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

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 2,966
Gots: 165 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev -10%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Black as night with minimal head.

S: Vanilla, marshmallows, bourbon.

T: Bourbon, marshmallows, vanilla, candy, toffee, caramel, chocolate.

M: thick with low carbonation.

O: magic in a glass. It could use more carbonation, however. Very smooth considering the alcohol content.

DaftCaskBC, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.78/5  rDev +1.3%

finally, after several DLDs and much waiting and effort, got to have a couple of these. had it in the pub, so it was served in proper glassware to boot. not much head though. has all of the flavors, aromas, mouthfeel, etc. of reglar DL along with huge vanilla flavors and aromas, harmonized with attributes from the oak barrel aging. sweeter than regular DL, with big warming vanilla flavors crawling down your throat. alcohol/booze manage to stay relatively well hidden. lots of big charred ripened dark fruit. hands down the best and most complex, balls to the wall RIS i've ever had. if you go to DLD, make it your #1 priority to taste this. heard they only made two barrels.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 25, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -16.7%

had on tap at DLD '10. Very delicious. Is it the fifth best beer in the world? probably not but that's the rarity factor I suppose.

Pours dark as, well, dark lord, with minimal head but it was in a small plastic cup.

Smells awesome, like dark lord and a little bit of vanilla, hmm...

Tastes like dark lord and a little bit of vanilla, hmm....

Mouthfeel is again similar to dark lord, thick and sweet and sticky, eww.

Not highly drinkable, in fact, I probably couldn't have more than the sample draft that I had. But that's probably on par for the style.

Very good, not my favorite, but glad I get to drink it every year, if only for bragging rights.

antoines15, May 26, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Nolen12, Apr 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Poupae, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10%

BeerThursdays, Nov 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev -3.6%

Fresh is best with this beer having had one on the day of the release in 2013 as well as having a year old version of the bottle. Fresh, this beer is jet black with loads of vanilla and booze on the nose. You get a bit of the coffee and dark roast of the beer with the vanilla being the star of the show. The 2013 bottle after 14 months had a bit of an acidic finish as well as the vanilla coming off as extract-like. The body seems to have thinned somehow as well. Fresh, this beer is world class, but the change over a year knocks it a bit for me.

PHBoiler, Apr 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

cfrances33, Apr 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

coz, Jul 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

scotv, Oct 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

brycevolk, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

BlissJunkie, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of zrab11
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

On tap at DLD 2011

A- Pours a thick oily black with a small tan head.

S- Wow the sweet vanilla really comes out in the nose. also cathing some coffe and maybe some chocolate along with some alchol

T- WOW this is delicious. It starts out with a nice chocolate and vanilla flavor then moves on to come carmel and vanilla then come the roasted malts and finishes with a nice alchol vanilla flavor

M-Full bodied with nice carbonation

O-Overall this was my fav. beer i had at DLD i absoultly loved this brew. The vanilla was strong and there the whole way through but it wasn't undrikable like creme brulee. The vanilla was there but not too sweet. I loved this brew an will get more than just one glass next year. By far one of my fav beers ever. Try this if u havent.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

Yeti1979, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

sgoro, Apr 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.9%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

cosmonick, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

gueuzegossage, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Jordy777, Apr 19, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%

I was lucky enough to score one of these at DLD 2012

Pours pitch black and thick as oil with a thin layer of dark brown head that sits briefly. Spotty lacing.

The nose is rich and dessert-like with warm real vanilla beans, not your cheap imitation beans that can be found in other vanilla brews. The integrated bourbon aromas meld nicely with the vanilla beans. Chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla beans, and a bit of booze.

The flavors are very similar to the nose but much more enjoyable. The rich vanilla beans come through first, followed by the nuances offered by the barrel. Warm bourbon, sweet chocolate, and some dark fruits are all mixed together in a sweet concoction. Sweet and delicious.

The mouthfeel is as thick as molasses with very little carbonation. Sticky sweet and silky smooth on my palate.

Overall, loved this brew. So glad I got to try it multiple times. The vanilla beans and bourbon treatment on DL makes it a completely different beer that is incredibly enjoyable.

ChugginOil, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

ChrisPro, Aug 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

ArchEnemyBrew, Apr 10, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +0.2%

2012 bottle 305/934. Shared with a friend, split into our snifters.

A: Jet black beer with minimal beige head. Thick and syrupy in the glass.
S: Brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cookie dough, bourbon. The smell is just delicious, my friend said it immediately reminded him of s'mores.
T: TONS of vanilla in the first sip that later blends with bourbon and chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla aftertaste. Taste definitely reminds me of some kind of cookie. Delicious!
M: Thick and full bodied. A bit sticky. Very smooth though with absolutely no alcohol burn. Surprising for this massive 15% beer.
O: This is one sweet beer. It was amazing but I think I would split it more than 2 ways next time. Glad to have tried it but I doubt I would trade for it again.

standardcherry, Jan 28, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.