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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Pappy Van Winkle Aged)

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Dark Lord aged specially in Pappy Van Winkel 23 Year bourbon barrels.

First available at Dark Lord Day 2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Strong bourbon caramel and chocolate aroma and taste with candy sugar notes and dark fruits on the back end. Sticky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Rating #22. Super dark pour. Great bourbin aroma, sweet, dark molasses. Sweet again, chocolate and bourbon. Real nice. (2040)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle shared at my pad. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Huge bourbon aromas. This version, like the ’10 DL in my opinion, is not thick and motor oil like as previous years. The taste was very sweet with lots of molasses, chocolate malts, vanilla, and very very muted bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. This was the one I was most excited about trying. Big, viscous pour with a tan head. Huge aroma of perfect bourbon. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa and vanilla show up, as well as some espresso. It’s quite incredible what the barrel brings out in this one and its arguably one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had the opportunity to have. This and BCS Rare, it’s a toss up. Flavor is bourbony, lots of dark fruit and chocolate going on, as well as vanilla, cocoa, some oak and booze. Almost exhausting to drink because there’s so much going on. Full-bodied, lovely. Probably my favorite of the barrel-aged variants.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
750mL bottle, #472/484, courtesy of wavers1. Thanks, buddy! Pours a deep, oily cola-brown color; a very thin perimeter of bubbles. Lots of vinous notes, dark chocolate, and a hugely rich bourbon character that’s neither harsh nor sticky-sweet. Warming, delicious bourbon notes, layers of caramel and chocolate, along with a vibrant alcohol and nicely placed core bitterness to make this actually pleasurable to drink (unlike, say, Black Tuesday). Yum. Very glad Dark Lord can still be delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
bottle courtesy of daveborn, thanks! had this side by side with whiskey Hunahpu, and was surprised to give this beer the slight edge with less cloying and a slightly more balanced palate. tons of bourbon there, and its really good. maybe the barrels are magical if it can make dark lord this good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (10144) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woody, boozy nose presents big bourbon, oak and a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. The flavor is flooded with bourbon and offers gobs of chocolate, light molasses, espresso and a touch of coconut. Finishes bold, burnt and boozy. Thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this world class beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Courtesy of Andrew, thanks man! Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head. Molasses, caramel, bourbon but pretty slight aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Vanilla, molasses, caramel, roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon all really well incorporated in this one. Rich and velvety mouthfeel. What is there else to say? As this beer has a lot of hype around it is easy to see how it might not live up to expectations, but this beer really hits the mark. It smooth and complex with being to one sided and unbalanced. The barrel aging added an extra depth that really for me makes this a worthwhile beer. Just excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Big thanks to my buddy beerchugger for opening his pappy! Very nice tasting a night of huge beers, one to remember. Pours black with no head as I swirl it clings and hangs onto my glass with some promising lacing. Smell is off the hook with coffee, chocolate, bourbon (oh Yeah), molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, leather and licorice. Taste is much of the same chocolate, coffee, molasses, bourbon, dates, raisins, vanilla, tobacco and licorice. This beer coats and sticks to the palate nicely. Finish is bourbon and sweet but very well balanced. This was a special beer and a great night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(Courtesy of daknole!). Pours dark brown with red hue. Aroma has oak, bourbon, taste is sweet with buttery caramel and bourbon. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. This beer is unreal!

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