Baller Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 363
Gots: 433 | 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 Floyds’ 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 11-12-2011)
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter...A big thanks to Zach for generously giving me a bottle.

Pours black with a velvety layer of dark tan head. The head fades rather quickly without leaving much lacing in its wake. After settling, the beer has an eerie stillness.

A lot of sweetness and chocolate in the nose. Some roasted malt also present. Fudge and toffee are plentiful and in turn making my mouth water. Perhaps a bit too sweet and not enough bitter roast. We'll see what the taste yields.

Wow. Chocolate fudge and maple syrup flavors explode out of the gate. Hints of roasted malts. Much more bitter than the nose indicated. Surprisingly well balanced, though very sweet.

Chewy thick mouthfeel with outstanding viscosity. This is a good kind of cloying. Very low carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable. Combines with the big sweet flavors, this one's a sipper.

I came away very impressed by this beer. Chocolaty and sweet with some oak bitterness. The nose was a bit misleading. Definitely not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a syrupy mess, but it was quite delicious and the complexities sure stood out.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (nearly black) with a small ring of tan head.

S: It is ashy on the nose; I associate this burnt aroma with Mikkeller. Notes of soy sauce and prunes -- the Dark Lord. Metallicity and roast. It's mildly hoppy (Darkness?).

T: It starts off ashy, chocolatey, and over-represented by dark fruits (particularly prunes), but it fights back with a nice pine resin presence that I find somewhat redeeming, if not outstanding.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe it's my bias at work here (I don't like two of the components, though I feel the other two are all right), but this really didn't deliver. More body and balance would have been nice. In its current form, it's a gimmick, and not a great one. Excellent wax, though.

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Baller Stout, a collaboration between Three Floyds, Surly, Mikkeller and De Struise that blends Dark Lord, Darkness, Beer Geek Brunch and Black Albert. This is essentially a bottled one-off.
Score: 92

Fall 2011 vintage with yellow wax, served in an oversized brandy snifter and enjoyed 01/17/12.

Appearance: Jet black with a finger of creamy tan head at pour that settles into a clump of tan bubbly head on top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Completely opaque. Not a whole bunch of sticky lacing, but this one is 13.8% ABV so not much lacing should be expected. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit. Lots of sweet raisin and creamy chocolate. Light coffee too. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex, sweet flavors in this brew. Upfront I get a lot sweet raisin and dark fruit flavor, which may or may not come from the Darkness or Dark Lord. The dark fruit and raisin flavors linger throughout the beer, but new flavors increasingly come out with every sip. After the dark fruit, I get some milk chocolate and light coffee, followed by vanilla and marshmallow toward the finish. More bourbon-like flavors come out in the finish as the beer layers. Noticeable alcohol flavor in finish of the beer, but nothing overwhelming. Roasted maltiness in the middle and towards the finish as well. Also detecting some light berry fruitiness on the midpalate. As the beer approaches room temperature, more alcohol in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-high bodied with low carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel going down with a sweet, sticky finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Expensive, sweet and delicious. Baller Stout does not equal or exceed the sum of its parts, but it is certainly worth seeking out to try once.

Recommendation: A sweeter Russian Imperial Stout, so if you do not like sweeter imperial stouts be forewarned. Otherwise, I highly recommend seeking this one out before it becomes too rare to obtain as more and more people drink their allotment.

Pairings: Best enjoyed as a digestif following a delicious steak dinner.

Cost: $38 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of awalk1227
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of boss024
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of rfraga77
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tvanr
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very generous bottle sent by seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF. This was poured into a tulip, as suggested, and reviewed blind.

I was hoping for something dark, and this fits the bill. The maroon liquid glugs from the bottle thick as syrup and coalesces in the glass into inky, impenetrable blackness. A dense, sticky head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths like a squadron of zombies, then slowly fades away, leaving thick walls of lace and faint calls for “Braiiiins” behind.

Quite the perplexing aroma we have here. Along with notes of toast, cocoa and just a touch of coffee, there’s a distinct sourdough breadiness and a tangy dark fruit character. Something weird is going on here, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it. 3.5

Whatever I disliked in the aroma has been smoothed out in the flavor, and all I get is smooth roasted notes melded with subtle dark fruits. Individual flavors include raisins, black strap rum, anise, dark chocolate, toast and very subtle marshmallow. The balance is perfect. Finishes on the roasty/bitter side.

And the mouthfeel. Oh, the mouthfeel. It’s like licking a blanket — soft and velvety, each sip coating the tongue in its supple embrace. The carbonation is gentle and massaging, breaking the brew into a little bit of fizz as it moves. Alcohol is apparent, numbing the tongue and heating up the chest, but not distracting. Decadence.

A literal blend of Dark Lord, Darkness, Black Albert and Beer Geek Brunch will create confusion. Albert must’ve been providing the fruits. I wouldn’t say it’s greater than the sum of its parts, but it’s pretty damn tasty. Good flavors, amazing balance and great drinkability despite an ABV that’s apparently high enough to make driving a bad idea. I like it more with every sip.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Shoo65
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of afrokaze
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of womencantsail
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Photo of Doodler
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ajkeefner13
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sliks96
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TJBurgess
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vitters03
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Baller Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.