Ragnarok - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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very good

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 236
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7%
Wants: 109
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 236
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, 20 June 2011.

This pours almost black with a one finger tan head that sticks around impressively leaving nice lace. On the nose there is a big hop presence, maybe as big as I've experienced in a porter, along with roasted coffee. In the mouth both kinds of bitterness come out, the roasted malt and especially the big hop addition. It's almost too hoppy to me, and the profile is definitely in the Alpha King family, a bit strange perhaps. The body is very viscous, apparently due to an addition of honey, with a nice long finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter that, to me anyway, had a little too aggressive hop component. FFF already makes a great hoppy porter, Alpha Klaus, and while this isn't exactly the same it's in the same family. (772 characters)

Photo of nasty31
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub on fathers day

A- nice brown color with a tanish head that sticks around for a while
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-alot like it smells. More coffee than chocolate. Nice malty finish
M-medium body and smooth
O- solid porter over all. Worth the buy (266 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Dark midnight brown with a thick dark tan head. Slowly fades, leaving lacing on the glass.

S - roasted coffee and pine hops.

T - very smokey, roasted malts.

D - Nice carbonation, medium body.

O - Very interesting and unique, but it works. Better as it warms. (305 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went into Northdown Cafe for dinner with the fiancé and midway through my meal, I was greeted by an ever-so-generous pour of this from the bartender from a 22oz bottle they were sampling. Needless to say, this place just earned some brownie points!

A - Pours black, tan head, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass, and a thin cap on top.

S - Very hop-forward, roast, dark chocolate, malty smoke. Being that this is a FFF's beer, it doesn't surprise me when I sniffed a load of hops. There's some other stuff going on here as well, but the nose is pretty much dominated by hoppy bitterness.

T - Again, hop-forward right up front followed by some roast, malts, dark chocolate, slight touch of honey sweetness, bitter toasty finish.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A solid porter but I prefer more malts and less hops. That said, it's nice to try something different from one of my favorite breweries. Give it a whirl. (954 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raganarok

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours very dark brown with brown-amber highlights. A taupe head rises a couple inches, leaves a foamy ring, then falls. Subsequent sips leave rings, too. 

S: Resin, tea-like and citrus hops mixed with coffee and some chocolate malts. 

T: Sweet malts touch palate then above characteristics take over. The mixture of hop and roasted malts is quite striking, which makes sense since Three Floyds has already mined this flavor profile successfully with Alpha Klaus and Black Sun Stout. The label suggests honey, which was totally consumed by yeast and, as such, contributes nothing to taste, as well as smoke, which it almost imperceptible. Finish is bitter with powdered cocoa and citrus peels. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Something burns at palate, almost like pepper. Could that be the smoked malts?

O: Ragnarok rates about as well as Black Sun Stout, which is excellent. Easily drinkable, despite its relatively big abv.  (993 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Floyds, 11 Jun 2011. Served in an ~8 oz tulip.

Small light brown head is relatively quick to dissipate. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown, almost black. Moderate roasty aroma, some cocoa. Starts roasty bitter, some coffee. A touch of molasses and dark sugar but not terribly sweet. Medium body, alcohol is going to my head. Finish and aftertaste is roasty bitter.

Not quite sure what an Aesir porter is. (417 characters)

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds brewpub in an open mouth snifter.

A - Pours pretty much black with a light mocha head. Head clinging to the side and creating some nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts. Very rich and pwerful. Delightful beer to smell and entices you to taste.

T - What smells like it could be a stout gives way in taste as to what it is, a nice bold porter. Coffee bitterness is apparent with a nice malty profile and smooth light aftertaste. The oatmeal taste makes the porter feel almost chewy at first. Complex taste and a great porter.

M - Heavy and thick with that dark malt taste lingering. While taste is more porter, the mouthfeel reminds me of a stout.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. Def not made for a hot day, but this is a great bold porter that doesn't disappoint. Good thick taste and a wonderful roasty smell to go along with it. Looking forward to drinking more of this rich porter come fall from the bottle. (950 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured in snifter.

A: Pours a thick black with a nice 1 finger dark khaki head. Leaves quickly leaving behind a nice little lace.

S: Very malty this one is. There is some subtle sweetness in the back along with a nice dry roast.

T: Great dry roast from the malts. Nice bitter coffee and bakers chocolates and the honey adds a nice sweetness that gives it a vanilla-like quality.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to light bodied with a decent carbonation.

O: A nice porter. Not my favorite, but yet another nice beer from those guys down in Munster, Indiana. (587 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this fresh growler... dark brown with a light fluffy tan head and good retention, great for a growler pour... not a fan of the nose, its really weird, burnt ash, nutts, and honey, just doesn’t work... the taste is generic smoke, chemically, lots of green hops, can tell this was dry hopped heavily... disappointing, wouldn’t have again (358 characters)

Photo of cetherid
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer pours a brown to dark brown. About 2-3 fingers worth of thick frothy light brown head..almost like a root beer float. Great lacing going on as well.

S.

A great smelling porter. Hops initially (floral, with a hint of citrus) which I wasn't expecting, then the typical porter aromas come out. Roasted malt, with a little chocolate and smokiness. Not a "ham on rye" smokiness...it's subtle but definitely noticeable. Nose has a touch of sweetness as well.

T.

Similar to nose. Roasted and smoked malts with some bitter chocolate/cocoa with a noticeable bitterness. A little sweetness which could probably attributed to the honey but taste more like a little molasses in there.

M.

Medium to full bodied with great carbonation. A nice slick, creamy mouth feel that finishes a tad dry.

O.

Might be the best porter I've had. Pretty complex aromas/flavors in this, some what you would not expect to a porter. The large abundance of hops, smokiness and the honey added make this pretty memorable for the style. Doubt this will be around much longer but I'll definitely grab another pint if I'm in the brewpub relatively soon. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The most interesting offering I saw on the taplist yesterday at FFF. Poured on June 5th, 2011 in a tulip glass.

A - Dark chocolate brown coloring, with a creamy lacing, narrow head, and very little retention. Typical porter visuals.

S - Hmm... lots of citrus and honey with a little bit of roast and coffee underneath. This is atypical for a porter profile.

T - Big honey sweetness right out of the gates. Quite nice initial big flavor. Floral and citrus follow behind, then roasted malts and a slight dark chocolate bitter finish. Spices must be in there somewhere, can't quite pick them out.

M - A little creamy, lacking in carbonation. Long, nice finish. The body maybe lacks as well, just feels a tad thin.

D - Quite good. No abv presence. This is the most unique porter I've come across, and I would like to revisit it later on. (840 characters)

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : bomber bottle purchased at FFF on 5/26/1

Appearance : pours the darkest of amber at first glance it looks black. Great long lasting head with long retention and lacing galore!

Smell : instant hops on the nose super pungent hop aromas. I can't wait to taste this one.

Taste : mild dark coco flavor fades into a mild hop bitterness. I thought this have more bitterness judging from the nose.

Mouthfeel : full bodied and very drinkable lots of carbonation

Overall : I am really impressed with this beer.This beer has all the aroma I'm looking for in a beer with mild hop bitterness. They call it poter but I think its more like a black ipa. (661 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AleWatcher for the quick trade that centered around a growler of this. Shared with Ryan011235, Spider889 and my brother. Unfortunately I wasn't able to source horned viking helmets or broadswords for the occasion, but I was wearing my caribou pelts.

Appearance
It pours a burnt red and collects black. There is a very tall, long lasting head. The foam rose up delayed and I almost overflowed the glass. There is lots of cream colored lacing. Very nice looking.

Aroma
The smell is surprisingly hoppy. Like very hoppy. Lots of pine and grass lie over a touch of smoke and roast. There is some creamy vanilla and chocolate that reside in the midst of it all.

Taste
Creamy chocolate with citrus and pineapple. Ok, the hoppiness is going to be surprising here too. Sweet candied hops ride on the side giving that nice combination of chocolate and orange. The finish is very roasty, this is where the smoke hides.

Mouthfeel
Soft carbonation, its puffy and creamy. The body is a hard-to-describe-heavy-medium-almost-full. The finish, dried by the lingering roast and smoke, is surprisingly clean and not long winded.

Overall
A really great porter. I guess it kind of does capture the spirit of the band Amon Amarth, although I might have brewed a mead aged on goat hide and served in the skulls of Catholics. I'd love to see more metal band tribute beers come out of Three Floyds. And if they do, please notify me. (1,431 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by MpgBugeye.

Live review.

Pours a heavy black with a slow to rise, but very tall creamy head. Leaves amazing lace akin to layered cheese cloth. Good head retention as well with some visible carbonation replenishing the head. This 7+ day old trade growler has held up swimmingly.

Smells of very green hops initially. Sweet cocoa powder mingles with the hops creating a bit of a minty presence. Roasty malt comes through much more strongly on the second pour.

The taste is also very hoppy. Lots of grassy greens and subdued bitterness. Dry roast, coffee, and chocolate. Maybe a small amount of smoke, I was getting it early on, and then the hops seemed to have covered it up.

Semi dry finish. A little powdery feeling. Full bodied for a porter which is nice.

Overall this isn't a bad porter. I heard this was supposed to be a Baltic but if so it doesn't fit very well within the style. (905 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at FFF Brewpub 04/15/2011

Appearance -- Deep chestnut hue with a slim stiff cap of mocha head. Quite lacy as the level dips down.

Smell -- Treacle, molasses, roast malt, and woodsmoke. Sweet and smokey. Good, but a bit simple.

Taste -- Well-roasted malt, molasses, toasted nuts, cocoa, faint citrusy hops and moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with somewhat creamy carbonation. Finish is bone dry.

Overall -- Quite good and fairly unique. I enjoyed the nuttiness as well as the citrusy notes - you don't taste that in many porters. No Topless Wytch, but still up to FFF's high standards. (622 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for picking up a growler of this one. Served in a Russian River tulip glass.

A - Finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a dark brown color with a hint of ruby transparency at the fringes.

S - An aggressively dry-hopped porter - very floral and slightly leafy. As it warms there is plenty of cocoa, roasted grains, and a lightly smoky and meaty character as well.

T- Taste has more smoke character with less overt hops and more charred grains. Lightly burnt toast comes to mind, along with some baker's cocoa, and a mild roasty espresso bitterness.

M - Dry, medium, roasty body, with medium-low soft carbonation. There is some residual stickiness as well as resinous hop oils. The alcohol is well-hidden, as I would have guessed closer to 6%.

D - This reminds me a little of Russian River's Porter, but with more smoke and alcohol and a bit less dry-hopping. I had a few pours from the growler, and would have had more had it been available. Hope this shows up around town on-tap. (1,085 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.
This beer is fantastic on cask.

It looks slightly murky blackish red-- perhaps wet dark rust. The head is nice, but the lacing is spectacular.
Smells mainly like it did on tap with a nice peaty earthiness and a lot more chocolate. Roasty barley and smoked malt work amazingly well with the dry character of this beer.

This is soooo tasty. The smoked malt really shines on cask! Very nice earthy smoked peat quality... Mmmmm. The body is full and velvety with a touch of grit and creamy carbonation.

This is my second glass. It is spectacular. I will be having a 3rd. Get down here for this one on the engine!!! Do it now!! (634 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of VincentB45
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is Amon Amarth. I had it at their show last night at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. In the nose, you could really smell the smoke malts and a bit of honey. The brew had a nice light brown ,thick head. During my first sip, it felt very smooth and you could really taste the smoked malts and the hops. The nice thing about this porter was that I had three of them and wasn't full, unlike my past experiences with porters.

Overall, this was an incredible brew and cannot to have it again. Last night couldn't get any better, heavy metal with the guys from 3 floyds and this brew. (588 characters)

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