Throat Snatcher | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Purse snatching is perpetrated by the lowest of street hoods. We would never stoop to the likes of that ilk. We far prefer to snatch your throat with flavor in liquid form with this beer. Cheers.

Added by brywhite on 02-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
24
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
2.12/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewpub.

This isn't a schwarzbier, but labeled as a "imperial black lager" at the brewery. I'd consider this a "US Imperial Black Lager" far more than any resemblance to the German style of lagers. The beer is instructional in how to not create a black lager, though: hops of an uncomplimentary flavor and too many of them, roasted malts used improperly or to overabundance, and a mash/boil program that simply seems to muddy and accentuate the unflattering aspects of these flavors. While the high amounts of roast malt and hops might sound appealing, and sometimes is, I found whatever mix this beer uses to be unappetizing on the whole. At best, this beer could be toleraby average: I find the aroma and flavors to be ranging between unpleasant and mediocre, and so it rates lower than average (that is, 2.5). I would have liked to send my glass back a few times while drinking it, but was polite and very slowly finished it. At the moment, seriously overrated.

Light tan to brown head, fades in average time to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as patchy lacing. Body is dark bown to black, with light bringing out no change. Opaque, carbonation not visible.

Aroma of roast malt with some resin-like hop character, along with a bit of raisin. A bit strange, reminds me of a roasty, slightly meaty, sweet English-style minced pie with a bitter edge.

Overall flavor of roasted barley/malt with substantial acridness or tannic character, some ash, and medium-high hop bitterness; no chocolate, pleasant roast, or coffee, just muddy ash/charcoal and hop bitterness with slight pine/resin characters. Front of palate tastes resin-like hops (probably Chinook or a similar variety), acrid roasted malt yielding a muddy ash or charcoal-like character. Mid-palate picks up primary flavors of ash and charcoal, acridness from roast barley or hops, and bitterness coming from the same; pine resin is in the background, but overshadowed by the muddied ash/charcoal flavors. Back of palate tastes muddy roast malt with bitter, slightly piney hops. Aftertaste of lingering roasted malt acridness, resdual hops with an unflattering pine-like flavor, medium-high bitterness from hops and roasted malt.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with medium-low carbonation, tuned to about 70% foam (small bubbles) with the remainder in smoothness. No clear presence of ethanol felt. Closes dry, with fairly low stickiness on the palate or lips.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went into this with no clue what it was so imagine the surprise when I taste a wide array of fruit from a stout like appearance. Large tropical fruit profile, like Hawaiian Punch, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit mix with a little honey and an undertone of charred malt. Very tasty.

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Photo of kindbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With riffs on both the traditional "black" lager of Germany and the "Black" ale of America's west coast, the crisp and dry backbone of lager meets a jolt of hops and assertion for a roasted, citrusy and bitter attitude.

Easily took for stout, the beer's black body lives up to its style sake- looking black at its best. And as the nose drifts by its creamy and fluffed froth, not only does the aroma of char, coffee and cocoa announce, but also fresh-peeled grapefruit, orange and pine. The initial sip is deeply malted and roast yet light and airy on the tongue.

Alternating on the middle palate, first the coffee, earthy and campfire character commands the tongue and then the citrus rind, peel and pith offer its bright and tangy set of complexities. Yet as the lager extends into finish, its hop-centric demeanor wins out. The beer's dry, crisp and clean underpinnings extend from its lager simplicity as much of its fermentation character is lost in the char and lupulin.

Roasty-dry in finish, the beer's medium-bodied firmness keeps the char and hops supported but without adding any undue sweetness. Creamy char, campfire and citrus fuse into a tight weave to mask much of the roast-derived astringency in its own coffee-like and hoppy bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

another beer in a line of 3f beers pretending to be something they're not. this beer is a black ipa. it is NOT a schwarzbier, and does not resemble one outside of its dark color. however, it is a hoppy american black bier. if you like those, you'll like this. but do not expect a schwarz!

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Throat Snatcher from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 24 ratings