Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
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!
06-04-2013 19:39:45 | More by stakem
2.78/5 rDev -35.3%
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
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.
05-15-2013 12:13:27 | More by Jeffo
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
03-24-2013 16:36:45 | More by orangesol
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.
03-03-2013 21:48:04 | More by jeonseh
Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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