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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -24.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 12:24:43 | More by Jeffo
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aasher

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:53:09 | More by aasher
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 22:29:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 16:12:32 | More by callmemickey
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:49:50 | More by AgentZero
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:50:49 | More by jrallen34
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jale

Michigan

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 20:31:35 | More by jale
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 16:51:12 | More by Urbancaver
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:57:35 | More by yeahnatenelson
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billshmeinke

California

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 17:43:13 | More by billshmeinke
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:48:51 | More by womencantsail
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seeswo

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 16:00:54 | More by seeswo
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Florida9

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:09:13 | More by Florida9
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8oz swing top bottle. This was hand tapped at DLD 4/28/12. Literally poured from tasting glass into the bottle by a great BA'er. Poured this one into my Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a really dark black with reddish hues around the edges of the glass. No head obviously, but surprisingly there was still a touch of carbonation when I gave it a swirl. No lacing but to be expected. It leaves the normal dark film on the glass.

S: Being almost still, the nose is a little tough to get at which is to be expected. Initially I got more dark fruit than anything. Smelled very sweet. Then you really do get some of that delicious vanilla and barrel hints.

T: Luscious vanilla at the front of the tongue. Couple that with dark, rich chocolate. It's incredibly thick. It's fairly sweet, without being cloying. Flat out delicious.

M: Full bodied. A touch more carbonation would do this one wonders, but I liked it as is.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 17:09:07 | More by inlimbo77
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brandy Vanilla BA Dark Lord
38th Review
Bottle to snifter.
Bottle “smeared number”/433

A huge thanks to Matt (exitmusic00) for sharing this at our epic DL Variant & Other Ticks Tasting in Chicago and his woman (Michal) for picking this one at DLD 2011. Stoked to try this epic treat!

L: Deep black with a few bubbles for a head on vigorous pour.

S: A smooth mix of Count Chocula and Cocoa Pebbles cereal soaked in milk. Sweet chocolate and lots of it. Slight hint of caramel and vanilla, but very masked.

T: This beer tastes like a roasted marshmallow s’ more. Like the scent, the vanilla is hidden or possibly just overshadowed by chocolate. Either way, this is a very wonderful taste. Not too sweet, but succulent and smooth.

M: Light carbonation, but very full bodied. Well-balanced and smooth. Not too boozy, but you can tell it is there; it warms the soul.

O: This beer was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it for the fact that it was not anything like I expected it to be. I could see sipping on it around a toasty camp fire in the middle of a brisk fall evening! Right up there with the PVW BA DL as a result of its simplicity and my ability to merely enjoy it – fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 05:55:40 | More by spdyfire83
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Duff27

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No head. Dark brown body, lighter brown hued edges. Stains the glass.

Sweet aroma. Present booze but not overpowering.

Candy...I'm not even close to a brandy expert but this is great. Again "beer candy". Vanilla is muted behind the brandy.

Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

Takes a mediocre base beer and makes it great. A treat to partake in. Thanks for the share 4DAloveofSTOUT for the share!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:50:35 | More by Duff27
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for bringing this to the full bottled BA tasting at Sean's. Bottle #327.

It pours dark and thick like all Dark Lord should. The aroma is amazingly good, like a rich chocolate cake with vanilla icing. I was intially suspicious that the vanilla beans would be overdone (not why, I really liked Vanilla Bean Dark Lord), but they were added in just the right amount. More beans could have overcome the beer with sweetness, less would have become hard to detect. Just right.

It tastes very chocolaty, more than any other Dark Lord variant I've tried. Thick and filling, a real sipper with the brandy and Dark Lord intensity, so delicious though. We tried all 4 within an hour of each other, and this was easily my favorite. It seemed to be the crowd favorite too.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:04:42 | More by TurdFurgison
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside the other variants and consumed out of a Dark Lord snifter. Nice. This was another favorite of mine, edged out slightly by the bourbon barrel one. This one was great though.

Beer was black, thin lazy, low retention head, low carbonation.

Hello!!! VANILLA!!! Mild booze.

Beer is like liquid creme brulee, sweet, thick, sticky, coating your entire mouth, sweet sweet sweet, the vanilla is huge in this one, really sticks out, if you like sweet vanilla flavors you'll love this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:36:27 | More by drabmuh
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a Dark Lord vertical 07-11 during March Madness, jh1982 was gracious enough to pop this open along with those varieties. Easily my favorite DL I've ever had. Typical brown and black dark lord pour with not much in the way of head. Big warm brandy and vanilla aroma, totally delivers, in if anything can make the base Dark Lord chill in the background, its this brandy and vanilla quotient, which is quite nice together.

Just a ton of vanilla all over it, a vanilla better than the GI BCS vanilla, because it doesn't have the same massive sweetness, while this is sweeter than your average Dark Lord, it isn't bothersome, it is complimentary. Hides the alcohol well, like all DLs.

Put it alongside Chocolate Rain, Creme Brulee, Eclipse Brandy. . . as a phenomenal dessertish beer. Wouldn't hesitate to grab one of these if I ever had the chance. I dunno if I'd drop $50 on it, but $30, sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:19:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #327/433 generously shared by Kan at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Poured into a taster.

A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, tan mocha-colored head that vanishes quickly and leaves nothing behind but the black beer.

S - Wonderful booze and vanilla notes, oak, brandy, rich chocolate, very sweet but still excellent. The vanilla in this beer just takes it to another level for me over the regular BA Brandy version.

T - Tastes just as good as the nose. The vanilla, chocolate, booze, oak, and rich sweetness is just excellent. The alcohol is really no where to be found in this one. Dessert in a bottle.

M - Full, rich, viscous, creamy, very little carbonation.

O - Probably my favorite of the 4 BA variants. I'm a huge fan of vanilla and this just killed it with the brandy, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Really enjoyed just sitting around and smelling this beer. Outstanding a definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 21:56:34 | More by Sean9689
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in a vertical next to the other dark lord variants, what a treat.

The beer has a nice black body with some borne on the sides, not much head or lacing one it settles, but it has lots of body and has a look to it like a thick dark spirit.

The smell has plenty of character with notes from vanilla, cinnamon, cherry, sweet brandy, toffee, molasses, dark barley bread, some alcohol complexity without the heat, and fudge goodness. Very beautiful aroma, very similar to the vanilla bean dark lord that I love so much on tap.

A beautiful taste as well, a lot of dark fruit, burnt cherry, vanilla, cola favors, some great sweet stout favors with just a little bit of roast, some other slick hot chocolate like favors and some spicy brandy notes coming in the aftertaste. It's a nice flavor, but maybe a bit sweet for this to be one of my favorite stouts, this is a serious desert like beer.

Feel is good, not much heat but not a ton of body compared some other dark lords, maybe it's just because it is so slick over the palate, pretty good.

Overall a great and special beer, but I definitely prefer the vanilla bean dark lord overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:40:00 | More by Dreadnaught33
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:42:26 | More by MasterSki
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:09:54 | More by AleWatcher
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:28:41 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours black with almost no head. Small tan ring of lacing around the glass.

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

T- Sweet chocolate, brandy, brown sugar, vanilla, and more fudgey chocolate.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Silky, creamy and smooth.

O- Very good beer. Still have the 2012 vanilla above this variant, but still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:37:37 | More by kawilliams81
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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.