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 jsulko
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Dark black color with decent off white head.

Smell is mostly of roasted malt. Hint of chocolate in there somewhere.

Taste is slight maltyness with little else going on that I could tell. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Probably my least favorite Three Floyds beer ever. Not much going on for me.

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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 chaz01
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at 3 Floyd's a few days before DLD weekend.

A: Pretty dark -- seemed black in the dim light at the brewpub with a brown head and nice lacing.

S: Bready & grainy aroma that didn't seem very strong to me.

T: A bit of chocolate and malt notes in the flavor with a definite alcohol presence.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated -- leaves a chalky cocoa finish that combines with a bit of alcohol taste.

D: Not real smooth enough to drink more than one, but if you don't mind the alcohol aftertaste it's OK as a sipping beer.

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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 PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives black with a cocoa-colored head. Good retention and good lacing left behind.
Smell is a resiny maltiness with very light coffee and alcohol notes.
Taste is better represented with dark chocolate, malt, coffee, caramel, smoke, alcohol and hops showing up.
Full-bodied and smoothish with a dry finish. Warming all over the palate and the throat. Very good stuff though the nose is left out somewhat and that drags the whole down some. I really wanted to enjoy this one more as the style is a favorite

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Photo of salvo
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Topless wytch had the headache dark malts (see my beerthoughts). Arrives dark brown almost black with an inch of foamy tan head that lingers. Aroma is all roasted malts. Taste is dry and sharp: bitter and edged. Served off the hand pump, it is creamy and coffee rich with chocolate far in the background. Roasty and rich toasted caramel malts and toasted barley. Not my thing but a spot-on porter enhanced by cask-to-hand-pump engine creaminess.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap the FFF Explosion for Brixie's 78th Anniversary. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with thick khaki colored head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Light roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and light sweetness.

T: Roasted malts with bitter baker's chocolate and a light coffee bean. The finish has some dark fruits and malt sweetness. A touch of bitterness is also present on the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a nice full flavor and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is roasty and dry with a nice medium carbonation.

O: A very solid baltic porter. Not overly complex, but the flavors all compliment each other.

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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 BrownAleMale
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- A light shade of black. Not completely opaque as you can see the littlest amount of light through the edges of the glass. Less then 1 finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

Smell- Coco and bittersweet chocolate with. Not a ton there, but what is, smells very plesant.

Taste- Milk chocolate in the front that transistions to bittersweet chocolate and then has a slight boozy finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body and coats the mouth in a silky smooth way. Just the tiniest shade of watery feel, but that is to be expected in a porter.

Overall- There is a nice amount of complexity with a plesant warming that will be nice on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Three Floyds brewpub, Munster, IN, into a tulip glass

Pours a pretty dark chestnut color. By pretty dark I mean basically black. Soft, khaki foam makes for a 1.25 finger head. Decent retention. Not much to say about the appearance.

Way, way more chocolate in the nose than I would have figured. Baker's chocolate for days, along with toffee and cookie dough. There's some herby hop aromas too, but they struggle to match up to the chocolate overload.

Topless Wytch tastes much differently than it smells. For one, the beer is basically an Andes mint. It's got that kind of milk chocolate -- a whole bunch of it -- and the hops here taste fairly minty and green. What's missing is the dark fruit flavors that are the hallmark of the Baltic Porter style. This tastes more like an imperial porter than a Baltic one. Additionally, you can't taste a single trace of the beer's 9% ABV (which is a positive trait).

It's a touch thin in body, but nothing egregious. Nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a touch shy of "good." Perhaps if this weren't billed as a baltic porter it would score higher. It's a bit one-note (and that note is chocolate). Tasty but also underwhelming considering the source.

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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 jojomdma
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well got this on a trade in growlwer form. Well when I first saw it, I thought" wow is this dark!" Amber/dark brown in color. Threw me off! As I poured it, i got chocolate, sense of baking dough not quite cooked. The smell was a little flat for me as in, there were not of alot of things sticking up at me. Now for the taste. Woodsey, hoppy and a spice or 2.As for the mouthfeel, this was one that was thin but chewy as well. I swished it around for awhile and it left a nice coat of tatse in my mouth after I finished. One coould drink this frequently, but not one for someone who is looking for complex events to differ on each tasting

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Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this at Goose Island's Stout Fest and then again later that evening at Three Floyds brewpub. This beer poured a black with a light khaki head. It allowed a little light to pass through so wasn't as dark or thick in body as it could've been. The aromas were sweet, malty, and rich. There was some light chocolate to it with perhaps some dark fruit. The flavors weren't as prevalent as I would have liked. There was light smokiness along with chocolate and light dark fruit sweetness. It was just ok for the style. I found it to be a little thin for a Baltic Porter. This beer was ok but wasn't anything to search out in my opinion.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

The beer is dark mahogany with an inch of soapy, foamy, beige head. Aromas of chocolates, dark fruit. Sweet fruits with some cherry notes. Chocolate covered cherries and perhaps a touch of espresso. Raisins, prunes, dates, figs, etc. Perhaps a mild hop bitterness might help to balance the equation a bit. Finishes sweet. Definitely a bottle for sharing, as the sweet character becomes cloying.

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Photo of Auracom
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 oz. served in a plastic cup on March 25th, 2012 during the FFF Deconstruction. Moving straight from an English to a Baltic porter.

A - Somewhere between a medium brown swirled with deep black. A bit of that faint deep violet hue. Light head, good lacing.

S - Plenty of chocolate, spices, light syrup (more like Maple, less like molasses). Faint note of light fruit zest. More muted than I'd hoped.

T - Big-time milk chocolate, about on the level of Stone IRS here. Roast, light coffee. Strong contrasting hop cones near the backend. A big porter here. Great backend aftertaste of cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

M - Medium body, bitter light dry finish. Some alcohol warming in the throat.

D - Aroma was so-so, taste made up for it. The chocolate isn't overbearing but I'm not convinced that this is as well-integrated as it could be.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was very pleasantly surprised to see a cask of this as Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Pretty much black with some ruby tinges when held to light. A few bubbles of foam go away pretty quickly.

S: Big aromas of rotten, tropical fruit. I get lychee, banana, jackfruit and maybe even durian. A hint of wet earth in the background.

T: This is nothing like the smell. I get a lot of roast with a bit of a smoky aspect that reminds me of cigar smoke. A bit of toffee and dark fruit sweetness towards the finish. The mouthfeel was way thin. I was hoping for a bit more from this.

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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 Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a minimal light tan colored head that quickly reduces to just a faint ring around the edge and barely a hint of surface coating. No lacing.

S: Aroma is of coffee and deeply roasted malts. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

T: Flavor is much of the same, but with a bit more complexity. Roasted malts, roasted coffee, some light chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and a little raisin. Moderate sweetness. Cocoa powder on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of heavy. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Not necessarily syrupy, but starting to get there.

O: Not a bad beer. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the style, but even for the style, this one doesn't seem to bring a lot of complexity and just falls a little flat for my tastes.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A - black with a thin, white head that had little retention

S - roasted malts, faint coffee, creamy

T - roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, creamy, some bitterness in the finish; an all around subdued flavor profile

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This one was a bit disappointing for me. I'm not sure if it's because it came from Three Floyds or if it was just subpar in general. The flavors were there, but they were rather faint. This isn't a bad beer, but it didn't have anything that made it stand out. I'm glad I tried this one, but it's not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 6oz pour at Stout Fest

A- Pours dark brown and finishes black with a light cream head that dissipates, leaving little lacing.

S- The nose brings light notes of roasted malt and a dash of espresso. The almost 10% ABV is well hidden though the nose seems subtle.

T- This one is all roast for sure. Roasty n' toasty with a noted amount of coffee. The high ABV is noticeable here but just a tad.

M- Pretty smootg given an ample amount of carbonation. Pretty palate soothing.

D- This is quite drinkable due to a light refreshing taste and well masked ABV

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks silverx for sharing
The beer pours black with a thin halo of a tan head. Its nose is slightly roasty with a touch of yeast fruitiness. The taste is roasty, slightly fruity with a bit if caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering sweetness. Overall this is an interesting baltic porter, from FFF and a great representation of the style for sure, but not my favorite.

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Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken while I enjoyed this beer on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL with (among others) my two brothers-in-law Steven and Mat August 21st, 2010. Mat lives within minutes of this place and we enjoy visiting there when I am in town. Poured into standard pint glass.
A Creamy, light brown head over a deep, dark body with mahogany edges. Very cool lacing left on the inside of the glass. 4.5

S Distant smell, it is difficult for me to describe but there may be some distant sweet malt and hops. I suppose that this is consistent with the style for the smell. 3.5

T Surprisingly hoppy taste to this otherwise well crafted Baltic Porter. The moderate to dark roast malt is certainly apparent as well. 4.0

M Moderate, not remarkable except that the hops beef up the feel for what usually is quite a smooth, light to moderate feel for the style. 3.5

D At least fair. I could see having more than one of these. 3.5

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was fortunate enough to have a tap handle of this sitting at my local beer store. A buddy of mine bought a growler and shared.

Pours a thick, opaque and dark coffee brown/black into an over-sized brandy snifter. Thin espresso and dark tan head with no mentionable head retention but decent lacing.

Smell is of simple sweet and roasted malts with just a subtle touch of licorice and, perhaps, coriander seeds.

Taste is very much like the smell: clean, sweet malts, but with enough hop bitterness to be reminded of the bitterness of coffee. Finishes with just a tidge of the licorice as an aftertaste with a bit of sea salt.

Medium mouthfeel and buttery.

Overall, a decent Baltic Porter with simple flavors and a bit of hidden licorice. I could drink a few of these if I were a little more into the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fountainhead for their "It Might Get Dark" Party. Served in a snifter.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Roasted malts, light coffee, bitter chocolate, hint of smoke, a bit of light brine and olive character, a bit of nebulous fruitiness, and some sharp alcohol.

T - Bitter roasted malts, burnt espresso, char, smoke, hint of peat. Somewhat flat in flavor profile, and could use a bit more sweetness for balance.

M - Sharp, biting carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Some alcohol warmth is present.

D - Not a bad beer, just a slightly dull one for 3 Floyds. Well-crafted and surprisingly traditional, just not my favorite offering from these guys due to the flavor and somewhat poorly hidden alcohol. To heavy to have multiple glasses.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jbuddle for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into Mikkeller taster flute. Poured massively dark brown with a very light tan half finger head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and subtle milk chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one was fairly well balanced and had quite a bit going on throughout it. However, it didn't really standout from some of the more exceptional brews I've had from the style unfortunately. It was quite easy to drink and could definitely get you in a lot of trouble if you aren't careful. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you have not done so before.

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