Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mcallister on 04-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
836
Reviews:
195
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
2,030
Gots:
156
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 836 |  Reviews: 195
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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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1/5  rDev -77.9%

Photo of Cedromar
2.76/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So...yeah, I had one full glass of OA Dark Lord an hour ago. It's was horrendous. I got my toes crushed by the keg and then when I tasted it after waiting a couple hours for it, it just was a huge let down.

Looked pretty good, the smell was average of average DL, no Vanilla or Oak in the scent.

Taste- Wow, this sucks. I'm sorry, normal '09 DL = OMG. '09 OA DL=bad. No taste of Oak at all and overpoweringly sweet. The few drops I had of Kaggen and Surly Two beat the shit out of this brew.

Mouthfeel- Good, just like normal DL, thick and delicious.

Drinkability- It tasted awful, somewhat like '08 Darkness awful. I can see if people like it, but it had no taste of Oak at all. NONE. No wood. Vanilla bean DL was AMAZING though.

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2.88/5  rDev -36.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of MikeWoj
3.08/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too sugary Barrel aging helps but just a diabetes inducing mess

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Photo of drseamus
3.1/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at DLD for 9 bucks a snifter. Pretty steep.

Dark black liquid with no head. Anyone who rates a beer like this as a 5 in appearance is an idiot. The smell is potent booze. If you close your eyes you might think you're smelling a glass of bourbon. Not a plus for a beer. The bourbon should complement but not dominate. The flavor is all booze and caramel. It's almost like the beer itself is completely gone. They could have just barrel aged miller light and with this level of alcohol it would taste the same. Not worth the wait or the price.

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3.18/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like DL, pitch black, oil slick, etc, etc

Smell: Only a hint of oak on the scent. Lots of roast malt and molasses.

Taste: Did they add sugar to this one as well? If so, why? Roast malt, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, semi-sweet baking chocolate. The oak is huge on the taste, like a fresh oak barrel. Too much barrel actually. Much hasher than the regular DL or VB DL.

Mouthfeel: Great - thick, chewy, smooth, near perfect.

Drinkability: To much fresh, wet oak and I get some added sugar. Regular DL is better, but honestly none of the three is T-50 worthy in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2015 bottle. Bottle #454 of 603.

Appearance - Viscous black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Very nutty. Dark chocolate. Not much distinct bourbon. Lots of sugar. Not quite soy sauce, but it's close to that.

Taste - Outrageously sweet. Caramel. Dark chocolate. I get some bourbon here, but it's still not a standout flavor. That pseudo-soy-sauce flavor sneaks in into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Medium low carbonation and tingly carbonation.

Overall - This just isn't pleasant to drink. Absurdly sweet. Quite a struggle.

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3.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had a couple 3 oz servings at 2010 DLD in a plastic cup. Of the 3 variations of Dark Lord that I tried, this was my favorite.

A: Jet black oily in color with a thin brown head.

S: Bourbon and oak flavors dominate the aroma

T: More bourbon and oak in the taste, with notes of chocolate and alcohol.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with a dry cocoa finish. More alcohol flavors in the finish.

D: I realize drinkability and availability are different, but given the beer is only available 1 day a year for a 3 oz serving, I'm not sure how drinkable you can rate the beer. Saying that it pairs really well with my Italian Sub that I got standing in line doesn't quite sound right.

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3.38/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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