3 Floyds / Half Acre Mutiny & The Mollusk - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 27
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This roasty stout made with oyster sauce and shells is the latest collaboration with our friends at Half Acre Beer Company. So raise anchor and set your sails for flavor island.

38 IBU
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Photo of mverity
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof. Dark black with a great creamy tan head that lasts pretty well. Smoky and toasty malt aroma. Smoky-malty-chocolate flavor. Not much of the hint of salty-brine I typically see in oyster stouts. Great creamy mouthfeel with nice aftertaste of silty chocolate. Creamy nitro-like carbonation and thick viscous body.

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to Jzmhector for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, salt, smoke, smoked meat, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, and salt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. While the oyster aspect of this stout was there, it definitely wasn’t the star of the show like some of the ones I’ve had in the past. The soft salt aspect going on here helped to make this one easier to drink. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as I had no idea it existed. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from written notes.

Pours into a mini tulip glass with an ample head of tan foam, black body, with a lasting skim and sticky halo of lace that remains in the glass.

Roasty nose, dry bakers chocolate, a light underlying sweetness.

Unsweetened bittersweet chocolate chips, dry aftertaste with a long finish of dry roast and light hop bitterness. Medium to light bodied, clean and creamy feel. Very easy drinking, a wholesome porterish stout that incidentally contains oysters in the brewing process, not reflected in the final product. I love oysters, but there's no oyster flavor in here, let's not pretend.

Thanks to Lee for this one!

Photo of coffygrinder
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle at the pub awhile back

A: Black beer. Tan head with nice carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted malt. I dont know if its just that its a oyster stout but I feel like I can smell the coast of Maine in this beer. It brought me back to a trip that I took out east, I really like that about this beer

T: A malty sweet stout with lots of sweet malt.

M: as a english stout should feel, lighter body

O: I really like this beer for the fact that it taste great and brought me back to one of my past vacations.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with deep mocha head, pretty sticky. A bit of coffee and chocolate in the nose and some black licorice as well.

Taste is a bit sweet and the usual notes you get in a stout with a hint of salted caramels and certainly a bit briny in the finish, smoky too. Creamy taste with a slight hot aftertaste.

Nice stout, glad I tried it..

Photo of hansgruber
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, basically black. Nice tan head with retention. Some lacing. Looks like a proper stout.

Not much on the aroma. Some roasted malts.

Taste is light roasted malt with a slight sweetness.  Kinda falls flat on flavor. It's not that it tastes bad it's just pretty bland. Firm hop bitterness. Slight tang to it as it warms. 

Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. 

Okay beer overall. Nothing special. Didn't really get anything related to the oyster used in the brew.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, almost black. Medium sized, light, foamy, soapy, light beige colored head. Decent retention leaving minimal lace.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, stale coffee, slight smokey aroma. A touch of earthy, nuttiness and a nice roastedness. Slightly sweet and slightly savory. Nice aroma.

T - More of the brine tang that I expected and the nose didn't quite deliver. A nice subtle smokiness that pairs with a smokey earthiness. Good amount of chocolate (mostly bittersweet).

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Nice slick, oily feel that fits perfectly with the style.

D - Easy to drink (especially with the body) oyster stout. Nice brine tang that isn't too strong along with a great smokey flavor.

Notes: Really nice oyster stout. There is a nice brine tang and smokiness that I expect, but it isn't too strong and there is a nice chocolatey flavor to balance it out. Solid beer, albeit one I wouldn't feel upset for missing.

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Pours an unappetizing reddish brown with a small tan head.

S: Roasty dry stout. Coffee roast, burnt barley, bitter and milk chocolate.

T: Slight coffee roast, dark chocolate, mild raisin, dark grain. No fishiness or saltiness really. Very chocolaty and a bit fruity.

M: Slight carbonation, rich.

O: Nice dry stout, but I'm missing the oyster elements.

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Deep brown in colour, almost black. Orange-y brown head with moderate retention, and OK lacing. Smells like a sweet milk stout, milk chocolate, light roast. Not too complex, but everything appears in just the right proportion. Taste is chocolatey, creamy, roasty and a tad earthy. Light tang/tartness in the finish that's quite easy to miss. Perhaps some hops in there too. Smooth with a nice medium feel. A solid stout as it stands, not really sure where the oyster plays in but that's fine!

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to pops for the assist. Extra special thanks to the crew at HA for the hook up!

A: Pours jet black with a thinnish yet creamy layer of light khaki colored foam. Retention was decent with some specks of lace left behind for good measure.

S: Roasty malt. Vague dark chocolate/cocoa aromas but roastiness is the name of the game here.

T: See above with some light mineral/metallic tones.

M: Pretty dry and a little ashy. Nice toastiness leads into a finish that sports a slight tang when it warms.

O: Interesting experiment with the bivalves. Glad we were able to try it.

Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, this beer has incredible artwork. It's very old timesy.

Tis collaborative stout pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger, creamy, one finger beige head. The nose is dry, very toasty, and has an odd earthiness. You can definitely tell that it's English in style. The flavors are very dry and toasty as well. There is bitter chocolate, Unsweetened baking chocolate, coffee roast, moderate bitterness, and a leafy, mossy earthy aspect. It kind of reminds me of Pretty Things Babayaga. There is a little more milk chocolate as it warms but make no mistake, this is a very, very dry stout. I mean my mouth is one dry between sips. It drinks medium in body with a bitter, toasty after taste. If I had to compare this to anything, it's like a mix of Belhaven Scottish Stout and Pretty Things Babayaga. It's nice for the style, just incredibly dry.

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Dark brown with a inch thick beige head that shrinks to coat the top with average lacing. Smell is toasted oats, coffee, maybe even a bit briney. Flavor is roasted barley, coffee, oats, and a slight oyster flavor. Mouthfeel is very creamy and the finish is dry. Good session stout and a nice representation of the style.

Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours nearly black, topped with a couple fingers of tan head, decent retention, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Big roasted aroma, I'm getting roasted grains, smoke, some coffee and chocolate.

T- Similar to the nose, big on the roasted grain, light coffee and chocolate flavors, lots of roasted and smoky flavors, has a mild salty brine flavor that comes out as the beer warms.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, I'm a big fan of heavily roasted stouts so this was right up my alley, the oyster flavor works well but I would have liked it to be more powerful.

Photo of beersnob_kyle
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up back in september at the brewpub.

A: no light comes through this one, nice tan head that lasted the whole glass.

S: roasted malt, smells like the sea, a little sweetness but not much.

T: wow this was surprising, thick but very nice, again very malty sweetness and a little bitter but barely any at all.

M: a little watery at first, then thickens up. very nice.

O: if brewed again ill be picking up more than one for sure.

cheers

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with a finger of tan head. Smells rather salty. Nice roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor has just a hint of bitterness. There’s really nice roastiness, good chocolate notes, light saltiness, and a hint of graham cracker.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimple glass mug. Pours dark brown with a nice one-finger tan head. Aromas of sweet stout, oat, light oyster sauce, and roasted malts. Flavors of roasted and sweet malt, wood, and brown sugar. Somewhat of a slight bitter taste in the back finish. Medium-thick mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Overall, an interesting stout but not one that blew the other two out of the water.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle opened on 5.29.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a very small dark tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Hard to pick-up much. Some chocolate and coffee finally come out.

T - Salty chocolate and some subtle coffee.

D - Lower carbonation and medium-heavy body.

O - Saltier and milder than expected. Pretty lackluster.

Photo of cvm4
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thin black body, with minimal head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Dry dry dry... Slight coffee notes with milk chocolate undertone.

T - Salty... Dry coffee. Not sure what else.

M - Thin body a great carbonation.

O - It's a excellent oyster stout. Not sure how good it has to be.

Photo of brystmar
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Aaron!

Pours a thin-looking dark brown/black. Lots of roast, mild oyster weirdness in the aroma. Roasty stout base, very mineraly though. Oysters are barely present -- which is good -- but the thin mouthfeel and lack of depth disappoints. Meh.

Photo of Auracom
2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to big bro for this. 6 oz. poured in a Hunahpu snifter on August 23rd, 2012.

A - Fairly deep brown hue with a light tan, frothy head. Marginal retention, decent lacing.

S - Espresso beans, sea salt, just a touch of winter pitted fruit.

T - Fairly bready. Back-end coffee bitterness carries through to the aftertaste. I don't find any depth here whatsoever, and that's a disappointment.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The aroma wasn't too bad but this really lacks flavor almost entirely. Definitely lighter for the style. Worth a try but not a great collab here.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rooted in tradition, but not without numerous misconceptions and speculation, it's somewhat remarkable how provocative that the combination of stouts and oysters settles with the beer enthusiast. With examples few and far between, you'd think that the great brewing minds of Three Floyds and Half Acre can spawn an example that's truly style worthy.

Opening as most well-made stouts do, with the darkest of dark brown coloration before turning black and with such darkness that any proper assessment of clarity is difficult to tell- maybe the onyx-like sheen points toward a depth of clarity. The beer is capped with a very creamy and steadfast coffee creme that keeps it structure throughout and leaving behind rings of lace that denotes each sip taken. This is a very handsome beer.

The sweet and smoky aromas of hearty stout is met with obvious roast of dark grains, cocoa, and dark roast coffees. Chocolate, heavy cream, and caramel provide a softer scent to accompany the roast while a soft fruity element of charred fruit, grape, and licorice add touches of pep throughout. Somehow I'm let down by the lack of seaside aromas here.

The roast of dark brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, and slight smoked malt frame the flavor profile but also reel in waves of flavor that begin with bitter walnut and cola nut oils before introducing the next wave of mild licorice and nearly lactic tartness. A finish of light brine, salt, and mineral taste rounds out the complexities that I assume derive from the additions of oyster. All this is wrapped in the supple starch of malt that reminds me of whipping cream or malted candies with moderate caramel.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the beer begins with a creamy malt character that stays so well into late palate where a nearly cola-like flat sweetness gives a lighter finish to the malts, yet a bitter dryness from both alcohol and roasted grains.

This collaboration stout is overall, very easy drinking and full flavored with great satisfaction and enjoyment. But if the advertisement hadn't mentioned the addition of oyster and oyster sauce then I may have dismissed the earthy flavors as heavy mineral water, yeast character, or musty hops.

Photo of david131
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark inky black liquid with a thin and creamy light brown head. Pretty nice looking.

S- Cocoa and a bit smoky. A bit one dimensional and simple.

T- Cocoa, smoke, coffee, with just a bit of saltiness on the finish. A simple stout. The saltiness becomes more apparent as it warms.

M- The carbonation is smooth and the roasty aspect definitely lingers. The saltiness is definitely interesting.

O- A well made stout but not all that interesting. That being said, it is definitely worth a purchase for the label artwork alone.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MDunk for the trade. Reviewed from notes.
Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark dark brown with about half an inch of tan head. Very inviting.

S: Seems a little muted overall here. What aroma is present is roasty maltiness and coffee.

T: Coffee flavors predominate, nice malts, with a moderate amount of spiciness. There may be a mineral-like flavor here, but I may just be searching for the "oyster" in the oyster stout.

M: A bit on the thin side I think. Carbonation what is expected for the style. The aftertaste doesn't linger but what there is certainly a mineral flavor - I'm much more convinced of that here.

O: A good beer, and interesting. Glad I tried it, but not sure I'd be ordering it again.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 3 Floyds Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark chocolate color topped with brown foam that's about 1 finger tall. A nice layer lasts until the finish. A wall of solid lacing is impressive.

Aroma of salty oyster and slightly burnt roasted chocolate malt. Whiff of noble hop.

Taste has a smokey, salty flavor backed by some sweet roasty smooth malts.

Thin mouthfeel but I enjoy this aspect. Smooth with spot on carbonation

Overall a surprisingly tasty creation but only surprising because of the oyster. I am not surprised that my favorite two breweries created a winner.

Photo of 2Dreadnaught
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at Three Floyds on 5/14/12. This beer was served in a half pint glass.
A: Dark black with a 1 finger head of light caramel brown head leaving a fine trace of Bavarian lace.
S: Dark roasted grain and malt.
T: tang and effervescent. Not what you would expect from a stout. Lots of dark roasted grain.
M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
O: A good stout, livelier than most.

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