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 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 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 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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While a memory of Alpha Klaus comes to mind, this American Porter carries the hoppy punch of IPAs along with the roasty chocolate character of the most robust Porters. Best of both worlds perhapse?

Opening with a very very dark brown hue, the beer is basically opaque and with a lightly tanned creamy head that amounts to about an inch and reduces by half to close the session. Frequent islands of foam provide the spotty lace along the glass as the beer falls. A very creamy and malty appearance throughout.

Very piney and sprucy to the nose, if it weren't for the Porterish look I would have assumed an IPA had fallen into the glass. Fresh cut grasses, mint, leafy, and sharply citrusy of white grapefruit pith... this beer packs a whollop of hop character. After the beer breathes a bit, the base notes of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and walnuts rise to round out the scent.

Flavors balance even further- a deeply malted matrix of burnt molasses, brown sugar, hevy toast, French press coffe/coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, and walnuts provide a lot of flavor but in a very dry-malty taste as not to introduce heavy sweetness. Layers of hops further provide the resiny taste of pine/pine sap, fresh cut grasses, vegitative leaf and bark. As the carbonation escapes, the weight of the beer provides subtle notes of smoky sweetness and heavy cream which provide a less harsh dry-roast character.

Full bodied and elevated robustness is due to a lot of malty carbonation which fills the mouth, but the leaves with a very dry roast feel that causes a mild harshness in burnt grain and wood. But as the carbonation fades, the weight of the beer reveals a creamy and smooth bit before heading toward the malty-dry and resiny bitter hop finish. Alcohol warmth evident, the hops and cream help to temper the heat.

Undoubtedly an American Porter at its best. But with the brash display of hops and the dry roast character, the beer gets away from the more refined and gentlemanly sessionability of classy English Porters.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly black, inky darkness, no light reflected. Billowing, voluminous head of tan creamy foam. Sticky halo of dripping lace. Lasting head retention, nice looking lacing decorates the glass.

Piney hops, dried citrus rind, dark roast, blackened malts.

Strikes me as a black IPA, but so does Alpha Klaus. Piney bitterness that lingers, dark roast coffee and cocoa flavors. Some grapefruit bitterness in there as well, dry and bitter aftertaste, lingering pine again. Little to no sweetness. Light bodied and roasty, though the hoppy bitterness could be overbearing to the uninitiated. Perfect for a cool fall evening...

Cheers to the Madison crew!

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Alex. Thanks, broezowski. Consumed while listening to flamenco music.

Pours black as pitch with a thin brown crust, minimal lacing.

Quite hoppy on the nose, moreso than I was expecting. Resinous, roasty, mildly smoky - smells quite good, albeit different than what I was expecting. There isn't much sweetness here, and the smoke isn't terribly pronounced.

Like the aroma, the palate is rather dry and roasty, hoppy and bitter. The pine-like hop flavors meld pretty nicely with the charred malt and faint smoke. Honey doesn't come through much at all, though it seems to have dried the beer out a bit and lightened the body. Nice sticky bitterness in the finish, both from dark malt and hops. Surprisingly nice stuff, it would be easy to kill a pint or two of this on tap.

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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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 1028/11 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, citrus hops, chocolate, vanilla, and pine hops. Nice and smokey, but the hops come through as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, smokey malts, honey, piney and citrus hops. Little bit sweeter than the nose, but very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty interested and enjoyable porter. Seemed like a cross between a smoked porter and a hoppy porter, but it worked nciely. Would have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok. Whatever that means. "A brew for the end of ages brewed with our friends in the band Amon Amarth. This aesir (???) porter is a robust and hearty brew brewed with local honey and small portion (sic) of smoked malt. When Heimdall sounds the gallar horn this is the brew to be hoisted by the Gods in anticipation of the coming battle."

Deep brown body, roasted tan head, a little lace-leaving.

Sweet cocoa notes hit the nose first, then vanilla and honey, with minor bitter hops rolling in after.

Taste: Full bodied, rich and robust. Roasty and bitter, with the smoked malt coming in, through and through. The hops get bigger, the malts getting fuller, the roast coming on strong, the smoke sifting along. Gets a mite creamy, while still roasty and hoppy, and remarkably easy to swallow. Mmm, mmm. good stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Full two inches of mocha head atop a dark brown.black beer. Great drink-by-drink step lacing and head retention.

S- Initial smell is hops- an English variety would be my guess- East Kent Goldings? Smoke malts come into play as the beer warms.

T- Definitely hoppy for a porter. label says a touch of honey and smoked malts and I'm getting just that...you really have to look(?) for it though. Shows it's 8.5%abv.

M- Really stays with the palate. less creamy than most porters. good carbonation

D/O- I enjoy this one a lot. If you're not a fan of hop(!) in your porters/stouts then definitely stay away. Another unique brew from the masters at FFF.

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied black in color with a one finger beige colored head that dissipates within a few minutes. It has an interesting mix of aromas. It features dark roasted malts, salt, bacon, sweet chocolate, and light coffee. The salt and sweetness work in a really interesting way. It tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, honey, light bacon and coffee. It finishes dry and the flavor finishes a little too quickly. It doesn't let you savor the flavors. It drinks in between light and medium in body but is very flavorful. The flavor enough is worth a good grade but this beer isn't sharp enough all around. This is a beer I like but doesn't grade as well as it should.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle from Masterski, thanks!

A: Black with a fizzy tan head.

S: Big pine and earth notes meld with light beechwood smoke and honey. Upper moderate roasted malt presence. Dark chocolate is pronounced.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with notes of pine. Malt is moderately roasted with a faint smoke note (subtle). Dark chocolate blends with molasses. The finish has lingering smoke and is very dry.

M: Lower full body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice aggressively hopped robust porter. Good stuff.

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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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bowtie)

A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a bubbly light tan head that last for a good bit. It is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- The clean chocolate malt aroma has a softer char quality to the finish.

T- The slight roasted mellow black malt has a note of sweetness to it and a chocolate richness that grows as the beer opens. There is a pine wood hop bite in the finish and a pleasant skunk pungency to it. There is a mineral water flavor that comes through a the beer opens. The malt also takes on a light wood and smoke note as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The smooth black malt flavors give it nice character and depth and the good crisp hop bite in the finish rounds out the flavor. Easy to drink especial for a beer that big.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Dark midnight brown with a thick dark tan head. Slowly fades, leaving lacing on the glass.

S - roasted coffee and pine hops.

T - very smokey, roasted malts.

D - Nice carbonation, medium body.

O - Very interesting and unique, but it works. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. A solid black with a nice frothy light tan head.

Aroma, a piney IPA. Maybe a Cascadian dark, piney citrus, some roast malt and cocoa. Just not that much of a porter to me.

More roast, malt and chocolates here. Cocoa, caramel covered citrus fruit. Dry piney resin lingers in the finish then is overcome by the roast. Standard 3F hop belches. I didn't get much smoke anywhere, maybe just me. I like a heavy smoke though.

Solid medium body, nice carbonation, not quite creamy. No abv presence.

A nice beer overall, but another hop juiced 3F that I probably would only try once.

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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 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 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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