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Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CraftEyeDoc on 04-30-2014)
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Let me start off by saying trading for this is not an intelligent idea and I regret it thoroughly.

A - Ridiculously thick and dark. Small tan head. Looks like dark lord and it's variants should.

S - The barrel almost accentuates the terribleness that is Dark Lord. Smells like diabetes in a glass. This makes Black Tuesday smell like an Irish Dry Stout. HUGE raisins and dark fruit.

T - The sweetness is still insane, but the dark fruit flavors in this are pretty solid. The brandy is helping here, and the barrel muted the soy sauce/kalamata olive flavor of the base beer.

M - Thick thick thick thick, oh and thick. This beer is insane. BVDL was the same way. Just sludge-like. We split the bottle 6 ways and I couldn't quite finish my poor because it felt like I ate a full meal. Hides the booze really well. Would not guess this is 15%.

O - This is a solid take on a bad base beer. The brandy unfortunately accentuated some of the already incredibly strong sweetness and dark fruit notes. It did also help it out by lowering the soy sauce notes to an almost unnoticeable level. I would NEVER trade for another BADL, even BVDL (13 BVDL was far better than 14 too), but I wouldn't turn it down. It's a fun and interesting beer, but there's just too much going on. It's just extreme.

07-25-2014 00:07:42 | More by nrs207
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MortalKombat14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-28-2014 20:06:08 | More by MortalKombat14
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-12-2014 02:39:56 | More by coz
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Mitch_Cumstein

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-07-2014 04:25:33 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-01-2014 06:03:11 | More by zestar
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.9%

07-28-2014 02:41:15 | More by kscaldef
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goveia75

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

07-24-2014 14:45:52 | More by goveia75
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-21-2014 22:53:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-20-2014 01:15:39 | More by Hophead717
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LukeK

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

07-16-2014 00:39:44 | More by LukeK
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jegross2

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -36.2%

Reviewing the Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 55

Bottle #496/608. From the April 2014 Dark Lord Day release. Served in a orange logo Dark Lord mini snifter and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Robbie for bringing this bottle to share.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black color with a wisp of dark khaki head that quickly and completely settles. No lacing or retention, but solid oily legs with a nice browning from the swirl. This beer looks dense, viscous. 4.5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, brandy, green peppers, prunes and plums. Hint of cherry. Leather too, anise and char. Not my favorite mix of aromas and everything does not integrate the best. Not a fan of how bold the green pepper character is. After this beer sat out for awhile (approximately 2 hours), I felt that the chocolate character in the nose became a bit more prominent while the harshness of the char/anise/green pepper combo softened, resulting in a better integrated, more rounded nose. 3/5

Taste: Milk chocolate, burnt char, licorice, prunes, tobacco and a heavy brandy and bell pepper finish. A kiss of cherry. The finish is lasting, but not pleasant. A kiss of molasses on the back half too. While not as a sweet as say Moscatel Dark Lord, this is a sweet beer. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Has a chewy, viscous and sticky mouthfeel a la Double Barrel Hunahpu's. Sweet, but not quite cloying. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer features a plethora of flavors I do not care for (black licorice, bell peppers and a brandy flavor that does not come close to the quality of the 2011 vintage), with poor integration to boot. While I cannot say this is one of the three worst barrel aged Dark Lord variants I have sampled (that honor belongs to Moscatel Dark Lord, Cognac De Muerte Dark Lord and Port Dark Lord), it is subpar beer that is not worth the tick in my opinion. I would not recommend paying $50 for a bottle, let alone trading rare beer or going above dollar-for-dollar in trade to acquire this.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

07-14-2014 05:08:33 | More by jegross2
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dcraig13

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-10-2014 03:21:01 | More by dcraig13
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-03-2014 22:01:19 | More by hopswap1
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4%

750ml bottle, 383 of 608. Poured into a FFF/DMC gold snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Pitch black, viscous motor oil just like the base. So thick and dark! Half finger mocha head that is short lived.

S- Sweet plums, dark chocolate, white sugar, coffee, charred malt, oak. The plums are so dominant here, presumably this is the Brandy barrel at play here.

F- Thick, sweet port-like plum sweetness with charred malt, sweet sugar and molasses. This is very sweet and Brandy-forward. It's sort of like ice wine in how sweet the fruitiness is, except it's cut slightly by the Dark Lord base beer's charred and roast malts. Though the sweet sugar is most certainly also from the base beer.

M- As expected from a BADL, thick and viscous, full bodied and lower in carbonation. My lips get sticky after sipping this. A sweet, ice wine-like plum/grape aftertaste.

O- Very nice take on the Dark Lord. Not BVDL but this is very interesting and good on it's own merits. As mentioned previously, this tastes like ice wine (the last one I've tried was from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario) mixed in with Dark Lord. That's about the best way I can sum this up for anyone trying to decide if they want to trade for this or not.

06-22-2014 02:20:11 | More by Stevedore
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-19-2014 12:30:18 | More by Holmes698
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bryang002

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-16-2014 20:33:41 | More by bryang002
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incubuscience

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-15-2014 01:52:18 | More by incubuscience
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-11-2014 23:55:44 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-07-2014 13:12:33 | More by Morey
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CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-20-2014 00:15:09 | More by CraftEyeDoc
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77apm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-17-2014 20:17:11 | More by 77apm
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2014 16:32:50 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-14-2014 15:18:59 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%

Had this at BUCKSPUR RANCH next to '14 DL. Review from notes.

A-Pitch black, gums up glass when swirled around. Thin lacing coffee in color with low legs (at first, when warms up lacing falls down the glass pretty quickly)

S- The brandy pronounces even more candied sugar in the nose. Some dark fruit in the distant; but sweet candied burnt sugar from the brandy barrel.

T- Very sweet, Charred dark fruit; the brandy barrel def made base beer better. Candied sugar brandy goodness. The taste got better halfway through the bottle

M- Somewhat smooth, light on carb. This one lingers in your mouth for awhile.

O- It is pretty good, not worth the amount it takes to get it. Probably each of the four bottles that you are giving up are all better than this. I just kinda seek out BVDL at this point.

05-10-2014 17:20:24 | More by gueuzedreg
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-08-2014 22:44:31 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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