Hellaboozie (Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #3
Ranked #62
4.61 | pDev: 8.68%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Recently has used a blend of barrels from Heaven Hill, but has also been Woodford Reserve and others in the past

Formerly known as Oak Aged Dark Lord and BBADL.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aged bottle. Jet black with hints of brown shading, brown cap. This one is more fitting of the dark lord moniker as it doesn't hold anything back. Huge bourbon booze starts the nose with chocolate fudge, roasted malt, coffee, solid rustic oak, molasses, dried dark fruit, and vanilla. Taste is much the same as the nose but not as nuanced, barrel stays strong, vanilla steps up, caramel enters in, dark fruit fades away. Feel is big, boozy and dark, just what they are going for, even with some age it still bites. I'm sure this will be controversial but I like the non-ba version better as an all around RIS, but when in the mood for a beast of a beer this will suffice, tough certainly on the sweeter end

Nov 28, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been chasing this beer for a while now - bottle counts always seem lower than other adjuncted variants, and no one seems to want to let one go. So, finally caught it on tap this year!

The beer obviously changes a bit in the barrel (see all of the variants) - what once was a cloyingly unpleasant, overly sweet beer turns in to a much more balanced, not-insultingly sweet beer that almost has a sort of buttery taste and aroma to it. It's thick and rich, of course, with lightly disguised bourbon. This feels like a trick. I almost wondered whether I had the right beer.

It's great - it still lets me down a bit, after these years of chasing... still, great.

Jun 04, 2019
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd DL variant. Regular DL is good but the variants that I have tried (BBA, CHEMTRAIL, FVM, RRARI CROCHET, LOADSTAR, PORTUGUESE BRANDY BA) were all amazing.

May 22, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - The beer poured dark color with a creamy mocha head topping off the pour.

Smell - The sweetness of Dark Lord met with bourbon. The nose was sweet, but not cloying.

Taste - What made this beer great was the sense of balance. The cloying, soy sauce-like, sweetness that many associate with regular Dark Lord is balanced with bourbon. What became of the combination is smooth sticky heat.

Mouthfeel - The beer was silky smooth with light carbonation and a slick sweetness. The body did not seem as thick as some of the other variants.

Overall - It is amazing what a plain bourbon barrel will do to Dark Lord.

May 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Midnight black appearance.

Almost no khaki head; no lace.

Vanilla, oak, bourbon & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Rich milk chocolate, oak & sweet bourbon flavors up front; delicious vanilla notes on the finish.

Rich, complex, sweet & incredibly delicious. A dessert lover's dream.

Feb 21, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened a 2012 version on September 25th for anniversary. I love how the Bourbon scaled back some of the sweetness you encounter with the base Dark Lord. 6 years of age on the bottle and it held up extremely well.

Oct 08, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted from 2016 bottle. Thick and chewy. Not overly Bourbon on taste but definitely on the nose along with caramel, molasses, vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Incredible BA stout.

Oct 02, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stark black with a surprisingly high rising dark mocha foam. With a slight hiss, it slowly settles down to a slick smooth surface with a thin ring. Dark sticky brown legs display after a swirl.

Smell is dark chocolate syrup, dark fruit, charred bourbon barrel, pulverized maple-glazed nuts, and, at the tail end, a slight sting.

Taste brings sweet black cherry skin with dark chocolate, a hint of marshmallow and cocoa dusted fig, as purple grape gummies arise in the swallow. The bourbon doesn’t seem to come through as much as I expected in flavor. Aside from a bit of char, it’s almost closer to Port when combined with the formidable clout of the Dark Lord and his bulbous cherries.

Thick, viscous, syrupy and gloppy with a barely there fine fizz and a slightly stinging heat, BADL finishes sticky and semi-dry. Well, what else did you expect?

2017 sparkly green wax vintage

Apr 03, 2018
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Rating for 2012 Vintage. Booziness was totally gone and it was smooth, chocolatey raisany goodness. A little sweet, but overall a very enjoyable smooth as F beer I would drink again in a heartbeat.

Mar 30, 2018
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle. Was absolutely delicious. Great mouth feel, so smooth, silky taste, smelled great. bourbon on the nose very little bite on the taste. Very thick look on the pour.

Mar 29, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got to drink this at the second Firestone Walker invitational I believe. And then again in bottle at a March Madness event brought courtesy of leftpaw I believe.

Pours a used motor oil like color and consistency. Very small brown head on it, like 1/8" Aroma of bourbon, baker's chocolate, fudge and alcohol, a little bit of roasted malt feels.

Taste is pretty nice, plenty of chocolate, sugar, brown sugar, molasses, roasted coffee notes from the malt. Mouth feel has an appropriately lower carbonation and hides the abv quite well. There is a substantial amount of bitterness here. Its significantly better than the base version by itself. Tends to have more of a boozy quality than it does a bourbon taste. Really good stuff, but with so many bourbon barrel stouts out there, I have no idea why people pay/trade so high for it.

Jan 31, 2018
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 Green
Pours pitch black like motor oil in the glass with little head. Smell is sweet chocolate. Getting some light bourbon and oak notes, also dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, raisin, caramelized sugar, cherry, with a little bourbon coming through. Thick, viscous beer. Overall, very impressed. This smooths out regular dark lord, and does A LOT to calm down the cloying sweetness of reg DL. Still very sweet, but much more balanced. Not big bourbon notes, would take this down a notch in my book, but overall was impressed. Very enjoyable.

Jan 30, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 green wax = 4.53
Revisited for draft pour of 2019 vintage at 2019 DLD. pours thick black with no head and very little carbonation to speak of. smell is Dark Lord roast and sweetness with some whiskey sting. i do not get a lot of bourbon on the nose but i never have with the bourbon barrel-aged variants. taste is a toned down, less sweet version of Dark Lord with bourbon barrel-aging notes to back it up. it’s quite amazing. the combination of a year on the regular Dark Lord plus in bourbon barrels to give it that sweet oaky vanilla and caramely bourbon flavors. feel is low carb and thick. Dark Lord was truly meant to stand the test of time in barrels. overall, this is probably my go-to, could-consistently-drink DL variant. less sweet than Handjee, not as adjuncted as loadstar or Rrari or chemtrail. a really good barrel-aged Russian imperial stout.

Jan 28, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL 2016 bottle poured into a Dark Lord Teku. Thanks Ray for sharing this one.

Pours a thick dark brown/nearly black body with a tan head that reduces to a ring.

Aromas are complex and inviting, with lots of bourbon and dark fruits, oak and caramel, cocoa, chocolate, some vanilla in there, alcohol heat.

Great combination of flavors on the tongue, I can taste the base beer slightly but it's really complimented with rich bourbon cake flavors, fudgy caramel brownie, dark fruits and coffee on the follow through. Pretty rich mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, very easy drinking for 15%.

BA Dark Lord is a great example of what a BA Imperial Stout can take like without adjuncts. Super complex, flavorful, balanced.

Nov 18, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle poured into a teku.
Look is super viscous and opaque. Minimal to no head.
Smell is all bourbon and fudge. Smells so decadent.
Taste is bourbon fudge. Not overly boozy and had a finish with some dark fruits. As it warmed, vanilla and caramel flavors poppped from the bourbon.
Feel was again very thick. Coated the glass and my mouth. Lingered on the palate.
Overall, an outstanding beer. Worthy of the hype and one of the best BA stouts I’ve tried.

Nov 18, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BADL '16

2016 bottle. Chalice glass. Had at a 4 person-4 bottle share: Barrel Aged Dark Lord '16, French Vanilla Militia '17, Marshmallow Handjee '17 and Barrel Aged Abraxas '17 (in that order).

Pours pitch black and extremely viscous with no foam head. It was so viscous, I thought it was going to stain the glass! Very pleasant bourbon sweetness aroma. Not boozy! It was like BCBS on steroids. Taste had a good amount of barrel presence, nutty, oaky, chocolate and sweetness. Really thick and sticky. Basically after the first sip, my lips started sticking.

This finished as a consensus 2nd out of the 4 (only behind Marshmallow Handjee '17). It exceeded everyone's expectations.

All vintages had:
2019 - 4.70 consumed in 2019. Best bourbon + base combo since 2016 vintage.
2017 - 4.35 consumed in 2017. Bit on the sweeter side.
2016 - 4.84 consumed in 2017. Best vintage to date. Incredible barrel perfectly playing off of the sweetness from DL base.
2012 - 4.53 consumed in 2020. 8 year old beer held up incredibly well. Loads of barrel still.

Sep 24, 2017
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NicholasL from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 Green Wax

L: Look is of regular dark lord, dark, with a slight khaki minimal head that quickly dissipated.

S: Again, same as regular dl. Where is the barrel? Dark fruit, sugary and sweet.

T: It was like drinking regular dark lord. There was a very faint barrel presence, but it tasted like normal dl. Overly sweet, sugary and dark fruit.

F: Medimum body, wich was about the best attribute the beer had going for itself.

O: The 17 vintage does not live up to past representations of the beer. Lacks barrel and would seek out others before this one. Wish I would have traded this one away.

Sep 01, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 - Green Wax

A- Black with light brown head
S- Standard dark lord smell - dark fruits, sugar, bit of coffee ... where is the bourbon?
T- Just a bit smoother than standard dark lord and a bit less sweet, but still has many of the standard dark lord notes. Wish I could taste the bourbon more
O- Good, but not a ton of bourbon

Jul 12, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 variant (bottle number unknown) drank in a snifter on 12/16/2016

L-thick, black, motor oil, nice lacing, minimal head...one of the thickest beers I have had

S/T-wow this is amazing. the barrel alone without adjuncts is unbelieveable. The bourbon, VANILLA-y oak, and barrel come through exceptionally well

F-thick, oily, amazing

Overall-I am amazing at how different these BA DLs are compared to the base. The barreling is outstanding at Floyd's and maybe even underrated (if possible) based on how the gen pop seems to feel about the base DL (which I still enjoy). This is for sure underrated as it definitely held its own with BVDL and FVM. AMAZING!!!

Dec 15, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. An opaque bark brown color with a thin dark tan head. Little retention and lacing. A big whiff of chocolate and vanilla on the first sniff. Some bourbon and roasted malt. The taste followed with sweet vanilla, chocolate, candied sugar, and whisky. A very thick, viscous drink. Well-balanced but heavy and sweet. Definitely a sipper with friends. Great brew.

Dec 12, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 Vintage. Cracked this bad boy with some friends to celebrate the Cubs win in game 7 since its a Chicago "area" beer! Lots of chocolate and bourbon barrel here! Much Much better than the standard Dark Lord swill which is overly sweet! Loved this one!

Nov 07, 2016
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Drel from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Syrupy stout with a feel that completely coats your mouth and never surrenders. It's insanely sweet and the barrel aging does little to counteract this. Was extremely excited to try this and severely let down. Not sure why it's rated so high to be honest. Almost tastes like a wine/liqueur than a beer.

Oct 23, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 bottle. Pours motor oil thick. The thickest, blackest beer I've ever seen. Very sweet. Cola, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Dry. Super sweet. This is borderline too much. As it warms, it's getting a bit better. Yikes.

Oct 13, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big, dark, and delicious - this stands on the shoulders of the regular DL (which I have always found to be a bit of a letdown). BVDL was of course superior, but I'm a sucker for vanilla, so no surprise there. This is a great beer for sure, but I wouldn't trade a chunk of my cellar away for another taste.

Sep 12, 2016
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage, poured into a taster. Highly superior to regular Dark Lord, as the sweetness is mellowed out by the barrel characteristics. Still on the sweet side, and a bit hot, but an enjoyable offering.

Aug 15, 2016
Hellaboozie (Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 949 ratings