Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by 2beerdogs:
3.58/5 rDev -15.4%
Well I was so excited to get this in a trade. Thanks MexicanSittles!!! Love me the Floyds, and what a group of collaborators.
I am sad to say that I was a bit disappointed by this one.
Nose, roasty, a hint of sweetness. Did I get a hint of banana bread, not sure. I expected a malty smell.
Taste, I wanted it to be what I heard it was to others. Maybe my bottle was a bit "off." I mainly got roast. Almost smoky, but very little malt came through. I was hoping for the maple meets molasses, meets bourbon. It wasn't there. I shared this at a Bruery Clusterfork, and 2 people who had tried Baller's before, and they insisted that it was off--way too roasty, no sweet. So I will search for another and try again, I have faith in the Floyd's and don't want to write this one off due to 1 bottle. Anybody wanna send me another?
Mouthfell was well-rounded, full.
So, even if it was an "off" bottle, it wasn't bad. But I want to get another shot at this one.
02-25-2012 22:31:04 | More by 2beerdogs
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3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
Thanks to Chris for bringing this one to our tasting - it was something I never thought I'd try. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a fading, tan-colored head that doesn't stick around too long before it recedes to nothing but a thin skin cap.
As I first bring my nose to the glass, I'm getting a weird aroma that was hard for be to pinpoint at first, but upon further sniffing, I've come to the conclusion that it was: beef jerky. That's right, I get some serious beef jerky-like aroma off the top of the nose from this thing. Slightly smokey and robust with maybe a touch of spice. Big roasted malts full out the edges, along with some light cocoa beans. Some woody-oak and vanilla aromas don't come through much until the beer warms up a bit, but then they really start to break through. Light sweetness is detectable, but it's slightly overshadowed by the somewhat harsh roast.
The taste hits bit with some sharp coffee and cocoa - dense and seemingly packed with concentrated flavor. The front end is mildly sweet, but it transforms quickly into a more bitter and roasted flavor as the malts grow from quiet to loud within seconds. No beef jerky on the palate, per se, but I swear I'm still getting it in the aroma. Out comes a light heat, almost like a chili pepper spice, although I really don't "taste" chilies - my tongue is just picking up the tingling sensation as though they are there.
The alcohol is a bit subdued at first but gets much, much stronger over the course of this beer. Sweetness comes in noticeably but tame enough to be enjoyable; molasses, light syrup, and some dark fruits are the main contributors. The aftertaste is dominated by an ashy, charred flavor - perhaps this is where my nose was picking up the beef jerky from? Medium-thick body, slick and a touch oily on the palate coming in on the lower end of the carbonation scale.
Certainly glad I got to try this one, although I don't feel it was all it was cracked up to be. Definitely some uniqueness to it, regarding the smokiness and the serious beef jerky notes my nose was picking up. Is it just me who was getting that? Either way, tasty beer, but probably not worth what it took to get it. Thanks again to Chris, though - I'm glad to say I had the chance to experience this one.
02-25-2013 17:46:47 | More by tectactoe
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
Waxed bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.
Pours a super oily dark black with a small dark brown head along with some light lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, raisins, and chocolate.
Taste is much better than any of of the four beers on their own. Rich and creamy, chocolate and raisns, light roasty flavors as well. Overall quite tasty.
01-07-2012 15:11:44 | More by kingcrowing
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
Acquired via trade
Black as can be and very thick and viscous, with a moderately sized brown head that leaves spots and smears of stick to the glass.
The aroma is a rich combination of dark, roasted malts, dark plum, chocolate, and a very earthy hop character. Complete and appropriate.
The flavor is similar with chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, earthy hops, and a bit of alcohol bite on the finish combining for a big, rich, full, though simple flavor.
Full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Nice.
A very fine big stout, but disappointing because of the pedigree involved to create this big beer. This beer is expensive, and by all accounts, not worth the hefty price tag. I'd probably prefer any of the base beers to this blend, unfortunately. I'm glad I got to try it, but won't seek out another bottle.
02-02-2012 14:49:10 | More by ehammond1
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Altogether well put together RIS, thanks Tom. Smoke, thick head, creamy, hoppy, good barrel ageing. Looks, the smell, the mouthfeel, masterful blend of these four masters, without a flaw. Great beer exceeding expectations in a great style. Minor in chocolate, the smoke was so well integrated, and the hook for me.
12-13-2011 01:42:36 | More by Sammy
Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.