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Stygian Darkness - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-18-2012

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
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Photo of sidetracked
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zonker17
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 oz draft pour. Little head retention and maintains light carbonation. Dark brown color with a light nose. Nothing really popping as spectacular except the overall balance. Lighter than most Belgians and yet carrying through the candied sugar, carmel, and soft yeast notes... A light dark ale.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an 8 oz. tumbler, review from written notes.

Burnished amber brown, delicate tan lacing with a lasting skim on the surface. Body is dark with reddish traces around the edges.

Aromas of toasted grains and fruity dark cherry. Medicinal cherry taste. Dry lingering bitter/tannic aftertaste, sort of slick and a slow sipper. Medium sweetness at first, sticky on the lips, sweet cherry notes tend to dominate. Flavor is a bit dull and one note, yeast driven with little to balance. Creamy light body is nice. Not something i'd look for again though.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of iadler
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown with a half finger head. No retention or lacing.

S- Caramel and toffee malt sweetness, with some brown sugar, raisins and sweet booze.

T- Again, lot's of sweetness with caramel and toffee notes, brown sugar, hint of dark fruit, peppery spice, honey and some booze.

M- Low carbonation and a syrupy body. Finishes dry with some heat.

O- Wasn't really impressed by this offering from Three Floyds. Really no complexity and it was pretty hot for being 9%.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ontap at FFF.
Served in a baller plastic cup, then quietly poured into my own snifter that I brought with me.
The look on Steve's face was priceless.

The original nose reminded of Robert the Bruce... Some nice sweet malts hit in a big pleasant way... Then it began to warm and I get; a touch of acrid smoked malt, lots of dark fruit, some yeasty esters, and something the slightest bit tart.
The flavor includes everything I got in the nose; toffee and caramel malt notes, dark fruits like plums and raisins, some sour green apple note at the finish. In a big way, the finish makes me think of a taffy apple.

Body is a bit thin and overcarbed, but it is not entirely without charm.

The beer looks kinda purple and murky-- decent retention but limited lacing.

Overall, this was an interesting offering from th FFF crew-- not one I'll order again, but fun to try.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a 8 oz. plastic cup during the "Destruction" (expansion/remodel).

Pours a very dark amber with about a one finger head. Aroma of bready yeast, brown sugar, a bit of spice, and the gentlest touch of smoke. The taste of sweet malt, clove, and anise dominate with a touch of breadiness and caramel. As it warms spice and sweet become a bit more pronounced Lower carbonation, chewy, syrupy, and medium bodied with just a bit of warmth from the abundant alcohol. An enjoyable dark Belgian ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Stygian Darkness from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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