Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.29 | pDev: 12.12%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 7/15/17 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; no lace.

Sweet brandy, milk chocolate & marshmallow notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Sweet brandy, milk chocolate & banana flavors up front; marshmallow notes on the finish.

Very sweet but with bold flavors; is this STILL a year out? Or will it always be a hint too sweet for transcendence?

Dec 10, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really jammy fig quality. Big time sweetness and very rich. Drinks like a dessert wine. There is minimal roast or bitterness. Rich and cloying sweetness.

Nov 10, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Inky black. Small mocha head.

S - Very sugary. Brandy. Fudge. Kinda fruity. Molasses.

T - Brandy is very nice. Fruity. Fudgy. Molasses and brown sugar. Very sweet.

M - Very heavy and sweet. Medium low carbonation.

O - So it's tough to drink, but very flavorful. Just difficult to get past the sweetness.

Oct 06, 2014
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nrs207 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying trading for this is not an intelligent idea and I regret it thoroughly.

A - Ridiculously thick and dark. Small tan head. Looks like dark lord and it's variants should.

S - The barrel almost accentuates the terribleness that is Dark Lord. Smells like diabetes in a glass. This makes Black Tuesday smell like an Irish Dry Stout. HUGE raisins and dark fruit.

T - The sweetness is still insane, but the dark fruit flavors in this are pretty solid. The brandy is helping here, and the barrel muted the soy sauce/kalamata olive flavor of the base beer.

M - Thick thick thick thick, oh and thick. This beer is insane. BVDL was the same way. Just sludge-like. We split the bottle 6 ways and I couldn't quite finish my poor because it felt like I ate a full meal. Hides the booze really well. Would not guess this is 15%.

O - This is a solid take on a bad base beer. The brandy unfortunately accentuated some of the already incredibly strong sweetness and dark fruit notes. It did also help it out by lowering the soy sauce notes to an almost unnoticeable level. I would NEVER trade for another BADL, even BVDL (13 BVDL was far better than 14 too), but I wouldn't turn it down. It's a fun and interesting beer, but there's just too much going on. It's just extreme.

Jul 25, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing the Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 55

Bottle #496/608. From the April 2014 Dark Lord Day release. Served in a orange logo Dark Lord mini snifter and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Robbie for bringing this bottle to share.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black color with a wisp of dark khaki head that quickly and completely settles. No lacing or retention, but solid oily legs with a nice browning from the swirl. This beer looks dense, viscous. 4.5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, brandy, green peppers, prunes and plums. Hint of cherry. Leather too, anise and char. Not my favorite mix of aromas and everything does not integrate the best. Not a fan of how bold the green pepper character is. After this beer sat out for awhile (approximately 2 hours), I felt that the chocolate character in the nose became a bit more prominent while the harshness of the char/anise/green pepper combo softened, resulting in a better integrated, more rounded nose. 3/5

Taste: Milk chocolate, burnt char, licorice, prunes, tobacco and a heavy brandy and bell pepper finish. A kiss of cherry. The finish is lasting, but not pleasant. A kiss of molasses on the back half too. While not as a sweet as say Moscatel Dark Lord, this is a sweet beer. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Has a chewy, viscous and sticky mouthfeel a la Double Barrel Hunahpu's. Sweet, but not quite cloying. 4.5/5

Overall: This beer features a plethora of flavors I do not care for (black licorice, bell peppers and a brandy flavor that does not come close to the quality of the 2011 vintage), with poor integration to boot. While I cannot say this is one of the three worst barrel aged Dark Lord variants I have sampled (that honor belongs to Moscatel Dark Lord, Cognac De Muerte Dark Lord and Port Dark Lord), it is subpar beer that is not worth the tick in my opinion. I would not recommend paying $50 for a bottle, let alone trading rare beer or going above dollar-for-dollar in trade to acquire this.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

Jul 14, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 383 of 608. Poured into a FFF/DMC gold snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Pitch black, viscous motor oil just like the base. So thick and dark! Half finger mocha head that is short lived.

S- Sweet plums, dark chocolate, white sugar, coffee, charred malt, oak. The plums are so dominant here, presumably this is the Brandy barrel at play here.

F- Thick, sweet port-like plum sweetness with charred malt, sweet sugar and molasses. This is very sweet and Brandy-forward. It's sort of like ice wine in how sweet the fruitiness is, except it's cut slightly by the Dark Lord base beer's charred and roast malts. Though the sweet sugar is most certainly also from the base beer.

M- As expected from a BADL, thick and viscous, full bodied and lower in carbonation. My lips get sticky after sipping this. A sweet, ice wine-like plum/grape aftertaste.

O- Very nice take on the Dark Lord. Not BVDL but this is very interesting and good on it's own merits. As mentioned previously, this tastes like ice wine (the last one I've tried was from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario) mixed in with Dark Lord. That's about the best way I can sum this up for anyone trying to decide if they want to trade for this or not.

Jun 22, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at BUCKSPUR RANCH next to '14 DL. Review from notes.

A-Pitch black, gums up glass when swirled around. Thin lacing coffee in color with low legs (at first, when warms up lacing falls down the glass pretty quickly)

S- The brandy pronounces even more candied sugar in the nose. Some dark fruit in the distant; but sweet candied burnt sugar from the brandy barrel.

T- Very sweet, Charred dark fruit; the brandy barrel def made base beer better. Candied sugar brandy goodness. The taste got better halfway through the bottle

M- Somewhat smooth, light on carb. This one lingers in your mouth for awhile.

O- It is pretty good, not worth the amount it takes to get it. Probably each of the four bottles that you are giving up are all better than this. I just kinda seek out BVDL at this point.

May 10, 2014
Portuguese Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 113 ratings