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.

Added by mcallister on 04-28-2008

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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 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 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 mynie
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at the brewpub. Tulip glass. Gorgeous burnt black chocolate, almost completely opaque, topped with a hearty head.

Smells a little cold, if that makes any sense. A little like the flavor is getting dulled by the temp. Crisp, fiery burnt malts flick and flitter alongside fruity and bitter American hops. Profile grows in complexity as it warms.

Tastes smooth, sweet, bitter, and then dry. Milk chocolate moves into burnt grain--rough, unfinished porter malt--and then it moves into much smoother, almost stouty finish of bitterdry hops.

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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 peabody
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark thick black liquid with 1/2 finger of tan suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is sweet molassas and charred malts. A fruity raisin/plum aroma comes into play as it warms up. NO alcohol in the nose. Pretty nice for a 9.00%er.
Taste is bitter coffee and strong dark chocolate with a sweet caramel sugar in the background.
No alcohol here either.
Mouthfeel is darn near perfect. Sweet and bitter then dry making you lift the glass back to the mouth.
Drinkability is very good here too. You really can't tell you are drinking a strong abv porter.
Very good job Three Floyds.

Oh yea, the spelling is Wytch fyi.

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Photo of crayphish
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brew pub in a 1/2 pint glass. This beer appeared a dark brown. A scant khaki head that left hardly any lacing. Smell is fruity sugar with a giant coffee back. Taste is a chocolaty coffee punch, backed with a fair share of hoppy vanilla twang. Simply, it is VERY tasty. Mouthfeel was a nice blend of creaminess and some drying hop oils. Extremely drinkable. I had to stop myself from really going at that 1/2 pint glass. This is one brew that they should really consider bottling, there aren't many offerings of this style around. And this beer is easily amongst the best

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip at the pub. Dark brown with a dark tan head. It slowly recedes with nice lacing. Smell is chocolate, coffee, malt. Flavor is strong of barley and coffee with a nice hop balance. Mouthfeel is kinda thin and the alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer.

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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 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 DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at brewpub served in tulip.

solid inch+ head that dissipated after first sip leaving solid black glass. Really deep color on this one. Definite coffee notes and a bit of hops, but nothing on the order of Alpha Klaus which has a more expected FFF profile.

Nonetheless, really enjoyed this, very creamy and smooth with not even a hint of heat or alcohol, very ease sipper. Will definitely grab this again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brickskeller during their Three Floyds event. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a bit of a head. The nose brings forward a bit of roast as well as loads of dark fruit in addition to some chocolate and coffee. The taste really brings forward some dark cherries, dates, and plums with good roasted coffee. Fairly full mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a really nice beer that I was glad to be able to try.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick in DC the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with light coffee, leather, licorice, chocolate, vanilla and some light chalk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this excellent beer, with the moderate sweetness countered and balanced very nicely by the licorise and coffee combination. Mouthfeelis full, rich, soft and long... these guys really have a way with big beers when it comes to texture. The bitter finishes with a hint of bitterness, which enhances the beer's drinkability IMHO. Alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it does not really mar the beer's drinkability in any way.

Quite impressive. Just delicious.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

This brew is a very sweet, almost desert, brew! Its rich and thick with a very strong taste! I actually liked this brew! It feels a little hot on the tongue but its very sweet and raisiny.

Overall, a nice brew. I dont think its something I could drink often but once in a while I would find it enjoyable!

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, sampled the night before DLD.

Pours an opaque dark brown/red, very thick tan head, tons of thick lacing on the glass, great retention, settles to a thick layer. Smell is awesome, chocolate, roasty goodness, toffee, vanilla and oak, bready, dark fruit and cherry, more chocolate, very nice. Taste is similar, nice thick chocolate and coffee roast, tofee, sherry, alcohol, some dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, very rich and roasty, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied, low carbonation, super smooth, very drinkable. Excellent beer!

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Photo of JoePat
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a thick kaki head.

The aroma is chocolatey with some slight coffee and molasses.

In the flavor I get roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Great baltic porter.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy matching the robust flavors perfectly.

For a porter this is a very drinkable beer that I cannot get enough of.

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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 ATLbeerDog
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap - Pours a beautiful pitch black without any light able to peek through. A small white-tan head quickly dissipates. Smells of roasted almost burnt malts dominated the nose. First sip is deep roasted malts, slight dried dark fruits, and some coffee notes present. Mouthfeel is top notch as it is super creamy and a real joy. Slightly under carbonated but oh so slightly and certainly not a flaw. The 9% ABV is well hidden and most appreciated. Very tasty!

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Photo of mwa423
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with a very thick tan head that stuck around a good long time.

S - Lots of malt, with some coffee and definite baltic porter spice smell.

T - Thick malty flavor with only some hints of coffee. There is far less spice than expected.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, no alcohol mouthfeel or burn at all. This is reasonably drinkable beer given the abv.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at FFF in a tulip

Large two finger head the color of brown sugar. Major lacing and surface foam. Dark body with dark brown/ruby red on edges. 

Chocolate coffee dominate the clean lager nose. The weakest part of the beer for me.

Chocolate, coffee, and a sweet malty flavor dominates the taste.
Pleasant bitterness from the hops. Very good stuff.

Very creamy and pretty thick mouthfeel. Just great.
Really enjoyed this beer.

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

Had on tap during from notes.

A- Poured a deep dark brown color. One finger light mocha colored head stays around for a short while. Light ringing lacing left on the sides of the glass while I drink it down.

S- Roasted malts and chocolate go hand in hand with this beer. Nothing really overpowering some light grassy hopping the back end of the aroma I think. The aroma wasn't too strong I thought.

T- Roasted malts and light chocolate notes come bursting through at first with a light grassy hop to it. Interesting I think that there is a light hopping in the front of this. Some light coffee flavor as well in the middle with some light sweet molasses. Alcohol is well hidden and there is a light sweetness to me in the backend of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. I thought the flavors blended well together but were shining on their own as well. Crisp flavors overall. Light malty flavors on left onto the palate with some hoppy flavors added into the aftertaste.

D- This was a very interesting take on this style and I must say like usual 3 Floyds hits the nail on the head with this. Looking forward to trying this again the near future.

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

Looks like a beer that would be in the baltic regions of the world. Black in color with a somewhat thin lifeless appearance and no head.

Typical baltic style. Huge roasted malt character with a nice layer of coffee. Dark currant fruit and hints of licorice with a dab of vanilla.

Very nice, flavorful, creamy rich witha huge finish of roasted burnt malts and fresh ground coffee. Much more chocolate and vanilla in the mouth dominating the mid-palate. Dark fruits and an earthy aspect of roots, and dried fruits.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown with 1 inch of tan head, no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Very enjoyable.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink for 9% ABV.

d - I enjoyed this porter a lot. I thought it was well balanced and would love to try it again.

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

Right out of the Baltic regions, inspiration is claimed by the Three Floyds Brewing Company and manifests in this manly ale that's much like imperial stout except with a backseat with the roast.

Dark and rusty, the beer's appearance is lightly murky and muddy. But a delicate coffee-like creme fights through the haze and resides on top. Its ivory foam is creamy and somewhat short-lived. Light on lace, it seems that the alcohol impede much of its formation and retention.

Deep, dark, and sultry aromas of dark fruit, rummy alcohol, and heavy toast frame the aromas with both power and grace. Charred berries, grapes, and cherries weave into malt aromas of molasses, chocolate, cofffee, nuts, and toast for complete roundness and satisfaction- as far as the nose is concerned.

Even more powerful, the taste follows closely with strong malty sweetness to start. Burnt caramel quickly turns to black-strap molasses, chocolate, light nutty coffee and toasted walnut. Its middle palate brings about burnt fruit flavors of cherry and grape just before a more vinous "wood aged red wine" taste rises in slight estery and tart form. Finishing modestly oak-like, the beer rounds out with alcohol flavors of spiced rum.

Its highly robust texture is lush and coats the mouth with big residual malt sweetness and a bit of cocoa-like grit. Its sweetness turns tart and lightly astringent, which balances the sweetness and signals a turn towards finish. Warm and spicy, the beer seems to be a more ale-like version rather than the more common "lagered" versions.

Having a lot of barrel aged imperial stouts lately, this beer is in the same class with those. But supplanting more toasty character than that of roast, the beer is soft, supple, and drinkable in comparison even though its body and power suggests something bigger.

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