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

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3.68 w/ 55 Ratings

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Lord aged in a brandy barrel with cardamom, coriander, and cacao nibs.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
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Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Brian for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into 3F Stemware. Reviewed at a tasting 5/3/14.

Appearance is Dark Lord... pitch black, dense with little to no head and huge legs.

Nose is tobacco, marajiuana, liquorice, grass, pepper, tea, cocoa, and fudge. Aromatic and super awkward.

Opens chocolate, tobacco and fudge. Tea, cinnamon, oak and a brandy sweetness in the middle. Huge marajiuana flavor throughout. More weird tea, spice and pepper towards the end with a big dose of booze, chocolate and fudge. Sticky sweet liquorice aftertaste. Very strange but kinda intriguing.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and smooth and warm going down. Messy finish with a sticky aftertaste.

Just a very weird beer. If you're fortunate enough to come across this, brace yourself, its certainly one of a kind.

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Photo of jokermanboy
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of freehafe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of incubuscience
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of sfr26
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kbuzz
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonna
1.81/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of DrunkAl
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zaphog
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

worst version of darklord to date. Cardamom is nasty stuff

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Photo of Sweffin
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goveia75
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of robgutie
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Earl Of Biggleswade (2014) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 58.2% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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