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

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BA SCORE
93
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 173
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -30.4%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with nice viscosity. Minimal head formation and carbonation. Intense aroma of brandy and graham cracker sweetness. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate, too. Maybe some marshmallow on the palate along with the graham cracker. A bit of a S’more thing going on. Quite a bit of brandy and booze as well as a bit of vanilla. Intensely sweet, but I like it.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -7.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Michael Thorpe for sharing this one at Sean's 30th Birthday Party. Served in a plastic cup. Bottle #369 of 392.

A - Well, this one is a little more carbonated than the Brandy Vanilla Bean version. The quarter-finger of tan foam settles to a persistent tan ring and leaves behind spotty lace. Otherwise it's largely the same in appearance.

S - Without the vanilla beans to obscure things, the sweet brandy aroma comes out a lot more. It integrates quite well with the chocolate, caramel, and molasses flavors in the base beer. There's perhaps a light touch of oak and a hint of booze in there as well.

T - Taste is also quite good, with more espresso and roast bitterness than the vanilla bean version. Brandy is present, but never overwhelms. Nice balance and integration of flavors, with shocking well-hidden alcohol

M - Copied from the last review - "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 - Not as good as the vanilla bean version, but still highly enjoyable nonetheless. I keep having to remind myself that this is an excellent beer in and of its own right, but just not a world-class one.

MasterSki, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Tried it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. I liked this version the fourth best, after the Vanilla Brandy, PVW, and normal 2010 DL.

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 brandy, roasted malts, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. Nose is definitely good, but no where near the others. A little more alcohol here, and no real vanilla. Nice though.

t - Tastes of brandy, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, dark chocolate, toasted malts. Taste is nice and sweet, and better than the nose.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty perfect for a big RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was still a nice RIS. I think this one has a little more prominent alcohol, but the taste is very nice. Would still like to have it again.

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

imperialking, May 31, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
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...

yourefragile, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Norm? for sharing this one with us at the first Voodoo Barrel Room release. Bottle #304/392 reviewed from what little notes I took.

A - Pours black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small spots of lace down most of the glass. Stains the glass brown after its all gone.

S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, oak, dark roasted malt and fruity brandy. Smells like regular dark lord with a shot of brandy poured into it.

T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses and caramel - quickly being joined by the brandy barrel, oak and booze burn. Finish is still really sweet with some mild heat, lingering long after the finish. More put together than the nose would imply.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smoother feel than I thought it would have but that sweetness just makes it hard to drink more than a few ounces at a time.

O - A nice rift on the regular Dark Lord. It still has all of the base flavors and the added barrel treatment helps to round out the rough edges. If the sweetness could die down a bit I think this one would be really solid, as it stands it is just a really nice beer.

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dear Norm, you are awesome for sharing this special bottle with all of us at the first ever Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release. What shabby notes I have scribbed down about this experience I shall post here because your generosity deserves the credit.

The one and only 2011 vintage #304/392 poured into a mini snifter. The brew is black with brown clarity around the edges. Some tan spotty lace sticks to the glass and there is not much of anything along the lines of a head to be found. As the glass is swirled, it paints slow droopy legs of alcohol down the glass.

The aroma is borderline tangy to vinous with fruity alcohol notes blended overtop a vanilla sticky sweetness. Also present is a faint amount of caramel candy and minor roast. Sweet milk chocolate comes along for the ride too.

The flavor has a bit of that tangy alcohol present that is fainty vinous with a sweetness that is more candy-like than malty. Flavors of chocolate blend in and out with fruity booze as it warms up. Faint roast, no bitterness as it is masked by the residual sugar.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew as expected for darklord. It is sticky sweet at times but displays plenty of character that is enjoyable. If you removed those subtle tangy vinous notes and vanilla id say you would be hard pressed to know this was a barrel aged variation along side a well aged normal vintage DL. I would love to tangle with this again but considering my track record with BA DL variations is bleek, I am quite happy with getting the opportunity to try this. Thanks again Norm!

stakem, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The beer is dark brown, nearing black with a thin, beige head. The aroma is really nice, offering dark, roasted malts, brandy, sweet malt, dark fruits, alcohol. Great flavor. Super smooth. Complex, wonderful, delicious. Full bodied with relatively low carbonation. Overall, an awesome beer. So glad for the opportunity to sample this.

Huhzubendah, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +16%

Gonzoillini, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zaphog, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/12/2011

Big thanks to Michael for sharing this. We tried all four barrel aged versions side by side as well as the 2010 regular version.

A: Black with a small tan head. Looks a lot like Dark Lord.

S: Nice brandy profile with a little red apple. Brown sugar melds with prominent dark chocolate notes. Oak and a little vanilla.

T: Rich brown sugar dark chocolate with a nice sweet brandy profile. Notes of molasses blend with fainter notes of vanilla. Very sweet, as is to be expected. Finish is drying.

M: Thick and viscous with a full body and an upper low level of carbonation.

Overall: I liked this almost as much as the Vanilla Brandy. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

HopHead84, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously provided by thorpe429 (thanks Mike!) at our BA Dark Lord tasting at Sean's. Bottle number 369.

This pours black and thick, like all Dark Lords. This had a nice brandy aroma, plus all the usual aromas I associate with Dark Lord (chocolate, very sweet malts, dark fruits). I'd say they hit the target in terms of brandy aging, it smells exactly as you'd expect (something I can't really say for the Muerte version).

It tastes exactly as it smells, definitely good but not out-of-this world. I much preferred the flavor of the brandy vanilla bean version, but still this was nice. Very sweet, not exactly hot in the aftertaste (as it might have been), well integrated brandy flavors.

I'd place this as 3rd best among the 2011 BA bottles, behind Brandy Vanilla and PVW. Very glad to try it though.

TurdFurgison, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of AgentZero
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Thorpe for sharing this at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza! Bottle #369 of 392.

A - Similar look to most Dark Lords. Black beer with a brown head. Head rose up decently well and left some minor spots on the sides.

S - The brandy aging on this is a nice change from the bourbon barrel RIS's I'm used to. Nice sweet brandy melds well with the rest of the Dark Lord goodness. Chocolate, espresso, little roast, molasses and some wood. Very nice.

T - Love the taste on this one. The brandy has a sharper sweetness to it than bourbon, and only the slightest hint of booze. I surrounds the basic and very big Dark Lord taste nicely, and adds a lot of surprising depth and complexity.

M - Lower carbonation, very full bodied.

O - Really good, it was a toss-up between this and the PVW Dark Lord for my favorite, but have to go with this one. Wish I had more.

AgentZero, Jul 04, 2011
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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.