French Vanilla Militia (2016) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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French Vanilla Militia (2016)French Vanilla Militia (2016)
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4.71/5
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154 Ratings
French Vanilla Militia (2016)French Vanilla Militia (2016)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Lord Aged in Armagnac Barrels with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Coffee

Added by MasterSki on 04-22-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
154
pDev:
5.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
166
Gots:
30
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of RAlmeida77
4.89/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle poured into a teku. Thank you Ray for sharing this one.

Pours thick and viscous. Completely opaque black body with a small dark brown head that lingers but eventually reduces to leave behind some retention and lacing.
Aromas are straight chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel.....reminds a bit of a dulce de lece. As this warms up, the aroma pops more and a bit of dark fruits show up in the end along with the coffee.
Taste is fudge, vanilla and bourbon. Picked up lots of barrel, dark chocolate, coffee, marshmallow and even a touch of caramel/toffee in there. Very decadent and sweet.
Mouthfeel was just perfect. Thick, viscous, rich and velvety. Coated the mouth and lingered on the palate.
Overall, this is another outstanding DL variant. Lots of layers of flavor here and nice barrel character. One of my favorites of the night.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle poured into a Dark Lord Teku. Thanks Ray for sharing this one.

Pours a thick viscous black body with a one finger dark brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave some good retention and a bit of lacing.

Aromas are straight chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel. Just as advertised. As it warms they become more potent, and a bit of dark fruit and coffee shines through.

On the tongue is fudgy vanilla-bourbon, lots of barrel here, dark chocolate and roasty coffee in the background, marshmallow, pretty sweet (sweeter than BVDL and BADL). Mouthfeel is spot on, very thick and viscous, rich and velvety.

Another great Dark Lord variant. Lots of vanilla here, almost as much as BVDL. More barrel

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.93/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.79/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kreg02
4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roze
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Egotist
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Like a Dark Lord. Jet black and thick like motor oil.
S: Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, barrel, more vanilla.
T: The coffee is tamed by the vanilla and barrel. Perfect balance.
F: Thick and viscous like all BA Dark Lords.
O: Fantastic beer. Looking forward to trying the new version in different barrels.

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Photo of Resuin
4.49/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UcDru
4.34/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.41/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's a TON of vanilla with this one. So much that you barely get anything else. Faintest hint of coffee at the end. By far the sweetest beer I've ever had. A diabetics delight.

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Photo of SteveD082791
4.54/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.88/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

All your hype is wrong. Base DL is a sugary soy sauce mess and the vanilla in this only serves to mask the problems in the base. There's no way this is a top beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: not as thick or dark as assassin but pours no head and looks amazing
S: well balanced, not exploding out of the glass. Vanilla, slight coffee,
T: 50/50 between vanilla and coffee. So balanced, slight barrel
F: smooth, thick and sticky.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eddie5721
4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerJ
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is so overrated. Moderate vanilla on the nose with overwhelming barrel. Taste has minimal adjunct flavors... thick feel. This is definitely no bvdl.

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Photo of maljay26
4.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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French Vanilla Militia (2016) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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