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Stygian Darkness | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This strong, dark Belgian-style ale is just the beer to warm you in the winter months. You also won’t have to put coins in a corpse's eyes to pay Charon, the ferryman to get you across the river Styx to get one, just give the coins to your server.

18 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
48
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 13
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Sean9689
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, tan head, thing ring.

S - Yeast, cloves, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel. A little too much cloves and yeast for my preference, even for this style.

T - Similar to the nose, dark fruity, chocolate, caramel, yeast. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden by the sweetness, which is a plus. The finish is sweet dark fruits with some yeasty funk.

M - Medium, good carbonation, sweet dry finish.

O - Probably wouldn't have this one again, there's too many other FFF beers I'd rather have and not a huge fan of this one even for the style. Pass.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an 8 oz. tumbler, review from written notes.

Burnished amber brown, delicate tan lacing with a lasting skim on the surface. Body is dark with reddish traces around the edges.

Aromas of toasted grains and fruity dark cherry. Medicinal cherry taste. Dry lingering bitter/tannic aftertaste, sort of slick and a slow sipper. Medium sweetness at first, sticky on the lips, sweet cherry notes tend to dominate. Flavor is a bit dull and one note, yeast driven with little to balance. Creamy light body is nice. Not something i'd look for again though.

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Photo of zonker17
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9 oz draft pour. Little head retention and maintains light carbonation. Dark brown color with a light nose. Nothing really popping as spectacular except the overall balance. Lighter than most Belgians and yet carrying through the candied sugar, carmel, and soft yeast notes... A light dark ale.

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3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown with a half finger head. No retention or lacing.

S- Caramel and toffee malt sweetness, with some brown sugar, raisins and sweet booze.

T- Again, lot's of sweetness with caramel and toffee notes, brown sugar, hint of dark fruit, peppery spice, honey and some booze.

M- Low carbonation and a syrupy body. Finishes dry with some heat.

O- Wasn't really impressed by this offering from Three Floyds. Really no complexity and it was pretty hot for being 9%.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ontap at FFF.
Served in a baller plastic cup, then quietly poured into my own snifter that I brought with me.
The look on Steve's face was priceless.

The original nose reminded of Robert the Bruce... Some nice sweet malts hit in a big pleasant way... Then it began to warm and I get; a touch of acrid smoked malt, lots of dark fruit, some yeasty esters, and something the slightest bit tart.
The flavor includes everything I got in the nose; toffee and caramel malt notes, dark fruits like plums and raisins, some sour green apple note at the finish. In a big way, the finish makes me think of a taffy apple.

Body is a bit thin and overcarbed, but it is not entirely without charm.

The beer looks kinda purple and murky-- decent retention but limited lacing.

Overall, this was an interesting offering from th FFF crew-- not one I'll order again, but fun to try.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prairie Moon. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and concentric lace patterns - really good retention! I was expecting a really dark beer with the name, but this is more of a hazy amber color - kind of like Maudite actually.

S - Phenolic Belgian yeast and spicy esters, bread, hint of candi sugar, and no much alcohol. Probably served too cold, but didn't seem to gain much depth as I let it sit.

T - The taste was superior, with some sweet malt flavors mingling among the Belgian yeast notes. Chocolate, anise, honeycakes, a hint of clove, and a black licorice flavors in the finish that linger well into the aftertaste.

M - Chewy, hearty, medium-full body, dry texture and finish, some grain, and moderate-to-low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth after a half-glass.

D - I finished my glass pretty easily, but I wouldn't seek this one out again. One of the least exciting 3 Floyds offerings in recent memory. If you really enjoy Belgians this might make a nice of pace, but it's rare too limited for what it is.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a 8 oz. plastic cup during the "Destruction" (expansion/remodel).

Pours a very dark amber with about a one finger head. Aroma of bready yeast, brown sugar, a bit of spice, and the gentlest touch of smoke. The taste of sweet malt, clove, and anise dominate with a touch of breadiness and caramel. As it warms spice and sweet become a bit more pronounced Lower carbonation, chewy, syrupy, and medium bodied with just a bit of warmth from the abundant alcohol. An enjoyable dark Belgian ale.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.

Pours a chocolate brown color with amber/mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Interesting aroma with quite a bit going on. Sweet and roasted malt notes with eatery dark fruit notes and zesty spice. Hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate and toast along with pepper, clove and vinous fruit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a complex flavor profile that's similar to the aroma. Stronger malt presence than expected for the style with a nice mix of sweet and roasted notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and cocoa followed by peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. There's some clove, cinnamon and candy sugar followed by grape, plum and fig. Toward the finish there's some boozy heat and an earthy hop presence that gives off slight dry bitterness. Pretty complex and well balanced but nothing extraordinary.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Stygian Darkness from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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