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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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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.48%
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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4/5  rDev -9.7%

seeswo, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

fo1ksguitar, Sep 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

bsuedekum, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

MrFootstones, Aug 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

boilermakerryan, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

AldoRaine, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Aug 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

claaark13, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

cosmicevan, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Wowcoolman, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Tipsy
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.

Tipsy, Jul 23, 2012
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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.

LuvDaHops, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of LikeTheBeer
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.

LikeTheBeer, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Mag00n, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jsilva, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Dejan
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

Dejan, Jul 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

sjstraub, Jul 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Devi0us, Jun 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

sammo, Jun 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

HopHead84, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

MarkIntihar, Jun 12, 2012
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.