Topless Wytch | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Topless WytchTopless Wytch

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This strong, Baltic-style Porter has a rich, velvety mouthfeel with notes of bakers chocolate and molasses.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 27, 2016. Bottled on 10/4/16. Look is dark brown with a thick tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Feel is full in body with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Matte black with a light tan large foamy head.

Smell is chocolate, banana, and moderately roasted malt.

Taste is a little metallic, yet roasty, with cola, cocoa.

A bit boozy and rum-like at times.

I've had a few stellar Baltic Porters, and unfortunately, despite FFF's skill with dark brews, this one just does not stand out as very good.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-10-18 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bomber.

A - Clear but very dark brown with a bit of ruby. 2-finger dark tan lace and excellent lace.

S - Medium roasted grain, mocha, mild earthy spice. Pleasant. Not real strong.

T - Dark fruit like dried plums and figs, espresso with whole milk, medium-dark chocolate, fully-toasted wheat bread with charred edges, earthy spice, roasted and hop bitterness in the finish. Rich and delicious.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation yield a smooth, substantial, creamy feel. Very nice.

O - A really tasty, balanced brew with great feel. Well done.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours black with thick soft tan head, great retention and lace. Bitter chocolate aroma. Chocolate taste with hops up front and some sweetness comin out in the middle, the bitterness returns in the finish. Touch of licorice at the end. Mouthfeel thin to medium but soft n slick. Great hoppy porter.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very hop forward Baltic porter with medium milk chocolate, as the hops dominate. A medium mouthfeel.

A good Baltic porter, but dominated by earthy and green hops.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First was on draft April 10, 2015 in a plastic cup at Wonder Bar in Cleveland. Second was a unknown bottle date bought from Ale Emporium in Indianapolis, Indiana August 8, 2015 and enjoyed August 10, 2015 in an Indians tulip/snifter. I see it was released March 2015 so that is where I put the bottle date.

Look - Dark and thick like coffee. Good lacing even in plastic cup. Creamy tan head with thick bubbles throughout.

Bottle Edit - Fine to medium bubbles from bottle.

Smell - Tootsie Roll.

Bottle Edit - Bubblegum. Hops.

Taste - Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast. Sweet bubblegum hits just before the finish and sticks around on the finish. Hint of smoke, not a camp fire.

Feel - Creamy and not too watery. Doesn't explode as much as other beers.

Overall - Great Baltic Porter from 3 Floyds. Unlike other porters it definitely differentiates from a stout.

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Photo of offandennui
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a relatively fresh bomber (about two weeks old) that had something off about it. It took me a while to place a metallic, iron taste/feel to the beer that I couldn't get past.

I'll definitely give it another try once a future batch rolls around, because it was - otherwise - a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roast malt dominates the aroma, with rich cocoa notes and muted boozy dark fruit.

Flavor is sweet and extremely chocolatey initially, becoming roasty and dry, almost chalky, mid palate, and finishing coffee-like. Dark cherry notes are muted, but would probably meld well, with time. Would love to see this with some age on it. Very viscous, rich body. Just a tad too bitter. That chalky character becomes offputting.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was just released this year a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to get my hands on it. I knew I couldn't go wrong!

A - Dark brown pour, but sits in the glass a nice obsidian black but is very clear. It pours great with tons of tan, fine head and strong lacing.

S - Initially the sweet dark chocolate character is powerful. There is the usual dark roasted malt that is with porters but the chocolate is first. There is also some coffee like tones that blend with the roastedness and a true malt character that makes this seem very tasty. No alcohol or hops.

T - The first sip there is a very smooth but full flavored taste with all of the flavors that you would expect: dark chocolate, black roast, sweet malt, and some coffee. Again the smooth rich character covers any alcohol or hops. The roasted bitterness is there but only attempting to balance the chocolate/malt sweetness. Complex and roasty but very smooth and flavorful.

M - High mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. A thick beer but with the lager yeast, higher carbonation, and only 9% it is still very drinkable.

Overall, a tremendous beer. Great flavor with tremendous smoothness and full flavor. Probably the most true to style beer I have ever had with 3 Floyds; usually you get super hoppy or a new spin but this is just a fantastic beer. Definitely a baltic porter with a distinct black malt flavor with less of the traditional burnt, roasted character of roasted malt stouts. I love the great chocolate flavor that comes through. I am not necessarily a lager lover but this one's drinkability and smooth character is really awesome. I strongly recommend this porter especially since it is less bitter, less harsh, and less alcoholic than many RIS's.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours opaque black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head tat retains nicely long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- cereal grain aroma up front mixes with roasted malt with highlights of chocolate & a hint of coffee

T- smoky roasted malt gives way to cereal grain and bitter-sweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, followed by some smoky charred wood

M- medium viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy and chewy silky finish

O- big and creamy mouthfeel with some nice smoky notes

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown, essentially opaque except at the very edge, with a light tan head, moderate but quickly fading, and producing mild lacing.

S - A big nose of roast, almost like toast. Chocolate and a slight hint of booze.

T - Follows the nose, with a big malty toasted grain bite, and a strong bitter element that comes forward in the close and trails off.

M - Silky but fairly light on the tongue, and with no build.

O - A solid baltic porter, delicious but not too heavy. The 9.0 ABV hides well, keeping this a relatively easy drinker that could pack a serious punch.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Jester King goblet.

A: Pours a watery dark brown with a finger of khaki head that settles with nice retention.

S: Faint cherry, light tobacco, roasty chocolate malt, some ground coffee and molasses.

T: Dark milky chocolate, dark roasted malts, creamed coffee, chocolate chip cookie with a hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Rich a full bodied with good amount of carbonation.

O: This beer does a great job of balancing it's sweet and bitter characteristics into an enjoyable medley.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours very dark with tan head. I was supprised by the complexity yet smooth drinkability of this porter. The mouthfeel was very silky. This is just a darn good baltic porter and I will be buying this whenever I see it on the shelves.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at FFF last time I was there maybe 2 months ago? Enjoyed from a FFF pink mini mug

a - brew pours a watery black with a thin off tan fizzy head. Nice streaky lace left on the mug.

s - nose is crisp, roasted molasses...smells like winter with chocolate and coffee.

t - nice big roasted chocolate. Porter char. Hint of dried dark fruit on the backend.

m - porter char with roast. Cooling. Fairly bold.

o - overall a solid Baltic porter.

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Photo of pkalix
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

awesome chocolate milk topping, creamy head, and beautiful all around...
smells like a stout. chocolate. coffee. mild bitter and chalky. what's the difference between a stout and a porter? smooth to a degree. nice all around.
overall, a decent brew. didn't know what to expect, but this is pretty decent.

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Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle dated 3/4/14 poured into a teku

A- A very dark brown/black with a two finger light mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, molasses.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, coffee, some earthy hops in the finish along with the bitter coffee flavor, good balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is an enjoyable porter that I am very happy that I got to try.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber dated 03/04/14.

Pours quite dark with a substantial, frothy, and light khaki head. Looks great. The nose is heavy roast, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and sweet, creamy coffee. Smells great. Taste is sweet at the very beginning; then transitions to roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and lots of roasted malt; finishes with a sweet and bitter creaminess. Aftertaste is roasty and bitter. Tastes great. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and creamy; strong carb action.

A really tasty beer; the flavors are intense but not over the top. Great sweet creaminess that's balanced perfectly with dark roastiness. There's a lot of coffee-like flavor and aroma in Topless Wytch, which was great, so I'd love to see what Three Floyds could do with a straight-up coffee stout or porter.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/04/2014, so this is some pretty fresh beer right here at just under a month old. My first encounter with this offering from Three Floyds, and I think also my first porter from them. Awesome bottle art.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy caramel brown; opaque black in the glass with one finger of frothy tan head. Some thin spotty lacing that falls quickly. It's okay to look at, but it's not amazing looking.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla beans up front, followed by subtle coffee bean roast. Fudge / cookie dough aromas in there also. A decent aroma of moderate strength, but I do find myself wishing for more.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter coffee beans, chocolate / cocoa, fudge, vanilla beans, cream, & hints of ashy / dark char sort of tastes. Underlying hop presence is noticeable on the end. More dark barley roast & chocolate malt than anything else.

M - Crisp, smooth and creamy, with spritzy frothy carbonation on the finish. Medium-full bodied with slightly coarse bloating carb presence.

Overall, a nice porter from Three Floyds, but it is slightly above average at best. About what I expected coming from these guys. I'd be more interested to see what the bourbon barrel aged version would be like.

Three Floyds Topless Wytch ---3.5/5

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - beautiful.... Brown w slight red. Dark dark dark. Head is very foamy and stuck around.
Smell - slight chocolate, has a hint of fruit like a plum, smells like a Baltic porter. Tingles the nose.
Taste - has slight coffee but not overpowering, very clean and doesn't hang around. Taste stays w you but not in a bad way at all and is very consistent.
Feel - smooooth w a great carbonation. Light and not heavy at all.
Overall - this is a fantastic beer and I'd get it every time I see it at the brew pub.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep woody brown in color and thick in consistency. Head is velvety smooth about half a fringes and retains nicely.

Smell has aromas of chocolate malt and a mild coffee charred presence. Rich malty aroma is balanced with a moderate herbal hop presence.

Taste has rich chocolate and coffee malt flavors forward. There is an herbal bitterness along with a taste of saddle leather and tobacco. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, thick, mildy csrbonated and heavy bodied. Not very lager like.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This had a dense thick foamy head that had true staying power and the body is a completely black hue.

The nose is chocolate malt, roasted coffee, toasted malts, tea leaf and tobacco.

The flavor is dry chocolate malt, kind of rubbery and vastly underwhelming.

The feel is very dry, smooth and light.

This was leading it's way to being a remarkable ale until I actually tasted it and found it to be lethargic and boring.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. Poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark brown, nearly black body with a one finger white head with minimal retention and some lacing. Nothing special.

Smell- caramel, milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and believe it or not, a nice crisp noble hoppiness evoking some earth. All things considered this is very nice.

Flavour- milk chocolate, roast malts, earthy bitterness, a little bit of alcohol warmth. Decent but nothing mind blowing for a Baltic porter.

Mouthfeel- rich, fuller bodied beer with good carbonation and a nice bitter earthy finish. It's about what I expected from Floyds.

Overall- decent example of a Baltic porter that is earthier and more bitter than usual. I'd have liked a more malty, chocolatey porter but this isn't bad by any means.

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Photo of DVoors
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured dark and opaque, with about 1 finger head. Good lacing

S - roasted barley, coffee. no hop aroma, which is surprising for FFF's

T- incredible! Slight roasted barley flavor is smoothed out by the chocolate and coffee. Tastes somewhat like an expresso milkshake.

M - rich smooth velvety. Almost chewy. Feels like I'm consuming a meal and I love it

O - really surprised by the lack of hop flavor and aroma (since its three Floyd's), but not in a bad way. This is a fantastic beer and I will definitely get it again if I have a chance.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three Floyds Brewing Co Topless Wytch

From 3/18/14 tasting notes... Enjoyed on tap at Champps Americana Brookfield, WI. This was served in a 12 oz stemmed tulip. Served chilled...

A) This is a dense looking black brew with a full finger of dark head, which settled quickly to a collar. Not much lacing to report.

S) Dark roast and dark fruits. There is a light amount of cocoa powder, a bit of oak and a little smoke.

T) Follows the nose... The flavor is a tad more chocolatey than the aroma. Light smoke, roast, a pleasant sweetness. Not much hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) Pretty rich... Full bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

O) People might expect this to be a hopped up brew because it's from Three Floyds. It seems spot on for a Baltic Porter to me, and is quite enjoyable. Reminded me a of Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For this being a 3F beer, its actually kind of mild and subtle from what Ive come to expect from them. This is a GOOD thing, sometimes they remind me of DFH with their weird ideas and over the top styles. Anyway, Its a solid porter. Maybe a bit too roasty to the style, but it is a Baltic.
A-An oily almost opaque black. Held up to the light some brownish red color can be seen. Very thin head which dissipates quickly. True to the style I suppose.
S- Smells very roasty, and its kinda lacking in that porterlike sour smell Im used to smelling, think St. Peters. This smells more like a stout. I get a small amount of coffee/chocolate, but its more roasted malt than anything. I dont pick up any hop aroma.
T- The taste is very good, but its more like a watery stout than a porter. Very roasty, almost chocolatey, almost no bitterness, I can vaguely taste some hops, but only if I really try.
M-Thin and smooth. Very easy drinking. For such a high ABV, this is suprising. Much like a light bodied stout. Very drinkable.
Overall, lets stick to brewing highly drinkable "to style" brews like this, Three Floyds. Keep doing what youre doing with Zombie Dust, and Dreadnaught.... stop making weird stuff like Man O Awe.

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