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

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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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Photo of jisom123
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 11/16/12

poured into tulip glass.

bottle 137 out of 817.

Appearance: black as night with a thick 1 finger high dark brown head. Drops down to a solid cap.

Smell: This beer smell strongly of sweet booze and earthy green peppers. Supporting cast of fudge and a hint of roast. The peppers smell like they might make this beer taste hot.

Taste: This taste far better than I expected! The cognac imparts a sweetness that makes the beer taste really fudgy with a hint of roast. Nice vanilla notes. Maybe some dark fruits and tobacco. The pepper notes seem to blend flawlessly into the beer without overpowering the stout. So very well balanced between the stout, the peppers, and the cognac! This is a 3 Floyds beer thats actually worth the hype!

Mouthfeel: Its huge and its soooo smooth. full bodied beer with low carbonaiton. Its silky motor oil that does not have a hint of booze, even at 15%. The peppers do offer some warming heat thats moderately hot down the throat.

Overall: Wasnt sure that I was going to like this beer, but it was fantastic! My first BA Dark Lord and I would love to try another bottle of a different treatment of Dark Lord. I am not a huge Dark Lord fan, but this proves to me that Dark Lord is a great base beer for barrels. Not worth $50 a bottle, but it sure tastes good.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #308 of 817 - 2012 Vintage

A - pours black with a chocolaty head on it

S - soy chocolates and lots of spicy pepper notes float in the air above the glass

T - sweet chocolate malts open this one up. Cognac barrel characteristics take over the taste profile, but these are very quickly completely overwhelmed by lots of spicy peppers, which dominate the beer from here on out. I like this, but I think the pepper could have been dialed down a bit.

M - smooth bodied with a little bit of carbonation; a very spicy, dry finish to it

D - overall, this is a solid DL variant, however I think the spices could have been more complementary than dominant in the taste profile. As any of the barrel aged variants of DL, I would recommend this to try.

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Photo of augustg
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of cleonile2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MrFootstones
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of AldoRaine
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shoo65
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

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.

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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