Toxic Revolution | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Toxic RevolutionToxic Revolution

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black/brown with over two fingers of dense beige foam.

Smell: Coffee, soy sauce, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a peculiar aroma reminiscent of oyster sauce.

Taste: Follows the nose but thankfully minus the fishiness. I mostly get coffee and toasted malt with some baking chocolate. Moderately bitter and quite salty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively light for a stout. Medium carbonation with an oily feel.

Overall, this was not what I was expecting. Three Floyds is a very hop-centric brewery and I was hoping for a nice hoppy stout. Or, failing that, at least a smooth, richly complex one. Toxic Revolution, unfortunately, is neither. It had an odd, unappetizing fishy aroma and an overly salty flavor profile which I did not enjoy at all. I've had excellent stouts from this brewery in the past, most recently their Blot Out the Sun, but this was a disappointment. It's a shame, too, because the label art is probably the coolest I've ever seen.

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Photo of qcbeerguy
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
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 mynie
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imma judge this as a double stout, because it'd be an especially weak RIS.

It's a fairly strong double stout, but not all that strength is put to good use (picture a really swole bro sitting in the corner booth at Chili's and yelling obscenities at a picture of his ex girlfriend and you get the gist beer's bad nodes).

But, to unparenthetically answer my parenthetical thingee I just typed, it's mostly good. There's just some off bits, like they were trying a wee too hard to make it intense. Charred malt starts things off, drifting quickly into punishing Floyd hops and a finish of burnt toast that lingers and lingers. The start is boffo, the middle is pretty good, and the end is just too fucking much for meek soul like my own.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

High hopes for this one. Acquired in a trade; I forget with whom - sorry! I dig the label art. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with distinctive branded colorful pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given Three Floyds' reputation.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger dark khaki-tan colour head. Good thickness and nice cream. Good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black; not quite a jet-black but dark. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent and opaque. No bubble show. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Looking good for the style, but the head could be better.

Sm: Shockingly hoppy for the style. Heavy floral hop character eclipses the buried roast in the background; if you handed this to me and asked me to guess the style blind, I'd think it was a black IPA. Cream. Cocoa dust. Dark malts come through - though they're buried. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength, pleasant aroma. I do have to say I expect better considering the style; it's interesting to make it hop-forward but the roasty notes, chocolate, etc. are sorely missed. I'm hoping the taste delivers what the aroma fails to.

T/Mf: Chocolate/cacao up front with a dark malt base and prominent floral hop notes. Because of the combination of roast and substantial hops, the mouthfeel comes off strangely dry - not a good effect. Smooth and lightly creamy, but it does coarsen in the late second act. Slightly overcarbonated. I get chocolate malt. No yeast or alcohol comes through. I want far more roast from it. No vanilla or coffee or other notes that might make this a more interesting beer in the style - nay, it's somewhat simple. The hop presence doesn't make up for the lack of fundamentals. Style aside, it's balanced but still uninteresting. There's just not much going on here; it's too simple. I like it in a general sense, but I feel like I'm getting the mediocrity of both worlds; neither the hoppy aspect nor the imperial stout aspect are particularly rewarding. I do like the creamy mouthfeel.

Dr: Drinkable but largely underwhelming. Disappointing coming from a brewery as well regarded as Three Floyds. I wouldn't get this again, but I'm glad to have tried it. An interesting experiment, but while they get the balance right, they don't bring much to the table for the style. Hides its ABV well.

Low B-

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Photo of mjc3151
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased 22 oz. bomber from Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana.

Stout? More like a Black IPA. It did have some coffee notes, but the mouthfeel and taste had more IPA characteristics than stout characteristics.

This is a solid beer that people should try. Personally I will not buy this again because there are better and cheaper beers out there, but that should not deter others from trying the beer themselves.

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Photo of Docrock
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-Tap at 3 Floyds, served in a half pint :

A - Dark brown. not quite black with a mocha colored head with pretty sticky lacing. Head dwindled to a thin cap.

S - minimal aroma, mostly roasted malt and a bit of pine and lemon. Aroma picked up a bit as it warmed but being as it was only a half pint, didn't get a chance to let it warm up.

T- mostly the dark roasted malt, with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Again I will re-evaulate when I drink a fuller serving at a warmer temp.

M - just below medium bodied, surprised actually thought it would feel thicker. good carbonation, and the aforementioned bitterness on the finish. Seemed a bit thin for the style.

O - Picked up a fwe bottles to try again in larger format and a bit warmer. This is nit my favorite 3Floyds beer but still very drinkable. The hop profile made it seem out of style, not sure how this one will age..

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Photo of dfillius
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not a total miss by any stretch, but this is another highly touted three floyds beer that falls well short of mind-blowingly good. its definitely not what is traditionally considered an imperial stout, much more of a Cascadian black ale in my book, thin and hoppy, but I guess that's nit picking isn't it? this pours a lighter than industry standard pale black color (yes its possible, its called gray). there is a nice tall and thick off white head on top that provides a barrier between my mouth and the intense liquid beneath it. the aroma is more hops than roasted malt, although both contribute. im not getting any of the big chocolate or coffee notes im used to in the style. the hops dominate the nose and taste of this, a mix of grapefruit pith and the pine essential oil my girlfriend uses to make soaps. its not unpleasant, but its out of place. the body is way thin, carbonated like a pale ale, it doesn't feel anything like a stout. if the overall point of this is to say whether it tastes good, the answer is yes, it tastes fine. if the goal is to establish how well it fits the style it proclaims to be, the answer is hardly at all. overall if I closed my eyes and drank this beer, id like it quite a lot, but coming from the highly inflated three floyds crew, I expect to be wowed by everything they day, and this just doesn't do that.

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Photo of alphaacid9000
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected at all out of this one.

Definitely a FFF beer.

Dark brown to black with an off-white head. Excellent lacing

Aromas of hops and more hops - pineapple, tangerine and even some apple

Flavor was tough to nail down. Tasted like your normal black IPA but just could not quite nail it down. Very bitter, similar citrus notes as in the nose, hay, slight roast and dark fruit.

Overal - Nice black IPA - Love the artwork.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with a really nice tan spongy head.

It's not very aromatic, but it has a scent if piney hops and some light char with a little cocoa.

The combination of a lighter mouthfeel, higher carbonation, and hop forward contrast with the malt makes it feel more like a black IPA than a stout. The flavors are pine, bakers chocolate, and the finish is a distinct diet root beer.

3F does great hoppy stouts but this one missed the mark for me. Like I said, it's more of a black IPA than a stout.

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Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Russian Imperial Stout, my ass...

Served on-tap during the Craft Brewers Conference in DC.

On tap at Churchkey.

A: Poured with a very dark, sticky head, with a decent mocha head.

S: Slight booze burn, mild grapefuit and pineapple, along with some dark roast.

T: Definitely not the hop bomb I was expecting. Good malt, yet this was grainy to the 10th power. Good, not great.

M: Nice carbonation, bitter finish, and the booze was of the candy variety.

O: Admittedly, the Black IPA is a tough sell to me. However, even though this was FFF, it was pretty average.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded imperial pint glass

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a light beige one and half finger foamy head. Excellent retention, splotchy lacing. Burnt chocolate biscuit, citrus notes, and a hint of caramel on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate, slightly bitter grapefruit and tangerine poke through, as well as roasted dark malt and burnt caramel and brown sugar. Finishes with citrus rind bitterness, more charred malt, and very subtle hints of dark roasted coffee. Abundant carbonation, lighter medium body, slick with a bit of creaminess. A very tasty brew but not one that I would consider a stout or even a porter. This beer is most certainly accurately categorized as an American Black Ale/Black IPA. FFF's IIPA/DIPA's have much heavier bodies than Toxic Revolution.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at DLD. Poured into tulip glass. Appearance is opaque and black with brown layer of velvety appearing head. Tons of head upon pours, dissipates to a layer and leaves behind plenty of lacing. Nose is full of green herbal hops up front with notes of roast and dry bitter chocolate underneath. The cocoa really comes out towards the finish. The taste features somewhat fruity hops up front followed by more grassy herbal notes. This is countered by delicate roast and cocoa. The finish is all chocolate, however it is not all that bold. The stout flavors here are pretty delicate and are somewhat overshadowed by the hop profile. The mouthfeel is sturdy with mellow carbonation. Overall, a flavorful beer that features the more subtle side of an imperial stout in terms of malt profile. The hop profile is definitely in your face.

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Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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 -0.8%
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 inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mtomlins
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Florida9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 sbxx
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
Poured into FFF Teku

Appearance - Pours a nice black, but not pitch black. Little bit of light getting through around the edges. 2 fingers of sexy double-layer caramel colored head. Thin spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell - Some chocolate and citrusy hops. Some grapefruit. Little bit of pine. Interesting!

Taste - Piney hops shine through without being overbearing. Big, crisp malt body. Light chocolate notes. Pleasant and easy to drink. Lightly bitter, roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body, medium carbonation, sticky semi-dry finish.

Overall - Another solid beer from FFF. Definitely "not normal" as they like to say. I would drink it again. Lacks the punch in the face I've come to expect out of a $10 bomber, but still a nice brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Rope
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black. Looks like a porter, but the head is 2-3 fingers thick and a beautiful tan.

Sweet, wouldn't be surprised if there were citra hops in this. The front of the nose is that standard burnt stout.

The slight tropical fruity taste is quickly overpowered by the bitterness of the stout. Then the hop bitterness overtakes the stout.

Leaves the mouth feeling clean, but the taste lingers a long time. You can roll the taste in your mouth like cigar smoke.

Very interesting, and enjoyable version of an Imperial Stout. Where most go for sweetness and thickness (Dark Lord), this celebrates the bitter side of things. It makes it refreshing.

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