Toxic Revolution - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 58 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This stout ale is the combined efforts of Municipal Waste and Three Floyds to create a black liquid wall of death in your mouth. Enjoy!

40 IBU
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Reviews by brewtus:
Photo of brewtus
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku. Pours black with a two finger light tan head. Smell is milky, roasty, some chocolate, woody. Taste of licorice, plenty of balanced hops, cedar, lactose, some peppercorn, some dark chocolate. Texture is as expected. Overall this is a great hoppy stout with a lot of dark fruit flavors and tons of back licorice. Very unique, and very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body that I can only assume is the liquid wall of death color. There is a cocoa tan head that sticks in sheets on the glass and some microbubbles that pop out at the surface.

S- The pungent green fresh hop pellets aroma blends with some black char notes and some hints of black roasted malt come through in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet chocolate black roasted malt has an inky quality that grows as it opens and some pungent pine wood bitterness in the finish. There is a mellow char note with some chicory hints underneath and a tart hop note in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slight slippery finish

O- The mellow char and dark roasted black malts with slight sweetness is strong and nice and the tart green pungent hops are interesting with the chocolate qualities.

Photo of Brewganja
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth hoppy, fruity start with a bold chocolate finish. It grabs your taste buds before even hitting them. Amazing mixture of hops. A great dinner stout, light but just as filling as any other stout. A great beer to pair with a meat filled meal. Let it breathe for ten minutes and it tastes more like a stout than an ale.

Photo of mjc3151
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased 22 oz. bomber from Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana.

Stout? More like a Black IPA. It did have some coffee notes, but the mouthfeel and taste had more IPA characteristics than stout characteristics.

This is a solid beer that people should try. Personally I will not buy this again because there are better and cheaper beers out there, but that should not deter others from trying the beer themselves.

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected at all out of this one.

Definitely a FFF beer.

Dark brown to black with an off-white head. Excellent lacing

Aromas of hops and more hops - pineapple, tangerine and even some apple

Flavor was tough to nail down. Tasted like your normal black IPA but just could not quite nail it down. Very bitter, similar citrus notes as in the nose, hay, slight roast and dark fruit.

Overal - Nice black IPA - Love the artwork.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with a really nice tan spongy head.

It's not very aromatic, but it has a scent if piney hops and some light char with a little cocoa.

The combination of a lighter mouthfeel, higher carbonation, and hop forward contrast with the malt makes it feel more like a black IPA than a stout. The flavors are pine, bakers chocolate, and the finish is a distinct diet root beer.

3F does great hoppy stouts but this one missed the mark for me. Like I said, it's more of a black IPA than a stout.

Photo of Jaycase
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: black like toxic sludge. mocha colored creamy, medium sized head

s: roasted maltiness. some dark chocolate. toffee. occasional whiffs of bitter hops

t: piney hop bite at the outset. charred roated malts & dark chocolate come in midway and through the finish

m: full bodied, creamy & chewy. finishes a touch dry.

o: I agree with others that this seems more like a Black IPA. For what it is I thought it was quite good and quaffable. Nice roasty and chocolate flavor. If this is what municipal waste tastes like then perhaps we should give it a chance.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brownish black body, mocha colored foam on top, at least an inch or so. Some minimal lacing around the edges, and a broken surface skim.

Softly hoppy and roasty aroma, the combination reminds me of Alpha Klaus.

Bitter and resiny, some citrus peel and roasty char in the background. Medium bodied and smooth, medium carbonation. Resiny green hop aftertaste that sticks in the teeth. Seems more "black IPA" than anything, but that's just me. Overall it's enjoyable to drink, regardless of style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

A light brown tan collar is presented, with a good thin puck. Body is very dark, walnut black to brown and very opaque.

Nose has very mild soft roast character, and dense chewy malts hinting at molases and cookies. Softness abounds, with hints of dry powdered milk chocolate.

Palate first sip brings real nice sweet roasting lingering malts. There's a wonderful pine sensation almost spruce with a mix of citrus on the finish. Hints of resin, and more cookie and milk chocolate follow. The roast character builds with good warmth, but strangely the chocolate angle is milky and sweeter as opposed to getting bitter. Feel is solid and fine without a big detraction, but nothing spectacular or serious impressive.

Overall this sort of reminds me of Narwhal in a way, but with a different spin and take with a mild hop angle accenting some citrus slightly on the end. Very nice.

Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Toxic Revolution
Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!

Even after a year-ish of age on this bottle, the hops are still potent, very surprising. A nice deep body, black with a creamy head. As noted, this had a really hop nose along with ample roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate. The taste was also very dry from bittering hops as well as dark roasted malts, char, burnt coffee, cocoa nibs. It had a nice round, full mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the Three Floyds store (Munster, IN). 10.00. No bottle date but presumably they wouldn't sell old beer at the brewery. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a deep, near-black, brown with two full fingers of dense khaki head. Nice even islands of lace left on the glass as I drink it down.

Smells like an imperial black ale. Big piney and citrus hops with nice charred malts blending in.

Taste follows the nose somewhat but much more complex. It's almost like hoppy chocolate. Pine, chocolate, candied grapefruit peel, milky lactose-like sweetness, charred malts, creamed coffee and mildly floral. A very slight alcohol bite. Really intetesting stradling of stout and black ale.

Creamy and a tad oily medium body with nice soft carbonation. Lingering bittersweet hop chocolate aftertaste.

Another hopped up treat from Three Floyds. Plenty of tasty roasty sweet stout goodness with more hop character than many IPAs I've tried. Zero problem finishing the bomber on my own in one sitting. I bought one to age but after tasting this I don't think that second bottle is going to last very much longer.

Photo of qcbeerguy
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

half pint at three floydsFloyd's.

black as midnight, tan head that did not last.

catty hop aroma, no roast or any other dark aromas.

hoppy taste with a hint of roast behind it

mouthfeel is average at best.

a total disappointment of a beer.

the description is much better than the beer.

Photo of Rope
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance-
Dark brown, almost black. Looks like a porter, but the head is 2-3 fingers thick and a beautiful tan.

Smell-
Sweet, wouldn't be surprised if there were citra hops in this. The front of the nose is that standard burnt stout.

Taste-
The slight tropical fruity taste is quickly overpowered by the bitterness of the stout. Then the hop bitterness overtakes the stout.

Mouthfeel-
Leaves the mouth feeling clean, but the taste lingers a long time. You can roll the taste in your mouth like cigar smoke.

Overall-
Very interesting, and enjoyable version of an Imperial Stout. Where most go for sweetness and thickness (Dark Lord), this celebrates the bitter side of things. It makes it refreshing.

Photo of ppohio
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very dark black/brown, mostly opaque with a little color around the edges. Beige head sits around for a few moments moving on.

S: Pine, grapefruit and lemon peel combine with a roasty coffee and milk chocolate note.

T: Pretty intense bitterness from the hops in this beer, and the hops dominate the taste. Sweet maltiness appears briefly at times but is rapidly overtaken by the resinous qualities. Bitterness follows nicely on the swallow, and the aftertaste reminds me of having a stalk of summer grass in your mouth. You know the alcohol is there but it doesn't interfere with anything.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. All that bitterness leaves a nice tingle on the tongue if you drink it quickly. A little thin for a stout, perhaps.

O: Drinks really easily, surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. Definitely strikes me as a Black IPA right now though, so if that's your thing it is certainly worth seeking out fresh.

Photo of beersnob_kyle
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

served on tap at FFF brewpub.

A: Black, almost non existent head on the one poured to me, girlfriends had a nice dirty tan head. dont know if mine sat a little longer

S: oats, malt, slight hops, and very little alcohol.

T: phenomenal in my opinion, i dont know where all these people are saying it has a "fishy" taste. i wish FFF had a solid stout that was brewed year round because this or blot out the sun would be it.

M: kind of thin but still full.

Overall this beer is on my top list of stouts to get from FFF. if you get the chance don't pass it up.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

We used this as the beginning of our post-Star Trek nightcap. (Movie, by the way, was entertaining, but average at best.) It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises burnt pretzel, greens, and pine sap. It smells more like a black IPA than the stouts I'm used to... The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of dark toast in the background. Still, the hops are front and center, threatening to drown out all else. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an okay stout, but one that over-emphasizes the hops, thereby under-emphasizing the roast and undermining my personal drinking experience (and VDubb's, as well). C'mon, Floyds, I know you guys are hop-heads, but this is ridiculous...

Photo of Docrock
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-Tap at 3 Floyds, served in a half pint :

A - Dark brown. not quite black with a mocha colored head with pretty sticky lacing. Head dwindled to a thin cap.

S - minimal aroma, mostly roasted malt and a bit of pine and lemon. Aroma picked up a bit as it warmed but being as it was only a half pint, didn't get a chance to let it warm up.

T- mostly the dark roasted malt, with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Again I will re-evaulate when I drink a fuller serving at a warmer temp.

M - just below medium bodied, surprised actually thought it would feel thicker. good carbonation, and the aforementioned bitterness on the finish. Seemed a bit thin for the style.

O - Picked up a fwe bottles to try again in larger format and a bit warmer. This is nit my favorite 3Floyds beer but still very drinkable. The hop profile made it seem out of style, not sure how this one will age..

Photo of chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded imperial pint glass

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a light beige one and half finger foamy head. Excellent retention, splotchy lacing. Burnt chocolate biscuit, citrus notes, and a hint of caramel on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate, slightly bitter grapefruit and tangerine poke through, as well as roasted dark malt and burnt caramel and brown sugar. Finishes with citrus rind bitterness, more charred malt, and very subtle hints of dark roasted coffee. Abundant carbonation, lighter medium body, slick with a bit of creaminess. A very tasty brew but not one that I would consider a stout or even a porter. This beer is most certainly accurately categorized as an American Black Ale/Black IPA. FFF's IIPA/DIPA's have much heavier bodies than Toxic Revolution.

Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown black, opaque pour with a thin skein of sisal foam that fades to a trace. There are fits of lace, but inconsistent. Smells of roasted malt and semisweet chocolate. Taste is a nice interplay of roasted malt, bitterness of semisweet chocolate, orange pith and pine resin. The latter two aren't really apparent in the nose, but they really complement the roasted elements and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy with strong carbonation. Lingering finish of bakers chocolate bitterness with orange pith and roasted elements. Very tasty brew.

Photo of cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds teku.

Pour: Completely black body with three fingers of deep, thick, mocha colored head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell: Uhhh... what? Intense tropical hop profile, loaded with grapefruit, oranges, passion fruit, and mango. A touch of roasted malts on the back of the nose, but only just. Really surprised by how this smells. Intriguing, and I love it.

Taste: Again, woah. More tropical hops off first sip, and then everything completely shifts and a massive roasted malt profile takes over. The taste is a confusing experience, and tropical mango and grapefruit vie for control of the palate with a deep roastiness and bitter coffee aspect. Finishes roasty, and bitter, with a touch of resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, smooth body. An aggressive bitterness throughout, that carries through the end of the sip. Finishes with a lingering roast and bitterness.

Overall: This beer is confusing in all the right ways. Such a massive hop profile gets mixed with an equally large malt bill to produce something I don't think I can compare to any other beer. Drinks more like a black IPA than an RIS. Well done Three Floyds.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We are cracking this in honor of Dark Lord Day 2013, as we are sadly not of the lucky bunch in attendance, and this is the most appropriate replacement beverage we have on hand. It pours as black as you would expect, with a beautifully creamy two finger head of loose latte colored bubbles sitting atop the liquid as if over a root beer float. Retention is nice, with thick, ringed lacing left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, boasting grassy, herbal, and bittered citric components, along with tinny metallics, big lactic creaminess, char roasted coffee malts, vanilla extract, sugary sweet bubblegum esters, graham crackers, cinnamon spiciness, booze, and an interesting fusel spearmint with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is on the light side, but well blended, with excellent contribution and softness from the body. As we sip, rich dark chocolate malts, Band-Aid phenols, grassy and brightly grapefruity hops, charred coffee malts, lighter pale malts, bubblegum esters, and white sugar sweetness mix for a complex front. The middle peaks with milk chocolate smoothness and sweetness, chalky yeast, spicy booze, and the juiciest hops of the sip. Big booziness washes through the finish, with complements from dark cherry fruitiness, continued milky chocolates, those curious pale malt inclusions, citrus, and general roastiness of the deep malt bill. The aftertaste breathes of chalky pales, roasted and burnt coffee malt dryness, dried toffee sweetness, coiny yeast, semisweet cocoa powder, and distant echoes from those earthy and citric rind hops. The body is on the lighter end of medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives fantastic slurp, froth, and cream, with nice finishing pop and smack. There is prickle and sting from the booze as it burns off the palate and tongue into the air. The mouth is otherwise a bit puckered, and coated with an astringent, cheesy film, affording light dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily for how big it is.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its beautiful look to start, with excellent taste and slurpability to follow. The head on this is so very creamy, allowing for the softest slurp and foaminess to cap each sip. The nose gives nice and surprising hoppiness for the style, keeping things fresh, and making it easily approachable as a whole. Some of that robustness of hops is lost through the flavoring, but this actually helps things balance out, rather than letting the scales be tipped. This is a great beer that stylistically sips more like a black IPA, and will have you coming back for more.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.13
Thanks bstyle

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large light brown-foamy head with great retention.

S - Chocolate, hoppy citrus, roasted malts.

T - Light citrusy chocolate, it's different, but it works well.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Lighter than usual stout with a nice citrus hop kick to compliment the chocolate.

Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured dark brown, not overly black like an RIS. Has a tan head with good lacing.

S - Reminds me of a black IPA. Piney hops and a good malt character.

T - Hoppy stout... Citrus hops, semi-sweet chocolate, slightly floral and bready malts.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation.

O - I expect no less from 3F. A hoppy stout through and through that could be passed off as a black IPA.

Photo of Jeffmerm
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full flavored rich and delicious

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

High hopes for this one. Acquired in a trade; I forget with whom - sorry! I dig the label art. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with distinctive branded colorful pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given Three Floyds' reputation.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger dark khaki-tan colour head. Good thickness and nice cream. Good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black; not quite a jet-black but dark. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent and opaque. No bubble show. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking good for the style, but the head could be better.

Sm: Shockingly hoppy for the style. Heavy floral hop character eclipses the buried roast in the background; if you handed this to me and asked me to guess the style blind, I'd think it was a black IPA. Cream. Cocoa dust. Dark malts come through - though they're buried. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength, pleasant aroma. I do have to say I expect better considering the style; it's interesting to make it hop-forward but the roasty notes, chocolate, etc. are sorely missed. I'm hoping the taste delivers what the aroma fails to.

T/Mf: Chocolate/cacao up front with a dark malt base and prominent floral hop notes. Because of the combination of roast and substantial hops, the mouthfeel comes off strangely dry - not a good effect. Smooth and lightly creamy, but it does coarsen in the late second act. Slightly overcarbonated. I get chocolate malt. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I want far more roast from it. No vanilla or coffee or other notes that might make this a more interesting beer in the style - nay, it's somewhat simple. The hop presence doesn't make up for the lack of fundamentals. Style aside, it's balanced but still uninteresting. There's just not much going on here; it's too simple. I like it in a general sense, but I feel like I'm getting the mediocrity of both worlds; neither the hoppy aspect nor the imperial stout aspect are particularly rewarding. I do like the creamy mouthfeel.

Dr: Drinkable but largely underwhelming. Disappointing coming from a brewery as well regarded as Three Floyds. I wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad to have tried it. An interesting experiment, but while they get the balance right, they don't bring much to the table for the style. Hides its ABV well.

Low B-

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Toxic Revolution from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.