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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

126 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 395
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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wtfuggles

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-15-2012 02:32:21 | More by wtfuggles
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-15-2012 00:28:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

01-06-2012 19:09:23 | More by TheGordianKnot
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Beerlistman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

01-05-2012 01:49:12 | More by Beerlistman
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-04-2012 13:26:37 | More by whartontallboy
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emdawg

New York

5/5  rDev +8%

01-01-2012 05:40:06 | More by emdawg
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MrFootstones

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-30-2011 22:35:28 | More by MrFootstones
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Kelton

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8%

12-19-2011 08:09:08 | More by Kelton
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8%

12-13-2011 22:58:51 | More by spycow
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +8%

12-01-2011 04:43:27 | More by VAbdoyan
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-25-2011 20:10:31 | More by GRG1313
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ricoch3t

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8%

11-17-2011 05:38:14 | More by ricoch3t
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shaunt0000

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-16-2011 02:03:07 | More by shaunt0000
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WeisGuy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 01:48:09 | More by WeisGuy
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vissai

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2011 23:54:03 | More by vissai
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graemebrown

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2011 03:45:45 | More by graemebrown
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bstyle

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 21:18:34 | More by bstyle
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 19:20:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SonicAlligator

Washington

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 18:20:34 | More by SonicAlligator
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 14:00:44 | More by Miamilice
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inflatablechair

Idaho

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 13:18:48 | More by inflatablechair
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heyta

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 12:38:02 | More by heyta
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -13.6%

11-14-2011 09:47:44 | More by bsuedekum
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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!

11-07-2011 02:09:54 | More by AleWatcher
Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord With Vanilla Beans from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.