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

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 391
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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brystmar

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:36:33 | More by brystmar
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gueuzegossage

California

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-16-2012 20:19:09 | More by gueuzegossage
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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +7.3%

06-15-2012 22:57:52 | More by jh1982
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-03-2012 00:54:24 | More by Mark000
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.3%

05-31-2012 02:52:24 | More by imperialking
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.3%

05-30-2012 20:02:40 | More by MarkIntihar
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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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denimdemon

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-06-2012 23:36:28 | More by denimdemon
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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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sgoro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.3%

04-29-2012 18:15:50 | More by sgoro
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monitorpop

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.3%

04-24-2012 03:28:05 | More by monitorpop
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StoutFest

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

04-18-2012 05:05:01 | More by StoutFest
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jampics2

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.3%

04-03-2012 00:25:10 | More by jampics2
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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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kif

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:52:21 | More by kif
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barronkr

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -30.3%

03-08-2012 19:36:06 | More by barronkr
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eawolff99

Colorado

5/5  rDev +7.3%

02-27-2012 21:11:55 | More by eawolff99
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klipper

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

01-22-2012 11:45:49 | More by klipper
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hurfer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.3%

01-21-2012 18:17:57 | More by hurfer
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mdfb79

New York

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:55:46 | More by mdfb79
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nasty31

Indiana

5/5  rDev +7.3%

01-16-2012 15:30:18 | More by nasty31
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -14.2%

01-15-2012 07:16:05 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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wtfuggles

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

01-15-2012 02:32:21 | More by wtfuggles
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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
Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.