Chemtrailmix (2017) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Chemtrailmix (2017)Chemtrailmix (2017)
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4.7/5
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79 Ratings
Chemtrailmix (2017)Chemtrailmix (2017)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon and pink peppercorns

Added by JeNSaYGooDByE on 05-14-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
79
pDev:
6.38%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Eman17
4.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DLD - bottle share; aged nicely!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.09/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of joemetric
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpro12
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Egotist
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rristow
4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of mattreitz49
4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADG2995
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jschott75
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Desp59
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bammer21
4.93/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BellsFan
4.67/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ADTaber
4.96/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of wellsnb
4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OU_Bobcats
4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.84/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hallertau
4.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Chemtrailmix (2017) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 79 ratings