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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Vanilla Bean)

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mora2000 (6050) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2015
I am not a huge fan of regular Dark Lord, but this variant was amazing. Dark brownish-black pour with no head. The aroma has a ton of vanilla plus some chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The vanilla is right up front with some big barrel character coming through. I get some good whiskey that goes well with the chocolate and heavily roasted malt. The oak and maple go very well with the other notes and make this an outstanding beer. Thick mouthfeel and no discernible carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Holy hell. Bourbon vanilla sweetness for days! Incredible mouthfeel. Thanks Sean for sharing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dumdum192 (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
More than worthy of the hype. There is literally nothing I can think of to change that would improve this beer. It even maintains a half-inch thick mocha head. Thereís a depth of flavor and complexity thatís richer than any other barrel aged beer Iíve had... including BCBS Vanilla, Rare, Parabola, BA Vietnamese Speedway, etc... This is just more enjoyable. At 15% you taste no alcohol and only get a slight, but pleasing warming sensation as it goes down, with massive marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla-oak goodness forever lingering. I canít do it justice by attempting to analyze and explain. It really is the Dark Lord of barrel aged beers. I need more

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (283) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 3/9/2013. On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a taster. Jet black. No head. Small island of foam. Smells ofvVanilla and bourbon. Bit surprise. Lots of sweet malts. Some traditional Dark Lord soy sauce. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. No real barrel character beyond the bourbon flavor. Lots of bourbon and vanilla though. Lots of fudgy chocolate. Big soy sauce flavor and booze hinder it. Boozy but very tasty. Low in carbonation and huge in body. Itís over the top, but the bourbon and vanilla mask what I donít like about Dark Lord. Itís delicious only because of adjuncts.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jacobrm (39) - - JUL 23, 2015
Holy shit!!! I have no words..... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 14, 2015
backlog.draft. Pitch black, small head. Waited a long time for this. Aroma is huge vanilla, cocoa, small tiny hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is velvety, creamy, incredibly sweet. Very tasty but extremely sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (957) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottleshare thanks to homer for #899. Bottle 537 of 934. Pour is black, tan head. Aroma is super sugary, strong, mild bourbon, more sugar, vanilla in the sweetness, but not super present. Taste is much more mild than I expected. But after a few sips, I get the waing in the chest. It really does taste like a marshmallow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Homer321 (2849) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle. Nose is aggressively boozy with a moderate to firm marshmallow. Some heat in the nose. Pitch black pour. Small brown head. Some diabetes underneath the nose. Residual sugar dominates. Taste is velvet smooth elixir of the gods. A harmonious blend of alcohol and cake frosting. Warming in finish but is always smooth. Wowsers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 4, 02/05/2015. Black with a dirty tan swirl. Nose is rich roast, chocolate, vanilla, toffee fudge, bourbon tunes. Taste comprises rich dark fruit, vanilla essence, sweet licks, muscavado sugar, chocolate souffle, sherry notes, bourbon barrel. Medium + body, oily complection, sweet close. Decent enough impy but as with other DLís to sweet for me, needs some more bitterness/charring to balance out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2418) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Green session. Dark brown body with a small light brown head. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, oak, vanilla pod, maple syrup, light alcohol. Iím very glad that I have a bottle in my cellar, so I can taste more than the 2-3 cl they poured at CBC.


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