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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-26-2012)
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Reviews by Treebs:
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed bottle served in a New Glarus tasting glass. Bottle # 354/534. Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for the share.

A: See Lord, Dark. For those that are less inclined, this beast pours absolutely pitch black in color with a dark tan head. Recedes quickly to a thick collar that leaves sticky lace behind.

S: Molasses. Sweet dark fruits, mostly raisins with a combination of creamy malts and toasted oak. Dark chocolate bitterness is paired well the sweet cognac.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. The cognac is up front, but it quickly gives way to the mild oak barrel. Sweet vanilla and decadent caramel are paired with a chocolate brownie. Booze soaked raisins and roasted malts combined for a nice sweet molasses finish that is reminiscent in the base beer.

M: A nice chewy body is complimented with a medium to low carbonation and sweet finish.

O: The barrel is very mellow, but you can still pick out all the nice flavors of it. Definitely sweet just like the 2011 DL, but it wasn't cloying in the least bit. A must try.

Treebs, Jun 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

fo1ksguitar, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

thaghost, May 17, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 495/534. Split with a friend into snifters.

A: Thick, jet black pour. Thin beige colored head that receded immediately.
S: Cognac, dark fruits, dark chocolate. Nice roasty smell too.
T: Same as the smell, cognac, dark fruits, chocolate. There is a slight metallic aftertaste, I don't know it that comes from the cognac because I have never felt anything similar in bourbon barrel beers. The metallic taste is not off-putting though, it's just something I noticed in the aftertaste.
M: Medium/full body with light carbonation. Thinner than I expected, but this just made it go down easier.
O: Excellent beer, even though I am not a fan of cognac it blends very well with the Dark Lord and creates a surprisingly drinkable, smooth beer.

standardcherry, Jan 28, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S - Chocolate, caramel, and a load of sweet cognac presence that gives it both sweetness and a slight alcohol presence

T - Chocolate, syrupy sweetness, and caramel give it a ton of sweetness; yet it doesn't get up to being too sweet as there is a slight alcohol presence that balances it out.

M- Thick syrupy body with a slight chalky chocolate presence to it as well as some light surgery sweetness 4.

O - This is a pretty sweet DL Variant as the alcohol has seemed to fade and left this as a sweet Cognac stout.

jeonseh, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evan for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 389/534 into a snifter. From notes.

Just like the other variations with a touch more lace. No head, black. Oily legs.

Chocolate, fudge, some tingly boozy spiciness, ethanol. Sweet. Mellow.

Big dark fruit notes. Chinese medicine, prune, plum, some light tartness, alcohol spiciness, sweet, syrupy molasses finish.

Mouthfeel is exactly like the other variations.

A solid beer overall. The cognac gives the dark lord a nice, different characters that's much appreciated.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +12.6%

sjstraub, Jul 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Mojo333, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

claaark13, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of sammo
5/5  rDev +12.6%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

jsilva, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bonez05404, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Devi0us, Jun 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

zach60614, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thakns to Chris for sharing this one. 2012 Vintage.

A - Dark black with a thin layer of mocha coloured head.

S - Cognac, dark fruit and chocolate covered cherries provide an interesting nose along with the typical big sweet roast profile of Dark Lord.

T - Cognac, chocolate fudge, dark cherries, char and roast. Fairly sweet overall with some molasses and chocolate notes coming through. The sweet and warming cognac profile returns in the finish. The barrel aging seemed to really tame the massive sweetness that the base beer typically exudes. Good integration of all of the various flavours.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation. A little thin for what I expected but still a nice mouth feel.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of bassclefbrews
5/5  rDev +12.6%

bassclefbrews, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Cognac Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 87

April 2012 vintage bottle served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 03/12/14. Bottle number 478 out of 534. Thank you Husker Mike for graciously losing this bottle to me in a post-season baseball wager (go Rays!).

Appearance: Pours an ink black color with a thin layer of tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing, excellent retention. Oily legs. 4.75/5

Smell: A ton of maple syrup! Then tiramisu, vanilla, raisin, oak and chocolate. Cognac too, but the nose does not scream cognac like Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord screamed bourbon. The cognac character is a lot more forward than complementary here. As it warms up, the maple falls off. 4.25/5

Taste: Has a cognac flavor and maple flavor upfront that kind of tastes like a muted Utopias, finishing nice and long. Notes of chocolate, raisin and oak too. Light licorice as well. Sadly, as this beer warms up, the maple/molasses character fades out and it develops a vegetal/pepper finish. Wah-wah. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Slick, slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish. Has a very mild sweetness. Frankly, this might be the least sweet variation of Dark Lord that I have had to date. 4/5

Overall: Although my initial impression of this beer was pretty positive, its quality nose dived as it warmed up and aerated. While this beer is not nearly as bad as Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte, the 2011 batch of Dark Lord De Muerte, Moscatel Barrel Aged Dark Lord or Port Barrel Aged Dark Lord, it is far from being an elite beer let alone a top five Barrel Aged Dark Lord variant. My 5 oz pour was sufficient for a lifetime.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

PatB1987, Jun 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

CraftEyeDoc, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as pitch and extremely viscous with a quickly receding brown crust.

Big boozy Cognac nose. Spicy and peppery with a ton of fudge, molasses and vanilla. Very sweet and complex. Notes of caramel and dark fruit lend depth.

The first thing noticed is the tremendously full body. The barrel aged Dark Lords have always been huge beers, but this feels more rich and oily than usual. Flavors of chocolate brownies and dark fruit hit the tongue first, followed more fruity sweetness from the Cognac barrel along with an odd peppery, spicy note that must be coming from the oak. Vanilla and caramel appear mid-palate. The finish is warming and sweet with lingering Cognac, oak and molasses.

Nice stuff, but I prefer some of the other barrel aged Dark Lord variations. 5 ounces was more than enough for me.

largadeer, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

sketcher6773, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

mendvicdog, Aug 11, 2014
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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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