Topless Wytch | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
555
Reviews:
103
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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84
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79
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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as a black colored brew with a nice decent sized head. It's got some tan lacing down the glass. Chocolaty aroma and heavily roasted malts on the nose, not much hops coming off this. Chocolate burnt toast and smoke flavors on the tongue on every sip. Creamy and dry mouthfeel. This brew all around it rather good. Very glad I tried it!

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a bubble show that delivers three fingers of tannish foam; the espresso colored liquid beneath reveals some ruby highlights; good retention and a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Baker's chocolate and a hint of molasses

Taste: Strong chocolate tones from start to finish, with the molasses delivering some sweetness, through the middle; the finish has a hint of roast and coffee

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice beer but more of an Imperial than a Baltic; lacks the subtle dark fruit tones I look for in the style

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time with a bottle of this, after a few drafts in the past. Nice label art, is it a metal album cover or a beer, or both?

Reddish brown as its poured, but appears black when full in the glass. Thin head of tan foam that fizzles out after the second pour. No lace or head after a little while.

Aroma is rich with dry chocolate, and minor coffee elements.

Flavors of dry and bitter chocolate, fairly substantial and flavorful. Thankfully not sweet as many Baltic Porters can be. Body is somewhat light to medium, some perceptible alcohol traces in there as it warms. Roasty malt and lingering bitterness. Doesn't seem especially hoppy, a rarity for FFF though true to their history of nailing certain classic styles. Worth a try, looking forward to this again on draft as the weather starts to cool off.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, apple, raisin, coffee, toast, molasses, floral, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, roasted malt, raisin, apple, toast, molasses, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, light char, light fruits, molasses, floral, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted malt flavors with fruity esters; with minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Baltic porter. Very nice balance and complexity of robust roasted flavors with fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FFF

Pours a beige colored head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Sweet, rich, and malty. A lot of dark dried fruit flavors. Cherries, plums, caramel malt, some spices, and coffee in the background.

Taste: Some smokey notes here with roasted coffee. Rich and sweet. Chocolate. Some toffee malt here. I also get some wood/oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and dry.

Overall, a decent Baltic porter. Very roasted with light smoke notes. Slow drinking (high abv) but I really enjoyed the many flavors here.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Appearance: Unassuming black body offset by a ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: Highly roasty nose with a strong scent of burnt coffee beans and lesser notes of chocolate-covered fruit and licorice.

Taste: As you'd expect from the nose, it's very roasty and gives you a big taste of burnt malt and coffee. Charred sugar. Handful of grains and dark chocolate followed by oven-roasted raspberries and prunes. A fair amount of roasty, earthy bitterness along the way. Finishes expectantly roasty with a whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Plenty tasty! A fine Baltic Porter from Three Floyds.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since I last had this brew at the 2010 DLD. How time flies... Anyway, it pours a solid obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt toffee, and cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, yogurt (straight plain, y'all), flowers, pine, light mint, and balsa. Somehow, all of these components combine to form a nice, hoppy-ish Baltic porter. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a very nice Baltic porter, one that shows that you can add some hops to the style without completely ruining it.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -25.4%

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Topless Wytch from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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