Thursday, January 12, 2012

Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok


There's so much awesomeness to this review I don't even know how to begin describing it! So Peter, "The Master of Hoppets" http://youtube.com/TheMasterofHoppets was flying from Denmark to New Mexico and had a short layover at JFK Airport in New York City. Since I live in Albany I drove down to meet up with him and shoot a review of this beer in the only place we could: my car! Yes, it's quite illegal I'm sure - you going to rat me out to the cops?

Peter and I had been planning this meetup for over a months and I deliberately saved this beer to review with him since it features Swedish metal band Amon Amarth in collobration with Three Floyds - one of my favorite breweries (plus the bottle was sent to me by Rob Walker!).

Would the beer be as epic and awesome as this beer review setting? Watch and find out.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (603) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
There seems to be a growing trend in the craft beer lately of brewers collaborating with non-brewers for a special one-off release. Frankly, I find these to be a little gimmicky because if the beer doesn’t work they can always blame it on the fact it was an experimental brew. I had high hopes for Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok because it’s one of the best craft brewers in America collaborating with one of the biggest names in the heavy metal music scene. What they came up with is an "imperial porter," which is certainly unique, and a very tasty, enjoyable beer, but nothing earth-shattering.

I received a 22oz bottle from a friend in Chicago. I split it with a friend. We each poured it into plastic tumblers (watch the video review to find out why).

Appearance: Typical porter or stout complexion of near jet black color with slight ruby red edges. Forms a large, dark khaki, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Very true to the porter style with sweeter notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs, and raisins (chocolate-covered raisins, actually). Subtle, but noticeable, smell of coconut hide and general earthiness.

Taste: In the world of brewing, a strong porter is technically a stout, but there’s a distinct difference in taste, especially in the case of Three Floyds Amon Amarth Ragnarok. This beer has all the sweeter flavor notes you’d find in a porter: slight milky/dairy flavor; milk chocolate, dark cherry and raisin, plus some earthy roughage on the back end to provide for some bitterness.

As it warms it grows even more complex imparting a slight smoky taste, a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sourness or tang. You might chalk this up to the alcohol accentuating these components often found in the palate of more traditional, pub-style porters. It’s not a flaw, per se, but an absence of these flavors would make this a great beer instead of just a very good one.

Drinkability: While this beer is rather hefty at 8.2% ABV, it would be difficult to detect this if you didn’t know that. There’s no alcohol presence whatsoever and the beer just doesn’t feel all that heavy. It’s super smooth with a lovely, but light, chocolate and raisin aftertaste. And while sweet, it’s never cloying. Its drinkability is a great reason to love it.
Grade: 8/10