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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: 1,477
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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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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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my understanding, barrel-aged Dark Lord is only available at the brewery once a year during Dark Lord Day. I've sampled this one at a previous gathering, but this one was sampled during my recent visit to the FFF Brewpub at the 2007 Dark Lord Day. The intoxicating aroma starts filling the area as soon as it's poured. Big vinous woody-bourbon notes from the Woodford Reserve barrels are the first thing you notice then the mochachino notes start wafering along riding the waves of darkness. The intense flavor is amazing complex with lots of dark fruitiness, caramel, and chocolate. The body borderlines on syrupy, but there's more than enough alcohol and bitterness to make it all work nicely. Amazing really. More of an elixir or a potion than a beer. The Dark Lord Cometh!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 05:38:52 | More by Beertracker
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-31-2013 23:22:10 | More by CityofBals
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2012 15:33:49 | More by CGMLS3
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-11-2012 04:03:47 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this was the 2006 woodford reserve barrel-aged version on cask at dl day. poured into a clear plastic solo cup, this was unlike any beer i have ever had. dark and thick like well-used motor oil. and i mean thick. this beer just left remnants of itself on the sides of the cup, turning the cup from clear to brown. brown head. the nose was absolutely huge, dominated by the whiskey notes along with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, toffee, and raisins. taste was a huge malt sweetness balanced a little by the 3f hops and roasty malts, but more to the malt/sweet side. mouthfeel was more viscous and thick than i have ever experienced. this had very little carbonation from the cask leaving it thickly sweet. long, long finish is ended by whiskey flavors and warming alcohol. still somehow smooth, though. this took a while just to drink a little bit and i probably could have just one of these in a sitting. a real sipper.
update: have had a few more of these, carbonation has been better, would add some serious charred fruit to the above. have enjoyed it more from the regular taps with the added Co2.

[ serving type: cask ]

Serving type: cask

05-05-2007 20:13:18 | More by MrMcGibblets
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 17:21:23 | More by BeerThursdays
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-22-2013 23:19:40 | More by cfrances33
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oso

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-18-2014 03:54:18 | More by oso
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sbricker

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 15:02:57 | More by sbricker
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antoines15

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-15-2012 16:28:32 | More by antoines15
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 Dark Lord, aged for a year in Woodford's Reserve Bourbon Barrels, and released on draught only just in time for the release of the 2007 Dark Lord in bottles. Better than the 2006 non-BA release, though I think the 2007 non-BA Dark Lord is easily better than both. I can't wait for the 2008 Dark Lord Day so I can try the 2007 BA Dark Lord.

The beer pours to a thick dark sludge with very little head, probably destroyed by the spirits it has been aging with. Shows off thick caramel colored legs as it is swished around, and by the time the glass is empty, the glass looks almost like the brown bottle the beer was poured from (err... maybe not, since this is actually a draught, but you get the point).

The smell is great. Has a strong whiff of bourbon/alcohol with vanilla and coconut notes from the barrel. Smells quite sweet, remnant of all of the sugars used in the production of this beer, namely molasses and brown sugar. Little dark roasted malt in the nose, but a generous hit of caramel.

The taste is good. Very rich and sweet up front with a huge taste of bourbon, namely the aforementioned vanilla and coconut. Has a middle taste of rich, dark chocolate, coffee roast, and soy sauce. The finish refuses to go away.

The body is a bit thinner than the non-BA Dark Lord, also with a little less carbonation. Still coats the mouth with a thick molasses consistency. Turns your teeth into a caramel brown color. Not an easy beer to drink on a hot and sunny day after I've already been drinking several beers of considerable strength and body. I REALLY wanted to drink a Gumballhead at that time, but I simply couldn't pass up a one-time opportunity like this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 02:22:17 | More by neonbrown82
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-22-2013 16:21:40 | More by BlissJunkie
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-13-2014 19:12:22 | More by PA-Michigander
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zrab11

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at DLD 2011

A-poured a motor oil black with a tiny tan head and alittle bit of lacing

S- Has a strong bourbon smell up fron followed by some dark fruit notes as well as come chocolate and malts

T- Has a strong bitter chocolate flavor up front followed by a nice malty middle and then finishs with a pur bourbon kick.

M-Full bodied with nice carbonation

O-Overall this was a top notch beer. Not as good as Vanilla DLD by any means. Well atleast in my opinion. In my little circle of 8 guys at DLD this was all their fav. besides me. Very good beer but just alittle too much bite and hottness to love it. Will have it again at DLD for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 03:21:06 | More by zrab11
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

04-30-2012 13:04:20 | More by brycevolk
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jplopez21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

04-28-2013 21:17:04 | More by jplopez21
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Bartos

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2014 22:38:00 | More by Bartos
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-13-2011 07:30:33 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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cosmonick

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-10-2012 01:39:55 | More by cosmonick
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

08-04-2013 05:01:05 | More by ChrisPro
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-11-2013 04:56:34 | More by vrbulldog22
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Wowcoolman

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-01-2014 05:42:02 | More by Wowcoolman
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-24-2013 05:31:11 | More by Hessian257
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POTABLE83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-25-2013 16:58:33 | More by POTABLE83
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Pecan

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-20-2012 07:31:26 | More by Pecan
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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