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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark LordBrandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

125 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 168
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sean9689 on 06-26-2011)
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Reviews by mikereaser:
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mikereaser, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

fo1ksguitar, Sep 03, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

huge thanks to trxxpaxxs for bringing this to our last tasting!

750ml capped and waxed (yellow) bottle. bottle number 56/392. poured into a bruery snifter. served right after the original 2011 DL.

looks identical to the original DL. pitch black with the slightest brown rubiness on the edges. a small dark tan ring of head and some very nice thick, syrupy legs on the glass.

lots of brandy like booze in the aroma. very nice, but it seems to block out a lot of the complexities found in the original DL. still you get a lot of that burnt molasses sugary quality and rum soaked cherries with a bit of earthiness.

similar to the aroma in that the brandy like booze is at the forefront. maybe a bit more balanced than the original. a nice earthy, meaty quality, rum soaked cherries, molasses, burnt sugars, a touch of maple, too many complexities to list...

thick, viscous body, just like the original, minimal carbonation.

this was quite a treat considering the rareness and all, but i think i almost prefer the original. the brandy like booze was very nice, but seem to block out all the complexities that ive come to love in DL. still all that great residual, sugary sweetness.

dogfishandi, Mar 12, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle had at NWI tasting group 2011 BA DL night

A - Dark chocolate brown with a caramel color 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 - Boozy nose initially. The booziest of the three. There is vanilla, chocolate and caramel as well as light char and smoke that didn't come through in the other variations

T - Smooth vanilla, chocolate with a light brandy sweetness and boozeiness to it. There is caramel, sweet vanilla and chocolate that continues and lingers on in the finish. I didn't get too much barrel in this one

M - Smooth creamy beer with the same slight, stickiness I have found in all the BA DLs. The stickiness is what remains in the finish as well.

O - This is a nice BA DL and really is one of the sweetest and smoothest of them. It has a good amount of vanilla and caramel to it without any harsh edges.

jeonseh, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DerekQXQX, Apr 27, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

It is the same very sweet dark lord, same black colour, with a grapey sweet wine dimension. Suddenly it takes on complexity and balanced, and its an imperial stout with something for everybody. One sip its black cherry, the next wine. Ever so drinkable. Smoother mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%

Thanks to Jon for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 144/392 into a snifter. From notes.

Appears just like the others. Pitch black, no head, no lace, no nothing. Super thick legs though.

This one is surprisingly mellow on the nose. Some booziness mixed with ash. That's it. Not bad, but lacks character.

Very sweet opening. Cocoa, chocolate, molasses, prune, fudge and strong booziness. Very sweet finish. Good but a bit one dimensional.

Same feel as the others.

A bit disappointed by this one but it definitely improves as it gets warmer and warmer. Still a decent beer, just doesn't stand up to its immediate peers.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

1noa, Jan 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending this one to beeruser and I just so we would have the chance to try it once I got well from my accident! This one was shared on the One Year Anniversary of My Accident/Surgery! Bottle #45 of 392! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, alcohol, sweet alcohol, fruit, bacon, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, smoke, smoked meat, caramel, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. The flavor and aroma on this brew was really ludicrously complex and pleasant. Yes, there was quite a bit of booze, but everything else came at you all at once as well which made it rather overwhelming at first. As it warmed up everything started to work much better together and kept me coming back sip after sip until I was completely empty. Luckily I was able to get a second pour on it to start the experience all over again. A really well done brew that I would LOVE to experience again as well as the other variations. Hint hint traders!

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

enelson, Apr 28, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%

Reviewing the Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This is the 2010 vintage of Dark Lord, aged for one year in brandy barrels.

Score: 97

Served on tap at Dark Lord Day 2012 in a taster glass. Review is from notes that I lost, but recently found.

Appearance: Jet black in color. Served without any head, no lacing to speak of either. This beer is imposing as hell; like crude oil in its appearance. 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet vanilla, fudge, milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol heat. Then brandy and more fudge. Complex, balanced and chocolatey. Sweet on the nose, but not nearly as sweet smelling as the base beer. Mild molasses in the nose too. 4.75/5

Taste: A complex sweetness. Raisin, brandy, milk chocolate and molasses. A red grape-like sweetness is mostly prominent towards the finish, while the raisin/dark fruit is more "upfront." Decadent, but delicious. Not as sweet as fresh, regular Dark Lord, but it's one of the sweeter Barrel Aged Dark Lord variants I have had. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Viscous, syrupy, a little sugary sweet and "sticky" mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: While this beer was nothing short of excellent, it was not quite as good as the Bourbon aged versions or the Brandy Vanilla version. Even at its price point, this is a beer worth trying; it's just not a beer worth stockpiling.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Travisnin, Feb 26, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks, Michael!

Pretty standard Dark Lord appearance here, pouring a very viscous black. The head rises and falls pretty quickly, though the beer appears to be nicely carbonated.

Smells like sweet, syrupy brandy -bals, molasses, milk chocolate, dried dark fruit. Quite good, but actually a bit mild compared to the vanilla brandy version, which knocks your teeth in with aroma and flavor. There's a bit of oxidation that takes form in port-like notes, and overall a touch more fruitiness than I noticed in other versions of Dark Lord.

Taste is a step up from the mild aroma. Chocolate syrup and molasses, dark fruit, brandy, a touch of drying oak. Sweet but not cloying, and not boozy. A little meaty/leathery oxidation, at a pleasant low level. Lingers for quite a while on the palate, though it's not a bitter beer by any stretch.

This version was quite good, but not as good as vanilla brandy or Pappy bourbon.

largadeer, Jul 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

sketcher6773, Oct 19, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

2011 bottle (#53/392) shared by theredflame. Thanks!

A: Straight black with a tiny chocolate head.

S: Huge chocolate and grape notes. Fig, raisin, cocoa, lactose, grape stem.

T: Boozy raisin and mild coffee, chocolate, plenty of dryish barrel notes. Vanilla, raisins, a bit of wood.

M: Thick-bodied, slight carbonation.

O: A lot more balanced than I thought it would be, with the alcohol kept in check well and the barrel a bit dry as well as sweet.

Etan, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Third DL varient we tried at our tasting. Thanks to spdyfire83 for bringing this surprise! Poured into my snifter. Bottle #346/392

A- Pours a typical DL with some rising carbonation creating a small mocha head. No lacing left behind.

S- Some oak, roasted malt, brandy, and a bit of chocolate. Nice, but the least complex aroma out of the four varieties with it being pretty booze forward.

T- Brown sugar, brandy, oak, some dark fruits with plumb and fig, roasted malt.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel that finishes very boozy and dry.

O- I thought this was the sweetest and most boozy DL It's straight forward and the brandy is very noticeable, but not as complex as the other DL's.

Thanks again Bryan!

iadler, Oct 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Zaphog, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Drucifer, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

aasher, Apr 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

VAbdoyan, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

AldoRaine, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ravot, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle #369/392. Consumed at Sean's 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours like black motor oil. What else would you expect from anything related to Dark Lord? A nice dark tan head rises up and falls fairly quickly, leaving behind a few legs. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a fairly hefty amount of brandy as well as a decent amount of accompanying booze. Lots of sweetness and chocolate plus some coffee. This smells exactly like you'd imagine Dark Lord with Brandy would. Well-integrated, though not mind blowing.

The flavor is better than the smell, though still not world class. The brandy takes a prominent role, and the taste isn't quite as boozy as the nose was. Chocolate and some dark fruits are there as well as some slight coffee. Full and thick feel with a nice brandy presence in the finish. Low carbonation. Really a nice beer that comes together well.

Thorpe429, Jun 29, 2011
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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.