3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008)

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Oat Wine was brewed with our friends at Mikkeller.

Added by SwiftyMcBeer on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 165
Photo of JamesS
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice blood red color, almost portish, with some nice initial head and decent lacing as it goes down the tulip glass. Excellent scent, very malty and deep, with nice wheat sweetness and a hint of spice and sugar; it's nice not to have a huge nose of alcohol in such a beer, too. Very deep flavor, huge malt hit with a nice hop (German?) finish; slight peppery flavor with a good candy sugar sweetness; nice deep amber beer with some oatmeal sweetness. Goes down very smoothly for an over 10% ABV beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served cold at the onset of pouring into my pint glass. The beer will be allowed to gradually warm up as I drink it.

Appearance: The body of the beer pours a clear bright coppery coloration. The head of the beer was about half an inch high. The heads coloration was an off white biege coloration. The head quickly resolved down to a thin foamy sheen on the surface of the beer. Lazy bubbles effervese to the surface of the beer. Thick rings of foam remain behind on my glass.

Aroma: Pine citrus hops combine pleasingly with sweet malty bready aromas. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, nuttyness, citrus marmalade of grapefruits, lime, a kiss of cherries rolls around the aroma, floral, grassy aromas float around my glass bringing the aroma quatient up higher. The aroma keeps kicking itself up the longer the beer is allowed to warm up.

Taste: The pine tar hop flavors lead into a sequeway nicely into grapefruit citrus. Toasted caramel nutty maltyness take over from the citrus. Then the hops kick back in and bring a bitter grassy herbal experience.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body is on the lighter end of full. The body is also very smooth. The alcohol is non existant in the flavor or the mouthfeel. The beer is a sipper but very easy to drink.

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Photo of trill
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I feel very lucky to have stumbled across this one in the Sam's next to Goose Island. Didn't even know this beer existed!

Pours clear and golden, with a tight head that holds forever; appearance-wise, it's very similar to 3F's Behemoth Barleywine. The aroma is very interesting, with a lot of grapefruity, piney hops, and a pungent, nutty smell that I can only assume is from the oats. More of that pungent nuttiness in the flavor, along with caramel and resinous hops. Moderate carbonation, and shockingly drinkable given the ABV. Nice floral, perfumey aroma as the beer warms, as well.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a clear coppery color with a dense and creamy cap of off-white head that left TONS of thick and sticky lacecoating the inside of the glass. No layer of yeast inside the bottle but we spotted some flakes of suspended sediment floating in our glasses.

S: Characteristic FFF hoppiness; fresh-cut grass, pine, and tropical fruit. Rounding out the bill were apple, caramel, and a bit of alcohol heat.

T: Citrus-y hops along with cut grass, toasted oats, caramel drizzled apples, pine, and a mild honey sweetness. The initial booziness of the nose seems to have disappeared.

M: Everything about this beer suggested a prickly/peppery mouthfeel...except for one thing. Oats. The obviously copious amount of oats used in this gave it a fantastic smooth and creamy mouthfeel that virtually eliminated any trace of alcohol within.

D: Scarily drinkable. Where 2008's Hvedegoop needed a few months of laying down time to get where it needed to be, Oatgoop was excellent as soon as I got home from FFF and popped the cap! Here's hoping the next one is called Ryegoop or Humlegoop!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with Cleatus into 2 Brooklyn snifters. Glowing chesnut orange with a nice fluffy head with lots of popping bubbles. Some chill haze...striking in the glass. Tupelo honey on the nose.
Touch of sweetness on the front end...hoppy and beefy after that. More taste of the honey that I smelled.
Bitter and big in the mouth. Alcohol definitely present...big, boozy and honey sweet. Somewhat dry finish...hoppy. Glad I got to try this!

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Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with blonde highlights and a pock marked tan head that leaves sheets of lace behind on the glass. The nose is dank fruity hops and caramel malt. Nice smooth pineapple and orange hop flavors with a dollop of caramel and honey slathered toast. This brew has mellowed from imperial IPA flavors to a hopped up barleywine in the ten or eleven months since I first tasted it, I think I like what some time does to this one just fine. Smooth, silky and medium bodied. This is a fantastic beer that is drinking just right about now.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. The second collaboration with Mikkeller pours into my glass a deep, vibrant red/orange with a creamy inch of off white foam on top leaving trails of sticky lace. Aromas start with big resinous citric hops. Pine moves in as well with a touch of tropical fruit and herbal swirls. Caramel and toffee dominates the big malt background with an almost candy like sweetness to it as well.

First sip brings an upfront blast of bold citric hops cavorting with a slick, smooth caramel malt that has accents of toffee as well. The oats come through quite prominently as it rolls down along with a mix of pine and tropical fruit flavors. Big bitterness hits on the way down. Floral, grassy and herbal on the finish with a mild lingering sweetness and really no hint of the alcohol. Oats really smooth this out. Good show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The quality I call slickness from the oats really shines here making this an incredibly easy drinking beer given the abv. Spot on carbonation as well. I will enjoy the rest of this bottle and I wouldn't mind seeing more examples of oatwine's in the future. Cheers to Three Floyds and Mikkeller. Dial down the alcohol a bit and this would be sessionable!

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Photo of trbergman
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Bright and cloudy red-orange with a thin lace of taupe head.

S - Sweet malt, dried apple, caramel, toffee, clove, cinnamon, and a hint of banana.

T - Sweet, but not cloying. Fruity apple-raisin compote flavor, spiced with clove and cinnamon. Also tastes of bananas, honey, and vanilla. Complex and delicious.

M - Full, lush, and creamy, with a touch of spicy zing from the yeast.

D - A great beer to savor slowly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into red wine glasses at room temp.

Split a bottle of this with a good friend who recently, at the age of 67, has decided she likes hoppy beer. She made the comment that she doesn't like beer in the winter and would rather have red wine or a martini so I cracked open this bottle to show her what she was missing.

It poured a beautiful deep gold, with minimal foam. The smell was pungent and primal, one might say resinous. No floral hops but more earthy.

The wine was sweet, but not cloying and the bitterness kicked perfectly.

We warmed it with our hands and savored the aroma, slowly sipping until iit was over. One more person converted to big beers.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a beautiful golden copper color. One-finger head of creamy white foam. Fades to a loose filmy covering. Lacing is spotty and fairly sticky.

Very nice smell. Big sweet maltiness. Light notes of caramelized brown sugar. Hints of vanilla toffee and nuttiness. Nice big presence of american citrus hops. Large notes of grapefruit. Oranges and lemon zest. Light hints of Maraschino cherries. Nice buttered bread notes. Light grassiness. Hints of pine and fudge batter.
This nose is super nice.

Grapefruit, pine and citrus zest hits first. They're followed closely by sweet caramel malt notes. Just when you think that the malts are going to take over, you get a nice kiss of hop bitterness in the finish. An overall grassy/wheaty quality. Nice yeast presence.
The sweetness and bitterness blend very nicely together. The only drawback is that the finish becomes just a tad too bitter, after several sips.

On the lighter end of full-bodied. Very smooth. Lightly creamy. Mild carbonation.

Very tasty and drinkable, but I'm already starting to feel the 10.4%ABV by the halfway point. I don't really taste it, though. Easy-to-drink, but it sneaks up on you and hits you in the face with a frying pan coated in alcohol.
Enjoy, but beware!
This is my first wheatwine, I believe. A very nice intro to the style. I'm sure that the brewers have something to do with it, but I like the hops in this better than in an american barleywine. They work better with the malts and don't try to overpower everything.
I'm a fan of both 3Floyds and Mikkeller and this one did not disappoint.
Very well done!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 I bought a while back from Archer Liquors... I also traded for quite a few of these bottles... I love it.. but surprisingly I've never reviewed it... oh well, tonight, I'm still broke and want a nice bottle of beer... poured into my Delirium goblet.

foamy 1 finger head dies fairly quickly leaving nice lace... and the cap is a bit flimsy but leaves great lacing as I move slowly through the glass... the brew is a perfectly clear glowing orange.

Nose has a surprising amount of citrus hops that combine nicely with a bit of fruity esters... caramel is a bit lighter than I remember.

Good bitter backbone helps balance the fairly large maltiness... citrus hops and an odd yet pleasant sorta pineapple element.. a bit more attenuated than I remember.. still plenty of sweetness, but finish is hoppy and drier than memory serves.

Slightly larger than medium body with a nice everpresent small bubble carbonation.... fairly smooth... This is certainly verging on the best wheatwine I've ever had.


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Photo of Scoobydank
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sotta thank Slater for this bad boy.
L:An oatmeal off white thick one finger head. Crystal clear bright amber color. Tiny tight little bubbles continue up the glass constantly.
S:Light cherries covered in vanilla. A buttery chocolate type thing going on.
T: A raisin cognac cherry right up front. A touch of vanilla waffer. Oat flakes come pounding later. The warmer it gets the more of a cognac flavor it gets.
M: Light fizz with a fat roundness. Sits on your tounge with a bold tartness. Fine and creamy.
D: Great beer. This is the second wheatwine I have had. I am falling in love with them thus far. So fluffy.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a great orange color with some amber a creamy off white head that's three fingers high and really thick comes out wuth awesome retention and good lacing.
S= sweet citrus hops hit the nose first with lots of sweet malt coming through as well. Not as impressive as I hoped but still pretty good.
T= this is where I was blown away. Much sweeter and smoother than a barleywine. Really a lot of smooth wheaty tasting malts even though I don't know if wheat was actually used. Quite bready as well but the beautiful hop taste takes center stage here and is perfectly complemented by the sweetness.
M= smooth and creamy. Amazing mouth on this one.
D= awesome. I think I liked this one more than hvedegoop. Really smooth and mellow with perfect balance when you take time to analyze it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, steve's...figured anything with the 3floyds name on it would be best consumed fresh so i wont age this one any further

consumed during some elite 8 hoops

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, gorgeous glowing amber-orange body with a beige froth splashing on top...awesome looking beer

smell: pungent hops, the hops 3 floyds is known for...bubblegum, citrus bouquet, lemon and orange zest, tropical and floral...smells like a sexy DIPA

taste: this beer is awesome but if it was bottled as a DIPA, i'm not sure anyone would have noticed the difference...also kind of seems like this beer resembles the 3F work much more than mikkeller. this one will blow you away with fresh and flavorful hops, tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, floral green hops, lemon zest, tropical citrus, booze

mouthfeel: slick and oily

drinkability: hot but good

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Photo of bosco7
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale garnette color with a reasonable pale head.

Smells full of malt and caramel. Some peach and sugar cookie too.

Surprisingly attenuated and bright! I'm getting lots of malt upfront and then hit with a lot of orange and pine. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with the malt. Again this thing is really dry for its size. Nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are exceptional. I love the dryness and slight tartness that make this big ass beer so easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barley wine, Wheat wine, and now Oat wine. A good pour gets three fingers of resilient and rocky tan head that is super tight. Hangs around a long time and leaves a swiss cheese like lace as it fades. Body is a mahogany amber in tone. Nose is sweet with dark over ripe fruit, dark rich vibrant malts which are rustic in style. A hint of alcohol and hops are in the smell also. With first sip I get a jammy fruit sweetness like fruit schnapps. Hops act to balance the sweetness and end up adding a sappy marmalade like feel. Flavor is so interesting and unique. I would love to see how this beer ages in 2 or 3 years, but it is just so expensive at $16 a bottle. Mouthfeel has a nice mingling of the dark fruits and hops which is attractive. Wonderfully drinkable at 10.4% alcohol.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend and poured into my snifter.

A: Cooper in color, which looks more of a brighter orange when held into the light. A thin head forms and dissipates quickly. Leaves minimal lacing along the glass as I drink it.

S: Smells a LOT like a good barleywine, which I love. Strong bitter smell from the hops and sweet maltiness and grains. A very strong sweetness in the nose, kinda like honey, caramel, or toffee. I sense a little booze, too ;)

T: Follows the nose to a point. Strong bitterness upfront with a malted backbone and slight booziness. The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced. I am really enjoying this.

M: Very full and a little creamy. Very pleasing.

D: For such a high abv, I'd say it is fairly drinkable and definitely tasty. Couldn't do a whole bomber to myself though.

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Photo of jpalarchio
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of this style.

As with all beers that I've had from FFF so far, pour crystal clear. A nice deep copper color with good head retention.

Smell is a bit different, not necessarily the most inviting smell.

Taste is something else though, very good. Alcohol is so well hidden it's scary.

Good beer, looking forward to finding some more of this style.

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Photo of pecheframboise
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful mid-amber hue with very little head in a snifter glass.

The clarity and color spectrum were surprising, when held to light.

The aroma was gentle and slightly floral given the strength of the brew.

The taste was stunning. An absolute joy: the malty base flavor is pierced by sharp hops, a wide variety of flavors from nutty to floral are present. the bitterness fades to an amber grain taste.

after finishing, the aromatic effervescence allows the best ingredients to linger.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a slightly hazey Amber colour with an off white head that dissipates to a film.

S - heavy orangy pine notes from th bottle.Once poured takes on a more sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - Quite different to an DIPA with some heavy malts at the finsh that top up the initial citrus pine overload. At the very end ther is some cake mix type flavours that are just delectable.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation that makes for a very well balanced beer.

D - This is my one and only Wheatwine, and at $40 a bottle I'm not sure it merits it's price, but having said that it's an outstanding brew.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this fresh a couple times, and it was pretty hot. With some age, it's become incredible.

Appears a glowing golden copper with a sudsy film of a head. Aroma is perfumy and strong, with great depth of doughy grain without dark toasted notes. Strong floral and fruity hop notes prevail with a very sweet and rich round nose overall.

Taste sits very nicely mild with a faint bitterness on the palate up front. Faint carbonation dances through the full creamy (slightly sticky) body to deliver some deep but not overbearing flavors. Lots of dough, soft grain, mild soft fruit of ripe pear, apricot, and melon, again with a lot of floral. Fades into a swelling then decaying splash of bitterness causing the mouth to water and tighten a little. Hint of alcohol.

Overall, drinking very smoothly and with nice satisfying flavor. High abv and big style to consume a lot, but a very nicely nuanced and tasty beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dgfair for this bomber (no date), which was poured into a dimpled mug. Pours out in a deep ruby amber color with a rich creamy tan-coloured foam. Very well laced throughout the drinking session. Rich hoppy aroma of resin, pine-apples, alcoholic oats, oranges, red grapefruit and rose-petals. Full-bodied with notes of resin, caramel, brown sugar, red grapefruit, pine-needles and oat. Long bitter and warming finish of bloodgrape, resin, and lightly toasted pale malt which I been picking up throughout the session. Creamy oatmeal palate before a bittersweet finish. This was my first oatwine (wheatwine) ever and I really liked this one and wish this wasn't retired. A fine collaboration between the two powerhouses IMO.

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Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, collaboration with Mikkeller Brewery and extremely expensive even by 3 Foyds standards.
Pours out a nice ruby-orange color with nice white head and nice lacing. Smells distinctly of floral hops and fruit. Upon closer nose I get the smell of oatmeal with brown sugar a favorite of mine for breakfast, but thats all I can think of now when smelling it. Taste is very hoppy (big surprise) up front with some fruit following that intense hop flavor. Possibly apricots and oranges. There's a certain sweet stickiness to it as well in the finish. Very interesting beer, typical 3 floyds hop flavor with that almost piney flavor, followed by an odd oat taste and then the sweet finish hides the booziness well. Pretty well round beer easy to drink for it's kick. Overall a nice experiment that turns out fairly well.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another big thanks to d0b for this one. The only other wheatwine I have tasted up to this point was that offered in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series, I was not impressed. Being a huge fan of FFF, and seeing this was done in collaboration with Mikkeller, I couldn't wait to give this beer and the style another shot.

Shared with treyrab,

Pours a clear red pink, very slight white head that doesn't stay around for long, I never expect head with any wine type beer, not sure if this is an a good assumption but it's one I've come to live with.

This is the most obscure beer I've ever smelled. Very dry, tons of wheat, tons of oat some dry horse blanket, caramel. Surprisingly very presentable, though I never thought I'd understand what horse blanket smells like until I smelled this beer.

Excellent wheat tastes that come off as light and pleasant. Tons of oats make for a creamier texture and semi milky taste. The hops that I've heard of have faded for sure but there is that FFF cascade presence at the end. Very clean taste. Lite orange accent tastes are present throughout as well. Overall a very nice beer, and I hope I can snag a few more of these before they're completely wiped off the shelves.

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Photo of Buebie
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to buckeyesox for this extra.

Poured from a bomber to an oversized merlot glass. Served at 42 degrees. The pour brings forth a 1'' tan head, receeding fast and leaving a colar. Anything that was on the walls has also quickly fallen back, leaving to lace. There are some syrupy drapes of liquid left behind though, looking extra oily.
Color is a filtered somwhat transparent, yet chill hazed glowing ornage/ redish copper color.

Aroma is super bready and malt dominant. Buttery caramel, mild bittering pine hops, some very mild pinneaple and sweet honey.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy with pillows of carbonation throughout. Mildly bittering hops; pinneaple, oranges, light on the pine and heavier on sweet citric rind like flavors. The somwhat spicey cracked wheat flavors are there at the swallow lingering alongside bready sweet buttery caramel rolls and unfermented sweet sugary desert like flavors.
Finishing much more bitter with a lingering hop flavor of pine and grapefruit.
Some minerally water flavors as it has warmed, and more bittering with warming too. Staying sweet through the middle though and lighter with less carbonation as it has sat.
No alcahol anywhere on this, not at all detectible.

A great beer, not what I was expecting to taste. It seems to resemble more of a rye apa, or english ipa flavor profile.
Very good flavors, somwhat subdued aroma and appearance could use some tweaking. That probably wont happen though, seeing as its a one time deal.

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3 Floyds / Mikkeller Oatgoop (2008) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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