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

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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
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 118
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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:
Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers.

(Beer added by: khumbard on 05-30-2011)
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 20, 2014
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 03, 2011
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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.

drabmuh, Jan 15, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

beernads, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

imperialking, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2013
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2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

HopHead84, Aug 13, 2011
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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
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lare453, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

aasher, Jul 07, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

sweemzander, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

smartassboiler, May 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

whartontallboy, Dec 23, 2011
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Barrel-Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.