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Stygian Darkness - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This strong, dark Belgian-style ale is just the beer to warm you in the winter months. You also won’t have to put coins in a corpse's eyes to pay Charon, the ferryman to get you across the river Styx to get one, just give the coins to your server.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-18-2012)
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On-tap at Rocking Horse.

Pours a cloudy dark, deep brown, almost black, with off-white head.

Light aroma of candied dark fruits with a slight sweetness. Not getting much.

Upfront taste is sweet caramel, dark fruits, and roasted malts. Malty, slightly sweet middle. Roasted malt finish with sweet dark fruits, a little molasses and fruity esters. Lingering roasted malt bitterness. Bitterness becomes more prevalent has it warms. Flavors alternate between roasted malt and fruitiness.

Full bodied and creamy with low/moderate carbonation.

Overall fairly sweet with some nice balancing roasted bitterness. Kind of heavier than most Belgian Strong ales, but seems to fit the beer. Enjoyable.

6/17/2012

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Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.

Pours a chocolate brown color with amber/mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Interesting aroma with quite a bit going on. Sweet and roasted malt notes with eatery dark fruit notes and zesty spice. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and toast along with pepper, clove and vinous fruit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a complex flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. Stronger malt presence than expected for the style with a nice mix of sweet and roasted notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and cocoa followed by peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. There's some clove, cinnamon and candy sugar followed by grape, plum and fig. Toward the finish there's some boozy heat and an earthy hop presence that gives off slight dry bitterness. Pretty complex and well balanced but nothing extraordinary.

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On the heels of Thick White Freaks and Tiger Jelly, the follow up of Stygian Darkness is the darker and stronger counterpart to those and threatens traditional makers of Belgian Grand Cru.

Stygian Darkness pours with a dense and slightly hazed garnet and ruby appearances. The rich-looking beer eventually separates the foam from the liquid underneath for a very creamy impression. Head character resembles a thick blanket of off white foam that retains and laces superbly. Different than Belgian versions, this thicker and richer appearances sets apart from the highly effervescent and rocky head character of Belgian varieties.

Rich aromas of dark pitted fruits, dehydrated fruits, red wine, pepper, and hard candies fill the nose with wave after wave of aromas that seem to vary with each visit to the glass. Backed by the bready richness and sweetness that's usually reserved from fruit cake, there's the notion of brown sugar, cinnamon, and clove that back up the fruit and candy exuberance.

The beer coats the mouth with rich sweetness and bready flavors that reinforce the fruitcake aromas. Cherries, blackberries, figs, raisins, and prunes are just a few of the rich port-like fruitiness and fortified strength that's delivered in taste. Brown sugar, light molasses, doughy yeast, and mild toast seem to anchor the beer firmly while the dark fruit esters and spices of peppercorn, clove, cinnamon, and maybe nutmeg springboard into action and offer a new and exciting impression of flavor with every sip.

Instead of the highly effervescent prickle of carbonation, alcohol dryness, and spicy pang found in Belgium, this richer and heartier beer has a bready and expanding mouthfeel that has a lumbering transition to semi-dry, semi-malty finish. The beer doesn't lift from the tongue and allow for an airy evaporation of taste and texture, but becomes a more succulent sipping beer instead.

Although Three Floyds achieves more authentic Belgian taste and aroma than do most American-brewed examples, the beer sits heavily on the mouth and offers more sweetness that hinders drinkability just a touch. Creamy, rich, and full of flavor, Stygian Darkness seems to remind me more of Gulden Draak and Kasteel Donker as the session progresses.

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On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, tan head, thing ring.

S - Yeast, cloves, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel. A little too much cloves and yeast for my preference, even for this style.

T - Similar to the nose, dark fruity, chocolate, caramel, yeast. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden by the sweetness, which is a plus. The finish is sweet dark fruits with some yeasty funk.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet dry finish.

O - Probably wouldn't have this one again, there's too many other FFF beers I'd rather have and not a huge fan of this one even for the style. Pass.

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Stygian Darkness from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.