Chemtrailmix (2017)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Chemtrailmix (2017)Chemtrailmix (2017)
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
15%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.74 | pDev: 6.12%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
82
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  35
Gots
  15
SCORE
98
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Chemtrailmix (2017)Chemtrailmix (2017)
Notes: Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon and pink peppercorns
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 82 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of cinnamon is quite overpowering with some molasses and black chocolate notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of strong cinnamon notes with some very faint peppercorn notes, huge amount of residual sugar with some molasses and black chocolate notes with some discernible bourbon notes. Body is full with syrupy notes and good carbonation with very little alcohol showing. Interesting but cinnamon is overpowering which limits drinkability.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Nov 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this at dark lord day. This was the best stout I have ever tried in my life! The pink peppercorns, cinnamon, and rye barrel aged accent each other in such a way.... In all seriousness I have dreams about this beer I was lucky enough to get a 2018 in my allotment and it takes all my will power not to crack and chug it every day. If more people try this I’m 100% certain you will like it way better than Handjee. This blows handjee out of the water and I think it’s the #2 overall rated beer? That’s why i have this rated as a perfect 5 if it blows Handjee out of the water it’s a perfect beer in my opinion.

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mpro12 from Illinois, Jul 11, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with minimal beige head. Lots of spices on aroma. Vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet but not as much as regular dark lord. Nice cinnamon flavor and thankfully not a cinnamon bomb. Flavors of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses and a hint of peppercorn on the finish. Awesome beer.

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4.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with coco brown head
S- Cinnamon, creme brule, prunes
T- Pretty balanced on the cinnamon. Then classic DL with the burnt sugar and prunes/rasins, but much more toned down than those flavors in regular DL.
F- THICK ... VERY THICK
O- Very nice

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4.53/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is heavy-handed on the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture, which takes over the entire palate (and the beer itself.) The finish is a bitter "Cinnamon Toast Crunch" with a bourbon twist.

Chemtrailmix clocks in somewhere between GNVP and BA Abraxas.

This beer was worth trying but not worth repeating at the high cost of entry.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Jun 10, 2018
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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been lucky enough recently to have shared or drank Chemtrail on tap - the former, a bottle of 2017, the latter, a pour of 2018 at Dark Lord Day.

It's hard to articulate how these peppers differ from others - but they are quite distinct from those in (for instance) Abraxas, or BA Abraxas. I will say that the fresh tap blows away the 2017 vintage bottle - where the peppers have slightly overwhelmed the cinnamon. I have friends who found this to be of benefit to the beer, while I prefer the more-balanced fresh beer more likable. The cinnamon and peppers are far more balanced and in sync in the fresh beer.

The nose has a bit of heat to it, which I really enjoy. It's amazing how well-blended the rye is - and that slight rye bite is so complementary to the peppers and cinnamon that I would prefer to see this aged in rye every year. No knock on the bourbon though - it's slightly smoother and similarly delicious.

Which Chemtrail was not my favorite variant this year (that honor likely belongs to Hung Drawn N Quartered, or Handjee), it's an incredible beer and merits a very solid 5 from this reviewer.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, May 23, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml green glittery wax bottle, served in a FFF teku. Pours a dark black body, slightly dark brown hue, one finger mocha head, fair retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is cinnamon and pepper mostly; dark chocolate and that distinct green apple is there in the background. A fair bit of whiskey, but the spices dominate. Flavour is a heavy, sickly sweet green apple flavour that dominates throughout, with a fair bit of cinnamon lingering throughout that does not completely overcome the base sweetness of the stout. A bit of pepper, I think, although I'm not sure that I'd notice it if I hadn't read the pink peppercorn part. I pulled out some pink peppercorn out of the pepper shaker, and well, maybe there's a bit of that in there. For the most part, the flavour is dominated by coffee and Dark Lord, with the pink peppercorns and bourbon barrels in the background. Good, but still very sweet and not quite transformative an experience as the bourbon vanilla variant. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lower carbonation, smooth and oily, sweet green apple and chocolate on the backend. This was still too sweet (no surprise) but it didn't meld as well as I'd have liked- splitting the bottle with one other person was tough. This is a good one to share at a bottle share with 7 other people, probably.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Mar 15, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 285/1505. Poured into chalice, shared among 3 people.

Pitch black, dark appearance with no foam even upon aggressive pour. Foam is present only around the edge of glass as you sip along. Aroma is cinnamon, loads of oaky bourbon barrel, along with an under-note of fruity peppercorn berries that ties everything in. The taste has all of those. It is well balanced with all of the ingredients coming through strongly. Chocolate really shines as well. The taste is rich, sweet and decadent. The feel is typical high-end DL variant: fudgy and sticky-sticky even after the first sip.

This is a high-end world class stout, deserving of its reputation. I've had BA Abraxas '17 and I would take Chemtrailmix over it without hesitation. I think it is 'more' in every way. I've also had many DL variants, and this one is right up there with Marshmallow Handjee and Cognac Coffee DL.

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eppie82 from Illinois, Dec 29, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage; drank 6/2/17 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Cinnamon toast crunch, mild oak & faint bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

This tasted like cinnamon toast crunch with a bit of bourbon barrel & some chocolate. That said...it was an upper echelon "pastry stout". I'd have another...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 10, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know I'm in the minority here but I just don't get it. This beer does nothing for me. It's an overly sweet, cinnamon bomb with no barrel characteristics whatsoever. Could be replicated by any two-bit home brewer. There, I said it.

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wcu80 from Georgia, Sep 20, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bottle share that also included 2017 FVM and Handjee and I thought this was by far the best of the three. It is heavy on cinnamon and peppercorns, which results in such a bold and spicy flavor. I loved it.

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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey, Sep 18, 2017
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4.66/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More carbonation than usual for DL, BA or otherwise but it settles down. Pitch black as expected. Smell is intense cinnamon. Taste is cinnamon & pink peppercorns with the adjuncts being so powerful they make it hard to get much barrel flavor although I'm sure it'd taste quite a bit different if it wasn't barrel aged. Occasionally the spices provide a bit of burn. The cinnamon goes really well with the peppercorn and I enjoy the cinnamon flavor in this quite a bit more than some of the other cinnamon bombs out there (i.e. regular Abraxas) but I'm also not sure what type of cinnamon they actually used in this. Feel is thick of course. Overall it's delicious and one of the most impressive adjunct driven beers ever, even if I would like more barrel flavor in it, which would likely mean toning down the spices.

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Dactrius from Wisconsin, Sep 04, 2017
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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA stout share. Thanks for the hookup Brad. The best of the night. Extravagantly delicious. A perfect 5 in my book. So thick and rich. Big red with some peppery spice

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hopabomination from Rhode Island, Jul 21, 2017
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5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Brad for sharing this. Rich thick fudgey, sweet and roasty with cinnamon and vanilla dominating. A little more cinnamon than Barrel Aged Abraxas especially when it warms.

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PorterPatron from New Hampshire, Jul 21, 2017
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4.85/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. It's hard to believe they can turn regular Dark Lord into this beauty.

It pours thick as sludge, extremely dark.

Smells of fragrant cinnamon. Nuances of bourbon and chocolate from the stout base.

Tastes of smooth cinnamon, not spicy. Finishes with slight bourbon notes. No burn at all. Alcohol presence is perfectly hidden. What sets this apart from most stouts is the thick creamy mouthfeel. Superb beer that goes toe to toe with Handjee.

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JFresh21 from Illinois, Jul 05, 2017
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4.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 924/1505 cracked on 6/2/2017

Look - thick, black, oily, tons of lacing

Smell and Taste - Cinnamon toast crunch....simply put, this is amazing....the barrel is heavy with oak and bourbon

Feel - as with all the DL BA beers, amazing.....creamy, thick, not much heat or booziness

Overall - this is the real deal. Has to be the second best variant of 2017 behind Handjee, which is a top 3 beer on the planet. This thing is amazing and I will be seeking out more.

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rabbott2 from Illinois, Jun 05, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is viscous dark black with burnt brown edges and a milky, fiery tannish-brown thin film.

This is really good, but not like other cinnamon beers. ChemTrailMix exhibits a different, lighter, softer type of cinnamon, but a lot of it. So at lot of people were drawing comparisons to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but that's not quite accurate. Sure, it is a sort of brown sugar-cinnamon combo, where the cinnamon is rounder and softer, not spicy or scratchy. But a little savory element from the pink peppercorn helps the Dark Lord stay away from being too sweet, while also not becoming a spice bomb like Temeculan or Biggleswade.

Yet, in a way it is sort of like Temeculan, but more drinkable, with no cardamom, and a much nicer balance due to the bourbon barrels with some vanilla. Of course, there's loads of dark chocolate and a nearly umami roasted malt.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 24, 2017
Chemtrailmix (2017) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 82 ratings