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
87
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 20.1%
Wants: 92
Gots: 31 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Pours nearly black with no head or carbonation. Intense chili and spiciness to the aroma. Not much in the way of cognac aroma. Very green and mildly earthy. There is a bit of booze and vanilla. The flavor has a rather strong spiciness to it. Tons of chili pepper flavor, earthiness, mild roasted malt flavor, and sweet brandy. The usual sweetness of Dark Lord is tempered a bit.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks!

Black as pitch with no head formation and little carbonation. The nose is shockingly pleasant compared to last year's train wreck that was bourbon de muerte. Peppers are dominant but thankfully are not disgustingly vegetal and grassy; they have more of a dried pepper quality. There's a bit of spiciness to it, and a good dose of sweet, fruity cognac and dark chocolate. The palate shows a great balance between peppers, barrel and beer. Peppers lend some warming heat that isn't obnoxious, and also balance out the sweetness. There isn't much oak to speak of, but there is a good amount of sweet cognac flavor here that works well with the signature chocolate and vanilla Dark Lord flavors. This is great stuff, my favorite of the 2012 BA Dark Lords.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle, red wax, Thanks Chris!

Pours a dark viscous, opaque dark milk chocolate with a trace light tan head. Aroma is slightly hot, with booze and green peppers and slight cognac sweetness, but overall it is surprisingly mild. Thick and syrupy body, covers the palate with a silky, smooth coating. Flavor starts with a strong cognac and rich malt chocolate presence before holy hell peppers! So hot and very little else is making sense to me midway through the palate and long into the finish.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with Paul and Matt the other night just because.

The beer is black with a tiny beige head that rapidly fades to nil. A very oily and viscous appearance, as is typical of Dark Lord.

The aroma brings only a light helping of the spicy peppers. Most of the scent is the big and bold Dark Lord. Roast, chocolate, alcohol.

The flavor is a surprise uppercut from the chiles. Whoa. Spicy heat sears the palate. Much different in nature than Cigar City Hunahpu's. FFF brings an aggressive, bold, one of a kind brew best savored in small quantities, while Hunahpu's offers more elegance, balance, and drinkability.

Along with the chile heat are the familiar flavors of Dark Lord. Cognac adds character, depth, complexity. I am a big fan of cognac imperial stouts, and would really like to try the cognac variant minus the chiles. The feel is rich, thick, palate coating. Alcohol warmth lingers in the finish.

Overall, a very interesting brew and a lot of fun to share with a couple of good buddies who appreciate this sort of thing.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2012

Thanks! Bottle 287/817.

A: Black with a finger of beige foam.

S: Big chili pepper presence with very faint beef jerky notes (much less than the regular cognac version). The pepper is very green with some vegetal notes, though not vegetal in a negative way. Brown sugar accompanies chocolate and molasses.

T: Lots of fudge and brown sugar with a pervasive pepper influence. Molasses meets a touch of licorice and restrained cognac notes. The pepper imparts a mild spiciness on the palate which is much stronger in the back of the throat. The finish is rich and spicy with well hidden alcohol.

M: Full in body with very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. There's warming from the alcohol and a lot of pepper heat in the back of the throat.

Overall: Definitely better than the Cognac version, but not as good as the Vanilla Bean and certainly not as good as the Bourbon Vanilla version.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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