3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Brown Ale
4.02 | pDev: 9.95%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 179 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown and red towards the edge, beige head under half an inch. Retaining the head or providing the lace didn't go so well for this one. Aroma was sweet, syrup, woody, spice rack, vanilla.

Taste was kind of a mess. A hodgepodge beer, throw a bunch of shit in that doesn't jive, brown malt, spice rack, cardamom, cumin, coriander, whatever. Too boozy. Too much dark fruit. Has the DFH hallmarks all over it.

Jan 27, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a matching FFF teku. The brew appears a very dark brown color with a finger of khaki head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top of the brew. As the cap fades, it leaves some spots of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface. When held to the light, the brew shows a brilliant color of ruby clarity through the body.

The aroma is a bit nutty blending with a grainy quality and a suggestion of chocolate covered raisins. There is almost a lactose sort of milky sweetness across the backend of the nose that fades into a faint oxidized touch. As it warms up, a bit more focus on dark fruity aspects emerge (plum, dates, more raisins) but it never smells like it is the listed 10% abv.

The taste pretty much reiterates the aromatics. Chocolate covered raisins, a hint of coffee bitterness blends into almost a milk chocolate sweetness. Some raisins, plums, prunes and dates. Some nutty grain flavoring persists into the aftertaste. Each time I take a sip, there is a hint of fruity alcohol flavoring but it never comes out in a way that suggests it is as strong as the label lists.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty darn easy drinking for 10% but is lacking a bit in character. I am surprised by how linear this brew is. Pretty much just a strong brown ale with not much else to offer. I dont know how I let this much time slip by before opening this, perhaps it was better when fresh?

Mar 17, 2013
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Duff27 from Illinois

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

Brown body, short light beige head that leaves a collar. Nice lacing left behind.

Almost a hazelnut aroma. Slight oxidation on the nose.

Malty sweet, roasty. Potpourri-like concoction of floral notes, but better tasting than that sounds. Low hop profile, again with the "aged" flavor. Well hidden alcohol for 10%abv

Smooth mouthfeel, lower but adequate carbonation.

Everyone enjoyed it. Dont know if you'd want to hang on to Popskull any longer though. Shared with two huge FFF and DFH fans.

Sep 09, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just tried the popaskull and it was lovely. I'm slightly confused about why this beer pours a deep brown with the previous beer being a light belgain pale. The nose is toasty caramel with almost no spice and the taste follows. The aftertaste is a slightly milk chocolate with a toasty finish. Very nice, but not as good as the popaskull

May 06, 2012
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bamadog from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up through CrazyNelson a couple of years ago and decided that it's time to pop the Popskull. Review is from notes taken on 3/16/2012 and poured from the bottle to a chalice from New Holland. I'd like to say that the smell is so robust that I didn't even get the cap the entire way off and I could still smell it... This. Is. Going. To. Be. Awesome.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown and it starts with a one finger tan head that fizzles almost immediately to a thin wisp on the surface; body is murky and pretty much opaque, but there are some lighter mahogany highlights near the edges of the glass; where I can see into the drink, there is still plenty of carbonation;

Smell: Smell is nice and strong -- kind of musty and mulchy, bit of leather; a lot of strong and sweet malt with a toasty graininess to it.

Taste: I think that if every brewery did brown ales this way, it would be one of my favorite styles. Big flavor that is bold, robust and distinct -- some cocoa and powdery chocolate, bit of a malted milk flavor as well; mulchy and grainy presence with just a touch of soft, smooth leather; perhaps a very faint hint of dark and dry raisins; very faint presence of alcoholic vapor on the breath, but for being 10% alcohol, it's really well blended.

Mouthfeel: Body is just shy of what I would consider to be medium in weight; carbonation is present, but not as strong as I thought it was going to be (not disappointed though -- it's not like it's flat or anything); a pretty slick and sticky coating is left on the palate and it hold all of the wonderful flavors well into the aftertaste; belly is left warm.

Overall: This beer is fantastic and they need to bring this big boy out of retirement. Great smell, even better flavors -- this is a year round beer. Bring it back! Bring it back! Bring it back!

Mar 17, 2012
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jaysephx69 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown, big bubbly head that quickly went away

S: Tons of barley, deep roastiness, malt and malt in chocolate

T: Hits with a mouth full of leather, thin booze,
cigars leaves, tons of malt and barley with chocolate
coming through, spiciness

M: Medium but comes across thin.

O: Hit all the right malty roasty notes for me. Not overly hopped. Very drinkable

Jan 31, 2012
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claspada from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with no escaping light, minimal lighter brown hues along the edges, minimal thin khaki head which quickly dissipates leaving minimal retention.

Aromas are quite complex. Lightly roasted light coffee, leather, burnt wood (not smoky or charred, just woody) and a prevailing dark caramel malt presence throughout. As it warms I get some sweeter vanilla, maple and a slight earthiness (almost like wet dirt, which sounds awful but it's not). Really complex.

The tastes begin with a punch of dark caramel maltiness coupled with sweeter toffee and lighter coffee roastiness. The oak notes join the party next imparting some light peat, vanilla and maple; maybe some darker fruits as well (raisin and dates). Brown sugar and toffee resonate throughout into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Finish is slightly dry from the oak aging but still quite sweet because of the high ABV and dark caramel malt profile. Flavors linger for just the appropriate amount of time. Not a drop of alcohol can be detected, although I may feel it soon.

Overall this was a real treat, great flavor profile overall. I am not sure what this tasted like fresh, but it is still drinking great right now. Amazing balance of oak imparted flavors with darker caramelized malts. Sweet toffee, vanillas and dark fruits; what more can you ask for in a great beer. Dangerously drinkable and highly recommended it you can still find it or trade for it.

Jan 20, 2012
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legalpete19340 from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, big bubbly head that disappeared immediately

S: Tons of barley, deep roastiness, malt and malt in chocolate
leather, grass

T: Hits with a mouth full of leather, thin booze,
cigars smoke, tons of malt and barley with chocolate
coming through, spiciness, good bit of bitter chalky bite with a
dull dried pine note.

M: Medium but comes across thin.

O: Hit all the right malty roasty notes for me. Not overly hopped. Very drinkable despite the booze.

Jan 09, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

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

Brown with some red highlights near the edge of the liquid, mild tan head to it, less than 1/2" deep, not much in the way of retention or lacing. Aroma of lots of brown malt and sugar. Molasses, wood, everything you can think of with the color brown, well, no wait, that's not true. Some vanilla.

Taste, like a mix of beer and coke. All the brown stuff in the aroma is still there on the tongue. My mind races back and forth as to whether this is a good complex beer, or one of those brown ales that is like a garage sale, everything must go, and does, into this batch. Some roastiness, some sweetness, not really much derived towards hoppiness, this beer has just about everything but that, including a viscious alcohol and oak aftertaste that brings the coriander with it.

Reminds me of that DFH beer that I wasn't a big fan of either. Brown malt and brown sugar just don't do it for me, even if you put it on wood and amp up the strength, throw in a bunch of spices etc. . .

Dec 28, 2011
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep maroonish brown on the pour, thin head, minimal retention

S: the nose features some earthy qualities along with notes of leather, faint chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt.

T: the taste starts out very sweet with notes of molasses, some bitter chocolate character in the middle, finish is sweet and syrupy

MF: Big body with medium carbonation, slightly sticky

O: Not sure if this beer has gone south with age, but this one doesn't seem to be clicking. Some nice qualities, but there is minimal balance and the resulting product is overly sweet.

Sep 11, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a little cherry red showing through. Forms a thin head that doesn't stick around.

S: Vanilla and oak. Dark roasted malts, molasses, and alcohol.

T: Much like the aroma. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, some oak and more alcohol. Roasted malts.

M: Medium in body, but feels a little thinner than it should be. Appropriate carbonation. Alcoholic heat.

O: A decent beer. Alcoholic and sweet. Sort of a "Double Brown" if there ever was such a thing. However, the alcohol and sweetness don't add anything to the complexity of this beer and, in the end, it's just an okay beer.

Aug 01, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

What's a tasting without a sorta-rare, retired Three Floyds brew? This one pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light balsa, and light molasses. The taste does not feel the need to change anything from this recipe. Fair enough, especially considering I enjoy the recipe to begin with. The body is a straight medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice big brown, though things fall just short of great for me. That doesn't mean I wouldn't really like getting my hands on another bottle (I so would), of course...

Jul 25, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very brown beer, bit of a tannish head that dissipated leaving nothing on the sides.

S - Brown malts, wood, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Smells like a quality brown, with all the flavors you would really look for.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells with great brown sugar, caramel, toffee and wood. Wood seems to mellow the sweetness a little and give the flavor some more depth.

M - Close to full bodied, with fairly soft carbonation.

O - Nice beer, really great take on a brown and I like the addition of the Palo aging. Good stuff.

Jul 19, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, nuts a touch of fruit and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, maple and some chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are touches of smokiness and nuts in the background and the balance is pretty good for a somewhat heavy beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 10.00% ABV kick, very good high-powered representation of style, I was unsure what to expect from this beer and was very pleasantly surprised such an enjoyable beer.

Jun 07, 2011
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mdaschaf from Washington

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

Review from notes. Was brought to a mini tasting.

A: Pours brown in color with a tan head, about one finger in height. Reduced to a small layer of foam on top, moderate lacing left behind.

S: Rich malt characteristics on the nose with some light roasted malts. Hints of wood and a little bit of cocoa and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma, heavy malt, nuts, some wood, and cocoa/chocolate. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat chewy/thick. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: Pretty good, has held up pretty well. Glad is was brought to the tasting.

May 15, 2011
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CooperEllis from New York

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into mini snifter.

Pours thin, brown, with no head, just the faintest of thin bubles line the rim of the glass.

The aroma is slightly malt, and a good bit of fig. There is zero alcohol in the nose, which blows my mind for any 10%, but especially here where the aroma is thin and there could easily be an overpowering heat.

Carob, fig, a bit of booze/sourness at the end, but not unpleasant. The aftertaste is quite obvious leaving a bit of chewness on the palate.

Very thin, but not obviously out of character for the style.

Solid-average and happy to have had the chance to split a bottle, but not my favorite offering in the style or from this brewer.


Apr 11, 2011
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baconsausage from Vermont

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

Poured in to Chimay chalice courtesy of soccerman7. Thanks Adam!

Pours a deep amber brown in color. Small bubble light carbonation leaves a thin white wisp floating on the top.
Aroma of wood, dates, light cocoa and toffee.
This beer reminds me a lot of the first batch Palo Santo, and need to do a side-by-side. Tastes like cola aged in wood barrels on dates, maybe some cocoa thrown in the mix. Not sure what the botanicals are in this beer are, but they seem almost non existent, save in the finish a slight herbal bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%. Has probably mellowed a lot. Good mouthfeel for a strong ale, maybe a little on the thin side. Well enjoyed.

Mar 13, 2011
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LukeD23 from Delaware

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

This is the first release aged for one year.

Poured a nice Esspresso brown, no head

Aroma is Rich in chocolate and figs, subtle truffle and pepper notes.

Flavor is full for sure, great dried fruit flavors of raison and date, a bit spicy with loads of dark chocolate and solid bitterness. Very balanced even though it is so high in alcohol.

Mouthfeel is classic Dogfish big and robust with an off dry finish.

Overall, I like it, never had it fresh, but aged is very nice, I really enjoy the palo, it comes through and tastes similar to there Palo Santo Marron, just a bit smaller. Good stuff

Feb 11, 2011
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3Floyds Popskull pours up like a frothy root beer with a beigish-tan colored head that laces the glass nicely above the slightly hazy, deep ruby-dk. brown body. The aroma is filled with a plethora of pleasant aromatics of dark fruits (carmelized raisins, sugar dates & Fig Newtons), brown sugar, molasses, toasted graham cracker, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, sarsaparilla (possibly the Palo Santo Wood+Botanicals?) & vanilla bean all come to mind. The candy sweet, nougat-like maltiness dominates, but is complimented by just a hint of zesty spiciness from late hop kettle additions. The flavor starts off with some sugary, caramel sweetness upfront that fades ever-so slowly behind an unobtrusive roastiness that interplays well with the dried fruit character (e.g. apricots, dates, raisins) that eventually gives way to a controlled bitterness that combines with some subtle alcohol warmth to dry out the generous maltiness. This medium-full bodied American Strong Ale has a pleasant creaminess and makes for an enjoyable fireside sipper. This ain't your old grandpappy's Popskull, it's a 3fishheaded floyd dog production!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Jan 27, 2011
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aasher from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'd been wanting to try this for a long time. A big thanks to Mayorquimby for hooking me up with this, thanks Scott! This beer pours the darkest of browns with a one finger medium khaki head which quickly dissipated and laced the glass. The aromas are interesting, partially because they aren't very strong. It has a rich but light toffee sweetness with a moderate amount of alcohol. I'd say it has some woody, oaky notes as well. The taste is superb for a brown ale. It features oak, molasses, maybe some light chocolate. I really like it. It drinks exceptionally smooth, I'd assume partially aided by the age, but it's a plus nonetheless! I love this beer and I'm so glad that I was able to try it.

Jan 12, 2011
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katan from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a few amber highlights on the edges. Mocha colored head, 1/8" in size. Appears to be well retained.

S - Very interesting nose - chocolate, toffee, caramel, some grainy notes. Yeast bread is hanging around in the background. Somewhat marmite in scent -reminds me of dark lord. There has to be some commonality here.

T - Starts off very malty. Starts with straight sweetness, chocolate, some toffee. Lots of that yeast breadiness is present. Uber sweet overall. Mid-stream grows more grainy, edgy. Lots of molasses at times. Finishes with the most bitterness, bringing it almost into balance. Don't directly get the wood, but I think it has done a good job of taking the edge off the beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Strong beer body - very thick and creamy. Carbonation is also strong, but not exceeding the level of balance. Finishes with a thick and creamy sugary notes. Alcohol warmth sneaks in a little.

D - Hard to define drinkability here. A brown ale in flavor and balance, but the alcohol seems to really sneak up on you. Not filling - goes down easy.

Wow this was an amazingly interesting beer. I feel like we got the sweet lean of DFH with the unusual ingredients and style of 3F.

Dec 28, 2010
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ibbjamin from California

4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $18.99 for a bomber from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Due to lack of distribution in that area, price was a bit inflated due to shipping, etc. I am tasting about 15 months after it was purchased and poured it into a snifter to review. This is an old barun ale aged on Palo Santo Wood; since DFH has their hand in this, I'm guessing it may strike similarities to their Palo Santo Marron which I'm a huge fan of.

An aggressive pour yields about a half inch tan foamy head which dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of retention on the rim of the snifter. Opaque and quite dark with shades of brown when held to a bright light. Not much lacing.

Strong aroma of oak wood and roasted malts, some booze a la bourbon and hints of chocolate and molasses.

Great taste that keeps on coming. Oak, sweet malts, beef jerky and coffee noted. The aging of this beer and then cellaring for a year have definitely benefited this one. The booze I detected in the nose is kept at bay in the taste.

Creamy smooth and full bodied with a perfect level of carbonation to round out the mouthfeel. Long finish. Very easy to drink considering its 10% ABV.

Similar to the Palo Santo Marron but just not quite as big. Granted it is retired now and I'm glad I tried it, but if it was brought back, I'd likely choose the Palo Santo Marron over this one, especially considering price. Don't get me wrong though, this is an awesome beer.

Dec 24, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is classic brown ale with a lot of toffee and caramel notes, as well as some grassy hops.

The flavor is more of the same. I get toffee, caramel, some nuttyness and some grassy hops. The beer is very well balanced between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Dec 23, 2010
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is mahogany, or maybe black, with no light making it through the glass. Brown? Not so much. A nice tan head forms on pouring that retains nicely given the ABV, and leaves some lace down the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits mostly - prunes, raisins, and plums, along with molasses and roasted malt. As it warms, the dates really take over and the alcohol becomes more apparent.

Taste: Starts out and stays pretty sweet. Molasses and a bit of roasted and caramel malt, along with a bunch of dark fruit - same as the nose with dates, raisins, and figs. I imagine there used to be more of a hop presence, but it is a little light, given how FFF normally operates. If anything, the light spice and herbal character works with the Palo Santo wood to mellow the malt character. Finishes sweet with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Very full body, slightly burning sensation from the alcohol on the way down. Medium carbonation, and a bit sticky.

Drinkability: At 10% ABV, even for me, this is a slow sipper. I really enjoy the complexity of flavor and the fact that no flavor truly dominates.

Nov 25, 2010
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still drinking the extra's from nerd's generous box. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. Very dark brown just a hint of light can get through the edges, revealing some dark red hues. Not a lot of head. About a half inch of light tan foam. Disappears after about 5 minutes.

Nice smelling beer. Knowing what I know going in, there are definite similarities in the aroma to the Dogfish Head Palo Santo; lots of wood aroma. Just a hint of maltiness that indicates sweetness.

I really like the flavor here. I actually get a strong mocha flavor here on the sides of the tongue. The finish is just slightly sweet. A nice hint of molasses is also noted. Very enjoyable.

Nice mouthfeel, not too much carbonation here, but enough to bring out the aroma and mask the sweetness a bit.

For a brown ale, this is too much of a sipper. I'll call this a barleywine or strong ale and enjoy every sip. Yum.

Nov 01, 2010
Popskull from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 179 ratings