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Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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846 Ratings
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 2,753
Gots: 152 | FT: 5
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 Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 04-27-2008)
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Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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brian4beer

Indiana

4/5  rDev -15.3%

01-26-2014 20:49:15 | More by brian4beer
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AleDaddy

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-22-2014 21:28:50 | More by AleDaddy
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Jpepe08

Vermont

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-22-2014 02:50:15 | More by Jpepe08
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Bartos

Florida

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-16-2014 15:27:58 | More by Bartos
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jonnypopgun

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-14-2014 22:57:23 | More by jonnypopgun
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Casedogg43

Indiana

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-13-2014 23:35:29 | More by Casedogg43
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threedaggers

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-12-2014 20:48:23 | More by threedaggers
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kieranhealy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

01-09-2014 14:32:56 | More by kieranhealy
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

01-02-2014 04:16:04 | More by DarthKostrizer
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HugeBulge

New York

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2014 21:47:27 | More by HugeBulge
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LP_Tyler

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2014 19:20:21 | More by LP_Tyler
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SwG237

New York

5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-01-2014 17:23:45 | More by SwG237
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -15.3%

12-28-2013 22:04:01 | More by KAF
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sloejams

California

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

12-27-2013 03:58:30 | More by sloejams
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Canti4341

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-26-2013 19:48:37 | More by Canti4341
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fireman1013

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

12-23-2013 17:04:01 | More by fireman1013
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Indytruks138

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-21-2013 07:31:08 | More by Indytruks138
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

12-18-2013 04:17:46 | More by chippo33
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -10%

12-16-2013 14:14:39 | More by Gotti311
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_-CARP-_

Alabama

5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-16-2013 03:07:24 | More by _-CARP-_
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

12-15-2013 11:32:45 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chad...thank you very much for the opportunity.

Dark and mostly still

Smells of sweet vanilla and melted chocolate

An extremely rich and sweet beer that has its bourbon presence overshadowed by the gobs of vanilla and marshmallow that throw their blanket all over the base beer. Bourbon plays a gentle but distant second fiddle. Residual sugars hang out like the tough guys they are...thumbing their jeans and smoking their heaters. Really rich but handles its abv well.

There are some nice flavors here that mark a definite improvement on the base and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try this bottle without giving up what this beer would require in a trade. That said, unless you're one of those fortunate BA's who has unlimited funds and/or cellars, no beer is worth what this beer demands. I personally thought the TG Assassin we drank prior was a more enjoyable overall beer. Drink your great beers, don't chase whales...stupid term anyways...and if your life's happiness really depends on whether you have the chance to drink this beer...find good people who like to share.

A nice beer...but not a life changer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:33:57 | More by BarrytheBear
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MCain04

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kieran for opening this up for us! 2013 vintage. Poured out at slightly below cellar temp.

The pour is surprisingly light, was expecting a darker motor oil pour. Little head, if any.

The smell on this is heavy, heavy on the vanilla. Definitely a lot of sweetness, from vanilla, malts, and bourbon. You get some additional toffee, caramel, and roasty notes, but dominated by vanilla.

The taste is so vanilla-heavy it's insane. It really does overpower most of the other flavor profiles. The bourbon and barrel notes play nicely off the base beer, which is cloyingly sweet at baseline. Unfortunately there is a pretty apparent metallic taste that doesn't fully resolve with warming.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carb, medium bodied. Sticky finish.

Overall, this is a sweet, sweet beer, which is one of the most vanilla-forward beers I've ever tried. The metallic taste was a big set back for me though. This was beat out by Black Tuesday and Melange 1 in our tasting, in my opinion. Given the price of admission, between what it takes to trade for and even the price tag for purchasing, there are better beers out there. This is overhyped, in my humble opinion!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:38:20 | More by MCain04
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caguiar

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -10%

12-14-2013 15:40:53 | More by caguiar
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-10-2013 00:56:17 | More by lunarbrew
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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