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Three Feet DeepThree Feet Deep

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 11-29-2006

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Photo of Winter
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 ft. Deep pours black with auburn highlights and a nice creamy tan head. Straightforward aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Burnt roasted malt starts things off and is quickly followed by an intriguing smokiness. The smoked malt is really noticeable - and in a good way. It adds a very unique twist to this Irish Stout. Finish is dry.

Very drinkable and if you're a fan of Dry Irish Stouts, I would recommend this. The smokiness adds an extra dimension to an already good beer.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle from France 44 in Minneapolis

A: jet black ale witha creamy light brown head that builds to about an inch thick and lingers before falling

S: light smoke, definate peat, not much malt at all, and no real hop aroma. Some buttery diacytl smell as well.

T: Light malt and smooth with a light smoke and peat. Not aggressive at all, but just present. Slickness from diactyl.

M: Light in the mouth. Irish Stout, so a little lighter is to be expected but this seems a bit watery.

D: Easy and smooth, but a bit thin.

Overall: The beer looks great in the class but doesn't seem to deliver. Decent beer, but a bit thin, lacks aggressiveness, and seems to have a brewing flaw, though nothing I'm not going to finish and enjoy.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generally black with just the tiniest glints of auburn at the edges. The head is short and ashy brown.
Smoked peat nose with a dusting of cocoa and coffee grounds.
Enters with a chocolate maltiness that dries abruptly towards espresso. From this point onward, it's all smokiness via the peat. Almost rauchbieresque with its smoked pork meatiness. Cigar ashes dot the close.
Medium-light bodied, with stunted carbonation. I know it's a dry stout, and the body thus befits the style, but the smokiness begs for a plumper, malt-accentuated body to cling onto.
This is a good beverage, but it is ever so close to being truly remarkable.

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Photo of Chaz
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, chestnut-brown in color, with a medium tan head of good duration. Head consists of dense, almost tiny bubbles. Lacing is solid, and this is opaque when held up to the light.SMOKEY! The smoke fairly obscures the malts, but there are hints at the dark and chocolate malts that lie beneath, as well as a hint of sweetness. Very agreeable on the first sip, with a full-bodied impression. Smokey and a bit sweet, with all of the better qualities of the style coming to the fore, along with some bitter chocolate and light espresso notes. Closer to full-bodied than many of the stouts I've had in this style, and remarkably smooth. Although the smoke lingers, it doesn't totally obscure the finer malt and hop qualities present here; there's a roasted malt profile that hovers just undeneath the smoke, an assertive-yet forgiving hop bitterness, and a touch of oilyness that adds great depth to the malt profile. Top notch, folks. Now let's hope Furthermore sticks around a while.

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Photo of Derek
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention (especially considering it's a stout), but it initially leaves a light lacing.

S: Smoke, licorous, peat, black-strap molases, coffee, light spicing and hints of dark, fruity esters. It's not a huge aroma, but it's complex, balanced, interesting and inviting. I've grown to like smoked beers.

T: Pleasant spicy-smokeyness like a rauchbier (sausage-like); cocoa, coffee, molases, earthy-peatyness, roasted nuts; balanced bitterness. Wow.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, slight roasted acidity and hints of chalkyness. Well-attenuated, but thankfully not as dry as some dry stouts.

D: I find it engaging, but the big flavours could be a drawback for some people.

A wonderful smoked beer that's underrated in my opinion. More people need to give this a try!

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Photo of aforbes10
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown, a deep walnut color. Small khaki head. Chocolate and smoked malt odor. Fairly pedestrian and a little sour smelling. Fizzy, aggressively better in an old coffee grounds way. Too biting and sour with not enough chocolate or malt flavor to back it up. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. I liked the Knot Stock a lot better.

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Photo of Flyer
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average but not great stout. If not for the hint of peat, it would be fairly unremarkable, and the peat really is just a hint. The nose has some nice toasty notes. Good, solid coffee stout flavors, with the peat and some vaguely sweet milky notes coming in late. Nice dry finish. This might grow on me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fudge brownie with a sliver of candied cherry along the bottom edge of the pint glass. I love opaque Irish dry stouts. The toasted tan head is two fingers after a vigorous pour and has a nicely cobbled look on its upper surface. Add thicks sheets of pocked lace and you have... a classic looking stout.

The nose is even better. After reading that Three Feet Deep contains 'a hint of peat-smoked malt', I wondered how much of a hint would be provided. I'm happy to report that it's much more than a hint and is even more than a suggestion. I love peat in my whisky and in my beer. Thankfully, this one has a beautiful roasted maltiness to go along with it.

I thought pretty highly of Knot Stock (a black pepper beer) and I do belive that I like this one just as much. The flavor profile consists of well-roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a minor splash of black coffee and tangy peat smoke. These guys are masters of keeping all flavor elements playing nicely in the sand box. Flavors that should dominate, dominate. Flavors that should complement, complement.

Three Feet Deep also has a pleasant hoppiness that adds yet another facet and provides the bitter 'yin' to the malty 'yang'. I'm sure the brewers designed it just this way on purpose, but may I suggest a more malt-intensive 7.5% beer? When a stout is this good, I want even more explosive flavor per mouthful.

I'm trying as hard as I can to keep in mind that this is an Irish dry stout and not an American double stout. The mouthfeel, while acceptable for the style, strikes me as too light. I like a little chewiness in all my stouts, and a little more flavor linger than this one provides.

Three Feet Deep would be better if it was Six Feet Deep. Having said that, this is very good beer that has that Furthermore twist that I've come to know and love. If you like well-crafted beer that comes at you from a slightly different direction, give this brewery a look.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brewed with some peat smoked malt. Pours into my glass a charcoal black with muddy brown highlights. A half inch of tan head forms and as it falls stringy lacing is left in its wake. Aromas of roasty, charred malts along with a bit of cocoa and coffee grounds. Smoke and peat make themselves known in the background along with a touch of dark fruit. Quite nice.

First sip brings a dark roasted malt upfront followed some cocoa and brewed coffee. Smokiness hits midway through and on the way down along with a touch of earthy, peaty flavor. Finishes quite dry with a bit of bitterness and a light lingering smoky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fast moving slightly prickly carbonation. Goes down easy while seeming to be a little on the light side for a stout. Overall, a tasty stout with a nice twist from the peat smoked malts. I wouldn't mind sitting down to a few bottles of this one. Glad to see a new brewer in Wisconsin and look forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, with a monster tall, dark cocoa-brown colored head. The side of the glass is just covered in clinging bubbles.

Aroma starts off with a nice, strong, mocha chocolate. However, it dissipates (probably along with the head) and now it's a struggle to find.

Flavor can be hard to unlock. I blame this on the bottle's over-carbonation. The bottle I'm finally reviewing has been refrigerated only for a while, and was poured very aggressively. With the bubbles released, I finally feel I can taste most of the flavors, at the cost of a little flatness. Flavor consists of a watery coffee and chocolate base with too much bitter aftertaste. The flavors are unfortunately just too weak to stand up to the dryness. Some light peat and smoke hidden in the roasts, but nothing like other reviewers have reported.

Mouthfeel without preparation (an ice cold opening) is overly carbonated, with an odd tonic water taste and feel. I'm hoping this is just a bottling problem. At the right temperature and aggressively poured: it was watery, a bit flat, but without the tonic water problems.

Drinkability was only average. Flavors were fleeting, I felt it too watery to enjoy, too carbonated, and too dry.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally after trying three different Furthermore beers, the third time is the charm.

Pours a dark burnt umber, nearly opaque. Lacing spots the rim of the glass. Mild aroma of smoked malt and mineral water.

Taste is smoky malt and mild earthy peatiness. A distant runner-up to the smoky lagers from Bamberg, but this will do in a pinch. Not an Irish Dry Stout, more of a Scotch Ale, or leaning towards Rauchbier.

Thin mouthfeel, roastiness keeps the drinkability at moderate levels. A good interpretation of a smoky Scotch Ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, deeply roasted, and noticeably smoky, Three Feet Deep delivers a full sensory experience. Starting with visual of the creamy dark-tan head atop its ebony-colored body, it follows that up with a solid roastiness in the nose that's reminiscent of an early morning campfire: it's roasty, ashen, lightly smokey, and slightly pine-like or leafy in the background. The body is medium, and it's slick and gently oily across the palate with a delicate, restrained carbonation. The flavor brings some added dark caramel to the mix, buoying the roastiness and soft smokiness. A thin thread of bittersweet chocolate runs through it, and there's a suggestion of leafy, grassy, and piney hops in the backgropund. The bitterness is quite firm, but not pressing, and not much is needed to help the roasty, smoky, and gently peppery character in the dry, softly lingering finish. Very nicely done!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Utterly black under slim roasted tan head.

Espresso and blackstrap nose...anise and pepper...roasty and dry. And smokey!

All that returns on the tongue, the cracked pepper, the earthy coffee taste, subtle bitterness. smooth, refreshing, but deep and serious, decidedly dry.
Full bodied, dry, bitter finish.
And smokey!

Quite unique, actually, an interpretation unlike any I've encountered lately.
(And smokey!)
Bit of whisper of whiskey in there, too. Hmmm...was that intentional, he muses sarcastically...

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Photo of doubleshovels
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great depth in its pitch black colour, not a single ray of light shines through this obsidian brew. Below its light head lurks a hidden fizz, which accents its dryness and livens up the mouthfeel.

No sweetness and well balanced smoke makes this beer crave big cuts of dry aged beef, venison roasts, or smoked duck. While its dryness and crisp finish lets you enjoy one after another.

This was my first Furthermore brew, I will surely try another.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a creamy tan head that last for a good bit. There is a few tiny bubbles that stick to the side of the glass but otherwise it is to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The light smell of Band-Aids and peat smoke are balanced by the dark roasted malt aromas but don't dominate the smell even as the beer warms.

T- This beer has slight tart Band-Aid note that is salty with a smooth dark malt flavor. The finish is pretty clean and the smoky flavor hangs on for a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that makes it dry but also enhances the smoky notes.

D- This beer is better and having flavors beside Band-Aid peat flavors but they are still to strong for me and I would like to taste the malt flavors over the peat.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours an inky black with a plentiful dark tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, and little else. Flavor is light meaty smokiness (like a ham?) which reminded me of an O'Fallon Smoked Porter I had awhile back. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but this beer is still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: A roughish pour gives a good looking, one finger dark tan head that recedes to a thin layer and a ring. The beer is a deep brown color, almost black.

smell: Nice, rich roasts, a dusting of dry chocolate, and a subtle hop aroma. A decent dosing of malt sugars to balance out the dry roasts. The hop aroma joins with maybe a twinge of ethanol to tickle the back of the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium, and the body on the lighter side of the medium range...a little thin for me even for an Irish Dry.

taste: Medium roasted barley character with just a touch of dried, smoked meat in the background. Moderate hop flavor, and a light bitterness in the dry finish. A dusting of roast in the finish. Not much complexity, but solid and balanced.

drinkability: easy

single purchased at Star in Madison, smuggled back in a suitcase

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: black with ruby highlights, not completely opaque with a nice finger of oatmeal cookie beige head.

Nose: light smoky peat malts, toasted grain, hint of hop bitters

Taste: subtle smokiness from the peat, a nice dry nuttiness, toasted malt and bitter espresso finish.

Feel: on the thin side, even for the style, but lends to solid drinkability

Drinkability/Overall: a solid beer overall. Doesn't wow, but little detracts from the beer's mission - a smoked peat Irish Dry.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Riley's

appearance: pours into a pint mahogany body that is pretty solid for the style, creamy tan head with adequate lacing

smell: very smoky, campfire-esque...definite peat aroma, dry cocoa and light coffee bean, light licorice

taste: char, smoked meat, semi-sweet cocoa powder, peat and a light woody touch...faint licoric, dry coffee, very roasty. another pretty solid "off the beaten path" beer from furthermore

mouthfeel: fairly thick, creamy, rich and charred. dry finish

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of sweethome
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a tough one to judge due to the description. I tried to take the bourbon idea in to account - but could not get past the strange a plain odd taste. I can appreciate a good bourbon infused flavor - so many examples in WI - Tyranena for example...the flavor I'm getting is not bourbon.

That flavor was not evident in nose. At times late - it was ok.

Doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another fine art deco label from Furthermore featuring deep growing tree roots and the brewery’s avian (robin???) talisman.
This beer is labeled as a stout with a hint of peat smoked malt and is said to be a “return to county cork and the warmth of the Irish hearth,” thus I entered it as an Irish Stout, though it matches the rauchbier category more than anything else in my opinion.
I found the beer to be quite pleasing and certainly unique. Its appearance is acceptable with a dark brown, almost mahogany tinged body and a thick khaki head, rather typical for a stout.
The aroma on the other hand is anything but the norm. First and foremost, a pungent smell of cooking meat, venison perhaps, stands out. Along with it come all the other attributes of the grill, charcoal, burnt hickory, mesquite, etc… The peat is bold indeed but less reminiscent of Scotch then it is some beer by the Brauerei Heller-Trum.

Taste matches the aroma in part. Though the front and middle contain roasted malts hinting at coffee or cocoa like many a stout, the finish is entirely peated meat. The texture is even chewy, thick, and steak like.

While this might not make my list of regulars it definitely stands out as an interesting change of pace. I give Furthermore props for using the peat. It’s risky and I can’t see many people liking this beer. Still, that managed to restrain themselves to a degree and the beer remains drinkable by any standards regardless of one’s affinity for peat and meat.

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