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

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 2,798
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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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-10-2012 23:36:51 | More by MoonpieCCSD
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Soneast

Wisconsin

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11-15-2011 04:28:12 | More by Soneast
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2013 01:00:37 | More by Mbrown44
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-09-2012 04:09:28 | More by WorldWideStout
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SouthSider14

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-02-2014 18:05:55 | More by SouthSider14
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Thirsty_Rob

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-08-2013 07:02:57 | More by Thirsty_Rob
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miadw3

California

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-29-2013 07:05:05 | More by miadw3
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MrParker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-09-2012 20:35:36 | More by MrParker
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-27-2014 03:30:57 | More by MichPaul
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BigbROB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-16-2013 17:27:35 | More by BigbROB
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Roger85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-22-2014 15:01:25 | More by Roger85
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-05-2013 01:16:13 | More by tsauce2
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-27-2014 13:59:20 | More by charlesjwinkler
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-10-2013 03:01:56 | More by mpayne5
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-11-2014 00:02:50 | More by GatorLCA
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cfh64

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-03-2013 18:47:31 | More by cfh64
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 2012 and 2013 side by side. Will review the 2012 vintage. Pours a thick brownish black. The nose is loaded with vanilla bean paired with deep dark fruits, currants, chocolate, berries, and boozy bourbon. The vanilla bean manages to stand above the rest of the flavors which is impressive considering how bold of a beer Dark Lord is. The taste is very sweet like the base beer, but the barrel aging and addition of vanilla take it to a much different level. I find the base beer to be a bit too sweet, but when the sweetness is tempered with bourbon and vanilla, it just works. There is still a fair amount of boozieness, but it is tame compared to the base. Mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. Overall, this beer is very good. I don't know that it meets the monumental level of hype it has surrounding it, but it is delicious nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:57:23 | More by homebrew311
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badbeer

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head that does a decent job sticking around. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, only a touch of bourbon, licorice, and caramel. Taste has plenty of vanilla in it, bourbon is hidden pretty well, some syrupy flavors, and dark fruit. Full bodied with light carbonation. I liked this better than the Oak Aged Dark Lord this year, seemed a lot smoother.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 01:42:31 | More by badbeer
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coffygrinder

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was great. It pours jet black. You can smell the sweetness off the back with hints of vanilla. Coffee as well as chocolate also show in this beer. Thick mouth feel, you can almost chew on this beer. Very sweet, I kinda wish that we let this beer age a lot longer but it is what it is. The vanilla shows on the back end behind the sweetness. It is a beer that I am glad that I shared with a friend, I think a whole bottle by myself might be a little much.

Overall it was a good beer. It is super sweet, thick RIS. Something that you want to open with friends unless you like to hord your beer. Share it with some other BA's it will make for a fun night

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 15:29:00 | More by coffygrinder
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tarheels86

California

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyds dinner at Paradiso Georgetown. Thanks Barnaby!

A- An ink black pour yields little more than a wist of a dark, Martian red head. Swirling the viscous liquid creates giant brown staining on the snifter. No head formation. No lace. Lots of impending residual sugars.

N- Aroma is quite exceptional. The Woodford Reserve bourbon is really what gives this beer it's character, not the vanilla bean. Nose is spicy Woodford Reserve bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, chocolate milkshake, coconut, marshmallows/s'mores, and a touch of green apple oxidation as it warms.

T- Very sweet and chocolate milkshake like. An unreal amount of residual sugar turns this into a viscous dessert. Rich, buttery solid bricks of dark chocolate, espresso ice cream, raspberry dark chocolate, some cherry syrup play on the tongue.

P- Viscous, oily mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 17:15:37 | More by tarheels86
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with a small tan head.

Scent of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Doesn't seem like much but it smells excellent, like dessert in a glass.

Taste is great, but not quite as good as the scent; vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts are there in full force. Better than Oak Aged Dark Lord.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, thick, and smooth with very little carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 23:59:40 | More by paco1029384756
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous, oily black with a trace amount of thin brown head. Aroma is rich and sweet without being cloying or boozy. Intense vanilla, molasses and sugar blends with bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate. Vanilla and milk chocolate dominate the flavor of the Dark Lord base; again minimal booze or heat. Very tasty, but reminds me of a melted down cup of ice cream which starts to grow tiresome despite the small sample size.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 13:56:06 | More by yourefragile
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bulldogp04

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a minimal head, very similar to regular Dark Lord.

Smell: Aromas of chocolate, slightly roasted malt, and of course VANILLA....not overpowering on the vanilla like some might indicate.

Taste: The best bottle of Dark Lord you have ever had with an amazing hint of sweet vanilla. Roasted malts, chocolate malt, burnt sugar, slight bit of hops and dark fruit, although not nearly as much as in years past. Vanilla was simply a fantastic addition to this thick and viscous beer.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, viscous, chewy....everything you'd expect from the king of stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 23:51:50 | More by bulldogp04
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this two years in a row in a plastic cup pour. I took some brief notes this year, so here it goes - a lot of this will be complementary to my review of Dark Lord (when I finally get around to reviewing the regular variety).

A - Think quick-dissolving mocha foam, nice ring of lace, pitch black with a hint of red at the edges. It's about all I expect from a 13% RIS.

S - Vanilla! Plus it still maintains all the other great notes from the Dark Lord aroma - roasted malt, leather, tobacco, coffee, booze, etc. The authentic and potent vanilla just pushes an already great-smelling brew to the next level.

T - The taste is a tiny step down from the smell, with the vanilla overpowering some of the more subtle elements. There's still plenty of burnt malt, tobacco, leather, and surprisingly very little heat.

M - Thick, near milk-shake consistency, with tons of residual stickiness, and low carbonation. This is the way RISes should be down - other brewer's take note.

D - The vanilla gets a little palate fatiguing, and the high ABV is also a limiting factor, but my wife and I had no problems finishing a few pours of this one. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 04:01:56 | More by MasterSki
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sample @ DLD 2009

A- Jet, black with a slight mocha colored head.

S- Absolutely fantastic! Huge vanilla notes infiltrate the nose and just linger. While it has a huge presence, nice caramel and roasted coffee aromas were still able to come through. Probably one of the best smelling beers ever.

T- Very rich, almost too rich. The vanilla was nice in the scent, but could have been less intense on the mouth. Aside from the extreme sweetness of the vanilla beans, there was a roasted, oak flavor that complimented the vanilla quite well. There was a lot of complexity going on here, just wish the vanilla was turned down a notch so I could enjoy it all.

M- Perfect. Thick, chewy and velvety smooth. Not much more you can ask for with this one.

D- Alcohol was pretty well hidden. What really affected the drinkability was the sweetness, most likely a combination of the vanilla and caramel like flavors. I found myself being overwhelmed, especially towards the end of the beer.

Overall, glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 02:26:18 | More by rhinos00
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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