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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


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3465) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Huge thanks to nerd for sharing these great ticks. Very dark brown, nearly black, with a small dark brown head that leaves a thick ring. Excellent aroma - huge brandy and vanilla as well as sweet chocolate and spice, maybe cinnamon. The flavor is great but just a tiny bit heavy on the vanilla. Just slightly. Milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit, maraschino cherry, cinnamon, and brandy. Very sweet, diabetes-inducing. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy with almost no carbonation. Very good if a little imbalanced.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16394) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2011
Draft @Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty malty chocolate and vanilla aroma with hints of brandy barrel. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate, molasses vanilla, brandy barrel flavor. Has a roasted malty sweetish thick chocolate and vanilla finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Jesus christ! Are you shitting me? Dark blackish pour, brown head. Aroma? Hell yeah...vanilla, brandy, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate...holy crap! Flavor is loaded with caramel, vanillla, toffee, sweet brandy oak notes, brown sugar, heaven in a bottle!!!!!!!&#

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Poured like engine oil being drained from a car up on the lift . . . with a thin toast-colored head which dissipated soon after. The nose . . . frickin marzipan! Very sweet, attractive, decadent, and marzipain. After letting the beer open up a bit, you could start separating some of the nose into finer notes, like vanilla, burnt caramel, toffee and leather. The palate finds more of the sweetness but well balanced with dark fruit and coffee, then hints of dark bitter chocolate followed by this awesome warmth. Back palate swims with the brandy notes. Awesome beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Huge thanks to Maltzilla for sharing this rarity. Pours pitch black with brown head. Sweet brandy, chocolate and vanilla aromas with some roasted malts. Similar flavors. An amazing sipping beer. Thanks Diego!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Have to give big big props to Maltzilla for giving me a small pour of this. I’ve had Dark Lord a few time and I never imagined that it could get much better, well I was terribly wrong. The nose is just insane. Huge hints of brandy, vanilla bean and chocolate. Flavor isn’t extremely boozy but it does make it’s presence felt. Outstanding!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On tap at Argus pre GTMW 2011 party, pours a dark brown with a very thin head, aroma was very sweet with vanilla and a hint of roastiness, the flavor is actually a little too sweet for me, there is some chocolate in the finish, full bodied, I think this one is a little over hyped but what do I know.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (1482) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Argus Bar pre-GTMW. Smooth vanilla, background roast malt, mild fruit. Huge velvety flavor. Vanilla showcase, without being over-powering. Background roasted malt/coffee, heavy cream, sweet sugars, and some dark fruit. Big-time dessert beer and a sipper. Take it as such! Another improvement on an already great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Served on draft at Argus in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, intense vanilla, chocolate and toffee. The taste is vanilla, roasted malts, toasty notes, soy, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
50belair (2167) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Bottle. Huge tip of the cap to Maltzilla for sharing this bad boy. Unbelievable freakin’ nose on this stout. Massive coco puff and vanilla bean aromas that could be smelled from two feet away. No joke, two freakin’ feet. Joan Jett black pour with no head. Delicious with all kinds of freakin’ coco puff, brandy, caramel, and molasses flavors. Marvelous.....


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