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Stygian Darkness - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Stygian Darkness
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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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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-29-2012 17:52:39 | More by BEERchitect
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-11-2013 21:52:20 | More by spycow
Photo of emerge077


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

04-11-2012 02:12:01 | More by emerge077
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

On-tap at Prairie Moon. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and concentric lace patterns - really good retention! I was expecting a really dark beer with the name, but this is more of a hazy amber color - kind of like Maudite actually.

S - Phenolic Belgian yeast and spicy esters, bread, hint of candi sugar, and no much alcohol. Probably served too cold, but didn't seem to gain much depth as I let it sit.

T - The taste was superior, with some sweet malt flavors mingling among the Belgian yeast notes. Chocolate, anise, honeycakes, a hint of clove, and a black licorice flavors in the finish that linger well into the aftertaste.

M - Chewy, hearty, medium-full body, dry texture and finish, some grain, and moderate-to-low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth after a half-glass.

D - I finished my glass pretty easily, but I wouldn't seek this one out again. One of the least exciting 3 Floyds offerings in recent memory. If you really enjoy Belgians this might make a nice of pace, but it's rare too limited for what it is.

03-18-2012 18:26:36 | More by MasterSki
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-08-2013 10:09:01 | More by beernads
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-23-2012 07:19:18 | More by corby112
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-13-2013 15:35:04 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.18/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

05-07-2012 18:36:08 | More by Sean9689
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2012 01:50:15 | More by ADTaber
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

10-15-2013 01:03:22 | More by jegross2
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

03-17-2012 20:27:01 | More by zonker17
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

03-12-2012 17:29:44 | More by AleWatcher
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-26-2012 15:02:03 | More by cadaugherty
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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...

03-09-2012 23:51:43 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-13-2012 02:11:07 | More by MaseFace
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3/5  rDev -18%

03-11-2012 20:31:24 | More by djtomain
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-27-2012 16:07:07 | More by spark3148857
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-04-2012 23:48:44 | More by sbricker
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4.23/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

03-05-2012 20:49:46 | More by ChugginOil
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3/5  rDev -18%

08-21-2013 16:07:18 | More by birdsellam
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-03-2012 03:38:19 | More by BYOFB
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-19-2012 23:24:17 | More by illini4x4
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-06-2013 06:28:22 | More by tsauce2
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-01-2013 05:02:34 | More by RMelyon
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-24-2012 16:59:27 | More by chanokokoro
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Stygian Darkness from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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