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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

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 116
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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2.04/5  rDev -47.2%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.11/5  rDev -45.3%
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of HopHead84
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
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 largadeer
2.74/5  rDev -29%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 146165... Shared at the Atlanta tasting with all 4 BA variants and 04-11 DL. Reviewing from notes

A- Pours black, which is a common theme on all beers in front of me except 04 DL (Yuck!) This does pour the least head. Thats about it.

S- Not much chili but some does hit the nose with a big whiff. Sweet smelling with gravel and earthy tones. Peanut butter cookie, chocolate, and coffee to round it out.

T- Not much chili again, very subdued and thats pretty damn disappointing in itself because thats the niche with this beer. Slight warmth, but overall a sweet thick monster. Similar to nose with some coffee and cookie flavors. Feel is barely carbonated and fairly full bodied.

O- Of the BA variants, this was my least favorite as well as most others there. Never would I spend $50 on this, maybe $15; but I'd be happy with regular DL instead! Nothing pronounced or different enough to stand out, a little muddled...

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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!

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3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Barrel-Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.