Crushing Mass
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #256
ABV:
15.1%
Score:
97
Ranked #719
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 5.91%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
73
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 26, 2022
Added:
Oct 26, 2021
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  8
SCORE
97
World-Class
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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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Rated: 4.5 by Budlum from Maryland

Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle. Etched at bottom lip of bottle is '02217314147 022076080073'.
Black colored body, with red mahogany back lit edge. Solid light brown head upon pouring gradually recedes to a partial cap and ring. No lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and slight bourbon barrel.
Taste is quite sweet at the opening, and then gets slightly bitter at the end. Rich coffee and vanilla sweetened dark chocolate. Dark roasted malts express caramel. Drying bourbon barrel in the aftertaste.
Appeared to be a thin mouthfeel at first, but as the beer warms and sits in the mouth, the mouthfeel is thicker and a little chalky. Supportive carbonation. Very minor tongue numbness.
Dense tasting barrel aged stout that progresses through several flavor steps, from sweet to dry, from vanilla to bourbon, from chocolate to coffee. High ABV% is well hidden, but still a sipper because of the taste complexity.
Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by beerbully from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L- Pitch black.....small mocha head.....minimal lacing

S- coffee, chocolate, Barrell, brown sugar, Vanilla, molasses

T-bitter coffee, dark chocolate, anise, char, vanilla, bourbon....finish has some alcohol burn

F- Medium plus.....slight carb.....creamy, oily

O- great BBA
Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by darktronica from Indiana

Nov 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by socon67 from New York

Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received a bottle via trade from @DIM, thanks Dan!

Beer poured black as night with a very nice brown head.

Nose is wonderful as the fresh coffee dominates. Bourbon lingers in the background enhancing things very nicely.

Taste is a ginormous malt base that emits notes of chocolate. Coffee is fresh and strong lending a wonderful accent to things. Brew finishes well balanced with no inkling of sweetness, definitely enhanced by the time spent in the barrel which lends a touch of vanilla and bourbon.

Mouthfeel if large bodied and extremely smooth. Each sip is wonderfully viscous.

Overall an excellent beer, definitely world class!
Nov 08, 2022
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Reviewed by The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black with a small dark caramel head. The smell comes off as extremely booze but that was expected weighing in at 15.1. Tastes of rich mocha with hints of coffee.
Nov 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Kaibe

Nov 08, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch black. Aroma is strong on the bourbon with nice mix of coffee and vanilla. Taste follows nose with is intense bourbon, coffee, vanilla and roastiness. Medium body. Incredible stout.
Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

Oct 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Oct 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Good amount of oily lacing.

S - Aroma is black coffee, vanilla, oak and heavy bourbon.

T - The taste is rich black coffee, vanilla, caramel and a big punch of bourbon barrel in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel with a crisp drying finish.

O - This is a top notch BBA coffee stout.
Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The look features a pitch black color. There is no foam at all. The smell has a very powerful coffee scent. There is a slight scent of bourbon and chocolate. The taste explodes with coffee flavor. Bourbon flavor emerges, and it blends with chocolate and vanilla. This beer is relatively fresh, so I can imagine the amount of coffee flavor changes over time, but for now, coffee flavor dominates. I really like coffee, so the combination of flavors is something I really the enjoy. The mouthfeel is oily and thick. Like motor oil. Overall, this is delicious and powerful BBA coffee stout. It is decadent. I love it!
Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: send me thick dark brown to black body with a dark tan head which initially Rose almost a notch above half a fingers length off the body.

Smell: almost like a smoked bourbon aroma infused with chocolate and coffee. Could be a touch more potent but think might be due to the cold temperature of the brew.

Taste: Ridiculously complex brew, espresso and whiskey with shots of brown sugar coming off with a woody smoked feel.

Mouth: Sticky body. Medium carbonation with a wark molasses stickiness to the beer which lingers on the cheeks to your mouth.

Overall: Lucky i grabbed a 4-pack....strong yet sweet and love the light smoked notes 5hat compliment the brew. Salud!
Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.51 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Sep 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Oh damn this is good. Soooo much dark roasted coffee up front. I also get baker's chocolate, a nice bourbon tingle, and a lingering fudginess. Probably the most coffee forward beer I've had. Absolutely loving this one!
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.81 by daleyke from Pennsylvania

Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I had this on draft 9/14/22 @ the Beer Temple.

Black appearance.

Small tan head; almost no lace.

MASSIVE dark roast coffee bean, mild vanilla & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

HUUUUGE dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; chocolate syrup & mild booze heat notes on the finish.

If you're a dark roast junkie this might be manna for your soul; for me it was way too much, and only good for a few ounces.
Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.79 by mando31 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by BLPasch from Michigan

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by krl2112 from Illinois

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by fthegiants from California

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Oh MY! This monster from the 12 oz bottle pours a murky blackish brown
with a nice head of brown foam that settles to a thin ring with light lacing.....
and with a swirl.....she's got great legs! Nose of rich coffee, vanilla, cream, char,
brulee, dark cocoa, and inviting bourbon with touches of dark fruits and tobacco.
Flavors nail it with dark bakers chocolate, dark roasted coffee in abundance, mellow
bourbon, heavy char, brulee, dark fruits of blueberry and with warmth dark tart cherry.
Tobacco and oak make a play with warmth as well as sherry notes all vying for a pole position
over the driving force of rich roasted coffee. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, very coating,
rich, warming from the booze note, faint carbonation, and finishing with a lovely bitter malt
note that lingers long.

Overall----stout lovers, take note, THIS ONE ROCKS!

Cheers
Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The body pours as black as night. No head. Not much carbonation. Doesn't matter. Doesn't need it. Aged over a year in Willet bourbon barrels, this beer is the big cousin to Lagunitas Willettized stout.

Nose and taste are all about the barrel. Blending wonderfully with the bourbon is a delightful coffee flavor from the addition of Dark Matter coffee. My memory believes this stout is CBS without the chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is good but not as heavy as one might expect given the ABV.
Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is definitely a great stout and I'm glad I like it considering I've been less than impressed with some of their other beers in other styles. This is no frills and exactly what it says it is. It's thick and syrupy due to the abv and the coffee flavor is akin to Big Bad Baptist for example as it's pretty biting. Was worth getting a 4 pack
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Got this from @Jzeilinger and Thank You for it.
The bottle pour is into a clear glass goblet and a thick and mostly black color liquid emerges. A dark tan colored head forms and then very quickly disappears leaving no trace of having been there.

The aroma is mostly coffee that has been fresh roasted along with a touch of bourbon. I thought I also caught some vanilla and oak.

The beer tasted like roasted dark coffee with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon, but mostly coffee.

Overall, I find it to be really good, and a strong coffee-dominated Stout. The high ABV is also a nice touch. Would I recommend this Stout? You betcha!!
Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.67 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2022
Crushing Mass from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 116 ratings