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

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 409
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +8%

sarge27, Aug 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

oldp0rt, May 23, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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!

Jeffo, May 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

POTABLE83, May 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

Hopbully, May 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, May 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

pmoney, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jeonseh, Mar 09, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

kawilliams81, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

egrace84, Feb 25, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Duff27, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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