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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 559
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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Photo of harrymel


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been staring this down.

Pours black, some central dome and rimming of light cocoa foam. Smells of molasses, alcohol, leather, some fudge and bits of cinnamon. Tastes like there is plenty of residual sugar, sweet, roasty, more molasses, some licorice, cocoa, coffee, more sugar. Heavy body with nice carb and a sticky finish. I'm glad the dark lord wasn't too noticeable. That would have ruined this beer. Glad to try it, not worthy of seeking out IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:06:01 | More by harrymel
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:29:15 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baller Stout
22oz bottle poured into a small snifter

Thanks to Mark000 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a somewhat thin appear very dark brown, bordering on but not quite black, with just over 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Actually looks very similar to Coke Cola, only slightly thicker. Head dissipates down fairly slow and leaves small spots of random patchy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, crisp green apple, some dark fruits with raisin and fig, a unique sweetness that is somewhat reminiscent of bubblegum, anise, slightly medicinal. Pretty unique aromas for a stout, and certainly doesnt smell like any of the individual components. Im not sure I particularly like the aroma but it is VERY strong so it gets bonus points.

T: Initial sip is sweet dark fruits with a big roasted and coffee presence on the backend. Early on I get bakers chocolate, apple, anise, and the big roasted and big coffee notes. As I continue to drink the flavor becomes dominated by a bitter, medicinal, almost astringent quality.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated for the style, not particularly smooth and a touch thin. ABV is incredibly well masked though, never would have guessed this was a 13- plus percenter. Drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Overall, Im not sure how I feel about this one. I initially was loving this beer, in both aroma and flavor, but as I continue to drink, it began to wear on me. The pleasant characters gave way to less desirable ones. I'm not really sure how to grade it. Its certainly not a boring drink, as lots of different flavors and aromas come out. Although I can't say they necessarily blend all that beautifully, but it does keep one's palate and on its toes. I guess if I had to classify it compared to the other beers it would be as follows (from leave to most favorite):
Dark Lord-> Baller Stout -> Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (never had the regular brunch)-> Darkness/Black Albert, with Dark Lord being almost undrinkable, Beer Geek being a huge step up from Baller and Darkness/Black Albert both being significantly better than the rest.
Im filibustering now but I guess to sum it up, this one is not great, but really unique and certainly worth trying, especially for comparison to the individual components.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:13:26 | More by zac16125
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this great lookin' bottle! Drank with DaftCaskBC during the 2012 Trailer Park Tasting.

Appearance. Foamy light-tan head, black!

Smell. Liccorice, dark chocolate, oak, slightly metalic.

Taste. Licorice, roasty malts, plums, dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium carbonation, slight warmth.

Overall. A very good RIS but not relly mind-blowing as I had hoped. The seperate beers that I have tried were much better than this blend.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 21:14:05 | More by Rutager
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: 1/2" light brown head over black/cola coloured liquid.

S: Oak, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and caramel.

T: Coffee, roasted malt, pine hops and pears.

M: Thick viscosity and low carbonation.

O: A strong stout with many flavours that aren't very well integrated. The total isn't the sum of the parts in this case.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:40:23 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a smalldark tan head that leaves ample lacing.

Aromas begin with bourbon, oak, coffee, dark roasted malts and boozy alcohol. As it warms you get a little bit of sugary Milk chocolate sweetness and darker fruits but the roast is up front and dominant.

The tastes begin with espresso coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, bourbon and acrid licorice/molasses. Again, as it warms your get some sweeter dark fruits, raisins and sugary milk chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The finish is fairly sweet and roasy with some alcohol heat.

Overall this beer is one of those that the sum of it parts do not live up the original offerings. Each of the base beers used to blend this beer are superior than this melange. For what I was told this cost originally and cost to acquire I am glad I did not invest personally.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 14:19:17 | More by claspada
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to FFF Teku glass.

A - Black with one finger of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet molasses and some coffee.

T - Sweet chocolate up front that immediately gives way to a bitter hop profile and a touch of coffee. A big sweetness returns and lingers along with some molasses and a very light hint of dark fruit in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

M - Medium body with a fairly big chew. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 14:35:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Alieniloquium


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
Photo of Gobzilla


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

A: poured a dark as night black with a very thin dark brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of the mikkeller black character was present on the aroma such as booze, roastiness, some chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and a slight char notes.

T: the booze character was not as bad on the taste alongside roastiness, brown sugar, chocolate sweetness, dark fruit accents and a little char flavor but with a touch of vanilla. The mikkeller black character was really coming through the most to me.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with sweet, mild boozy, chocolatey, slight dark fruit and silky finish.

O: beer was a decent considering all the monsters that went into the blend. Very creative and was glad to have a taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:26:49 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Etan


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brownish-black with some red hues. Big tan head.

S: Very sweet (as expected). Chocolate, sweet coffee, brown sugar, slight booze, brown bread.

T: Sweet but with a good bit of balancing roastiness. Smooth chocolate malt, roasted grain, solvent but tolerable alcohol presence, a bit of coffee bitterness. Thick raisin and coffee roast in the finish.

M: Very slight carbonation, very thick and creamy.

O: Not a bad blend at all; a bit sweet, but the mouthfeel is killer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:59:35 | More by Etan
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

XV Anniversary yellow wax into CBS snifter.
Special thanks to BeerTwinkie for this beer. Without him I'd never get a chance otherwise.

A- Pitch black, oily, opaque pour. Two and a half finger tan head that slowly deflates leaving a thin ring and gobs of sticky lacing.

S- Sweetness of brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate up front. Super roasty espresso aroma and a slight amount of alcohol in the back. There is a hop bitterness and a bit of dark stone fruits.

T- Sweet base from the Dark Lord (not nearly as sweet as Dark Lord itself) Super dark roasted espresso (Beer Geek Brunch) with chocolate syrup and vanilla beans.I close my eyes and can pick out the Black Albert as well. Darkness seems to be a little lost in the mix. Hop bitterness is nice and the alcohol is minimal for this strength of brew.

M- Heavy, slightly syrupy with decent carbonation.

O- A lot of people complained about this beer. I honestly think it works really well. Four great brewers doing their best brews for one behemoth.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:14:07 | More by korguy123
Photo of tewaris


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan and Frank!

Excellent stout looks, dark and thick with a good dark tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, some vanilla (nowhere close to a -bal beer though) and roast. I don't get much coffee.

Tastes rough and aggressive... the smoothness of the component beers is missing, and I like Dark Lord :-/

Mouthfeel is good, rich body and medium carbonation. To echo what others have said, this beers is less stellar than its components:

|x1 + x2| ≤ |x1| + |x2|

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 06:16:00 | More by tewaris
Photo of maximum12


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
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. Not sure what to expect from this as DL is hit or miss, Darkness is too hoppy for me fresh, Black Albert sucks, and Beer Geek Brunch is pretty good.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of tan head. It's mostly frothy, but there's also a creamy component. Retention isn't bad given the massive ABV. Decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly like Darkness and Black Albert, but it ends up being quite nice. Deep roastiness. Tangy caramel and earthiness from the DL and BA, respectively. Formitable citrus and herbal hoppiness from the Darkness. Coffee in varying degrees from all of them. Chocolate in abundance from them all. Booze is well hidden. Overall though, this is closer to Black Albert than any of the others, but perhaps an improved BA.

3.5 T: The taste is even more like BA. Earthy and almost minerally. Quite hoppy as well. Supple roast, bitterness has some strength to it. Chocolate, tangy caramel. Light coffee. Booze is pretty well hidden again. It's lacking integration of flavors to an extent with the earthiness not meshing well with the hops, which never really works well in a stout. Despite all this, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Heavy body, perhaps too heavy. It's almost like drinking booze yogurt. A little too chewy. Reasonably creamy though.

3.5 D: I doubt I'd buy this if it were a shelf beer, so $30 for a bomber is clearly a ripoff. FFF cashes in on beer geeks like no other. If only their beer was a good as the hype.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 00:49:33 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of MasterSki


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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South Africa

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

650ml bottle 13,8% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this amazing extra! I was waiting to taste all of the beers in this blend before tasting it. I had the last of the beers (Beer Geek Brunch Weasel) a few weeks ago, so it is at last time to crack this one open.

Appearance: Baller Stout looks pitch black in the glass, however a back light sadly reveals quite a thick edge of deep red. A rough pour yields a massive, ultra slow forming, coffee creme coloured head. The head displays great retention for the Abv. and leaves some thick patches of lace as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! Sweet milk chocolate, caramel, condensed milk, vanilla, dark salted toffee, cocoa powder and a hint of coffee are all noted in the first few sniffs. As the beer warms, sweet dark fruit notes become apparent along with liquorice, a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: This certainly is an interesting flavour! It seems to have two distinct components - sweet "American-style" imperial stout notes initially (milk chocolate, dark caramel, condensed milk, vanilla, dark chocolate mousse and sweet dark fruits), followed by harsher "European-style" notes (roasted malt, a charred/ashy quality, dark fruits, coffee and cocoa.) towards the finish. The finish is mildly bitter and lightly dry.
The alcohol cover is not perfect, however the flavour works well with such a big beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially over carbonated for my tastes, however it settles down quite quickly. The body is is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: This is an interesting one, based on the beers in it, I would expect it to be world class, however it just doesn't seem to get there. Don't get me wrong, Baller stout is a delicious RIS, but I think it would have benefited hugely from some time in a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 20:42:00 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of beagle75


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of light beige bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt is pungent, with heavy biscuit and meaty/savory qualities. Roast is smoky but not intensely so. Mineral or metallic sharpness is present and faint volatile alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with acidic dark fruit and slightly cakey malt that develops more roasted qualities into the middle. Pure bitterness becomes intense in the finish, losing its fruit and becoming more indicative of husky malt. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, warm and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a full-powered imperial stout blend that displays a fruity start and a surge of potent hops by the finish. The dynamic flavors don't exactly match the monotonous savoriness of the smell but together they cover quite a bit of territory. Like Dark Lord, there are other stouts out there that are more enjoyable and more obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 14:16:59 | More by beagle75
Photo of WillCarrera


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

22 oz bomber I picked up at DLD 2012, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, totally opaque, brown one-finger head, has good retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Sweet aroma, a pretty even mix of coffee and dark fruit. Also getting some chocolate.

T- Follows the nose with a mix of dark fruit, coffee and grain roast, and chocolate. Has a really nice, persistent finish of sweet chocolate and bitter roasted grain.

M- Medium to full bodied, moderate to low carbonation, has a smooth and creamy feel, slightly viscous.

O- An interesting experiment, it's a tasty beer and I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 07:57:58 | More by WillCarrera
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2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A huge thank you to HosP for surprising me with this beer! Thanks Mark.

A: Pours super dark brown, near black, with almost no head or lace.
S: Sweet smelling with notes booze, DL sweetness, Darkness hops, but not much coffee. Not as potent as I was expecting.
T: Interesting and complex. Vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, dark fruits, cloyingly sweet sugar, and something that’s a bit sharp/astringent. The flavors are a bit all over the place.
M: Full bodied with a hint of booze. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is heavy, sweet, and greasy. There’s something sharp in there too. Maybe some more age?
O: I don’t think this is any better than the individual beers by themselves, but it’s not a terrible stout. Definitely rough around the edges though. Thanks again, Mark, I appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 08:15:49 | More by scottfrie
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a collab and blend this is. Had it on tap at XV and a few bottles since the event.

Appearance is typical of a nice stout

Smell: chocolate, coffee and some fruits too. Intereting and someone captivating smell. Makes we look forward to opening another bottle to visit the aroma again.

Taste: I LOVE it. espresso, coffee, Chocolate and malt. Mix in some fruits mid way though with a hint of alcohol to swirl. It has a palate full! I am a big fan of the port wine taste that finishes.

Mouthfeel: Full to say the least. smooth and warming.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. I picked up more at DLD and an trying my best to have 1 per month!
This is a complex stout, and I'm not sure I have it figured out yet. Matter of fact, no way do I. And I can't wait to give it another try!

What a BEER!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 14:11:23 | More by Casedogg43
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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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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought and split a bottle @ DLD 2012.

Pours solid black with a finger of tan head. Tons of lace.

The nose is roasty with port characteristics. Dark fruits and light coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasty malts.

The is very roasted and has some espresso, chocolate, figs/plums, and more burnt malt. Pretty damn nice. Very roasty.

The mouthfeel is thick for sure. Beastly. Coating the palate with a rich saucey feel.

Overall, pretty damn good but I expected a bit more from such a brew. Still delicious as all get out, with a massive roastiness and dessert flavor that is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:06:28 | More by ChugginOil
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3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FFF XV Anniversary Beer. Received a bottle of this in a trade with someone? This particular review comes from a bottle Doopie opened on a botched theme night. After an infected BA Yeti and some other oxidized beer, this one saved the day. Thanks for sharing man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Yellow wax
A blend of Surly Darkness, FFF Dark Lord, Struise Albert, and Mikkeller Brunch.

APPEARANCE: A very transparent pour yields a one 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with great retention. Black body, relatively transparent, with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a film and sticks to the sides of the glass. A good film remains until the end leaving some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Good lacing, but terribly thin looking.

SMELL: Very odd. Cotton candy with sweet cream, milk chocolate and some earthy tones. Bold enough, but very different than expected.

TASTE: Weird too. Sweet cotton candy, sweet whipped cream and caramel tones up front. Roasted notes through the middle with some chocolate flavors as well, moving into a bold and lingering sweet and earthy aftertaste. Caramel, toffee, with some bitter chocolate and floral hop notes linger on the palate. Quite complex, moving from a sweet cream beginning to a bitter chocolate and floral finish, though not quite sure how enjoyable it was.

PALATE: On the fuller side of medium with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite and finishes rather sticky. Some heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: A very different and puzzling stout. I have no idea how those four beers turned into this. The beginning is very sweet and candy like, as if the sweetness of Darkness and Dark Lord dominated the show, then the finish shows some competing bitterness, perhaps coming from the Black Albert. Interestingly complex I would say, but that doesn’t always mean it’s enjoyable. Anyways, this is a beer you’ll have to try for yourself, as it probably has something that will really appeal to some palates out there. Thanks a lot for Doopie. This beer saved beer night!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 13:21:27 | More by Jeffo
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