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Topless Wytch | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Topless WytchTopless Wytch

Brewed by:
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 ATLbeerDog
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a near-black hue with a bit of dark umber around the edges; it is capped with a fairly long-lived, if minimal, tan-colored head, depositing streaks of lace.

S - The nose is basically a great deal of roast grain; suggestions of coffee, unsweet chocolate and burnt toast are there, but underdeveloped.

T - The taste is just as the nose promised: it tastes like a bunch of near-charred grain with just enough bitter balance to knock most all of the sweetness out, but not enough bitterness from hops to contribute any specific notes. Coffee grains are perhaps the strongest non-barley note. Alcohol is relatively unnoticed.

M - The feel is big, full and palate-staining.

O - Its not bad at all, don't get me wrong, but it is somewhat middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 sidetracked
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Floyds.

Black, served with a thin light brown head that lingers to create some nice lacing.

Smell is bitter roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and a general roasty aroma.

Upfront taste is slightly sweet with chocolate and brown sugar notes. Finish is a bit more bitter with roasted coffee and malts along with a flavor that is hard to place--somewhat earthy and nutty? Lingering roasted bitterness.

Between medium and full bodied, very creamy. Light carbonation coming through at the finish.

A great porter with a nice roasty bitterness and a perfect body. Alcohol is deceivingly hidden.


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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mohagany beer with a khaki head that left fat lace on the sides.

S - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt, dark and unsweetened chocolate. Unlike most baltics, this one focuses more on the roast aspect and less on sweetness. Quite nice.

T - Roast, a little sour lactose sugar, some dark fruit, bitter notes, and cold coffee. Taste is good but not as good as the nose.

M - Full bodied with lively carbonation and a puckering finish.

O - Good beer. Like it more than a lot of baltic porters and would drink again.

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Photo of Franz4
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured on 5/7 fromw the brewpub and consumed on 5/9.

Very nice porter, dark appearance with some cascade as it formed the head, little to no lacing. Nose was nice with a coffee and roasted malt scent. Taste followed nicely to make a very balanced, enjoyable porter, ABV was very well hidden. Drank much easier than a 9% abv beer should. I would drink this one again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured cold and near pitch black from the tap at yogi's to a 16oz goblet with a big bubbled, foamy, tan head

subtle roasty aroma, coffee and smoke.

super roasty, dark and smoky, black coffee, hints of semi-sweet baker's chocolate in the wayback.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, subtle bitter, semi sweet.

drinkable - yep, overall - very good beer of my favorite style.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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 DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 AleWatcher
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.
Served in a tulip.

Very dark red color-- looks black until backlit. Some brownish hues in the edges and legs. Two finger light tan head disappeared after a few sips and became a small collar around the glass. Decent lacing up top, but once the head was gone, no new lace formed...

Smells chocolatey. Very chocolatey. Some coffee and red berries pop up too. The beer starts sweet and then has a light bitterness with coffee and cocoa notes. The body is full and roasty with lots of tasty flavor to keep me interested. Nice carbonation helps the beer feel creamy and rich.

This is another solid offering from the Floyds. Very rarely am I disappointed in their beers, and this is no exception.

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Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ChugginOil
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 salvo
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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 JoePat
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Brent
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steamhead and JoePat for delivery of a sixtel of this delightful brew for sharing at the recent Bowling Green BA gathering. Creamy mocha head and midnight liquid. Everything a Baltic porter should be - assertive but not overbearing with a big body and dense flavor profile of deeply roasted, nearly charred malt flavors and dark dried fruit notes in the background. Finish is a lingering bitterness and a hint of coffee. Very nicely done.

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Photo of adamette
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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 mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 MrMcGibblets
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black w/chestnut highlights in the light. nice light brown head and lacing. served in a tulip.
S: dark dried fruit intermingled with coffee and chocolatey malts, also brown sugar/molasses.
T: sweet dark bready and roasty malts well-balanced by smooth underlying hop and roast bitterness.
M: medium to full-bodied, nicely carbonated, finishes almost dry yet with a lingering complex dark malt finish.
M: despite being a big dark beer in the summer, begs to be sipped over and over.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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 yeahnatenelson
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours dark brown, opaque, with one finger of khaki head that never fully disappeared.

Smell -- Roast malt, dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla, faint smokiness.

Taste -- Follows the nose overall: plenty of roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, faint vanilla, and some raisin-like sweetness with a mix of charcoal and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, creamy carbonation, very smooth. No trace of the high alcohol content.

Drinkability -- Smooth, balanced, an excellent example of the style and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 John_M
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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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