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

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - 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 (1433) - 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 (1171) - 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 (1306) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3826) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. Again, thank you to the guy that let me try this. Black, oily dark pour with a tan head. The beer stains the glass only the way Dark Lord can. Huge, sweet aroma with tons of vanilla and brandy. Mild fruitiness imposed from the brandy. The vanilla and brandy are just off the charts dominating the aroma. Some notes of chocolate, fruit and oak. Flavor is a wash of vanilla, chocolate, and brandy fruitiness. Quite impressive, actually. Touches of truffle and candies. Normally you’d think this might be a bit too sweet for my tastes but something about this beer makes me open up to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... A dark as night black pour with a thin head. This was insanely smooth with cocoa, roast, succulent alcohol tones, and vanilla tootsie rolls. A complete joy and divine beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarro (129) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2011
6.5oz hand bottle from tap & shared with Weisguy. Pours a thick, viscous black with no head, but is still carbonated after nearly 2 months in the bottle. Smell is vanilla, sweet brandy, chocolate, & oak. Taste is pretty sweet, but works well with the vanilla & fruity brandy notes. Best described as "tootsie roll" like by Shane. Mouth feel is full and has the right amount of carbonation (low). Finishes sweet, with no detectable boozy-ness. There’s no way to taste the 15.5 ABV on this. Very impressive and much more enjoyable than regular Dark lord for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Is there a rare beer Diego won’t share? (No. The answer is no. Although this might actually be Hopscotch’s but that guy is a jerk. Just kidding I love you Eric.) A lot of brandy. Somehow, this actually works; the vanilla creamer sweetness of regular VBDL is subdued and you actually notice you’re drinking a beer with flavors instead of a kid’s drink with fusel alcohol thrown into the mix. Not overwhelmingly complex, not too fussy, just a tasty interpretation of a tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle number 191/433 thanks to alen. Pours with a not quite, but very viscous pitch black body with no head, but some legs on the side of the glass. Huge, strong and gloriously brash aroma. Chewy, fudge, vanilla, oak, chocolate and booze. Vanilla "up the wazoo"! Dark fruit notes, and brandy. Flavors are also quite chewy, oaky, fudge, milk chocolate, nougat, dark fruits, brandy, warming. Very viscous with light bubbles and tons of booze. Sweet, not quite diabetes inducing, but up there. Cream soda, chocolate, raisins. Oily palate. Long duration. Really hot but also really tasty. Rating #5400.

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