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

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 424
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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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 47
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4.92/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -29.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared at the Atlanta tasting with all 4 BA variants and 04-11 DL. Reviewing from notes...

A- Pours pitch black, again no head on this, just a few dark brown bubbles. Looks pretty much just like the others.

S- Wow, delectable milk chocolate (almost a Swiss Miss character). Cookie dough and cake batter with strong vanilla tones. Smoothly blended dark fruits- raspberry, blackberry, fig. Incredible!

T/M- Holy damn... The sweetest of them by far, but not in a bad cloying way- also, is this my birthday? Cuz this tastes like a damn chocolate vanilla checkered cake! The best fucking taste in my mouth! So smooth, sweet, caramel/flan... Just unreal. Reminds of ST Creme Brulee on steroids; just better, waaay better, than CB. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very silky with no carbonation. It's surprising how sweet and dessert like the flavors are without the feel bring too heavy and cloying.

O- Of the 4 variations, this is the only one I would seek out again- and yes, that is still with the $50 tag. Complex, smooth, balanced- just a real home run by FFF. This and PvW DL were a split decision on which was best, but this got my vote!

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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