3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #176
Ranked #12,993
4.07 | pDev: 7.13%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: Imperial porter brewed with honey, cocoa nibs, chipotle & guajillo peppers, and aged on oak.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Dark, dark brown, almost black. A finger's worth of coffee ice cream colored head that disappeared reasonably quickly. Thin lacing. Taste is very interesting. The chipotle peppers add just the right amount of spice. Enough to make it interesting without overpowering the other tastes. This is different than any porter I've had before, but in a good way.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown with a good light brown head and decent lacing. Smell of chocolate and fresh peppers, taste follow these. Medium feel. Good beer and decent porter. Would like to try on draft.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look - great super dark brown color with slight head and good brown skimming
Smell - very interesting different smell. cocoa and some odd peppers and kind of sweet toasty scents.
Taste - cocoa and peppers. Still that roastiness as well and some woodiness
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - very different but I wouldn't get it again

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Photo of NCSapiens
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with attractive tan head that retains abundant foam and lacing. The aroma is faint, giving a hint of cocoa, pepper, and malt. The taste is a base of a somewhat boring porter that quickly becomes dominated by spicy guajillo and chipotle pepper with a touch of cocoa nibs on the finish. It is spicy to be sure, but not outrageously so. There is something flat about the flavor profile. The honey doesn’t impart enough sweetness. Perhaps a sweeter Mexican chocolate or maple, or adding cinnamon or vanilla would pull it all together. The oak becomes more noticeable as it warms. The mouthfeel is creamy and quite nice. Overall a fine experiment and fun to drink once. But it isn’t something I would seek out again.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Looks the part of an imperial porter, and the nose, featuring the honey, oak, and peppers referenced on the label, plus rich chocolate (thank you cacao nibs) and roasty char.

The honey and peppers are the stars of this beer, with the honey lending a sweetness and body to this beer that coalesces with the peppers (that provide heat through the end of the taste) and cacao nibs to create a big beer (8.5% ABV) that is perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is on point, full and a little creamy, which I’d expect from an imperial porter. This is executed really well, IMHO.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/13/20; drank 2/16/20 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy lace.

Fresh earth, oak, mild citrus hops, mild honey & faint pepper heat in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, mild cream & faint strawberry flavors up front; honey, mild pepper heat on the finish.

A lot going on, but overall it's muted and not great. One is enough...permanently.

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Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/13/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; big creamy dark khaki head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Subtle hints of pepper skin. Some caramel and cocoa. The aromas open up a bit as it warms. The flavors basically follow the nose. Solid pepper flavors, but it's not hot or spicy at all. There's a blend of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. More hints of caramel. Subtle hints of vanilla. The oak is subtle as well, but ultimately comes through. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid imperial porter. Everything is balanced, but it's still bold. The craftsmanship is on point. Not bad at all.

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Photo of meanmutt
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as black as any beer I've seen. Nice mocha colored head.

Smell is chocolate with a hint of peppers.

Full bodied creamy feel.

Taste is chocolate, subtle oak, and just the right amount of heat from the peppers.

Love it!

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Photo of Peif_31
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with little to no head. What head that was present dissipated quickly.
S: Strong oak smell. Smells like an old library (which I like).
T: Cocoa nibs and oak dominate. Apparently this beer is brewed with honey, but I cant seem to find that. Slight alcohol burn that lingers on the lips, but not overwhelming.
M: Somewhere in-between a standard porter and an imperial stout. Slightly heavy on the tongue for a porter.
O: Very nice! Not your typical 3F beer. A nice change of pace from a brewery consistently pumping out top notch beers. A great beer for the price.

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