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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 353
Gots: 432 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three Floyd’s 15th Anniversary beer.
A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.
(All beers brewed at 3 Floyds)

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 11-12-2011)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this one once or twice before, but looks like my review is in the backlogs of the notebook(s), so might as well tick it tonight...enjoyed from a 3Floyds teku glass - solo baby! BALLIN!!!

a - de-waxed and popped the cap. brew poured a watery black with a thin cream colored head that was gone quick. lacing was spotty. not as thick and oily looking as i had expected considering the parts.

s - nice decadent mix of chocolate and roast. some coffee and dark fruit. very nice stout smells.

t - big and bold. lots of dark lord at first with some intense dark cocoa sweetness. then i'm slammed in the palette with rich dark fruitiness of black albert. there is some remnants of darknesses hopped out stout in there as well and a tinge of the tangy finish from beer geek brunch. it has been said throughout the reviews here, that this is not better than the individual parts, but i'd say that this is probably better than some of the parts. the booziness is definitely well hidden and integrated and i rather enjoy this blend.

m - thick and rich but not as intense as you'd expect. the parts sort of balance out the intensity of some of the bigger brews. very smooth and easy to drink. the booze is invisible.

o - overall, take it for what it is...a crazy blend of some crazy beers. is it dark lord? no. is it darkness? no? same for black albert and beer geek brunch...but if you wanted those beers, wouldn't you open one of them instead? as a blend of a bunch of big stouts, this could definitely be a mess and frankly, i don't find it to be the mess that some people claim it to be, i rather like it. i was a bit apprehensive about taking this on solo on a monday night, but as i dig deeper into it, i'm glad i did. really nice stout and if you like the beers within, you will probably like this...maybe not more, but possibly yes. cheers to FFF...BALLIN!!!

cosmicevan, Oct 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

SkiBum22, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

warnerry, Apr 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BrandonDZ, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

1Adam12, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waxed bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a super oily dark black with a small dark brown head along with some light lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, raisins, and chocolate.

Taste is much better than any of of the four beers on their own. Rich and creamy, chocolate and raisns, light roasty flavors as well. Overall quite tasty.

kingcrowing, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

bpfrush, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

dogfishandi, Dec 12, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Black as can be and very thick and viscous, with a moderately sized brown head that leaves spots and smears of stick to the glass.

The aroma is a rich combination of dark, roasted malts, dark plum, chocolate, and a very earthy hop character. Complete and appropriate.

The flavor is similar with chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, earthy hops, and a bit of alcohol bite on the finish combining for a big, rich, full, though simple flavor.

Full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Nice.

A very fine big stout, but disappointing because of the pedigree involved to create this big beer. This beer is expensive, and by all accounts, not worth the hefty price tag. I'd probably prefer any of the base beers to this blend, unfortunately. I'm glad I got to try it, but won't seek out another bottle.

ehammond1, Feb 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jokermanboy, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

beerexplorer1973, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ajkeefner13, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

rudylaw, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mocktm, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

genefruit, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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