Crushing Mass
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #426
ABV:
15.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,295
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 4.78%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
33
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Notes: Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the barrel-aged beers, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, CRUSHING MASS . . . ⚖️

Emerging from the primordial depths, our latest ripper has arrived. Brewed with Dark Matter Coffee and aged for over a year in Willet bourbon barrels, the monster known as Crushing Mass is a barrel-aged coffee stout of unapologetic and mammoth proportions.
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did the world need another barrel aged coffee stout? My wife would always argue “yes”. Let’s dive into this 12 oz. bottle & find out.

Black. Quick collapse head that would do Sea to Summit proud. The nose is swole coffee with faint bits of cocoa & barrel, but not much.

Crushing Mass is definitely a coffee stout. Coffee for hours. I might not sleep tonight. The balance of the beer has to merge into a single organism to stand up to it: The malts enter a starting contest & provide a sweet, boozy counterpoint that supports doses of chocolate, light barrel, slight caramel & vanilla. Them boozes has legs, too. Mouthfeel is old school, no pastries in sight, but still a one & done on a night.

Coffee heavy with just enough complexity to keep it from going full Caribou. I’d have liked the barrel to be more than an afterthought, but my wife really likes it – she’s a full-on daily coffee addict – so the others will likely find their ways into her belly. A good beer.

Today at 03:49 AM
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with an inch of tan head that settles into a thick ring around the rim of the glass and patches of foam across the surface of the beer. The aroma is sweet bourbon barrel, faint coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is dominated up front by bourbon, eventually coffee and oak barrel kicks in on the finish. Aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Definitely some char flavor from the roasted malts and a bit of hoppy bitterness tickles the tongue. Hints of vanilla, mocha, and licorice. Alcohol warming is noticeable. Thick, dry, and well carbonated. Overall it is powerful, but good. However, I had three in a row and ended up drunk and vomiting, so watch out.

Yesterday at 08:54 PM
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jkblr from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10/25/21 ( about a month ago) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at 53° Fahrenheit 15.1% ABV. The beer pours pitch black with zero light penetration and meager medium brown head. The head recedes to pencil thin ring and a few tiny bubbles. The aroma is dark roasted coffee and mild bourbon barrel. The taste is semisweet caramel & roasted malt with pungent coffee and bourbon barrel character. There is a mild ethanol note that is persistent, yet not unexpected. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is oily, medium plus bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. My only complaint is the ethanol flavor. This could have been a better beer at 12-13%.

Saturday at 11:12 PM
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tar black but fluid with a dark tan head fizzling out to a silky black surface where a minimal array of fine bubbles form a tiny film in its center.

This hits jamocha levels I haven't had in a beer for a good while now, but in a slightly lighter body than you may be used to in your modern BA stouts. A bit prickly and almost hot up front, bitterness and alcohol come into that mocha chip roast in the middle that’s almost like toasty toffee before the swallow brings forth a surprising amount of vanilla creeping back up the gullet for days. Here is where a marshmallow char comes out on the exhale. More char surfaces as it warms, as well as a little spicy bourbon, but in good, satisfying measure.

The medium-light body has a crisp tingly carbonation that starts off stinging but then numbs the tip of the tongue on down to the semi-dry finish.

Wednesday at 07:57 PM
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour with thin lacing.

S - Dark coffee roast and smokey charcoal with alot of depth.

T - Coffee roast, Bourbon, oak, charcoal, roast, very light Bourbon

M - Full bodied that's silky smooth with alcohol heat.

O - I'm really impressed with this one. That being said and for what it's worth, this is a total seek out.

Nov 23, 2021
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Kostantiniyya from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/25/2021. Happily obtained by surprised when visiting family for Thanksgiving and going to the local Big Red Liquors and finding multiple 4-packs on the store’s featured space. Of course I had to grab one,

Look: Pours a glossy black body and mocha-colored head. Lots of carbonation to the head with rapid deterioration of the bubbles until no head remains. From an angled perspective, the beer’s color is a caramel-y toward the edges of the glass, not all that different from Coca Cola. Fluid appearance, not viscous at all.

Smell: Gobs of coffee on the nose. I don’t drink coffee (unless it’s in beer); but if I did, this is what I would want my black coffee to smell like. Powerful, jolting, aromatic. This would be the best part of waking up. Probably the most appealing aspect of this beer for me.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet up front. If this were just coffee, I’d describe it as cream and sugar with coffee. Despite the strong coffee smell, the coffee flavor on the front end takes secondary presence to the sweetness and then gives way to some boozy barrel essence on the back end. Not a bad thing, but a smidgen too sweet in my estimation, and not as strong or lasting of a coffee flavor as the smell initially portrays. Still, quite good and I suspect I’m in the minority on the strength of the coffee flavor relative to the sweetness and back-end booze that I experienced.

Feel: Not thick, not lasting. A little watery to me. Pleasant on the tongue, yet I was expecting prior to opening my first bottle to be pour something closer to motor oil. A little disappointing.

Overall: A really good beer! But not as good as some of its Midwest coffee stout contemporaries and dare I say not as good as 3 Floyds’ very own Wigsplitter (though it’s been years since I’ve had it). The sweetness and lack of lingering coffee flavor hurt this beer for me. But it’s 3 Floyds, my favorite brewery. I live in Texas, and every 3 Floyds beer is special to me from my time when I lived in the region. I’m happy I got to try it. I look forward to drinking the rest of the 4-pack.

Nov 22, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, completely opaque bright, shiny black color. One to two finger dark mocha colored head forms on the beer then very quickly dissipates. No residual head remains on the beer.

Aroma is straight up coffee - rich, fresh roasted and brewed delicious coffee. I am not getting much else from the nose - outside of some light roasted malts. If you like coffee stouts, the nose is incredible - if you do not, this is not for you.

Taste follows the nose in that the coffee dominates the profile. Roasted, earthy coffee with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, and some light sweet cream notes. The coffee is rich and robust, Again, this is a beer targeted to coffee lovers. The barrel aging in apparent in the flavor but its a distant second fiddle to the coffee.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation. There is a definite alcohol heat to the beer especially on the back end.

This beer is absolutely for coffee lovers only. Overall an absolutely delicious coffee stout - one of the best I have had.

Nov 18, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/25/21. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black; small dark khaki head that fades quickly leaving little to no retention and lacing which can be expected with such a high gravity beer.

The aromas are bold but balanced. Nice blend of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Some coconut and vanilla. Some peat moss hovering over everything in a nuanced way. Malts are there.

The flavors follow the nose. Lots of chocolate. Nice blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate along with some chocolate syrup. The coffee comes through and blends well with everything. The bourbon also blends well with everything and does a nice job of accentuating everything. Some dark fruits, especially black cherries. Some tobacco. Some char and ash. Some peat moss. Some oak and wood. More vanilla and coconut to round things out. Solid bitterness along with a subtle sweetness. I guess you can say that this one is ultimately bittersweet. Solid malt backbone. Subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is really well hidden considering the ABV. This one is dangerously drinkable.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's somewhat "thin", but still has a decent body to it. It's not really a thick, velvety and chewy kind of imperial stout. It's fluffy and slightly sharp.

This is a really nice barrel-aged stout. It's big and bold while remaining balanced. The flavors have a nice depth to them as well. It has everything that you'd expect, more or less. Well done. It's simply a well crafted and well executed barrel-aged beer. It's slightly unique as well. I really like it.

Nov 17, 2021
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. pours out of the bottle a dark brown but settles in the glass an oily, thick black with a finger of wet sand colored head that fizzes away quite quickly. it’s all coffee on the nose with this one. i think since it states this was barrel-aged i specifically sought out whiskey barrel aromas and while i do detect some, the coffee is so strong that it dominates. and it’s a wonderful coffee (whatever it was that they used) with chocolate and almost a fruity, cherry smell to it. flavor is strong coffee with plenty of chocolate to compliment plus a slightly spicy, whiskey burn on the finish. to me, the barrel is there - it’s just that much coffee. and it works so well with the chocolatey base stout. extremely solid mouthfeel on this one; thick, appropriately lower level of carbonation. really incredible coffee-forward imperial stout. almost as much chocolate as coffee, bourbon barrels kind of take a backseat to the coffee but they still add a nice complimentary element to the interplay between the thick, chocolately base stout and a massive amount of coffee.

Nov 13, 2021
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Black as night , oily, and intoxicatingly black pour. Light head forms, fades fast, and leaves oily legs that last long.

Nose - It would take an act of all the gods from all the world to nose past the monstrous blast of coffee here. Light grinds enhnanced and pushed forward with rich sugars and malts. Light chocolate notes come through and who knows...maybe bourbon is added to the sweet notes? It's simply impossible as clearly there's a crushing mass of coffee here.

Taste - Caramel meets sweet iced coffee with vanilla creamer. This is decadent, rich, and simply over powering sweet. This is truly as rich and sweet as any dessert you've ever had. I do however find myself in this odd place where the sweet and coffee don't fully come together for me here and leave me a bit waning for the overall quality.

Overall - A solid high quality and huge beer, but this is for those who truly want overpower sweetness but don't want the intensity of the bourbon casks to add much here. For me, I was hoping the bourbon notes would add more here and perhaps add some oak bitterness as a complement.

Nov 13, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured deep black with a tiny tan head clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose had more of a coffee smell than coffee itself.

Taste - The beer had a huge coffee profile. It was sweet toward the front, but the roasted beans turned slightly bitter toward the back. The barrel notes contributed to the sweetness. It was well balanced and not hot. Char and light black licorice came in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body had low carbonation had an almost sticky feel.

Overall - This was a heavy hitter. I hope it is not a one time thing.

Nov 13, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany color with a thin tan head an lacing. Smell is strong brewed coffee with roasted malts wood and chocolate. Taste has slight barrel and loads of coffee ( more bitter than creamy fresh roast) in a nice harmony however,. Fresh coffee mixes with the bourbon ending in a roasted chocolate vanilla malt stout. Mouth feel is sweet with some coffee bitterness that interferes with the finish and the barrel just a tad. This was delicious however its was fresh with coffee and bourbon notes.

Nov 11, 2021
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heysuz from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brew: 3 Floyds Brewing Co. - Crushing Mass

Intro: 12 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Minimal head maybe 1 inch. Minimal lacing as I drank

Smell: Nice Willet barrel in the foreground. Coffee in the background.

Taste: Followed the smell. Coffee was not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: Not the best 3 Floyds stout I’ve had but enjoyable none the less.

Conclusion: My feelings on this beer was mixed. At 15% abv I was expecting a powerhouse but what I experienced was just a firecracker. I feel like I made the right decision in getting a single bottle when I contemplated a full pack in the store.

Nov 07, 2021
Crushing Mass from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 33 ratings