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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
93
outstanding

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 13%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Inky black. Small mocha head.

S - Very sugary. Brandy. Fudge. Kinda fruity. Molasses.

T - Brandy is very nice. Fruity. Fudgy. Molasses and brown sugar. Very sweet.

M - Very heavy and sweet. Medium low carbonation.

O - So it's tough to drink, but very flavorful. Just difficult to get past the sweetness.

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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.

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Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.