Toxic Revolution
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
4.03 | pDev: 10.67%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Toxic RevolutionToxic Revolution
Notes: This stout ale is the combined efforts of Municipal Waste and Three Floyds to create a black liquid wall of death in your mouth. Enjoy!

40 IBU
Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 426 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Had this on draft at the brewpub.

Taste follows nose, but hops assert themselves and overpower the stout tastiness. A nice black IPA but a near miss as a stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: complex, roasted dry hopped, slight bitter,. Exotic floral hopped, garden hopped nose. Black, opaque, with dark tan head, some lace. Medium body. Hop forward stout I had years ago.

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Photo of dfillius
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 1/5/2014 from 2013 vintage
A: Pitch black liquid, tan head with great retention
S: A tad raisiny
T: Good roasty and chocolatey notes. Nice assertive hops that back off and are not overpowering in the finish
M: Waerming, roasty
O: Very tasty, but the smell is so different and off-putting that I marked it down.

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Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Toxic Revolution
Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to iguenard for the bottle!

Even after a year-ish of age on this bottle, the hops are still potent, very surprising. A nice deep body, black with a creamy head. As noted, this had a really hop nose along with ample roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate. The taste was also very dry from bittering hops as well as dark roasted malts, char, burnt coffee, cocoa nibs. It had a nice round, full mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Phelps
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Lost Abbey glass.

Coal-black, a thick, dark blanket. One finger of dense tan foam sticks to the sides of the glass in attractive horizontal strands.

Surprising hop character. Orange peel, pine, wood smoke -- like a swig of OJ in a pine forest. Alcohol, chocolate and toast swirl as well.

Citrus carries through into the flavor, but all the bitterness seems to be coming from burnt malts. A bright blend of pine and dark chocolate-dipped orange slices, with a bit of smoke and woodiness.

The aroma and flavor are decent, but the mouthfeel might have them both beat. It's medium in viscosity while smooth and light as whipped cream.

A nice example of a hoppy stout. Not life-changing, but tasty.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent one year in the cellar bough fresh from the brewery

Pours pitch black in color and pretty viscous. A big finger and a half foamy light tan head retains nicely.

Smell is good. Lots of roasted barley maybe some rye are forward in the nose and fade to a toffee aroma. an earthy hop aroma finishes.

Taste follows the nose with big roasted barley and rye flavors upfront. Malt is decently balanced with a mild bite, hints of tobacco and saddle leather, moderate earthy hop flavor and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with a little bit of stickiness and some oily hoppy resin.

Had I realized how hoppy this was I would have drank it fresh. Not a great stout but I'll give it the benifit of the doubt considering it's age.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a big brown head. Pours almost like a nitro milk stout. The hops jump out of the glass, and I could even smell them when I cracked the bottle. Big roast flavor as well. This is a solid, straight forward hoppy stout. There is a big of pine and bitterness on the front end but it's mostly coffee, chocolate, and vanilla in the body and finish. A very fine stout that's easy to drink.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head that lingers
S: Coffee, burnt malt, cocoa, some hops aromas
T: Dark, bitter, a bit burnt, but tasty. Burnt coffee, burnt malt, raw cocoa, a bit of pine resin, oatmeal. I like it, but noticeable bitterness
M: Fairly full bodied, bitter, long finish
O: Solid effort just nothing game changing

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
A - near-black, tall creamy tan head holds excellent retention
S - roasted barley, cocoa, coffee, oats, fruity esters
T - fruity, blackberry, dark cocoa, vanilla, coffee, roasted barley
M - creamy, full body, delicate carbonation
O - excellent quality as usual from Three Floyd's, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of guityler83
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A big 4 finger head head was built on a moderatly aggresive pour in the 3Floyds Teku glass. The foam was a mocha, kahki colored with smaller bubbles at first that sustained for a minute or two. When it started to receed it became chuncky and honeycomb like and left a big lump inthe center and small traces of lacing on the edge. The beer is nearly opaque but when held to the sun a brownish mahogany hugh emerges.

S: When it was first poured there was a pronounced grapefruit hop aroma that made me think of "black IPA". However, as the foam fell, roasted malts, coffee and cocoa along with a hint of toast and chicory.

T: Lots of dark malt flavors; coffee, burnt toast, dark chocolate, chickory, roastey and vanilla and tobacco flavors that get more apperant as the beer warms up. A moderate pine like bitterness stays consistant thoughout. It finishes a lot dryer than expected so its not sweet like some bigger stouts can be but just malty and roasty.

M: Moderate carbonation that keeps the hops noticable but in check. A dryer finish and moderate body. No significant astringancy making it very drinkable.

O: I got 2 bottles of this from DLD '13, the first I split with a friend and remembered it being much more hoppy. I think the age made it more 'stout like' and less Black IPA like (which is a good thing) but I'm still not a huge fan of the chickory notes I'm getting from this (similar to "in the name of suffering") Good beer for any stout lover to try once.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A fairly thin shade of reddish-black. Forms a moderate sized deep tan colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy on the char and the hops, giving this beer the odd aroma of burnt fruit.

T: Taste is much better. Mostly, heavy roasted malts, with notes of char, baking chocolate, pine, and orange zest.

M: I don't know what to make of the mouthfeel on this. It's not at all "stout-like." On the heavier side of medium. Fairly thin for a Imperial stout. Appreciable bitterness, from both the hops and the charred malts.

O: Well, this has probably been said a dozen times previously, but this one is far closer to a Black IPA than an Imperial Stout. It's not a bad beer. Actually, its a pretty good black IPA (its a better Black IPA than In The Name of Suffering, which is supposed to be a Black IPA), but in terms of a Imperial Stout, it's lacking. But this is Three Floyd's, so whatever and fuck you.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: black like toxic sludge. mocha colored creamy, medium sized head

s: roasted maltiness. some dark chocolate. toffee. occasional whiffs of bitter hops

t: piney hop bite at the outset. charred roated malts & dark chocolate come in midway and through the finish

m: full bodied, creamy & chewy. finishes a touch dry.

o: I agree with others that this seems more like a Black IPA. For what it is I thought it was quite good and quaffable. Nice roasty and chocolate flavor. If this is what municipal waste tastes like then perhaps we should give it a chance.

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Photo of brewtus
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into teku. Pours black with a two finger light tan head. Smell is milky, roasty, some chocolate, woody. Taste of licorice, plenty of balanced hops, cedar, lactose, some peppercorn, some dark chocolate. Texture is as expected. Overall this is a great hoppy stout with a lot of dark fruit flavors and tons of back licorice. Very unique, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body that I can only assume is the liquid wall of death color. There is a cocoa tan head that sticks in sheets on the glass and some microbubbles that pop out at the surface.

S- The pungent green fresh hop pellets aroma blends with some black char notes and some hints of black roasted malt come through in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet chocolate black roasted malt has an inky quality that grows as it opens and some pungent pine wood bitterness in the finish. There is a mellow char note with some chicory hints underneath and a tart hop note in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slight slippery finish

O- The mellow char and dark roasted black malts with slight sweetness is strong and nice and the tart green pungent hops are interesting with the chocolate qualities.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slathered with hoppy goodness, the underlying stout is strong, sweet, toasty, and roasty- it's indeed a toxic beer- one in which the common taste of stout could not be left alone. Hops, like a virus, crawl all over the base flavors with parasitic control.

Even though the label art looks like it crawled out of a Thunder Cats cartoon, what pours from the glow-in-the-dark bottle is an ominous dark brown ale with a creamy viscosity and layered weight to the eye. Nearly opaque, tawny highlights penetrate the edges. Its creamy sandy-tan head simmers to a firm blanket to skirt the glass evenly, its froth is sticky with intricate lacing and long-lasting retention.

First and foremost, the scent of chocolate, heavy toast, and burnt toffee rise to take command of aromas, but that's not without a strong challenge from leafy, grassy, and sharply acidic hops- stemmy, grapefruity, and spicy, the beer could easily be mistaken for Cascadian IPA.

But to taste, the flavor profile straddles those of Stout and Porter. Chocolate and toast lead the way with the more reserved roasted character acting in balance and never really casts the beer into the deep waters of Stout. But then upon that is the piles on the early perfume of pine, spruce and rosemary. But then come the grassy middle palate to meet the chocolate malt and then deeply resinous white grapefruit pith to finish with semi-dry toast taste. Its a bitter beer to close with dry malt support.

Full bodied, at least to start. But its the large hop additions that give impressions of dryness- much like in IPA. Even as the carbonation recedes, it leaves behind a chocolaty sweet texture that balances against the grassy and citrusy hop bite. Medium warmth closes the ale with a fairly aggressive hop-derived astringency that's likely coupled with the roast-toast char.

Reminding me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker- the beer is a hoppy Stout-Porter hybrid but with tame imperial strength (both in taste and in effect). Its refusal to make up its mind shows a renegade attitude that's much needed to stand out in today's crazy craft beer world. But paired with a simple Cabot Extra Sharp White Cheddar makes for a pairing meant for paradise and not a toxic revolution.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.10.13
Thanks bstyle

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large light brown-foamy head with great retention.

S - Chocolate, hoppy citrus, roasted malts.

T - Light citrusy chocolate, it's different, but it works well.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Lighter than usual stout with a nice citrus hop kick to compliment the chocolate.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brownish black body, mocha colored foam on top, at least an inch or so. Some minimal lacing around the edges, and a broken surface skim.

Softly hoppy and roasty aroma, the combination reminds me of Alpha Klaus.

Bitter and resiny, some citrus peel and roasty char in the background. Medium bodied and smooth, medium carbonation. Resiny green hop aftertaste that sticks in the teeth. Seems more "black IPA" than anything, but that's just me. Overall it's enjoyable to drink, regardless of style.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours opaque black with a dense tan head. A myriad of tattered sheets of lacing with a solid skim coat for the duration.

Char, coffee, dark chocolate, and pine resin lead off the nose. Shades of Kahlua and a hint of underlying marmalade follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, thickish mouthfeel.

Bitter chocolate, charred malt, and coffee grounds start off the palate. Piney hops with barely a trace of tropical fruit follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and char with a boozy undercurrent.

A tasty and substantial stout with some nice hop backbone.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown black, opaque pour with a thin skein of sisal foam that fades to a trace. There are fits of lace, but inconsistent. Smells of roasted malt and semisweet chocolate. Taste is a nice interplay of roasted malt, bitterness of semisweet chocolate, orange pith and pine resin. The latter two aren't really apparent in the nose, but they really complement the roasted elements and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy with strong carbonation. Lingering finish of bakers chocolate bitterness with orange pith and roasted elements. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Lagunitas jar

A: Dark brown/black, similar to coffee. There is a foamy tan head of two fingers which dissipates over the course of a few minutes. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Roast and dark chocolate are pervasive. A little bit of pine as well.

T: Opens with a bittersweet chocolate flavor and a little bit of roast. In the mid-palate, hoppy pine and grass flavor. A sweet citrus contrasts with some brewed coffee. The combination of hops and roasted malt has almost smoky flavor. The finish is mildly roast with a linger plant-flavored hoppiness.

M: Medium-thin for a stout, but that complements the hoppy style. Foamy carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. One of the better hop-forward stouts I've had, because the hops' plant and citrus flavor complement the roast flavor.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Spring 2013
Grand Cru tulip

A: Dark brown leading to black color here. I was expecting a little deeper color from a FFF stout. Full finger of tight bubbled light tan head. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Smells fairly hoppy actually. The FFF staple Amarillo profile is coming through, which I love but on a stout? Hops dominate the nose but you get some cocoa and some slight roast.

T: Piney hops. Nice roasty notes. Milk chocolate. Dry finish. Drinks lower abv wise.

M: Big medium.

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Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured dark brown, not overly black like an RIS. Has a tan head with good lacing.

S - Reminds me of a black IPA. Piney hops and a good malt character.

T - Hoppy stout... Citrus hops, semi-sweet chocolate, slightly floral and bready malts.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation.

O - I expect no less from 3F. A hoppy stout through and through that could be passed off as a black IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A pitch black pour with a massive tan head perched upon the liquid; great retention and lacing

Smell: Leafy, resinous hops dominate, with the roasty malts hardly discernable underneath

Taste: While there is a bit of roasty and chocolate mocha character, up front, the leafy, resinous hops overwhelm the palate from start to finish with the stout elements returning to add a vague coffee tone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has to be way more than 40 IBUs and I wouldn't be surprised if it were 140 as it is an assault on the tastebuds; as others have noted, this is much more of an American Black than a stout (perhaps that is why they call it a "stout ale" using stout as more of an adjective than a style descriptor)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

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Photo of qcbeerguy
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

half pint at three floydsFloyd's.

black as midnight, tan head that did not last.

catty hop aroma, no roast or any other dark aromas.

hoppy taste with a hint of roast behind it

mouthfeel is average at best.

a total disappointment of a beer.

the description is much better than the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

We used this as the beginning of our post-Star Trek nightcap. (Movie, by the way, was entertaining, but average at best.) It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises burnt pretzel, greens, and pine sap. It smells more like a black IPA than the stouts I'm used to... The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of dark toast in the background. Still, the hops are front and center, threatening to drown out all else. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an okay stout, but one that over-emphasizes the hops, thereby under-emphasizing the roast and undermining my personal drinking experience (and VDubb's, as well). C'mon, Floyds, I know you guys are hop-heads, but this is ridiculous...

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