Big Black Van - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
On draft at the brewpub last night. It arrived a medium bodied midnight black in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is full of citrus fruits, slight pine, slight chocolate, and has just a touch of onion to it. The flavors are initially very hoppy and full of citrusy hops wild mld bitterness. The pine is there but plays second fiddle to the oranges going on. There is also a slight roast followed by some onion. The onion is the only detractor in my opinion. It had good carbonation and was very crisp. The alcohol isn't present at all. Overall this is a nice hoppy black ale. I just didn't care for the touch of onions in the flavor and aftertaste.
01-31-2012 15:24:46 | More by aasher
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.
Pours near-black with a good tan head and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. Collar throughout. The nose carries some nice roast, coffee, and chocolate. Pine and citrus hops follow through along with that. Good flavor and a nice meld between the hops and malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Hops and roast combined well.
01-02-2012 15:30:38 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Black IPA with an abundance of New Zealand hops
Pours dark brown to almost black with a foamy white head. Lacing is solid showing globules around the glass.
The aroma is nice showing notes of tobacco, toasted grains, with citrus and tropical hops.
The taste leads with dark roasted malts and leads to a wonderful hop explosion featuring flavors of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.
Medium in the mouth with soft edges like it is massaging my tongue. Nice and dry at the end.
This is delicious. If they bottled it I would buy a case to take back to Michigan. Try this if you are visiting FFF!
12-12-2011 20:23:57 | More by TCgoalie
2.98/5 rDev -24.2%
On tap at FFF brewpub.
Served in imperial nonic.
Deep red as it pours, but dark brackish brown when viewed straight on. Backlit, the reddish hues reappear, but look more plum purple. Sand colored head (like the sand on Chicago beaches on lake Michigan-- fuck your Florida white sand shit!) sits atop the body and leaves big clingy sheets of lace as it settles slowly to a shiny film.
Smells; coffee, chocolate, black malt, minty, citrusy, earthy, and something I can't quite place... The flavor isn't as sweet as I would have expected-- the dry bitter coffee is there, but no chocolate. The earthy hop note becomes a "dirty" flavor with some earthy tobacco notes. Much too dry for the style, though I like the bitterness.
Body is hefty- medium/full with ample carbonation. Little oily feel on the backend.
Overall-- this isn't a style I really like. Why not just brew a hopped up porter? Aren't they the same thing?! This one is at the lower tier of beers made by beloved Three Floyds... It still destroys anything made by Victory or Shorts, but it falls short of my expectations.
12-28-2011 19:38:20 | More by AleWatcher
Big Black Van from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.