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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 173
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 23
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4.42/5  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.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Tim!

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.

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3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle with standard pressure cap and poured into a beer snifter. My expectations were high being form 3 Floyd's and a new and exotic barrel aged style beer using the Cognac barrel. This beer delivers and the hype needs to grow.

A: Pours really dark black color beautiful head of great cream, fantastic thickness, and a impressive retention.

S: Rich with caramel, toffee and of course the cognac. What a rich and just unbelievable smell with the ingredient combinations.

T: Again, rich with caramel, toffee and of course the cognac. The flavors combine so nicely to give this beer an superb taste that is strong smooth and good far sipping through an evening. Wow. I mean just wow. This is unlike any bourbon barrel aged beer I've had and the cognac does something very special to the flavor. You have to try this. Very complex and subtle.

M: Smooth and wet. Rich. Creamy up front but the cream bleeds through to the end.

Overall: Just get this beer and experience something you have never experienced before. It is awesome and this one delivers.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Strong, sweet an delicious. I've never had anything like it, but I want more. The aroma is unique, but pleasant. Pours a rich black with little to no head. The best thing about this beer is the taste, which the cognac enhanced unlike any bourbon barrel aged beer I have had.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an impressive beer that pours black with a nice little brown head. You can taste the delicious barrel aging in this strong and beautiful beer. If you like a strong, complex and wonderfully flavored beer this is one you must get.

You can taste cognac, caramel, chocolate, sugar and toffee.

Thanks to Mike from Indiana who sold this to me, I wish there were more out there to buy.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours motor oil black, stains the glass with a brown film, thin mocha head.

S - Chocolate, caramel, oak, and a strong, smooth congnac. The nose is very sweet, the the booze helps balance things out pretty well. Very well executed.

T - Cognac, caramel, chocolate, sugar and another sweet maybe a toffee. Sweet and smooth with a grea cognac taste which is different than any other barrel aged I've had. Amazing.

M - Rich, Full Bodied, Creamy and Smooth

O - This is an impressive beer that will definitely give pleasure to any beer enthusiast. I can see how some may not like the Cognac flavor and that's because they may not like Cognac!!! If you like beer infused with an alcohol, you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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