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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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 14 | 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 jeonseh
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of iadler
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow Lion - 2011 BA Dark Lord Voltron Tasting, 07/15/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with no head and slim chestnut highlights. Good color, but looks totally still.

Smell -- Mmm. Lots of smoked ancho chile spice, bourbon sweetness, chocolate, roast malt, faint coffee, and dark fruit.

Taste -- Amazing chile flavor, and completely unlike any other I've had: all flavorful/aromatic piquant smokiness with only a small amount of heat keeping things lively. With the chile comes dark fruit, hints of cafe mocha, and sweet velvety bourbon.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly thick with milder carbonation. Some bourbon heat, plus some ancho spiciness. Almost perfect.

Overall -- I'm stunned that this is rated so low. This makes every other chile-infused imperial stout seem like a ham-fisted first attempt at the concept. Perfect marriage of soft smoky heat and the rich malty Dark Lord base. This is the barrel-aged Dark Lord I'd most like to revisit. Great stuff!

However, this is not a beer to let warm up. As it neared room temperature the complexity lowered and it began to taste the way PetsMart smells. Gross. Still, it was amazing up until that point!

Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of khumbard
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #90/165, after a 07-11 regular DL vertical into an oversized snifter.

A - Pours very similar to the 10 DL, as expected. Thick, viscous, dark. Subtle carbonation, but on the low side.

S - The nose is where this one really shines. Definite chili peppers, followed by bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and the dark lord sweetness. Very nice.

T - This is very similar to the 'standard' BA Dark Lord. Big time bourbon, oak flavors. Followed by chocolate, roast, and a heavy DL sweetness. It does finish with some slight chili heat, but I was kind of hoping for more chili flavor and heat. It is very good, but if they were going for chili heat, it's definitely on the lighter side.

M - Normal dark lord thickness, light carbonation. Lingers, coating the tongue and palate. Good stuff.

O - Overall, if you take out rarity and hype... this is an excellent beer. I was hoping for some more chili flavor and heat, but it is still there. Any BA Dark Lord is a true treat, and this one does not disappoint. Excellent beer that I may have gone in with my hopes a little too high. I would love to try the other variants, and can't wait until the next DLD to get some more BA and VB Dark Lord.

Photo of HopHead84
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8/12/2011

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.11/5  rDev -45.9%
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!

Photo of StoutFest
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Eric(turdfurgison)

A: Pours black with a dime of brown head.

S: Chillo peppers, chocolate, bourbon and roasted coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, chilli peppers and some soy sauce. The soy is'nt present all the time, just once and gone. Not as boozy as expected.

M: Thick body.

O: My least favorite of the variants.

Photo of Sean9689
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle #16/165 (I think) generously shared by TurdFurgison at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Thanks, Eric! Poured into a taster.

A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, quick vanishing mocha-colored head, slight thin collar, no bubbles or whisps.

S - Chocolate covered chilies. The chilies aren't over done and well-integrated into the base beer. There's some oak, molasses, and slight dark fruit notes in there too.

T - Chocolate covered chilies but less when compared to the nose. Also well-integrated and as the beer warms, the chilies start to show themselves even more. Lots of oak, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, molasses.

M - Full, rich, smooth, slight carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I think I'd take a Hunahpu's over this beer, although I still did enjoy this one. The chilies are really wonderful on the nose are just slightly there on the palate, which is probably for the best. Enjoyable, would def have again.

Edit: Opened another bottle on 08/12/11 and it was even worse. I have adjusted my scores to reflect. Not recommended anymore. Do not drink warm!

Photo of spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of afksports
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for sharing this one at Sean's Birthday Party. Bottle #16 of 165. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Somewhere between the brandy and brandy vanilla versions in terms of head size and lace. Otherwise pretty much the same.

S - Smells a lot like Conquistador De Muerte, right down to the blend of green chilis and earthy bourbon and roasted grains. As it warms up the peppers get a bit overwhelming, but at cellar temperature this is superb stuff.

T - Taste has less overt pepper and chili flavor than the aroma, but unfortunately reminds me of regular Oak-Aged Dark Lord (instead of the Pappy version). Not nearly a smooth as the other variants, and with a peppery bite to the finish. Still, I'd never guess it was 15%+, and there's plenty to like from the oak, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and bourbon flavors.

M - Pretty low carbonation, and this is unsurprisingly sticky, viscous, and full-bodied. Some light warmth in the finish, but otherwise the alcohol is very well-hidden, particularly as this must approach 16-17 after the barrel-aging. Not much chili heat.

D - While it's the rarest of the barrel-aged Dark Lords, it is unfortunately the least successful. That being said, it's still a pretty tasty beer that I'd gladly have again if offered. Just don't let it get too warm, or all you'll smell is green peppers.

Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.