Ronaldo (2016)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Ronaldo (2016)Ronaldo (2016)
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
15%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 6.88%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
26
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
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  12
SCORE
92
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Notes: Dark Lord aged in barrels soaked in Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine, with tart Michigan cherries
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cjmccahill from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2 years. Looks like Dark Lord. Smell is off but chalking that up to being outside at the lake. Tastes like we opened just in time. Cherry was prominent but not overpowering or distracting, same for sweetness. Smooth body and incredibly easy for 15%. Really glad we got this variant.

May 28, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black body, half finger mocha head, fair bit of retention and no lacing. Smell is cherries, more cherries, sweet sugar, fortified wine, dark chocolate, more sugar, a bit of tartness as well. Flavour follows, the sweetness is a bit more subdued on the palate, but the fortified wine and chocolate have stuck around reasonably well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly sticky in the true Dark Lord tradition.

Aug 13, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016
A- Jet black like all Dark Lord. Tan head
S- Normal DL nose is toned down, but some dark fruits layered with sweet and tart dark cherry, maybe a bit of coffee, brown sugar, vanilla
T- Tons of cherry up front... this is a cherry beer for sure. After the taste buds align to the cherry, the complexities of the sweet wine and base DL start layering. Really amazing and easily drinkable. Feels so much less sweet than the base
F- Thick and fluffy
O- Awesome DL varient. I loved it.

2017
A- Jet black like all Dark Lord. Tan head
S- Cherry, almost cherry wine
T- A rich cherry note replaces that annoying raisin note from the base beer. Tons of sweet cherry with a bit of coffee and vanilla.
F- Thick and milkshake like
O- Throw the rocks, but this is my favorite DL varient. Its like drinking a cherry milkshake!

Feb 22, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This variant retains that classic viscous black pour, but the head is a subdued mocha, a little less dark and rich in color, leaving a creamy, chunky collar and thin film on top, which clings and smears on the glass even when the beer is swirled over it.

That signature big and sweet Dark Lord roasted malt is still very present on the nose, followed by chocolate syrup, molasses, mixed roasted nuts, and a hint of alcohol heat.

Taste changes things up, ushering in maple syrup, prune, various notes of fig, and raisin. The Madeira is very present here, and while there is a touch of savory, dark cherry skin, the "tart" cherries aren't as prominent. I guess it's a good thing that the tart cherries do not create the impression of a sour beer, as I've seen other cherry stouts see mixed results, but I wanted a greater impact from them regardless. As it warms, I get a hint of char, chocolate cherry cake, and aged balsamic without the pucker. The booze is completely hidden and Ronaldo totally starts to feel like a very substantial but multifaceted dessert.

Obviously, this one is really sweet, maybe at times moreso than the base beer, but that definitely doesn't turn me off. Mid-palate, the feel is divinely velvety, yet tingly. It is exceedingly smooth, with no alcohol burn, yet features a Madeira wine aftertaste, which helps provide a little drying and tries to balance out the DL sweetness a hair, but this is still a sticky and syrupy beer.

I've been known to call regular DL the chocolate covered cherry beer, but was hoping Ronaldo would show me a next level. However, I'm finding this more of a step removed from Dwarven Power Bottom, which I didn't like as much, as I found it much less complex. In contrast to Dwarven Power Bottom, Ronaldo provides more chocolate, fig, barrel, and even cherry notes (however light), which keeps it from becoming a cup of prune juice. Oddly enough, I still think regular Dark Lord hits those chocolate covered cherry notes harder, but I'd never turn down another swig of Ronaldo.

Sep 26, 2016
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Fux from France

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side by side with regular, dwarven power and the port/madeira.
A: your typical DL
S: soy sauce, dark fruits, tobacco and cherry. Some sourness helps balance the residual sweetness.
T: very very sweet upfront, but the tart cherries help cutting the cloyingness. It finishes quite sweet though. Surprisingly sweeter and less drinkable than the port/madeira.
M: moithfeel was good, it's thick, but the thinner of the four versions.
O: overly sweet. Also the barrel treatment doesn't completely hide the soy sauce. The tart cherries are a good addition though.

May 12, 2016
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at dark lord day. Deep black like all the dark lords. Deep intense cherry smell along with the sweetness of DL. Cherry taste is prefect, full a slightly tart. Mouth feel is full and smooth.

May 01, 2016
Ronaldo (2016) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 26 ratings