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

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BA SCORE
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897 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,890
Gots: 163 | FT: 6
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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Theredflame2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-17-2014 01:49:47 | More by Theredflame2
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farnold

New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-14-2014 19:04:40 | More by farnold
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BACONBUDDHA

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-14-2014 02:36:57 | More by BACONBUDDHA
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Danimal25

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -26%

07-11-2014 23:28:49 | More by Danimal25
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Prager62

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-11-2014 07:28:35 | More by Prager62
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bvdubn

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2014 22:21:02 | More by bvdubn
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Narthax

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2014 16:35:01 | More by Narthax
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canadianghetto

Texas

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 22:51:08 | More by canadianghetto
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 22:05:02 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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Cheezus

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-07-2014 16:39:38 | More by Cheezus
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MrShake

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

Thick, Sticky, Sweet, Malty, Vanillaiey(?), AMAZING.

I had this beer on tap at the 2014 Dark Lord Day, and its amazing. Dark Lord is a great beer on its own, but the vanilla character accentuates all that is good about this beer.

It pours thick and DARK, and VERY VERY sticky

Aroma is filled with vanilla, sweet caramel and malt, along with a bourbon note

Taste is HUGE... BIG malt, BIG Vanilla, BIG Bourbon, BIG Sweet, BIG Everything!

Mouthfeel is as huge as the taste!!!

07-07-2014 16:13:35 | More by MrShake
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JavaNoire

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-06-2014 05:57:15 | More by JavaNoire
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gkoz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-06-2014 02:52:34 | More by gkoz
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dgtiii

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-04-2014 18:56:36 | More by dgtiii
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

4.86/5  rDev +2.7%

2013 BA Vanilla Bean Dark Lord
Three Floyd's Brewing
15% ABV

*Huge thanks to @mattuntapped for sending my this taster so I could knock off another from beer advocates top 250 beers!

APPEARANCE: 1.5 ounce taster poured very slowly to get a good look. Comes out impenetrable motor oil black, as it hits the snifter instantly lightens up to a dark brown with some light brown and reddish rim variations. I won't be making reviews on carbonation since it was a few days old in my mini growler.

AROMA: Instantly I get marshmallow fluff, great vanilla beans and warm chocolate. Like a delicious s'mores minus the graham crackers. I can only imagine what the nose on this must have been like freshly opened because even now it's insane.

TASTE: Follows that nose exactly, huge wave of vanilla rolls across my tongue. Nice deep chewy chocolate fudge. I'm savoring every little sip wishing I had a whole bottle to myself. Nice amount of marshmallow in the middle with slight bourbon barrel flavor. The 15% ABV is hidden so well I don't get any heat or alcohol flavor at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Nice thick slick mouth feel that coats the tongue and has a long slightly sticky sweet finish. Once again won't be reviewing carbonation.

OVERALL: This was an amazing, flavor explosive beer. I enjoyed everything about it, thought the marshmallow flavor went exceptionally well with the vanilla bean. I would love to have this right from the bottle now even more. I think I would give this either a 4.9 or 5/5 if I had it freshly opened.

RATING: 4.8/5 Zombie Heads!

07-03-2014 19:41:04 | More by BeerZombies1
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319Hawksfan


5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-30-2014 03:22:46 | More by 319Hawksfan
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sliks96

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-30-2014 01:58:02 | More by sliks96
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-29-2014 21:27:12 | More by schmidtmattsays
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -13.1%

Many, many thanks to Chris for popping this sucker. 2013 batch, let's skip straight to taste.

I imagine if you took a lot of dark fruits, stewed them together, and then added a ton of sugar, you'd have something very similar in flavor to this Dark Lord variant. The vanilla does come through, but unfortunately almost no roast or char flavors are present. I personally did not pick up a very strong barrel presence. The flavors are certainly complex and enjoyable, but the sweetness is really off the charts.

Overall, this is a solid beer. However, I can't help but feel that the sky high ratings are solely a factor of the rarity and expense of this beer. I was glad we were sharing this bottle with another 10 gents, as the couple ounces I drank were about as much as I could handle.

06-29-2014 15:33:55 | More by thebigredone
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atorres

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

06-27-2014 17:11:39 | More by atorres
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Synergy87

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-27-2014 14:55:15 | More by Synergy87
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Dagsy

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

06-26-2014 22:28:46 | More by Dagsy
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Sgt-Hulka

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -47.1%

06-26-2014 12:18:35 | More by Sgt-Hulka
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SteelersX

New York

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-23-2014 18:09:03 | More by SteelersX
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backslide311

Colorado

4/5  rDev -15.4%

06-22-2014 15:27:01 | More by backslide311
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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