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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 475
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-25-2011

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 
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by Dennoman:
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4.02/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of timc100
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Mike/AgentZero.

Pitch black, somewhat oily appearance with a thin brown head. Clings impressively to the walls of the cheap plastic cup I drank it out of.

Sweet, mellow bourbon and chocolate are the first thing my nose picks up. The Pappy barrel did good work here, lending overt but smooth bourbon tones. Plenty of caramel and molasses, vanilla and chocolate. Just a touch of booze.

This tastes rather awesome, possibly the best of all the barrel aged Dark Lords. Incredibly smooth and integrated bourbon, lending layers of caramel and vanilla, paired with molasses and chocolate from the base beer. Very sweet, basically dessert in a glass, but it's hard to imagine a barrel aged stout tasting much better.

Couldn't drink a ton of this due to the sheer richness of it, but it's remarkably good in small quantities.

Photo of oline73
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at the epic tasting last weekend held at finewinemike's. Poured from the bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with just a little light coming through at the edges. There is hardly any head at all on this one.

Smell: Sweet and chalked full of roasted malt. There is some dark chocolate as well as vanilla and caramel. Really smooth bourbon in there as well.

Taste: Just amazing. Really smooth, the bourbon and the roast mix flawlessly. Also getting some caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick with just a tingle of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is so much better than the base beer. The barrel aging has done amazing things to this beer. I would have this one again anytime, but I'm not so sure I'll get the chance.

Photo of iadler
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First bottle we crack open for our awesome tasting. Big thanks to deadmule for bringing this. Poured into my Duck Rabbit Snifter. Bottle #109/484

A- Pours a dark black with a small mocha head that dissipates quick leaving no lacing.

S- Bourbon warms the nostrils, dark fruits including plumb, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, oak and roasted malt. Smells great, but the ABV makes itself known.

T- Much smoother than the nose suggested with sweet earthy bourbon, plumb, fig, raisins as well as dark berries with notes of blackberries and black cherries. Oak and roasted malt follow.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. A tad thin for what I was expecting, but has a syrupy mouthfeel that finishes a tad boozy and sweet.

O- Remarkably smooth for a 15% beer. A great sipper and one of my favorites out of the 4 variants, with the other being the vanilla brandy.

Thanks Brian!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #268/484. Big thanks to AgentZero 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-colored head. Some legs and a few spots of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a fairly-heavy bourbon presence, though not as much of the spirit as the Brandy version had. Oak and some light vanillin in the background plus some heavy chocolate. Really smooth integration between the base and the barrel character.

The flavor picks up much more booze than the nose did, though not too much. Good Pappy character. Rich and smooth. Somewhat creamy. Lots of brown sugar and smooth chocolate. Full body and pretty creamy with a moderate amount of booze. Low carbonation. Really enjoyable. This and the Brandy version tie for second in my book.

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Won with scratch-off ticket at DLD. Bottle #268 of #484.

A - Black as night with a brown head. some great legs.

S - A big, bad beer meets the ultimate in spirits. Lovely decadent chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee and smooth bourbon.

T - This beer is awesome. Someone told me to let it sit for a bit as it was hot, but it's good to go as is. Taste is right along with the nose, the bourbon is smooth, the beer is rich with everything you would look for. Would love to do this side-by-side with Rare BCS or PVW Eclipse.

M - Once again, full bodied, smooth and silky, lower carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, this one was a close second to the Brandy Dark Lord between all the variants, but you can't go wrong with either one. A great experience, I hope to get more somehow.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very, very generous Jeff for sharing this at Woodshop.

A: The beer pours thick and black, not much head on it. Sort of like regular Dark Lord.

S: Lots of bourbon and vanilla with an intense sweetness that only Dark Lord can achieve. Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits with a hint of nuts and maple syrup.

T: Like the nose, intensely sweet with all sorts of different sugar notes: molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and maple syrup. There's lots of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla, too with plenty of dark fruit.

M: Thick, syrupy, and lowly carbonated.

O: The bourbon helps to take off the edge of the Dark Lord. Pretty good beer.

Photo of TroopScoop
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of John_M
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The belle of the ball at the finewinemike tasting, and one of the more amazing beers I've ever tried.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. This is a beer that appears to have undergone CONSIDERABLE barrel aging. On the nose... whoof! I pick up a huge aroma of bourbon, roaty malt, milk chocolate, light coffee, vanilla and cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and if anything is even more impressive. There is a light, seamless quality that I rarely see in a beer, and the array of flavors in this beer is complimented very well by the excellent bourbon flavor. You can sort of tell that some exceptionally fine bourbon went into the making of this beer. The mouthfeel is also very fine in this beer, as the finish is so, so smooth and long, with the richness buoyed nicely by the bourbon.

Just an altogether fantastic beer. The high alcohol is noticeable, but in no way detracts from the quality. It was an absolute privilege and a treat to sample this beer at the tasting.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue Lion - 2011 BA Dark Lord Voltron Tasting, 07/15/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with no head and chestnut highlights. Good color, but appears to be still.

Smell -- Delightfully vibrant nose full of decadent bourbon, chocolate cake, as well as some coffee and, in the distance, dark fruits. The Pappy Van Winkle really makes the difference.

Taste -- The first thing that stands out is that delightful Pappy Van Winkle bourbon: gently sweet and - surprisingly - with a little bit of bite. The bourbon really seems to bring out the roast malt and chocolate flavors more than the dark fruits. Coffee still finds a way to come out in this version more than the other three. Delightful.

Mouthfeel -- Thick with softer carbonation. A little bit of bourbon bite, which seems slightly out of character for being aged in PVW 23, but very gentle overall. Nicely warms the throat.

Overall -- This was great. The Pappy flavor married well with Dark Lord. Easily in my top-five bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, but compared to the other versions this wasn't terribly interesting.

Additional Notes: It's not as good as Rare Bourbon County Stout, but pretty close considering RBCS had an extra year in the casks to develop and mellow.

Photo of brystmar
4.17/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for making this one happen; Thanks as well to Ken, Josh and especially Ratman for making this easy. Poured a nice almost opaque black color with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, pepper, molasses, vanilla, oak, maple, dark chocolate, rarity and dried fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, maple, vanilla, mollasses, rarity, chocolate, dried fruit and light licorice with a smooth warming lingering bourbon finish. Enjoyed with a snifter of 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle!

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

Review #800!
Big thanks to Justin and Awat for helping to make this one happen. Popped at a random tuesday tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a finger tall head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fudgey brownies, super smooth bourbon, dash of vanilla extract, tobacco, toffee, dark fruits, and some smokey dark malts. The bourbon has just wrapped itself into the fabric of the beer, it smells so incredibly smooth.

T - Starts off with an incredible mix of smooth pappy bourbon and brownie batter sweetness slowly being joined by the vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, tobacco, oak and the smokey dark malts. Finish is sweet but nowhere near the regular version is, only a hint of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. It is still Dark Lord so it is definitely sweet but nowhere near what I expected, the bourbon really helps to cut it down to size.

O - Never thought I would ever see a bottle of this let alone drink it but I am glad we could make it happen because even at this age it is really killer. I still think I like Bourbon Vanilla a bit more but this was totally worth the effort, thanks again guys!

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4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/12/2011

Tried this next to all four barrel aged versions and the 2010 regular version. I enjoyed it a lot more this time so I'm upping my score. +.5 to Mouthfeel and Overall.

6/24/2011

Big thanks to Jason. Tried after Bourbon County Rare. The bottle number rubbed off.

A: Glugs out like motor oil. Very dark brown with a few bubbles.

S: Chocolate brown sugar cookie with light vanilla and powerful bourbon. A lot of fusel in the nose. Light oxidation and some molasses. Very nice.

T: Dark chocolate with brown sugar and oak. Bourbon accompanies a formidable alcohol presence. Very sweet, a little too sweet after trying the rare. Finishes syrupy with booze, molasses, bourbon, and chocolate. Faint dark fruit presence.

M: Full in body with very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky.

Overall: Good, but not as refined as Goose Island Rare or many other barrel aged stouts for that matter. At the heart of it we still have Dark Lord, a bit too much Dark Lord, and the Pappy barrel can only do so much apparently. Still, an enjoyable beer and a pleasure to try.

Photo of homebrew311
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another back logged review. Can't believe I never added this one! A big thanks to Mike for cracking this one (a while back). Appearance is the same as all Dark Lords: opaque, black, thin head, minimal lacing. The nose starts with heavy molasses and brown sugar followed by vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherries, and some port notes. The barrel seems to have really tamed down the intense sweetness of this brew, at least on the nose. The taste is super smooth with the Pappy barrels shining through. Notes of toasted marshmallow, chocolate, cream, vanilla, with an undercurrent of dark fruit. The barrel has done wonders for this brew. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation and heavy on body. Overall, the barrel aging process has elevated this beer significantly and the PVW oozes throughout. Delicious.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.