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 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 Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 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 FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought the bottle back from FFF in October, and finally got around to drinking it up. Couldn't find it online, but remember that it was a dedication to a local band. From the side of the bottle:

A beer for the end of ages brewed with our friends in the band Amon Amarth. This Aesir Porter is a robust and hearty beer brewed with local honey and a small portion of smoked malt. When Heimdall sounds the Giallar-horn this is the beer to be hoisted by the gods in anticipation of the coming battle.

A brief search says Aesir is the principal race of Norse gods, and I'll admit a lack of knowledge of Norse mythology and the band Amon Amarth, so didn't follow it much from there.

On to the beer: Light brown head pours thin, tiny bubbled layer that falls with a nice lace. Seemingly black opaque body, but a closer look makes it a dark chocolate brown. Clear roast nose with light grassy and pine hop on top. Intriguing nose that builds some anticipation for the taste, but the taste is similar but muddled. Roast is a bit acrid in the mouth, and the hop bite is a standard FFF bite but doesn't blend well with the taste. Irish stout finish. Nice beer, but doesn't quite pull together one hundred percent. Perfectly fine with the bottle, and might even try it on tap if it ever appeared again.

Warmed up, the beer does a bit better. Hop nose increases and subdues the roast in the nose. Pine and an earthy note increase. Balance improves measurably but still not complete. A nitro push or just a tap taking the rough edges off would be interesting, but I didn't get that chance (and don't know if it was ever on tap). Good beer that improves with a bit of time and conversation.

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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 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 Jules11788
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coffee-black color, lets a little bit of light in on the edges; two finger-width tan head, heavy lacing, good retention

S: Roasted coffee and smoky wood. Nothing that really pops out at me, but still pleasant

T: Starts wit a light smoky wood/coffee flavor that opens up quickly on the middle of the tongue and dissipates by the time it reaches the back; finishes with some bitter woody flavors. Overall the flavor profile is very light and airy, nothing that is heavy or assaulting on the palate.

M: Smooth and light-bodied with a slightly boozy sharpness at the end.

O: This was a really good porter, depending on the price I'd probably buy it again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black color with dark brown edging. A fingers worth of light tan head holds decent retention and spotty lace.

The nose has those "not normal" hop infusions but melds into a roasty, mildly sweet scent. Smoked malt is also present.

The taste is filled with a light hoppy blast and is followed by a very roasty balance maker. The roastiness carries a sweet finish that is quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but has a comfortable amount of carbonation.

Overall, very drinkable porter that holds a great hop and malt balance. Another hit from FFF.

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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.


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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bombers at the brew pub. Wasn't on tap for tasting but I am a fan of 3Floyds and assumed I would not be disappointed.

At first taste was not sure I would like this beer. The ipa and porter profile seemed to conflict with each other with finish and aroma, however, the more I drank, the more I started to enjoy it.

Out of a 22oz bomber, pours dark black with a 2 finger head. Initial smell is like a strong porter but you can sense the hops in the background. A coffee profile that finishes with a nice bitter kick. Nice malt profile and with perfect carbonation, tastes of molasses with coffee. The porter style definitely takes over after a while.

I'll save the last one to share with someone for good occasion or holidays . It's different but worth trying and like the boldness of brewing something not within BJCP guideline.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 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 Mscarpen
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle from 3 Floyds on my first visit to the brewery. honestly, I wasn't even sure what I was buying. In fact, there were three things I specifically didn't know:

1) It wasn't available in the tap room (no idea of flavor)
2) It wasn't yet listed on any of the beer rating sites (no idea of quality)
3) I really didn't even know what type of beer it was, especially given the obscure name.

All I knew was what it cost and that it was 3 Floyds... which typically means LOTS of hops.

Appearance: Dark pour, with hints of amber when held to the light. 1" creamy, dark beige/tan head. Tons of lacing. Looked more like a stout than an IPA.

Smell: Smells of smoked pine (like campfire) and light grapefruits.

Taste: Pine, citrus/grapefuit, smoke, terpines, mild tartness. Yup... definitely not a stout!

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with the feel of small (not large) bubbles. Not syrupy

Overall: Another great 3F's beer with a few fun surprises.

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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 projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the kind of dark brown that might as well be called black. The head is a big, thick, mocha/tan mother and hangs around long enough to be enjoyed.

Hmm...do I judge aroma as a porter, or just for how much I like it? Because even though this smells nothing like any porter I've ever had, the promise of bountiful, fragrant hops is overwhelming and tantalizing. These hops are huge, and they take over any other characteristic of the beer's smell. Even the bright herbal character is likely another facet of the hops. But wait, that familiar porter roastiness pushes through this beer with just a little bit of warming, and you're getting what seems to be, in essence, one profoundly mutated beast of a porter.

So it's no surprise that the hops awaken the tongue with their bristly, bright, super-breezy, flowery, dryer-sheet cleanliness, and no surprise either that a roasty, almost burnt malt graininess follows right behind it. Not quite burnt popcorn, but something burnt that you sort of dig, where you're thinking, "I like eating carbonized things." With a twist of lime. So, the honey this was brewed with barely shows up, which is too bad. Yeah, it's here, but you really have to concentrate to find it. And it's totally drowning in hops and char. The feel of this beer is less heavy than Amon Amarth, the band, being slick, a bit airy, and buoyant, but despite all that, certainly not weak of constitution nor body. Adequate, basically.

Huge fan of metal, although never really latched onto Amon Amarth. But I'm familiar enough with the band to feel like only the biggest, thickest, most bad-ass stout would have been worthy of carrying their name. This beer, well, I suppose it's got that dark maltiness that helps it qualify, and the label is very metal, of course. Bottom line is this: because of the high quotient of both roasty/toasty maltiness and bright, green hop presence, this drinks pretty much like those new-fangled "American black ales" or "Cascadian dark ales" or "black IPAs" or "whatever they're called this week." Which is fine, because when that kind of thing is done well, it's a treat, as is this beer.

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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 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 Pete0714
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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 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 BlastBeats
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: this porter pours pitch black with a nice, lingering mocha head.. there's a bunch of brown specs/particles suspended in the beer; very interesting.

Smell: holy hops! This smells almost like an IPA.. there's a little bit of roastiness in the nose as well.

Taste: the hops really cut through this porter; they impart a piney, citric bitterness throughout.. there's also flavors from the smoked malt and honey. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a very dry mouthfeel.

Overall: this is easily the most hopped up porter I've ever had.. but that said, it's Three Floyds. What else would you expect from these guys? They've built themselves a great reputation on their hoppy beers.

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

A - Pours very deep brown with at least two fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, significant hop presence (mostly pine)

T - I had this fresh, and the hop presence was more assertive. At a few months old, the pine hops are still presence, but nicely balanced by chocolate malts. Has a nice creaminess to it. Finish is slightly dry, with faint lingering bitterness.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Slight oily hop presence.

O - An enjoyable, more aggressively hopped than average, porter. The somewhat faded hop presence works well here.

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Ragnarok from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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