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

 
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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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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

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4.5
alexsdad06 (10636) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle shared with the group. Pours black in color with a small, fine tan head. Viscous and sticks to the glass. The aroma has a big, sweet chocolate brownie burst with cocoa, brandy, vanilla bean and some dark fruit. The flavor has much of the same; decadent chocolate, brandy, barrel and vanilla notes with a smooth, viscous mouth feel. The ba dark lords are still quite a treat even if the base is not these days.

4.1
jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle @ The Crazy Belgian Tasting. The pour’s deep brown with no head. Thick, intimidating appearance. The nose is very sweet. Plenty of almond and bakewell tart. Marzipan. Chocolate dipped fruits and mild booze. The taste is slightly burned brownie. Chocolate shake. Nice tangy fruit accents with more nutty almond sweetness. Hints of vanilla. Full, viscous as all hell. Overall, pretty damn excellent. One of the best of the variants.

4.1
Tmoney99 (14846) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

4.2
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2011 bottle, 364/433. shared by alexsdad06. Dark brown color. Minimal off-white head. Mike’s comment is spot-on: smells like Count Chocula. Delicious flavor. Big cocoa, vanilla, yeah brownie, cake batter, cereal flavors. Sweet and boozy taste, a light bite. Great vanilla fruity chocolate aftertate. Long aftertaste. Delicious. 9 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 18

4.6
b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml to snifter (BIG thanks to alexsdad06). Looks great; a viscous black with thin light beige lacing. Smells excellent; cocoa, vanilla, and booze, similar to chocolate brownies. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel. This is phenomenal!

4.2
mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
bottle thanks alexasdad! pours thick black with minimal head. big chocolate sweet aroma. taste like a glass of chocolate brownies

4.8
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle generously shared by grumpyoldtroll, thanks again Mike, you went 2x2 on the night Bottled poured what could have been mistaken for motor oil with a slight espresso head and no lacing.. The smell of this beer is overwhelmingly marshmallow, mixed with the booziness of brandy, simply amazing scent. The taste reminds me of being around a camp fire making smores. Mix of marshmallow, chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt. This beer is sweet on your palate, but incredibly balanced with the brandy and vanilla bean. I cant decide whether Brandy Vanilla, or Apple Brandy Huna go down as my favorite stout of all time....

4.9
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Thanks Mike! Smells like liquid s’mores. Marshmallows and chocolate really shine through better than any other stout.

Palate follows the same recipe, adding copious amounts of vanilla to the mix. Very sweet, yet somehow avoids being cloying. Vanilla-chocolate, marshmallow, caramelized boozy aftertaste lingers.

It’s hard to convey how superb the balance of flavors here is. Brandy Vanilla ranks at the very top of its style, boldly leading its peers into new levels of deliciousness. Easily one of the best stouts ever brewed: BVDL defines the term world class.

4.1
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, molasses, raisins, brandy, and toffee.

4.7
Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen. The beer is near black with a thin, oily beige head. The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, booze. Smells fantastic. The flavor is other worldly. Beyond good. Shockingly delicious. Huge blast of vanilla with sweet, delectable brandy. The flavor far surpasses the aroma. No doubt whatsoever the taste earns a 5 score. Great feel. The taste is so amazingly fantastic, making it hard to find any fault with the feel. Smooth, bold, teeming with flavor. World class. My highest recommendation.


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