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

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
96.5%
Liked This Beer
4.56 w/ 852 ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout
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
Ranking:
#81
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
852
Liked:
822
Avg:
4.56/5
pDev:
8.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,040
Gots:
159
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 852 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of spicelab
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of heygeebee
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An atypical review....

At a tasting hosted by Mulder1010 who kindly provided this I was totally unaware of what this beer was in my glass. Not wearing my glasses, and evening room light, meant it was a blind taste.

However, quite simply one of the most flavoursome and complex beers (the barrel effect was amazing) it has been my pleasure to drink. I did guess it had to be highly rated, and thought 'Top 10' but I was not quite expecting it to be where it was tho, on the 'other' beer site...

World Class, and then some....

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 852 ratings
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