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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.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Tiny snifter at Floyds on Dark Lord Day. Solid black well of souls lurks under a tiny rim of foam, which has given up in its attempt to brighten up this evil brew and now clings panting for its last breath to the side of the glass. A dizzying smell of coffee, maple, vanilla and molasses. Taste... um, um, Thick. Heady. Oaky. Slides down the throat like an oily serpent marinated in Kahlua and vanilla extract. Smooth alcohol nonetheless goes right to my forebrain and shuts off higher functions. Complexity… um… just starting to be known. Notes of cola… wintergreen… cherries. Rough on the back of the throat, but not astringent like other strong stouts. The dividing line between this and a truly fine liquer is… um…
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Dave, my mind is going.
I can feel it. I can feel it.
My mind is going. There is no question about it.
I can feel it.
I can feel it.
I can feel it.
I’m a... fraid.

Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.
It’s called "Daisy."
Daisy, Dai…sy, give me your an…swer do. I’m… half… cra…zy all for the love of you. It won’t be a styl… ish marriage, I can’t a…fford… a carriage…. But you’ll… look sweet up… on… the seat of a bi… cy… cle built… for… two…. </td></tr></table>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (521) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by Steve. Pours opaque black with a small beige head. Nose is booze, strong soy, roast, bourbon. Wasn’t impressed with the aroma but the flavor improved as it warmed up - sweet, malt, alcohol, dark fruits, bourbon, with a definite dark lord taste on the back end. Better than expected considering we were worried it’d be infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3515) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of alcohol, coconut, vanilla and liqurice. A flavor of liqurice, coconut, oak and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1607) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2014 On tap at DLD 14. Marked as 2011 Heaven Hill Dark Lord. Black, no head but a thick lacing. Definitely dark lord base. Bourbon was subtle but probably killed the sweetness. Thick, smooth, and amazing.

Bottle, acquired at 12 DLD. It’s bourbon. It’s dark lord. It’s exactly as advertised and every bit as magical as you might expect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rosscline12 (1) - - APR 21, 2014 does not count
If you haven't had this beer. Get to Munster Indiana in late April and get some. Make sure you have a golden ticket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (618) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2012 bomber to snifter. Pours thinner than expected. Aroma of sugar and molasses and some nostril burning alcohol. Thin carbonation. Taste is overwhelming sweet molasses. Thinner and somehow sweeter than the regular. Sticky burning sweet. Should have shared with more than 1 person.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bomber. 2013. At tailgate. Aroma is heavy dried fruit and some bourbon vanilla and malt. Taste is vanilla, dried fruit, and again heavy plum. Silky smooth. Really great texture to this beer.

-- rated with beerbasher

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
26.02.2014, 0,65l bottle (2013) sampled @ MAD Beer Brewing release @ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is sweet, dark malts, sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, dark sugar, grass, oak. Taste is slightly concentrated and sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, sweet bourbon, vanilla, grass, oak, caramel, chocolate. Medium bitterness, slightly dry boozy mouthfeel. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 381/420. Pours jet black, minimal mocha colored head. Very little lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and booze. Taste is a little more brash than I was expecting. Big notes of the coffee/chocolate upfront, as the nose would suggest. But, I get some of that soy sauce flavor over the middle here that I did not taste in the Vanilla Bean variant. A bit off-putting, but it’s appearance is short-lived. The dark fruits...raisin, plum...come through bringing some sweetness before the roasted nut/oak/bourbon dominate the finish. The syrup/molasses not only encompass some flavor here, but the mouthfeel as well. Very sticky. Pretty darn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Duntoyou (104) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2014
Sweet sweet bourbon. Noce, balanced. Chocolate. Nuts. Sweat motherfucker this is an ok beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (191) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a nice black with tan head. Smell is malty and sweet with hints of raisins. Taste is sweet and malty that I was expecting.

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