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Popskull | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
178
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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104
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 178
Photo of FirkinDave
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask:

Pours a deep deep mahogany with a lightly tinted head. Nose is roasted walnuts, caramel and orange peel. Body is not too heavy at all as it looks alot more foreboding than it really is. First sip is huge, dates, prune, apricot, malty, coffee and sarsaparilla. Not much lacing going on as I drink. That palo santo wood definitly is doing it's job again. Tastes like it's about 8-9% a.b.v. Good stuff, another must try!

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Photo of jaysephx69
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
leather

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

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

Had this at DLD, after having sampled about a jillion beers outside and--most unfortunately--directly after having kissed god by way of Vanilla Oak Dark Lord. It seemed a little tame, understandably. My notes gave it a 3.5 or so.

Thank goodness the bottle art is so cool, or else I probably never would have given a second try.

This--this is something else. You know how Bender is the brown ale to beat all brown ales because it's got a nice weediness and hoppiness along with your regular brown ale sugar and cereal? Well this is like an imperial Bender.

Fantabulous pour, deep dark brown with a surprisingly large head considering the 10.0 ABV.

Smells of sweet--but not overly strong--brown ale cereal, cane sugar, pleasant ash, and then a whole herb garden: is that thyme? Rosemary?

Tastes like it smells only firmer, more balanced. Like a giant brown ale, thankfully bereft of any syrupiness or harsh alcohol, backed up by an aggressive, dry hop profile and a mind boggling botanical finish.

If you can find this, drink this.

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A joint brew by Dogfish Head of Delaware and 3 Floyd's in Indiana. They've combined for a special "braun" ale that's aged on pala santo wood with botanicals.

The brew is a very dark brown with almost no light through it. On top is a thick, creamy, and chocolate head. It leaves a bit of lacing, but not much. The aroma is fully chocolate and roasted coffee. The carbonation sizzles on the tongue. A good amount of roasted black coffee and chocolate come through. A bit of caramel as well. It tastes "spiced" although I can't pinpoint anything specific. In the back is a moderate amount of alcohol although the label doesn't indicate it's strength. It leaves a good bit of flavor in the finish.

Overall, even with a lot of flavors, it doesn't overpower. An excellent brown ale worthy of the collaboration between the breweries.

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Photo of ibbjamin
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.

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Photo of bamadog
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!

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark brown, can't tell about the clarity. The head is very thin, kind of falls back to a bit of a ring. Average looking brown ale, kind of deceiving. The smell is very interesting, but I don't know that it ever made me say wow! There is a strong chocolate presence, a bit of coffee. Quite a bit of sweetness in the nose, maybe a hint of earthy, leafy hops, and a bit of a sweet woody smell in the background. The taste comes on first with a very sweet, chocolate syrup coffee kind of taste. A nice cola, caramel flavor. An interesting toasty cake taste. The malt in here is amazing. And I can hardly tell that this has 10% ABV. The wood is nice, not overpowering,actually isn't even in the forefront. Smooth and rich, the wood definitely levels out anything that could possibly be upsetting. The hops have a brief presence, leafy, quite earthy, nice - and it's somewhat herbal and nice. I think this is a very good brown ale, even for the 'extremeness' of it. The body is kind of medium, but it really starts to fill up as you continue to drink -as it warms a bit. The carbonation feels a bit too sharp for what I wanted, but it's not too bad. Still this beats most brown ales. The beer is actually quite enjoyable. One bottle should certainly be enough. An interesting beer to try if you can find it. I was kind of thinking when I saw who and what was involved, that this would be like palo santo marron, but it really wasn't as far as I remember. This beer started off good, then just got better and better as I drank more. I've already come back to this review a few times, and I think I officially love this beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a complex aroma. I smell chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and some dark fruit. I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer as well. For a beer packing 10% ABV, I did not detect any alcohol aroma or flavor. What I did taste is the nutty malt with some chocolate, vanilla, and a little fruitiness in the finish. I also get some ash or charcoal in the aftertaste. This is a really well put together brown ale. The body is on the lighter side of medium. The carbonation is well suited for the body. The only thing that hurts drinkability is the high ABV. I would like to have this again in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the infamous DLD for $12 a bottle.
Like the artwork.

Pours a nice rim of light tan head that recedes to nothing. Cola brown with tight bubbles by the inside wall of the glass. The aroma has an earthy yet faitly funky herbal note with a roasted, sweet malt backbone. The roasted character transfer to the front of the palate and maintains as the backbone of flavor throughout. The middle brings some herbal spice, but then finishes with chcolatey and roasted coffee beans, mixed with funky baked wood. Very complex brown ale. Can't taste the 10% abv, very well integrated to give this smooth, complex mouthfeel a lovely warmth. Very slow, but there.

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Photo of vegantreats
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown color, notes of oily chocolate and alcohol. Not much foam left after pouring, some spider webbing.
Nicely balanced nutty chocolate taste to this.
I will admit, growing up in Chicago so close to Munster Indiana, I may be biased to this company. I've been a fan of the Alpha King for years, and was happy to see this Three Floyds Dogfish head collaboration. Visited the family 2 months back and saved this one for my Birthday, really glad I did, incredible mouth feel.
The only downside of this beer would be the fact that I live in Honolulu, and am left longing for more! Hopefully, I'll dream of Robert the Bruce!!!

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a good carbonation of medium bubbles and a thin film of bubbly tan head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of brown malt has a rich roasted quality with some aromatic wood hint that is slightly reminiscent of cedar or eucalyptus but very soft. There is a nice graham note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The rich brown malt flavor has a resin woody note with a cream flavor and a creamy chocolate roasted malt taste. The chocolate malt becomes sweeter and more chocolate milk flavors as the beer warms and there is a slight tang to the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium light with a slightly slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a rich creamy smooth complexity that has some nice subtle flavors come through but only when it is pretty warm.

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

Got from ummagum - many thanks as always! Poured from a 22oz bomber with cool label into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle but this was a one time release at DLD time so know it's fresh enough. Should be interesting as both DFH and 3F do unique things with their beers. Was a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Not much visible carb. Sliding lace. It had a large tan head that slowly settled into a collar and some center whisps.

The aroma was really good. Lots of oak up front with cocoa and caramel in the back. Very sweet but not too sweet. Like the aroma better than the standard Palo Santo Marron. The taste followed the aroma and was also excellent. Nice and oaky with chocolate and sweet malt to balance it. The oak just pushes to the envelope of being too much and then starts to fade and then the chocolate hits to smooth it out for a great finish. Drank this one pretty fast as it was good. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a touch watery as most browns tend to be.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm so glad that I got to try. Extremely drinkable, borderline session, which is scary considering the high ABV. Most highly recommend. Rotation: not available here but would be major player if it was.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of dismal
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My 100th review so I thought I would bust out something kinda special. Picked a couple of these up at Dark Lord Day. From a bomber to pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a small very light tan head that fades quickly to a minimal head of almost nothing. Leaves little to no lacing down the glass. The smell right away reminds me of Dogfish Head, kind of that signature aroma I get from most all of their stuff. Other than that kind of a burnt smell, kind of woody. Not hoppy at all but some malt smells are there. Also a hint of chocolate. The taste is pretty good. Like the smell I get that signature Dogfish Head taste, I think it's apparent this one is a collaboration between the two breweries. I also get some chocolate in the taste, it's more apparent after a few sips. I can also get a nutty or woody taste as well. A higher ABV it's not noticeable to me making this one very drinkable. I'm not a huge brown ale drinker though I do enjoy them from time to time this one is up there for me. I think Three Floyds and Dogfish Head did a great job on this one. Overall great stuff. Unfortunately this was my last bottle. I'd love to get more, maybe one day!

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

Poured into snifter.
Collaboration ale with Dogfish Head?! Should be good.
A: Moderate pour yields a fine layer of tan head with poor retention - more please. Dark brown liquid looks a little hazy.
S: Caramel, peat, earthy, slightly cheesy funkiness, smoked malt. Good but sparse.
T: Quite sweet start, some tart maybe lactic edginess and earthy peatiness. Reminiscent of New Glarus Old English Porter. Less tart than that with fuller malt though. Label says its an Old Braun, I assumed that meant a tart Oud Bruin, but it says American Brown on here. I would say that it is not a typical Oud Bruin, but is an amazing American Brown.
M: Chewy but tart. Nice overall
D: Delicious and enjoyable. I'd order another and buy again. Top notch.

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

Thanks for sharing your beer Andy! Poured into a tulip. The body is very dark brown, borderline black with a thin light tan head that doesn't leave much for lace. The aroma is right up front with chocolate, and a bit of toffee sweetness. Behind all that is aromas of wood, charred coffee, brown sugar and just a bit of bitter nuttiness. The taste is slightly bitter with espresso finish and chocolate body. Wood and nuttiness coat the pallet with rich toffee undertones. This is honestly the best brown ale I've ever had. The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected. Nice carbonation, a bit of a heavy body and flavors that linger on the pallet. The drinkability is great, a bit heavy but the knock out flavors make this tough to put down.

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Photo of legalpete19340
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
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

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Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came home tonight and the roommate wanted to open up his bottle from DLD. Had to say yes to spliting the bottle.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice deep dark brown color...almost black. Little 1/8 inch off white/tannish head that went away rather quickly. Left very little lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- Nice burnt malt smell. Alcohol lingers very faintly with this. There is also hints of spice, brown sugar, and a funky fruit smell. Almost like the fruit is a little past it's prime.

T- This is a great tasting beer. Has a nice malty backbone with crisp chocolate hint to it. Also, the fruits come through as this beer warms up. The wood is very faint at first but also becomes more apparent as you drink more and more. The ABV is very well hidden and this drinks like a nice brown ale for sure. Oh also, a nice hint of brown sugar.

M- Good clean mouthfeel to it. Medium body that coats the whole mouth very nicely. Nice carbination that doesn't over do it kind of dances over the tounge in a nice way.

D- I could drink this on a regualr basis if given the chance. Luckly there is 5 more bottles of it sitting at home. Nice change of pace from the IPA's and DIPA's that I usually drink.

Overall, I really enjoyed this FFF/Dogfish union. True it's nothing really over the top but at the same time...I like the idea of making a good beer that the masses will enjoy altogether. And I think these guys did a great job of doing just that.

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Photo of jlb307
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Courtesy of gorby10826 (Thanks, Mike!)

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown. Had a 1/2" tan head that didn't retain for too long.

S: Nutty and sweet malt. Notes of ripe fruit and even a little bit of vanilla. Couldn't detect a trace of hops.

T: Pure malt sweetness, with just a little bit of earthy bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Finishes clean, and the aftertaste doesn't linger for too long. Reminded me of a cup of Chock Full O'Nuts coffee the warmer it got. No alcohol taste at all, surprising for 10% ABV.

M: Creamy and smooth. Very gently carbonated which kind of tickles the gums.

D: A very good brew that goes down easily. FFF and DFH should definitely brew together again.

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Two bottles of this given to me as a birthday gift from my brother. What a guy, i tell ya..

Pours a heavy, opaque chestnut..aroma of burnt dark chocolate & oak.. Gigantic roasted malt flavor makes this a sweet beer overall, but 3F (as usual) manages to throw a remarkable amount of hops in this one to balance it out really well.
Very smooth all the way through, with a mouth-coating texture actually quite similar to Dark Lord. For 10%, this slides down as easy as any..and the alcohol is barely noticed in the flavor, with the exception of a slight burn on the tastebuds.

This is definitely more 3F than DFH, as the ingredients all seem to be right out of the Three Floyds playbook..but that's not a bad thing. As an imperial brown ale, this manages to blow the doors off most brews in that category. Glad I got the chance to try this rare one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin looking translucent dark brown color with a loose shallow tan head that's gone in a flash leaving negligible lacing. The smell is unique and IMO the best characteristic of this beverage. The booze comes across first followed by a sweet chocolate caramel and that molasses licorice wood that I remember fondly from Palo Santo Marron. Lightly carbonated, the body has a light tanginess from the alcohol but the mouth feel otherwise does not lend much to the overall drinkability. That unique woody nature of PSM is the highlight of the nicely complex malty choco-caramel flavor. Hugely drinkable...the 10% ABV is a stunning surprise. Really glad that this one was still available at the pub.

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Photo of aasher
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.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle at DLD '09 and waited until now to enjoy a bottle with my wife.

Poured 12 oz. in an Imperial Short's glass.

PopSkull pours a very dark brown almost black with a tiny white head that disappears quickly. The carbonation apears to be slight, but appropriate for a high alcohol brown ale. Smells of sweet malt, candi sugar, honey and lactose very nice and sweet smell. The taste delivers much of the same with bitter dark malts that are accented with a sweet sugar flavor that gives way to a bit of a boozey burn at the end. This is an incredibley drinkable high alcohol ale. This reminds me of a beer that will put you in you place if you talk bad about its mother, but is cool enough to forgive you in the end. Really something I could drink alot of on a rainy fall evening....which it is tonight. Really nice beer and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark brown bordering on black. The splotchy, mocha head has some decent retention.

S- Smells of cocoa powder, malted milk powder, coffee, anise, and the beginnings of a nice aged quality. Very intriguing.

T- Sweet coffee, anise, cocoa powder, and a warming alcohol presence. The hops have faded a bit, but this is turning into something else.

M- The carbonation makes this very creamy. Maybe a bit on the thin side, but for the ABV and style, this is not a problem.

D- A unique, tasty brown ale. Once I became acclimatized to the beer, the alcohol presence diminishes.

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Popskull from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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