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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 352
Gots: 435 | 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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Photo of womencantsail
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%

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 Doodler
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Doodler, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ajkeefner13
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ajkeefner13, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of sliks96
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sliks96, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

It pours a wonderfully black coffee-esque color, hints of tan along the rim of the glass, nice fluffy caramel colored head that lingers for a bit, but dissipates a bit faster than I would’ve hoped leaving a nice layer of film across the top, and a small ring around the rim of the glass. The smell is really nice, hop forward from the Darkness, bits of coffee from the Dark Lord, and a strong roasted element that could be from any or all of the beers. The nose finishes with some smooth chocolate and some burnt woody aromas, definitely a lot going on in the nose, but Darkness definitely took the nose over, wished for a bit more balance. The flavors are sublime, less hops that the nose leads on, lots of roasted coffee and burnt wood, some toasted oat flavors, lots of chocolate and a hint of licorice and plum, nice and complex, each flavor seems to take a turn in the spotlight with each sip. Medium body, a bit thin at times, but overall quite nice, definitely didn’t detract from the beer.

Verdict: Solid stout, kind of hoped for more Dark Lord to come forward and couldn’t really get much of anything unique from the Black Albert aside from a hint of dark fruit in the flavor but on the whole, this beer has got it going on. A must try for any beer nerd.

kevanb, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to brkstoutfiend for the trade!

Pours a thick, solid black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, woody, vanilla frosting, and is decadent like a cake.

Taste is up front roast with some dark coffee notes that fades into a boozy, sweet middle and ends on an astringent (think oak tannin) character with notes of chocolate that lasts and lasts. Sweet, astringent, alcoholic.

Heavy body with lower carbonation. The alcohol presence is far too high. Almost cloying but not quite.

Big, sweet, roasty, and alcoholic. It is interesting and different if not quite as complex as it could be (given the blend). The alcohol and sweetness bring this one down, particularly the alcohol, which stands out against the rest of the beer. Good enough but not great.

TenHornsProud, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

nathanjohnson, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sgoro, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

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
Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dlello2, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of TJBurgess
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TJBurgess, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

vitters03, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of trumpetdude234
3/5  rDev -29.2%

trumpetdude234, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ConorThomas
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ConorThomas, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gkatsoris, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of kungpao
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Very dark black. Head dissipates quickly, small lacy bubbles linger.

S- Complex dark malt aroma. Cocoa, molases, roasted malt, muted herbal/ licorice notes, dark fruit, hint of oak, alcohol. Smells very pleasent.

T- Sweet, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa,balanced bitterness, alcohol is well hidden.

M- Medium low carbonation level, rich, thick

O- I'm impressed but not blown away. The quality that most impresses me is its complexity. The very same quality may be its downfall, in the fact that its really hard to judge this beer on its own merits and not as a blend. Some of my favorite qualities of the individual beers were masked, some shined through perfectly. Needles to say theres a lot going on here flavor wise. Worth seeking but not worth trading your cellar in the process.

kungpao, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

mdfb79, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of drgarage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A straight 4.5 across the board for me. Enjoyed a bottle I got in trade over New Year's Eve.

This is a very big blended imperial stout, but it's shockingly smooth. To me, that is the single-most impressive thing about it. All the components are well-integrated, and it has no noticeable alcohol heat whatsoever, a serious accomplishment. It tastes exactly like you would hope a great RIS to: big chocolate, a little booziness, good vanilla and roastiness.

Really excellent overall, but it was completely put to shame by the Black Tuesday we opened next.

drgarage, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

22oz bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a dark brown, near black with a small head of tan bubbles. Sweet roasty aroma of dark chocolate and mild fruit. Flavor is more roasty and burnt than the nose and not quite as sweet. Disappointing lack of coffee or dark fruit in the flavor. Medium thick body, slightly thinner than expected. Sufficient booze presence throughout. Nice, but disappointing given the background of the beers involved.

yourefragile, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

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
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this one at the release but wanted to try it later to review it

Typical stout black, nice head on it and leaves tons if lace

Smells very roasted, hints of coffee and cooked chocolate. The blend of all the beers are represented in the aroma as well

Tastes similar to the smell but the coffee flavor is a little more bold. Sweet chocolate in the foreground as well as a velvety roasted toast and blackened malt flavor. Finishes semi dry with a coffee dryness

Full body and just a touch high on the carbonation. Chewy malts leave a roasted flavor on the palate and a sipper because of the body.

Don't know why people say they are a little disappointed by this one...maybe its the lack of barrel aging or the price tag but it blends all the beers very well to create a unique and tasty brew

VaTechHopHead, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of RHCP313
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured into a snifter from a waxed bomber purchased at the FFF XV Anniversary bash.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, near black with a thin even espresso head. Some ruby highlights when held up to the light.

S: Roasty coffee notes, some strong vanilla, marshmallow and near fruity aromas. Slightly artificial-smelling, sort of like an obscure Yankee candle.

T: Aromas translate nicely here. Coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla with some slight alcohol burn.

M: Very heavy bodied, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very unique profile here.

O: Very glad I got to try this. Baller Stout drinks as unique as the concept the beer was brewed by.

RHCP313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%

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 Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of benpopper
4/5  rDev -5.7%

benpopper, Jan 01, 2012
Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.