Ragnarok | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 gordavidson
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color into a pint glass. No light gets through, a medium sized tan head with good retention and some spotty lacing.

Aroma is....hops!!! This is a hoppy beer with some roasted and smoky malts. Nice strong aroma...maybe not a typical Porter aroma, but good all the same.

Taste is very good. Roasted and smoky malts take a slight back seat to some robust hoppy bitterness. part of the balance battle is the honey which adds some riichness and sweetness to the mix.

Mouthfeel is crisp and also rich. The hops add a good "bite" / dimension to the mouthfeel, but there is also some malty and honey sweetness. No hint of alcohol.

This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer

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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 Pullen
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to G311 for the in person swap at southampton. great to see you again!

a - opened and filled my ccb snifter. pewter 8 ball black with a greyish fizzy porter head that fizzled away within a minute. spotty lacing if at all.

s - dusty chocolate powder. smooth roast. subtle.

t/m - big robust chocolate roasted malts. big tasty flavor. richer and fuller than your average porter...but doesn't push the line into stout land. still has the cool crisp char feel and finish. really nice full bodied porter.

o - overall, a balls to the wall porter. really enjoyable. roasted chocolate fullness with a glaze of the normal porter char. great crossover porter for a stout fan. very much enjoyed this one!

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black beer with a one inch head poured into a duvel glass. Aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate.
Strong malt and lightly smokey flavor. The hop bitterness blends in well and cuts through the malt nicely. There is a honey flavor present and the aftertaste definately carries dark chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin but manages to coat the mouth. The alcohol is well hidden. I first had this on Christmas day and will buy again until it's gone. It is a decently complex ale for the style.

Oh and Amon Amarth rules.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 dlello2
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice thin porter. Good amount of head. Not all that much lacing.

S - Really nice smell! Almost like a black IPA. Most prominent smells are citrus, dark fruit, and hops.

T - Malts and honey. Dark fruit. Then bitterness from the hops (conjuring images of zombie dust here). Quite nice.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated and well balanced. Smooth drinking. Not too thick with the honey.

O - I liked this beer a lot. Maybe a bit sweet but the hops even it out nicely!

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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 WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours very dark brown, nearing the blackness of Hel. Capped with a creamy tan head that towers as high as the giants that assault the walls of Asgaard and leaves crusty lacing in its wake.

S- Roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee, a trace of the smoke of burning villages and Surtur's flaming sword, some leafy hops and the pines of the Scandinavian forest.

T- Big roasted flavor up front, coffee, a sweet chocolatey center, and a lot of grains charred by the Thunder God's lightning. Towards the finish the hops, leafy and piney, become more present, finishing with hoppiness as bitter as Baldr's death.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, slightly sticky feel with a finish as dry as the dust of your bones.

O- An awesome brew, big flavors split your skull like a Berserker's axe. If you were speared in the back on the sandy banks of a river, deep in the land of the Rus, this is the kind of beer that would keep you company in your final agonies.

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


Acquired via trade

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 nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amon amarth

A - pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - smoky caramel, licorice, and some nutty toffee.

T - smoky malt up front with licorice, caramel, and toffee. Some nutty character appears in the middle and fades to brown sugar, molasses, and peat smoke that lingers in the finish.

M - An oily, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - very complex and interesting, the smoke and sugar work surprisingly well together. Not something I would drink regularly, but well made.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and herbal hops with some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but hoppy porter.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 3F pint glass.
A: Almost jet black; juts a bit of pure red shows through around the bottom when held up to light. A 1-finger tan head slowly fades leaving a nice lacing.
S: Strong coffee comes thorugh up front along with a big dose of hops. A secondary caramel/sweetness comes through after.
T: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, & hops. Complex and balanced.
M: Wow, great structure & balance. Full-bodied and exceptionally smooth.
O: 3F is absolutely my favorite brewery at the moment and this is another one I really enjoy. Tasty and quite well made. Best as it warms up to near room temperature.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle No bottle info
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass

Heimdal grips the Giallarhorn
He sounds that dreaded note
Odin rides to quest the Norns
But their web is torn
The Aesir ride out to war
With armor shining bright
Followed by the Einherjer
See valkyries ride

Yes I am a huge Amon Amarth fan and drank this beer while listening to Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags (partial lyrics above), Runes to my Memory and Twilight of the Thunder God.

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this bottle.

Appearance: This is one good looking porter! Very dark brown, almost black body (deep red edges when backlit) topped by a good sized, creamy, light tan coloured head that lasts well and leaves great (almost IPA like) lacing.

Smell: I had heard this one was hoppy, but I was not expecting my first sniff to be all hops! If I was tasting blind I would have guessed this was an American IPA!
As I continue to assess the nose, the hops seem to fade a little allowing the more traditional porter notes to come out. Notes include: Grapefruit, other citrus, grass, a little pine resin, coffee, chocolate, sweet dark caramel, a light nuttiness and a touch of char and smoke.

Taste: The flavour combines typical porter notes (chocolate, light roast, sweet dark caramel, and a hint of coffee) with IPA like hops (grapefruit, citrus peel, a touch of resin and cut grass). Pleasant hop bitterness in the finish and no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Man this one super drinkable beer! Medium body with stunning, super smooth carbonation.

Overall: It is a good thing I do not live near FFF, I could knock this stuff back by the pint! A great American porter with a hoppy twist. Enough flavour that one doesn't get bored, but not so much that one is forced to sip.

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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 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.


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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Missive thanks to Billakowski for this one. I'm a big fan of the band and when I saw one of my favorite breweries was doing a beer for them I wanted to get some.

This beer pours out as a nice rich and thick looking dark brown color with a tan colored head. The head doesn't really last too long and there is a faint amount of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was pretty good, it had some roasted notes and a little bit of a hops kick on the nose. It also smelled very earthy. The taste of the beer had some really nice levels to it. It started off with some interesting earthy roasted flavors with a light coffee/chocolate finish. The mouthfeel was really nice and thick feeling in the mouth. It also had a subtle carbonation to it also. Overall this beer was really nice, I'd love to get more if they ever make it again.

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