3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Porter
4.13 | pDev: 11.14%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A robust Aesir porter brewed with our friends, the band Amon Amarth. Deep-roasted malts and honey give this beer its dark color and rich mouth feel. When Heimdal sounds the Gailar Horn for the last battle, this is the beer the gods will drink.

40 IBU
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 240
Photo of Pullen
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Citrus hops up front in the aroman. The beer is medium bodied. Notes of Chocolate and roast. Bitterness does not linger at all and is quite subtle. This porter is damn tasty!!! Three Floyds knocked this one out the park! I'm not sure of the quantaty available, but I highly recommended this beer!

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Photo of VincentB45
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is Amon Amarth. I had it at their show last night at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. In the nose, you could really smell the smoke malts and a bit of honey. The brew had a nice light brown ,thick head. During my first sip, it felt very smooth and you could really taste the smoked malts and the hops. The nice thing about this porter was that I had three of them and wasn't full, unlike my past experiences with porters.

Overall, this was an incredible brew and cannot to have it again. Last night couldn't get any better, heavy metal with the guys from 3 floyds and this brew.

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Photo of DCon
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this from Three Floyds BrewPub in Munster, IN for $12. Poured into a pint glass from the killer bottle displaying a war scene and of course doesn't have a freshness date. Let 3 people from the Wolf sample some of this with me and they gave it an A+ as well.

Aroma- A brown ale is coming to mind while I'm starting to hunt for characteristics like this. Chocolate and strong coffee smells are present and a strong roastiness.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is dark brown and stays for a good amount of time. Is a pitch brown color body and leaves thick rings of lace.

Flavor- Strong grapefruit taste from the start. Robust again and has strong coffee tastes. Light bitter finish then. Could probably have a Cafe Americano or Espresso shot and have the same aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Rich, Medium Carbonation, and leaves coffee around. Very different from the first glass @ FFF.

Overall Impression- While I enjoyed this on-tap @ FFF, this was one of my favorites and was easy to take a bomber of this home. The bottle had more coffee and chocolate tastes throughout which was cool to see a difference in the on-tap version than the bottle. Excited to come back to FFF to hit more of their limited brews!

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4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : bomber bottle purchased at FFF on 5/26/1

Appearance : pours the darkest of amber at first glance it looks black. Great long lasting head with long retention and lacing galore!

Smell : instant hops on the nose super pungent hop aromas. I can't wait to taste this one.

Taste : mild dark coco flavor fades into a mild hop bitterness. I thought this have more bitterness judging from the nose.

Mouthfeel : full bodied and very drinkable lots of carbonation

Overall : I am really impressed with this beer.This beer has all the aroma I'm looking for in a beer with mild hop bitterness. They call it poter but I think its more like a black ipa.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bomber on a trip to the brewery a few weeks back.
Poured almost jet black with tan foamy head with good retention.
Smoky and citrus hoppiness.
Taste was a toasty coffee, some of the smoky citrus in there.
Rich and full bodied mouthfeel all around, warming but not too boozy.
Overall, a well rounded powerful but not overpowering brew. Hope to come across it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've really liked this beer, bought a bunch of bottles in 2011. I never reviewed it fresh, only now getting to it while opening a bottle that's about 1 year old.

It pours dark brown and opaque with a really nice foam, thick mocha-colored froth that laces in huge chunks. Gorgeous. When fresh this had a distinct hoppy note in the aroma, and while that attribute diminished with age it's still somewhat noticeable. From smell alone I prefer this with age. There's a smoked malt presence in the aroma that really comes through with the faded hops. And cocoa, this smells near perfect to me.

The hops have lived on in the flavor, giving strong citrusy counterpoint to the peat-like smokiness that is my main draw. Slightly sweet, lots of roasted character but nowhere near acrid. Again, age has been kind to this beer, I'm really happy I've kept some this long.

Overall a nearly perfect American Porter, executed just as you'd expect FFF to do it, hopped up and reminiscent of Black Sun or Alpha Klaus, albeit with its own smoked malt character. Outstanding, highly recommended.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic on cask.

It looks slightly murky blackish red-- perhaps wet dark rust. The head is nice, but the lacing is spectacular.
Smells mainly like it did on tap with a nice peaty earthiness and a lot more chocolate. Roasty barley and smoked malt work amazingly well with the dry character of this beer.

This is soooo tasty. The smoked malt really shines on cask! Very nice earthy smoked peat quality... Mmmmm. The body is full and velvety with a touch of grit and creamy carbonation.

This is my second glass. It is spectacular. I will be having a 3rd. Get down here for this one on the engine!!! Do it now!!

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Photo of cetherid
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip


Beer pours a brown to dark brown. About 2-3 fingers worth of thick frothy light brown head..almost like a root beer float. Great lacing going on as well.


A great smelling porter. Hops initially (floral, with a hint of citrus) which I wasn't expecting, then the typical porter aromas come out. Roasted malt, with a little chocolate and smokiness. Not a "ham on rye" smokiness...it's subtle but definitely noticeable. Nose has a touch of sweetness as well.


Similar to nose. Roasted and smoked malts with some bitter chocolate/cocoa with a noticeable bitterness. A little sweetness which could probably attributed to the honey but taste more like a little molasses in there.


Medium to full bodied with great carbonation. A nice slick, creamy mouth feel that finishes a tad dry.


Might be the best porter I've had. Pretty complex aromas/flavors in this, some what you would not expect to a porter. The large abundance of hops, smokiness and the honey added make this pretty memorable for the style. Doubt this will be around much longer but I'll definitely grab another pint if I'm in the brewpub relatively soon.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with nice lacing. Jet black with no light passing through.

S: sweet and smokey, a touch of mesquite.

T: Smokey and roasted with coffee and vanilla notes. This one is like a stour and porter mix.

M: Thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this one is very drinkable with the mouthfeel of a porter and the complexity of a stout.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Brewery only release from June that Umagum picked up for me - many thanks! It was a pitch black color with some evidence of surface carb streams. It had a good sized, brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and covering film. Good, quick sliding lace with lots sticking.

The aroma was really great with a good mix of classic porter with chocolate malt and some smoke blended with a good pine resin hop aroma. The taste was also excellent and again was a great blend of traditional porter with good pine hops. It starts out a little sweet from the fruit and then a little smoke comes in to cut that and then the bitter from the chocolate and the resiny hops finish it off. Really good. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a slight watery edge to it. Great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to try. Another solid winner from 3F's. Highly recommend. Not avail here in TX. Brewery only release. Rotation - if avail near me this would be in the porter/stout rotation for sure [R;Y]

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Photo of ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber shared with brewslut on 8/24/11. Thanks to brewslut for acquiring this for me at the FFF brewpub.

A - Poured damn near close to black with a deep nutty coloration reminisecent of charred wood and a dense nougat-toned frothy cap that stood about a finger and a half high, then reduced to a creamy retention and thick swatches of lacing all around the glass.

S - Grassy and earthy hops combine with a tinge of smokey malt as well as a hint of peat and bitter chocolate notes. Digging deeper, I am surprised to unearth a hint of citrus rind lurking in the background amidst a backdrop of roasted coffee beans.

T - Given that this is a FFF beer, the flavor is obviously packed with copious amounts of hops - earthy, grassy, very green and leafy hops. No surprise there. The hop bitterness eventually gives way to a base of chocolate and coffee as well as a moderate smoked quality. Finishes with bitter chocolate notes, dry, leafy hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth on the palate.

M - Medium to full-bodied and robust with a smooth, silky texture and a hint of oily residue, giving the mouthfeel a slight sticky, clingy quality. Finishes with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Ragnarok is yet another reminder why FFF may very well be my favorite American craft brewery. This beer is as metal as it gets!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was bale to get a stinger(22oz) of Amon Amarth during a recent visit to Three Floyds. The AA is a dark rich amber almost black/opaque with tan head that laced throughout the drink. The scent was a wonderful hop (pine/citrus). The taste starts as an IPA, but finishes with a taste that I have trouble describing. Not really roasty or bitter...just different. The beer reminds me more of a black IPA than a porter. It is a very good beer and glad I rolled teh dice to try it....cuz I didnt know what it was when I bought it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown pour and a huge, billowing light tan head that just hung on the rail of the glass. Rich, dark aroma of wood and peat, hints of chocolate, vanilla and smoke all swirling around at once, just what I needed for lunch, lol. Warming only brings out more of the rich vanilla and toffee like notes, with touches of light pine, and then I take a sip, its over. Huge woody, oak like aroma just dominates the flavor here. Enormous showing of vanilla, hints of caramelized sugar, and a touch of smoke, just wonderful melded together and an al out assault on the senses. Rich, filling and extremely complex

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up from the brewery on my trip to Chicago...

One of the coolest bottles ever here... I love Three Floyds bottle art...

Loads of citrusy hops present in this jet black brew... Orange, some grapefruit... Hints of Christmas tree... Tinges of coffee here and there present as well... Very nice and an unusual aroma for a porter.. As a previous reviewer mentioned, very much like Alpha Klaus...

Big hops right up front that are followed by a dark roasted malt assault that eventually wins the war... It's almost like two brews actually.. The initial impression is rather hoppy and juicy and then the wave of deep roasted malts and all of the cocoa/coffee aspects they bring with them take over and finish this one out... Although... there is a juicy hop finish to this one...

Very interesting take on a porter... I figured this one would be fairly hoppy and I wasn't disappointed... However, the porter aspects of this beer shined through as well and while it's not traditional, it works in a good way... Almost like a Black IPA...

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds brewpub in an open mouth snifter.

A - Pours pretty much black with a light mocha head. Head clinging to the side and creating some nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts. Very rich and pwerful. Delightful beer to smell and entices you to taste.

T - What smells like it could be a stout gives way in taste as to what it is, a nice bold porter. Coffee bitterness is apparent with a nice malty profile and smooth light aftertaste. The oatmeal taste makes the porter feel almost chewy at first. Complex taste and a great porter.

M - Heavy and thick with that dark malt taste lingering. While taste is more porter, the mouthfeel reminds me of a stout.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. Def not made for a hot day, but this is a great bold porter that doesn't disappoint. Good thick taste and a wonderful roasty smell to go along with it. Looking forward to drinking more of this rich porter come fall from the bottle.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to funkyaudio for this excellent porter. Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a small, rough beige head. Very fresh citrusy nose which complements well with the hard roast malt. Medium-bodied with a lightly roasted character, sweetish, again completely dominated by the fresh aroma hops leaving a dry bitterness. The roastiness comes somewhat late. Very drinkable - but really a Black IPA rather than an Imperial Porter. And an excellent one!

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Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very cool dude kindly gave this bottle to me as we waited in line for a recent special release. I'm sorry I can't remember your name but your generosity is what being a beer advocate is all about. Cheers dude!

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a thick black color with a nice creamy head that leaves great lacing. Very nice looking porter. This thing looks mean.

S- Bright hoppy aromas are noticeable at first with some nice deep roasted malts to balance it out.

T- Pine hop flavors come through initially with a very smooth chocolate and roasted coffee finish. Black licorice, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoky peat, vanilla bean, and oak. Fairly hoppy for a porter but a strong hop presence is needed to balance this huge malt backbone.

M- Thick a full bodied with nice carbonation.

O- This was quite a surprise! I'm not sure if this is a Porter, Stout, or a Black IPA, but that doesn't matter either way. All I know is that it's very tasty and I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of nasty31
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deuce poured into a snifter.

A- Nice dark brown with a creamy 2 finger head with great lacing through out the whole drink.

S- Roasted malts and piney hops are pretty much the most present to go along with a tad big of chocolate smell.

T- I get a big roasted malt and chocolate flavor up front with a very nice piney hops finish amazing taste.

M- nice and creamy just the way i like a good porter to taste carbonation is spot on.

O- I've been telling friends this is my new favorite porter which it is. It is sad that this is probably going to be a one-off because its so good. very similar to how black sun used to taste because i think they tweaked that recipe a little bit. Great brew on fathers day!! LOVE YOU LEAH

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: black with a nice creamy tan head.
S: light/medium roasted coffee, chocolate, dried dark stone fruits and sweetish honeyed notes. although the bottle is fresh, i don't get the big hoppy notes that i see in other reviews after having reviewed this myself.
T: SAA. medium to full sweet roasted malts are enhanced by the honey, although this could just be perceived. sweetness is varied and seems to come in many guises-brown sugar, chocolate, honey, caramel. just enough smooth bitterness and smooth roasty notes to bring it to a semisweet, but not cloying, finish. the 8.2% abv is well-hidden.
M: medium to full body. nicely carbonated...any less and this may have been a syrupy mess in the taste and mouthfeel.
O: a very well-done porter, better than alpha klaus imho.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of rothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit, smoke, black licorice, honey, coffee, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit, some smoke, and some black licorice. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some honey, and a bit of lactose sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted milk chocolate malts, dark fruit, coffee, smoke, and a bit of honey.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet, smokey, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial porter with good complexity, body, and overall balance.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a fluffy head. Intense hoppiness in the nose with big notes of citrus fruits. The taste follows with intense hops that don't fade. This definitely isn't your regular porter with the amount of hops they dumped in. Very tasty with a light-med porter body that I expect and very little aftertaste. Definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from the brewery and am experiencing its magic in my hotel room in Merrilville, In.

A: Guess what color this porter is you rat bastards? The head clung to the glass and then some... Spider-man material.

S: Sizzly bacon, hoppy goodness, and soy sauce for starters.

T: It seems like these days, I equate a helluva lot of beers to breakfast cereals: "Count Chocula" with added beef jerkey. This one is no exception. Smokey and baconey as hell, yet still with a bit of Gumballhead poking through.

M: Kinda snot-like, with a great citrusy, sweet component. The lacing looked like a VitaMix machine in action. Not much bitterness at all.

O: It was an absolute pleasure to drink this. The FFF hop profile tasted great in this setting!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark leathery brown with a very creamy mocha head that has great retention.

S- Cocoa, smoke, honey, and flowers. Interesting and inviting.

T- Cocoa, smoke, citrus, honey, and flowers. The sweetness works really well with the smokiness. Tasty.

M- The carbonation is smooth and abundant. The alcohol is well hidden.

O- A tasty take on the style. Smooth and sweet without being too rich. Well made.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

286th Review
22 oz. bottle poured into a HotD tulip glass
Vintage: The one and only!

From notes. Enjoyed a couple summers back at a backyard BBQ with the usual suspects in the Mile High Knight's tasting crew. Brought by me to share with the group.

A: Deep, very dark brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Robust and roasty. Loads of coffee and roastiness, hint of charred dark malt, and chocolate with a bold scent of citrus hops. Very different, but I like how it stand apart from others of the same style.

T: Follows smell and the roastiness is quite enjoyable. Hint of smokiness too which adds a nice twist. Honey sweetness is good too! I preferred this as it warmed though (cold, was a bit too muted).

M: Medium bodied with even carbonation. Real nice!

O: A hoppy (par-for-the-course with FFF) porter that is really enjoyable. Let it warm a bit though to enjoy the multi-layered complexity of this beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for picking up a growler of this one. Served in a Russian River tulip glass.

A - Finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a dark brown color with a hint of ruby transparency at the fringes.

S - An aggressively dry-hopped porter - very floral and slightly leafy. As it warms there is plenty of cocoa, roasted grains, and a lightly smoky and meaty character as well.

T- Taste has more smoke character with less overt hops and more charred grains. Lightly burnt toast comes to mind, along with some baker's cocoa, and a mild roasty espresso bitterness.

M - Dry, medium, roasty body, with medium-low soft carbonation. There is some residual stickiness as well as resinous hop oils. The alcohol is well-hidden, as I would have guessed closer to 6%.

D - This reminds me a little of Russian River's Porter, but with more smoke and alcohol and a bit less dry-hopping. I had a few pours from the growler, and would have had more had it been available. Hope this shows up around town on-tap.

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