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

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

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BA SCORE
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 460
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for this one.

A - Looks like the rest of them. Thin tan foam settles to a ring of bubbles, leaving spotty lace.

S - It's like oak-aged Dark Lord, except without the harsh oak and alcohol. Plenty of bourbon flavor, oaky vanilla, caramel, and chocolate fudge. A dessert of a beer.

T - Chocolate fudge, cake, smooth bourbon, oaky vanilla, and some light espresso bitterness in the finish to keep things from getting too saccharine cloying. Again, an improvement over oak-aged Dark Lord as there is much less harsh oak and booze.

M - Same as the rest - "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."

D - It's like BCS Rare, but harder to get and slightly more expensive. A supremely enjoyable beer that will likely get overshadowed due to its rarer and more exotic brethren. I'm looking forward to the day my wife opens her bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4.58/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Andrew for this one! 371/484

Pours very little head. Color is a deep brown black.

Aroma: Amazing bourbon notes. Rich chocolate with sweet vanilla and caramel. Cocoa powder. Molasses and dark fruits in the background. Oaky. Stunning.

Taste: Brown sugar and molasses. Warming bourbon with oak and vanilla. The -bals are fantastic. Chocolate and dark fruits. A light roast. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a very tasty beer. One of the best. Very drinkable. Those pvw barrels did wonders to dl. This was incredible.

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4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.

The beer is very dark brown with a small beige head. Great aroma with inviting bourbon scents. So subtle, delicate, and smooth. Wow. Effortless to drink. Where is the alcohol?!? I could easily sit in my cabin in the woods with of keg of this and sip the night away. Silky smooth feel. World class beer. One of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have ever had. My highest recommendation.

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4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
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 HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this courtesy of agentzero (thanks Mike!) during a tasting of all the bottled BA Dark Lord variants. This was bottle #268.

It pours dark and thick, like all Dark Lords. Big bourbon notes in the aroma, quite similar to BCS Rare but more sweet smelling. But whatever, both are pretty bad-ass bruisers.

It tastes chocolaty and rich, with a really nice PVW element reminiscent of Rare or PVW Eclipse. Very sweet (obviously), and that coupled with the thick body make this a sipper, sort of a dessert beer. I liked it a lot, and it looks like I'll have a chance to try it again soon which I'm happy about.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Duff27
4.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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