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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,484
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Recently has used a blend of barrels from Heaven Hill, but has also been Woodford Reserve and others in the past

Formerly known as Oak Aged Dark Lord.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-29-2006)
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71gto

Illinois

1/5  rDev -78.1%

05-02-2012 02:53:11 | More by 71gto
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So...yeah, I had one full glass of OA Dark Lord an hour ago. It's was horrendous. I got my toes crushed by the keg and then when I tasted it after waiting a couple hours for it, it just was a huge let down.

Looked pretty good, the smell was average of average DL, no Vanilla or Oak in the scent.

Taste- Wow, this sucks. I'm sorry, normal '09 DL = OMG. '09 OA DL=bad. No taste of Oak at all and overpoweringly sweet. The few drops I had of Kaggen and Surly Two beat the shit out of this brew.

Mouthfeel- Good, just like normal DL, thick and delicious.

Drinkability- It tasted awful, somewhat like '08 Darkness awful. I can see if people like it, but it had no taste of Oak at all. NONE. No wood. Vanilla bean DL was AMAZING though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 21:10:43 | More by Cedromar
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Markers011


3/5  rDev -34.4%

07-26-2014 18:22:18 | More by Markers011
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MattVidal

Indiana

3/5  rDev -34.4%

09-27-2013 19:19:41 | More by MattVidal
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -34.4%

05-18-2013 22:30:28 | More by smartassboiler
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backslide311

Colorado

3/5  rDev -34.4%

06-22-2014 15:34:37 | More by backslide311
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Jips

Kansas

3/5  rDev -34.4%

11-23-2011 02:01:58 | More by Jips
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drseamus

New York

3.13/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at DLD for 9 bucks a snifter. Pretty steep.

Dark black liquid with no head. Anyone who rates a beer like this as a 5 in appearance is an idiot. The smell is potent booze. If you close your eyes you might think you're smelling a glass of bourbon. Not a plus for a beer. The bourbon should complement but not dominate. The flavor is all booze and caramel. It's almost like the beer itself is completely gone. They could have just barrel aged miller light and with this level of alcohol it would taste the same. Not worth the wait or the price.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 17:16:09 | More by drseamus
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like DL, pitch black, oil slick, etc, etc

Smell: Only a hint of oak on the scent. Lots of roast malt and molasses.

Taste: Did they add sugar to this one as well? If so, why? Roast malt, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, semi-sweet baking chocolate. The oak is huge on the taste, like a fresh oak barrel. Too much barrel actually. Much hasher than the regular DL or VB DL.

Mouthfeel: Great - thick, chewy, smooth, near perfect.

Drinkability: To much fresh, wet oak and I get some added sugar. Regular DL is better, but honestly none of the three is T-50 worthy in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2009 02:28:37 | More by craytonic
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

11-12-2013 21:12:12 | More by chippo33
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chaz01

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had a couple 3 oz servings at 2010 DLD in a plastic cup. Of the 3 variations of Dark Lord that I tried, this was my favorite.

A: Jet black oily in color with a thin brown head.

S: Bourbon and oak flavors dominate the aroma

T: More bourbon and oak in the taste, with notes of chocolate and alcohol.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with a dry cocoa finish. More alcohol flavors in the finish.

D: I realize drinkability and availability are different, but given the beer is only available 1 day a year for a 3 oz serving, I'm not sure how drinkable you can rate the beer. Saying that it pairs really well with my Italian Sub that I got standing in line doesn't quite sound right.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 17:42:38 | More by chaz01
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

06-02-2013 01:47:41 | More by leschkie
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biggied

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

06-10-2013 22:45:22 | More by biggied
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

11-25-2013 03:06:40 | More by phishphorce
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ZepHead80

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

04-27-2014 02:39:16 | More by ZepHead80
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

08-17-2013 01:17:37 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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MattLatuchie

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

07-24-2014 02:50:18 | More by MattLatuchie
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younger35

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this yesterday at Dark Lord Day '09. It was so nice to be able to get a glass of Oak Aged Dark Lord and Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, plop down on a couch and compare/review them. Great job by FFF this year. Drank from a classy plastic cup.

Appearance- Pours a jet black with a sort of soft, creamy dark tan head that sticks around for quite some time. A weak cap and thick collar remain the rest of the beer leaving a light bit of lacing (copied from the Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, they were exactly the same).
Smell- Loads of deeply roasted malts, a bit of sweet molasses and some very woody oak. The smell isn't necessarily harsh but the oak is fairly pungent. Some vanilla and milk chocolate along with some licorice and a touch of smoke. Some dark fruits as well but the oak really is fairly dominant.
Taste- I don't necessarily think that the barrel aging really helps Dark Lord (unlike the Vanilla Bean). I find it to be semi astringent with almost too much barrel. Plenty of vanilla still though and a bit of bitter roasted coffee. The sweetness seems to be quite a bit more advanced that the regular Dark Lord as well. Tons of bourbon soaked cherries, prunes, dates, figs and any other overly ripe dark fruit you can think of. Finishes with a touch of smoke and a bit of boozy oaky bourbon like quality.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and creamy with a smooth silkiness and a bit of boozy astringency.
Drinkability- Uhh... Out of the three Dark Lords this one was by far my least favorite. Just not a big fan of the barrel aging which is weird because I usually enjoy the added complexity. Maybe I was just a bit spoiled by the Vanilla Bean? Either way glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 21:02:20 | More by younger35
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tarheels86

California

3.73/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL red wax 2012 thanks to a generous BA. Pours tepid muddy brune with small beige bubbles. Nose is richer, thicker bourbon, rich hazelnut, amaretto, marzipan. Very nice aroma. Taste is sticky, big ass maple, spicier. Thick and rich. Not metallic or thin like other DL variants. I’ll probably never be a fan but this is the best variant I've had besides the Cognac De Muerte, which I surprisingly loved. 6/3/2012 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 17:31:37 | More by tarheels86
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bird22

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-03-2013 04:36:09 | More by bird22
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meerkat2

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-12-2012 00:07:34 | More by meerkat2
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Dagsy

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-26-2014 22:38:32 | More by Dagsy
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-12-2012 21:00:44 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-03-2013 00:28:43 | More by t0rin0
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.8/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 123/420 into a snifter. From notes.

Same appearance as the others.

Big bourbon notes on the nose. Very sweet. Some chocolate, dark fruit, fudge, and cocoa powder. Solid.

Sweet plum, prune, chocolate. Low booziness lingers in the background. Sweet soy sauce in the middle. Molasses, fudge in the finish. Some chocolate also. Fudge in the aftertaste. Really good. Not as bold as the Pappy version.

Same feel as the others. Oily, slick, viscous, slightly sticky aftertaste.

This isn't as impressive as the Pappy Dark Lord. However, there's more balance here and a touch more subtlety. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 00:49:36 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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