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Big Black Van | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after a 1988 Dodge Cargo Van that was the ideal vessel for hauling gear or stargazing with babes in the back. Big Black Van is a very aromatic Black IPA due to its abundance of New Zealand hops.

75 IBU

Added by TCgoalie on 12-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 9
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4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours super black, all lightless and shit.

Smells a little bit like smooth burnt barley but that's blasted through by some incredible, strong piney hops nodes. The beer menu said they were from New Zealand but no specific varieties were listed. It was unique, to say the least--I've drank a couple IPAs brewed with actual pine, and they smelled remarkably similar. Only BBV's pineiness wasn't as overpowering; it smelled like beer, not floorcleaner.

Tastes like a smooth schwarz up front, with light nodes of coffee and chocolate over burnt barley, moving quickly into gigantic piney boldess and then ending on nodes of bitter barely and sweeter, more traditional citrus hops.

Neat, this. I wish I could have reviewed it while I was drinking it, aside from having to type this up from notes. There were tons of cool complexities that are hard to describe a day removed. Suffice it to say, though, that his is a wonderful, unique, bold, and awesomely complex Black IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Brewpub.

A: Wow - This had a huuugge mocha head that seated itself firmly on top of the pitch black, hoppy brew.

S: I got tons of pineapple notes upfront, with lots of dark malt as well. All of this was wrapped up in FFF signature profile.

T: Extremely bitter, with pineapple, orange, and grapefruit on the bill, along with a mild sweetness...with the dark malts winning out slightly.

M: This was very creamy, and very bitter from front to back, with very much an ash-like, cigar quality that was kinda cool. Lots of lacing for sure.

O: I was highly interested in trying a FFF IPA in a black setting and it didn't disappoint!

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black IPA with an abundance of New Zealand hops

Pours dark brown to almost black with a foamy white head. Lacing is solid showing globules around the glass.

The aroma is nice showing notes of tobacco, toasted grains, with citrus and tropical hops.

The taste leads with dark roasted malts and leads to a wonderful hop explosion featuring flavors of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.

Medium in the mouth with soft edges like it is massaging my tongue. Nice and dry at the end.

This is delicious. If they bottled it I would buy a case to take back to Michigan. Try this if you are visiting FFF!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near-black with a good tan head and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. Collar throughout. The nose carries some nice roast, coffee, and chocolate. Pine and citrus hops follow through along with that. Good flavor and a nice meld between the hops and malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Hops and roast combined well.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub last night. It arrived a medium bodied midnight black in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is full of citrus fruits, slight pine, slight chocolate, and has just a touch of onion to it. The flavors are initially very hoppy and full of citrusy hops wild mld bitterness. The pine is there but plays second fiddle to the oranges going on. There is also a slight roast followed by some onion. The onion is the only detractor in my opinion. It had good carbonation and was very crisp. The alcohol isn't present at all. Overall this is a nice hoppy black ale. I just didn't care for the touch of onions in the flavor and aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours darker brown/almost black, off-white colored head, thin collar.

S - Pine, citrus, light roasted malts. This one is more hop-forward and is light on the malts and roast, which is what I would expect from FFF.

T - Similar to the nose, more hoppy then I thought it would be. Pine, citrus, light roast, touch of chocolate sweetness. Good stuff.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A really nice Black Ale that I enjoyed. FFF continues to provide excellent hoppy stuff and their lineup at the brewpub continues to impress me. Would definitely have again, if available.

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Big Black Van from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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