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Baller Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Baller StoutBaller Stout

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 367
Gots: 430 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three Floyds’ 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.
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Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 133
Photo of TychoNDC
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very rich, very thick, very RIS. The several years of aging added a spicy edge to it, but the RIS base(s) remain strong. I haven't had the pleasure of trying each of the base beers, but this combination was quite enjoyable.

Photo of bevoduz
2.56/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this a while back, and something was just off. Split it with a buddy and it was a drain pour for both of us.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was real tasty! Just now what people are thinking it's worth. It's worth it's trade 1:1 with a Marshal Zhukov. Period.

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly pitch black with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lace behind

S- dark chocolate malt with a hint of coffee up front, dark cherry and sherry, smoky malt, slightly charred, hints of fig & raisin

T- quite sweet up front with big notes of chocolate and smoky malt, big flavors of dark cherry juice & molasses, slight oxidization gives flavors of sherry, fig and raisin on a sweet vanilla cream finish, light coffee linger with peppery notes

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a rich and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, slight alcohol warmth on the linger

O- a wonderful blend of four already world class beers that has aged nicely over the last few years

Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml yellow waxed bomber poured into tulip 4/1/15, gotta thank kumatmebrew for this one

A black liquid, deep cola edge, a finger of mocha foam slowly falls to thin film leaving lots of random lace deep down the glass

S molasses, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee, more Black Albert then the others, a little booze, licorice, and a little more coffee

T coffee, dark fruit ad molasses are strong again, its sweet but manageable, raisin and plum, just the faintest Belgian influence but it works, lots of sugars of all sorts, fruit I can't place, the complexity might hinder more then help

M thick and syrupy, not whole lot of heat for a beer this big, not that sticky for beer this sweet, a little slick on the palate

O great beer but I think I liked all of the blends by them self more on their own then mixed together, its easy enough to drink I'll say that much

interesting concept and a solid bottle of beer but I think I'd take all the blends on their own over this, well when I think of it this ones better then Dark Lord

Photo of Houser
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is dark. like, i cant see the letters on my glass dark. i love when stouts are this black. head is brownish, but there is little to none. smells like dark fruits, raisins, plums, etc. taste is much the same, but this is smooth. really smooth, as in it went down way too fast. big thanks to the swtfyw fibs even though the pac beat your asses.

Photo of Devman171
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma is rich roast, coffee, light dark fruits. Taste is surprisingly roast and balanced, well done

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 4000th beer, thanks to djrn2 for sharing the bottle with me!

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz yellow-wax bottle, generously bought over by Doug tonight at our celebratory whale tasting. Poured into a Three Floyds teku glass today, 3/22/2014.

App- Dark opaque black body, with a beautiful tan head, one finger, with very good retention. When Doug opened this up, it was pretty much a gusher and made a mess. So, this is a well carbonated looking stout here.

Smell- Charred malts, roast malts, dark fruit, with that characteristic Black Albert charred dark fruit flavour with a touch of Belgian yeast. Very interesting, but at the same time, not the most pleasant nose that I can get from any imperial stout.

Flavour- Meh. After drinking this with Murda'd Out, the best I can say about this beer is that it's sweet with a nice roasted and charred malt character with a touch of Belgian yeast. If I had to pick the two most forward constituents, I'll go with Darkness and Black Albert. Because I don't have any of that Dark Lord soy sauce diabeetus sweetness here. Decent, but nothing that I'd call well-crafted as the components kind of clash.

Mouthfeel- Fuller bodied, good carbonation. Aftertaste of dirty water mixed with chocolate milk. I don't like that aftertaste very much.

Overall- A fine blend of stouts, definitely deserves its reputation of being a pretty lame stout next to its superior barrel-aged sibling, Murda'd Out Stout, but most good beers would also be lame next to Murda'd Out Stout. Not worth paying $30 for this. Still, it's certainly not a bad beer.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2011 anniversary release
DFH signature glass

A: Pitch black in color. Thin film of light tan head. Lacing bits. Some alcohol feet. Well carbonated still.

S: Dark chocolate. Dark cherry and fruit. Really malt forward. Doesn't smell boozy.

T: Bitter dark chocolate. Oxidized a touch. Dark fruit. Cherry. Sweet malt. Good flavors.

M: Full bodied. Thinner than expected.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle into a CS snifter.

A- Non transparent deep chocolate/black. Medium lacing. Half-finger lacing. Retention is long-lasting.

S- I think this is the shining aspect of this brew. The smell is glorius. Perhaps the Mikkeller shinning through. Rich raisin, dark fruit, chocolate and then coffee in the background.

T- RIS dark fruit forward. I normally don't like this recipe, however this works great for me. I know that many have given more negative reviews on this beer, but I think this is a very drinkable brew. I am very happy to try it. Now, I can't wait to try the BA version of it! (the only beer that I have had of the three is DL) This beer has a lot of anise in it.

M- Has a thick mouthfeel for RIS. Chewy, delicious thick RIS. Love it. I really want to try Darkness now.

O- I was surprised with this beer; thinking that I was giving up too much to get it. I am very pleased with what I tasted for a non-BA RIS. Maybe top 5 for non-BA RIS.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thank you so much for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a huge tan head that persists forever. Aromas of dark fruit with a hint of lactic, roast, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and earth. The flavor is big and sweet with lots of brown sugar and caramel. Bits of dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, and earth. Thick viscous body with a low level of carbonation and a thick syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This is one big thick sweet and sticky stout. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

Photo of Chaney
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FFF glass.

A: Have you ever stared at Dark Lord, Darkness, Brunch Weasel, or Black Albert? Enough said.

S: Smelled like Count Chocula cereal, very bright, no roast, lots of sugar... gotta love it!!

T: I got some Dark Lord in there for sure: Sure infused, Darkness was second in this symphony, but as for the other two... the jury is definitely out. No coffee... no roast... Straight up sugary stout.

M: Sweet, for sure, awesomely thick, but NOT a what to my mind. Great lacing, which was slippery... and wet. (insert Bon Jovi joke)

O: Great stuff. I finally decided to try this on solo in fall 2013. It was tough to walk past this in my cellar for so long. Glad it's finally killed.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sifter,

A) Dark, black, used motor oil thickness, One finger head that is milk chocolate in color and leaves no lacing. No light can shine through.

S) Chocolate, dried fig, vanilla, oak, cherry, mocha

T) Chocolate milk, vanilla, coconut, earth, malt balls, very good

M) Thick very small amount of carbonation

O) after aging for two years the flavor complexion has improved and is very very good.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow - this is probably the best looking stout i've poured at home. a thick black/dark brown pour, 2 fingers of brown color head, great retention, tons of lacing left behind.
smells of roasted grains, coffee beans, vanilla, cocoa, dirt, brown sugar.
the flavor is all over the place!!! starts off mellow cocoa, slight roasted, then JUMPS to DARK ROAST, bourbon, oak, soy sauce, molasses, and has subtle roasted bitterness (the alcohol makes itself known mid-palate. i really think this beer could have been better if they didn't throw dark lord in there.. it's only character that shows up in here is its worst one - that salty soy sauce flavor. yuck. but, aside from that - this beer is fantastic. i don't understand all the shit reviews, probably just people "tired of the hype". i can't complain - i got this in my very first trade 2 years ago.. traded this and some other excellent beers for off the shelf stuff to someone looking to clean out their cellar. i lucked out. is this beer worth seeking out? probably. i wouldn't trade anything ridiculous for it, but it's a fantastic beer and people should cut the bullshit and just enjoy it for what it is - a ridiculous blend of stouts.

the obvious mouthfeel - full body, low carbonation. thick, sticky, creamy, chalky.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz waxed and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is layered with great stick and super thick legs. Awesome looking brew.

Hints of sweet soy sauce, dark fruit, hop bitterness, lactose, roasted malt and just a bit of chocolate and cocoa. Good complexity but its not the most pleasing.

Opens roast, creamy hop bitterness, sweet soy sauce and chocolate. More of the same in the middle but the alcohol kicks in pretty hard. Something just doesn't seem to work here. Sweet molasses diffuses in at the end, mercifully sweetening this one a bit. Bittersweet dark fruit and rotting rind at the end. Aftertaste of smoke, hazelnut shell and molasses. Not really for me.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down with some bubbles and a big dose of booze. Still a bit hot at the finish after all this time. Messy aftertaste. Decent.

I've heard that this beer is not the greatest but I had to try it for myself. Now I know the rumors are true. This takes all the bad qualities of Darkness (can be too roasty, too hoppy) and Dark Lord (too much soy sauce) and amplifies them into one big mess. A big pass for me.

Photo of Smurf2055
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with two finger head.

Smell is big red fruit, some roast and a subtle chocolate.

Taste is smooth chocolate, very thick, some spice and some heat, good lacing.

I like this a lot better than straight Dark Lord, I think they did a good job with the blending.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Baller Stout pours a molasses brown color with a cherry tint and a small tan cap.

The aroma ranges from sweet to bitter, with molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, figs, raisins, cherries, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Each sip has a nice complexity to it as well. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark roasted malts all come through first with a sweet molasses presence. The flavor mellows out a little bit, allowing for some fruit notes to come through before mellowing out with a espresso bitterness. A little bit of alcohol coats each sip as well.

The effect of the blending has definitely given this a smooth mouthfeel. There is a slightly sweet and stick beginning, but the sweetness lets up before the sip progresses too far. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. The body ends up on the full side, but not as full as 13.8% would have me believe.

Given that I have had each of these beers previously, it was not a shock that I enjoyed the blend of all four. It does seem like blending them took out some of the defining characteristics of each beer, however, which is unfortunate. It simply cannot be as good with all of the idiosyncrasies blended out.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, jet black color with a slight brown/almost purplish head. There is some roast, chocolate, and even some hops on the nose with a grassiness almost piney scent. Lots going on in the scent as well as the taste. You get a bit of the hops up front which was amazing given the age on the beer. There are deep roasty flavors of coffee, along with chocolate sweetness, and dark fruits. Limited smokiness which is nice. A definite special occasion beer but the booze is hidden well. It would stand up to a bold cigar. I wish I had more of this one. It was a pleasure.

Photo of biggred1
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, chestnut brown with a huge lumpy cocoa head that is firm with different sized bubbles slowly popping into craters on the firm surface. Sheets of sticky lace leaves circles all down the glass. Charred malt, Hershey's syrup, cocoa powder and rum in the nose. Really good flavors of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa with a bit of roasty, smokey maltiness. Nice and complex, this is drinking well right now, the alcohol is still a little brash but under control. Big and silky smooth with enough carbonation to keep it a little more lively than most of it's ilk. A pretty awesome stout, better than a lot of DL vintages in my estimation. This beer will age well for a while I think, it is starting to hit it's sweet spot.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into FFF teku

Pour: Huge intense black with a khaki two finger head that hung around for a while. After receding to a thick collar, there was a ton of lacing all over the glass. It did not pour out as thick as I was anticipating it would. Alcohol legs of course are visible.

Smell: Roasted goodness all over the place with a bakers chocolate note. Sweetness is evident here in the form of burnt sugar. Some oak and vanilla round out the aroma.

Taste: Well I can say I can tell it is in fact a blend of 4 beers because it does not seem to be integrated well. It is layer upon layer of complexity but yet not blended to hide the base beers into one. Sweetness, molasses is at the front then coffee, roast, chocolate. It ends in an overall bitter finish. Alcohol is evident in a mild burn but not distracting in any way and actually adds to the enjoyment for me.

Mouthfeel: Not the huge thick monster I was expecting but it is the far end of medium to full. Light carbonation and finishes sticky sweet.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer and I did enjoy the hell out of it's complexity. It is not blended well, IMO but to me this ends up being ok. Not as crazy good as I was hoping but I am enjoying sipping on this one for sure!

Photo of jaasen64
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split 4 ways during our Murda'd Out tasting, poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a dark mahogany brown similar in appearance as Dark Lord except just a tad bit lighter. Very thin creamy mocha head that recedes fairly fast to a still top, minimal carbonation, very light spoty lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, cocoa, light astringent coffee, dark chocolate. Average aroma strength, fairly sweet smelling but not as sweet as Dark Lord and a little bit of each beer comes out in subtle but fairly balanced presence.

T- Dark chocolate, cocoa, very light fairly astringent espresso, a little bit more bitter then the constituents. Finishes with cocoa powder and astringent coffee. Decent but not as good as any of its counterparts.

M- Medium bodied, fairly drinkable for abv, low carbonation but good for style.

O- This was a decent stout but I think I liked each of the counterparts slightly better. I'm not sure if this will get much better with age. If you like each one of the counterparts this is definitely worth trying, but not worth spending much seeking out.

Photo of mjohnson17
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is about 18 months old at this point (I believe). Poured into BCBS snifter. I will preface this by saying that I've only had one of the base beers, Darklord, so I'm making some assumptions here.

A: pours jet black with a really nice knaki head of about a finger. Nice larger bubbles floating on top. Can also see some carbonation rise up along the side of the glass, nice uniform bubbles along the rim, big bubbles in the middle. Looks like it has some nice alcohol legs.

S: roast, dark chocolate, sweetness like a burnt brown sugar smell.

T: The is A LOT going on with this beer. It's not a smoothly blended brew but rather the taste of all 4 base beers (Darklord, Darkness, Black Albert, & Beer Geek Brunch) comes through at different times. First it's the sweetness of DL, then a coffee roast of Beer Geek Brunch, then some black licorice (Black Albert?) then roast, charred malt, and a hint of hops (Darkness?). Then afterward it's swallowed the pallet picks up the sweetness again then finally finishes with a dry, roasty lingering

M: Sweet then dry and bold, then roasty, then sweet again then finally finishing on dry. This beer is crazy complex.

O: I really dug this beer. I wish I had all base beers prior to be able to identify which nuances I was picking up, but irregardless you can definitely tell there's a lot going on in this beer as the taste and mouthfeel change multiple times throughout the sip. I can see why some people hate as it's a hard beer to pin down with everything going on but I respect it's complexity and the way it's able to work with all the different stout flavors.

Photo of herman77
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a light brown head. Decent lacing and head retention

S: Lots of milk chocolate right off the bat with a little bit of roast. Some menthol or almost fresh citrus smell to it too (on further review, I think it's the booziness). A bit of dark fruits lurking in the background.

T: Starts off a bit sweet, roasty and then some alcohol comes rushing in. After that, a big wave of chocolate and roast comes in. Lots of dark milk chocolate. Finishes with a complex sweetness with dark fruits, coffee and roast. A lot more balanced than I thought it would be since this is a blend of 4 epic beers.

M: Fuller body. Moderate carbonation. A bit creamy.

O: Good drinkability. ABV is really well hidden. I think the age really helped this, can't say for sure since I've never had it fresh, but it seems like the hops have faded a lot and all the beers have really melded together into one. I've only had Darkness, so I can't pick out anything out of this. Glad I got a bottle of this to try.

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for bringing this one to our tasting - it was something I never thought I'd try. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a fading, tan-colored head that doesn't stick around too long before it recedes to nothing but a thin skin cap.

As I first bring my nose to the glass, I'm getting a weird aroma that was hard for be to pinpoint at first, but upon further sniffing, I've come to the conclusion that it was: beef jerky. That's right, I get some serious beef jerky-like aroma off the top of the nose from this thing. Slightly smokey and robust with maybe a touch of spice. Big roasted malts full out the edges, along with some light cocoa beans. Some woody-oak and vanilla aromas don't come through much until the beer warms up a bit, but then they really start to break through. Light sweetness is detectable, but it's slightly overshadowed by the somewhat harsh roast.

The taste hits bit with some sharp coffee and cocoa - dense and seemingly packed with concentrated flavor. The front end is mildly sweet, but it transforms quickly into a more bitter and roasted flavor as the malts grow from quiet to loud within seconds. No beef jerky on the palate, per se, but I swear I'm still getting it in the aroma. Out comes a light heat, almost like a chili pepper spice, although I really don't "taste" chilies - my tongue is just picking up the tingling sensation as though they are there.

The alcohol is a bit subdued at first but gets much, much stronger over the course of this beer. Sweetness comes in noticeably but tame enough to be enjoyable; molasses, light syrup, and some dark fruits are the main contributors. The aftertaste is dominated by an ashy, charred flavor - perhaps this is where my nose was picking up the beef jerky from? Medium-thick body, slick and a touch oily on the palate coming in on the lower end of the carbonation scale.

Certainly glad I got to try this one, although I don't feel it was all it was cracked up to be. Definitely some uniqueness to it, regarding the smokiness and the serious beef jerky notes my nose was picking up. Is it just me who was getting that? Either way, tasty beer, but probably not worth what it took to get it. Thanks again to Chris, though - I'm glad to say I had the chance to experience this one.

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Baller Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.