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

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Serve in Snifter

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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(Draught) Pours a murky deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor has loads of malt (caramel, roasted), chocolate, oak, coffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Excellent!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle #5/688 at The Stout Tasting, London - big, big thanks to Jack for providing THREE Munster beasts. Pours black-brown with a fine beige foam head. Big dark malt nose, dark berries, charred wood. Huge sweet flavor with notes of licorice, prunes, syrupy chocolate, molasses, dark cherries. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm to hot finish with dark sugars, big molasses, rich dark fruits, dates, figs, more sticky chocolate. Pretty outrageous stuff, but in small doses I love it. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle, vintage 2012, thanks GT2. Minimal brown head that wholly dissipates, atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon, raisin. Taste is sweet, chococaramel, some Bourbon, raisin. Sticky full body, alcohol well contained.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11551) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is viscous and black with just a bit of tan foam around the edge of the glass. S: A definite oak and bourbon presence to the nose without the intense sweetness Dark Lord usually has. Certainly some sweet chocolate and vanilla with a bit of dark fruits. T: The oak aging gives this one a bit of a tannic character and some bitterness that the original does not exhibit. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors are quite strong but still allow the chocolate, roast, licorice, and dark fruits to show. M: The body is thick and chewy with a low, smooth carbonation. D: I like this one much better than Dark Lord. The oak aging here has helped to balance the beer out and mitigate the overwhelming sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 29, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: solid black, lasting thin fine brown head
Aroma: complex aroma
Body: thick body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong bourbon character, lots of oak, thick and sweet

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***4

Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 28, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, wispy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet chocolate and hot bourbon aroma with roasted intertwined with hops
Body: thick sticky body
Flavor: thick dry dark chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, touch of ripe dark fruits, creamy coffee comes along after a while, stains the glass brown

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, DLD
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla, caramel candy
Body: huge creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla, light roasted, oak adds the balance, lots of candy character, a touch of hot fumey alcohol

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
Bottled. Huge thx to rfraga7 for trading this my topwant for several years. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma: Cocoa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some coffee, molasses, brown sugar, vague liqourice. Flavour: Vanilla, chocolate, cofeee, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar. Heavenly smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Ends smoothly roasted bitter. Wow. Need some more of this.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Re-rate of the 2011 Pappy Van Winkle version is much the same. Some nuances differ, but they’re minor at most.

Draft... DLD ’06...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woodsy nose is of big bourbon, oak and light vanilla. Heavy bourbon, chocolate, light molasses, coffee and several other "dark" things in the flavor. Full-bodied and super creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes rich, boozy and very drying. Hot, but superb!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Draft at DL brewpub. And wow. Black wtih a light brown head. Bourbon rules! Chocolate, prunes, coffee, roast, fruit, oak,you name it its there. Flavor is full of roast, chocolate, coffee, cherries, bourbon, oak, and more! WOW!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9167) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, chocolate, roast and dark fruits, Tastes of wood, stronger bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and molasses. Medium alcohol finish. I do like bourbon so I enjoyed the bourbon quality to this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2012 vintage, bottle #687/888, courtesy of GT2. Huge thanks for the opportunity to try this! Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. The taste is roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malts. Light bodied... just kidding. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice.


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