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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
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642 Ratings
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 354
Gots: 432 | FT: 23
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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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Altogether well put together RIS, thanks Tom. Smoke, thick head, creamy, hoppy, good barrel ageing. Looks, the smell, the mouthfeel, masterful blend of these four masters, without a flaw. Great beer exceeding expectations in a great style. Minor in chocolate, the smoke was so well integrated, and the hook for me.

Sammy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruits, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is of dark malt, dark fruits, and cocoa powder. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but nothing all that great.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to jale for this bottle. Served in a FFF Anniversary pint glass.

Pours nearly black with a nice tan head. Good retention and lacing. The nose is fairly sweet with plenty of dark fruits. Some chocolate and roast behind. Not as complex or integrated as I would expect. Flavor is pretty similar. Quite sweet. Medium body and chewy. Some booze. Not terribly impressed -- from breweries of this caliber, I expected a lot more.

Thorpe429, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An insane amount of complexity results from the blend of four world class Imperial Stouts. Dark Lord, Darkness, Beer Geek Brunch, and Black Albert are all represented with varying flavors that span every inch of the Stout spectrum.

Thick and lush, the ink-black ale layers in the glass with slow separation of low-lying carbonation from the oily textured beer beneath. A dense, moussey and short-statured head builds upon the beer like barley-stained whipped cream before reducing to a delicate espresso-like creme that sheets the surface evenly and allowing for spotted and intricate patterns of lace behind. It certainly looks like a Stout.

Savory aromas of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, heavy whipping cream, licorice, and charred fruits all share the stage in a very inviting aroma profile that screams succulence. Assertive grassy aromas almost give off a slim chlorophenol (grassy) aroma that serves as much as a distraction as it does complexity. Delicate vinous notes of sherry and port also present themselves in varying returns to the glass.

Delicious malt flavors swirl about with the very first sip- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and starchy malt taste are all well represented with even the very first sip. A follow of charred berries, grapes, currants rise at mid palate and usher in the anise and alcohol flavors that remind me of Jagermeister. Further into the complex fruit flavor emit the characteristics of brandy, sherry, and port wines as the alcohol envelope develops the beer's grassy bitterness, wood-like tannin, and slight vinous tartness.

Absolute fullness exudes as the beer's low carbonation allows for an even and velvety coat of rich ale to flow over the mouth surfaces. But as the robust beer develops over the tongue and palate, the beers velvety texture allows for a somewhat milky feel to soothe the mouth, just before turning aggressively alcoholic with high levels of warmth and mild fusal burn in finish. A long linger of booze, coffeeish bitterness, and wine reach well into the next sip.

Three Floyd's 15th Anniversary ale is one helluva sipper- not only from the strength of its alcohol, nor it's heavy body but because of its sheer complexity that both challenge and encourage the palate at every turn. A true delight of a beer!

BEERchitect, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +12%

GRG1313, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So thrilled to crack this one open, After a crappy start to the week, god knows I needed it.

deep and dark as always. Black as night without a drop of light coming through at all. Big, thick, like oil with a huge head of chocolate that reached up an inch and a half before settling back down to earth but not without leaving a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma is huge, chocolate, coffee and rich roasted malts all become evident right from the start. Incredibly deep and complex it is almost beyond description. Warming brings out light touches of vanilla and hints of dark smoked notes. Thick, viscous feel, one of the bigger stouts you will find as it coats the inside of the mouth completely and at times you feel you can chew it. Rich chocolate and a boozy flavor are the first to hit the tongue, allowing it to mellow brings out the coffee and vanilla flavors that dominate the profile for the next few minutes. Letting it come up brings licorice root and a touch of hops in the finish that provide just the slightest bit of balance to the roasted malts and molasses flavor. Incredible sipper

mikesgroove, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending me this bottle, Richard. Was interested to try this one.

Pours almost black with a thin layer of tan head. Smells very, very, ashy. Must be the Beer Geek Brunch. There’s some metal and a bit of dark fruit character to it. Very roasty, too. The flavor isn’t much better. Very ashy and roasty. There is some dark fruit and maybe a little bit of licorice and molasses. A hint of vanilla to go along with the char and ash. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Unfortunately, the beer wasn't near as good as I had hoped.

womencantsail, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black in the glass topped by a tall mocha head. Viscous, sticky appearance with great head retention.

Sweet, heavily roasted nose; lots of char and sweetness, reminds me of tar and molasses. Surprisingly coffee forward, mildly fruity from the Black Albert component.

Extremely sweet palate, but also sharply bitter. Acrid, acidic malt, bitter earthy coffee, tart blackberry, molasses, tar. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but the bitterness builds a lot more than the sweetness. The hoppiness of Darkness comes through slightly, leaving a lingering resiny bite.

This isn't bad per se, but it has too many clashing elements. The mix of intense sweetness, bitterness, coffee and esters doesn't really work.

largadeer, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

I feel a heavy bit o' bass and a constant display of basketball pantomime is necessary whilst drinking this. I don't know why... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises green-y hops (I'm thinking Simcoe here), light roasted malts, coffee, and light leek. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light molasses, pine resin, very light leek, and light bitter coffee. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I can't help but say that I was disappointed with this brew. I enjoy the constituent elements separately (though I'm not the biggest Black Albert fan in the world), but together they don't seem to work. There's too much in the way of hops and the coffee just comes through bitterly. Glad I got to try it, though...

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SocalKicks, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure who shared this at ChrisPro's, but thanks! Served in a tulip, side-by-side with Dark Lord 2012.

A - A tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy partial cap, leaving tiny specks of lace behind. The body is a very dark brown color.

S - The smells is far more evocative of a European beer than of Dark Lord (or Darkness). I get mostly Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, with plenty of milk chocolate, dark roast, coffee, red fruits, Whoppers, and a nebulous fruity yeast character that might be from the Black Albert portion of the beer. I don't think anyone would guess that there was Dark Lord in this, even with a A/B comparison available.

T - Again, it's quite heavy on Beer Geek Brunch flavors, with dark fruits, smoke, coffee, and roasted malts, but this gives way to the intense cherry cordial sweetness of Darkness circa 2008 in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden - surprised this is 13.8%, as that suggest a heavy dose of Dark Lord in the blend.

M - Smooth, chocolate syrup texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly roasty and dry finish. Minimal alcohol heat after roughly 8 months.

D - I liked this significantly more than Dark Lord 2012, but it seems to be less than the sum of its parts. I'd rather skip the $30 price tag and buy some Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (or Black Albert) off the shelf, as those seem to be the dominant flavors here anyway. Still, I enjoyed it more than I did on the release day, so perhaps this will continue to improve.

MasterSki, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had three out of the four components of this beer individually and they were all better than this blend.

Beer shared by Thorpe the other day served in a Three Floyds XV anniversary glass. Thanks very awesome way to drink this beer.

Beer is dark brown almost black with a nice head of small bubbles some lacing some carbonation looks good.

Aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruits.

Beer is sweet but light in body. Lots of plums and some chocolate bitterness and roast at the back end. a nice stout but all of these breweries make a better stout than this. Therein lies my disappointment.

drabmuh, Jan 02, 2012
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Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.