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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Port Barrel Aged)

Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Port Barrel Aged)
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in Port barrels.

Available at Dark Lord Day 2013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2606) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Thick fudge and no head Cherry and raisin on the nose. Sweet brownie as well Nice sweetness. Lots of fruit. Chocolate espresso and cocoa beans. Cherry and vanilla. Coconuts and finally a hint of oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Sampled at esbls. I brought this. Black with a tan ring. So rich looking. Had this after the moscatel version. A little soy in this that brings this beer down a little. Port wine is noted and adds some interesting character. This is very sweet. Very good, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by TheAlum’s friend Dave at DLD 2013- thanks a ton, Dave! Pours a deep, dark, opaque motor oil midnight brown with a tan ring for a head. Looks like Dark Lord. Brown sugar, fudge, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, chocolate chip cookie dough, and subtle port wine throughout- brought a unique element. Full-bodied, with a thick, viscous mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one worked. Not my favorite DL variant but not my least favorite, either. Re-Rate, 7/27/13: The bottle number on mine is pretty smudged- 674, maybe? Anyway, I opened one at Loineshawn’s wedding and my rating won’t change. This is very rich, layered Port, chocolate, molasses, and roast notes. Loads of dark fruits. Solid, interesting treatment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by my good childhood friend Dave. Pours a rich bkackish hue, dark, rich and ominous hues, some brownish glowing edges, opaque blackish middle with some touches of ruby over midnight essence. Aromas throw distinct port/red wine influence, oak, and vanilla. Red wine, mellow spirit and heat is lighter than expected. Wine barrel, vanilla, and toffee. Some coffee, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Flavor bursts as you enter this one, big roasty and toasty malt base meets caramel, vanilla, some vinous character and good barrel presence. Port, red grapes, and vanilla. Wet oak, some gentle heat, chocolate, cookies, caramelization. Certainly a bit sticky in the middle. Backend is toasty, vanilla, and oak, a bit sweet. Some vanilla, toffee, vanilla, and red wine. Port is sweeter, more vinous and prominent in the middle. Finish is toasty, sweet, and sticky. Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Some dryness and oak character returns as we round it out. Chocolate chip cookies. Pretty nice beer. Port barrel seems to have done some very cool things to this beer. A whole mish-mosh of exploding flavors. Obviously some people could be turned off by this quickly, but I really thought this worked. Especially when compared to some other big brooding beers out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5427) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle to taster at Dark Lord Day; BIG thanks to whoever shared this! Looks good; a fairly viscous dark cola with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet, dark, and malty; you get a little of the port barrel treatment in there. Tastes like it smells; you get a robust port influence with excellent balance between the barrel and the base. Good on the palate. Great stuff!

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