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

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

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 416
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a few people we were able to put together the entire vertical and almost all the BA variants. Lots of fun gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
2011 vintage
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.

OVERALL: Pretty good variant, and much better and less artificial than the bourbon vanilla version. The vanilla made this a little one-dimensional perhaps, but the small glass was certainly enjoyable. Finishing a bottle of this on my own would be a chore, however. Cheers for the fun tasting boys!

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3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was shared by Alewatcher at his and Oreo's birthday bash. Thanks Jeff! This one pours like any other Dark Lord, dark, oily and viscous. It smells of straight vanilla beans with the lightest brandy tinge. The vanilla is nice yet on the being of cloyingly sweet. It is silky smooth yet almost like pure vanilla syrup. It is pure sweet brandy and little else. You don't exactly get any barrel or chocolate. It is smooth and easily drinkable. If only there weren't so much sugar. Regardless, thanks to Alewatcher for this one and treating us on his birthday.

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3.94/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#63/433. 750ml waxed and capped 750ml bottle into a TJ’s snifter. Had at a tasting on 9/4/11.

Pours no head, no lace but excellent legs. Opaque black color.

Nose is pure vanilla beans. Some brownie and chocolate in the background but vanilla aroma dominates. Simple, but very pure and appropriate.

Opens chocolate and molasses. Vanilla comes in strong towards the middle with copious amounts of brownie and chocolate in the background. End is more molasses and milk chocolate with a sweet soy sauce finish and more vanilla in the aftertaste. Very solid.

Full bodied with very low carbonation. Oily and viscous in the mouth. Goes down with a good amount of heat. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste.

The regular Dark Lord has always been known to be heavy and this variation is no different. Incredibly thick, robust, and viscous from top to bottom in the flavor to the mouthfeel. However, the vanilla adds a depth of character that really works with the chocolate, soy sauce, and other stout components. The brandy doesn’t really come out for me but this is still a very solid beer.

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3.97/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black body. Super thin, dark khaki ring. No defined head or lacing.

S: Assault of vanilla bean and chocolate. The nose is intense and quite wonderful.

T: Fizzles a bit as the vanilla, chocolate, light brandy and boozey heat are a little too raw.

M: Spritzy, a tad overcarbonated and slightly cloying towards the end. Almost cola-like in feel. Slight warming feeling from the booze.

O: An interesting experiment in raw, unbridled vanilla warfare. I could not imagine drinking anything more than three ounces unless two scoops of vanilla ice cream were dropped into this bad boy. Now that would be fucking delicious.

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three cheers for Kan coming through at the end and completing the 2011 Dark Lord variant horizontal. Bottle #327.

A - It looks like Dark Lord. Black, brown head, etc.

S - Holy rusted metal, er vanilla beans. Wow, they weren't messing around when they added the beans to this. A rich and smooth vanilla can't be missed, I'm actually struggling to find the brandy. Some chocolate, espresso, molasses and slight roast complete the nose.

T - Tastes like Dark Lord with some soft brandy sweetness and a $*@&-ton of vanilla. Vanila adss a certain mouth-smacking quality to it, and is realy the dominant flavor among the rest. If yoo like a well-crafted RIS with vanilla, this is the beer for you.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth, full bodied, viscous.

O - A really nice vanilla beer. There was actually just a little too much vanilla for my liking, but it doesn't change the fact this is just an awesome beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.28/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kan for this.

A: Pours black with a small amount of head.

S: Vanilla and lots of it. Chocolate, oak, dark sugars a hint of coffee and brandy.

T: Taste is much the same with great sweetness. No where near the alcohol heat you would expect.

M: Thick and rich.

O: Would love more of this great beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown reddish. Thick viscous, a bit of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like vanilla dessert. Tons of roasty malt. Oxidized raisiny aromas. The vanilla comes through strong. Tastes raisin heavy, roasty and fruity. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Boozy, strong, pretty enjoyable. Overall enjoyable but i had hoped it would be more exciting

Photo of jrallen34
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for this, bottle 327 of 433.... Dark black with a light tan head, shiny black looks like dl... Nose is unreal, smooth real true vanilla, best vanilla note ever, a touch of vanilla, but not much, smells like a really sweet sugar cookie... The taste is super molasses and vanilla, really candyish, a bit too sweet to crush a hole bottle but alcohol is hidden really well

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Lion - 2011 BA Dark Lord Voltron Tasting, 07/15/2011.

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown body with chestnut highlights and a slim parchment head that fizzled into a parchment ring. Of the four barrel-aged versions, this was the one one that poured with anything resembling a head.

Smell -- Sweet vanilla, fruity/vinous brandy, dark chocolate and roast malt, mild dark fruit presence and a hint of coffee. While very nice, it didn't bowl me over.

Taste -- While not overpowering, brandy is very forward, along with vanilla beans as one would hope. Coffee is surprisingly perceptible, considering that this is 2010 Dark Lord. Dark fruit maltiness and some unrefined sugar sweetness, but not nearly as much chocolate as the nose - I imagine this is being covered up by the brandy/vanilla combo. Much more vibrant and rich than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with milder carbonation. Probably the thinnest of the barrel-aged Dark Lord versions. Certainly good, but compared to the others it felt close to water.

Overall -- Surprisingly good! The vinous brandy character married well with the vanilla beans, and the cloying sweetness and burning alcohol heat that I had been told of were not present. The mouthfeel seemed to suffer slightly in this version, but still pretty damn good.

For being the beer that was the talk of every beer blog for what seemed like ages prior to 2011 Dark Lord Day, this beer had a lot to answer for, and on the whole it delivered.

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4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brandy Dark Lord (from notes) bottle #191/433

Thick, black, syrupy looking beer with some amber/brown hues. Huge legs.

Smells of chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallow.

Chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla, bakers chocolate, caramelized sugar, slight alcohol heat. A bit of charred wood too. Kinda like a burnt marshmallow, according to my friend Henry, and I heartily agree. A touch of earthy spice, and woody spice that helps keeping it from being too sweet.

Thick, syrupy, warming alcohol, pretty awesome.

I don’t think I’d need much more than the few ounces I had, but it was an awesome few ounces.

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4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Alen.

A: The pour is thick and black in color with a small khaki colored head.

S: Smells like I'd expect it to: brandy, booze, and a huge vanilla aroma. There's quite a bit of coconut, marshmallow, and graham cracker, too. A mild roast note with a touch of oak and some sweet chocolate.

T: A very intense chocolate sweetness with a bit of oak. Lots of brandy and a decent booziness. Like the aroma, sweet graham cracker, marshmallow, and almost excessive amounts of vanilla. A very mild roast which can't even begin to quell the sweetness.

M: Very full bodied with low, smooth. carbonation.

O: Normally I'm not the hugest fan of the overly sweet, sugary beer, but this was great.

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4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was generously shared by Dustin next to an 07-11 Dark Lord vertical. This beer ruined the Dark Lord vertical in that exposed the flaws of the base beer. Also, the DL 09 and 10 were not very good and nobody finished them, which leads one to worry what will happen to this bottle if it is cellared.

Pours pitch black with a slightly brown, oil like sheen on the glass and a very slight ring of tannish head. The smell is fantastic - the vanilla helps to round out the characteristic dark fruit, roasted malt flavors. There is a slight booziness coming off as well which docks it just a touch. In the taste, the vanilla also helps round out the characteristic big roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit flavors of Dark Lord. The brandy treatment is more reserved than some brandy beers, but also blends in very nicely. There is a nice richness and desert-like quality that is really fantastic. Obviously, it has a big body with lower carbonation, as expected. I find this treatment to be fantastic at taking a big beer with some big, rough flavors and rounding it off. Great work, FFF.

Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and black. If you look around the edges it is apparent the beer itself if more of a dark brown in color, but in the glass it comes off as black. Forms a very thin bit of dark tan head, but not as much as the straight brandy variant.

S: Starts off chocolaty and boozy, but then a blend of marshmallow and chocolate, much like a breakfast cereal. Some light vanilla. The aroma is strong, quite interesting, and for lack of a better term, "fun."

T: The flavor mirrors the aroma. More chocolate, milk chocolate, and some light caramel notes. Vanilla is apparent on the finish. Moderate sweetness. Someone in the tasting group likened it to Count Chocula, and I couldn't agree more: a lightly chocolaty, marshmallowy sweetness.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Considering how boozy the straight Brandy Barrel variant was, this one had barely a hint of alcohol and what was there only added to the complexity.

O: A very good, easily drinkable RIS. Of the four variants, I found this one to be the most unusual and the unique. Really just a fun beer that was my personal favorite of the bunch.

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