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

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte

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BA SCORE
88
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 94
Gots: 32 | 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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TMasterFlash

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.6%

05-19-2012 22:08:48 | More by TMasterFlash
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EdwardFortyHands

Iowa

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Really this is the best of all BA FFF Variants, if you like spices this is your beer!

Great balance and supurb finish the chilis are subtle yet bold but not over powering.

Overall 100/100 Just as good as the vanilla bean BA.

Smell is the greatest ever in a stout and rivals the Vanilla, this is an underrated beer for sure, it will cellar well.

05-16-2012 05:10:12 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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BFro

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

06-06-2012 21:34:56 | More by BFro
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

12-26-2012 20:58:34 | More by brydeen
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StoutFest

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-05-2013 00:40:15 | More by StoutFest
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. This is bottle #198/817, from DLD 2012.

Appearance: Pours a medium viscosity, very dark brown/black and gives a fizzle of tan head that lasts mere seconds, at most. Clearly has carbonation though.

Smell: Big spiced/spicy oak, plums, roasted dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, well balanced chili peppers. Really nice balance between sweet and bitter. Lots of influence from the cognac barrels. All the aromas work nicely together, especially the cognac barrel and peppers, which give a bit of a kick at the end. Wonderful.

Taste: Nice, mild milk chocolate, licorice, vanilla, plums, oak, cognac, some flavor from the chilis, just a dash of heat at the finish from the peppers. The barrel adds some nice complexities, as do the peppers - but the base beer is definitely still there. Finishes amazingly smooth.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a creamy, slightly sticky body that goes really nice with the flavors. Finishes a little sweet (not overly) and smooth.

Overall: The cognac barrels and peppers did great things to this beer. They didn't mask it, just enhance it. The heat from the peppers is quite mild, but present. I expected this to be overly spicy but it's perfect. The barrel also smooths out the beer and dulls down the big licorice-chocolate from the base. Not overly sweet, but still pretty sweet. A great beer experience - I'd definitely drink again.

07-04-2014 20:54:32 | More by Resuin
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Metllica97

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

07-30-2014 18:56:42 | More by Metllica97
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illidurit

California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

Bottle shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pitch black with an iced coffee head. Aroma is strong on the chilis with plenty of sweet dense chocolate. Vanilla and chocolate flavor, rich caramel and a nice ancho/chipotle flavor. Perfect amount of heat and chili flavor.

08-16-2012 05:39:15 | More by illidurit
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

Bottle generously shared by me at my birthday party. Served in a taster glass.

A - Unlike the regular version, this has nearly no head retention. Tan foam quickly sizzled to nothing. Same oily, viscous, black body though.

S - It's pretty easy to tell apart the two cognac Dark Lord variants, as there is tons of chile flavor here. Slightly vegetal green pepper aroma, sweet cognac, caramel, sugar, and a touch of milk chocolate. The mixture of chocolate and pepper flavors is evocative of a nice mole. Really enjoyed the aroma, even when it reached room temperature.

T - The taste is a bit more similar to the straight cognac version, but with a mild pepper flavor introduced. Cognac and malt sweetness dominates the palate, with again very little in the way of oak barrel presence. There's some spice at the back end.

M - A hefty dose of hot and spicy chile warmth in the finish - thankfully it never reaches critical levels. Otherwise quite similar to the regular version - low carbonation, oily, sticky, and so on.

D - I preferred this to the regular cognac version, but I may have been in the minority. Would love to drink this again, as I thought it was pretty awesome. The spicy peppers help cut some of the saccharine qualities of the cognac and Dark Lord, thus restoring balance to the Force...or something.

06-17-2012 18:09:23 | More by MasterSki
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-03-2012 13:44:30 | More by fo1ksguitar
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zach60614

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-13-2013 03:17:04 | More by zach60614
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scubahood

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-23-2012 11:17:43 | More by scubahood
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badboy7113

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-30-2012 16:38:10 | More by badboy7113
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-11-2014 02:04:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Hopbully

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-28-2013 05:47:24 | More by Hopbully
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MrFootstones

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-26-2012 19:14:21 | More by MrFootstones
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augustg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-20-2012 15:31:21 | More by augustg
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klipper

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-23-2014 05:32:33 | More by klipper
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-17-2013 00:36:51 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-12-2012 16:46:29 | More by MarkIntihar
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-16-2013 20:26:33 | More by ChicagoNick
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

750ml bottle 15,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
2012 Vintage
Bottle Number: 614/817

Thanks to Rfraga for this bottle.

Appearance: As with all the DL varients, Cognac de Muerte pours pitch black and viscous, with a rough pour yielding a thin sliver of dark tan foam that fizzes away almost instantly. A light swirl coats the glass in a sticky yellow-brown residue and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Wow, now this is what I call a nose! Big sweet chocolate and dark caramel combine fantastically with a massive, nose tingling chilli character. After a few minutes the nose really opens up, with additional notes of cocoa, hot chocolate powder, dark chocolate fudge, heavy dark fruits, oak, a fair amount of cognac, liquorice and even more crushed chilli character. I can't get over how well the chilli blends in with the sweet chocolaty base beer!
As the beer approaches room temperature, things take a bit of a dip, with a fair amount of soya sauce and an odd meaty (almost marmite) becoming apparent and obscuring the cognac and some of the chocolate.

Taste: The initial flavour is fantastically sweet with big chocolate, caramel and dark fruit notes that are quickly followed by a big hit of chilli spice and crushed chilli flavour. Unfortunately a few more sips reveals some unexpected oxidization just before the chilli heat hits that detracts quite a bit from an otherwise outstanding flavour. Other notes include: Dark caramel, rich chocolate, a little cognac, some vanilla and even more vegetal chilli.
There was no trace of the 15% notes, but any burn would likely be obscured by the big chilli heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is full, chewy and fantastically sticky, with a medium/low level of smooth carbonation. The chilli heat in the back of the throat is fairly substantial, but doesn't get anywhere near the "too hot" region.

Overall: Cognac de Muerte Dark Lord is a fantastic beer, yes it is hot, but the chilli flavour is perfectly integrated with the rest of the beer. Had it not been for the oxidization in the flavour, this would have easily been one of the best beers I have had this year.

09-22-2013 16:15:36 | More by Thehuntmaster
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-11-2013 15:00:16 | More by drabmuh
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-20-2012 21:33:02 | More by Yabev15
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-30-2013 15:22:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.