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

 
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in Port barrels.

Available at Dark Lord Day 2013

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4.1
b3shine (8864) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle to taster at Dark Lord Day; BIG thanks to whoever shared this! Looks good; a fairly viscous dark cola with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet, dark, and malty; you get a little of the port barrel treatment in there. Tastes like it smells; you get a robust port influence with excellent balance between the barrel and the base. Good on the palate. Great stuff!

4.1
laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014
65 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ Mikkeller Bar. Bottle 262/726.
Paid with tonn’s sedel by lusikka
Aroma has sweet porto tones, ripe fruits, some oak and imperial stout elements in the background - some roastiness can be detected. Flavour has lots of porto, mellow oak tones and some alcohol. Sweet cocoa and dark chocolates typical to DL are in the background also on the flavour side. A porto with no sharp alcohol and stronger body with smoothness added, but still not overwhelmingly sweet. In other words: a porto with its typical problems fixed! Starts to get more IS tones at the end of the glass: rye pudding occurs.

4.1
kraddel (8074) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2013
rating no 7 , on a BA dark lord? as a belgian boy who just turned 21 last month ? aauwtch, that has GOT to hgurt, america! :p payback time for all the beers like spuyten , we’ll never be able to see ? :p made very possible by the one and only bobochamp/ ignace from hopduvel ghent ! thnx dude ! pours dark brown, close to black. no foam, smell is somewhat boozy, sweet. taste is pretty weird. is this the right time to commit i’ve never drank port? lol very sweet, sugary, but not as pure overkill-sugary as the regular dark lord. bit boozy, slightly apple-ish notes. 1 of the better DL variants

4.2
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
650 ml bottle @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. 2013 vintage. Pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is very rich and complex; raisins, port wine, wood and chocolate. Flavour ensues; rich chocolate notes, wood, syrup, mild spiciness, tart wooden notes and raisins. Full bodied and an oily mouthfeel. Extreme and heavy. It is either a port wine with beer or a beer with port wine. Nevertheless a true dessert beer. Hyvää wappua.

4.2
Strykzone (7354) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Sampled at esbls. I brought this. Black with a tan ring. So rich looking. Had this after the moscatel version. A little soy in this that brings this beer down a little. Port wine is noted and adds some interesting character. This is very sweet. Very good, too.

4.1
tiong (7263) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
660ml bottle @ Three Floyds Bar, Copenhagen

Bottle #262/732 - Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma has massive amounts of port notes, roastiness, sticky syrup, wood and oaky. Taste is extremely heavy and quite sweet with loads of port, vinous notes, wood, oak and massive amounts of molasses. Finish is sticky sweet, smooth, heavy, vinous and woody with loads of port notes and molasses. Quite massive and heavy beer.

4.1
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by my good childhood friend Dave. Pours a rich bkackish hue, dark, rich and ominous hues, some brownish glowing edges, opaque blackish middle with some touches of ruby over midnight essence. Aromas throw distinct port/red wine influence, oak, and vanilla. Red wine, mellow spirit and heat is lighter than expected. Wine barrel, vanilla, and toffee. Some coffee, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Flavor bursts as you enter this one, big roasty and toasty malt base meets caramel, vanilla, some vinous character and good barrel presence. Port, red grapes, and vanilla. Wet oak, some gentle heat, chocolate, cookies, caramelization. Certainly a bit sticky in the middle. Backend is toasty, vanilla, and oak, a bit sweet. Some vanilla, toffee, vanilla, and red wine. Port is sweeter, more vinous and prominent in the middle. Finish is toasty, sweet, and sticky. Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Some dryness and oak character returns as we round it out. Chocolate chip cookies. Pretty nice beer. Port barrel seems to have done some very cool things to this beer. A whole mish-mosh of exploding flavors. Obviously some people could be turned off by this quickly, but I really thought this worked. Especially when compared to some other big brooding beers out there.

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JStax (6462) - 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.

4.1
Pyrmir (6082) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bomber bottle shared at mikkeller viktoria the day before CBC. Midnight black with tan head. Aroma massive and super sweet, molasses, dried fruit, barrel, wood, port and roasted malt. Taste has raisins, sugar, molasses, port, wood, chocolate and alcohol. Very sweet and smooth with well hidden alcohol.

3.9
tom10101 (6081) - 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. There’s 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.


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