Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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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
3.2/5 rDev -19%
Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to brendan for providing this gem.
bottle #76 (possibly 26) / 817
a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.
s - smells super spicy.
t - my mouth is on FIRE. cognac is present too, but the spiciness takes center stage. this one is too spicy for me...just too much.
m - super spicy...leaves me looking for water. a bit of booze as well, but overall spiciness.
o - interesting beer, but too spicy for me. i'm not one of those guys who drowns my food in the spiciest hot sauce available as and such, didn't really care too much for this. this one is definitely at the bottom of the 8 BA DLs for me.
08-05-2012 03:42:07 | More by cosmicevan
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-04-2012 04:03:20 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to Brendan for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Missed the bottle number for this one. Into a snifter. From notes.
Same appearance as the other Dark Lords.
Chili is apparent right off the bat. Some chocolate, cocoa, with a mild booziness. Some dark fruit lingers around in there also. Nice and bold.
Big spice and sweetness throughout. Some chocolate, dark fruit, fudge, and molasses sweetness. Chilies get bigger and bigger right before the finish. Spicy, heat in the aftertaste. Really solid.
Same body as the other Dark Lords.
This beer makes me a bit more of a believer in chili beers. The heat at the end adds a different dimension not often seen in these big stouts and surprisingly, it works very well. Worth taking a chance on!
07-30-2012 01:10:42 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Woah, spicyness ahead! Bottle 76/817.
Lemme make something clear right off the bat: spiciness is *not* a flavor. It's a sensation, and it's often overused to mask bad (or bland) flavors by lazy/incompetent chefs. When used properly, it augments the existing flavors to enhance the overall experience. We cook at home with habanero peppers almost every week because they are delicious; the spiciness they impart is merely a bonus we happen to enjoy. If you can't stomach intense heat like that (which is often a physical -- not mental -- limitation), do not drink Cognac De Muerte anytime soon. :)
Anyway, ancho chiles jump out in the aroma as green peppers and sweetness melt into the booze. Taste is dominated by chiles though, with relentless heat burning the back of my throat after each sip. Yikes, that is hot! Hard to notice the roast and cognac-y, fruity sweetness when the chiles overpower everything like this. Even for a guy with an above-average tolerance for spicy food, this is a little too hot after every sip. The heat distracts you from appreciating the delicious imperial stout underneath, and that stout is quite good.
If you have a bottle of Cognac De Muerte, sit on it for another ~6 months; the spiciness should subside dramatically by then. Still, I actually really like this beer, and that's truly surprising to me because although I love peppers in savory foods, I typically despise them in beers, desserts, and other sweet dishes. And that's a testament to how good the barrel-aged RIS underneath is.
Would love to revisit this in 6 months.
07-28-2012 23:23:26 | More by brystmar
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks, Alex! Bottle shared at Alex's Birthday Bash @ Pipeworks!
A - Pours black, fizzy tan head, bubbles.
S - Super-rich & sweet, light oak, lots of chili pepper spice. The sweetness of the base beer and the chili's work well with this beer. Luckily, it doesn't smell like the Muerte from last year.
T - Dessert-like, lots of spice, oak. Chocolate, molasses, burnt sugars, caramel, and light barrel presence. The chili notes are massive on the palate and create a burning senstation on the way down. Alcohol is non-existant. Finish is chocolate with a ton of spicy chili notes.
M - Full, rich & viscous, very subtle carbonation (if any), creamy spiced finish.
O - If you like a spicy beer, then you'll approve of this. While I couldn't really pick out any cognac notes, the chili peppers are there for sure. I would have again, but my small pour was enough to satisfy me for the time being. I much prefer the regular cognac version over this, but this is a totally different monster.
06-27-2012 17:34:56 | More by Sean9689
4.48/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
06-25-2012 17:47:06 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-18-2012 16:26:30 | More by HopHead84
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
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
750 ml waxed bottle, #227/817 served in a New Glarus tasting glass. Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for sharing the bottle. I had this back to back with the regular Cognac version.
A: Pours just like motor oil. Viscous, oily and black with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a nice ring that leaves some sticky lace.
S: Nice vegetal pepper flesh with dark chocolates and roasted malts. The spiciness from the pepper really sticks at the back of the nostils.
T: The spiciness lingers throughout each sip instead of just at the back end like the nose. Vegetal pepper flesh with dark chocolate flavors, some oak, a touch of Cognac and sweet roasted oats.
M: Chewy and viscous with a medium-low carbonation level. The spicy pepper heat is intensified at the end of each sip.
O: There was a little much vegetal pepper flesh for me and the spiciness really dominated all the other flavors. That being said it was really good and the sweetness of Dark Lord is the perfect vessel for the spice.
06-10-2012 17:46:35 | More by Treebs
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
Shared by Duels last night at our tasting. Thanks Tom!
Pours just like any other bottle of Dark Lord, pitch black, mocha head. The aroma is rather one-dimensional, mostly bakers chocolate, with a bit of sweet malt, slight dark fruit character, and a hint of green pepper on the tail end. The taste starts off very resemblant of this year's dark lord with heavy sweetness, moderate dark fruit, and then BAM. FUCK. The chile pepper heat is insane!!! The heat comes almost out of nowhere and lingers long after you've swallowed the beer. Crazy stuff. I only barely detected any Cognac barrel as it began to warm, so it's clear that this beer is all about the chile peppers. A very unique and memorable beer to say the least.
After reading the previous review, it makes me wonder if there is any bottle variation for this beer. I found the heat from the chile peppers to be far from subtle. I wouldn't call it intrusive, but it definitely makes this a beer to be enjoyed in small quantities.
05-20-2012 17:59:43 | More by muskabeatz
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
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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