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

Serve in Snifter


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11893) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2012
on tap-pours midnight black and still. Aroma is sweet cocoa/molasses-dark malt, brandy, vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate cherry-dark malt, brandy, vanilla, some alcohol/wood. Occasional, sipping.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
7th April 2012
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Opaque black beer, short lived tan head. Light semi dry palate. Amazingly not too boozy! Smells like dark chocolate ice cream. Taste follows the nose. Lovely vanilla dark chocolate malt with a brandy twist. Itís just amazingly light and drinkable. Softish finish with just a little warmth coming through. A real treat for a sweet tooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
Bottle at Chrisoís Easter tasting 2012. Number 346 thanks to legend that is madmitch76. It pours jet black, with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is chocolate ice-cream, lots of vanilla, coffee liqueur, roasted malt and chocolate gateaux. The taste is caramel, toffee, ice-cream, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol warmth, coffee liqueur, chocolate cake, touch of soy sauce, toasted sesame seed, cherry, brandy, wood and roasted malt, with a sweet, warming finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Thereís no denying this is very sweet, but itís very enjoyable in small measures. Definitely a desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (20225) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
Bottle at chrisOs... bottle 346... huge black ... thinest tan lacing ... huge toffee chocolate roast ... light meaty... boozy nose ... sweet roast ... big vanilla ... dark roast ... soft mellow brandy in the linger

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
nearest black of all, red hints near edge, thinnest cream ring. Nose is brandy with heavy vanilla bean, ultra sweet, considerable cardboard as well. Flavor is ultra vanilla, crushes palate mid, sweetness and almond skin throughout, raisin and burnt sugar finish. Singular, oppressive, overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Nose is cake batter with 9000x too much vanilla and massive molasses. Disgustingly sweet, molasses and vanilla overload. Chewy sugar. Gross. This rare beer was certainly remembered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
750mL yellow wax #200/422 thanks to Travlr. Clear, deep, dark cola pour with a quickly diminishing tan head. Really sharp vanilla nose with roasted figs. Taste is vanilla extract atop a cleaner, tangy body that is not as oily or messy as the normal Brandy which was sticky, earthy/soil heavy. Rich rich vanilla bean oil. Very one dimensional but nice. Spicy, tangy palate. A little red wine vinous with an easy to enjoy palate. The best of the BA Dark Lord variants...but itís Dark Lord unfortunately.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle 200/432 shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oak and brandy, dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt, light coffee. Flavor is malt dominant, light brandy and oak, light hops, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2011 bottle (200/432). Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is vanilla, brandy, dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light oak. Flavor is heavy malt with supporting dark fruit esters; heavy vanilla throughout with light brandy; dry, semi-sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Thanks Gene! Black pour with a thin beige ring. Massive vinous sweetness and vanilla bean lead to vanilla extract, milk chocolate, and raisin. Medium to full body with a sweet oily finish.

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