F's. Highly recommend. Not avail here in TX. Brewery only release. Rotation - if avail near me this would be in the porter/stout rotation for sure [R;Y]

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown pour and a huge, billowing light tan head that just hung on the rail of the glass. Rich, dark aroma of wood and peat, hints of chocolate, vanilla and smoke all swirling around at once, just what I needed for lunch, lol. Warming only brings out more of the rich vanilla and toffee like notes, with touches of light pine, and then I take a sip, its over. Huge woody, oak like aroma just dominates the flavor here. Enormous showing of vanilla, hints of caramelized sugar, and a touch of smoke, just wonderful melded together and an al out assault on the senses. Rich, filling and extremely complex

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Alex. Thanks, broezowski. Consumed while listening to flamenco music.

Pours black as pitch with a thin brown crust, minimal lacing.

Quite hoppy on the nose, moreso than I was expecting. Resinous, roasty, mildly smoky - smells quite good, albeit different than what I was expecting. There isn't much sweetness here, and the smoke isn't terribly pronounced.

Like the aroma, the palate is rather dry and roasty, hoppy and bitter. The pine-like hop flavors meld pretty nicely with the charred malt and faint smoke. Honey doesn't come through much at all, though it seems to have dried the beer out a bit and lightened the body. Nice sticky bitterness in the finish, both from dark malt and hops. Surprisingly nice stuff, it would be easy to kill a pint or two of this on tap.

Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a layer of tan head that fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one is sweet with dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some roastyness. There is a hop note to this as well.

Taste: This is a really hoppy porter. There is some mild roast, but it reminds me more of a black IPA than a porter. Bitter citrus peel hops overshadow the roast. Good, but really hoppy for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild and smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was different that I expected it to be. Very hoppy. Black IPA's aren't my favorite, but it wasn't bad. I don't think I'll search this one out again in the future.

Photo of iadler
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a chalice glass.

A- Black with a one finger tan head that dissipates into a thin cap and leaves some thin sheets of lacing along the side of glass.

S- Roasted malt, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate, coffee beans with some bold citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest.

T- Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt upfront, followed by some smoke and a bit of honey and finishes with some grapefruit and orange zest.

M- Medium carbonation and creamy body that finishes slightly bitter. The alcohol is well hidden, which makes this dangerously drinkable.

O- Never had a porter with this much hop presence, but another great offering from FFF. Very drinkable and a unique take on a porter.

Photo of lurpy1
2.67/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Flat brown pour, like rye liquor, but I'm willing to give extra points for the hilarious chalice-metal label. Smells good, strong and unusual combination of coffee and hops. Does not carry over to good taste, way too hoppy for porter. Leaves a clear impression that the beer is schizo and suffers an identity crisis. I'm a porter! No, wait, I'm an IPA! Now I'm both! Props to FFF for trying such an edgy porter, but it was a tough beer to choke down.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this little number

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/4 inch head and great retention

Smell: Roasted malt oak and honey

Taste: The beer starts out much the way you would expect it to with some roasted malt and a touch of coffee and mid palate the honey shows up and finishes with a unique bitter floral hoppy not. That kind of ruined the flavor for me

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: A decent porter at best. I think the hoppy notes really hurt the beer

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bombers at the brew pub. Wasn't on tap for tasting but I am a fan of 3Floyds and assumed I would not be disappointed.

At first taste was not sure I would like this beer. The ipa and porter profile seemed to conflict with each other with finish and aroma, however, the more I drank, the more I started to enjoy it.

Out of a 22oz bomber, pours dark black with a 2 finger head. Initial smell is like a strong porter but you can sense the hops in the background. A coffee profile that finishes with a nice bitter kick. Nice malt profile and with perfect carbonation, tastes of molasses with coffee. The porter style definitely takes over after a while.

I'll save the last one to share with someone for good occasion or holidays . It's different but worth trying and like the boldness of brewing something not within BJCP guideline.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/26/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for the hook up, Mario! --

A: Darker brown then I'd expected. A good pour yields a thick 2.25 finger head.

S: Smokey, yet it's more complex then just pure liquid smoke. Hints of fresh Mint Julip and sour cherry round this out.

T: Unique is the best way to put it. Smoke up front, which slowly evloves into a slightly red fruit and herbal profile. The finish of all things is a bit hoppy.

M: Not too shabby. It's packing suitable weight, enough to carry the crazy flavors of this one of a kind brew.

O: Three Floyd's Amon Amarth-Ragnarok is easily one of the best smoke forward beers I've encountered, something I typically don't like. Give this a minute to warm up and really evolve in the glass, as it's truly an experience.

Thanks again, Señor Lopez.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a solid black with 1 finger of off white head

S- Dark roastiness from the malts, chocolate, dark fruits, but what really dominated was the fruity hops.

T- Strong hops up front like every FFF beer. Slight citrus, tangerine, and maybe some grassy notes. This beer would be a better black IPA than a porter. Overall to hoppy and extremely unbalanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.


Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied black in color with a one finger beige colored head that dissipates within a few minutes. It has an interesting mix of aromas. It features dark roasted malts, salt, bacon, sweet chocolate, and light coffee. The salt and sweetness work in a really interesting way. It tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, honey, light bacon and coffee. It finishes dry and the flavor finishes a little too quickly. It doesn't let you savor the flavors. It drinks in between light and medium in body but is very flavorful. The flavor enough is worth a good grade but this beer isn't sharp enough all around. This is a beer I like but doesn't grade as well as it should.

Photo of nasty31
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuce poured into a snifter.

A- Nice dark brown with a creamy 2 finger head with great lacing through out the whole drink.

S- Roasted malts and piney hops are pretty much the most present to go along with a tad big of chocolate smell.

T- I get a big roasted malt and chocolate flavor up front with a very nice piney hops finish amazing taste.

M- nice and creamy just the way i like a good porter to taste carbonation is spot on.

O- I've been telling friends this is my new favorite porter which it is. It is sad that this is probably going to be a one-off because its so good. very similar to how black sun used to taste because i think they tweaked that recipe a little bit. Great brew on fathers day!! LOVE YOU LEAH

Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black brew appears in my glass with an off white head. Some lacing and some head, but not enough to be exciting for the style.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and some smoke appear in the smell. There is a touch of honey sweetness balancing out the roastiness.

As in the smell, roasted coffee and dark chocolate appear in the beginning of the taste. Soon after, a good deal of bright tasting hops appear and blend into a sweet honey flavor.

This is full in the mouth and as the honey lingers in the aftertaste, my tongue loses all of its moisture.

This is a bright, hoppy, and bitter porter which is unique for the style. I enjoy this and feel it is worth a try and is on par with the current rating right around 4.

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black beer with a one inch head poured into a duvel glass. Aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate.
Strong malt and lightly smokey flavor. The hop bitterness blends in well and cuts through the malt nicely. There is a honey flavor present and the aftertaste definately carries dark chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin but manages to coat the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden. I first had this on Christmas day and will buy again until it's gone. It is a decently complex ale for the style.

Oh and Amon Amarth rules.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that turns red and slightly yellow on the edges when held up to the light. Nice big, khaki head that had good retention and left some pretty great lace behind.

S - Some nice smoke over dark fruits. I really enjoy the smoked aspect of this one, which cuts into the sweetness of the fruit. The porter-smell does peak through the sweetness and smoke and consists of a sufficently roasted malt and caramel backbone.

T - Taste is good and somewhat unique. It's a fairly untraditional porter, particularly with the amount of dark fruits and sweetness that are present for the style. The smoke is present, but makes way for the fruit and caramel. The finish is a slightly oily sweetness, almost a touch lactic. It's good, but I wish it were slightly less sweet and more roast/smoke forward. Tastes like they really dry-hopped the heck out of it, which some may find a bit distracting.

M - Creamy, full bodied, slightly oily and slick on the finish.

O - Pretty interesting beer, and quite good. I drank it side by side with Ham On Rye, which was my preference, but I think a lot of people would enjoy this one more. Worth trying.

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Ragnarok from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.