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Toxic Revolution - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 58
Gots: 59 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-11-2013)
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Sammy, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, May 09, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A pitch black pour with a massive tan head perched upon the liquid; great retention and lacing

Smell: Leafy, resinous hops dominate, with the roasty malts hardly discernable underneath

Taste: While there is a bit of roasty and chocolate mocha character, up front, the leafy, resinous hops overwhelm the palate from start to finish with the stout elements returning to add a vague coffee tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has to be way more than 40 IBUs and I wouldn't be surprised if it were 140 as it is an assault on the tastebuds; as others have noted, this is much more of an American Black than a stout (perhaps that is why they call it a "stout ale" using stout as more of an adjective than a style descriptor)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 26, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slathered with hoppy goodness, the underlying stout is strong, sweet, toasty, and roasty- it's indeed a toxic beer- one in which the common taste of stout could not be left alone. Hops, like a virus, crawl all over the base flavors with parasitic control.

Even though the label art looks like it crawled out of a Thunder Cats cartoon, what pours from the glow-in-the-dark bottle is an ominous dark brown ale with a creamy viscosity and layered weight to the eye. Nearly opaque, tawny highlights penetrate the edges. Its creamy sandy-tan head simmers to a firm blanket to skirt the glass evenly, its froth is sticky with intricate lacing and long-lasting retention.

First and foremost, the scent of chocolate, heavy toast, and burnt toffee rise to take command of aromas, but that's not without a strong challenge from leafy, grassy, and sharply acidic hops- stemmy, grapefruity, and spicy, the beer could easily be mistaken for Cascadian IPA.

But to taste, the flavor profile straddles those of Stout and Porter. Chocolate and toast lead the way with the more reserved roasted character acting in balance and never really casts the beer into the deep waters of Stout. But then upon that is the piles on the early perfume of pine, spruce and rosemary. But then come the grassy middle palate to meet the chocolate malt and then deeply resinous white grapefruit pith to finish with semi-dry toast taste. Its a bitter beer to close with dry malt support.

Full bodied, at least to start. But its the large hop additions that give impressions of dryness- much like in IPA. Even as the carbonation recedes, it leaves behind a chocolaty sweet texture that balances against the grassy and citrusy hop bite. Medium warmth closes the ale with a fairly aggressive hop-derived astringency that's likely coupled with the roast-toast char.

Reminding me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker- the beer is a hoppy Stout-Porter hybrid but with tame imperial strength (both in taste and in effect). Its refusal to make up its mind shows a renegade attitude that's much needed to stand out in today's crazy craft beer world. But paired with a simple Cabot Extra Sharp White Cheddar makes for a pairing meant for paradise and not a toxic revolution.

BEERchitect, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kjkinsey, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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...

TMoney2591, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, May 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

emerge077, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not a total miss by any stretch, but this is another highly touted three floyds beer that falls well short of mind-blowingly good. its definitely not what is traditionally considered an imperial stout, much more of a Cascadian black ale in my book, thin and hoppy, but I guess that's nit picking isn't it? this pours a lighter than industry standard pale black color (yes its possible, its called gray). there is a nice tall and thick off white head on top that provides a barrier between my mouth and the intense liquid beneath it. the aroma is more hops than roasted malt, although both contribute. im not getting any of the big chocolate or coffee notes im used to in the style. the hops dominate the nose and taste of this, a mix of grapefruit pith and the pine essential oil my girlfriend uses to make soaps. its not unpleasant, but its out of place. the body is way thin, carbonated like a pale ale, it doesn't feel anything like a stout. if the overall point of this is to say whether it tastes good, the answer is yes, it tastes fine. if the goal is to establish how well it fits the style it proclaims to be, the answer is hardly at all. overall if I closed my eyes and drank this beer, id like it quite a lot, but coming from the highly inflated three floyds crew, I expect to be wowed by everything they day, and this just doesn't do that.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Sean for picking this up for me at the brewpub. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Black body, with hints of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild caramel, tropical fruits, some orange zest as well. Now this is what I'm looking for from a hoppy dark beer. If you gave this and In the Name of Suffering to me blind I might pick this as the Black IPA.

T - Taste is a bit less overtly hoppy, with a bit more anise and char in there. Still, there's a nice balance of cocoa, roasted malts, and fruity hop. Moderate sweetness is balanced by hop bitterness, with neither flavor component getting the upper hand.

M - Dry, toasty, medium-full body, with well-hidden alcohol. Pleasant moderate carbonation, and really clean in the finish, especially in comparison to the Dark Lord we had afterward.

D - I really enjoyed this one. It straddlers the boundary between hoppy Imperial stout and double Black IPA, and drinks quite easy for 8.5%. I'd definitely drink this one again as it falls right into my personal palate preferences.

MasterSki, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

feloniousmonk, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

drabmuh, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

beernads, May 17, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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-

kojevergas, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

drewone, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dbrauneis, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz at the brew pub.

Dark black with a tan head. Leaves nice lace.

Flavor profile is fairly hoppy for a stout. Very grassy but then a bit of roast kicks in. Caramel and chocolate malts. It reminds me of the hoppy versions of darkness.

Mouthfeel is bitter and then roasted. The hops show a lot. Medium to full bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Very hoppy. Very legit!

mothman, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Huhzubendah, Jun 02, 2013
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Toxic Revolution from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.