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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Brandy Vanilla Bean)

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
This is our massive Russian-style Imperial Stout aged for one year in a brandy barrel with Madagascar vanilla beans. Thick, smooth, complex, and warming, this rare beer with certainly be remembered.

Available at Dark Lord Day 2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13241) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2011 bottle, 364/433. shared by alexsdad06. Dark brown color. Minimal off-white head. Mike’s comment is spot-on: smells like Count Chocula. Delicious flavor. Big cocoa, vanilla, yeah brownie, cake batter, cereal flavors. Sweet and boozy taste, a light bite. Great vanilla fruity chocolate aftertate. Long aftertaste. Delicious. 9 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
b3shine (7960) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml to snifter (BIG thanks to alexsdad06). Looks great; a viscous black with thin light beige lacing. Smells excellent; cocoa, vanilla, and booze, similar to chocolate brownies. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel. This is phenomenal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
bottle thanks alexasdad! pours thick black with minimal head. big chocolate sweet aroma. taste like a glass of chocolate brownies

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle generously shared by grumpyoldtroll, thanks again Mike, you went 2x2 on the night Bottled poured what could have been mistaken for motor oil with a slight espresso head and no lacing.. The smell of this beer is overwhelmingly marshmallow, mixed with the booziness of brandy, simply amazing scent. The taste reminds me of being around a camp fire making smores. Mix of marshmallow, chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt. This beer is sweet on your palate, but incredibly balanced with the brandy and vanilla bean. I cant decide whether Brandy Vanilla, or Apple Brandy Huna go down as my favorite stout of all time....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Thanks Mike! Smells like liquid s’mores. Marshmallows and chocolate really shine through better than any other stout.

Palate follows the same recipe, adding copious amounts of vanilla to the mix. Very sweet, yet somehow avoids being cloying. Vanilla-chocolate, marshmallow, caramelized boozy aftertaste lingers.

It’s hard to convey how superb the balance of flavors here is. Brandy Vanilla ranks at the very top of its style, boldly leading its peers into new levels of deliciousness. Easily one of the best stouts ever brewed: BVDL defines the term world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, molasses, raisins, brandy, and toffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (3402) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen. The beer is near black with a thin, oily beige head. The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, booze. Smells fantastic. The flavor is other worldly. Beyond good. Shockingly delicious. Huge blast of vanilla with sweet, delectable brandy. The flavor far surpasses the aroma. No doubt whatsoever the taste earns a 5 score. Great feel. The taste is so amazingly fantastic, making it hard to find any fault with the feel. Smooth, bold, teeming with flavor. World class. My highest recommendation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Thanks to Gene! Nose holds tons of vanilla bean ice cream, vinous port qualities, and more booze than the other BA Dark Lords. Very vanilla forward still on the tongue, with milk chocolate and plum in there as well. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kazin (447) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Draft at Mikkeller Bar 2011-05-26. Powerful nose, and taste that is dominated by the vanilla, licorice, alcohol and a hint of soy sauce.

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