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

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RATINGS: 361   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
On Tap at DLD 07 - Pours black and beautiful with a large tan head that stays well. Good bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, as well as some oak in the aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, and some vanilla, bourbon and hops at the finish. Amazing how the barrel enhances this beer. This is really really beautiful!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Got this treat while waiting in line on DL release day....I was paying $6/cup to drink this while waiting 2 hours in line to buy $15/bottle beer....and I drove several hours to do it! And everything was so good I can’t wait to do it again!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Rating #666. 2006 GTMW. Black, opaque body with large, tan head that is long lasting. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and molases. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, molases, burnt with a touch of citrus. Full bodied, soft and creamy.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 16, 2006
This brew from from the brewery on Dark Lord Release Day poured a medium sized head of foam with a frothy top, fine to medium sized very dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind an opaque dark black colored body with no visible carbonation. The strong bourbon aroma was hoppy malty and did I mention bourbon? The thick malty mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong malty bourbon flavored aftertaste. The sweet vinous flavor contained notes of bourbon and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly love to have again. All Hail The Dark Lord for he shall return!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dark Lord Day 2006, draft. Deep black with a creamy tan head. Aroma has lots of complexity, roast, bourbon, oak, coffee. Flavor is just as complex....very smooth, nice mix of flavors. Full body, creamy. Overall, fantastic RIS....significantly better than the 2006. Oak not only adds complexity, but smooths out the beer. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
When every one lined up to get their bottles, I headed straight to the bar to get a little low-ball of a terrific beer. This beer came a mirrored obsidian with a small collar of tan and copper head. There were also a few mysterious wisps of head swirling about the surface. Smelled of gentle fruity bourbon, dark creamy chocolate, maple syrup, chocolate pudding and a warm, aromatic alcohol that hid behind the bourbon and an oak dryness. As it warmed, the alcohol became very (overly?) prominent, but carried with it a sweet vanilla. Tasted of pasty, rich chocolate pudding that took root in my tongue and turned it brown (seriously, I checked). Through this floated an electric tingly sting of flowing woody bourbon, fresh cut oak and a Jagermeister-like herbiness. I also got some sweet marachino cherry and creamy oak burps! Never had a stout do that before! Sadly, the alcohol was hot to the point of becoming distracting. The mouth feel was heavy as hell with a thick creamy viscosity added by a micro-fine carbonation giving this the feel of pudding. Where’s my spoon! This one’s just a trip. The alcohol was a little much and could stand to be aged for a while. Hopefully, FFF has a keg of this sitting somewhere waiting to be cracked in a year or so. A cool version of this would be off the charts!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours a black deep ruby highlights- with the head consisting of just an oily film. Oak barrel, bourbon, vanilla, earthy and dirty with some yeastiness, intense chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol towards the end. Chewy and sweet with tons of caramel flavor and raw sugary sweetness, fruity, bourbon, oak, light on the chocolate and coffee. Very full and thick mouthfeel, chewy and syrupy. Sticky finish with some intense alcohol. Overall it is a bit hot and all the flavors become a bit muddled, but still complex and a very nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davvey (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2006 does not count
Truly a king among Imperial Stouts. Tried it at Great Tast of the Midwest.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest into my DL-worthy mini snifter. Pour initially consisted of turbulent beige foam, evolving to a most beautiful viscous black pool with a well-retained (expecially for such a huge stout) cap of dense beige head. The nose on this was pure Heaven... deep, dark, and remarkably evil Heaven... rich espresso, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oaky woodiness, sweet bourbon sugars, and wisps of dried cherry skins... couldn’t have asked for any more. The flavor was carried by rich and expertly-blended dark malts (the aforementioned baker’s chocolate and burnt espresso, prunes, figs, and cherries), older oak, sweet vanilla, and hints of bourbon. Fiendishly smooth on the palate with waves of its underlying power accenting during the drink and warming through the finish. Compared with DLD reviews, the heat seemed to mellow out, which made this even better! Much obliged to the Floyds for the opportunity!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Served on-tap @ the Dark Lord Release Party. Pours a thick, syrupy black..the head is modest and a dark caramel color. Aroma is heavy coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, with some alcohol creeping out as well. There’s definitely an oaky, bourbon kick to it, but the bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavors still take the stage similar to the bottled Dark Lord. Amazingly balanced between the bold hop character and the array of tastes..just fantastic. Mouthfeel is expectedly thick, and very coating..yet smooth as velvet. Remains remarkably easy to drink for a beer of this magnitude. Felt privileged to try this one.


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