Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.68/5 rDev -17.1%
Black in color with almost no head or carbonation. Intense brandy and alcohol aroma along with tons of chocolate and sugar. The booziness is just a bit too pronounced for me. Sweet maple syrup, sugar, caramel, toffee, etc. all present. Good vanilla, brandy, and booze flavors here, too. Maybe a touch of fruit. The booze isn’t quite as over the top as on the nose.
08-04-2012 04:02:36 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
05-22-2012 20:02:32 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev -8.1%
Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this one. Served in a taster glass at my birthday party.
A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, but minimal lace. Oily and viscous black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.
S - The cognac imparts boozy sweetness to an already sweet and boozy beer. Lots of grape spirit presence amid the dark fruit, caramel burnt sugars, and chocolate you normally find in Dark Lord. Not much overt oak - just some mild vanilla sweetness.
T - Again, it's very sweet although it seems to avoid the cloying character of this year's Dark Lord. Lots of sugars, molasses, caramel, and cognac - extremely decadent. Not much roast character, and not much alcohol presence either. Probably more of a 4.25, but not quite good enough to warrant an A rating.
M - Low carbonation, sticky, viscous and clingy full body, and fairly low alcohol presence - maybe a touch of warming.
D - A bit too sweet for my tastes - I could have used a bit more oak or roast character to balance the sweet cognac notes. Still, a highly enjoyable treat that is best in small doses. Would happily drink again.
06-17-2012 18:02:40 | More by MasterSki
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +1.4%
The beer is pitch black with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings rich, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, booze, and cognac notes. Sweet cognac flavor goes beautifully with the huge imperial stout. I've yet to meet a cognac barrel-aged beer I didn't enjoy. This is no exception. Absolutely terrific stuff.
08-09-2014 05:08:55 | More by Huhzubendah
3.8/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks! Bottle 317/534.
A: Black with a finger of beige foam.
S: Milk chocolate bar with brown sugar dumped on it and some vanilla. It's slightly smoky and meaty, reminiscent of beef jerky, which isn't an overly positive attribute. The cognac presence is light.
T: Incredibly sweet. Lots of vanilla and cocoa. Pronounced brown sugar with evident cognac imparting restrained grape and plum notes. Fudge blends with molasses. Boozy sweet finish. Thankfully that meaty note from the aroma isn't present in the flavor.
M: Full body with low carbonation. Big thick mouthfeel with evident warming.
Overall: Solid but not too impressive. We tried this next to Bourbon Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, and Cognac Muerte, and I enjoyed this least of all.
06-18-2012 16:18:50 | More by HopHead84
4.43/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-12-2012 14:28:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev -9.9%
Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Black with brownish head. Aroma and flavor are a little subdued compared to the other versions. Lots of chocolate and roast and caramel but a bit of a fruity tinge as well. Body is a little bit too thin, flavors are a little mild. Definitely a couple steps below the other Dark Lord variants that night.
08-16-2012 05:38:37 | More by illidurit
4/5 rDev -9.9%
750mL waxed and capped bottle. Major thanks to Matt for sharing! Bottle # 114/534.
(A)- Pours pitch as black night. Some tan and brown bubbles formed.
(S)- Mountains of booze soaked raisin, caramel, dark fruits, and a sweet oak component.
(T)- Again, heavy on the raisin with a subtle spicy nutmeg and vanilla oak combination.
(M)- I like the mellow carbonation in this in combination with the spicy oak wood and the mountains of raisin this has. Rich & dense as hell, but then again this IS Dark Lord.
(O)- Dark Lord is always a beast, but I quite like this variant on it. Barrel aging seems to smooth it out a little and adds a nice subtle spicy wood component that really drove it home.
09-27-2012 13:48:12 | More by sweemzander
4.43/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks, Aaron. Sample @ DLD 2012.
A - Pours motor oil black, stains the glass with a brown film, thin mocha head, thin collar, wisps here and there.
S - Chocolate, smooth congnac booze, oak, burnt sugars, caramel. The nose is very sweet, the the booze helps balance things out pretty well. Really well done...impressive.
T - Cognac, burnt sugars, oak, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate. Again, lots of sweetness and smooth booze. Really just spot-on and enjoyable. The cognac barrels turn this beer into a different beast.
M - Full body, light carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish
O - Dare I say my favorite Dark Lord variant ever? Def right up there. Wow, cognac does some wonderful stuff to just about any base beer, and it's no different here. Perfect balance between sweetness and booze...get some of this!
04-29-2012 04:09:18 | More by Sean9689
4.23/5 rDev -4.7%
Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to mjmadsen21 for the trade and helping me get a seat at this stellar tasting event!
bottle #389 / 534
a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.
s - pretty boozy and a bit metallic. cognac is definitely present on the nose.
t - metallish aluminum on dark lord. cognac and booze, but there is definite metal in there. the cognac comes on more as it warms and compliments the beer really nice. i'm not a huge cognac fan, but this beer is pretty tasty.
m - smooth and easy drinker. the metallic taste is present but not too much and goes away over time as i adjust to the feel...could be related to the cognac flavor mixing with the dark lord?
o - very good, but i had a hard time getting past the metallic undertones in the beer. as not a huge cognac fan i didn't feel that the presence of cognac was a big improvement on the beer. the group was definitely divided on this one as some really felt that this was a highlight for the tasting and for me it was probably more in the middle to the lower middle for the veritcal.
08-05-2012 02:46:57 | More by cosmicevan
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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