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Stygian Darkness - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.02%
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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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 13
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Had this on-tap @ The Tap House, St. Charles.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown with subtle red tones. There is a fingers worth of cream colored head and quite a bit of lacing.

The nose has dark fruits such as figs and plums. Some sweet candy and a bit of smoke linger. Some fruity esters provided by the Belgian yeast.

The taste is pleasantly sweet with dark fruits cocoa, a bit of leather and smoke, and some candied sugar. Pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium. Lower carbonation mixed with a creamy feel.

Final thoughts: I enjoyed the integration of cocoa-like flavors in the style while mixed with the yeasts and dark fruit flavors. Solid.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Norse, which is our newly awesome neighborhood bar. This was fairly dark brown on the pour with a nice nutty smell. Dominant notes in the taste are yeast, chestnut, green apple, only minor spice. The alcohol is present, but overall it's a nice drinker, surprisingly light with good carbonation. Good sipping beer, and I quite enjoyed it.

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On-tap at Gravity Head 2012.

A - Cloudy, dark chestnut with small tan head and lots of lacing.

S - Molasses, wood, and yeast comes through. There is a light smell... it smells clean, possibly honey? There's a undertone of fruit sweetness... Fig?

T - Acidic... fig, hops, wood, and yeast. Taste follows the nose, but more pronounced. Some cocoa, dark smoky wood, and molasses.

M - Big burn upfront, light/medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - I came out for this brew, and I haven't had a Belgian Strong Dark for awhile. That being said, I'm slightly disappointed. It was good, but did not blow me away. Maybe they really do bottle their best stuff...

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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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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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Stygian Darkness from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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