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

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537 Ratings
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,495
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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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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HoboAGoGo

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured into the lil' plastic cup, with a dark ass body, a nice thick head, and no chance of sun escaping from it. The nose was coffee rich, slight chocolate, but heavy on the bourbon. The tongue has everything you'd expect from a Dark Lord, smoother on the hop,but very rich chocolate, a nice roasted coffee flavor, but once again, a lot of bourbon. I had a bit of a difficulty drinking this one down, the alcohol burn was a bit much for me, I think the beer could do well just aging in a barrel as opposed to a bourbon barrel, that's my two cents though.

04-30-2006 00:18:42 | More by HoboAGoGo
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pepsican

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -15.8%

Thanks to joey and random guy in line for tastings of this. Black as night, no head. Aroma was heavy on the molasses and bourbon. Huge bourbon intro with chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Finishes very boozy, syrupy. A bit over the top for me, not very drinkable. I had a 4 oz glass and it was a bit too much. Still one of the most flavorful and unique beers I've come across.

04-19-2010 22:14:03 | More by pepsican
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Phelps

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from the tap at Dark Lord Day, served in the brewpub inside a tiny snifter. This particular variant of Dark Lord spent time in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Inky black with a teeny tiny head that fizzled away to nothingness. Very thin ring.

Sweet nose. Molasses, light coffee, dark cherry, vanilla, hints of oak. Sugared and syrupy.

Heavy bourbon at first, though the flavor lightens at the swallow. Lots of dark cherries, vanilla, brandy, molasses, hints of coffee, toffee and dark chocolate. Mostly the sweet stuff.

Medium, buttery body expands in the mouth. Oodles of alcohol on the tongue and in the nose. Heavy, syrupy, but not cloying. Fairly clean finish.

I’ve enjoyed the oak-aged Dark Lord in previous years, but this isn’t as smooth as I remember. I might actually prefer the un-aged version, and I definitely prefer the vanilla-aged version.

05-08-2011 23:45:12 | More by Phelps
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Sisky

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-12-2013 03:59:10 | More by Sisky
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-24-2013 00:39:08 | More by Steimie
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cerunincos

Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.5%

12-31-2011 19:59:32 | More by cerunincos
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Beerlistman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-01-2012 19:39:49 | More by Beerlistman
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Franch

New York

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-08-2013 19:46:55 | More by Franch
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

11-14-2011 15:10:53 | More by cadaugherty
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gosk

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.5%

11-24-2012 17:03:28 | More by gosk
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-13-2013 13:00:35 | More by myuncle
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -12.5%

08-12-2013 20:39:42 | More by kscaldef
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-03-2012 03:47:48 | More by jerz
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -12.5%

11-07-2012 22:47:29 | More by mrandypandy
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -12.5%

12-28-2013 22:14:32 | More by KAF
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-09-2014 21:08:34 | More by IAmHollywood13
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MaximumYuks

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-07-2014 02:01:31 | More by MaximumYuks
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-27-2013 23:47:19 | More by tom10101
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CooperEllis

New York

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%

From HayesEz.

Dark brown flat in the center, tan to the edges. No head.

Solid Aroma, easily the best part of this. Molasses, boooze, vanilla, brown sugar.

Taste is a bit thin. Vanilla extract, bourbon, malt. Notacibly different from the regular DL which I often find soy/burned/malt. This was solid, if unspectacular.

Not much to the body, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, and still a bit thin. Odd, more bourbon than stout.

Really good, enjoyed it. The other people I split it with enjoyed it as well.

(184th)

08-04-2012 20:34:36 | More by CooperEllis
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%

Had myself a glass of this at DLD 2007. Was really looking forward to it!

Pours a deep opaque black, no light escapes, thin tan head, some lace spots, very oily. Smell is powerful, sweet, lots of cherries, and chocolate, oaky vanilla, alcohol, and oranges. Taste is similar, strong oaky vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasty goodness, more tangerine/orange and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. This is from notes, but I really recall not being too impressed with this. Still very good, but I think I was expecting too much.

06-20-2007 03:05:45 | More by Viggo
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%

Had on tap @ DLD 2010! Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for snagging a glass of this for me!

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced a quickly dissipating brown head.

(S)- A rich dense molasses with a rather potent woody bourbon-like burn

(T)- Rich, with a big woody & bourbon-like sweetness with some dark cocoa & molasses. Very similar to the smell.

(M)- Dense, but thinner than the vanilla bean variation. Has a good carbonation level. A big, almost dry woodiness, yet has a bitterness too from the roasted malts.

(D)- A good stout. Not as successful as their vanilla bean variation in my opinion, but has its own special qualities the other ones do not. Unique and interesting on its own. I would also like to see how this one ages, but yet again, this is only available one day a year!

04-25-2010 20:20:16 | More by sweemzander
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JDV

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%

On tap at DLD. A nice treat after waiting in the cold for hours. Poured pitch black with zero head and enjoyed in a small plastic cup, just the way it was meant to be had. Smell is rich sweet, sticky molassesy malt with a light bourbon and alcoholic vanilla aroma. Taste is rich, semi sweet, chocolatey, dark fruit fig like flavor with some soy sauce like quality too. Rich oily mouthfeel and light carbonation but a sufficient amount. Really good stuff.

06-09-2008 17:15:46 | More by JDV
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mdm46410

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%

On tap at DLD '08. Poured a thick used motor oil opaque black/brown with a thin mocha head. Not so much lace, but a thick oily residue was left clinging to the sides of the cup. The aroma was robust and full of strong coffee and chocolate with a hint of detectable bourbon. Same for the flavor. The bourbon was not overpowering or intense, it just added another layer of complexity. The mouthfeel did not suffer from the barrel-aging. It was thick and sticky as ever. A great beer, but I still prefer my Dark Lord without the bourbon.

05-18-2008 23:19:24 | More by mdm46410
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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