Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Pappy Van Winkle Aged)

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Dark Lord aged specially in Pappy Van Winkel 23 Year bourbon barrels.

First available at Dark Lord Day 2011

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Dark Lord
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, touch of hot caramel, bourbon shows up at the end
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
bottle. pours black with tan head. aroma has a great bourbon character, vanilla,cherry, coconut, apple. flavors of big bourbon, smoky, vanilla, peppery, sweet goowie cookie dough finish. excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Strong bourbon caramel and chocolate aroma and taste with candy sugar notes and dark fruits on the back end. Sticky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Rating #22. Super dark pour. Great bourbin aroma, sweet, dark molasses. Sweet again, chocolate and bourbon. Real nice. (2040)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3576) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle shared at my pad. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Huge bourbon aromas. This version, like the 10 DL in my opinion, is not thick and motor oil like as previous years. The taste was very sweet with lots of molasses, chocolate malts, vanilla, and very very muted bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. This was the one I was most excited about trying. Big, viscous pour with a tan head. Huge aroma of perfect bourbon. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa and vanilla show up, as well as some espresso. Its quite incredible what the barrel brings out in this one and its arguably one of the best smelling beers Ive ever had the opportunity to have. This and BCS Rare, its a toss up. Flavor is bourbony, lots of dark fruit and chocolate going on, as well as vanilla, cocoa, some oak and booze. Almost exhausting to drink because theres so much going on. Full-bodied, lovely. Probably my favorite of the barrel-aged variants.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
750mL bottle, #472/484, courtesy of wavers1. Thanks, buddy! Pours a deep, oily cola-brown color; a very thin perimeter of bubbles. Lots of vinous notes, dark chocolate, and a hugely rich bourbon character thats neither harsh nor sticky-sweet. Warming, delicious bourbon notes, layers of caramel and chocolate, along with a vibrant alcohol and nicely placed core bitterness to make this actually pleasurable to drink (unlike, say, Black Tuesday). Yum. Very glad Dark Lord can still be delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
bottle courtesy of daveborn, thanks! had this side by side with whiskey Hunahpu, and was surprised to give this beer the slight edge with less cloying and a slightly more balanced palate. tons of bourbon there, and its really good. maybe the barrels are magical if it can make dark lord this good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (10999) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woody, boozy nose presents big bourbon, oak and a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. The flavor is flooded with bourbon and offers gobs of chocolate, light molasses, espresso and a touch of coconut. Finishes bold, burnt and boozy. Thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this world class beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Courtesy of Andrew, thanks man! Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head. Molasses, caramel, bourbon but pretty slight aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Vanilla, molasses, caramel, roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon all really well incorporated in this one. Rich and velvety mouthfeel. What is there else to say? As this beer has a lot of hype around it is easy to see how it might not live up to expectations, but this beer really hits the mark. It smooth and complex with being to one sided and unbalanced. The barrel aging added an extra depth that really for me makes this a worthwhile beer. Just excellent.

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