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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The 2011 bottled vintage of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord was aged exclusively in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. All draft and other bottle vintages (2006 swing-tops, 2012 bottles) should be reviewed here -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26/30184 

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-25-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

246/484 - enjoyed with a side-car of pappy 20yr

It does not pour as dark some other stouts out there - very dark brown. When in the glass there is absolutely no head or hint of one, dark brown liquor with huge alcohol legs.

The aroma is out of this world. Though I never had it fresh, I imagine that with the 3 years of age it has mellowed out and blended together. It's not bourbon+dark lord, it is a fusion of the two. Huge barrel sweetness of vanilla, marshmallow, sweet tobacco smoke, sweet toffee and some leather. Some soy sauce and dark chocolate come through. Very boozy, but something I really appreciate. As DL is 15% I'm sure this is closer to 17 - has the booziness of a Black Tuesday.

Tastes very sweet and boozy in a great way - many of the barrel notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and toffee/caramel steal the show. The dark lord sweetness definitely comes through and some of that soy sauce, but still very pleasant and all in good balance. Very fitting mouthfeel for these flavors and abv - full, not huge, very slick and kind of sticky.

With the close-to unreal expectations one would have going into this, it is hard to say it lives up to the hype and is that much better than any other world class BA stout, but there is definitely something unique about this. It is truly outstanding, and I hope to try other barrel treatments in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 13:59:01 | More by timc100
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4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a few people we were able to put together the entire vertical and almost all the BA variants. Lots of fun gents! A big shout out to jbeatty for sending me this many moons ago.

From a 750 into a snifter
2011 vintage
Bottle 261 of 484

APPEARANCE: Just like all the rest of them. Pours relatively clear for an imperial stout. Produces a small, one finger medium-looking head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body in the glass with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too light a pour and an average head at best.

SMELL: Pretty nice. Bourbon for sure, with vanilla, oak, caramel, sweet cream and some nice coconut on the nose. Nice chocolate notes as well in the back. Slightly milder than the bourbon version, but the light, dark chocolate notes mesh well with the rest of the PvW barrel. Pretty nice actually.

TASTE: Excellent for sure. Bourbon, vanilla, oak and some dark baker's chocolate at the swallow as well. Bold and boozy finish of bourbon barrel, coconut, sweet molasses and caramel from the base beer, as well as a touch of bitter dark chocolate for good measure. A little more boozy than the bourbon version, but the added complexity with the baker's chocolate and coconut notes make it pretty decadent. Bold and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Slightly lighter than the base beer, but still big enough. Just like the other DL variants as well. Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: By far the best BA variant, with the regular bourbon and cognac versions rounding out the top three. This is the only one I went back to for a second round. The barrel here works really well here, surpressing the soy and dominating sweetness of Dark Lord and bringing in an array of interesting and enoyable flavors into the mix. This is evidence that while the base beer is questionable at best, it is big and sturdy enough to barrel age with grace when the right barrels are used. The regular bourbon and cognac versions are more evidence of this. Loved this and could easily drink a bottle on my own. Cheers again jbeatty!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 12:38:38 | More by Jeffo
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Yukon (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours black with very little head. Small tan ring of lacing around the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon

T- Sweet chocolate, vanilla, nice bourbon flavors with some oak woodiness.

M- Full body and low carbonation. Nice slick, creamy and smooth feel.

O- Nice bourbon notes with some vanilla mixed in. Right there with the Brandy Vanilla for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:40:49 | More by kawilliams81
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4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle as part of NWI tasting group 2011 DL night

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 - This has a great Pappy and bourbon nose with vanilla, sweet wheated bourbon, and the typical PVW butterscotch aspects

T - Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch are up front. As the beer goes, on there is a sweet milk chocolate that comes through as well. The finish is light oak and cinnamon. The flavors meld together well and make this one really delicious beer

MF - Smooth, thick and creamy mouthfeel with a slight stickiness to it. That slight sticky sweetness is what remains in the finish. The best way to describe this while drinking it is velvety

O - This is an amazing beer and worth the bottles we had to trade to try it. It is a sweet beer that really allows the PVW aspects to shine through. I was also amazed at how much it did shine through compare to the bourbon DL's that I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 21:29:04 | More by jeonseh
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4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to kawilliams81 for the bottle share! Thanks kent!

bottle number 076 of 484.

Poured into a snifter and drinking this side by side with Rare BCBS!

Reviewed from notes taken on 2/23/2013.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a cap of brown head. Drops to a thin ring of brown head. Its a glass staining neer just like the brandy vanilla BA DL that we just drank.

Smell: This beer honestly smells exactly like BCBS Rare, but it has more wood notes. Some noticable smokiness too.

Taste: Dark chocolates and cocoa. Mellow bourbon, vanilla, oaky, tobacco. Hint of coconut. Lingering oaky finish. A touch of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Super smooth big beer. Thick and chewy. Well hidden ABV.

Overall: This beer is just as good as Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord and identical to BCBS Rare. The only thing that is differenct between Rare and PvW BA DL is that Rare has a much more noticable coconut profile in the taste. What an awesome night to be able to try this beer out!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:52:40 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No head present. Stainy alcohol legs. Dark brown body, lighter hues around the edges.

Boner inducing aroma. Pappy smell we've grown(?) to love.

Roasty chocolate bourbon booze, unmuddled though. Matches it's abv as a boozy presence.

Thick chewy mouthfeel, fun! Low but adequate carbonation.

Very good BA stout, top tier. Drinking side by side with Rare and I don't see a big difference...so whatever that means. Thanks for the share kawilliams81!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:18:38 | More by Duff27
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4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly generous share by Matt at Borefts Beer Festival. Was lucky enough to have the last sip in the bottle. A happy scavenger thanks you for the scraps, Matt and Thijs! Bottle 175/484, still proudly sitting on my mantlepiece now. Poured into a De Molen tasting chalice.

A: Appears slightly darker than regular Dark Lord 2011. Still, more reminiscent of a strong porter. Thick, syrupy, dark ruby red fading into black with no legs and no head.

S: Beautiful soft bourbon, dark sugar, vanilla and butterscotch smack you around the head. The booze is nowhere to be found, smells well-balanced but almost clawingly sweet.

T: Not nearly as sweet as regular Dark Lord, so that's a big tick. More balance thanks to the bourbon and oakyness.

M: Imagine drinking maple syrup with the slightest of carbonation. That would be close to this.

O: Shows great improvement over regular Dark Lord 2011, which I hated because it was so clawingly sweet. The oakiness and bourbon from the barrel cut through the syrupy base brew beautifully, but don't go thinking this beer is anywhere near balanced as a stout. The other flavors do seem to come through a little bit more thanks to the barrel aging process, which does wonders to some beers and Dark Lord is one of them. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 16:12:44 | More by Dennoman
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4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers you should try to drink. I had the opportunity to drink this one @ the Borefts beerfestival 2012 in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. My all time American beerbuddy Matt Rooney who lives in Antwerps saved this bottle quit some time for me so that we could drink it at special moment, Borefts was the place to be.

I was at the friday sessions when (later in the evening) Matt came to my table with this bottle. Served in the De Molen tasting glass this beer had some problems to present itself. The fluid was a bit too cold so we had to warm it up for a while. After the fluid warmed up the smell got extremely good. Rich in the nose with the bourbon complexity. Boozy and warm. Boy this was one hell of a treat! Thanks again Matt for making this possible! At the table where i sat were some Spanish beerlovers who got a small pour out of this bottle. I dont think they will ever get a more epic beer than this one...

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 09:24:44 | More by Brabander
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4/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 112 opened by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very viscous black with almost no head. Sits heavy in the glass, very thick.
S: Smells a lot like DL (soy sauce, licorice, super sugary sweet) but with hints of buttery Pappy and not as much hot alcohol vapor.
T: Boozy, tastes like the nose, basically DL mellowed out by the bourbon barrel. Buttery Pappy is strong along with flavors of rich chocolate, caramel, tons of sweet sugar, licorice and a bit of soy. Finish is warming. Pappy doesn’t come through as much as Eclipse or Rare. Still sweet but the barrel mellowed it some.
M: Extremely viscous and sweet, thick bodied, thick mouth. Smooth carb, warming alcohol.
O: Just a meaty beast of a beer. Too sweet for me to love (this is still DL after all) but it’s a definite improvement on the original, and a great beer if you love Pappy (who doesn’t). Thanks Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 18:50:34 | More by scottfrie
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2.98/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Huge thanks to Jeff for sharing this rarity. Pours a pitch black with almost no light coming through. No head. No lacing. Leaves some small legs on the glass when swirled. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, soy sauce, plum, cherry, sugar, caramel, and a bit of oak. The taste is sweet. Really sweet. There's bourbon, vanilla, oak, soy sauce, plum, roastiness, and a bit of cherry. The finish has a decent amount of alcohol and a lingering soy sauce flavor as well as a bit of bourbon. Full bodied and viscous. Close to no carbonation. This is certainly better than the regular version of Dark Lord, but is still not a great beer. It's still cloyingly sweet and has a decent amount of unpleasant soy sauce.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:15:42 | More by jethrodium
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4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 388/484 into a CBS snifter

A - Pours pitch black with essentially no head, just a very thin collar. No lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma, and quite boozy as well. There is a sweetness to the chocolate aromas, and some nice dark fruits as well. The booziness knocks this one down a bit.

T - Chocolate and bourbon. A bit sweet, but really enjoyable. The bourbon has a bit of bite to it, but it mostly works well here. Also some nice dark fruits in the taste.

M - Very full mouthfeel, a bit viscous. Some sticky sweetness throughout, but quite smooth all around. A bit of numbing alcohol.

O - We had this side by side with Rare, and this is a bit rougher by comparison. It is also younger, but I don't think more time in the bottle will generate the same level of smoothness. Not a bad thing, and what I would expect from FFF: a big, somewhat aggressive, use of PvW barrels that yields a tasty BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 16:33:10 | More by warnerry
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4.1/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed bottle, 470/484, served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks Dan (danielnovak3) for the share.

A: Pour like motor oil. A thin tan head forms on the pour but it recedes quickly to a thin ring. No lace is left, but big sticky legs are present.

S: Sweet, sweet pappy. I haven't smelt a pappy presence this good since Rare BCBS. Light oak with some great roasted malts. Subtle dark fruit flavors with some toasted marshmallow and semi-bitter chocolate.

T: Nice pappy bourbon up front, but it quickly gives way to some toasted marshmallow and vanilla from the barrel. Mild oak, roasted malts and light dark chocolate.

M: Chewy and viscous with a relatively low carbonation level, but it creates a nice silky and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

O: The pappy is a great addition to this beer, but I feel like it should have sat in the barrel longer to add just a little more depth in flavor. Not my favorite of the BA DL versions.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 15:14:29 | More by Treebs
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to jim for providing this gem.
bottle #049 / 484

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - smells pretty boozy, but just right. leads with the pappy bourbon...very smooth booziness.

t - dark chocolate soaking in pappy bourbon. fantastic. super boozy, but for a booziness you simply can't beat it. really leads with the pappy with the dark lord sitting in the back ground. the 2012 bourbon is better integrated mix, but in this case, it is probably better to lead with the booze since the booze is so tasty.

m - this one has a bite. a bite of awesomeness.

o - overall, impressive. i expected this one to be great, but i did not really believe that it would be this good. don't get me wrong, the heat is on for this beer, but the booze is just sooo good that you can't complain that it is so forward. a totally different animal than the 2012 bourbon which is a killer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:12:50 | More by cosmicevan
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New York

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 49/484 into a snifter. From notes.

Appearance is same as the others. Not much to see but big, bad-ass legs.

The aroma of Pappy is unmistakable here. Super bourbon forward mixed with hints of fig, plum, prune, chocolate, molasses. Sharp but balanced. Very aromatic.

Sweet chocolate, plum, fudge, molasses, sweet soy sauce, and big bourbon notes smooth this one over. Sweet, chocolate and syrup finish. Tasty!

Same feel as the others. Surprisingly, this one isn't too harsh going down considering the overall nose and taste.

Definitely one of the better Pappy beers out there as it displays the barrel aging impressively without covering the subtleties of the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 14:26:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.2/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whales! Thanks Jim.

Pungent bourbon in the nose, so much Pappy. The Bourbon DL '12 opened alongside simply cannot compare. I'm not a bourbon fanboy, but the Pappy is clearly superior.

Dark fruits, roasty, mildly sweet. All overshadowed by the bourbon, however, and while that's usually a fault, the Pappy somehow makes it work nicely. If you read my reviews, I rarely enjoy bourbon-forward flavor profiles as dominant as this, but it definitely works here.

Was really expecting this one to be more hype than delicious; pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:30:31 | More by brystmar
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4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark as night. Minimal lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, oak and sweet, rich bourbon

T: Perfect bourbon character that complemented the sweet, creamy texture of the base stout. Hints of vanilla and chocolate up front followed by a truly wonderful bourbon flavor. I would have never guessed this beer was 15%. The alcohol was so well hidden behind the complex flavor profile

M: The very little carbonation gave way to a truly exquisite, smooth mouthfeel that coated the palate with a thick, oily stout glaze

O: One of the best beers I have ever had the privilege of trying. I would live inside the bottle if I could. Well done!

Thanks kingkong for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 20:17:57 | More by Millyvfloyd
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4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to StayWhatYouAre for sharing this the night before his wedding.

A: Pours jet black and settles to create a mini abyss, although it was poured into a hotel paper cup. Almost no head at all, only a wispy mocha film that disappears quickly.

S: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, roasted barley, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and booze. Really complex and extremely well balanced aroma. Not overly boozy, roasty, or sweet.

T: Taste is comprised of what comprised the aroma, but the roastiness and coffee come out first with the oak and dark fruit. Transitions to a sweet, fudgey finish with hints of toffee and vanilla. As it warmed, it almost tasted like melted chocolate/fudge ice-cream. However, it wasn't overly sweet. It still had warmth, very subtle bitterness from the coffee, and some roast. Pretty exceptional.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation that coats the tongue and mouth. I really, really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one. Great transition from roastiness to sweetness without overdoing either.

O: I'm not that big of a Dark Lord fan. I find it way too sweet and hot sometimes. However, this is one fantastic variation that blows away the regular version, and many other RISs. Extremely complex but astoundingly balanced. Incredibly smooth with really nice barrel characteristics. Booze was hidden almost complete, which was not expected at all. I absolutely loved this and am grateful for the opportunity to try this one, especially on such a special occasion. Thanks Alex!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 06:12:07 | More by Mississipping
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4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was enjoyed directly after we opened a yellow wax 2011. 5/12/12

A: As dark as night, no light can escape the glass once it enters. The head is typical of other years of dark lord: thin, coffee brown, and dissipates quickly

S: The sweetness that overwhelms in this 2011 year has been subdued and replaced with a gorgeous hint of bourbon. The fruity and molasses tones exist, but the pappy steals the show.

T: It starts out exactly like it smells. The sweet fruit and molasses is just toned down to where the coffee and bits of chocolate come out as well - a wonderful combination. As great as this is, it is simply your second favorite band in the world opening for your favorite band in the world. Very quickly the pappy van winkle takes over and just steals the entire show. It is not boozy or overdone in anyway.

M: Way more viscous than other standard stouts and even some other famous RISs. It's great though! It coats your mouth and throat with an amazing bourbon aftertaste. Between sips, are comforting breaths of pappy van winkle, reminding you why $50 was worth every penny of this glass.

O: This beer officially makes it into my personal list of "greatest things I have ever put in my mouth". It's a beer that is so good, it makes you rethink your religious or spiritual beliefs. If you think i'm being sensational - you probably haven't tried this stuff yet. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 20:18:48 | More by TroopScoop
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4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 388/484. Thanks to warnerry for sharing.

A- Pours an absolutely pitch oily black with a tiny splotchy brown head. Looks absolutely beautiful and menacing. With a bit more head this would be perfect.

S- Smoke, coffee, blackberries, vanilla, maple syrup, and alcohol. Very very interesting and maybe a tad rough around the edges.

T- Very roasty and sweet with coffee, vanilla, smoke, and blackberries. The vanilla and maple syrup are delicious. Very complex and delicious.

M- Oily and slick with just a bit or carbonation. There is a lot of lingering flavors.

O- Absolutely delicious. Maybe a bit rough around the edges and the flavors could be blended better, but this is still outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:26:37 | More by david131
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4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, bottle 304/484.

A - Black with a little head but an off brown color on the edges. Quite viscous.

S - Smell is wonderful of dark fruit, cherry, oak, bourbon, fig. Very complex, and I could just sit here and smell this all day. Could smell this beer as soon as I cracked it.

T - Rich, deep flavors in this one. The bourbon is well integrated, a little aging did this beer well. The sweet, dark fruit stout taste of the DL is still present, but that bourbon adds a deep complexity that the base beer is missing. Very dark flavor forward on this one, if you are looking for any lighter flavors, don't come here.

M - Very full mouthfeel, the barrel makes this DL even more coating. Not the most drinkable as it's so heavy, but the flavor makes this very enjoyable.

O - Amazing beer, I had my hopes up for it and it did not disappoint for me at least. I'm a huge fan of DL and don't mind the sweet flavors, so I'm not surprised that the the barrel makes this beer that much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:44:38 | More by Scrumtralecent
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4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 115 of 481, poured into a snifter.

Inky, absorbing black. Almost no head to speak of. Looks thick and filling.

Spicy and bourbony nose, spiced with vinous new oak. Lots of coffee, lots of molasses, lots of chocolate. Toasted coconut and buttery vanilla enhance the sweet, chocolatey aroma.

Dark Lord is a sweeter — one of the aspects that makes me love it so much — and this barrel-aged version is equally sugary. Big chocolate syrup in the front of the flavor, followed closely by toffee, butterscotch, vanilla beans, smooth oak and toasted coconut. Each flavor melds beautifully with the next, culminating in an obscenely tasty finish.

Very little carbonation, almost flat. Soft, viscous medium body. I get almost no alcohol heat, which is amazing considering the booze that’s in here. Obscene.

One of the best barrel aged stouts ever. EVER. My favorite Dark Lord will always be the Vanilla Bean DL I had on tap during Dark Lord Day 2011, but this is a very close second. Amazing integration, good balance, and crazy drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:22:51 | More by Phelps
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4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

The beer pours a pure black darkness color with a no head whatsoever. There is a slight ring of carbonation that form bust the brew is pretty "flat" looking. (4.5)

Delicious caramel and molasses notes come up strong and quick. Tons of toffee and sweetness. There is some nice vanilla notes and with the vanilla comes some nice woody barrel notes. The Bourbon is obviously at the forefront with sweetness and vanilla present. Very sweet yet delicious. There is some nice chocolate notes that can come through some of the intense sweetness. Quite nice. (4.5)

This brew is sweet as sweet can get. But I must say it is complex and delicious as well. It is nice and oily and smooth. Starts off with intense molasses and caramel. I am a big fan of PvW 15 and 23 and the Bourbon notes this brew has definitely reminds me of these spirits. There is a very honey-like and vanilla-like sweetness to the Bourbon notes. There is also tons of chocolate that can be perceived more in the palette as opposed to the nose. The middle of the brew shows me some more dark fruit notes like prunes as well as some slight roast. The finish is nice and sticky but oily and velvety with some definite boozy heat. The Co2 is on the low end but its still very good. (5.0)(4.5)

This brew is delicious. Very complex and sweet. Boozy chocolate with some nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Some nice heat and a slight bitter finish. (5.0)

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:09:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fromm 01/14/12 notes. Huge thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one; thanks Jonathan! Tried it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. I liked this version the second best, after the Vanill Brandy. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle 342/484.

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 sweet bourbon, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, light vanilla, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. An awesome nose here, it's really perfect. One of the best smalling BBA stouts I've smelled.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, brandy, aok, dark chocolate, toasted malts. Very, very awesome taste. Nice bourbon here; close to a 5 for me.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty perfect for a big RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantasic stout. The nose is pretty perfect, and though I rated the Vanilla Brandy slightly higher, this is right there with it. I think the nose here is better while I liked the VB taste better. I think the nose on this one is closer to the original Dark Lord, as I get more sweet dark fruits here, and obviously has less vanilla than the Vanilla Brandy version. Really great, would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:05:16 | More by mdfb79
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District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz yellow waxed bottle, thanks to Mr. Dreadnaught33 for sharing!

Pours a viscous, oily dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet, decadent and smooth with vanilla, bourbon, oak with molasses and brown sugar from the base and very subtle alcohol heat. Oily, chewy body in the front with a silky bourbon presence throughout and a slightly dry, oaky finish. The PvW barrel sweetness complements the normally sweet Dark Lord base without becoming overwhelming or causing fatigue. Easily my favorite of the Dark Lord variants, but still did not quite reach the level of Rare or PvW Eclipse for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:18:59 | More by yourefragile
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served along side the other barreled variants of this beer and a 2010 Dark Lord, all served in a Dark Lord snifter because I am capable of this. Thanks to everyone that provided bottles for this. Once in a lifetime sort of thing. This was also my favorite out of all the variants.

Beer is dark brown with nearly no head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, bourbon, strong, nice.

The beer is medium to heavy in body on the front half but the back half of the beer falls flat, thins out giving way to a nice slightly drier tannic finish, the sweetness and booziness from the barrel pops in the midpalate, dominating the normal candy sweetness of the Dark Lord base, rounding it out to a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:34:12 | More by drabmuh
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
100 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.