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Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Baller StoutBaller Stout

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612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 340
Gots: 426 | FT: 21
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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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:08:59 | More by RHCP313
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:00:10 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-01-2012 18:09:57 | More by benpopper
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-01-2012 05:38:40 | More by emdawg
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-31-2011 18:33:11 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-31-2011 05:28:47 | More by jophish17
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at FFF XV

Super pitch black beer with a nice moca/dark tan colored head. The nose has huge coffee, chocolate, some smoke/roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Right off the bat there is a sweetness then some hops comes in to balance it out. There is a really nice roasted quality, along with coffee and chocolate. The one off putting thing is the Belgium yeast flavor, I personally am not a fan of Belgium yeast in a RIS so that knocks the score down a little. Good mouthfeel it is surprisingly on the thinner side than I expected but not in a bad way, good amount of carbonation. This was a very good beer, but not a great beer I had higher hopes for this but all in all this is worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 19:33:36 | More by phisigben
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

12-29-2011 16:12:53 | More by mnbearsfan
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-28-2011 22:58:21 | More by fiveiron83321
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

12-28-2011 16:13:33 | More by pschul4
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3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with the brother and brother-in-law while enjoying the overall crapulence of another holiday together. Sharing beers is my attempted contribution to the general welfare.

Pours a surprisingly fizzy and vibrant headed dark cola.

Clashtastic nose of universes colliding.

Tastes is an up front and unabashed assault of acrid coffee, smoke, and roasty char. If the hoppiness had attempted to peek it's meager head, it was summarily punished by the brutish and bullying maltzilla.

Far too much carbonation provides a fizzy cola mouthfeel atop the generous body.

Naysayers may bang the Floyds-can-do-no-wrong-gong. This experiment should be put to pasture. There's simply too much going on here, with very little cohesion: like a round about navigated by crackheads. In theory this could/should have been good? I'm not even sure if that holds. As is, in this humble know-nothings opinion, this is one imperial hype train that should remain in the station.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 19:21:32 | More by BarrytheBear
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-26-2011 06:06:24 | More by jdhende
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-26-2011 03:52:02 | More by Jzmhector
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-24-2011 18:57:48 | More by gbbass16
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-24-2011 15:23:30 | More by TapeDeck
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-24-2011 03:27:38 | More by SolarMikey
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-23-2011 09:51:49 | More by MrHirschybar
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-21-2011 02:01:52 | More by Thecherryman
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-21-2011 01:54:05 | More by jreaton618
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

12-20-2011 16:30:08 | More by GimmeGumballHead
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-20-2011 16:03:59 | More by funkyaudio
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3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-19-2011 12:56:24 | More by titosupertramp
Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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