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

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in Port barrels.

Available at Dark Lord Day 2013


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3594) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Rating #3400, long time coming, popping in out of obscurity like Fat Albert just to say HEY HEY HEY I frigging ticked this. nerd on BA brought this to a BBQ, the baller rare beer acquirer that guy is. I was there all like, "Derp Iím bringing Black Tuesday for the 50th straight time because I donít hunt rare ticks anymore" and this guy brought serious A-game. Kudos to that. This is barrel aged Dark Lord, so it would easily sell 5000 bottles at $100 a pop even if it tasted like an Indian Wells beer left exposed in Death Valley for a month. The pour is black, the beer is thick, and the carbonation level is minimal. The aroma is really nice, with big-time chocolate and vanilla, mild port, and earthy barrel notes. The flavor falls a bit short of expectations. Itís good, itís intense, but the magic just isnít quite there. Itís a fairly simple, sweet big -bald RIS with hints of port. Not particularly well-balanced or interesting, just intense and very sweet. Syrupy mouthfeel with few bubbles to be had. A nice beer and a phenomenal tick, but I would have liked it if it were a little awesomer than it actually is.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
So this was the Phaleslu courtesy toss @ the Dr. Owl Ky-Loines "high boost" wedding reception? I think so...


Pours basically black with a small head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich & oaky with lots of chocolate, and an odd but welcome touch of earthiness. Sweet smelling but not terribly boozy.

The flavor is sweet and rich, itís got a lot more of the port characteristics in the flavor than in the aroma with some bright grape and oakiness. Again as always with the nice dark chocolate character & some punchy bitterness (but thatís mild, does that make sense?). A good preserved fruit character is pretty cool and itís certainly boozy... in a brandy kind of way.... Itís all over the place, but not really messy.

Of course itís viscous, huge, mouth coating... you know the drill... this one seems to skip some of the hotness pretty nicely too.

cool beans.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle shared by drailverworm and b3shine. Thanks! Pours a thick, syrupy dark brown with no head. Aroma has molasses, raisin, fig, and graham cracker. The beer is really sweet and reminds me a little of root beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3368) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). From Mykel, thanks! Deep black with a small persistent brown head and little lacing. Aroma is of port, chocolate, heavy sweetness, roasted malt, boozy notes, dark fruits, berries and light soy sauce. Taste is very sweet, but a bit balance by the port and light acidic notes. Thereís also chocolate, roasted malt and a nice fruitiness. Full bodied. Soft/moderate carbonation. Fluffy mouthfeel. A bit oily and vinous too. Warming finish. The port presence help the balance. Rich and complex, but still too sweet. So much better than the Moscatel version that we had the day before, but still short of Bourbon and Bourbon Vanilla. We also had the Special Kay from Struise - also port barrel aged - the day before and, at a significantly higher abv the Struise one is still so much more drinkable and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3280) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
Big time boost offered by this brew which was tossed my way via phaleslu courtesy. So chill. Kinda liked the port barrel in this one. Pleasant plum and fig presence. Some old wet wood. Big and rich sweet chocolate vanilla and molasses. Big chocolately stout with a fine red wine port barrel presence provides welcomed balance. Still over the top. But a complex brew fun to drink in small doses.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (3261) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3250) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown-black body, medium khaki head, trace lacing. Port, chocolate, caramel, molasses and some dark fruits. Full bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Bottle. Let me begin by saying that this yearís base beer is an uber sweet mess. Itís sad to see Dark Lord continue itís downward spiral from the great heights it achieved in the í04 to í08 years. So this car wreck just adds another layer of sweetness from the port. Also noted is the fact that the head is now almost a mocha color....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
26.02.2014, 0,65l bottle (2013) sampled @ MAD Beer Brewing release @ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, grass, oak, dark sugar, caramel, vanilla, hints of oak. Taste is sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, grass, dark sugar, toffee. Medium bitterness, slightly dry syrupy mouthfeel. Nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PriorL (2415) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2013
Vintage 2013. 75cl bottle. Big thx BoBoChamp! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: port, red wine, fruits, wood, light chocolate note, molasses. TASTE: Very dens and smooth drinking! The sweetness from the regular Dark Lord is almost gone! Though, this bottle has been standing open for several days, maybe it had an effect on it, but a good one! This beer blows away the regular version for me completely, very smooth, alcoholic finish, very vinous taste. Wood and fruit. Amazing beer!


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