In The Name Of Suffering - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Well, it looks like it's that time again - to pop open one of my last remaining 3 Floyds bottles generously given to me by Todd. You'd think he lives at the brewery or something with the amount of times he passes by to buy their beers. No freshness date on this, but I got this back in mid-July, and I honestly think that it must be 3-4 months old at this point. Sigh. Oh, well. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. (Love the artwork and EyeHateGod, by the way!)
Pours a pretty dark, near blackened color, with some plum hues when held against the light. A "sludgy" appearance, to say the very least! (Sorry. I just love sludge metal.) Contains a beautiful off-khaki head with large bubbles and pretty good carbonation, as I'd always expect from these guys from nearly every beer they make. Leaves some splatters of foam on the walls of the glass. Medium-plus viscosity overall. A pretty solid looking black IPA.
Yup, this is already showing signs of serious aging, with the caramel/honey pungent aroma up front that usually happens when the hops are breaking apart. However, I did find an array of flavors in lack of its intended hop-forward complexity. Notes of dried prunes, pine, white pepper, green peppers, orange citrus peel, almonds, and faint chocolate notes. Not bad at all, but I definitely should have cracked this right away. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced in the realm of all things Floyds.
The flavor did catch me by surprise, however, and rather than retain the same faint roasted, faded hop profile, the malts in particular shine this time around as they usually do in the beers this brewery makes. There's an immediate rush of roasted, dark cacao nibs, followed by a slightly leathery, anise forward flavor that contains notes of pine, mint, and orange peel. Really good stuff, but definitely would have been better super fresh. On the other hand, I'm glad that this is still drinking well. Syrupy at the finish, which further accentuates the chocolate and caramel notes. Carbonation is medium, but definitely comfortable. Gets a little sweeter as it warms up, revealing notes of brown sugar and roasted caramel. Refreshing, flavorful, and not too boozy - pretty good stuff overall.
I do enjoy a good hoppy beer from FFF, but they've always been good at choosing their malts carefully, and this is perfect example that showcases that. While the citrus, pine-y notes are more faded in this bottle, it makes up for it with the rich, roasted delicious cocoa-barley flavor. Hope to have this fresh sometime again, because this was definitely enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2013 03:45:06 | More by magictacosinus
In The Name Of Suffering from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.