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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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 461
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 - 

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-25-2011)
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.63/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
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)

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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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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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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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4.88/5  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: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

342/484, was super fortunate to get this at dark lord day! Tried next to all variants from last release, what an extreme blessing.

A: the beer has a really great black color with brown edges and really not too much head at all or lacing, but it looks very thick, viscous and inviting, almost like a black black spirit.

S: This must be the most balanced smelling bourbon imperial stout I've smelled, it strikes such an amazing balance of th amazing complex bourbon spirit, oaky vanilla and earth, and then some great roasty molasses notes from the dark lord base. The is a little heat but it really only accents the amazing complex spirit and beer smells that seem to be perfectly mingled.

T/M: the taste does not disappoint and adds on top of the smell a load of dark fruit, leather, some more molasses, raisin, and a little more vanilla. A really nice complex taste, but it isn't quite as big as the aroma, though it does have flutters of the bourbon and oak that certainly come through. Amazingly, it has no heat and has plenty of viscous body that flows over the palate smoothly. Very nice.

Overall this beer is certainly a winner, what a great beer.

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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at the Atlanta tasting with all 4 BA variants and 04-11 DL. Reviewing from notes... This happened to be my contribution/ticket to the epic tasting we had that weekend.

A- I know this is damn repetitive, but it poured black! Most head of the 4 sat atop this one, but still not much. Best looking, but they all look like a black abyss.

S- Most mild aroma of them all, as everything is played down a bit. OK, this is obvious the bourbon barrel version because it has the most alcohol- some aged whiskey and charred wood notes. Sweet but not overly sweet, just some chocolate and fig, maybe some caramel.

T- Most alcoholic in the feel and flavor for sure, but after this crazy might of heavy beer it really breaks things up nicely. Figs, sweet bourbon hit the taste buds up front. Hot, but not fiery. Complex sweetness, roast, and bitterness all around the palate. Has fruits and coffee to finish (mmmm, Intelligensia). Thinner body than all the others (thank you) but still not much carbonation. Easier to drink though...

O- This was my second favorite and its a damn good beer. Everyone else was split between this as first/second favorite. Complex, but easier to drink. Bourbon added nice touch, PvW at that!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of John_M
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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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