In The Name Of Suffering | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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In The Name Of SufferingIn The Name Of Suffering

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This black India pale ale is loaded with hops balanced with delicious maltiness. It was brewed with our friends from the great city of New Orleans in the band EyeHateGod.

Added by MasterSki on 02-08-2013

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Photo of csparace
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to say that this beer is super well done. A lot of times I feel like good ideas go into combinations/collaborations like this but what comes out is not dependable. Leave it to FFF to get shit done.

Pours a super dark burned caramel. You can tell as you're pouring that its of thin consistency though. Light colored 3 finger head which fades quick. Super nice lacing. Has the nose that is typical of FFF, super fresh with a great hop aroma. Not quite as fruity smelling as their other IPAs but definitely has a darker roasted character.

As I drink the lacing is just gorgeous. First impression is that of smoothness with a lot of great hop flavor without much of the bitter crunch. (Possibly due to me holding on to it in the fridge for almost a month) Sits heavy on the tongue as the taste continues and the roasted caramels really come out. There are even some coffee notes. Overall though, still tastes pretty much like you'd expect an IPA to taste like - just with a dark twist that makes it super interesting, yet still very satisfying.

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Photo of wpqx
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn tasty black IPA that easily tops some of the more highly rated 3 Floyds offerings. Somewhat mellow taste for it's ABV, a nice dark color and mild aroma. Good finish that leaves a slightly hop forward taste in your mouth. A nice choice for someone looking for a cross between a stout and an IPA.

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Photo of Claytonbrewsby
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was very excited about trying this one being a fan of Eyehategod! This brew here is an easy drinker. Like most black IPA's, it's not very heavy at all. Very smooth. If I had to compare it to another Three Floyd's beer, it would be the Toxic Revolution. After pouring, I saw that it was dark brown in color with a burnt brown, thin head. Tasted kind of woody to me, kind of like a light porter or something...

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. Malty, very smooth, very similar to Topless Wytch. Very, very drinkable. Honestly, I could have drink the entire 22 oz'er in 20 seconds! The sad part about a beer like this is that everyone will not be able to try it. The beer gods of Munster have struck again and it is good!!!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks sleuthdog for the hookup. enjoyed from my FFF teku.

brew poured a watery black with a grey foamy head that left chunky lacing. smells of dank sticky hops with solid roasted malts. nice citric notes. taste is big and bold leading with roast and then slamming you with the bitterish hops. fairly dank and pine cone, but the roast really changes the character of an ipa. the body is nice and smooth with good carbonation. things are really in balance. this is a style that i'm not wild about, but if more of the black ipas were like this i'd probably speak differently of the style. i really found this one to be quite good.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of dark coffee coloring, letting up mahogany hues towards the bottom of the glass. It holds a four finger head of fluffy yet tight latte colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Patterned lacing is left around the glass as the head recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is rich and full, giving notes of hazelnut and almond warmth, soft buttery diacetyls, maple syrup sweetness, thick caramel and brown malt roastiness, distant tobacco smokiness, milk chocolates, salt water taffy, and light bubblegum esters, with brightly grassy and piney hops balance. With warmth comes more sweetness of figgy plums, raw booziness, nectary hops, fresh strawberry preserves, nori, straight vanilla extract, phenolic plastics, and coffee malt metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows a nice contrast between bright fruity sweetness, fresh grassy hops, and richly roasted and deep porter-style malts. As we sip, the taste begins with plastic brown malts, hints of chocolate, lactic foaminess, hazelnut sweetness, melted brown sugars, resiny, grassy, and grapefruity hops, and a huge minty spiral core. The middle peaks with sweetly caramel and corny malts, grassy hops, herbal and earthy bite of mineral and mud, malted milk ball sweetness, chalky yeastiness, clover honey, sweet cream, and café au lait smoothness and sweetness. The end comes with enhanced hops, with nectars and herbals, along with a deepening of the malts, giving leathers, smokiness, and burnt brown and caramel maltiness. Mixing in are soothing notes of cereal grain, chamomile, lemony tannins, sweet milk chocolates, clovey and phenolic plastics, boozy rumbles, and cheesy funk. The aftertaste breathes of fresh figs, plum pudding, curry spiciness, coffee and chocolate malts, smoky char, soured yeasty bite, sticky warmed honeys, strawberry and lemon fruitiness, green twig resins, musk and bark, and cereal grain. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip is silky smooth, with nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left coated and dripping with foam, with light metallic and chalky astringency across the palate, and charred, hoppy pucker through the center of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and flavoring. While many Black IPAs/ales tend to overdo it with the bitterness of roast and overly hoppy bite, this guy strikes a tender balance between the inherent sweetness of the roasty, chocolatey, porter-esque malt base, with the fruity, citric, and floral hoppy balance of your sweeter east-coast IPA. This makes for a pleasing, highly inviting beer on all accounts. The ingredients are full flavor and never really cheapen, giving richness and robustness throughout. This is one of the best, most balanced we’ve had for the style in a long time, and it, again, truly speaks to the diversity of the brewery in drive, intensity, and execution.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trade from BrewMane. thanks! Pours dark brown with some ruby with a tan one finger head that stays with it. Big sweet dry hop aroma with floral bots and definite citrus and pine. Some roasted malt in the backbone but smelling hop forward. Flavor is big bitter pine up front with a bit of spiciness and lots of toasty malt backbone. A nicely balanced brew. Medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. Dry finish. One of the better black ipa's for sure.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About a 6 week old bomber poured into a 3 Floyd's Teku.

The beer pours beautifully. Jet black with a nice offwhite, creamy head.

The first smell was all bright, citrusy hops. Second smell was all roast, almost black coffee in nature. Third smell was some sort of mix of the two that pulls you in.

The taste is pretty much the scent. It's almost like a combination of Alpha King and Topless Wytch. Deep roasted taste but the brightness of the hops come through. The carbonation is on point as is the viscosity. This would be a better bomber to share as I was done for the night after this one just because my mouth was on flavor overload. The alcohol is well hidden due to the all the battling flavors. I would seek this out to try. It's very different than many Black IPAs I've had. The roast is deeper, and the hop character is distinctly 3 Floyd's.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a FFF teku during the week it was released

A - Dark brown that lets no light through it. It had a two finger head composed of many small bubbles and left lots of lacing down the sides

S - Light roasted and smoked malt initially. Slight grass, lemon and orange peel. It is also fruity with pineapple and slight mango to it

T - Upfront is sweet pineapple, slight strawberry and mango. As the beer continues, you feel the bitterness creep up and work its way to the back of your tongue as pine and grapefruit make themselves known. There is a slight roasted malt and pine that linger in the finish

MF - Medium body with lots of carbonation to make this a nice creamy beer. Light hop resin remains in the finish

O - A great black IPA from FFF that brings lots of different hop flavors together with the fruity and the bitter pine / grapefruit. It is well balanced between the two and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Another great IPA from FFF.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle into FFF Teku

Pour: Dark brown to a deep reddish especially along the edges when held to the light. Head was a good two fingers of khaki brown that receded quickly and left spotty lacing. Further consumption left more visible lacing...not huge but definitely more noticeable.

Smell: Light and easy on the nose with faint citrus hops like a bit of orange, lemon, maybe grapefruit. The malt and roast are in there faintly also. Big surprise to me that the nose on this is lacking.

Taste: Again follows the nose with oh so faint hop presence which is not typical of a FFF offering. Actually lacking some in this category for me as I was hoping for more of the FFF tropical citrus hops. They are there but subdued to me. The malt comes in next with a smooth grain and wood like taste. Some nutty taste mixed in with an ever so slight mild coffee twang and interestingly at the back it finishes more bitter than I expected with the mild hop taste up front. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation creating a smooth and creamy feel. Alcohol is non-exisent and finish is dry leaving the palate ready for the next sip.

Overall: Not my favorite FFF beer but I do enjoy this style in general so this was up my alley. I probably will end up liking this more than most. Even though I describe the hop profile as subdued I find it to be adequate for the beer as I continue to enjoy this bottle.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dense, dark brownish mahogany…fluffy and thick, head is about a finger width and only thins slightly… really nice! (4.5/5)

Smell: Citrus hops up front, hints of orange, lemon, mango…malts are mild but present…I’m smelling light roasted malt and the slightest bit of chocolate…also, just some basic brown malt aroma in there…a splash of rye maybe…smells good, but I wouldn’t call it aromatic…it’s light, crisp and fresh…has the classic Three Floyds hops profile…(4/5)

Taste: Yum! First I get a rich, creamy citrus hops flavor, very full and fresh…it just pops right out…but then smooth, subtle malts come in, bringing nutty, roasted, very light chocolate flavors…very light chocolate, but it’s there…superbly well balanced…earthy/slightly piney bitterness does come out towards the end…the more I drink, the more I get a rye bite (which I love)…it’s not overly complex on the palate, just super flavorful…again, Yum! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…light to medium on the carbonation…not too much to it, comes in fresh and light and leaves rather smoothly…slight earthy/lemony/piney bitterness in the after taste, but it doesn’t dominant the palate…the more I drink, the more I feel a piney tingle on the edges of my tongue…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is another fantastic brew from 3 Floyds…black IPA’s aren’t typically my favorite, usually I find them to be over malted with muted hops flavor, but that’s not the case here…this thing has the classic 3 Floyds hops flavor shining through, but it’s well complimented by brown malts that don’t want to do anything but assist…this beer drinks fantastically, finishing it won’t be hard…for me, paying $10 for a bomber is somewhat ridiculous, but as the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”…if money was no object, I could easily drink $30 worth of this in one sitting…I’d also have a fantastic buzz…easily recommendable, pick this up while it lasts…(4.25/5)

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Photo of StonedtotheBone
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- a vigorous pour leaves a light head with plenty of dark malt but more of a dark reddish brown, then black.
Smell- Slight cascade or citra hop leaves the dark malts overwhelmed
Taste- The strong citrus front is followed up by a piney resin that balances the dark malts.
Mouth- perfect viscosity is followed by an apropriate addition of carbonation and bitterness
Overall- Best Black IPA to date perfect example of a solid beer from the FFF

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Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black with a big, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, citrus, pine

T - roasted malts, bitter, chocolate, piney, herbal, some citrus, some vegetal-like spice

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid Black IPA. There is great balance and tremendous drinkability. The hops are intense and the flavor profile really hits a good range. I actually thought the herbal character meshed best with the malt character. The malts were also prevalent, but very well balanced. This was a decent Black IPA that is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22oz bottle into a snifter
Reviewed from notes taken sometime shortly after this was released

A: Pours a ruddy, dark espresso color. There is a big, light tan head which fades to an oily cap, leaving medium-light spotty lacing.

S: Orange peel and roasted malt dominate the nose, with a bit of pine.

T: Herbal, pine hops on the attack which blend quickly with roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Orange peel is still present but minimal. Finish lingers for a while, bitter and dry.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Good. I like the orange in the aroma and the pine/herb blends well with the malt flavors.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with tan head. Plenty of head retention, perhaps a bit lighter than some of the other black IPAs. The nose is heavy on citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and bright pineapple tones. If I were blindfolded, I would never be able to tell that this IPA is dark. The taste features the deeper malt profile that I expect in the style, but almost no roast is present. Fruity hops dominate with some resinous undertones and mellow bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, I don't know what the dark malts contribute to this beer, but it is tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ddedhed
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 1/3 of bomber into a stemmed water glass. Dark, dark brown, very close to black, with an amber hue. There was a ton of thick, frothy, light khaki head that did not last too long. Decent lacing throughout. The smell is a little weak to me. I get sweet malts, not much roast. The hops are not very foward. They are slighty herbal/floral. I get a wiff of something garlic/tobaccoish, but not necessarily in an off putting way. I guess it is more of an earthy feel, and it is very faint. The taste is roasted malts with a sweetness that gives way to a solid herbal/floral hop presence on the back end; centennial, maybe? It has a crisp finish with moderate lingering bitterness. On the medium to thin side. This is a very balanced beer.

Overall, this is a decent beer that I would not pass on in the future. It is by no means a rock star, but something I would gladly drink again. Good, solid beer, but I prefer Hop Heathen.

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Photo of JakeMorgan13
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the appearance is brown . it smells light, alittle carmel and hops. alittle nutty. the taste threw me off with a nice fruity nutty mix with alittle somthing else. it is a good beer. Three floyds hasnt had anything i didnt like so far. I dont know what they do

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, it looks like it's that time again - to pop open one of my last remaining 3 Floyds bottles generously given to me by Todd. You'd think he lives at the brewery or something with the amount of times he passes by to buy their beers. No freshness date on this, but I got this back in mid-July, and I honestly think that it must be 3-4 months old at this point. Sigh. Oh, well. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. (Love the artwork and EyeHateGod, by the way!)

Pours a pretty dark, near blackened color, with some plum hues when held against the light. A "sludgy" appearance, to say the very least! (Sorry. I just love sludge metal.) Contains a beautiful off-khaki head with large bubbles and pretty good carbonation, as I'd always expect from these guys from nearly every beer they make. Leaves some splatters of foam on the walls of the glass. Medium-plus viscosity overall. A pretty solid looking black IPA.

Yup, this is already showing signs of serious aging, with the caramel/honey pungent aroma up front that usually happens when the hops are breaking apart. However, I did find an array of flavors in lack of its intended hop-forward complexity. Notes of dried prunes, pine, white pepper, green peppers, orange citrus peel, almonds, and faint chocolate notes. Not bad at all, but I definitely should have cracked this right away. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced in the realm of all things Floyds.

The flavor did catch me by surprise, however, and rather than retain the same faint roasted, faded hop profile, the malts in particular shine this time around as they usually do in the beers this brewery makes. There's an immediate rush of roasted, dark cacao nibs, followed by a slightly leathery, anise forward flavor that contains notes of pine, mint, and orange peel. Really good stuff, but definitely would have been better super fresh. On the other hand, I'm glad that this is still drinking well. Syrupy at the finish, which further accentuates the chocolate and caramel notes. Carbonation is medium, but definitely comfortable. Gets a little sweeter as it warms up, revealing notes of brown sugar and roasted caramel. Refreshing, flavorful, and not too boozy - pretty good stuff overall.

I do enjoy a good hoppy beer from FFF, but they've always been good at choosing their malts carefully, and this is perfect example that showcases that. While the citrus, pine-y notes are more faded in this bottle, it makes up for it with the rich, roasted delicious cocoa-barley flavor. Hope to have this fresh sometime again, because this was definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's somewhat of a surprise to me that the ever-hoppy brewers at Three Floyds doesn't have an American Black Ale as part of their standard portfolio. This random offering suits the style exactly spot on.

The ale pours dark brown, but not quite approaching black confusions. It's capped with a mild tan head that's frothy in its texture. Strong resiliance allows the beer to line the glass with its pillowy lace.

Sharp and certain IPA aromas leap from the glass- citrusy grapefruit and orange peels are apparent and governs the nose at first. A background malt note of light campfire char, coffee, and burnt sugars override any caramel scent.

Burnt sugars and roasty malts align to give first impressions to its dry taste. The middle palate brings on the sharp hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, pine, and grass. Wood-ish tones of roasted grain and nuts fade in and out of the hop profile before the beer dives into a deeply resinous bitterness to finish. It seems that the coffee-ish roast creates its own bitterness that exacerbates the bitterness of hops for a two headed monster of bitterness that tramples the esophagus.

Medium-bodied, the ale reads bolder because of its dark appearance, but it is remarkably dry and light even early on. But as the carbonation recedes and the malt sweetness fades, the bitterness and mild grain-derived astringency takes hold and dominates the finish. Its crisp and spicy aftertaste is something of toasted hop cones in essence.

It's an incredibly bitter beer from both hops and char. More floral character and an even drier malt texture could really propell this thing into orbit!

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a FFF pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger+ head that slowly settles to a somewhat thick lacing
S: Dark malt, some molasses/cocoa but also a distinct citrus from the hops
T: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a touch bitter along with a bit of grapefruit pith & pine, long finish
M: Medium-bodied, quite drinkable
O: Solid, enjoyable/easy to drink but I expected the flavors to be a bit bolder. That being said it's still a fine beer and one I'd easily recommend

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brownish black pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head leaving behind thick trails of lacing. A nice grapefruit/floral sweet aroma of hops makes itself very comfortable in the toasted grain bill. Chocolate and caramel, maybe some rye are all present in the nose.

The flavor is an aggressively hopped Chocolatey, biscuity ale. Bitter notes of pine mix well with toasted grains making this a really nice black ipa. Tastes like hoppy toasted rye bread.

Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice example for the style. It been a while since I had an actual hoppy black ipa.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than a month old when consumed.

A - pours an opaque, dark brown-black with an ephemeral white head. Some lace. Too dark to see bubbles.

S - citrus hops and Midnight Wheat malt which has a dark caramel aroma and a dark color without the roastiness. Faint coffee. The intensity of the aroma is relatively mild for the style, but not weak.

T - more robust than the aroma with similar notes. Citrus hops, perhaps Centennial and Amarillo with a nice Midnight Wheat dark caramel note.

M - medium body. Creamy. Medium-high, smooth bitterness with a relatively long sustain, but not a palate wrecker.

O - this beer is very similar to FFF Toxic Revolution Stout which I drank right before this. It's slightly more hoppy and less roasty/malty with a thinner body. I prefer Toxic Revolution to this by a small margin. This is very similar to Firestone Wookey Jack and the same style, but I prefer the taste of this and I swear I'm not a homer rater nor do I have a stiffy for FFF. Nice beer!

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark cola in color with a light khaki head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Big pine hops and roasted malts abound.

T - Pine hops exploding, burnt sugar and roasted malts. There's a a good bit of rye spice as well.

M - Light medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Well made with the right notes and an easy drinker at that.

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Photo of weonfire
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep brown- slightly opaque. HUGE light mocha head, 3+ fingers, great lacing.

S - creamy carmel malt, chocolate, and minor hops

T - initial- carmel, smoothness and creme. finish- piney, bitter and a little boozy

M - wow its frothy. viscosity is low.

O - wasn't super impressed with flavor. was hoping for more hoppiness. alcohol comes thru more than expected. Three Floyds has many much better products. I would pass on this brew.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Not black, but extremely dark brown caramel. Bottom of glass i can see a lighter shade of brown. Khaki, creamy, frothy head with noticeable bubbles throughout

s: light roasted malts, burnt caramel, slightly piney. aroma is fairly muted overall

t: slightly burnt malts & caramel flavor envelopes piney hop flavor. some coffee notes as well

m: creamy. medium body, med-high carbonation

o: I do find similarities with this and Toxic Revolution but I think the latter is a much more solid overall beer. This one is a decent Black IPA but there are others I'd seek out first (e.g., Wookey Jack). Glad I tried this but not one I'd seek again if it were to be brewed again.

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