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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 34.03%
Wants: 122
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: khumbard on 05-30-2011

Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers.
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Photo of Fux
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2011 vintage. Opened side by side with all other variants from the same year.
A: Dark, no head.
S: Strong pepper dominates the scene but with also strong raspberries scents and chocolate. Very surprising, powerful nose. Bourbon is there but somehow subdued, hidden behind the strong pepper.
T: Taste is balanced between chocolate, green pepper and subdued fruits flavors (cherry and raspberry mainly). The hotness is actually really low (it may be gone), which makes this highly drinkable.
M: Heavy mouthfeel, quite sticky, still drinkable.
O:Very surprised and pleased by this beer. This is far better than anticipated and highly drinkable for what it is. The fact that it's not hot anymore probably helps a lot. The balance and the fruitness in this beer are what I appreciated the most.

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Photo of DrunkAl
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Numerous bottles of all vintages. This is a spicy beer. People complain that it's spicy. That's like complaining a double IPA is hoppy. It is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. And by that I mean it is both insanely spicy and insanely sweet (as you would expect from dark lord) unlike some of the other variants the sweetness compliments the adjuncts perfectly. I love this stuff.

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Photo of DrippingI
4.84/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle; had a bottle share in Indianapolis. Out of the entire share, there were two beers that I loved the most: Toppling Goliath's Assassin and this.

With a thick, rich milk chocolate river cascading over each taste bud, it carries with it a light layer of heat from the peppers and a rowboat of vanilla & bourbon floating on top. This is my first time having a Dark Lord variant and it is no wonder why they are so sought after.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into FFF Teku, consumed during our chili beer tasting a couple months ago. Split 5 ways, reviewed from notes, consumed right after '12 Cognac de Muerte during our chili beer tasting. Thanks Corbet for the bottle.

Bottle #128.

A- Pours pitch black, like the Cognac de Muerte almost no head to speak of, still top and pretty much no lacing except some oily alcohol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, chilies, balanced bourbon, vanilla, a light booziness. Much more balanced and refined then the Cognac de Muerte.

T- Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, oak, finishes with balanced chili heat, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Again much more balanced then Cognac de Muerte with a nice sweetness from the bourbon and the chilies being well integrated.

M- Some light burning alcohol heat but very smooth for 15%, low carbonation fitting for the abv.

O- The '13 de Muerte was definitely a big improvement over the previous vintages. Three Floyds definitely improved upon the beer integrating the chilies very nicely while still letting the characteristics of Dark Lord shine. While I still might prefer some of the other BA Dark Lord variants, this beer was definitely a pleasure to have and I'm glad I sought it out despite the low bottle count.

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Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml orange waxed bottle poured in a FFF mini snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a viscous, oily black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some small splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Light bourbon with oak. Roasted malts, a little soy with some chocolate and pepper flesh. Minimal heat with some caramel sweetness.

T: Notes of chocolate and bourbon up front with a nice vanilla and oak barrel sweetness cutting through the middle. The chili pepper flesh comes through on the finish with a slight heat to cut down on some of the sweetness imparted by the barrel and the base beer.

M: Thick and oily. Heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Sweet with some heat on the finish.

O: Very good and the best De Muerte varation. The chili pepper had a nice flesh and heat to it with out being grassy or vegetal. One of the better beers of the voltron.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle. #110/417.

Appearance - Black. Back to no head.

Smell - Peppers are quite strong. Chocolate. The peppers are very green.

Taste - Chocolate. Very sweet, but the peppers build. Green peppers. I get a little bit of bourbon and vanilla, but peppers is strongest.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet, like the others, but the pepper really cuts the sugar.

Overall - This tastes better than the others. It smells like all peppers, but it's actually pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of StoutFest
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

*2013 Edition 417 bottle release

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color. No head on this one even when poured aggressively or agitated in glass. Less oily lacing than base beer or other variants.

S: Chili dominant nose with notes of spicy vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar.

T: At first you taste peppers with no heat. Just an earthy vegetable flavor. Next up is dark fruit note flavors from the base beer. Consisting of raisins, figs, and black cherries. The sweetness we all know in Dark Lord kicks in. It's a different kind of sweet. Flavors are of cinnamon gingerbread cookies. Barrel flavor and spice kicks in. Spicy flavors taste like complex mole made from scratch with Mexican chocolate, piloncillo, and sun dried guajillo peppers, with a touch of tamarind. Finishes with a slick spicy kick of bourbon and mild chili.

M: Is slick and medium bodied. Soft carbonation despite being and looking flat.

O: Not as much bourbon or chili heat as one would think. Pretty smooth and drinkable overall for what it is. Less sweet and spicy than Cognac de Muerte. The Cognac had more of a powdered chili sort of flavor than an earthy one. Way better than the 2011 Bourbon de Muerte that got weird as it warmed up. Best of the Muerte series so far. Enjoyed it better than Bourbon or Whiskey Hunah.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared during NWI tasting night of all 2011 BA DL's

A - Dark chocolate brown with a golden overtone 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 - It smells slightly vegetal, sort of like green peppers and a bit like dirt. This is mixed in with slight chocolate and vanilla that we get in all of the other BA DL's. The green pepper vegetal aspect just make this seem off as the nose doesn't blend well together at all

T - Up front this is dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla. You get some slight heat from the chili as well as some of the vegetal aspects that I picked up in the nose. Overall, this tastes much better than it smells but not nearly as good as the other BA DL's. The finish has very slight heat from the peppers as well as some oak from the barrell.

MF - Smooth body while drinking it. It is another bit thick and sticky DL that leaves a slight sticky residue while drinking. Additionally, you get a slight vegetal coating on the tongue

O - By far the worst of the BA DLs. There is still lots of vanilla and caramel that I get in the other ones but the peppers just throw this one off. There is only a small bit of heat from the peppers but they produce more off vegetal flavors than anything else.

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to josh for providing this gem.
bottle #122 / 165

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - spicy pepper on dark lord. really tickles my nose.

t - spicy dark lord. i can dig it. nice, but the spiciness is odd here, not as well integrated as the spiciness of say a hunahpu. the spiciness isn't all that intense. the cognac de muerte on the other hand had my mouth smoking and i was not a fan of that.

m - leaves some spiciness in the mouth.

o - overall, this is a spicy dark lord. pretty good, but i'd probably rather just a regular dark lord.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 122/165 into a snifter. From notes.

Same appearance as the other Dark Lords.

Booze, chocolate, fudge sweetness in the nose. Some mellow spiciness lingers in the background. Quite nice actually.

Chocolate, fudge, prunes, plum, and a slight metallic taste. Spiciness comes out a touch at the end but overall is just very mellow. Decent.

Same feel as the others. A slightly accented finish.

Not sure why this beer gets so much hate. The chilies are all but gone at this point but what remains is still a decent beer with a mellow kick at the end. Worth a try and I'm glad to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Josh traded too much for this. Thanks, buddy! Bottle 112/165.

Chiles have (surprisingly) subsided from the aroma and taste. Sweet and boozy in the aroma with peppers bringing up the rear. Much more pepper in the smell than the taste, though that aroma intensifies as it warms.

Chiles creep forward but get pummeled by the roast and sweetness. Peppers warm my throat as I swallow, integrating well with the booze. Surprisingly fruity with plums & dark fruits showing themselves midway through. Really wasn't expecting to like this, but I must admit it's quite good! De Muerte is drinking quite nicely right now -- definitely better than '11 Brandy.

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Photo of afksports
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I just posted a trade for it, I thought it was high time I post my review of this bottle. From notes back in September '11.

Appearance is black with brown edges, no head. Typical bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. No edges sticking to the glass. Smells of rich chocolate and dark fruits, the spice is there in the nose, but it's more of a suggestion than a whopper. The taste is lovely chile balance, with sugar and chocolate. Sweet with a big of coffee. It's balanced, the bourbon isn't loverly done, but it's present and influences the heat of regular DL, and combines with the chiles. It's a new type of vanilla/chile/bourbon heat that I thought was really beautiful. Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than DL '11 that we had side by side with it, but that helped smooth it out. Very smooth drinker.

Thought I was going to hate it, wound up loving it. Drinkable and good. Glad to have tried it with the crew.

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Photo of RodneyX
2.04/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer looks slightly more dead than normal DL but it's fine. There is a small brown head that has some good legs. It smells like Dark Lord but there's also some oxidation and a bit of grassy chili or something. The taste is quite bad. It tastes like dirt and grass in Dark Lord, actually quite bad. The mouthfeel is fine, but the beer overall is quite pour. Probably good this is the rarest one, because it's not a good beer.

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fromm 01/14/12 notes. Tried it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. Personally this was my least favorite of the five beers. Bottle 46/165. Big thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks Brad!

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 roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, light spices, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. Nose is nice but I think the peppers made it a tiny bit spicey and muted.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, spices, peppers, alcohol, oak, dark chocolate, toasted malts. Again, very nice but nowhere near the others. A tiny bit spicier than the nose.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty great.

o - Overall I thought this was the "worst" Dark Lord, which still made it better than a lot of beers. I'd rather have a normal DL or any variant than this one though, so not really worth seeking out considering the rarity.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 46/165 -- served in a Dark Lord snifter because I could. Beer is dark brown, nice dark brown thin haloed head taht leaves little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, mildly liquor, mildly spice, I don't pick out specific peppers but it is good smelling.

Here are the peppers, beer is medium in body and thins out at the end, the peppers appear as a sort of late "heat" --- almost mistake-able as liquor but it is pretty distinctive as this subtle smoky spice of a nice roasted chili. Yum, I really enjoyed this one.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.

Bottle 46/165

The beer appears dark brown, nearing black, with minimal head. The aroma brings some roast, peppery spices, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Great flavor! Peppers are well integrated - bold but but not overpowering. A fabulous beer. Sweet but not too. Low carbonation and silky smooth on the palate. Another terrific variant of a world class stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

46/165, again part of an amazing vertical of dark lords.

The beer pours like the others, a nic black color with not much head or lacing at all, but it has a nice thick spirit like look to it.

The smell is interesting, has mostly a nice dark lord like smell it's dark fruit, currants, molasses, chill at, burnt cherries but it does have just a bit of chili. A little bit of alcohol heat from th bourbon but not a ton of the oaky character of it, this is is still a very nice aroma but was expecting more peppers.

That's the though definitely has some really nice chili peppers in there, and it stays through the aftertaste, really nice and well done! Some gret molasses notes and deep stout favors from the dark lord strongly come through with just a bit of bourbon, not as much bourbon as I hoped but the chilis are strongly featured even months after the release. Very nice flavor and a nice feel with a bit of chili heat but literally no alcohol heat, how is that possible? Nice semi thick feel.

A very nice beer, but maybe not up to some of the plethora of dark lord variants.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared a tasting by nerd. Thanks, Michael. From notes scribbled on the train.

A: This pours nearly still, but the bottles have been open a while before my arrival. Black body. A little bit of mocha head.

S: Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, raisin, soy -- hello, beasty. I see you are based on Dark Lord. Some oxidation notes are present, as well as a strange chili aroma that lends a green, grassy, earthy note instead of real spice. Too bad.

T: Dark Lord with dirt. That's about it.

M: Chewy and viscous. If anything, the aging has tempered some of the trademark trainwreck mouthfeel and flavors of base Dark Lord, so I'm impressed.

O: I see this beer is getting a nice ratings boost from the rarity factor, but it's actually not very good. I didn't pay for it, but it's a $50 bottle! Come on!

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Paulaner krug.

Huge thanks to Florida9 for a sample from his bottle!

Bottle #107. Anticipation is killing me, so here goes: It pours a straight obsidian topped by the most minimal amount of dark tan foam possible (and this doesn't hang around too long, either). The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, and a slight bit of dark greens (I assume the peppers). The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and molasses combining for that characteristic Dark Lord sweetness. A touch of pepper, both flavor and heat, comes in near the end, but doesn't last long: it transforms into a spicy, earthy kind of flavor. The body is a hefty, though limpid, medium, with a light carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, though the feel (primarily the low carbonation) keeps it from attaining any kind of real greatness.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

36th Review
Bottle to snifter.
Bottle 107/165

A huge thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sharing this at our epic DL Variant & Other Ticks Tasting in Chicago! Glad this made it to the table.

L: Burnt cocoa with a bright tint (depending on light). No head whatsoever.

S: Smells like a fresh-cut lawn – very earthy and crisp. Slight hint of chocolate and green pepper, but not in a bad way.

T: The front end of this beer reminds me of a sweet Vidalia onion being roasted in the over. Mid- to back- of the palate was all holistic and earthy overtones; slight touch of hidden cocoa. Not like any other imperial stout I’ve tried, but I think that is what makes it enjoyable. There was a slight hint of pepper in this as the beer warmed; however, not at all what I was expecting.

M: Zero carbonation did not distract from the complexity of this beer. Actually, I really enjoyed the “flat” aspect of it.

O: This beer was very well-rounded. As previously mentioned, not what I was expecting at all based on my preconceived notions of this beer, but that’s how it goes sometimes. The earthy and holistic taste of this beer (start to finish) reminded me of harvesting a garden. The crisp crunch of fresh vegetables could not be removed from my mind while enjoying this beer. I will note that as this beer warmed up, it became overpoweringly bad (smell and taste), but it was very tasty when consumed at proper serving temperature.

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Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a noticeable viscosity. Forms only the faintest hint of a dark tan "head." Appears flat.

S: Earth and dirt. Chocolate. Wood. There is a slight hint of ancho if you look for it, but the peppers are quite faint (until this beer warms, then the peppers, and some less pleasant aromas, become much more obvious)

T: Earthy. Chocolate. Sweeter than the PVW. Dark roasted malts. The peppers are a bit more noticeable in the flavor, with a slight ancho or pasilla quality, though I would still consider them to be rather subdued. There is absolutely no spice or heat from the peppers.

M: Virtually flat with only a hint of carbonation. Full bodied, but considering the lack of carbonation and the heft of the body, this beer doesn't feel syrupy.

O: Good, but not great, with the peppers apparently adding a dirty, earthy quality to the beer more so than anything in the way of an actual dried pepper flavor. Was really expecting more in that respect. However, this one was better than the other reviews would suggest, though I would agree the flavor and aroma of this beer gets to be a little "off" once it starts to warm.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Florida9 for bring this over to the tasting. Second DL variant we tasted. Poured into my snifter. Bottle #107/165.

A- Pours a typical DL with practically no head. After swirling a few times, not even a small head appears.

S- Very earthy with grass, wood, toffee, burnt caramel, some roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate. No sign of the peppers.

T- Peppers are much more noticeable in the taste with cooked chili's that have some char on them, smoke, grass, wood and some sweet booze. The peppers aren't spicy at all, which was a bit surprising.

M- Medium body and very low carbonation. Finishes sweet with the chili's and a bit of booze.

O- I was expecting this to be terrible, and while it wasn't my favorite DL variant, it still was interesting with the peppers being noticeable but not overpowering. I do recommend drinking it cold as the peppers became more powerful as it warmed and the aroma became very vegetal.

Thanks again Kirk!

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4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served with the other versions and 2004-2011.

A: Black, very light carbonation.

S: Mexican chocolate. Light spice and quite sweet.

T: An odd spicy flavor that is hard to pinpoint. It integrates well with the Dark Lord sweetness. I really enjoy this.

M: Just like the others - very thick mouthfeel with light carbonation.

O: Very interesting. The spice adds to the Dark Lord flavor very well. While not as good as the PVW or BrV, this was quite good.

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2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


Thanks Mike! Tried next to all four Barrel Aged Dark Lord iterations and the regular 2010 batch.

A: Black and viscous with a dark brown head.

S: Chocolate and brown sugar are prevalent, with underlying molasses and oak. There's a big harsh chili aroma that overwhelms the more pleasant notes. Smells a bit strange, sort of like grass and earth with a tanginess.

T: Sweet brown sugar and chocolate with strange chili notes that detract. Molasses and oak are evident. I'm not liking these chilies at all. They provide very little spiciness and quite a lot of unpleasant vegetal flavor.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: Hands down the worst of the bunch. Not recommended.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this bottle to our 2011 BA Dark Lord tasting at Sean's place. Bottle #16/165.

It pours dark and thick like all of the Dark Lords. The aroma was a bit of a let-down. Just not enough peppers for me, I really like chili pepper stouts but this one didn't come through in a noticeable way. As the beer warms the peppers do become more pronounced, which I appreciated, but they smelled kind of green.

Very little pepper in the flavor, which was a shame as that was why I bought this bottle with my winning ticket. Even so it doesn't taste bad, it had bourbon barrel aging and Dark Lord base, not bad at all. I'm saddened to say this was my least favorite of the bunch, and that seemed to be a unanimous opinion from the others. It could have been so much more, I prefer Hunahpu style to Muerte Dark Lord.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.