Toxic Revolution | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mothman
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz at the brew pub.

Dark black with a tan head. Leaves nice lace.

Flavor profile is fairly hoppy for a stout. Very grassy but then a bit of roast kicks in. Caramel and chocolate malts. It reminds me of the hoppy versions of darkness.

Mouthfeel is bitter and then roasted. The hops show a lot. Medium to full bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Very hoppy. Very legit!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
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 Smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

A light brown tan collar is presented, with a good thin puck. Body is very dark, walnut black to brown and very opaque.

Nose has very mild soft roast character, and dense chewy malts hinting at molases and cookies. Softness abounds, with hints of dry powdered milk chocolate.

Palate first sip brings real nice sweet roasting lingering malts. There's a wonderful pine sensation almost spruce with a mix of citrus on the finish. Hints of resin, and more cookie and milk chocolate follow. The roast character builds with good warmth, but strangely the chocolate angle is milky and sweeter as opposed to getting bitter. Feel is solid and fine without a big detraction, but nothing spectacular or serious impressive.

Overall this sort of reminds me of Narwhal in a way, but with a different spin and take with a mild hop angle accenting some citrus slightly on the end. Very nice.

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Toxic Revolution from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 424 ratings