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

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Barrel-Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBarrel-Aged Dark Lord De Muerte

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BA SCORE
87
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 113
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 32
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4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #90 out of 165, poured into a medium cigar city snifter. Bottle split 4 ways.

A: Pours as a normal DL, thick, dark and black. Little to no carbonation and no head to speak of.

S: The most noticeable difference of this beer from regular DL is the nose. The chilies are very present in the nose. Also, it seems to be very chocolaty too. The usual raisins, bourbon and vanilla show themselves too.

T: Unlike the nose, the chili presence is very muted. It is there, but not as in your face as the nose would suggest. Instead, the chilies give way to an almost peppery (salt and pepper) flavor. The bourbon and oak dominate the flavor of this beer. Bakers chocolate and raisins round the flavor of this beer out.

M: It is thick, syrupy and very sweet, with little to no carbonation and a thick body. The chilies subdue the alcohol burn, and create a minor chili heat to the beer.

Overall: Based on the beer alone, this was a great beer, make no mistake about it. I was hoping the chilies would be more evident in the beer, but instead it was more mild. Would I rather have a bottle of Vanilla Bean DL? Yes. This, to me, was on par with Oak Aged DL. Awesome, great beer, but not my favorite DL. That goes to Vanilla Bean. Either way, glad we got the golden scratch off ticket!

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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +15.8%
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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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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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