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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750mL red wax 2012 thanks to generous trader on BA. My 4000th rate on this site and moving up to the ranks with legends like Dakine. Pours tepid muddy brune with small beige bubbles. Nose is richer, thicker bourbon, rich hazelnut, amaretto, marzipan. Very nice aroma. Taste is sticky, big ass maple, spicier. Thick and rich. Not metallic or thin like other DL variants. I’ll probably never be a fan but this is the best variant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (8140) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
Sampled while at Borefts 2012, huge thanks to Belgbeergeek! [Bottle #175/489, 2011 Vintage] Very dark brown to black color, small light brown head. Smell dark malts, roasted malts, dark candi sugar, sweetness, bourbon, moccha. Taste malts, lightly roasty, clearly bourbon, again some moccha, warming alcohol, a bit sweetish. Thick, syrupy texture, full body, medium to full carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
On tap at FWIBF. Pours a pitch black hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, milk chocolate, bourbon, fudge, dusty, ashy, mineral and a lot of alcohol. Flavors are surprisingly smooth, milk chocolate, barrel, fudge, vanillin and tannin. The barrel character seems to cut into the sweetness. Velvety mouthfeel, creamy, viscous. Insanely good mouthfeel. I was expecting to dislike this, especially on such a hot day. I haven’t liked the sweetness of the newer batches of DL, and have not been wild about the barrel treatments, but this definitely surpassed my expectations. Quite the experience and it was very solid!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014 The standard BA dark lord might be the best because it is like dark lord that has mellowed and had an infusion of some oak and vanilla flavors that tone it down.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2006
On tap at DL day ’06: Pours a very viscous motor oil opaque with a nice, thin-lacing dark tan head. Rich, sweet, toasty complex dark caramel aroma has lots of dark fruity and chocolate bourbon oaky balance. Body starts incredibly full, thick, and viscous with lots of sweet sticky dark caramel and chocolate malts. Hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon oaky balance and complexity. Finishes sticky, sweet and lingering with some warmth, dark chocolate, and coffee. Barrel-aged just the right amount of time. I think this is officially my new favorite beer of all time, but I don’t know if I could drink more than 12oz of it at one sitting.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7125) - 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!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (6851) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Rating #2600.
Big thanks to Gunhaver for sharing this. You ROCK! Pours viscous sludgy void like ooze with no head. The aroma is . . . WHAT?? Hold on a minute, that can’t be right. OK another draw, CRIPES!! I’m glad I’m sitting down because this would have buckled my knees. There are deep rich barrel extracted vanilla notes everywhere. What the hell? Beyond the crazy rich vanilla are chewy smelling notes of caramel covered oak, thick sweet malts, dark chocolate and some crusty roastiness as well as very little evidence of the huge ABV. I guess I have to taste this. If this was all I had for the night I’d just nurse the aroma for hours. Wow. The taste is rich chewy creamy malts, caramel, decadent vanilla ice cream sprinkled with vanilla and syrup covered oak to go along with light notes of booze. It ends with the sense of rich fudge brownie spread over aged oak. Just frikin’ amazing. I really can’t even tell there’s much alcohol in this. How’d they do that?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6719) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle (#5 of 688, 2012 vintage) thanks to jackl, consume at THE stouts tasting - part 1. Rating #2600. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toasted coconut, bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light charcoal and some alcohol warmth. The taste is rich, sticky sweetness, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate brownie, gateaux, bourbon, brown sugar, dark cherry with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Viscous, rich and oily. Pretty smooth actually. Nice flavour, but too sweet and cloying for my liking.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Marked directly on the bottle as #520/688. Black syrupy pour, so thick it truly does look like 50,000-mile motor oil! Aroma is intense and sets my mouth watering: fresh tiramisu, chocolate, bourbon. Sticky, thick, hearty palate that is densely flavoured to reflect the nose: fresh tiramisu, bourbon-toffee sauce, hot fudge, vanilla, woody and earthy undercurrents. Boozy and warming, but smooth as silk. I wondered whether this would be worthy of the hype or whether it is inflated by rarity. It is worthy of its accolades and deserving of its status. Just an exceptional treat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
First beer of the day at Dark Lord Day. Totally lucked our way into the pub and grabbed the two special versions and a couch. And there remained for two and a half happy hours working our way through the taplist before venturing into the madness that were the throngs outside. Poured a deep dark oily jet black with a thin tan head, though mostly only visible with faint agitation. Not so much bourbon as vanilla on the nose, chocolate and light coffee. Chewy dark fruit and big chewy tannins. This was so very, very good. Worked out that I liked this one better and my friend liked the vanilla, so once we’d tried both, it made sharing very easy. Chocolate and cherries, toffee. A bit warm on the finish, light vanilla notes. Huge dry oak lingers around long afterward. Very good.


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