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Three Floyds Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord aged in Cognac barrels with ancho and guajillo chili peppers.

First available at Dark Lord Day 2012


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with quite a bit of residual sugar with some chiliís notes coming through. Taste is quite heavy with loads of dry roasted malt with some strong spicy chiliís notes that offset most of the residual sugars and barrel treatment. Body is full with medium carbonation and alcohol is totally hidden by the chili notes. Interesting experiment but I would like the head to be dropped a bit too increase drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (196) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours black with a spicy aroma. Taste is spicy but its not crazy with a sweet chocolate taste. Leaves a nice burn after.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, #317 of 817 - thanks Sylvain! Viscous black pour with no head. Fresh green chilli peppers is the first aroma followed by charcoal, some coffee grinds, leather and burnt malts - very similar to an aged DL but with chilli added with a full body and mild+ carbonation, although on the finish it becomes surprisingly thin (for DL). Definitely an odd combination but very happy I got to try this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2181) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours coffee with no head or lacing. Nose was quite soya. Tastes were big chili heat, some vanilla and some espresso. Not really getting the cognac. Taste was big spicy, my nose was running! Oily in the mouth with lots of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12398) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
A deep dark stout with no head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with soy sauce, chili, coffee grind, very herbaceous. In mouth, a superb sweet chocolate with thick soy sauce, pinot de charente, chocolate liqueur, and hot pepper in finish, muy mexicano. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks. Smelled of bourbon. The hot pepper flavor really hits you right away. Very solid beer, just a little too hot for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (708) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bomber from Timfoolery, spicy all the way through, sweet. Too much good beer to intelligently rate this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle from Godofthecellar. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, and sweet chocolate. Flavor is the same, BUT if you like spicy foods, this is amazing. I get that some like mild everything, but this is the best spicy beer I've ever had by far. Spice is up front on the tongue and perfect amount of spice. Excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1262) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle 672. The aroma is a lot of pepper, hot. The taste is all pepper, very hot and overly kills my taste. Not my style at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
From notes on 2012-07-28: Woah, spicyness ahead! Bottle 76/817.

Lemme make something clear right off the bat: spiciness is *not* a flavor. Itís a sensation, and itís often overused to mask bad (or bland) flavors by lazy/incompetent chefs. When used properly, it augments the existing flavors to enhance the overall experience. We cook at home with habanero peppers almost every week because they are delicious; the spiciness they impart is merely a bonus we happen to enjoy. If you canít stomach intense heat like that (which is often a physical -- not mental -- limitation), do not drink Cognac De Muerte anytime soon. :)

Anyway, ancho chiles jump out in the aroma as green peppers and sweetness melt into the booze. Taste is dominated by chiles though, with relentless heat burning the back of my throat after each sip. Yikes, that is hot! Hard to notice the roast and cognac-y, fruity sweetness when the chiles overpower everything like this. Even for a guy with an above-average tolerance for spicy food, this is a little too hot after every sip. The heat distracts you from appreciating the delicious imperial stout underneath, and that stout is quite good. If you have a bottle of Cognac De Muerte, sit on it for another ~6 months; the spiciness should subside dramatically by then. Still, I actually really like this beer, and thatís truly surprising to me because although I love peppers in savory foods, I typically despise them in beers, desserts, and other sweet dishes. And thatís a testament to how good the barrel-aged RIS underneath is.

Would love to revisit this in 6 months.


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