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3 Floyds / Half Acre Mutiny & The Mollusk3 Floyds / Half Acre Mutiny & The Mollusk

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This roasty stout made with oyster sauce and shells is the latest collaboration with our friends at Half Acre Beer Company. So raise anchor and set your sails for flavor island.

38 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 03-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beersnob_kyle
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up back in september at the brewpub.

A: no light comes through this one, nice tan head that lasted the whole glass.

S: roasted malt, smells like the sea, a little sweetness but not much.

T: wow this was surprising, thick but very nice, again very malty sweetness and a little bitter but barely any at all.

M: a little watery at first, then thickens up. very nice.

O: if brewed again ill be picking up more than one for sure.


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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a 3 Floyds Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark chocolate color topped with brown foam that's about 1 finger tall. A nice layer lasts until the finish. A wall of solid lacing is impressive.

Aroma of salty oyster and slightly burnt roasted chocolate malt. Whiff of noble hop.

Taste has a smokey, salty flavor backed by some sweet roasty smooth malts.

Thin mouthfeel but I enjoy this aspect. Smooth with spot on carbonation

Overall a surprisingly tasty creation but only surprising because of the oyster. I am not surprised that my favorite two breweries created a winner.

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Photo of coffygrinder
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle at the pub awhile back

A: Black beer. Tan head with nice carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted malt. I dont know if its just that its a oyster stout but I feel like I can smell the coast of Maine in this beer. It brought me back to a trip that I took out east, I really like that about this beer

T: A malty sweet stout with lots of sweet malt.

M: as a english stout should feel, lighter body

O: I really like this beer for the fact that it taste great and brought me back to one of my past vacations.

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Photo of ADemshar
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a good two fingers of khaki head. Looks very nice. The aroma has some chocolate and a tinge of shellfish. The taste is dark chocolate and coffee. There is no overwhelming bitterness or sweetness. This beer works perfectly. The flavors are very nicely balanced and I recommend this to any stout lover.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a nice black color with a good ring of tan head and some lacing.

Smell is nice, cocoa powder stout, some roast, and just a bit of saltiness.

The taste is really nice, and there is definitely a mineral saltiness at the back of the palate that really distinguishes this as an oyster stout. Very rich front palate too, nice roasty malty stout flavors, some coffee and cream flavors too. A really flavorful beer that's salty and a little sweet, very nice. super tasty oyster stout.

The feel is nice, good body and carbonation, nice salty back palate.

A really nice beer, I really expect nothing less from Floyd's.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Deep brown in colour, almost black. Orange-y brown head with moderate retention, and OK lacing. Smells like a sweet milk stout, milk chocolate, light roast. Not too complex, but everything appears in just the right proportion. Taste is chocolatey, creamy, roasty and a tad earthy. Light tang/tartness in the finish that's quite easy to miss. Perhaps some hops in there too. Smooth with a nice medium feel. A solid stout as it stands, not really sure where the oyster plays in but that's fine!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy 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, coffee, oysters, a bit of dark fruit, and some molasses.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some earthy minerals and some dark fruit. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some more oyster flavor and some molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit, mineral oyster flavor, coffee, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and mineraly finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice oyster stout with good overall balance and complexity without getting too big.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, almost black. Medium sized, light, foamy, soapy, light beige colored head. Decent retention leaving minimal lace.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, stale coffee, slight smokey aroma. A touch of earthy, nuttiness and a nice roastedness. Slightly sweet and slightly savory. Nice aroma.

T - More of the brine tang that I expected and the nose didn't quite deliver. A nice subtle smokiness that pairs with a smokey earthiness. Good amount of chocolate (mostly bittersweet).

M - Medium to full body. Average carbonation. Nice slick, oily feel that fits perfectly with the style.

D - Easy to drink (especially with the body) oyster stout. Nice brine tang that isn't too strong along with a great smokey flavor.

Notes: Really nice oyster stout. There is a nice brine tang and smokiness that I expect, but it isn't too strong and there is a nice chocolatey flavor to balance it out. Solid beer, albeit one I wouldn't feel upset for missing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rooted in tradition, but not without numerous misconceptions and speculation, it's somewhat remarkable how provocative that the combination of stouts and oysters settles with the beer enthusiast. With examples few and far between, you'd think that the great brewing minds of Three Floyds and Half Acre can spawn an example that's truly style worthy.

Opening as most well-made stouts do, with the darkest of dark brown coloration before turning black and with such darkness that any proper assessment of clarity is difficult to tell- maybe the onyx-like sheen points toward a depth of clarity. The beer is capped with a very creamy and steadfast coffee creme that keeps it structure throughout and leaving behind rings of lace that denotes each sip taken. This is a very handsome beer.

The sweet and smoky aromas of hearty stout is met with obvious roast of dark grains, cocoa, and dark roast coffees. Chocolate, heavy cream, and caramel provide a softer scent to accompany the roast while a soft fruity element of charred fruit, grape, and licorice add touches of pep throughout. Somehow I'm let down by the lack of seaside aromas here.

The roast of dark brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, and slight smoked malt frame the flavor profile but also reel in waves of flavor that begin with bitter walnut and cola nut oils before introducing the next wave of mild licorice and nearly lactic tartness. A finish of light brine, salt, and mineral taste rounds out the complexities that I assume derive from the additions of oyster. All this is wrapped in the supple starch of malt that reminds me of whipping cream or malted candies with moderate caramel.

Medium bodied from start to finish, the beer begins with a creamy malt character that stays so well into late palate where a nearly cola-like flat sweetness gives a lighter finish to the malts, yet a bitter dryness from both alcohol and roasted grains.

This collaboration stout is overall, very easy drinking and full flavored with great satisfaction and enjoyment. But if the advertisement hadn't mentioned the addition of oyster and oyster sauce then I may have dismissed the earthy flavors as heavy mineral water, yeast character, or musty hops.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to pops for the assist. Extra special thanks to the crew at HA for the hook up!

A: Pours jet black with a thinnish yet creamy layer of light khaki colored foam. Retention was decent with some specks of lace left behind for good measure.

S: Roasty malt. Vague dark chocolate/cocoa aromas but roastiness is the name of the game here.

T: See above with some light mineral/metallic tones.

M: Pretty dry and a little ashy. Nice toastiness leads into a finish that sports a slight tang when it warms.

O: Interesting experiment with the bivalves. Glad we were able to try it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours nearly black, topped with a couple fingers of tan head, decent retention, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Big roasted aroma, I'm getting roasted grains, smoke, some coffee and chocolate.

T- Similar to the nose, big on the roasted grain, light coffee and chocolate flavors, lots of roasted and smoky flavors, has a mild salty brine flavor that comes out as the beer warms.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, I'm a big fan of heavily roasted stouts so this was right up my alley, the oyster flavor works well but I would have liked it to be more powerful.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with deep mocha head, pretty sticky. A bit of coffee and chocolate in the nose and some black licorice as well.

Taste is a bit sweet and the usual notes you get in a stout with a hint of salted caramels and certainly a bit briny in the finish, smoky too. Creamy taste with a slight hot aftertaste.

Nice stout, glad I tried it..

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful artwork on the bottle (a usual for 3F)..
poured a deep dark brown (almost black) with 2 fingers of tan foamy head. nice retention.

smells sweet! chocolate, dark roasted grains coffee, tobacco, vanilla/oak. the taste is very sweet as well. i'm getting the faint oyster flavor in the finish, but the sweetness takes away from the grossness of it! (let's face it, i'm not 100% sold on drinking oyster sauce in my beer, haha). milk chocolate flavor, coffee, toasted malt.. it's a wonderful beer honestly.

medium body, nicely carbonated, chalky finish. overall a nice stout offering from 3floyds. i've only had a few other of the style, and it's never been a bad thing - but i do believe this is the sweetest, least fishiest one of them.. which is great for someone who's on the fence.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a few bombers of this collabo between the Floyds and HA.

Poured into an oversized snifter.

Black in color with a thin ring of light tan head that sits patiently. There is some spotty lacing that clings.

The nose has a lot of roasted malts working and there is a small amount of a brine aroma that is the only resemblance of an oyster or anything seafood for that matter.

The taste is basically a roast bomb. Toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some espresso make up the enjoyable flavors of this one. If the term "oyster stout" makes you question the integrity of this beer, it is unnecessary. There aren't any oyster shells floating in here either so its good in my book.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side but is still in the medium range. The carbonation is ample and suits the style fine.

Overall, this was a pretty tasty and drinkable stout from the MidWest Monsters, 3 Floyds and Half Acre. Drinkable and interestingly tasty for sure. If you are in the Munster area, stop by for a pint or a bomber.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a friend bust this bad boy out. Poured from bomber into glass.

A: Black, opaque, with a tan head that minimizes after a while to a film, but not without leaving lacing.

S: Roasted and malty like a rich stout, however you got the slightest scent that was difficult to identify, most likely something to do with the oyster.

T: This was a legit stout. Cut out the oyster talk and you have yourself a rich malty, roasted, toasted, and meaningful stout. The added oyster element actual paired with the stout perfectly as you go a tiny seafood type of taste. It was never an isolated taste, but rather a nice combination with the stout.

M: A good medium body with light carbonation and nice aftertaste. A great combination worth the try.

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Photo of 2Dreadnaught
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on tap at Three Floyds on 5/14/12. This beer was served in a half pint glass.
A: Dark black with a 1 finger head of light caramel brown head leaving a fine trace of Bavarian lace.
S: Dark roasted grain and malt.
T: tang and effervescent. Not what you would expect from a stout. Lots of dark roasted grain.
M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
O: A good stout, livelier than most.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug

A: Pours almost opaque black with a tinge of brown. There is a generous tan head which bubbles away quickly.

S: Smells like a nice, dry stout. Chocolate notes and mild brewed coffee. Some sweet toffee and molasses notes and a touch of raisin round out the aroma.

T: Brewed coffee and just a touch of chocolate fade into a faint smokiness. Lacks the sweetness I detected in the aroma, just a hint of molasses. There is a mild briny flavor I can attribute to the oysters which melds surprisingly well with dry, moderate bitter flavors.

M: Relatively thin and just a little watery. Carbonation is low to the point of nonexistence.

O: An interesting stout. Flavors are overall mild and dry, very drinkable. The oyster flavor is extremely mild, but I think it has increased over the last two months since I had my first bottle.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours black with a 2 finger mocha head. Big blotches and spots of lacing.

S- big chocolate, roast, some pine.

T- dark chocolate, big roasted malt flavor, and good amount pine hop bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice, smooth drinking beer.

O- pretty good stout. Nice roasty, chocolaty stout with of course a hop bite bing its a FFF beer.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Dark brown with a inch thick beige head that shrinks to coat the top with average lacing. Smell is toasted oats, coffee, maybe even a bit briney. Flavor is roasted barley, coffee, oats, and a slight oyster flavor. Mouthfeel is very creamy and the finish is dry. Good session stout and a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hopleaf.

A: Pours an unappetizing reddish brown with a small tan head.

S: Roasty dry stout. Coffee roast, burnt barley, bitter and milk chocolate.

T: Slight coffee roast, dark chocolate, mild raisin, dark grain. No fishiness or saltiness really. Very chocolaty and a bit fruity.

M: Slight carbonation, rich.

O: Nice dry stout, but I'm missing the oyster elements.

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Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, this beer has incredible artwork. It's very old timesy.

Tis collaborative stout pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger, creamy, one finger beige head. The nose is dry, very toasty, and has an odd earthiness. You can definitely tell that it's English in style. The flavors are very dry and toasty as well. There is bitter chocolate, Unsweetened baking chocolate, coffee roast, moderate bitterness, and a leafy, mossy earthy aspect. It kind of reminds me of Pretty Things Babayaga. There is a little more milk chocolate as it warms but make no mistake, this is a very, very dry stout. I mean my mouth is one dry between sips. It drinks medium in body with a bitter, toasty after taste. If I had to compare this to anything, it's like a mix of Belhaven Scottish Stout and Pretty Things Babayaga. It's nice for the style, just incredibly dry.

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Photo of Casedogg43
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Took it in a pint glass with Flat12 logo

A- Pours black, topped with a tan head. Pretty normal

S- Big roasted aroma, Smokey, chocolate and coffee.

T- Smell tells the story. Coffee and chocolate flavors, lots of roasted and smoky flavors, oyster is minimal.

M- Average feel, very smooth.

O- I like this offering. For $9 a bottle, I'm in.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds Teku and a Half Acre shaker pint. Oyster stouts are weird but this one is good. Beer is black but clear at the corners with a small head of medium bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is slight but mildly roasty and sweet. Mild "saltiness"

Beer is light in body, a little to thin, nice bitterness on the end from the roast, no lingering aftertaste, an interesting beer, some earthiness on the late palate. I might have this beer again.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sending this in a recent box. I'm a sucker for Half Acre Beer along with Three Floyds so this is the best of both worlds.

Large, tight, creamy dark tan foam forms above the black liquid. Some reddish highlights can be spotted when held to the light. Nice lacing. Earthy, dark roasted aroma. Charcoal and a hint of brown sugar in the background. Slightly briny. Bitterness from the roasted malts blends with a touch of unsweetened bakers chocolate and chicory. There's also an sea-like quality that reminds me of going fishing on my dad's boat. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a luscious subtle creamy texture.

As a fan of Three Floyds, Half Acre, and dark beers, I'm definitely glad to have sampled this one. Thanks again, Al!

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a trade with Andrew in the Midwest. Poured into a Founders Pint Glass and enjoyed chilled.

Pours Very dark with a reddish hue, not much head hanging on top of this one. Smell is light but mostly chocolate and roasty grain. Taste has a nice roasty kick, again with the bakers chocolate with a touch of coffee in there too. Incredibly flavorful for clocking in near 5.5%. The only hint of oyster I can find is a slight saline that sits on the back when your finished. Always glad to try things from these two breweries separately, so it's obviously a pleasure when they team up!

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