Snow Weasel | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after a top secret white tank made by Studebaker for the US Military in the 40s, this dry-hopped malt porter will keep you nice and warm.

30 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 09-22-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 80
Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black and completely opaque with only the faintest of mahogany edges and a three finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, only slowly settling and completely coating the glass with sheets of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly smokey roasted dark malt aroma with a subtle earthy hop presence and sweeter light malts. Slight rauchbier character with charcoal, butane and smoked meat, however, not overwhelmingly smokey. The smoke is countered by delicate earthy hop resins, pine needle and grass. Underneath the smoke and hops, there is a robust dark malt presence with coffee beans, burnt toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate. The heavier roast is countered by sweeter dessert-like dark malts with hints of chocolate cake, toffee and caramel. Very complex with the subtle smoke and hop presence adding nice complexity.

Lighter body than expected with subtle roast and resinous hop bitterness countered by lighter dark malt sweetness. Somewhat watered down which is kind of disappointing but helps drinkability. Slightly smokey with barbecued meat, liquid smoke and delicate charcoal flavor. Faint robust coffee bean flavor along with toast, oatmeal and dark cocoa. Lighter malt sweetness with caramel, toffee and milk chocolate sweetness. Light body and easy to drink with decent hop and smoke flavor but the mouthfeel is weak and the malt bill is slightly one dimensional.

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Photo of NinjaPenguin
1.22/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This smells like old wet dirty clothes and tastes worst. It will definitely keep you warm because it tastes warm even when chilled and if your tastes are anything like mine you'll be mad that you tried this one. Doesn't live up to what I expect from 3 Floyd's.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub. imperial pint served in a nonic.

a - black with a pinky or so of dense, creamy, tan head. foam calms to a thin cap and leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - one of the most interesting noses i have encountered on a beer. roasted barley with notes of smoked meats, honey, and tropical fruits. maybe just a kiss of dark chocolate in there too.

t - tastes of smoked meats with a subdued roastiness in the background. has a honey like sweetness to it as well with some faint spicy notes. kind of an odd/unexpected combination of flavors, but it works.

m - firmly medium in body (lighter than expected actually), adequate carbonation, finer co2 profile. very smooth.

o - an odd but interesting beer. may be the best complement to a bacon cheeseburger (3F blood lust burger) that i have ever had. probably not a beer i could drink a lot of, but i'd definitely order it again.

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Photo of dlello2
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Map Room in Chicago. 16oz pour for $4 ($1 off day) was a steal.

Had this first at the Three Floyds Brewpub and liked it enough to get it again.

A - Deep, dark carmelized-sugar brown. Finger of mocha head with tight bubbles. Nice. 4.5

S - Good. Toffee, butter, chocolate, a touch of citrusy hops. Not overpowering. 4.5

T - This is absolutely great. Toasted barley, dark chocolate sweetness up front. Middle is bready, popcorn kernel, roastiness. Flavor sticks with me on the swallow--lots of burnt sugar goodness. 5.0

M - Really nice. The tiniest bit under-carbonated, but everything else about the medium-full bodied feel of this brew works perfectly. 4.5

O - I think this is one of the more unique porters I've had. It has a delicious chocolatey taste and full feel... but still has a decent amount of hops to cut the sugary sweetness and balance it out. Damn good. 4.5

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Long Room. Served in a pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam that features excellent retention, eventually settled to a thick cap and glass-coating lace. Dark brown body with some reddish transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - It's an extremely hoppy porter. A mix of chocolate, floral and citrus hops, and perhaps a touch of tropical fruit. Nice mix of roast, biscuit, chocolate, and a hint of caramel in the malt backbone.

T - The taste has significantly more roast, milk chocolate, and biscuit, and less overt hop flavor. There's a bit of sugar cookie as well. Finishes with some earthy and herbal hop bitterness. No discernible alcohol.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, dry, roasty, and lightly grainy texture, and no alcohol. Pretty much what you'd expect from a middle ABV porter.

D - This reminds me a lot of Russian River's excellent Porter. Very easy to drink, with enough restraint in the roast and hop bitterness to make it borderline session-worthy. I probably would have ordered a second glass if I hadn't been wasted from the cognac barrel-aged beer tasting immediately prior.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at FFF brewpub.
Served in half-pint nonic.

What is about hopped up porters that make me pick up a mint charachter? Anyway...
Big roasty malt note, with a slight chocolatey flavor. The roasty maltiness is fucking delicious.
Great lacing. Good retention. Dark deep reddish body-- so dark it looks black at first glance, then dark brown upon further inspection. The dark red appears only when backlit.

The hops here are numerous and beligerent: citrus and pine with that minty note.. Is that a hop? Is it te way the hops interact with the malt? I don't know-- and fuck me but I don't care. I love it.

Overall-- one of the best porters I've ever had. Seriously.
I hope FFF realizes what they have here and brew more!

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at FFF. Served in a Imperial nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head forming on the pour. The edges are very dark cherrywood color when light hits it. The head has some very nice retention and leaves wonderful waves of sticky lace down the glass.

S: The nose comprises of the typical FFF citrus hop profile with a little bit of a milk dud candy malt base to it. Some semi-sweet chocolate is there with a little bit of roast.

T: There's a minor burst of citrus upfront followed by some heavily roasted malts and some oats as well. Light chocolate flavors with a combination of resinous and citrus hops on the finish. As it warms the hops come out a little more.

M: Medium body with a nice medium carbonation level. The mouthfeel is cream with a slightly drying chalkiness to the finish.

O: The was a great aggressively hopped porter. The mouthfeel keeps it down to earth so it doesn't venture into the "Black IPA" territory. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of matthewalee
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snow Weasel is a dry hopped Porter for sure (not sure I've ever had one described as this before which is great as well). I certainly dig the sticky taste and smell of hops but the malty, chalky taste with it goes a LONG way. Had it today on tap at the brewpub and am psyched to be one of the first to try it! Any porter that FFF makes (Alpha Klaus, Mushy P) seem to really be sessionable and super clean! Always want to try them out with that floyds' twist to them and think that any dark beer lover should give this one a try. Very good Porter from FFF.

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Snow Weasel from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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