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

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BA SCORE
95
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125 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted this at the 3Floyds 15th anniversary party, poured into a tasting glass by a very generous random stranger.

Appearance - Black as pitch, no light gets through at all. A very thin, mocha brown head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Amazing. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, brandy, caramel, cherries.

Taste - So smooth. Coffee and chocolate up front immediately. Dark stone fruits, malt, and enough hop and coffee bitterness balance out the sweetness. The oak and brandy from the barrel have really smoothed this beer out, much more than I would have imagined possible. Easily the most amazingly balanced and delicious beer I have ever had.

Mouthfeel - Full, luscious, and perfect. Normally, Dark Lord is quite heavy in the mouth early in it's vintage, but apparently the brandy barrel's oak and leftover brandy has worked some magic on it. It's insanely drinkable and not at all syrupy like the regular, young Dark Lord tends to be.

Overall - My friend and I both purchased a bottle, thinking that it would be great trade bait and never thinking we'd actually taste it. It couldn't possibly be worth the money we'd payed, and there was no way it could live up the hype. We were both wrong. This is easily the best RIS, and possibly the best beer I've ever had.

HugeMidget, Jan 01, 2012
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heyta, Nov 14, 2011
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4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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