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: 119
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Sean9689
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.13/5  rDev -44.8%
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 mpayne5
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into FFF Teku, consumed during our chili beer tasting a couple months ago. Split 5 ways, reviewed from notes, consumed right after '12 Cognac de Muerte during our chili beer tasting. Thanks Corbet for the bottle.

Bottle #128.

A- Pours pitch black, like the Cognac de Muerte almost no head to speak of, still top and pretty much no lacing except some oily alcohol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, chilies, balanced bourbon, vanilla, a light booziness. Much more balanced and refined then the Cognac de Muerte.

T- Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, oak, finishes with balanced chili heat, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Again much more balanced then Cognac de Muerte with a nice sweetness from the bourbon and the chilies being well integrated.

M- Some light burning alcohol heat but very smooth for 15%, low carbonation fitting for the abv.

O- The '13 de Muerte was definitely a big improvement over the previous vintages. Three Floyds definitely improved upon the beer integrating the chilies very nicely while still letting the characteristics of Dark Lord shine. While I still might prefer some of the other BA Dark Lord variants, this beer was definitely a pleasure to have and I'm glad I sought it out despite the low bottle count.

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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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 FUwolfpacker
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served with the other versions and 2004-2011.

A: Black, very light carbonation.

S: Mexican chocolate. Light spice and quite sweet.

T: An odd spicy flavor that is hard to pinpoint. It integrates well with the Dark Lord sweetness. I really enjoy this.

M: Just like the others - very thick mouthfeel with light carbonation.

O: Very interesting. The spice adds to the Dark Lord flavor very well. While not as good as the PVW or BrV, this was quite good.

Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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