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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%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (10513) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
50belair (2955) - 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.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
8/12/11. What a way to start landing in Madison pre-GTMW! On tap. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Huge sweet candy/barrel aroma with plenty of vanilla and a touch of roast. Rich, sweet flavor with plenty of BA, a touch of vanilla, and lingering roast. All in all, a bit too sweet, honestly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Barrel aged darklord quadfecta. A side by side tasting between the 4 BA dark lord variants. Consumed at Sean’s 20th Birthday Celebration. Thanks to all that contributed their bottles

First up is brandy darklord with vanilla beans. 650ml bottle numbered ... Pours a thicker viscosy deep dark silky tar pour and crowned with a thin film of light beige head that quickly retreats towards the edges... Sweet brandy and vanilla in the nose, almost Overdone on the sweetness level. Not overly assertive from a barrel perspective. A touch a little aggressive on the vanilla but I’m a fan of it in my beer. .. Flavors are much of the same smoothe charred sweet choclate goodness well meshed and combined with vanilla and a following boozy brandy note. Smooth somewhat lighter in body with a lighter level of carbonation that turns up in the end. Quote boozy in the finish at first but settles down. Quite nice but not at an overwhelming level. 9/4/8/4/17 Next up is brandy which pours similar to the rest with more substance in the head leavin more and receding less... Semi-sweet brandy nature and nit as assertive as the vanilla bean. Still adequately present but def held in check. Still pretty solid... Big sweet and brandy filled goodness with a nice boozy appeal to it. Some dark fruitcake flavor sensibility with some hardcore brandy that goes down quite nicely. Body holds up to the strong sweet assertive nature. Light carbonation overall. 8/4/8/4/17 Muerte up third with quite the dame appearance as the rest. Deeper black stouty pour with lesser intense edges with more of a reddish hue... Aroma is coconut upfront and a lighter subdued spicy undertone... Flavors are again on the sweeter side hot from a boozy perspective. 8/4/8/4/16 Up last is the pvw. Not the ideal order for all these but I digress... Same appearance with much less presence of a head than the rest.... Aroma is solid straigt up smooth bourbon and soft coconut. Similar to rare. Can’t say much about the barrel as most know about it already... Flavors smooth lighter bodied but the barrel provides such great flavor with a nice soft boozy note along with your standard 9/3/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2011
From tap@ Mikkeller Bar (Three Floyds event, 25.05.11). The body is black as the original sin, covered by a finger of rusty brown cream head. Seducing vanilla aroma, along with a rounded roastedness, some wood tones, and a fine smell of brandy. Big and rich malt body, incredible smooth in the mouth. Quite sweet and well roasted. But a refined and inviting sweetness, and a rounded roastedness. Some barrel tones, and lots of vanilla. And the brandy is even more significant in the flavor. Subtle bitterness, and some dark dried fruits underneath. Alcohol is never disturbing, just pleasantly mouth-warming. Extremely flavor-full, and balanced to perfection. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle shared by phaleslu, thanks Peter! Pour, like the others, is black with a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is way way loaded with fresh cut vanilla bean. It it almost overwhelming but I should probably preface this rating by noting that I love vanilla bean. Also light notes of fruit and roasted malt. Flavor has light notes of fruit and sweet malt but everything takes a back seat to the huge vanilla component. I have consumed undiluted vanilla extract before and it gets quite bitter and harsh. This boarders on that. It gets right up to that line and then backs down. Therefore, I really liked it. But I can see where this would be over the line for some. Great beer, would like to see it with a little age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
From Mikkeller Bar via hallinghansen. Thanks! Black with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and milk chocolate. Sweet and sugary caramel and vanilla flavour, creme brulee style. Cloying as [location of dark lords]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, soy, oak, brandy, chocolate and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, sticky, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, brandy, oak, liquorish and dried fruit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours black like motor oil with no head. Aroma is brandy, vanilla and hints of chocolate. Flavor is vanilla with hints of brandy, chocolate, oak and caramel. Full bodied with low carbonation. Beer has very sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
bottle graciously shared by phaleslu after a long lecture about taking these beers seriously, no smiling, not hjs, nothing. maybe i was getting a bit of dark lord fatigue by this point, after trying a 06-08 DL as well as the three other barrel treatments. some dude named bbb once went on a tirade about how a rating is no more than a snapshot in time between a man (woman) and the beer they are chugging. and i was probably more in the mood for a nice clean pilsner by this point in the evening, but here goes. plain and simple, this came off as way to sweet and messy for my liking. big notes of sweet vanilla cough syrup, rich caramel apples, and brandy barrel. some roasted chocolate and molasses in the background that peaks its head, making the beer come off as more muddled than complex. also some salty soy sauce for good measure. low marks for bud light drinkability index. not one of my favorite offerings from three floyds. big sweet cotton candy, vanilla, medicine, roast, chocolate, brandy beer. sure to please some, as it is huge on flavor, just not the nice clean flow of flavors i would have preferred. IMHO, pappy>muerte> brandy> brandy vanilla. but at the time of this rating, this is pulling a 4.36 or some such. once a beer name reaches 12 words long, i suppose one should assume they are in for an onslaught of wide ranging flavors. an extreme beer that just didn’t work for me.

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