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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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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 165
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a few people we were able to put together the entire vertical and almost all the BA variants. Lots of fun gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
2011 vintage
Bottle 116/392

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: Less barrel on this one and more Dark Lord. Some molasses, soy aromas, some dark cherries and fruits with some brandy barrel and vanilla touches as well. Okay, but the barrel is quite mild here.

TASTE: Again, like the nose, this one lacks in the barrel compartment and is closer to the regular base stout. Some roasted touches, molasses, soy notes and dark fuits into the finish. Some light brandy and vanilla flavors after the swallow, as well as a touch of bitter chocolate trying to compete with the sweet, molasses and caramel base beer. Alright, but definitely the most mundane of the variants. Uninteresting.

PALATE: Slightly lighter than the base beer, and even a bit lighter than the other BA variants for some reason, but still acceptable for the style. 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: This one was kind of boring. The barrel aging wasn't all that impressive so the base Dark Lord was much more present compared to the other variants. Luckily the 2010 is the base here, which is probably the only vintage I would consider drinking myself. All in all, this was the least impressive of the group.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 12:13:27 | More by Jeffo
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Rish907

California

3/5  rDev -30.4%

05-27-2014 21:21:35 | More by Rish907
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -30.4%

05-22-2013 23:50:19 | More by oldp0rt
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -30.4%

03-03-2013 00:30:00 | More by t0rin0
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 14:21:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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brystmar

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened at our BADL tasting.

About the same appearance as the others, doesn't leave as much lace. Weird aroma, almost tart or sangria-esque. Definitely off.

Taste disappoints. Super boozy, spikes of flavors and booze left and right, not balanced at all. *Significantly* inferior to every other BA DL variant, including both De Muertes. Call me crazy, but I'd rather drink Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:12:19 | More by brystmar
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-11-2012 09:18:15 | More by CelticAleMan
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-29-2013 17:58:42 | More by jbuddle
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Florida9

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and viscous, though this variant actually managed to form something resembling a head: Dark tan bubbles. However, they don't stick around for long and soon there is nothing.

S: An aggressive boozyness is immediately apparent and does not fade. Raisin and roasted malts attempt to come through, but the alcohol wins out.

T: Sweet and malty. Brown sugar, molasses, dark roasted mlat, cocoa, and some light chocolate notes. However, much like the aroma, there is a strong boozy quality that makes it's presence known.

M: Thick and full bodied. Low carbonation level, but this one had the most carbonation out of all of the DL variants. Alcoholic heat actually burns on the tongue and lips.

O: Drinkable, but not overly so. Less complex than the other variants and certainly the booziest of the bunch. The brandy barrel did not do anything for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:56:22 | More by Florida9
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

opaque black, thin bubbly brown head. The nose has a mix of sweet brandy, salted meat, chocolate, and a touch of Bo. The taste is overly sweet of brandy, loads of milk chocolate and vanilla, notes of heat with an off sweaty flavor in back. Full bodied, heavy and oily. The flavor is so sweet and struggles next to the rare.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 18:44:03 | More by cpetrone84
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for providing this at the tasting. Served in a Dark Lord snifter because I can, worst of the bunch by far in my opinion.

Beer is brown with a thin, lazy nearly non existent head, small bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, metallic, I suppose that liquor aroma is brandy.

Beer is sweet but has this penny like flavor to it that pulls me out of the beer briefly, the brandy is fine but the Dark Lord is muddled by it. My least favorite of the variants.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:30:50 | More by drabmuh
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iadler

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:19:42 | More by iadler
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Romulux

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -13%

07-01-2012 01:16:51 | More by Romulux
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mr. Thorpe, sampled alongside the other Dark Lord variations.

Pours a dark brown, near black with a thin light tan head. Sweet and fruity aroma, with dark fruit, sugar and brandy, slightly thin and underwhelming. Full and thick body with low carbonation and strong brandy presence in the finish. Flavor is improved from the aroma, but still with the Muerta as the weakest of the variations. Chocolate with light coffee, but most of the Dark Lord flavors are missing from this...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:26:48 | More by yourefragile
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at the Atlanta tasting with all 4 BA variants and 04-11 DL. Reviewing from notes.

A- What a surprise, it's black! Again, not much of a head, just a few dark brown bubbles.

S- Sweet cookies fresh out of the oven. Fig and other dark fruits- plum mostly. Toffee and caramel with some chocolate. Finishes with some light grape aroma, assuming that to be a nice contribution from the brandy.

T- Smooth, very smooth! Again, sweet overall flavor with a more pronounced alcohol flavor from brandy that adds incredible sweet complexity. Dark fruits like cherries, plums, and even black raspberry? Finishes with a little roasty chocolate. Full body, no carbonation, but this one does come off creamy, unlike the Muerta.

O- Good beer, not amazing and not worth price. This was 3rd favorite for myself and most at the tasting. Brandy really brought out some dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 15:59:38 | More by TheGordianKnot
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vissai

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my offering. Had it side by side with Wooden Hell and BA Hi-Fi Rye.

A: One of the darkest beers I have ever seen poured, very oily looking and slick. Almost no head. A quick twirl of the glass wakes up a little creamy froth.

S: I think the smell was my least favorite part of this beer. At first, I got bretty notes and I thought the beer might have been infected. After a few swirls, the nose opened up to a very roasted smell. The brandy wasn't that easy to find. The smell of the Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord I had had a month ago was far better than this one.

T: Taste was better than the nose. Very sweet and border line cloying but not in a bad way. The sweetness revealed the brandy and all the dark fruit. Think raisens and prunes marinated in port wine. The more it warmed up the more sweetness it lost and the more dark fruit and brandy you could taste. Compared to the Brandy Vanilla, this one tasted a lot for like the base Dark Lord.

M: Very nice and typical of the class. The 15%abv was very well hidden and not a problem at all. No complaints about mouthfeel.

O: A good beer but its interesting how much difference vanilla makes. The Brandy Vanilla in my opinion was way better and a lot more enjoyable. I think the vanilla does wonders in balancing out the sweetness of the beer. If you are trading for one go with the Brandy Vanilla. I wish they made all of the brandy versions with vanilla

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:38:47 | More by vissai
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sketcher6773

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-19-2012 21:22:59 | More by sketcher6773
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AldoRaine

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-18-2012 22:00:12 | More by AldoRaine
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-15-2012 07:15:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-16-2013 13:59:41 | More by sweemzander
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-30-2013 15:20:08 | More by FullObs
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown - nearly black - with chestnut highlights and almost no head. Good color.

Smell -- Lots of dark fruit/vinous flavors brought out by the brandy barrel treatment. Not much of the roast malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors that are so present in Dark Lord. The brandy seems to mask these and at the same time accentuates the candied dark fruit notes of the base beer. Still, high points for not smelling harshly of spirits or being totally overwhelmed with brandy like every other brandy BA treatment I've had at the pub.

Taste -- Chocolate and roast malt are now more present, along with some faint coffee flavor. Brandy is very present, as well strong vinous/candied fruit malt notes. It lacks the complexity of the vanilla bean version, but much better than anticipated.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly smooth-drinking: full-bodied, soft carbonation. There is zero alcohol burn, but a gentle warming of the throat that. Best of the BA Dark Lord verisons, but a great barrel-aged stout mouthfeel any way you cut it.

Overall -- This was the definitive loser of the barrel-aged Dark Lord versions, which really speaks more to how strong all of the offerings were than to this version specifically. Nice in that it took a lot of barrel character from the brandy casks but wasn't overwhelmed by it, but so dark fruit-forward that it seems ho-hum in comparison - vanilla beans make a world of difference.

While I'm incredibly grateful that I got to drink all of the Dark Lord versions side-by-side, I would've loved to have compared this with Christian Brothers Eclipse.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:17:48 | More by yeahnatenelson
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coz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-27-2014 13:19:54 | More by coz
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-12-2012 12:06:47 | More by mychalg9
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MrFootstones

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-30-2011 22:36:14 | More by MrFootstones
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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.