Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 136
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 3.96%
Wants: 428
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jips on 05-05-2011

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
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Photo of mojiboo02
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best tasting beer that I have ever had. Split 8 or so ways at a DL vertical and horizantol tasting in 2012. The smell was sweet of brandy with a nice undertone of vanilla and the taste was big flavor with the vanilla slightly coming through over the brandy. The mouthfeel was rather thick and tasty. Definitely my favorite of the DL tasting. (354 characters)

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old Review-

Big shoutout to Brett for bringing to DLD 2014. Definitely the highlight of the day that included whale after whale. The smell was that of roasted marshmallows and coffee. The vanilla was so prevalent and the Brandy added a very different flavor than you get with the lesser bourbon aged vanilla counterpart. One of the finest barrel aged stouts I've ever had. (377 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This is one of the most sought after beers in the craft beer world, so I have to give a major thanks to Robbie Moy for cracking this one open and sharing it with me. This beer was only released once, and only to those who were lucky enough to have a winning scratch-off ticket at Dark Lord Day in 2011. This is the 2010 vintage of Dark Lord, aged for one year in brandy barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans added. Only 433 bottles of this were released. We cracked this one, in addition to several other big name goodies, to celebrate the end of the Illinois bar exam, my birthday, and Robbie Moy's birthday.
Score: 99

Bottle number 332/433 (2011 vintage). Served in a wine chalice and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Jet black, with a thin brown highlight strip atop the glass when held up to light. A think layer of creamy melted milk chocolate colored head at pour settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. The lacing is incredibly oily and it coats the side of the glass, slowly oozing back down. 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet vanilla, fudge, milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol heat. Then brandy and more fudge. Complex, balanced and chocolatey. Sweet on the nose, but not nearly as sweet as the base beer. Mild molasses in the nose too. 5/5

Taste: Sweet and creamy Edy's vanilla bean ice cream and brandy layered on top of molasses and fudgey milk chocolate. Decadent flavors coat the tongue in rich, lingering goodness. Molasses and raisin too. Definitely a sweet stout (but not cloying), though this one is a little less sweet than the 2011 bourbon vanilla dark lord was. There is a nice alcohol warmth to the finish without any real "booziness" that gives this one some "life after death" on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Viscous, sweet and "sticky" mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: One of the best beers out there with a reputation for the same for a good reason. This beer is definitely one of the sweeter stouts out there, but it never crosses the line into the land of cloyingly sweet. I found the base beer and others like Lindley Park to be much sweeter. This is not a beer I could load up my cellar with at its retail price tag, even if I had the chance to buy multiples, and it's even harder to get through trade, but this is a must-try beer to hunt down and split with friends.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this beer out. It is just as good as everyone says.

Pairings: Vanilla custard.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle. (2,602 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle had at NWI tasting group 2011 BA DL night

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

S - Loads of vanilla, brandy sweetness, marshmallow fluff, chocolate, and caramel. This is one amazing smelling beer

T - This is definitely the sweetest of the BA DLs but it manages to not be overly sweet. It tastes like marshmallow fluff. There is loads of vanilla and marshmallow in each sip. As it carries on, I do get slight oak, chocolate, and brandy but the vanilla and marshmallow are strong without overpowering. Definitely probably the most vanilla I've had in a beer

MF - Smooth creamy and thick beer that coats the tongue. It also manages to be slightly soft and fluffy.

O - This is an amazing beer. There is so much vanilla in this yet the vanilla doesn't overpower at all. Instead it blends in well to add a great twist to these beers. (1,045 characters)

Photo of trodersark
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #98/433
Served into a Tulip

Cracked this one open at a tasting last night, and I was immediately blown away by the aromas gushing out of the bottle. My god, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla!!!! This beast pours a thick chocolate black, with very little head. It absolutely reeks of vanilla with a slight hint of bourbon. At this point I was already satisfied, and didn't know how to feel, knowing that I was about to taste this gem. Then came the first sip....HOLYY CRAPPP!! Had to take a second sip to confirm my inner thoughts and....HOLY CRAPPP!! This monster made it to my top 3 beers ever tasted, might even be the best(coming from a guy infatuated with BA stouts). It tastes of vanilla, bourbon, some touch of chocolate, a tiny bit of oakiness, and a great deal of boldness. This thing is fantastic, and I believe needs to be drank right now. It left a sheath of vanilla and bourbon over my tongue, and made me never want to brush my teeth ever again! (unfortunately I brushed that night). This thing is so fantastic, I really haven't done justice to it with this post. Now off to tracking another bottle... (1,114 characters)

Photo of joel66
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle generously shared by grumpyoldtroll, thanks again Mike, you went 2x2 on the night

Bottled poured what could have been mistaken for motor oil with a slight espresso head and no lacing.. The smell of this beer is overwhelmingly marshmallow, mixed with the booziness of brandy, simply amazing scent.

The taste reminds me of being around a camp fire making smores. Mix of marshmallow, chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt.

This beer is sweet on your palate, but incredibly balanced with the brandy and vanilla bean.

I cant decide whether Brandy Vanilla, or Apple Brandy Huna go down as my favorite stout of all time.... (632 characters)

Photo of kif
4.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won this bottle in the scratch off at DLD 2011. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A: Looks exactly like normal Dark Lord. Pitch black with a tiny small dark brown head that fades quickly.

S: Lots of vanilla. There is some roasted malt behind the vanilla, but the vanilla is the overwhelming smell.

T: Again, lots of vanilla here. There is also some chocolate, roasted malt, and some caramel.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Overall this is my favorite RIS. Normal Dark Lord while a good beer, is over hyped in my opinion. This is completely different. The vanilla perfects the beer in my opinion, and makes it my favorite beer I have had to date. Hopefully they will have more at this year's event! (701 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to jim for providing this gem.
bottle #190 / 433

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - smells like marshmellows. really wonderful. the vanilla is strong and melds with the fruitiness of the brandy creating an almost sangria marshmellow stout smell. my mouth is watering.

t - taste is unreal. marshmellow extreme. the vanilla carries a lot of the marshmellow sweetness but the brandy brings some sangria characteristics..mix that with the roasty chocolate stoutness of dark lord and you've got the best of the best.

m - smooth and easy drinking. the barrel worked wonders on this beer.

o - overall, this beer is simply amazing. it is truly fascinating to witness what a barrel can do to such a thick and rich beer. a pleasure cruise through my lips. this was my favorite of the 8 closely followed by the bourbon vanilla and the 2 bourbons. (985 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 01/14/12 notes. Was lucky enough to "win"/buy this at Dark Lord Day, and even luckier to get to try it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. I liked this version the best, and think it is up there with the Vanill Bean DL as the best beer I've had from FFF. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle 233/433.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the normal version and all the other variants.

s - Smells of vanilla beans, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, light brandy, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. An awesome nose here, and the vanilla is in the forefront.

t - Tastes of vanilla beans, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, brandy, aok, dark chocolate, toasted malts. A ton of vanilla in the taste and to me, it's amazing.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty perfect for a big RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantasic stout. If you like vanilla in your stouts than this is one of the best there is. Perfect mouthfeel and like I said, rivals their Vanilla Bean DL. I actually think I liked the nose of the PVW DL better, but the taste better here, so this gets a slightly higher grade due to the way scores are calculated. I think those 2 are neck and neck though and way above the others. (1,393 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.

The beer is near black with a thin, oily beige head.

The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, booze. Smells fantastic.

The flavor is other worldly. Beyond good. Shockingly delicious. Huge blast of vanilla with sweet, delectable brandy. The flavor far surpasses the aroma. No doubt whatsoever the taste earns a 5 score.

Great feel. The taste is so amazingly fantastic, making it hard to find any fault with the feel. Smooth, bold, teeming with flavor.

World class. My highest recommendation. (609 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

REVIEW # 1000

2011 750mL bottle poured into taster. Opened alongside DL 10-12 and Bourbon Barrel DL 12 as part of our holiday StoutFest tasting.

Pours an oily, thick blackness with a thin, filmy toasted brown head. Fades out completely leaving a few random spots of lacing dotted around the glass.

Holy crap, this actually smells exactly like marshmallows. Heavy vanilla scents drizzled in chocolate and powered by some sweet brandy warmth. Layers of toasted dark malts and oak with hints of dark fruit and roasted nuts. It's like a booze-soaked s'more. Awesome - I literally couldn't stop smelling this.

Intense brandy barrel flavor riddled with vanilla and marshmallow tones, serving as shockingly delicious exclamation points on the profile. Plenty of chocolate, sticky sweet malts and molasses. Touches of dark fruit and roasted oak. The vanilla beans and velvety brandy barrel character continue to tantalize the palate throughout the warm finish.

Full, heavy body, sticky and creamy on the tongue. I was hoping this one really was going to live up to the ridiculous hype and it came through in spades. Utterly stunning and capable of completely elevating Dark Lord to heights the base beer can't even dream of reaching. This narrowly edged out Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord 12 as the best beer of the evening and is one of the best stouts I've had since Bourbon County Vanilla and Coffee. (1,397 characters)

Photo of Jips
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Dark Lord Day,my brother did some serious circular trading around to get us a taste. Had poured from a clear plastic cup into a taster glass.

A: Seen other stouts described as motor oil, that's BS compared to this. BLACK, swirled it around glass and its dark brown legs clung to the sides and took their sweet time falling back into the rest. Very thin, almost nonexistant head.

S: (In order of dominance) MASSIVE Burnt brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cherries. Overall intense, as eye opening as smelling salts.

T: The flavors of Dark Lord have no nuance. Its a sweet tsunami of molasses w/ predominant vanilla then plum, coffee, chocolate, cherries, brown sugar....probably 100 other flavors, my sense of taste became dulled. A terribly sweet chaos that will now define "imperial" for me. Couldn't detect an alcohol burn over all those flavors. Oddly smooth, perhaps that's the effect of the oak in the brandy barrels? Aftertaste is very sweet vanilla-ey brandy, big but mellow compared to the initial salvo.

M: OIL, even if you are used to big stouts it is difficult to take more than a tiny sip. Don't know if it was carbonated or not, body is big enough to compensate. Most tongue and throat coating stout I've had.

Absolutely abrasive flavors. After drinking my sample, felt overwhelmed and confused but and wanted more. Only slightly dinged it on taste since Pappy Van Winkle is the ultimate bourbon, so must be Dark Lord aged in it. (1,462 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #372/433.

A - Pours dark black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a slight haze.
S - Wow, incredibly sweet aromas of chocolate brownie batter, raisins, caramel, and vanilla. Spectacular!
T - Again, very, very sweet. Lots of vanilla here, along with more brownie batter, brandy, and dark malt. My girlfriend likened this to a Chocolate Moon Pie, and I can't argue with that statement.
M - Thick and syrupy, with a full mouth-feel and low carbonation. The ABV is so well hidden, it's nuts.
O - Such a ridiculously over-the-top beer. So sweet, so amazing. Big thanks go out to Billy for sharing this delight! (641 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #327/433. Big thanks to Kan for contributing this one. Consumed at Sean's 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours a deep black color. Thick body and a thin mocha-colored head. Few spots of lacing and a thin collar. The nose brings forward a beautiful combination of brandy and vanilla with loads of dark chocolate and sweet malt flowing beneath it. Mild oak there as well. The regular Brandy version had a nice nose, but the vanilla takes it to another level.

Just like with the nose, the vanilla really takes this beer to a completely different level from the Brandy version. Strong notes of vanilla and an accompanying creaminess. Lots of chocolate and a good dosing of brandy. Somewhat hot, though for 15% it's certainly not bad. Lots of sweetness and the vanilla plays quite well with that. Full-bodied and quite viscous with low carbonation. By far the best of the bunch as far as I was concerned.

EDIT:

01.14.2012 - After 6+ months, the vanilla and brandy have really come together, with the vanilla still standing out. Very low heat and just a phenomenal vanilla Presence. Scores adjusted upward.

Original scores: 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 (1,211 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last DL variant opened for our tasting. Courtesy of existmusic00. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Not sure what bottle number this is as it was smudged.

A- Pours a typical DL color but this one seems to have the most carbonation with a mocha head that dissipates leaving a thin cap. No lacing.

S- Tons of milk and dark chocolate, reminds me of cocoa pebbles, a bit of vanilla, oak, roasted malt, caramel and some toffee.

T- Best way to describe this was that it tasted like eating a slightly burnt marshmallow in the middle of the woods. Fudge, vanilla, oak, roasted malt and caramel are noticeable.

M- Medium body and low carbonation, despite having the highest out of the 4. The ABV is hidden extremely well is this variant with a syrupy mouthfeel that finishes a bit sweet.

O- This was my favorite DL with the PVW coming very close. Sweet but not cloying and very smooth. Not a lot of similarities to the regular brandy DL. Overall, very delicious.

Thanks again Matt! (981 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the 2011 & 2012 Vanillas next to each other to kick off our tasting with all 8 BA DLs. Pretty sure Jim brought this bottle -- thanks!

Gloops out of the bottle with minimal head and lace. Lots of sweetness and brandy in the aroma, vanilla shines through with the booze. Intense and potent.

Taste is straight up marshmallows. Honey graham crackers, sweet malt, dark roast, plenty of vanilla, more sugary sweetness. I swear this is s'mores in liquid form, and damn is it delicious. Very sweet but somehow not cloying. Booze shows up towards the end, warming my throat and bringing in more vanilla. Massive, viscous body approaches perfection.

Yeah, this is awesome. The '12 has more barrel (bourbon) character, which also imparts significantly more boozy heat. That said, the aftertaste on the '12 melts into a boozy, vanilla-infused nectar that sticks to the back of your throat after swallowing, and that was my favorite part of either beer. All in all, these were phenomenal.

This '11 Brandy Vanilla ended up being my favorite of the 8 variants, followed by '12 Cognac and '12 Bourbon Vanilla. Get your hands on one of these, folks, they are drinking great right now! (1,178 characters)

Photo of normyk
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As one would expect it's pretty close to black with some brown showing around the edges. Not much head at all. The aroma is stellar - it is one of the best smelling beers I've run into yet. Deep and rich with a nice hit of vanilla - it smells like some sort of rich dessert - fudge-like. The taste is great, but a little different than I expected. There is just a hint of brandy to it and a big tasty vanilla character that softens the hit of a beer like DL. Still some heat in the throat, but not bad. It's nicely thick and smooth. I have to say that this is up there with regular Vanilla Dark Lord. Very tasty stuff and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to try it. (670 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle tried with the other versions and all the years.

A: Black with thin ring of very dark head.

S: Quite sweet - toffee and chocolate cake. Lots of vanilla.

T: Chocolate cake with vanilla. Some toffee. Fairly simple, but very, very appealing.

M: Thick with light carb.

O: Amazing - very sweet, but quite good. Just a small serving is enough, though. (362 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dustin, thanks for being the guy behind me that won this bottle at DLD. Bottle # 231/433. Based on the OSU schedule, these notes are from 9/24/11. Likely poured into a small Delerium snifter/ticker glass.

A - Black, light tan head with minimal lacing. Stick to glass well. Not perfect, but it looks pretty nice. Does not appear as thick/black as regular DL.

S - I don't really need the notes here, as this one sticks out in my mind. Fudge, vanilla, sweet alcohol. Quite fantastic. I got a lot of fudge on this one. It was likely due to the sweet vanilla mixed with the DL. I didn't get any brandy. I tried, but just couldn't find it like I'd anticipated. Oh well, the aroma was about perfect as it was.

T - Fudge, sweet vanilla, brandy, lingering vanilla. Alcohol present towards the end. Esters clear the nose. Fudge and vanilla linger with the booze towards the end. I don't get what I'd call the molasses and coffee that is evident in the '10 regular version. The brandy comes in in the back-middle flavor just perfectly. I really enjoyed this flavor.

M - Fairly thick mouthfeel, but not as thick as the regular DL. Pretty nice for a BA stout. It fits well with the beer and allows for the flavor to carry, which I suppose is what a BA stout should do. In comparison to all RIS, this is a 4.0, but in comparison to other BA RIS, this is a 4.5.

O - Great beer. Top notch all around. The asking price at DL day was about the top of what I think is possible to pay...they must have been doing some market research. I would never try to get another bottle considering the trade asking price, but I'm extremely happy to have tried this one. I guess I'll have to get in line next year to see if the regular vanilla DL is better. (1,731 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kan shared this one. Thanks!

Viscous, oily black, surprisingly well carbonated with a thin mocha head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

A shit-ton of vanilla on the nose, this is hilariously decadent. Toasted almond, chocolate, molasses. Pretty integrated brandy barrel, not a lot of heat either. Smells like French toast with maple syrup on top.

Taste is great but slightly less impressive than the aroma. Still awesome, however. Still a hell of a lot of vanilla, maple syrup and molasses. Tootsie roll, toasted almonds. Full, borderline syrupy texture. Very little heat, and surprisingly not cloying despite the sweetness. (634 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/12/2011

I was able to try this again next to the other Barrel Aged Dark Lords and the 2010 regular version and I'm upping my aroma score (+.5).

6/24/2011

Big thanks to Jason for opening this. Bottle 121/433 into a snifter.

A: Glugs out with minimal head. Not much evident carbonation.

S: Holy hell there is a lot of vanilla. Wow. It's like vanilla bean ice cream with some brandy and dark chocolate syrup. Insane amount of vanilla. Light oak. Easily one of the best expressions of vanilla I've beheld on a beer. Vanilla?

T: A blast of vanilla bean ice cream with a little brandy. Brown sugar accompanies dark chocolate and notes of molasses. The sweetness is borderline cloying but it seems to work here, though I couldn't drink this in quantity. Finish is smooth with evident booze and a lot of vanilla (naturally).

M: Full in body and low in carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, and smooth.

Overall: This is a great dessert beer. Definitely recommended. I don't think I'd want more than 4 oz of it, though. (1,024 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared this beer with a bunch of awesome Ba's at my birthday party in June.
Reviewed from notes.

Wow.
After having that Brandy Alpha Klaus mess I was worried about this bottle... But upon smelling it, all fears have subsided-- this is really shockingly good.
The pour looks a lot like most other pours of Dark Lord-- dark black, thick looking body with a small, practically non existent head. Weak retention, almost no lacing, but nice thick oily legs.
Smells incredible-- huge vanilla bean notes over a chocolate and coffee presence with plenty of very-well-integrated brandy notes.
The taste is delicious-- it is very much like the vanilla bean dark lord with a sweet boozy brandy note... It isn't overly done, and it isn't super hot and boozy. It is just right.
Thick body. The low carbonation (even lower than normal darklord) helps it feel nice and creamy.
Overall-- wow. I shall not doubt the FFF boys again when it comes to using the brandy barrels! This is delicious! (980 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. Thick, heavy, viscous, chewy, massive stout. Its got a touch of warming booze and its 15% is very well hidden.

Overall: The fact that I got to try this beer is just plain awesome! The fact that it is still an amazing beer is also awesome! Glad that I had the chance to drink this beer. It one of the best 3 Floyds beers that I have ever drank. Brandy barrel aged beers are awesome I wish that more brewers would use brandy barrels to age big beers! (1,155 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kan for sharing this one at Sean's birthday. Bottle #327/433. Served in a plastic cup.

A - A hard pour yields a late-rising dark tan foam that settles to a thin ring. A glass-coating oily film coats the sides of the glass. Black body with some brown at the fringes.

S - Vanilla beans! It's just massive vanilla initially, but as it warms up some of the base beer's chocolate and other sweet notes come out a bit. The brandy and spirit character is present but it is hidden under the layers of vanilla and imperial stout. Not much oak presences, although the vanilla from the barrel probably pales compared to the ridiculous amount of vanilla bean aroma. Surprisingly little alcohol. Excellent stuff that is definitely on par with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord.

T - The taste has a bit more roast character and is a bit more chocolate-heavy, with less overt vanilla bean flavor. There are also the requisite Dark Lord flavors of caramel, cake, molasses, brown sugar, and so forth. It's decadent, and unfortunately doesn't have the same transcendent vanilla flavor that the aroma does.

M - Pretty low carbonation, and this is unsurprisingly sticky, viscous, and full-bodied. Some light warmth in the finish, but otherwise the alcohol is very well-hidden, particularly as this must approach 16-17 after the barrel-aging.

D - Superb stuff. Even though it's quite sweet it never reaches cloying or palate-exhausting levels. I was worried about this beer after the disaster that was Brandy Klaus, but this was by far my favorite barrel-aged version of Dark Lord (other than the regular Vanilla Bean version). Highly recommended! (1,654 characters)

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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.