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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
And again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing this delicious brew! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #44/433. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. There’s a huge vanilla note in the nose with a subtle cola nuance to go along with it. Awesome nose!!! Full bodied, rich, thick, sticky, cloying and amazing! A great cream soda sweetness offset by the ample alcohol burn. Nice tingling effervescence. So good! The vanilla amps up the brandy aspect and compiles the sweetness of the brew. Sticky finish and so good! The combination of the brandy barrel and the vanilla really adds to the already amazing base imperial stout! This was by far my favorite of the bunch! Truly black gold!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15640) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
A: The pour is thick and black in color with a small khaki colored head. S: Smells like I’d expect it to: brandy, booze, and a huge vanilla aroma. There’s quite a bit of coconut, marshmallow, and graham cracker, too. A mild roast note with a touch of oak and some sweet chocolate. T: A very intense chocolate sweetness with a bit of oak. Lots of brandy and a decent booziness. Like the aroma, sweet graham cracker, marshmallow, and almost excessive amounts of vanilla. A very mild roast which can’t even begin to quell the sweetness. M: Very full bodied with low, smooth. carbonation. O: Normally I’m not the hugest fan of the overly sweet, sugary beer, but this was great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark black body. Super thin, dark khaki ring. No defined head or lacing. S: Assault of vanilla bean and chocolate. The nose is intense and quite wonderful. T: Fizzles a bit as the vanilla, chocolate, light brandy and boozey heat are a little too raw. M: Spritzy, a tad overcarbonated and slightly cloying towards the end. Almost cola-like in feel. Slight warming feeling from the booze. O: An interesting experiment in raw, unbridled vanilla warfare. I could not imagine drinking anything more than three ounces unless two scoops of vanilla ice cream were dropped into this bad boy. Now that would be fucking delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle #327/433 generously shared by Kan at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Poured into a taster. A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, tan mocha-colored head that vanishes quickly and leaves nothing behind but the black beer. S - Wonderful booze and vanilla notes, oak, brandy, rich chocolate, very sweet but still excellent. The vanilla in this beer just takes it to another level for me over the regular BA Brandy version. T - Tastes just as good as the nose. The vanilla, chocolate, booze, oak, and rich sweetness is just excellent. The alcohol is really no where to be found in this one. Dessert in a bottle. M - Full, rich, viscous, creamy, very little carbonation. O - Probably my favorite of the 4 BA variants. I’m a huge fan of vanilla and this just killed it with the brandy, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Really enjoyed just sitting around and smelling this beer. Outstanding a definitely recommend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Bottle… This beer mega-rocks!… Pours pitch black and ridiculously thick with no head. The brew has the most amazing aroma ever - more amazing than the beers and meads I’ve previously claimed have the most amazing aromas ever. Smells like a blended bowl of Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles – I’m not picking up the usual Dark Lord notes of molasses, dark chocolate, fudge, espresso, etc. Full-bodied with a 20w50 mouthfeel and surprisingly lively carbonation. The flavor is a little more Dark Lord-like than the aroma – molasses, brandy, vanilla and milk chocolate. The finale is more of a luxuriant, chocolaty, brandy and vanilla slow fade than a defined finish. Big-time thanks to Maltzilla for popping the top on this amazing brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4107) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (22523) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10840) - 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!!!!!!!&#

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3503) - 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!

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