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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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

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189
Ratings:
776
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
18.58%
 
 
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Photo of ragnar3
4.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catch up rating from last night’s RIS bottle share. As expected this is good stuff, 2009 vintage, but not the best of the night. Extremely solid and robust stout, bourbon barrel notes abound. Plenty of heat as well.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lush and rich. As big as a stout can possibly be. Loads of sweetness and minimal bitterness or roast to balance. The bourbon barrel provides the balance. A hint of dryness and loads of vanilla and bourbon. The sweetness helps elevate the barrel notes.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 version consumed on 7/2/16. This is still quite sweet but not cloyingly so. Bourbon heat has died down a little. rich, full mouthfeel and this looks like old motor oil. A vast improvement on the regular dark lord.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours like viscous motor oil with little to no head; barrel pops on the nose with some slight leather and licorice; taste is dark chocolate, raisin, and bourbon without being too sweet or hot; mouthfeel coats the tongue and glass; a rich boozy chocolatey treat

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark, opaque, chestnut and black hues complemented by a thin tan head and ample lacing
S: Molasses, fudge, and chocolate syrup
T: Cinnamon, figs, vanilla, and dark chocolate covered raisins
F: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation
O: This was a decadent boozy and sweet treat. I really enjoyed this one - even though it was a 2012 bottle, the BA Dark Lord still retained a certain high ABV-forward profile, but was equally matched with its sweet and flavorful taste profile. This is a gorgeous variant of a heralded stout in the beer world and should be relished accordingly. Beautifully done.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer that brought me back to Dark Lord. So thick and smooth with amazing barrel notes on both the palate and nose. Will definitely be seeking this out again

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Photo of danh53
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for sharing this. Incredibly sweet and fruity from the nose to the taste. It does go overboard on the sweetness, but the fruit character is amazing. It has all the dark fruit normally associated with imperial stout like raisins and especially figs, but it goes beyond that to blend in brighter fruit flavors like apple and cherry that really make it pop. I checked the bottle to make sure this was the bourbon version and not Portuguese brandy. All of that fruit shows in the slight reddish hue of the pour and blends perfectly with the chocolate and molasses flavors. This never gets tart and you never feel like the fruit is taking the place of other stout flavors. I don't get a lot of barrel character or bourbon and the booze is barely noticeable considering the abv. The mouth feel is full but super smooth at the same time. I wish it had more barrel character and less sweetness, but it's so rich and smooth and full of complex fruit flavors.

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Photo of lupercmda
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man is this incredible. Pours a thick rich black color with small head. Smells of chocolate and bourbon. Tastes is thick and dark with perfect balance between the bourbon and oak and sweet figgy stout. Nice thick mouth feel. AWESOME>

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Photo of weonfire
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage. This beer is made to drink in very small portions. As in, less than 5oz. Non BA version is very sweet. Addition of bourbon makes for a hella sweet elixir. It is truly delicious and extremely decadent.

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Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well let's start with what isn't there to love about this beer. I was skeptical about it as I think the regular Dark Lord is way to cloying and needs a couple years to mellow in the bottle. But the BBA DL I enjoyed was a 2015 bottle at Kane on 8/14/15 and boy was it amazing. Was still a little sweet but killed it in every aspect. A lot of great dark fruit flavors melded extremely well with the bourbon barrel aging!

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Photo of UtisTheLaw
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I drank at DLD. This beer is a home run for me with the great barrel heat and caramel and vanilla notes. It looks dark as night, but smells and tastes sinful. I could drink this in on a regular basis. Too bad it is not easily or often found.

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Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. Huge improvement over the base. Bourbon is very present but not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is right on. This was a huge surprise and well worth trying once.

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Photo of MarkFrankosek
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so hard to find and its a hell of a lot of money. But its worth it! This tastes unlike any stout i have had and want to make a trip to Dark Lord Day next year, to pick some more up!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
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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Photo of justingreenwood
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had a few of these at the Dark Lord event on Saturday. Pretty fantastic beer - very sweet and heavy on the bourbon. In general, I believe that 3-Floyds is over-hyped because of their awesome marketing and limited production/distribution, but I think this one has earned it's grade.

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Photo of BucketBoy
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012. Heavy booze, sweet Dark Lord balanced by some nice roast in both the nose and the flavor. Vanilla, marshmallow, some oak in the taste. Probably the best part of this beer is the near motor oil mouthfeel. Very enjoyable! Thanks, Frank.

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Photo of zac16125
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2012
#68/688

650th BA rating, 630th BA review, and #96 out of the top 100 that I began ticking away at a few years ago. Only 4 more to go!

A big thanks to rjjhoffman for sending this long time want over in a trade.

A: Opaque black with some browning on the edges and 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves essentially no lacing, but some alcohol legs. 4.25

S: Lots of sweetness, lots of booze, and big barrel notes. Chocolate fudge, fusel ethanol, subtle dark fruits. Barrel notes include a fairly big bourbon charred oak, and a peat like character. Lots going on, and very nice. A bit too boozy perhaps. 4.5

T: Huge sweetness, particularly upfront. Its a sugary, syrup sweetness, which would be a bit much, but it fades quickly and nicely into some absolutely wonderful flavors or charred oak, roasted malt and chocolate. Tons of bourbon barrel notes, which complement the otherwise cloying sweetness of regular Dark Lord. Some boozy ethanol to round out for palate profile. Its simply fantastic. 4.75

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation very low which is appropriate, its smooth but is a bit syrupy, ABV is noticeable but its not hot. Drinkability is good, all things considered. 4.5

O: Overall, this is a great beer. I can confidently say that I’ve never had a beer which was so significantly improved by barrel aging. I am not a big fan of regular Dark Lord, but the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord is wonderful. Definitely worth seeking out. Looking forward to someday landing a BVDL for comparison. Merry Christmas! 4.75

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Photo of timc100
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

373/420

Pours very dark brown near black oil, very minimal heavily burnt over-roasted head. Oily consistency in the glass.

Smooth sweet aroma of port, umami-soy sauce, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet oak, dark fruits and a touch of bourbon. Tastes follows the nose well - a lot of port, umami, dark fruit and chocolate. Very nice sweet vanilla and booze on the finish. Very vanilla forwards as it warms.

Beast of a beer, drinks like a port - kind of strange liquor. Do not pick up on nearly as much bourbon as I anticipated and hoped for, but it still works well. I anticipated this being much richer in espresso and dark chocolate considering the 2011 is the base. The PVW was significantly better

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Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, 15% ABV. Thanks to my friend, Matt, for cracking this open for us!
L- opaque black with a tan head
S - very rich with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, boozy bourbon, toffee, toasted grain, vanilla, oak
T - wickedly sweet with bourbon, booze, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, roasted barley; definitely a sipper, but hard to get down because it is so overly sweet
F - full bodied, creamy, finishes with a lingering sweetness
O - love being able to try this extreme rarity. It delivers in a big way with its bold, complex flavors, but it's way too sweet.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of the 2012 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Lord, bottle number 75/688. Thanks Adam for trading me this delicious beer. Poured into a Three Floyds teku glass today, 3/22/2014 as part of our celebratory whale tasting that's celebrating success and prolonged friendships. Cheers guys!

No better beer to meet the milestone of beer #800 and review #500!

App- Pitch black body, similar to the base Dark Lord, minimal half-finger mocha head with very good retention, not much lacing.

Smell- Holy moly! Lots of sweet brown sugar, vanilla (from the barrel), port sweetness, milk chocolate, charred malts, roast body, even a bit of coffee. This is a beautiful smelling, very complex nose that is about 90% of what Murda'd Out smells like. So decadent smelling. It's almost as good smelling as BVDL, though I really enjoyed the even more marshmallow bourbon-forward nature of BVDL.

Flavour- Falls a little bit short of the nose, very very diabeetus sweet like the base Dark Lord, yet complemented with a nice sweet bourbon flavour, some strong oak vanilla (which comes about a quarter of the way to replicating BVDL's vanilla bomb), charred malts, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits. This is a very complex beer here, and you have to take your time drinking this to savor all the nuances of this beer. Basically, this is a Dark Lord beer with a nice barrel vanilla contribution with a splash of bourbon. This was very good, but I expected more bourbon presence.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, creamy, just the right carbonation, so sweet yet so drinkable. I could have domed this beer. Zero ABV heat.

Overall- Very enjoyable tasting experience. A lot of complexity despite its sugary sweetness. I do think the bourbon would have been more present had this been drank at a younger age. As with the contrasting experiences between '12 and '13 BVDL, it's clear that any bourbon-barrel aged Dark Lord beers should be drank fresher. Regardless, I really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 134/420? from '12 in to a Goose Island Glass

A- Dark brown. Lacing is sticky. When I bob the glass left and right, the lacing sticks. Good retention.

S- Bourbon, dark fruit/fig, molasses, light woody oak hint in the back. I am getting soy sauce in this too. ha

T- This has more of the base beer character than the vanilla. Very sweet, almost comes off as rum because of the sweet base beer. I know that people say that the ba DL's shed their sweet DL characteristics. I am not getting that much here. I enjoyed vanilla a lot more. I am getting a lot of that sweet soy characteristic.

M- This is the shining part of this beer for me. Not the category that I want my Bourbon DL to shine, but it is what it is. Nice and chewy. Viscous

O- I was a bit disappointed with this variant. I have only had vanilla, but I am excited to try the other variants.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a very nice dark brown head. I was hooked once I caught the bourbon aromatics escaping the bottle upon opening it up. The nose picked up cococa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, faint cherries, molasses and, of course, bourbon. The flavors refected the same attributes that the aroma picked up in addition to some brown sugar. This was incredibly smooth and dangerously easy-drinking. Full-bodied mouthfeel and the finishe was a smooth roast bitter. What a treat!

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Photo of spicelab
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 656/688. Massive thanks to mulder1010 for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Dark chocolate, short of jet black, with a modest dark tan head that abates quickly to a resilient collar.

Decent amounts of burnt toast, tarry volatile barrel notes, woody liquorice, vanilla and coconut. Doesn't hint at what's to come.

Unabashedly decadent. Choc-caramel slice, big-time vanilla fudge, chocolate mud cake. Dessert in a glass.

Thick and viscous but super smooth. Zero, repeat zero hint of booze. Unreal.

Utterly transformative barrel-aged treatment of a base beer that I ordinarily don't care for at all. The barrel reins in and smoothes out the sickly excesses of regular Dark Lord brilliantly.

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Photo of kevanb
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage with red wax, poured into a Three Floyds Mini Snifter.

The beer pours like thick motor oil, deep black in color, hues of cola brown with a thick khaki head that sticks around for a brief moment and leaves no lace or film behind. The aroma is of wonderful barrel presence, soft and subtle bourbon, chocolate, rich, sweet grain, soft char and some potent astringency from the alcohol. The flavors are superb, lots of soft bitter chocolate, bourbon, charred oak and vanilla, nice marshmallow hints with dark grain and dark pitted stone fruit at the finish. The body is remarkably smooth, rich and coats the mouth well. It finishes with a lovely creamy touch and a nice warming sensation as it goes down.

Verdict: A really spectacular take on Dark Lord. This beer is sweet, very sweet but still remarkably balanced and extremely complex. This was by far my favorite Dark Lord variant of the 2012 or 2013 sets and one of the more exemplary takes on the barrel aged stouts.

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