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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Baller StoutBaller Stout

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BA SCORE
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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.29%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:42:36 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:30:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:18:18 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.83/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 07:15:37 | More by womencantsail
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:54:00 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:00:10 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:32:55 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 21:07:30 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 19:04:50 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. A tiny bit sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, sweeter dark fruits, raisins, bourbon, light toasted malts. Again, a little sweet, and some fruit that the nose did not have.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but considering the ABV not bad.

o - Overall a pretty nice RIS, though slightly disappointing. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol to it; actually felt more alcohol from this than the Chocolate Rain. A good beer I'd like to have again, but not something I'd seek out due to the demand/rarity.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 18:41:58 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle as a birthday present from MsRif last year, and I decided to share it at Stone Soup.

Dark brown-black pour, with a thick tan collar for a head; some retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, slightly roasty...probably closer to Dark Lord than anything. The taste was surprisingly nice and unique, lacking the heat and sweetness of DL and lacking the roasty bitterness of BGB and BA. I think the blend really hit a good balance here. Dark malts, dark chocolate, some dark fruit essence, roasty coffee notes. This was the only time I've had this beer, but if this wasn't the sweet spot, then I don't want to know what was (or will be). Smooth mouthfeel, full body, lower carbonation, and extremely well-hidden alcohol. It's a shame I won't ever have this again, but it was nice while it lasted. Thanks, biddy!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:57:22 | More by Rifugium
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Served in my new FFF XV Anniversary glass, also gifted by Mike.

The beer is near black with a thick, beige head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing o the glass. The aroma brings roast, dark fruit, malt. An interesting stout for sure. A blend of dark fruit, chocolate covered berries, minimal alcohol presence. Not getting a lot of coffee presence from the Weasel, or the hop character I associate with Darkness. The blend is smooth and flavorful, but I can't distinguish the beers that comprise the blend individually. Smooth on the palate and easy drinking, especially considering the high abv. A bit sweet, but balanced in the finish by a light hop and chocolate bitterness. Overall, very glad for the opportunity to sample this. That said, I prefer all of the components that went into this individually as opposed to this blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:44:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Roast and Belgian yeast. Chocolate and cocoa. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Dark fruits and molasses to round things out.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, cocoa nibs, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Pretty much mimics the nose, but some of the hops show here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends roasty.

Overall, I got a bit out of each beer. Coffee from BGBW. Belgian yeast from BA. Hops for Darkness. Sweetness from DL. Maybe a bit too much of a combination.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 23:02:39 | More by mothman
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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/25/2011

Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with an inch of light brown foam. Retention is good and lacing is scarce.

S: Aggressively piney and earthy with light smoke notes. Toffee and caramel blend with booze and alcohol. Brown sugar is light. As the beer warms up I get some chocolate and grapefruit.

T: Green piney bitterness with notes of bread. The hops are pretty aggressive. I get a decent amount of toffee and caramel. The finish is sweet with alcohol and some astringency.

M: Upper medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is pretty good. It tastes like an American Barleywine and not like a Stout, which is strange. Darkness seems to be dominating at this point in the beer's life.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:00:06 | More by HopHead84
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for handing this one off to me during our most recent massive in-person trade! Thanks Al! Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, and 67couple during a past tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, bubblegum, sugar, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, bubblegum, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. After first hearing about this brew I was totally intrigued. And to be honest, I was not disappointed. I did find the bubblegum aspect to be a little off-putting, but at the same time it seemed to work quite well on this brew for me adding another level of complexity over the regular versions of the blend I HAVE tried (eff you Kate). A definite must try for anyone who calls themselves a Stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 10:59:30 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:41:30 | More by largadeer
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gford217

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.

Pours lighter than I was expecting - dark, dark brown with a big thick tan head that recedes really slowly and leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dry and very roasty with lots of heavily roasted malts and cocoa powder. There is also a little bit of green hop character from the Darkness presumably. Also a hint of smoke and licorice as well.

Taste starts with an initial citrus hop kick which is swept away by a smoky roasted malt character. As it warms, it get better with some chocolate coming out. The finish is dry, roasty and slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is the highlight for me as the Dark Lord really shines, making it full bodied, smooth and thick on the palate.

This is a solid beer though I'm not sure all the parts really come together as a whole for me. Very good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:15:56 | More by gford217
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:44:39 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. No bottle date. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nice black body. Good off white head. Nice retention.

Smell - Roasty chocolate. Big hop presence. Smells like an RIS.

Taste - Chocolate. Roasty malts. Hoppy, but mostly milk chocolate. Hoppy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Thick and chewy.

Overall - No better than the individual beers that went into it, but it's decent. I was expecting a mess. Instead it's just a quality RIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 17:40:56 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

993rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz, yellow wax capped

Thanks to Steve for hosting and opening this one.
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A small inky black pour with a lot of foam in it. Didn’t really expect this one to foam a bit in the glass. Thought would be a bit more oily and black like DL.

Smell- There was a quite a bit working here from all the stouts. You had roast and grain, you had smoke and dark fruits. Wasn't sure what final blend was, but could've been worked on a bit more.

Taste- This wasn’t my favorite beer of the night by any means with some great small and some great and RARE stouts being opened. I did find that the blend could've been re-worked a little bit more to showcase more of the Darkness fruits and some more of the Belgian notes as well. The overwhelming DL blend to this one just brought it down for me.

Mouth- A medium body with a lower medium carbonation level. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast after taste. A good feel but not as creamy as I would like it to be. A little more grainy.

Drink- Thanks Steve for opening this up. I wasn’t going to trade for this one seeing as I wasn’t sure I could land one. Kinda glad I didn’t now.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 19:59:26 | More by FosterJM
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jedwards for sharing this brew. 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a light, oily skim with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Interesting nose - citrusy, hoppy, dark roasted malts and a trace of sweetness towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - this beer has a tremendous malt backbone with a pleasant charred quality that becomes slightly acrid towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a slightly oily texture and a lively/crisp carbonation with a light alcohol burn at the finish. A really interesting blend although I was surprised at its hoppiness given the base beers (I guess it comes from the Darkness). That said, this beer really comes together as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:07:17 | More by Jwale73
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer, very viscous looking, with a nice brown head that left a lot of stick on the sides.

S - Very sweet smelling with some fruity yeast. I actually get more Black Albert with a bit of Dark Lord than any of the other beers (maybe 2010 Darkness-like aroma). Wish there was more Brunch Weasel.

T - A lot of milk chocolate, dark malts, and fruity yeast. It's quite sweet, without any super complex characteristics. A bit of black licorice as well, which is nice only because it breaks up a bit of the sweetness. Not great, but it's not a bad beer.

M - Not super thick, but still heavier side of medium. Smooth, decent carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, not a horrible beer. There's several of the beers added together I prefer alone. Fun collaboration, but results were merely whelming.

Note: If I had a suggestion for FFF in producing an anniversary beer like this I would have went BALLS OUT to turn up the quality a notch. First I would have hired a professional blender to figure out what ratio to put these together in, much like Firestone Walker does with theirs. Secondly, I might have considered aging the result on some bourbon (cause we all love -bals) or perhaps a special other spirit barrel so we can look forward to stages of cooling off and added complexity. But even without that, would have definitely done the blender, as I would have like certain other flavors to stand out and some to be complimentary.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 17:23:11 | More by AgentZero
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to crushedvol for this bottle, which has languished in the cellar for a while, since I've sampled it a few times (it seems to be a staple at tastings). 22 oz. bottle with typical 3F artwork split with my wife, last beer of the night.

Pour is Appropriate Black. Nose is lovely, with huge sweet malts, nicely charred roast, & a sweetness almost akin to a milk stout minus the cow. Smells like Darkness with a side salad of something else. Nice.

Baller Stout is less than the sum of its parts, which are four damn good beers. Mikkeller's coffee is prominent, coming out of the mix strong. Big Baller Roast. Chocolate, anise, vanilla, huge notes of chocolate sweetness. though that doesn't quite capture it. There's a maltiness that's unique & I can't quite put my tongue on it. As it warms, it really turns into a better beer. Lovely.

I'll warrant I didn't think much of my smaller samples, but on 11 ounces of reflection, my tune has changed. There's a depth & taste to the malts in this beer that's wild & yummy. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 04:41:31 | More by maximum12
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mynie

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at the fest, fresh from the tap. My pallet was fresh, my brain unfried, and I swear I wasn't all that much looking forward to sampling this particular beer--my sights were set on the Mikkeller tent. What I'm trying to say is, I gave it a perfect 5 in good faith, not because of any impediment. I stick by that review.

But, finally sampling the bottled version, I realize I can't let that 5 stand all alone. Because, bottled, it's not perfect. It's still really good. But it's far from perfect.

Still a wonderful, opaque pour. Still a nice blend of Darkness hops and Dark Lord vinousness. But the coffee nodes are much more present, which makes it more of a strange--and not entirely well-balanced--melange of flavors than it is a wonderful take on Darkness. The Surly hops aren't as present, the back end is a little thin, and while it's still totally worth drinking it just don't come together as well as it did on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:15:10 | More by mynie
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.10.12.

A - Pours a dark motor oil brown with a one inch medium brown head with decent retention.

S - Licorice, roasted malt, booze.

T - Coffee, booze, leather, anise.

D - Decent carbonation, medium to heavy body.

O - A real mixed bag for me. Good and bad smells and flavors are all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:18:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.