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

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   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


4.2
   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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (9365) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3562) - 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 (17201) - 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 (9401) - 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 (3061) - 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 (2334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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 (1558) - 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.


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