Toxic Revolution - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 422
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 3.51%
Wants: 62
Gots: 57 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of GuzzLah
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Less than one month old when consumed.

A - pours an opaque pitch black with a tan head. Epic lace. Too dark to see bubbles.

S - chocolate malt, roasty, citrus hops with soft pine.

T - is similar to the aroma. Chocolate malt and citrus hops. It's not a hop bomb. It's not a malt bomb. The malt and hops have a nice balance for the style and neither are subtle. It tastes fresher and more citrusy hoppy than many Imperial stouts. The hops taste like Centennial.

M - medium-full body. Nice creamy texture. Low-medium bitterness for the style. Pleasantly hoppy and malty aftertaste.

O - their Black Sun Stout is more extreme in the hops and flavor department, but this beer is certainly a pleasure to whiff and drink. Nice beer! (730 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a black as night pour with a slight brim of head which quickly dissipated. woah, this is one of the hoppiest stouts i remember having... lots of licorice, grassy hops, chocolate, molasses. the flavor, is pretty much exactly like how it smells.lots of licorice and the grassy hops make this stout really nice and bitter, combine that with the chocolate flavor and sweetness from the malt profile and you have a really nice balanced HEAVY irish dry stout style beer. that's what this is. medium body with high carbonation makes it VERY easy to drink, as sliky smooth as it is going down, it constantly leaves a tingle on your palate and i noticed the 3 of us drinking this had the same reaction where it hit out cheeks after a while and it was excellent.

overall this is a great stout with awesome label art, and a great collaboration with an awesome band. municipal waste is gonna fuck you up! (893 characters)

Photo of Claytonbrewsby
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this a week after the release. Very good, not very strong at all though. I was expecting it to be way heavier than it is. Almost black in color with a thin, brown head. It has a really dry and crisp taste, with an interesting after taste. I got hints of tobacco or some kind of oaky taste. This band deserved a great brew! (328 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at DLD. Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is opaque and black with brown layer of velvety appearing head. Tons of head upon pours, dissipates to a layer and leaves behind plenty of lacing. Nose is full of green herbal hops up front with notes of roast and dry bitter chocolate underneath. The cocoa really comes out towards the finish. The taste features somewhat fruity hops up front followed by more grassy herbal notes. This is countered by delicate roast and cocoa. The finish is all chocolate, however it is not all that bold. The stout flavors here are pretty delicate and are somewhat overshadowed by the hop profile. The mouthfeel is sturdy with mellow carbonation. Overall, a flavorful beer that features the more subtle side of an imperial stout in terms of malt profile. The hop profile is definitely in your face. (854 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown to black…head is thick, luscious and a khaki color...tons of foam stuck to the glass…a good looking brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: A very inviting aroma with tons of flavor…has a light citrus (orange, mandarin, tangerine) and resinous pine bite balanced nicely by roasted malts, dry milk chocolate, and a mild creaminess…toffee, caramel are apparent as well…it’s got a rich, chocolate desert aroma that becomes more prominent as it warms…tons going on here…(4.5/5)

Taste: Follows the nose, tons of orange citrus hops flavor balanced well by roasted, dry milk chocolate and coffee bitterness…I’m also getting some oatmeal, piney resin bite and a nice creaminess…it’s got a strong flavor without feeling heavy…very well balanced, flavor is fresh and lively while bringing tons of roasted malt…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation…it fluffs up bringing mild roasted chocolate malt and light coffee bitterness, but it’s a bit light (watery) on the palate…roasted malts cover the outside of my tongue…a piney bite with mild bitterness lingers in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brew…a combination of stout and ale, it’s got tons of malt flavor with 3 Floyds patented citrus hops vibe…the body is light and but still brings a touch of roubustness, which I like…the ABV is perfect, one bomber is great for an evening of enjoying your favorite comedies on Hulu...super drinkable, this brew will be enjoyed by stout fans, malt fans and hop heads alike…3 Floyds does it again! This is a wonderful beer that’s highly recommended…(4.5/5) (1,658 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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. (2,700 characters)

Photo of beersnob_kyle
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imma judge this as a double stout, because it'd be an especially weak RIS.

It's a fairly strong double stout, but not all that strength is put to good use (picture a really swole bro sitting in the corner booth at Chili's and yelling obscenities at a picture of his ex girlfriend and you get the gist beer's bad nodes).

But, to unparenthetically answer my parenthetical thingee I just typed, it's mostly good. There's just some off bits, like they were trying a wee too hard to make it intense. Charred malt starts things off, drifting quickly into punishing Floyd hops and a finish of burnt toast that lingers and lingers. The start is boffo, the middle is pretty good, and the end is just too fucking much for meek soul like my own. (736 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black/brown with over two fingers of dense beige foam.

Smell: Coffee, soy sauce, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a peculiar aroma reminiscent of oyster sauce.

Taste: Follows the nose but thankfully minus the fishiness. I mostly get coffee and toasted malt with some baking chocolate. Moderately bitter and quite salty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively light for a stout. Medium carbonation with an oily feel.

Overall, this was not what I was expecting. Three Floyds is a very hop-centric brewery and I was hoping for a nice hoppy stout. Or, failing that, at least a smooth, richly complex one. Toxic Revolution, unfortunately, is neither. It had an odd, unappetizing fishy aroma and an overly salty flavor profile which I did not enjoy at all. I've had excellent stouts from this brewery in the past, most recently their Blot Out the Sun, but this was a disappointment. It's a shame, too, because the label art is probably the coolest I've ever seen. (989 characters)

Photo of mjc3151
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Russian Imperial Stout, my ass...

Served on-tap during the Craft Brewers Conference in DC.

On tap at Churchkey.

A: Poured with a very dark, sticky head, with a decent mocha head.

S: Slight booze burn, mild grapefuit and pineapple, along with some dark roast.

T: Definitely not the hop bomb I was expecting. Good malt, yet this was grainy to the 10th power. Good, not great.

M: Nice carbonation, bitter finish, and the booze was of the candy variety.

O: Admittedly, the Black IPA is a tough sell to me. However, even though this was FFF, it was pretty average. (566 characters)

Photo of sbxx
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
Poured into FFF Teku

Appearance - Pours a nice black, but not pitch black. Little bit of light getting through around the edges. 2 fingers of sexy double-layer caramel colored head. Thin spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell - Some chocolate and citrusy hops. Some grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Interesting!

Taste - Piney hops shine through without being overbearing. Big, crisp malt body. Light chocolate notes. Pleasant and easy to drink. Lightly bitter, roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky semi-dry finish.

Overall - Another solid beer from FFF. Definitely "not normal" as they like to say. I would drink it again. Lacks the punch in the face I've come to expect out of a $10 bomber, but still a nice brew. (781 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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! (430 characters)

Photo of Docrock
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.. (892 characters)

Photo of ppohio
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours black with a 2" dark tan head. Leopard spotting and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, and big pine notes.

T- nice chocolate, light roast, almost a light mint from the mix of chocolate and bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice light creamy feel.

O- nice hoppy stout. Seems higher than 40 ibu's. chocolate and pine create a nice flavor. (457 characters)

Photo of Brewganja
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (322 characters)

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Toxic Revolution from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.