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Conquistador De La Muerte (Bourbon) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Conquistador De La Muerte (Bourbon)
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 18.05%
Wants: 40
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sean9689 on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Milk Stout aged in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel with ancho and guajillo chiles
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Conquistador de Muerte - 2012 - No. 16/405

Picked this up at the brewery over the summer and after having a small pour from a buddy's bottle soon after release, I could simply wait no longer to drink this. I was going to save it for a special occasion but I figured it's Wednesday evening, I'm alive... special enough.

Poured an immensely dark brown color that if you didn't see the ring around the glass you'd think it was jet black. Initially it produced a small, finger sized UPS brown (the uniforms, not the trucks) foamy layer that fizzled and popped and quickly vanished leaving the brew naked. The smells. Oh my, the smells. There is a totally robust, complex aroma coming from this one. Bourbon, caramel, roast, dark funk, and above all.. an amazing tartness. From my vague memories of Bourbon County Cherry Rye.. it's like that. But more prominent! The tastes. Wow. The effects of the bourbon on this blow my mind. I believe BCBS is too harsh fresh. Others I've had are either overwhelmingly hot and boozy or contrastingly underwhelming. The bourbon is more than subtle and perfectly complimentary to the roasted caramel tastes. So drinkable, so enjoyable. I question the 8% ABV noted on the detail page, it should easily be in the double digits. It ends with a sweet tartness which reaffirms the aromas. Hints of cherry or perhaps some other indistinguishable berry. The peppers aren't noticeable in the taste but make themselves evident once the liquid is gone with gentle heat upon the lips. With the previous sample I thought the peppers were a bit more apparent and the heat was cranked up a bit. Perhaps a few months muted the peppers. An amazing beer. This is definitely one of my favorites to date. Perhaps even best. Having been on a Bourbon County Coffee kick recently, I can see the quality and complexity in this one. Significantly better. This one is phenomenal.


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4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This milk stout was served in a small tulip, and I couldn't wait to try it. It was described to me as the Three Floyds Moloko infused with chiles. A beer with chocolate notes infused with chilie peppers? That is the best combination. If you have had chile with your hot chocolate, then you know what I mean.

A - Dark as night with 1/8 inch tan head. Reduced to a thin lacing. Produced legs upon agitation.

S - Notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee or caramel, vanilla, plum, but no pepper.

T - The sweetness of a milk, vanilla bean, chocolate and roasted coffee at the start and adding slightly fruity and slightly bitter from the chilies in the middle. Ends with a not unpleasant heat from the chilies in the back of the throat, which blends nicely with the sweet flavors still on the tongue.

M - Velvety and full-bodied, fresh and smooth.

D - A suberb stout to finish off a hearty meal such as steak or beef ribs.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muerte Moloko

Pours a deep, light crushing black. There was a short lived inch of brownish head that dissipated to a thin layer.

The nose is lighter on the pepper status and has some barrel characteristics such as vanilla and coconut.

The flavor that starts it all is sweet Chili's. You taste that vegetal, raw, sweet pepper. (Consumed the day after release). That sweetness turns into a slight heat. After a quick dissipating heat, the bourbon, chocolate and roasted coconut flavors, start to appear. The bourbon is noticeable but takes the sideline next to the
sweet-heat. The barrel effects are tasting standard to most of the Floyd's barrel offerings.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but leaning towards hefty. There is a low amount of carb which suites the brew fine.

Best enjoyed with chocolate cake, cheesecake....Or any dessert! This brew is solid.

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4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Black as night, with just the smallest hint of mocha colored head

Smell - Bourbon up front with some spice, then I get the some coffee and chocolate.

Taste - WOW this was different but in a good way. At first I get the bourbon from the Woodford Reserve and the sweetness from the base milk stout. Then I get the spiciness from the chilies not over powering but it leaves my lips and throat tingling waiting for another sip.

Feel - The body is thick but on average/above for the style, but the lack of carbonation loses it some points.

Drink ability - This beer is great but I wouldn't see myself drinking more than a glass or two of this stuff. I find myself wondering if this beer would have been better without the peppers. But it's still a good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/12/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of sudsy milk chocolate head.

Smell -- Chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla oakiness, coffee with cream, and a touch of the smokey guajillo chiles. Superb.

Taste -- Chocolate malts and bourbon up front, along with toffee sweetness, caffè macchiato, vanilla oakiness, guajillo chile, and red pepper flake. Finish is spicy heat and chocolate-covered toffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with an abundance of softer carbonation. Not prickly, not foamy - in the middle.

Drinkability -- If I could change anything it would be to subdue the chile influence. Beautifully crafted, loved how the barrel aging as well as the guajillos really brought out the chocolate flavors from Moloko, but the heat in the finish takes away from the drinkability. If you find yourself in the situation, you MUST try this.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Option. Served in a stange-like glass.

A - Pitch black body, with some light mocha foam that settles to a thin ring and not much else.

S - There's a hefty amount of green chili flavor from the ancho, earthy wood, light bourbon, and a roasted malt and grain backdrop. While I don't get a ton of Moloko, this is surprisingly tasteful for Three Floyds and doesn't smell like straight Woodford Reserve.

T - The taste contains more of the milk stout base with some nice lactose sugar notes mingling with green pepper and tomatillo notes mingling with dry, roasty malts. Finishes with a bit of Scoville heat as opposed to the alcohol variety.

M - Medium body, with some tannic barrel character and slight grit to it. Finishes sticky with peppery warmth. I'm guessing the barrel thinned out a medium ABV beer like Moloko more than some of their high-gravity barrel-aged brews.

D - I thought this was quite excellent and would gladly order it again. Hopefully there's a bit left for me at FoBAB after I tick all the new stuff. It isn't much of a session beer, but I don't think that's what the Floyds were going for anyway.

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Conquistador De La Muerte (Bourbon) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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