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

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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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (7132) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle shared at Seans 30th Birthday Party. Awesome. Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thicker with a decent darker brown head that dies to a thicker ring, laces well. Thicker and darker edges than the others. Aromas are a healthy vanilla bean essence, roast, toast, sweet toffee, and chocolate. Mellow oak, the Brandy sweetens but doesnt get any acidic apple in it. Really inviting, amazing. Initial is full on body, but lighter on the palate than expected. Healthy mellow smooth vanilla covers some roast and the typical sweet toffee and caramel. Some toast, cocoa, coffee. Smooth and sweet from the vanilla, the wet oak and a touch of heat grows with light spirit, a touch of brandy. This seems a bit more tame than just straight Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, and I really dig it. Smooth, complex, but sweet. A touch of heat cuts through, with wet oak, decadent desserty. Some french toast. Really interesting. If you dont like the sweetness, it might not be you, but I really liked it and found it to be the best treatment (aside from PvW).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36411) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Draft. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, roasted malt, soy sauce, liquor, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, and liquor, chocolate, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
markextrae (4319) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar tasting 2015. thanks to kermis for sharing! bottle 407/433 poured just like the other versions with a dark black colour and a nice beige tanned ring on top of the glass. aroma is just sick on this one. a lot of fruited brandy notes combined with a ton of sweet sticky marshmallows and sweet sticky vanilla, vanilla cream, burned caramel, oak, marzipan, but that sweet vanilla marshmallows sense keeps haning in your nose, the taste is mostlly that strong sweet vanilla notice covered in brandy barrel (but not in a overpowered way). this is just on that same level as the pappy version. it is such an incredible beer. im so happy i was able to try this one. thanks again kermis for sharing this beauty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar session 2015 along with the full 2011 lineup. Pours black with a short lived brown head. Aroma is insane marshmallow upfront, even more than BVDL, brandy coming out, oak, marzipan, dark chocolate and fudge. Flavour is heavy sweet, but not dark lord cloying. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Marshmallow just hanging around in the finish for ages. Just incredible, and so happy to have been able to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dumdum192 (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
Pours a dark brown reddish. Thick viscous, a bit of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like vanilla dessert. Tons of roasty malt. Oxidized raisiny aromas. The vanilla comes through strong. Tastes raisin heavy, roasty and fruity. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Boozy, strong, pretty enjoyable. Overall enjoyable but i had hoped it would be more exciting

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rxeight (2977) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2011 bottle. 348/433. Huge thanks to Matt. Holy shit. This is amazing. Marshmellows and blow jobs. Sweet, touch of booze. Everything in perfect harmony. Thick and amazing. Best ba darklord ever. Sampled at a Tasting that included the 11 DL variants, BC Rare, ba abraxas, DB huna, both batches kbbs. And this was the best of the night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"Agreed this is quite a treat. More different from original Dark Lord than I thought itd be. Quite sweet, but so damn smooth you just dont care. Not better than the original (trades complexity for a little extra smoothness and a different flavor/aroma) but just as good as a year old bottle, and thats saying a lot. Brandy influence there, but not overbearing. The vanilla is prominent on top of all the chocolate/coffee/licorice/tar aspects of the original. This tasted like a 15% abv cookie. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2011 (Yellow wax), Bottle 277/433 (no mention of ABV), as Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Beans, recently retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ICEatALAMO (1338) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle 204. The pour is same as others. The aroma is amazing, a lot of marshmallow and a lot of sweetness. The taste is all marshmallow, so good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components. 2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5 2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5 2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5 2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5 2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5 2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5 2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (9931) - Cincinnati, 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.

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