3 Floyds / Mikkeller - Black Flame | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller - Black Flame3 Floyds / Mikkeller - Black Flame

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Black Flame - (La Flama Negro) It burns brights for those who care to notice. It takes a true beer lover to stray from the norm and experience real flavor. If you can't handle the black flame, you can't handle adventure. Made in conjunction with Mikkeller.

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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery. This is not your typical double stout--in fact, it resembles a black IPA. It's super hoppy, with citrus thrown in (imagine taking Zombie Dust and dumping some into a stout). The 12% ABV is concealed, and this is overall a great beer for a hop-lover who is trying some stouts (and vice versa).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

easily the weirdest beer i have had in 2015, and thats saying something even though we are still in the first quarter here. this is so so strange, but also delicious. an enormous thanks goes out to thebrewo for sharing this one with us, definitely a rarity. its coffee brown with a lathery leathery head on it, super frothy, and lasting forever. the nose is a head spinner, i mean, what the heck is in this beer? the nose, on top of the very obvious roasty barley and chocolate malts also has strong notes of juniper, maybe even gin, bitter citrus, blacktop sealant, dates or figs, dried plum or prune, licorice, even anise and something super protein heavy like black bean. i swear all of that is present in the nose, and most of it is present in the taste. an earthy sticky bomb on the palate, evolving from an starchy like macaroni to sweet like taffy made from tar and molasses. in the end, its too sweet for much drinking, so thank goodness this bottle was shared a few ways, but i cant help but appreciate its weirdness. i would swear there is gin barrel happening, and i would swear on plantains or flambe banana, like bananas foster in here. we called the brewery to ask, and they wouldnt give us any information. i cant blame them, i would be holding this one close to my chest as well. if anyone has any info on, please let me know! ill remember this one forever, maybe the thickest, most unfamiliar beer to ever sit on my tongue.

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Photo of brewskis
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If Dark Lord and Dreadnaught bumped uglies and had a baby, this is what it would be. Tons of fruity and juicy hops combine with roasted, chocolatey, and sweet malts to make a completely unique nectar of the gods. So weird, yet so good. I wouldn't expect anything less from these two crazy breweries.

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Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshflesh
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbru1971
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Lord has a new kid brother. Orange and dark fruit, licorice, and still the heavy cloying mouthfeel yet somehow luscious, balanced and leaving you wanting more...the hops are definitely present...unique. Just when I thought BOTS was blurring the lines of what can be done with hops and dark beer...

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Photo of acurtis
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sugary, very sugary right now (Jan 2016)

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glass_house
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Not quite motor oil black, but close. Big frothy milk chocolate head. A lot going on in the aroma--rich chocolate, underripe mango, a little pine, vanilla, caramel and faint espresso.

Taste is...wow...so much wow. Initial rush of flavor is almost all sweet chocoalate, like a spoonful of powdered Nestle Quik. Then it morphs into deep dark chewy fudge brownie. Then the hops peek out with hints of citrus and tropical notes. The finish turns slightly earthy and herbal with a pleasant black coffee bitterness.

Body is almost overwhelmingly creamy. Almost. So full and rich it's like a chocolate tropical hop coffee milkshake. Coats the palate as well as any beer I've had. Low carb and just a slight alcohol warmth.

This beer was like watching Inception in the theater. I walked around for hours wondering what in the hell just happened. It took a while for my brain to determine if my taste buds were in a dream. Or maybe a dream within a dream? This beer is not for the faint of heart. But it's definitely for me. It's an intense sipper with A LOT going on. I did not find the hops to be anywhere close to overpowering, as some reviews mention. But I did sit on this bottle for several months, so maybe that helped. Either way, I hope to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.76/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For Mikkeller being a part of this beer I expected a lot more. flavors just weren't there very faint and sweet on this one worth a try though

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smokey and bitter

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy khaki head that reduces to just a ring around the edges

S- caramel and black malt, black licorice, earthy and piney hop

T- dark roasted malt base gives some dark fruit notes, strong piney and citrus hops kick in mid-palate, chocolate and caramel finish

M- thick body with low carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues in to a silky smooth finish, perfect mouthfeel

O- this was so hoppy that it drank more like a Black IPA to me, still very good overall

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Photo of claaark13
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaycase
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sahd-1
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLateralus21
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured from a 22 bomber, into a large Duvel Tulip. Black as can be with a huge thick tan foamy head. Head retention and lacing is great.

Smell: The smell is phenomenal. Smells like you are in the squeezing area of an orange juice factory. The citrus smell smacks you in the face and forces you to keep enjoying the smell over and over and over not wanting to let it go. Perfection

Taste: This one was hard for me. Not really a typical Imperial Stout. It definitely will never be the standard bearer for that category. Very very delicious citrus hoppy front taste, followed immediately by a alcohol burn with a lingering citrus bitterness and then you finally get some dark malty after taste. I keep sipping it and sipping it trying to pinpoint exactly what it is. Regardless, it tastes great. One of a kind.

Feel. This has always been hard for me to judge. It really depends on your perspective. The beer has the right consistency, and you can't knock it. I guess I would give a lower score if it just felt "off"

Overall: You can't go wrong with FFF especially when they collaborate with Mikkeller. This is a great beer to just sit back and relax with. I love hops so it hits the mark for me. If you aren't a hop forward kind of person, then you may look elsewhere. To me, when I am feeling like a big imperial stout. This is what I want. can't give it a perfect 5/5 for the category, just because I am a big proponent of not giving a perfect score unless it is the new standard bearer for the category. I like Prairie Bomb just a tad bit better. And the taste is definitely more hop forward than the category would allow.

Great beer, get your hands on one. You won't regret it.

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Photo of Trevor11
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 213 ratings