Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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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
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
Won--erm, bought--at DLD in 2012. Opened and shared in May of 2014.
This was the year that people began complaining that Dark Lord was too sweet. And so you'd figure that would make the barrel aged variants even less desirable, but let's not expect beer geeks to be consistent. Especially when it comes to hand-numbered bottles that have to be purchased at the brewery.
Pours oily and viscous, like every other DL. Smells... surprisingly vinous, with very large chili nodes.
Tastes like cognac made out of stout with a back end of sharp, hot peppers. Very nice, although the sharpness of the back end makes the flavor seem a little thin.
Personally, this is one of the better bottled BA Dark Lords I've had. The Pappy didn't do it for me, and the bottled versions of the vanilla DL's don't hold a candle to their kegged counterparts.
06-04-2014 16:27:00 | More by mynie
3.6/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with quite a bit of residual sugar with some chili’s notes coming through. Taste is quite heavy with loads of dry roasted malt with some strong spicy chili’s notes that offset most of the residual sugars and barrel treatment. Body is full with medium carbonation and alcohol is totally hidden by the chili notes. Interesting experiment but I would like the head to be dropped a bit too increase drinkability.
02-17-2014 18:43:39 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
Bomber from the end of year Ottawa Tasting
Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, peppers
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, rich chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some coffee and a whack of spicy/peppery notes.
Overall - I am not a fan of chilli beers to begin with. This was on of the better ones I've had though. Perhaps because the other flavours in the beer are big and bold enough to compete with the peppers.
01-14-2014 15:20:45 | More by spinrsx
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
750ml bottle poured into FFF teku. Consumed during our chili beer tasting alongside Bourbon Muerte DL, Mexican Cake variants, BA Abraxas, and BA Hunahpu. Split 5 ways.
A- Pours a pitch black, pretty much no head to speak of, can definitely tell the high abv due to streaky alcohol legs.
S- Dark chocolate, fairly strong presence of chili peppers that come off as fairly raw with a vegetal presence, some light cognac barrel presence. Out of all chili stouts we had this probably had the most chili presence coming through, unlike the others though it was fairly vegetal smelling which cut some of the sweetness and made it not quite as appealing. Overall not bad though.
T- Dark chocolate, coffee Werther's hard candy, vegetal chili peppers, finishes with some cognac coming through along with a bit more chili pepper heat, dark chocolate, and black licorice. Chili peppers linger on the palate for awhile afterwards, much more so then the chili peppers of any of the other beers. Fairly flavorful, complex, chilies hide a bit of the sweetness from regular Dark Lord but still remains fairly sweet.
M- Alcohol very well hidden, low carbonation but fitting for the high abv, peppers burn a little bit.
O- Cognac de Muerte Dark Lord was definitely an interesting beer that was enjoyable to try, however it didn't quit stack up to the other big chili stouts that we tried and I probably wouldn't pay $50 for a bottle to try it again. The beer wasn't as balanced as the others and the chilies didn't integrate as well into the beer having a much more noticeable vegetal presence that detracted from the beer slightly. Worth trying but I probably wouldn't give up the cellar, especially when '13 Bourbon de Muerte is significantly better.
11-27-2013 14:45:09 | More by jaasen64
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
750ml bottle 15,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
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
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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