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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
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jeffo
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to a few people we were able to put together the entire vertical and almost all the BA variants. Lots of fun gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
2012 vintage
Bottle 203 of 817

APPEARANCE: Just like all the rest of them. Pours relatively clear for an imperial stout. Produces a small, one finger medium-looking head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body in the glass with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too light a pour and an average head at best.

SMELL: Very scary. I'm sure they were going for this though. There's a hint of cognac and oak in there, but this is mostly chillies and leather, and not in a good way. I would definitely trade it in for what's behind door number 2 if I had a chance.

TASTE: Yikes! The chillies are just overpowering here. Not a nuanced approach at all, this is an all-out bomb. A hint of dark chocolate at the swallow as well, but this is just chillies and more chilles. Too hot and spicy for anyone but the most seasoned in this department. Undrinkable.

PALATE: Slightly lighter than the base beer, but still big enough. Just like the other DL variants as well. Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Piles of chili heat drowns out the booze and heat, but the spiciness is just absurd.

OVERALL: This is for the people who seek out the hottest, most dominating suicide sauce for chicken wings. I understand the desire for extreme, but in this case, this is extreme gone wrong. Dominating, one-dimensional, painful, and emotionally scarring. Words like sadness, revenge, hurt, insult, disappointment, waste, anger, violence, etc., come to mind. I had a few sips and passed the rest off to my man Doopie, who personifies all the nouns above. Undrinkable drain pour.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.