The Earl Of Biggleswade (2014)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
15%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 22.43%
Ratings:
56
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 23, 2019
Added:
Apr 25, 2014
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  8
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: Dark Lord aged in a brandy barrel with cardamom, coriander, and cacao nibs.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2014 vintage; drank 5/14/14 @ the Kid's.

Brown black hue.

Minimal dark khaki head; no lace.

Fresh tobacco & dried fig nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Orange & sherry sweetness; chocolate backbone.

Over-the-top, bold & unique.

Oct 23, 2019
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

Pours a dark black body, typical Dark Lord body, with oily legs and a half finger thin head that dissipates pretty much immediately. Not much to look at. Smell is straight up cardamom, sort of like curry spices, with the background of sugar, roast and type I diabetes. The coriander isn't particularly strong here, overall not terrible in the nose, but on the palate, it is pretty disgusting. It tastes like tears of anguish would, which is to say that it is very sweet with the cardamom and other spices somehow overwhelming the sweetness of the base Dark Lord. It's simply a pit of despair and 4 of us couldn't even finish half the bottle. It was brutal. That being said, body is all there, carb is appropriate. This isn't horrible, but a 1-2oz pour would be more than enough for me. I've never tasted a beer like this before, at least it's fairly unique.

Jun 27, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Massive, spicy, floral and strong, the 2014 brandy barrel aged Dark Lord stout that boasts cocoa, coriander and cardamom addition is still alive with all those flavors in a mellow, dessert and boozy sipping session.

Called The Earl of Biggleswade, this four-year old edition pours a syrupy bronze and tawny garnet hue. Firmly hazed with cocoa powder and spices, the appearance is nearly opaque except at its farm margins. Faint on foam character, the ale simmers like a dark hot chocolate with sinister secrets inside. Heavy on molasses, dark fruit, fudge, floral spice and oaked brandy, the scent is decadent with dessert-like liquors.

On the tongue, the ale slathers is booze laden sugars over each and every tastebud. Light on carbonation, the beer's sweetness saturates the soft tissues of the mouth with unabashed apology. Choclate, maple, molasses and toffee seem like caramel cake batter but with the grilled fruit flavors of blackcurrant, red grape, prune, date and fig before turing to leather and fresh pulled tobacco. The spicy of brandy does a much needed job is balancing a bit of the sweetness and shying away from cloying taste and textures. The individual spices of cardamom and coriander retains a floral and herbal whimsy that seems to brighten the dark sweetness but provides a distraction from the beer's decadence.

Lavishly full, thick and whole heartedly viscous, the beer's texture is akin to used motor oil. As the ale clings to the mouth, its dessert character chases into a long, spicy, sweet finish that lasts indefinitely into the next sip. Like a fine after dinner digestive, this ale is cause of special and specific celebrations.

May 23, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Fizzy tan head. Black color.

This beer is very odd. It is very sweet. It only the spices used but the brandy adds to it as well. Has a cola or dr. Pepper flavor to it. So much spice. Oak and brandy all around.

Full bodied.

This one is tough to drink a lot of. Just too much sweetness and spice. Fun to try but not my favorite dark lord variant.

Dec 18, 2016
 
3.62 by Tertullian007 from Missouri on Jun 08, 2016
 
4.21 by aasher from Indiana on Feb 21, 2016
 
4.7 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Dec 13, 2015
 
1.81 by Bonna from Illinois on Oct 26, 2015
 
4.32 by whitenads from Michigan on Aug 09, 2015
 
3.72 by BecauseWhalezbro from Colorado on Jun 28, 2015
 
4 by drewone from California on May 31, 2015
Photo of stompilator
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stompilator from Texas

Poured from the bottle into a 6oz. tasting glass.

A - Absolute jet black. Very light, tan head that dissipated quickly.

S - A lot of barrel and spice on top of the huge malt sweetness.

T - A ton of chocolate and roast notes, milky sweetness, but toned a bit by a husky, woody barrel edge. A subtle spice rounds out the incredible sweet punch, with the wood giving the immense sugar an interesting complement.

M - Like sipping a bottle of grenadine; almost repulsively thick and sticky. Needed multiple glasses of water beside this.

O - Certainly wouldn't travel across the country and tribute my first-born child for it, but nonetheless an interesting, complex brew.

May 31, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cubs943 from Illinois

This is much better than people are saying.

May 11, 2015
Photo of themaj
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by themaj from Illinois

2015 on draft at dld. Cardamom is Def not for me.

Apr 28, 2015
 
3.96 by Rogorama from Indiana on Apr 28, 2015
 
4.08 by Zaphog from Michigan on Apr 28, 2015
 
4.13 by robgutie from Illinois on Apr 27, 2015
Photo of SGerrard
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SGerrard from Ohio

On draft at DLD 2015. Enjoyed the cardamom and orange brightness on this and would definitely consider purchasing it as a variant (if the Vanilla and coffee were already gone).

Apr 27, 2015
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2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by AndyEdgar from Illinois

worst version of darklord to date. Cardamom is nasty stuff

Apr 27, 2015
 
4 by Zuidman from Illinois on Apr 27, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by rlee1390 from Indiana

Almost as if someone dumped a bunch of Italian spices into Dark Lord. Lots of coriander and earthy spices. The spices balance out the sweetness of the Dark Lord. Not worth spending 50 a bottle on, but not atrocious.

Apr 27, 2015
 
4.02 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Apr 27, 2015
Photo of kodt
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kodt from Illinois

Thought the flavors actually work quite well on this one. Coriander is not overpowering, brandy and chocolate present here as well. The spices do well to complement the sweetness. I enjoyed it.

Apr 26, 2015
 
3.58 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Apr 26, 2015
 
4.08 by xdtfx from Illinois on Apr 26, 2015
 
3.49 by Brewski from Pennsylvania on Apr 19, 2015
 
4.29 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Apr 19, 2015
Photo of fatsamus
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by fatsamus from Indiana

All the dark lord flavors are there, sweetness and mouthfeel. Just a rather random smell and finish. Definitely the Cardimon.

Mar 03, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by cducap from Indiana

From a tasting on 2-28-15. Unexpected, weird flavors clash and overwhelm the nicer components of the Dark Lord. My least favorite of the variants I have tried.

Mar 01, 2015
 
2.9 by FrogOut69 from California on Feb 12, 2015
 
3.39 by Dicers from Colorado on Jan 23, 2015
 
3.75 by freehafe from Michigan on Nov 09, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
by dar482 from New York

Unsure about the hate on this brew.

The beer upfront offers almost carrot cake or spicy Christmas dessert notes as that huge punch of cardamon smacks the palate and is balanced by a bit of orange spice. A bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate surround the brew as Dark Lord's signature sweetness creeps up on the finish.

The spices surely covers up some of the sweetness, which may be overwhelming sometimes, of the beer. A fun spin on the classic, despite being a "Love it or hate it" beer.

Oct 21, 2014
 
3.5 by sfr26 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2014
 
2.75 by CTJman from Connecticut on Oct 12, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Fascinating. Brandy. Smells like an English tea. Cardamon and chocolate.

Taste - Brandy and fudgy chocolate. I don't get the tea anymore, but the cardamon is strong. No sign of the orange peel, but the standard Dark Lord sweetness is strong.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Very sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a very interesting beer, but doesn't need Dark Lord sweetness. That being said, I think it's one of the better BA Dark Lords.

Sep 23, 2014
 
4.25 by DrunkAl from Illinois on Aug 14, 2014
 
1 by jokermanboy from Florida on Aug 13, 2014
 
1.25 by Leazk from Iowa on Aug 11, 2014
 
2.75 by Shmeal from Oregon on Aug 11, 2014
The Earl Of Biggleswade (2014) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 56 ratings