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

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Oh dark lord, you cruel mistress. bottle courtesy of beernbourbon, thank you!!!! what abeer this is. its huige and heavy and smashing and loaded with vanilla more than is really imaginable. totally different than 2010 dark lord and pvw dl, this beer is a stand alone for sure. the barrel is huge, the beer is huge, the vanilla is all over all of it. super intense and awesome ass kicker off a beer. i think i prefer this over the pvw version, slightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Dark Lord, Brandy Vanilla
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: huge sweet vanilla aroma, hintof dark malts behind the vanilla cake
Flavor: rich melody of flavors, sweet vanilla, chocolate, brandy, light roast
Overall: the aroma is over the top vanilla but the flavor is spot on
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 10/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sherm1016 (1148) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle, #21/433, purchased at FFF XV Anniversary Party, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with no head and a few little bubbles. Aroma is sweet, brandy and vanilla, but really it just smells like marshmallows. Wow. Heavy on the palate, huge oily body, with very little carbonation, but it’s there. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, brandy dominates, but you can taste the base beer, roasty and sweet. Some vanilla, a bit of booze, extremely smooth for the ABV. Tastes a little marshmallow-y, but not as much as it smells, and in a very good way. This beer is absolutely phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Shared bomber with sherm1016....#21 of 433. THANKS!! Let it warm for 40 minutes or so after pouring. Pours black...pure black...with no head of any consequence. Nose is pure vanilla....marshmallow come to mind....traces of brandy in the nose....initial taste (all I’ve done so far) is incredibly complex....hit of sweet vanilla; then dropping off to let brandy come thru; then more vanilla. Second hit....more brandy hitting back in throat. Damn, how do you brew like this? Tour the FFF brewery and you have no clue that there are master brewers making this stuff...great stuff....will sign off and enjoy the next hour or so with this masterful stuff. Very very tasty...at so many levels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
bottle. nose of vanilla, loaded with vanilla. flavors have lots of brandy and sweet vanilla. prune juice but mostly this is a brandy vanilla bomb. really sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
On tap at Strong Ale Fest 2011

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Huge brandy. Vanilla chocolate dark fruit. Coffee.

Taste: Sweet brandy, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and maraschino cherry.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with low bubbles.

Overall: Infinitely better than regular Dark Lord, but I wouldn’t place it higher than Bourbon Barrel Aged DarkLord. Pretty awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Served on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich oily black with a medium rich ruby brown head. The aromas seem to ooze with a wonderful Vanilla aroma riding on a malty chocolate rainbow. Some great additions from the brandy as well. The flavors are wonderful and decadent.. The entry is really full of the vanilla bean that comes through very clean, in the mid palate you pick up the massive amounts of malts and grain. A molten chocolate roastiness. The finish is sweet brandy all the way with just a touch of oak. As you drink it the brandy takes over more and more. Yum. The mouth is full with a definite oiliness to it that becomes a touch syrupy. This makes it feel more after dinner desert beer to me but there is nothing wrong with that. Excellent beer. I am really digging the Brandy barrel influence in a imperial stout. And rare Three Floyds in SD is just a double bonus. have a ton of roasted malts, hops, coffee, and bitter-sweet chocolate. The flavors are a full malty profile with a few different roast levels. Dry dark roast coffee, a good piny hop flavor, and some tasty chocolate. A good full mouth with a moderate amount of creaminess. This beer is very tasty but it doesn’t overly improve on any of the inputted beer blends so there really isn’t any value added. Still a great beer and extra stoked that it made it out to a beer fest in San Diego.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
On tap at Strong Ale PP Carlsbad. Black pour with a thinnish expresso head and steady carbonation. Aroma is heavy, balanced brandy, vanilla, chocolate, and light sweetness. Taste is sweet brandy, vanilla, sweet raisin, and lingering alcohol heat. Heavy and thick in the mouth. One-note, trick pony but it’s a really good damn note. Bit too sweet for my personal preference and lacking definition and complexity but very nice for what it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
On draft at pizza port strong ale fest. Dark thick back pour with brown head. Amazingly good with dark chocolate sweet vanilla and strong brandy. Like dessert in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2011
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, during 3Floyds Night 2011. The beer everybody was waiting for, the cue at the Bar was huge ! Pitch black with virtually no head. Vers sweet aroma of roasted malt, coffee,chocolate, a tiny bit of bourbon and very overpowering vanilla. Very thick mouthfeel, taste of roasted malts, cofee,chcolate,molasses, wood, and again huge vanilla taste. While being a great brew , I think that the vanilla aroma and taste could have stepped down a bit.

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