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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by AleWatcher on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
239
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
62
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 239
Photo of mentaltraveller
2.16/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not very good. The appearance is interesting. It is jet black with tan debris floating in the brew. It smells strongly of hops. I thought this would taste like a black IPA. Instead, it tastes like burnt rubber. I know this beer is for band that named itself after a mountain in Mordor, a fictional wasteland of death and doom. It tastes like it. I would not recommend this.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.67/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Flat brown pour, like rye liquor, but I'm willing to give extra points for the hilarious chalice-metal label. Smells good, strong and unusual combination of coffee and hops. Does not carry over to good taste, way too hoppy for porter. Leaves a clear impression that the beer is schizo and suffers an identity crisis. I'm a porter! No, wait, I'm an IPA! Now I'm both! Props to FFF for trying such an edgy porter, but it was a tough beer to choke down.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amon Amarth Ragnarok, bottle bought at Three Floyds for $12 and tasted in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Classic brown ale, super black, a good-sized head of a chocolate color. No lacing or retention.

Smell: Acrid coffee, roastiness, some lactose. Spice and clover, like smelling a flower garden in bloom in the spring. Floral hops? Faint honey at the very end.

Taste: More honey and bitter coffee. Some smoke and ham.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low-to-medium flavor and carbonation. Unpleasant spicy-dry-scratchy feel at the end, lingers in the throat.

Overall: A chore to drink and an average brown ale with no oomph whatsoever. Definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this fresh growler... dark brown with a light fluffy tan head and good retention, great for a growler pour... not a fan of the nose, its really weird, burnt ash, nutts, and honey, just doesn’t work... the taste is generic smoke, chemically, lots of green hops, can tell this was dry hopped heavily... disappointing, wouldn’t have again

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: really nice looking porter. Black bodied beer with a huge head over 3 fingers high leaving lacing all over the glass. The head medium brown in color.

Smell: potent grassy hops with a little bit of citrus. Little bit of roasty malts are faint in this aroma.

Taste: A little bit of malty sweetiness on the palate that gives was to grassy hops at a low to moderately level of bitterness. It missing the chocolate and coffee notes of a tradition american porter. This porter is more about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. I wanted this beer to be a little thicker, but its fairly drinkable for an 8% beer.

Overall: Expected a little bit more from this porter. I can only imagine how hoppy this beer was fresh. If it had a bigger malt presence and the hops would compliment the malts, then this beer would have had some potential. Its still an okay, beer but not what I like from a porter.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a solid black with 1 finger of off white head

S- Dark roastiness from the malts, chocolate, dark fruits, but what really dominated was the fruity hops.

T- Strong hops up front like every FFF beer. Slight citrus, tangerine, and maybe some grassy notes. This beer would be a better black IPA than a porter. Overall to hoppy and extremely unbalanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

630th Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter
22oz

Thanks to Teamizm for this want of mine.

App- A very dark brown with a nice one finger head because split four ways. The beer slides nicely and leaves a nice leg and some cling as it slides.

Smell- It starts to go wrong with the scent. Its a bit musky and damp with not a lot of balance.

Taste- Jesus H, what the hell happened to this porter. Its a whole hell of a lot like a piece of meat and beef jerky and a bit of smoke thrown in for fun. For a big want of mine this was a let down.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. The meat flavors just kill this for me.

Drink- Damn, such a let down. Some will like this for it being malty, meaty and heavy. I dont however.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass. Thanks, Frank.

A: Pours a black body with a small, short-lived mocha-colored head that leaves a mild collar and thin film on the beer.

S: When cold, this is dominantly resiny, green, pine-needle-like. As it warms, it becomes 'merely' prominent in those aspects. Roasted grain and coffee emerge, with a mild dark chocolate nose. I don't feel that pine hops work well with this malt profile, and I find it off-putting.

T: On the bitter side, with a clashing green / pine resin-y hop flavor that fails to meld with the roasted grain. It gets drier in the finish, which is nice, but it leaves the bitterness naked in the aftertaste. I just don't care for the slick, oily feel it leaves.

M: Medium-plus bodied with low-medium carbonation. More oily in the finish than I enjoy.

O: Not my favorite expression of the style, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for sharing this one the other night. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin spotty tan head to it.

The aroma is very grainy and bready with some toasted malts and a little bit of caramel sweetness. It has a raw, spent grains on brew day like flavor to it.

The taste also has a big grainy and toasted malt flavor to it. I get some sweeter caramel flavors to it along with a hint of smoke. It's really grainy and bready but a little hoppiness is there as well.

The mouthfeel feels a little thin for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall It wasn't bad but it wasn't really outstanding either. Very grainy, bready and sweet. It felt strange for the style and had definitely made me think of raw, spent grains as I was drinking it.

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Photo of bsp77
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Midnight black with thick, foamy brown head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus, chocolate and molasses. Smells like a Black Ale.

Taste: Tastes more like a somewhat sweet Porter. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and flavored coffee form the base, but it is oddly sweet. There are some pine-like and citrusy hops but they are strangely out of place. A titch of smoke.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Overall: Kind of a Strong Porter, kind of a Black Ale. Mostly it is just a mess. Some good flavors, but not worth having again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Floyds, 11 Jun 2011. Served in an ~8 oz tulip.

Small light brown head is relatively quick to dissipate. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown, almost black. Moderate roasty aroma, some cocoa. Starts roasty bitter, some coffee. A touch of molasses and dark sugar but not terribly sweet. Medium body, alcohol is going to my head. Finish and aftertaste is roasty bitter.

Not quite sure what an Aesir porter is.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about a 1.5 finger head which was had some decent cappuccino color. Body is dark brown with some red. Goes down to about 5-6mm before you see some light through it. Some moderate lacing.

S - Oh wow, the hops are front and present. Not much porter scents but some cocoa and bitter chocolate.

T - This is nothing special. Some bitter chocolates. Not very complex. Maybe a little caramel, and slightly buttery.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O - It is good, but not a standout. I don't know what else to say about this.

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Photo of birchstick
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black color without much of a head to it. Smells sweet and chocolaty with some subtle honey notes to it. Sweet chocolates are on the front of the palate, which move to a rich milk chocolate flavor as it goes down. There is some honey mixed with cocoa on the finish. Thin bodied and a little watery. This is a solid porter. Nice flavors and complexity...another winner from 3F.

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Photo of Phelps
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ejyoung at the December 2011 Clusterfork, poured into a shaker pint.

Purple-brown with pretty good clarity. It’s porter-like in that respect. The head is a short-lived, fizzy sandy tan.

Pretty impressive hop presence in the nose. Lots of pine, touches of wood smoke, chocolate. A nice blend.

The flavor is fairly standard porter fare. Big piney hops, dark chocolate, wood smoke. I get a honey flavor in the back, but no accompanying honey sweetness.

Body is one notch under medium with very, very soft carbonation, like a mild electric current. Clean finish.

Hoppy, smoky and pretty good. I bet it would be fun to drink in a Viking hall, with a cheers to Odin and the valkyries.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a layer of tan head that fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one is sweet with dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some roastyness. There is a hop note to this as well.

Taste: This is a really hoppy porter. There is some mild roast, but it reminds me more of a black IPA than a porter. Bitter citrus peel hops overshadow the roast. Good, but really hoppy for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild and smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This was different that I expected it to be. Very hoppy. Black IPA's aren't my favorite, but it wasn't bad. I don't think I'll search this one out again in the future.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Darkness tulip on 4/26/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

The appearance is a dull brown that settles a dull black. Big old two finger cap of foam, tan in color. Dissipates slowly at first then collapses halfway through. Lots of lace with some holes.

The aroma is a 50/50 split of overly hoppy and roasted dark malt. Potent citric and piney hops. Thin, earthy mid-section leads into notes of smoke and roasted malts. Hints of coffee and mild dark chocolate. Really hoppy.

Though the hops are prominent in the aroma, the roasted malts are the most appreciable on the palate. Earthy, mild, dry bitterness throughout. Subtle sweetness; apparently honey is in this - ha! Over time it takes on a characteristic that is more tangy than roasted, though said roastiness creeps back in as it warms up more. Grainy. Hints of coffee and cocoa. Seems a bit disjointed.

Reasonably full body. One downside is that carbonation is effervescent and fizzy. Grainy, earthy, musty finish. Coating.

It's a decent beer that doesn't seem to fit comfortably in any particular style. Enjoyable, but kind of over-the-top.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for sharing this little number

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/4 inch head and great retention

Smell: Roasted malt oak and honey

Taste: The beer starts out much the way you would expect it to with some roasted malt and a touch of coffee and mid palate the honey shows up and finishes with a unique bitter floral hoppy not. That kind of ruined the flavor for me

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: A decent porter at best. I think the hoppy notes really hurt the beer

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Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went into Northdown Cafe for dinner with the fiancé and midway through my meal, I was greeted by an ever-so-generous pour of this from the bartender from a 22oz bottle they were sampling. Needless to say, this place just earned some brownie points!

A - Pours black, tan head, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass, and a thin cap on top.

S - Very hop-forward, roast, dark chocolate, malty smoke. Being that this is a FFF's beer, it doesn't surprise me when I sniffed a load of hops. There's some other stuff going on here as well, but the nose is pretty much dominated by hoppy bitterness.

T - Again, hop-forward right up front followed by some roast, malts, dark chocolate, slight touch of honey sweetness, bitter toasty finish.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A solid porter but I prefer more malts and less hops. That said, it's nice to try something different from one of my favorite breweries. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured in snifter.

A: Pours a thick black with a nice 1 finger dark khaki head. Leaves quickly leaving behind a nice little lace.

S: Very malty this one is. There is some subtle sweetness in the back along with a nice dry roast.

T: Great dry roast from the malts. Nice bitter coffee and bakers chocolates and the honey adds a nice sweetness that gives it a vanilla-like quality.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to light bodied with a decent carbonation.

O: A nice porter. Not my favorite, but yet another nice beer from those guys down in Munster, Indiana.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear deep brown with medium brown highlights. Thin light brown head that only lingers around the edge.

Aroma is a mix of roasted malts and hops--citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Little alcohol.

Roasted malts with a light caramel sweetness and coffee bitterness upfront. Some piney hops. Roasted malts continue through the finish with a grapefruit hop bitterness too. A bit smokey at the finish. Lingering roasty and grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Interesting hopped-up brown ale. Enjoyable, but gets a little boring after a while.

6/22/2011

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Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewer in August, consumed 9/24.

A - Black or very dark brown, with 1 finger of tan head thats more of a carbonated looking head then foamy.

S - Roasted Chocolate, some hops, and an espresso of coffee smell.

T - Porter like at first, chocolate, some smokiness, some hops in there but a strange finish. Possibly the honey?

M - Silky, swishes around the mouth nicely.

O - Solid porter but not sure if I like the strange finish.

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Photo of Spider889
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by MpgBugeye.

Live review.

Pours a heavy black with a slow to rise, but very tall creamy head. Leaves amazing lace akin to layered cheese cloth. Good head retention as well with some visible carbonation replenishing the head. This 7+ day old trade growler has held up swimmingly.

Smells of very green hops initially. Sweet cocoa powder mingles with the hops creating a bit of a minty presence. Roasty malt comes through much more strongly on the second pour.

The taste is also very hoppy. Lots of grassy greens and subdued bitterness. Dry roast, coffee, and chocolate. Maybe a small amount of smoke, I was getting it early on, and then the hops seemed to have covered it up.

Semi dry finish. A little powdery feeling. Full bodied for a porter which is nice.

Overall this isn't a bad porter. I heard this was supposed to be a Baltic but if so it doesn't fit very well within the style.

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Photo of rtaps
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ehammond1 for opening this one.

pours black with a khaki head leaving spotty lacing.

smells like coffee and dark malts with some hops in there

taste roasted malts and some citrus hops play within it.

medium carbonation, full bodied and smoth

overall its a nice porter and i rather enjoyed the hops that were in it

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks!

Dark brown with a moderately sized brown head that leaves dots of lace down the glass, though the liquid looks a bit thin.

The aroma is unique, though not magnificent. It's a fine combination of roasted and dark malts, piney and floral hops, and a bit of honey sweetness.

The flavor is a bit more successful than the aroma, and it all comes together quite nicely. This is a bit sweet for a typical porter, along with lots of roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A very nice, unique, drinkable stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/26/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for the hook up, Mario! --

A: Darker brown then I'd expected. A good pour yields a thick 2.25 finger head.

S: Smokey, yet it's more complex then just pure liquid smoke. Hints of fresh Mint Julip and sour cherry round this out.

T: Unique is the best way to put it. Smoke up front, which slowly evloves into a slightly red fruit and herbal profile. The finish of all things is a bit hoppy.

M: Not too shabby. It's packing suitable weight, enough to carry the crazy flavors of this one of a kind brew.

O: Three Floyd's Amon Amarth-Ragnarok is easily one of the best smoke forward beers I've encountered, something I typically don't like. Give this a minute to warm up and really evolve in the glass, as it's truly an experience.

Thanks again, Señor Lopez.

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