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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense Nō, 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 (3326) - 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 didnít work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8796) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
Black beer, fluffy big head, colour not estimable due to light circumstances. Sweet, alcoholic, and vanilla, and a nose of - well, tasters around keep saying roasted marshmallows, so I cannot think of anything else. Sweet, zoete drop , and a flavour that I finally can name: guimauves , which translates into English as... marshmallows, but are in reality sugar covered violet-flowers, a French sweets delicacy. Backthroat the spirit/brandy lurks. Well, a íbití slick, a íbití viscous, and I would say quite well bodied... Guimauves, and, even despite its excessive sweetness, quite attractive. Iím surprised Iím not getting more vanilla, but then, the tasting contained a LOT of vanilla. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Dark Lord Day 2011. Numbered 44/433. How does this one have 30 ratings already and the Brandy has only 6? Iím thinking a few of these are under the wrong ívanillaí. Anyway, we opened this alongside 2006-2011 Dark Lord as well as the three other barrel variations on the Friday night of my bachelor party weekend. Looks like the other Dark Lords and barrel variants, a deep, opaque near-black in the center and deep amber-brown on the edges. Probably looks lighter than if we had full glasses because so many people were trying these. The aroma explodes with vanilla, with some oak, earth, caramel, coffee, brandy, and chocolate behind it. Pretty much the same thing was going on in the flavor, with tons of vanilla on top of the brandy, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted brown sugar, earth, oak, molasses, and caramel. Full-bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Enough brandy in the background to keep this from being too clumsy but there was too much vanilla in this for me. I do like vanilla but would have been more interested in it if it had more balance. Ranked 4 of 4 of the barrel DL variants in my mind. Still, as you can see by my numbers I enjoyed this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle #327/433. Big thanks to Kan for contributing this one. Consumed at Seanís 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter. Pours a deep black color. Thick body and a thin mocha-colored head. Few spots of lacing and a thin collar. The nose brings forward a beautiful combination of brandy and vanilla with loads of dark chocolate and sweet malt flowing beneath it. Mild oak there as well. The regular Brandy version had a nice nose, but the vanilla takes it to another level. Just like with the nose, the vanilla really takes this beer to a completely different level from the Brandy version. Strong notes of vanilla and an accompanying creaminess. Lots of chocolate and a good dosing of brandy. Somewhat hot, though for 15% itís certainly not bad. Lots of sweetness and the vanilla plays quite well with that. Full-bodied and quite viscous with low carbonation. By far the best of the bunch as far as I was concerned. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-29-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 5, 2011
Black colour. Vanilla brandy roasty malty chocolate woody very pleasant aroma. Good filling mouthfeel indeed. Sweet flavour, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, brandy, vanilla, wood and liqourice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2011
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Thanks to hallinghansen for obtaining and sfhodense for sharing this rarity. Pours a pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, chocolate, wood and brandy. The flavor follows the nose with additional vanilla. The palate is sweetness. Overall a fantastic beer with great complexity and balance. [Rating #2200]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle shared at Seanís 30th Birthday Party. Awesome. Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thicker with a decent darker brown head that dies to a thicker ring, laces well. Thicker and darker edges than the others. Aromas are a healthy vanilla bean essence, roast, toast, sweet toffee, and chocolate. Mellow oak, the Brandy sweetens but doesnít get any acidic apple in it. Really inviting, amazing. Initial is full on body, but lighter on the palate than expected. Healthy mellow smooth vanilla covers some roast and the typical sweet toffee and caramel. Some toast, cocoa, coffee. Smooth and sweet from the vanilla, the wet oak and a touch of heat grows with light spirit, a touch of brandy. This seems a bit more tame than just straight Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, and I really dig it. Smooth, complex, but sweet. A touch of heat cuts through, with wet oak, decadent desserty. Some french toast. Really interesting. If you donít like the sweetness, it might not be you, but I really liked it and found it to be the best treatment (aside from PvW).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Thanks to Kan for this, bottle 327 of 433.... Dark black with a light tan head, shiny black looks like dl... Nose is unreal, smooth real true vanilla, best vanilla note ever, a touch of vanilla, but not much, smells like a really sweet sugar cookie... The taste is super molasses and vanilla, really candyish, a bit too sweet to crush a hole bottle but alcohol is hidden really well

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