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

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord aged in brandy barrels

Available at Dark Lord Day 2011 and 2014.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardaxe (266) - - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at DLD Day 14. Heavy umami aroma filled with soy sauce and booze. Flavor is intense sweetness with strong brandy overtones. Brandy is really well integrated and feels quite natural. Really nice, but needs to tone down the sweetness.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
budznsudz (577) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Black pour with very little head if any. Damn this smells complex as hell. Vinous dark chocolate, raisins, figs, exotic cocoa, and pixie dust make up the nose. The flavor is really tickling my fancy. Chocolate covered marshmallow bathed in sweet brandy and dark matter. I’m pretty sure this is charged with gamma rays to boot. All nonsense aside, this beer is absolutely killer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 2014 bottle, 500/608. Pours black. with a brown head. Aroma is brandy, coffee, malt, molasses, raisins, and dark fruit. Flavor is brandy, malt, molasses, and dark fruit. Very sweet....glad I like sweet beers. Body is very heavy and thick. Long, sweet finish.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (7901) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
750ml yellow waxed bottle. 2011 vintage. Oxidized cardboard a.i.d.s. diabeetus stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3804) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, light brandy, chocolate, and other dark malt aromas. Chocolate, roasted sweet malt tones, alcohol, raisins, other dark tones.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kermis (5733) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2014
2014 Bottle cracked with the Beer Temple guys in Amsterdam, side by side with 2014 DL. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of cookies, vinous aspects, dark fruits, soy, raisins, brandy and barrel coming through, fudge, chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet, but not so cloying as the plain. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with boozy alcohol warmth in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_MedievAle (197) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2014. Pours a motor oil. Light brown head. Good carb. Raspberry jam, cocoa, soy on nose. Taste is a blast of sweet dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, some toffee notes. Bit of coffee as it washes out. Palate: syrupy and filmy. This stuff stayed in my mouth all day, affecting the flavor of everything from the other beers I tried to the toothpaste I used that night. Too sweet. Stop making sugar bomb stouts, 3F!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
2014. On tap at DLD, then later from the bottle. No real head or lace (like all BADLs) but it does stain my glass a la Huna.

Brandy barrels accent the delicious BADL base perfectly, imparting a fruity character which adds significant depth to the overall profile. Barrel really shines. Sticky, viscous, awesome.

Vastly superior to the 2011 Brandy DL in every way.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1516) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 On tap at DLD 2014. This was amazing stuff. Dark lord is a beer that is perfect for the barrel and this is no exception. Sweet slightly boozy. I love darklord and this was an amazing improvement on it.

Update to add the 2011 version. 11/22/14. Bottle 95/392. Perfect mix of sweet smooth brandy, chocolate and dark roast. This was a lot better than the fresh version which was hotter and boozier.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (187) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very sweet raisin aroma. Goes down smooth with a clean sweet taste.


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