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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels including Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon barrel aged variants of Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

Admin Note: This beer was not released as usual in April 2014 and has been retired.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
On tap @ DL day. Oh hail our Dark Lord - the only thing missing was King Diamond being played really loud. Thick and oily - very powerfull flavour as well as aroma. Notes of dark berries and fruit. Chocolate, and coffee - wood and just generally pure EVIL.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
decaturstevo (4991) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2007
DL day after a 1 hr wait. That was damn well worth it. A black/brown pour that looks like chocolate syrup with a nice small head of dark brown foam. An aroma of oaked bourbon chocolate just like mom used to make:0 A sweet chocolate flavor without the ton of bitter I expected. Chocolate dominates the flavor. The abv is almost not detectable. Just the slightest bit of warmth for me. A very good solid all over mouthfeel just enough carbonation to feel. I would describe the carbonation as soft. A most excellent beer. Second best thing besides seeing and meeting a ton of good people at DL day. Wow what a beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Rating #666...

Date: 4/28/2007
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Brewpub
Serving: 6 oz (?) draught sample in a plastic cup.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: BOURBON, sweet anise, chicory, slight oakiness, alcohol... I canít wait to try this stuff!
Appearance: BLACK, no head at all. Thick and syrupy. It looks like it would stick to anything and is doing a pretty good job coating the entire inside of the cup!
Flavor: WOW! Instense and complex all the way... Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, chicory/coffee, anise, vanilla, wood, a hint of smoke. Mild bitterness level. The finish has a very dark chocolate flavor and is a bit more dry than expected, but still wonderful and it helps to balance out the initial sweetness.
Palate: FULL bodied. It is as thick as it looks with an oily texture that really does cling to everything. Needless to say, it coats the mouth nicely for a lingering flavor and long-lasting enjoyment.
Overall: AMAZING! Truly phenomenal and well worth the drive, standing in line, and the cost! This is a MUST try for all beer aficionados!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Thanks to Mouse for buying my sample so I didnít have to wait in a crowded line! This stuff is awesome. Black body with a decent head. The aroma is massive--tons of chocolate, sugar, vanilla, mollasses and coffee. Huge thick and creamy mouthfeel. Not as much bourbon in the aroma as I had expected. The taste is big as well. All the flavors are foreshadowed by the aroma perfectly. I love the balance here--and the barrel aging doesnít ruin the already great taste of Dark Lord--but enhances it. Holdenn is right, I should have taken as many samples of this as I could have gotten my hands on. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
í07 Dark Lord Day. Pours an opaque black with a slight brown head. Aroma is malty, woody, molasses. Flavor is malty, caramel, molasses, coffee, with a bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Rating #500!!!! On tap at DLD 07. First off I had this beer after Stille Nacht 00, BA Speedway, and Sexual Chocolate, exactly in a row. Four absolutely amazing beers in a row. And this my friends topped them all. ........ Pours a thick thick black clinging to the glass with thin brown head. Nose of cherries, red fruit, chocolate, roast, oak, bourbon, molasses, and so many other rich scents. So complex and rich. Full bodied, viscious like pudding, creamy smooth. Chocolate, fruit, coffee, molasses, espresso, all the notes in the nose but bursting now on my tongue. This beer is so alive and intense on my tongue the thick black espresso to red and ripe fruit. Why did I not drink this until I could no longer stand. That is my only regret of that day. The best beer I have ever had to date. 9/5/9/5/19

Iíve had many versions of this over the years. As DL seems to go down, not surprisingly, this has too. I thought í10 DL was some of the worst to date, and therefore at DLD11ís BA version of the DL also suffered. Oily black color with a thin head. Rich oaky aromas. Sweet malts rich and roasty. Alcohol. Malts. Not a bad beer, but really a shadow of its former self. 8/5/8/4/15

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2751) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Draught split with Tronraner during my Dark Lord excursion. How do I approach something with this much hype? I excitedly received my glass of this ambrosia and marveled at how solid and black this stuff is. Iíve seen only a handful of imperial stouts approach a level of this opacity and viscosity. Even standing out in the sun light, there is not even a real red hue to speak of. The aroma is powerful, just huge of molasses, vanilla, espresso, hickory, chocolate. Yes, itís very obviously barrel aged, but when the original characteristics of the brew are so bold, itís hard for this to be too mellow or too much like just sipping bourbon. So, excellent balance in this blast to my nose is achieved. Taking a sip of this is almost like sipping paste, but the most delicious paste Iíve ever tasted. There are things that really appeal to me in a beer and itís as if 3F brewed this specifically for people like me. Roasty espresso hits the mouth with rich molasses, madelines, chocolate, hickory, soil, and some light piny hops buried in the wave of rich, heavier flavors. This is a damn fine example of hiding the flavor of alcohol. It just warms up my sinuses a little bit, only adding to the experience. The most impressive thing about this beer is that despite the sheer magnitude of aroma and flavor, perfect balance is accomplished and nothing becomes cloying. Some people say that itís just too rich, but for me, itís the perfect threshold of intensity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Draft at DLD. Served dark as night with only a slight ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is absolutley luxurious. Deep roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon are the front runners. This is a big beer, no doubt, the alcohol is there and warming. This beer is mellowed a bit by the oak aging. Not the brute that the DL bottle is. This is a great beer, but not huge and robust as say a GI BCS. The guys at FFF have taken barrel aging to a whole níother level. Other brewers could take notes from them.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Draught at 3F at Dark Lord Day. Pours pitch black with an orange-brown head and intense lacing. The aroma is unbelievably appetizing. Molasses and bourbon dominate, but there are plenty of espresso and smoke notes as well, some dark honey, and maybe chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is intense molasses, espresso, and roasted nuts. Bourbon barrel char comes through, but it has to work to compete with all the other strong flavors. Tons of earthy hops, earth in general (peat?), and super-smooth whisky come out in the finish, which leaves an aftertaste that doesnít ever seem to go away. A nice vanilla smoothness rounds off the edges. Itís very impressive that all these strong, potentially overwhelming flavors can be brought together so harmoniously. While there is nothing subtle about this beer, the balance is dead on. Smooth, rich, great beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
This was my first time DLD and it was amazing. The aroma on this was incredible. It had an beautiful balance bourbon, wood ester, vanilla, chocolate, expresso, black currant, some cherries, and a smooth roundness i cannot describe. Taste is just the same, balanced, full and oily. It has a finish length you would expect from a great scotch or cognac. Flat out awesome stuff and absolutely lives up to the hype.


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