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Dark Lord De Muerte - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dark Lord De MuerteDark Lord De Muerte

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BA SCORE
87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 118
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: khumbard on 05-30-2011)
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Reviews by Treebs:
Photo of Treebs
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Treebs, Sep 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BrandonDZ
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BrandonDZ, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

jeonseh, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Beertracker, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of incubuscience
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

claaark13, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of blue-dream
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

blue-dream, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev +3.6%

griffeyb, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Eric.

Same appearance as other Dark Lord variants: black, viscous, moderately carbonated without much head retention. Very leggy when swirled.

Loads of bourbon and vanilla on the nose, along with a very strong vegetal note from the peppers that becomes unpleasant once the beer warms up. Molasses, chocolate, salad, grass clippings. Pretty weird, I wonder how long this sat on peppers?

Sweet and plenty bourbony, it's much like the other barrel aged Dark Lord variants, only with a very up-front and very vegetal pepper character. Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, drying oak. Not much heat from the peppers, but a ton of grassiness that becomes a bit gross after a while. Viscous, almost syrupy but thankfully not cloying, with little noticeable alcohol.

This was by far my least favorite of all the barrel aged Dark Lords. I'd suggest drinking it very cold; the peppers come out way too much when it warms up.

largadeer, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of iadler
3.8/5  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!

iadler, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ystazi, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

cosmonick, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FeelinSurley
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

FeelinSurley, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +3.6%

alalvarez75, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

aasher, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of StPaulSuds
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

StPaulSuds, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of rodkin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rodkin, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #16/165. Big thanks to TurdFurgison for contributing this one. Consumed at Sean's 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours black with a thin mocha head and some spotty lacing on the way down. A few bubbles on top. When cold-ish, the chilies really came out above everything else. The chile character is far different from Hunahpu's, and almost resembled the green chilies that come in a can. As it warmed, other characteristics came out and the chile character was more subdued and blended better. Also there was a good amount of chocolate and some light bourbon.

The flavor carried the chilies and bourbon pretty well. Neither was too dominant over the base beer, though I wouldn't say that they integrated particularly well either. The chile character coming through just didn't mesh too well. It seems more like an issue with the actual chilies used than the level used in the beer. As it warmed, the flavor got better. Moderate bourbon and chocolate combined with the chile character, though never enough of the former two.

Light heat in the finish, though not too much at all. Creamy and full-bodied with low carbonation. Unlike the others barrel-aged varieties, there really wasn't too much heat at all in this one. Overall, this one was a bit of a letdown and wasn't nearly as tasty as Hunahpu's or the other DL varieties. Definitely my least-favorite of the bunch.

EDIT:

01.14.2012: This beer has gotten MUCH, MUCH better over time. The chiles have faded substantially and now just leave a slight heat. Good bourbon in the background, along with some smooth chocolate, espresso, and light roast. Scores changed way upward.

Original scores: 4.0 / 3.0 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 3.0

Thorpe429, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.6%

smartassboiler, May 09, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to Eric aka TurdFurgison for sharing this and making it my milestone #1000th review. That's THREE (J&J Blauw, Double Black, and this) for him. Bottle #16 of #165.

A - It looks like dark lord. Black beer with a brown head. Nothing really left on the sides.

S - I don't really like the smell of this. Peppers are really green and quite dominating. There is the underlying Dark Lord beer there, but the peppers are really just pushing everything else out of the way.

T - Wow, tastes like Dark Lord with some grass clippings in this. I liked the three other variants, but this is hard for me to get down. I like a good chili pepper beer, but the peppers in this are so raw and green, it's like drinking grass with my Dark Lord. You can still pick out the chocolate, espresso, molasses and other goodness, but it's kind of wrecked by the peppers. As much as I like Dark Lord, this is one version I would pass on if offered.

M - Same as the others, rich, velvety, smooth, full bodied.

O - A horrible disappointment. I was kicking my drunk self at DLD for grabbing the PVW version as opposed to the much rarer version of this. In hindsight, definitely made the right call, don't like this beer enough to drink more of it.

AgentZero, Jul 04, 2011
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Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.