French Vanilla Militia (2016)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

French Vanilla Militia (2016)French Vanilla Militia (2016)
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Not listed
4.7 | pDev: 5.32%
Jun 19, 2021
Apr 22, 2016
French Vanilla Militia (2016)French Vanilla Militia (2016)
Notes: Dark Lord Aged in Armagnac Barrels with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Coffee
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4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.78 by That_Bearded_Guy from California on Jul 21, 2020
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on May 15, 2020
4.54 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on May 21, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2016 vintage (released spring 2016); drank 12/14/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Bottle 363 of 1104.

Midnight black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head; no lace.

Vanilla, rich mild chocolate & faint pepper heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Vanilla, sweet chocolate & mild pepper flavors up front; rich port wine notes on the finish.

Complex & delicious; the pepper head didn't meld perfectly for me, but this is really splitting hairs!

Mar 25, 2019
4.43 by BeerBeast from Florida on Dec 16, 2018
4.61 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Aug 04, 2018
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4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Onyx black with a mocha fizz that quickly dies to leave a taut black surface.

This 2016 version, much like the 2018, has way more coffee than the 2017 runt. Mocha with tons of cocoa comes on strong, but so too does a noticeable woodiness that I didn’t get in either 2017 or 2018, making Armagnac the clear winner of the FVM barrel trifecta. On the palate is a really nice brandy burn that leads into a smoothing and thickening mocha ice cream with a sopping wet hot chocolate dunked vanilla bean marshmallow.

Sticky and dry, this one was complex and delicious.

Good god, did I get lucky finally getting a pour of this.

May 24, 2018
4.86 by tmryan21 from Illinois on May 21, 2018
4.69 by Dankacheese from Illinois on May 21, 2018
4.22 by kmanjohnson from California on May 19, 2018
4.75 by YvesB from Belgium on Apr 03, 2018
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4.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

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.

Nov 19, 2017
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4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

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

Nov 18, 2017
4.71 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Oct 13, 2017
4.93 by Viperman1316 from Indiana on Oct 07, 2017
4.93 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Sep 23, 2017
4.79 by xt0n1cx from Virginia on Aug 01, 2017
4.48 by kreg02 from Illinois on Jul 24, 2017
5 by Jamison85 from Indiana on May 22, 2017
4.5 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana on May 13, 2017
4.65 by Roze from New York on May 08, 2017
4.98 by PDXAmbassador from Florida on May 03, 2017
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5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Egotist from Illinois

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.

May 02, 2017
4.49 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2017
4.34 by UcDru from Ohio on Apr 18, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by von_kaiser from Connecticut

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.

Apr 15, 2017
4.54 by Fox82791 from New York on Apr 11, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by IckyT2012 from Florida

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.

Mar 25, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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.

Mar 25, 2017
4.68 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Mar 25, 2017
4.74 by Hopsiam14 from Minnesota on Mar 23, 2017
4.75 by eddie5721 from Illinois on Mar 23, 2017
5 by TylerJ from Iowa on Mar 19, 2017
4.85 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin on Mar 15, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lare453 from Florida

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

Mar 12, 2017
4.96 by maljay26 from Florida on Mar 05, 2017
4.85 by mattsmith413 from North Carolina on Mar 02, 2017
4.85 by Nefarious from California on Mar 02, 2017
5 by santa216 from Indiana on Mar 02, 2017
French Vanilla Militia (2016) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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