The Creeper | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

The CreeperThe Creeper
BA SCORE
86.8%
Liked This Beer
4.09 w/ 106 ratings
The CreeperThe Creeper
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Creeper Doppelbock is a big German-American style Doppelbock brewed with the band Pelican in honor of the band’s 10th anniversary.

Added by AleWatcher on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
106
Liked:
92
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
10.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to spycow for having this around for our tasting.

A - An almost black beer that looks quite dark brown in the body. Decent sized head that receded to an uneven cap.

S - A lot of dark fruit and licorice, kind of pungent in a way I didn't like.

T - Everyone else seemed to like this, but I did not care for it. Huge licorice bomb really destroyed my palate, got some dark fruits on this also, but not a ton else.

M - Nice carbonation balances out the beer, medium bodied.

D - Not drinkable due to the taste for me, the 9% isn't helping. Don't like this beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. A shade darker than cola brown with a dense cap of creamy foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Nice brew, but it doesn't fit neatly into the doppelbock category. In fact, despite the lager yeast, I'd have guessed imperial stout. Smells of rich chocolate and dark fruit. Exceedingly thick and smooth feel, almost as if it was served on nitro. Buttery bread at the finish, plentiful chocolate and roast beforehand. Tasty stuff, but not really to style. An odd beer to rate, but a nice one to drink, if that makes sense.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black shade of brown. Tan medium thick foam of moderate retention.

S: Dark roasted malt without smokiness. Then some light notes of dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate.

T: A full sweet bread taste upfront. It's creamy and fully carbonated so the prescence is big. A few notes of raisins and prunes. Then faint alcohol taste in the background.

D: I keep forgetting this brew is in the lager family. This brew is doubley big and deep for a bock. It's like biting into a loaf of Hawaiian bread and then doing a shot of vodka. None of the FFFs signature big hop is here. It's an OK beer, but I always expect big leaguer performance from the FFFs boys.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Three Floyds Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thing dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges. Some spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Coffee and roasted malts totally dominate.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate.

D - Lower carbonation, thin body, oily feeling left in your mouth.

O - Roasted malts and thin body.

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Photo of gordio25
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I picked a bottle of this up at the FFF brew pub. It pours like a stout with thin brown head. The color is a deep red almost like wine but much darker almost black. The smell is dark chocolate and fruity dark cherry. These carry over into the taste as well. It has a very sweet malty flavor up front then the chocolate and darker flavors come threw on the finish. This is a big beer with a lot of body and a long finish. At 9% abv I can see why they call this the creeper.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date Drunk: 1/6/11

750mL into pint glass

My very first Doppelbock. First off, very very "creepy" logo with a pentagram. Pours a deep solid black with minimal head. All I smell is dark roasted malts. The beer is a medium bodied, creamy thick feel with slight carbonation. The taste is of medium roasted dark malt and peat, with some espresso and dark chocolate "trying" to poke through. I was hoping for more out of this beer, but there is no way there is 9% alcohol in this beer, you don't even taste it.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep dark brown, nice tan head and lacing.
S: chocolatey malts mostly, dark fruitcake.
T: strangely differed from the nose-tangy stone fruits (cherries) moreso than the chocolatey dark bready malts. medium sweetness. hops very subtle. more fruity than bready richness as i'd expect for the style.
M: well-carbonated, full-bodied. the tanginess or hint of sourness takes away just a bit here.
D: a sipper.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Creeper

Served in DFH signature glass

A: Pours black with a dense, brown head that rises a couple inches above head. Poor retention and lacing. When held up to the light, deep brown highlights are revealed. 

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, bready malts and some dark, dried fruits. A little licorice and a hint of smoke. 

T: Sweet malts up front, followed by dark, dried fruits and molasses. Mild bitterness. A little licorice in the finish  The molasses is pretty strong and keeps prompting me to think of carmelized barbecue sauce and smoke. That's probably a good cue for food pairings. Nonetheless, this beer is meaty. 

M: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O: The Creeper drinks like Moloko's demented half-brother. Its 9 abv is masterfully hidden. I find The Creeper to be an unusual and enjoyable doppelbock. 

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, obtained from brewery, poured into snifter.
Black, opaque liquid, thin, tan head, dissipates quickly.
Roasted malt, coffee, caramel scents.
Highly carbonated, burnt malts, thin, dry with lingering malt aftertaste.
Dopplebock on steroids which is drinkable, but not anything I would seek out.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Tpe: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Pours pitch black w/only about 1/4" of head. Lacing is present, but doesn't really sticks to the sides of the glass to long.

S: Slight sweet, malty aroma. Only a subtle hint of coffee can be detected as well.

T: Again slight, sweet, malty, roasted taste. Just a slight touch of bitterness @ the end from the hops.

M:Creamy with medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation for this beer style.

D: This brew is aging quite well since I last had this back in October '10, and is dangerously drinkable. I am looking forward to aging the other 4 bombers I have.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claaark13
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Azrael
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub on thanksgiving weekend.

A-pours a transparent dark coloa brown with a dark tan colred head.

S-the nose is faint but very roasty in what I do get. Roasted malts and some notes of roasted coffee.

T-the taste follows the nose but bigger. Lots of roasted malts, lots of coffee, some notes of dark chocolate with just a hint of malt sweetness in the form of dark fruits.

M-creamy medium body that is soft on the palate and has a well carbonated finish giving it a nice clean feel on the back of the throat.

D-different than what I was expecting. big time roasted malts with very little sweetness. Still, this is pretty tasty, very simple and straigh tforward, with great drinkability especially for the alcohol content.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large tulip glass - thanks to mikesgroove for this awesome extra

Pours a full deep dark color with some brighter ruby edges, frothy tanned head fades, streaky lacing left on the glass.

Nice scents of dark fruits with sweet edges, dates and raisins, licorice, smoke, with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Slightly sweet and bitter up front with hoppiness. Raisins and dates with some brown sugar, slightly caramelized. Roasted malts provide thick burly backbone. More fruited sweetness with bits of chocolate and hop bitterness followed by fading alcohol warmth in the finish.

Thicker syrupy body, slightly higher carb, fairly smooth drinking. Really nice flavor, good candied fruit sweetness and mild presence of alcohol. I'm not sure this exactly tasted like a doppelbock but definitely delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a handsome dark brown with visible variations in the color.

Smell - The malts have accents of coffee and malt, but not to a high degree.

Taste - My initial impression is smooth dark coffee. It is not as roasty or chewy as I would expect from the style. The malts leaning more toward coffee makes this seem to be less of a doppelbock. The dark malts continue in the aftertaste, but are surprisingly thin.

Mouthfeel - In the mold of classic doppelbocks, this lacks the thickness. It just does not do far enough into doppelbock territory.

Overall - The profile just does not go far enough to be a great doppelbock.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark ruby/brown color. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and reduces leaving a partly cloudy lacing.

The aroma is a bit weak to be rated higher. A slight caramel sweetness combined with a roast malt, chocolate note. Some minimal hopping.

The taste is solid with a good blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel sweetness combined with an interesting smokiness. Again, minimal hoppy presence.

The mouthfeel has medium-full bodied with an elevated level of carbonation that leaves a twinge to the back of the palate. Reasonably smooth and somewhat creamy.

Overall, this is a reasonably easy beer to drink. It has solid components and leaves me interested in coming back for more, however, a slow pace related to ABV and palate keeps it from being more drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass (though after the fact a snifter might have been a better option).

3.5 A: Pours black. About three fingers of creamy light brown head with below average retention and just a small ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Good amount of roastiness in this with semi-sweet chocolate making a big appearance as well. Some faint caramel, but overall fairly dry. Malts can be described as grainy, if anything. Grassy hoppiness Not bad, but needs some strength.

4.0 T: Unlike the nose, the taste is big and bold. Roasted malts, milk chocolate, medium roast coffee each exhibit plenty of force. Secondarily, there is a touch of smoke, some lactose-like sourishness, caramel, and dark fruits. Again, grassy hops. Pretty good, borderline 4.5.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy, but could be more so and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a pretty good beer and is basically an imperial stout brewed with lager yeast. Good taste, no off-flavors, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick imperial like dopplebock. Big chocolate and it's on the sweeter side, with understated bitterness. A big beer, very dangerously drinkable. Deep brown bodied with lots of retained head. Malty aroma. Bottle in trade from (fill in blank when I remember).

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The Creeper from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86.8% out of 100 with 106 ratings
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