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

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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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oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Thanks Gene! Black pour with a thin beige ring. Massive vinous sweetness and vanilla bean lead to vanilla extract, milk chocolate, and raisin. Medium to full body with a sweet oily finish.

Travlr (25187) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle 200/422 courtesy of me, thanks! Dark maroon color, large brown head. Aroma of a cool Madagascar breeze, smooth chocolate syrup. Taste of dark roasted coffee with vanilla and chocolate in it. Nice.

sunevdj (4094) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours an opaque black. Smells of vanilla. Sweet with lots of candi. Also vanilla and Hershey milk chocolate and sweet liquorish. Some notes of alcohol and residual sugars. Soft carbonation. Very full bodied… Slightly cloying. Soft carbonation.

harrisoni (18805) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle 170 of 433. Shared by the amazing guys from Three Floyds at Deca brewery with Urbain from Struise. I only came by chance on this day. I had my sister’s car, work was dull, I was getting low on stocks of Orval, so I thought I’d pop over to Belgium. Black as hell. Lasting tan head. Brandy fresh raisins, vanilla and strong dark choc on aroma. Touch of alcohol heat on the nose. Choc on initial flavour. Wow that’s pretty special. Some heat in mouth. Bit of smooth choc on the swallow. A touch too boozy for me. Some milk coffee flavour. Great vanilla flavour on the burp. Funny, I thought the Struise Double Black I drank after this tasted less boozy even if it was 26% ABV.

drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Served alongside the other variants and consumed out of a Dark Lord snifter. Nice. This was another favorite of mine, edged out slightly by the bourbon barrel one. This one was great though. Beer was black, thin lazy, low retention head, low carbonation. Hello!!! VANILLA!!! Mild booze. Beer is like liquid creme brulee, sweet, thick, sticky, coating your entire mouth, sweet sweet sweet, the vanilla is huge in this one, really sticks out, if you like sweet vanilla flavors you’ll love this one. Serving type: bottle

railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Appearance is a rich oily black with a medium rich ruby brown head. The aromas seem to ooze with a wonderful Vanilla aroma. Some great additions from the brandy as well. The entry is really full of the vanilla bean that comes through very clean, in the mid palate you pick up the massive amounts of malts and grain. The finish is sweet brandy all the way with just a touch of oak. As you drink it the brandy takes over more and more. Yum. This makes it feel more after dinner desert beer to me but there is nothing wrong with that. Excellent beer. CHEERS!

wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Oh dark lord, you cruel mistress. bottle courtesy of beernbourbon, thank you!!!! what abeer this is. its huige and heavy and smashing and loaded with vanilla more than is really imaginable. totally different than 2010 dark lord and pvw dl, this beer is a stand alone for sure. the barrel is huge, the beer is huge, the vanilla is all over all of it. super intense and awesome ass kicker off a beer. i think i prefer this over the pvw version, slightly.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Dark Lord, Brandy Vanilla
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: huge sweet vanilla aroma, hintof dark malts behind the vanilla cake
Flavor: rich melody of flavors, sweet vanilla, chocolate, brandy, light roast
Overall: the aroma is over the top vanilla but the flavor is spot on
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 10/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle, #21/433, purchased at FFF XV Anniversary Party, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with no head and a few little bubbles. Aroma is sweet, brandy and vanilla, but really it just smells like marshmallows. Wow. Heavy on the palate, huge oily body, with very little carbonation, but it’s there. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, brandy dominates, but you can taste the base beer, roasty and sweet. Some vanilla, a bit of booze, extremely smooth for the ABV. Tastes a little marshmallow-y, but not as much as it smells, and in a very good way. This beer is absolutely phenomenal.

dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Shared bomber with sherm1016....#21 of 433. THANKS!! Let it warm for 40 minutes or so after pouring. Pours black...pure black...with no head of any consequence. Nose is pure vanilla....marshmallow come to mind....traces of brandy in the nose....initial taste (all I’ve done so far) is incredibly complex....hit of sweet vanilla; then dropping off to let brandy come thru; then more vanilla. Second hit....more brandy hitting back in throat. Damn, how do you brew like this? Tour the FFF brewery and you have no clue that there are master brewers making this stuff...great stuff....will sign off and enjoy the next hour or so with this masterful stuff. Very very so many levels.

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