3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Porter - Baltic
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: "I listen to few and I'm fueled by fire." Wood-Aged Baltic Porter.

68 IBU
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed in collaboration with the band Corrosion of Conformity.

Bottled 1/7/16; drank 2/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

Murky brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); strong tree-rung lace.

Cream, fresh earth, faint raspberry & mild booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Black coffee & faint raspberry flavors up front; dry earth & astringent booze heat notes on the finish.

A brutal, dry, boozy finish mars a decent beer; kinda unpleasant.

Dec 27, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle n January 24, 2018. Look is clear brown with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. Feel is medium in body.

Jan 24, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, bottled 11 months ago

Not sure if this beer is still fresh enough to drink. I received this baby in a beer trade, and it was bottled about 11 months ago. At 8.6% it’s borderline age-able.

Pours a two finger light brown, creamy head into my willi becher glass. The body is black, with hues of brown. The carbonation looks wild on this guy. The bottle was fizzing when cracked, and there is still a lot of bubbles rising. Head retention is very good, it took 3 or 4 minutes before it even started to die down. Now well over 7 minutes later, I still have half left. So far, a great looking beer.

On initial smell, the beer seems like it may be past it’s prime. It has a somewhat extract-y aroma. I haven’t had a Baltic Porter in forever, but this one smells very sweet. I did a little research and found that the IBU range is much lower than I remembered, and the allowed sweetness is much higher. Still, there is an extract feel to it. Past that, definitely some dark fruity aromas here, plum, fig, very sweet overall. Some chocolate lies underneath. Toffee, almost an English brown character to the aroma. Not terribly woody on the nose, but some may be there. Very creamy, with candied sugars. Overall, it’s definitely growing on me, this actually smells super good. I don’t notice that extract much anymore, the sweetness has fallen into their categories. There is not much I can say is “off” anymore, still, possibly a hair sweet for me. Still a great aroma though.

Wow, the flavor is not as tame as the aroma was. Definitely very sweet, but it has more than just that. Ever so slightly woody, with a small astringent booze kick at the end, not unpleasant. Not getting too much chocolate at all. Toffee hits for a nano second. Fruits mildly linger. The aromas I got are here for the most part, but very faint. A tad bitter, just barely. Overall this is a good beer. The flavors are not as distinguished as they are on the nose, and some are basically not there at all (chocolate), but the balance is much better, the slight bitterness and astringency add a much needed element that is not there on the nose. Not that I don’t love glasses of chocolate milk, but they are hard to handle. Overall very nice, but it could use some work on the individual flavors.

Mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation is low, which I suppose is appropriate? The body is a little lighter than desired. Not very chewy, but it does coat your mouth, sweetness lingers and coats everything. Not sure how to feel about this, I’d prefer something different.

The drinkability is surprisingly high for 8.6% the slight astringency and booze does not make this beer any harder to drink. Sweetness is a sliding scale, and this has its fair share of candied sugars, but it’s balanced enough that I can drink it fast.

Overall this is a really nice beer. Good aroma, great appearance, and a good flavor. I would have hoped for more definition from the flavors, and maybe a brighter mouthfeel, but those are minimal complaints, and this is overall a good beer.

The beer got slightly roasty as it warmed, not unwelcomed at all.

The retention on this was amazing, a half finger of head lasted well over 20 minutes. Overall this beer turned out to be one of the best looking beers I’ve had in years. The head hung around in “good” fashion for a very long time, with a small, quarter inch of head being there the entire time. Thick lacing was there all the way down the glass, amazing looking beer.

Dec 09, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Smooth, chocolate semi sweet malt, barrel wood notes, clean finish. Complex roasted malt nose.
Deep brown, mostly clear with tan head of nice latticed lace.
Medium body, gentle version for a Baltic porter or a 3 Floyd ale.

Aug 24, 2016
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Chiefy770 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 Ounce Bottle
Bottled on January 7th, 2016
Reviewed on May 21st, 2016
Served in a Snifter

Poured a clean dark brown body with a nice mahogany glow. A creamy tan head, roughly an inch deep slowly collapsed and left a generous amount of lacing.

Rich, dark roasted malts. Definite presence of oak/wood. Notes of vanilla and caramel slightly sweetened the overall aroma. Minor herbal notes, think liquorice.

Rich roasted malts. Bitter notes of dark chocolate. Slightly smokey. Oak / wood. Not overly sweetened.

Full-bodied. Low carbonation.

Nice wood-aged Porter. I would recommend this to any Porter drinker out there.

May 31, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some woody notes, roasted malt and black chocolate notes is pretty nice. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with some woody notes, some bitter notes and a woody finish with hints of residual sugar with nice chocolate notes also noticeable. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid beer with nice level of complexity while retaining some good drinkability attribute.

May 12, 2016
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - dark just like a porter with a slight head
smell - roasty rich smell
taste - can tell there was oak in the process and it's pretty rich and toasy
feel - medium light body with slight carbonation
overall- pretty good

Mar 24, 2016
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joe1510 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Binny's - Willowbrook

Wiseblood is brooding in its blood red coloration. The darkest of reds, bordering on black, allows a few streams of bubbles to be seen creeping to the surface. The beige head is easy to rouse and it rises to two fingers in height before slowly falling to a thick crown. Chunky sheet lace is left as the foam recedes. A damn fine looking beer is Wiseblood.

The nose is surprisingly rich in the oak department. It's tannic and buttery with a hint of coconut. Roasty notes are mild yet rich. There is some depth. Black licorice makes a quick appearance along with bittersweet chocolate, a tendril of smoke, a peppery booze. A lactic quality walks through, from what I'm assuming is the barrel aging, as this beer warms. I'm liking the direction of this guy, it's unique.

The oak, again, is upfront in the flavor. It's buttery and smooth, a little tannic while complimenting the porter well. Black licorice comingles with the soft, approachable roastiness. A lactic quality, again, pops up mid palate A handful of overripe dark berries wraps it up. Good depth, a little earthy hoppiness, but not much. Good.

The body weighs in at moderate with a velvety creaminess. Tannins dry it up rather quickly and stick to the gums a bit which makes a touch of bitterness cling to my cheeks. For a barrel aged Baltic porter this beer goes down easily.

Wiseblood is a good beer from the folks at Three Floyds. It's much different than most of their offerings and I like it. An oak forward porter with a unique flavor profile. The oak adds good depth. Go try some.

Mar 19, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral and sweet, with definite barrel notes and a bit of caramel malt. Almost smoky.

Flavor is oaky throughout, with odd perfumey herbal and floral character. There's a light citrus juice and zest presence. Finish is moderately bitter. Wouldn't peg it as a Baltic porter.

Mar 06, 2016
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curasowa from New York

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby color with one finger of bubbly tan head that fades with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Roasted malt and ripe tree fruit, mostly dark cherry and hints of smokey wood.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, chewy roasted malt up front, then a fair amount of carbonation and peppery spice lighten-up the middle. The finish is peppery with dark chocolate, roasted notes, earthy bitterness and some nuttiness.

The Rest: The aroma was a bit underwhelming, but the taste more than made-up for it. Really complex and delicious.

Mar 04, 2016
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a goblet.
Dark brown with prominent ruby highlights, big cloud -deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Dark malt, subtle roastiness
Taste-Dark toasted malt,spicy wood note. Easy-going for the strength. A nice match for a grilled steak or a burger with the works.

Feb 22, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, dated 1.17.2016, poured into a FFF 15th Anniversary pint glass.

The beer pours a burgundy amber color, some clarity when hit by the light with a foamy, khaki head that rises about 3 fingers high that has nice retention and fantastic lace. The aroma is very heavy on caramel and amber malts, oak, light earthy hops, light chocolate character. The flavors are okay, plenty of roast, caramel and amber malts, chewy oak, earth hop spice, bitter chocolate and some fruit character that lingers, mild acidity as well. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, smooth carbonation, medium to heavy body that finishes really easily.

Verdict: A very unusual beer from FFF, it has a few characteristics of a Baltic Porter, but many more of a simple American Amber Ale. It never really finds its footing between the styles which definitely holds it back. That being said, I did enjoy drinking the beer and had no problems finishing the bottle.

Feb 20, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an Amber color. aroma is a roasted but sweet caramel malt. Flavor is a little roasty, a little oaky from the barrel and has sweet Carmel like notes. Leaves a bit of warmth in the mouth. Overall a nice beer.

Feb 18, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date 01/17/2016. No abv listed on the bottle. "Wood-Aged Baltic Porter", a collaboration effort with Corrosion of Conformity.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours dark mahogany / chestnut brown, not black or opaque. Two big fluffy frothy fingers of khaki tan head. Good sticky fluffy strands of lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma is pretty light & subdued. Slight chocolate and cream, minimal hints of an earthy / vegetal sort of presence (mint? spruce?) Not picking up on aroma suggestions of 'wood' or notes of vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: fairly light & bland, in all honesty. Only very minor notes of chocolate and cream. No bitterness, or malt roastiness. No overt notes of vanilla or wood-aging. Subtle mint / spruce tip sort of flavor, so that must be where the wood character lies.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, easy-drinking. Notes of chocolate / cream / roast intensify as the beer warms toward room temp.

Overall, a fairly average offering from Three Floyds. Not something I'd recommend or try again.

Three Floyds Wiseblood -----3.5/5

Feb 09, 2016
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mlockman from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Certainly not much of a hop profile, and any porter-like characteristics are overshadowed by barrel-aging, as the tartness of the fresh oak dominates on the nose and palate.

Jan 24, 2016
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Wasted_Youth from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber porter hybrid. Tons of fruit on the nose. Taste is complicated. Piney hops, malts, dates, grapes, chocolate, coffee hints, and heavy traces of an assortment of wood. Pretty intense stuff.

Jan 23, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i am the tenth reviewer, so i put this one on the map! well, i feel special, at least....
looks like My Bloody Valentine Red IPA.... almost. creamy head on top. barely transparent, ultra dark red/brown... aroma eludes me. taste eludes me.... brown ale with something funky in it..... quinine? Dr. Pepper? what the hell is it? vampire blood?
i dont get the 'quad' flavor, but it is a bit funky.... wood? okay. if you say so. i'm sticking with vampire blood. try at your own risk. you may be transported to "the other side".....

Jan 22, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wood flavor is a tad strong. However after the wood the beer is much more of a porter. Mainly with roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Not much in the way of coffee.

Jan 21, 2016
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark beer with light amber light poking through. Big fluffy head though not that of a 10% sticky double IPA or imperial stout.

The flavor is of chocolate, esspresso, and a strong wood finish. Dark fruity hops mixed with cocoa lingers on the tongue. A bit of a spice note and some light anise hints (not an issue if you don't like the flavor imo it'll be pretty hard to notice).

Really a good beer. At 12 a bottle I'm not coming back but I still like it.

Jan 21, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As darkness, ominous and sinister hallows fall upon the Three Floyds brewery, it could be that Corrosion of Conformity has come to town. Or, you could say that its just Tuesday at the brewery. Regardless, the collaboration ale links flavor to sound in a rounded ale and in a way that only Three Floyds can.

Beneath its dense, mocha-stained whipped meringue lies a black ale that rivals any stout. With the senses drawing near, its aromas are earthy, charred and dense with espresso and cocoa. And on the palate, its creamy char is woven together with burnt sugars and an initial cakey texture.

And with the weight of the beer pressing on the tastebuds, those sugar espresso, burnt toast, coco and burnt fruit flavors latch on and are reluctant to release. Hints of aniseed and fennel rise through the grill of grape and currant for subtle complexity. But not-so-subtle are the bitternesses provided by hops, taking shape of burnt pine needles and seared grapefruit skins.

Its texture is creamy with a breadth of dextrin malt, seemingly marshmallowy and chewy to start, but the acrid char is powdery and lightly ashy to finish. Its that dichotomy of creamy char that gives the beer as much challenge as it does intrigue, but rendering its finish and aftertaste warm and unnecessarily bitter.

Jan 20, 2016
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid offering from Three Floyds Brewing Company. High alcohol, large head, dark porter that has several palate changes throughout. Smooth mouthfeel and drying aftertaste. Definitely unexpected, but what isn't from a place whose motto is "it's not normal."

Jan 19, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bottle poured into a Duvel glass. By far the strangest beer I can remember having. There is no way in hell this is a porter. It slightly pisses me off because I expected a porter and got what I believe to be a quad. This review is based on what is in the bottle and not what is supposed to be in the bottle.

Dark in color with a decent off white head that sticks around for quite a bit. Lacing clings to the side of the glass. Smells of dark fruity esters, oak, slight Scottish ale aroma. Taste starts like a quad and then mid palate transitions into a Scottish ale. Finishes with a bitter ashy taste and slight booze. Mouthfeel is decent and again similar to a quad but a tad thin.

One of the most confusing beers I have ever had. A pain in the ass to review and try to figure out. What pisses me off the most is as it warms up it actually is growing on me. Glad I tried (I guess) but can't imagine having again. Weird and somehow works.

Jan 19, 2016
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wiseblood bottled 1/7/2016 enjoyed 1/17/2016 in a snifter.

Look - Lighter brown. Finger of tan medium bottles head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Hoppy. Woody but not smokey. Chocolate. Coffee.

Taste - Woody. Toasty. Hoppy. Not very smokey. Chocolate. Coffee.

Feel - No complaints here. Medium feel and creamy with a ripping touch on the tongue. Dry.

Overall - Different enough from Alpha Klaus and Topless Wytch. Never had Floyds Florida Man. Good stuff.

Jan 18, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend @RossiDaMan picked this up for me 2 days ago.
A - Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy tan head that settles to a nice thick cap.
S - Definitely woody and a little boozy.
T - Flavor is woody, malty and smoky with just a hint of booze.
M - Creamy, medium low carbonation.
O - Like the previous reviews, identifying the style of this beer is difficult. I would not guess a porter in a million years. An oak aged scotch ale seems much more likely. Unique. Not something I want to drink everyday, but I would buy it again and I hope 3 Floyd's brings it around next winter.

Jan 14, 2016
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Warren2621 from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very very strange twist on the Baltic porter. Bottle art is awesome and Floyds mocks the barrel and oak craze by calling this a "wood aged Baltic porter"

Look: pours a deep, deep amber. Almost like an extremely dark Scottish ale. Half way through the beer and it's completely see-through and looks purely amber

Smell: hmm tough for me to describe. You can smell whatever it was aged on. Kind of a Scottish hint once again

Taste: aging comes in first (maybe it's just oak) but then follows with the slightest bite and booze of a scotch ale. Still get the roastiness of a porter but this is a typical floyds extremist beer.

Feel: really think bodied. Thinner than I expected but instead of hitting you thin and tasting flat, it comes thin up front and then brings such a refreshing full flavored porter/light scotch ale hybrid.

Overall: at 8.8% this thing tastes like it could be canned and drank all day. My review doesn't do it justice. Try it and see what you determine. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I'm still confused by the beer

Jan 12, 2016
Wiseblood from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 153 ratings