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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla BeansBrandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.3%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

(AKA Marshmallow Handji)
This is our massive Russian-style Imperial Stout aged for one year in brandy barrel with Madagascar vanilla beans. Thick, smooth, complex, and warming, this rare beer will certainly be remembered.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Jips on 05-05-2011)
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Reviews by kevanb:
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kevanb

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD 2012. (review from notes)

To be honest, this doesn't really look like much. Almost no head, no lacing, a bit of thin film along the rim of the glass but that's about it. Nice jet black color, and that great motor oil look is definitely there though. The aroma is intoxicating, perfect balance of vanilla, chocolate, licorice, coffee and some nice roast, but the vanilla presence just gives it something oh so special. I seriously want to stick my face in this vanilla glory for so long and just let that aroma take over my brain, room spray anyone? The flavors are just as amazing, the vanilla is definitely the highlight, but not astringent at all, super smooth, brings out the chocolate flavors really well, the coffee comes out nicely as well with some nice licorice and spiced flavors at the back. This is everything you want from a stout, perfect balance, rich heavy flavors. Super smooth, luscious, sexy as hell. The body is perfection, big, thick, viscous yet soft, plush and coating, warms as it goes down, incredible stuff.

Verdict: There is a reason this is so highly sought after, the hype is justified. This rules.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2012 15:04:44 | More by kevanb
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Bottle 403 of 433

APPEARANCE: Just like all the rest of them. Pours relatively clear for an imperial stout. Produces a small, one finger medium-looking head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body in the glass with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too light a pour and an average head at best.

SMELL: Much like the bourbon vanilla version, but slightly milder. A touch of brandy perhaps with a lightly roasted aroma, but this one is mostly vanilla on the nose and not overpowering. Milder and less artificial than the bourbon version.

TASTE: Vanilla sweetness up front mostly, with sweet cream and a touch of brandy at the swallow. Some sweet Dark Lord after the swallow with molasses and caramel, but the vanilla and marshmellow flavor is more prevalent here. Bolder finish is sweet with enough vanilla and a touch of alcohol lingering on the palate. Milder and less arfitical than the bourbon vanilla version, much like the nose.

PALATE: Slightly lighter than the base beer, but still big enough. Just like the other DL variants as well. Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers.

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A - Dark chocolate brown with a caramel color around the edges. Not much of a head as it only leaves small bubbles on the sides. As the beer swirls in my glass, I can tell it's going to be a thick one as it leaves lots of residue on the sides

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S- Sweet chocolate, brown sugar, brandy/alcohol, vanilla

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Huge thanks to LarryByrd for trading me this rarity! I honestly dont think that I could ever thank you enough for the oppurtunity to try this beer! Cheers!

Poured into a tulip glass.

Reviewed from notes taken on 2/23/2013.

Appearance: As dark as black can get. Thin medium brown cap with that goes away fast leaving nothing for head on the beer. Like all dark lord beers this beer stains the glass.

Smell: Faint vanilla, fudge, brandy, and oak.

Taste: Lot of chocolate. Faint vanilla and marshmellows. Sweet and smooth brandy. Its pretty oaky and woody. Its very big and very sweet. You do get a bit of oxidation, but not much. Its fantastic beer!

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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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