Lounge Against The Macromachine (2018)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
15%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.61 | pDev: 4.34%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
19
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  4
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Dark Lord aged in tequila barrels with Mekong cinnamon, cocoa nibs, guajillo peppers + tangerine peel
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A smooth, slick black pour comes out much less gloppy and thick than some of the other variants, but as per usual, the tan head is very, very slow to surface, and dies quickly to a thin chain.

I actually get the chili pepper first, but that only comes out in the initial impression. Strangely, and not in a bad way, guajillo never surfaces again. It's not spicy, yet nears chipotle in adobo, but in a much less overwhelming way. Sort of like a well chosen apertif, it manages to paint the following experience without marring it.

I'm quite astonished to find that Dark Lord works very well with this treatment, and leaves all kinds of room for the influence the ingredients impart. Very unique botanical notes of tequila complement the added orange peel, while the body is smoother, slicker and less syrupy thick or sticky than other variants or even regular Dark Lord. It's almost refreshing, and even makes it extremely easy to put down. The dark roast is accented by cinnamon bark that is much milder than it is in ChemTrailMix, while a smoky char comes out on the exhale. Coming back in for seconds and thirds, the smell emulates chocolate covered orange chews paired with a hint of marshmallow.

What a delightful surprise this was! Before I went into Lounge Against the Macromachine, I was told it was like a ChemTrailMix light, but it's totally an experience unto itself. I'm glad to see they're doing another take on this in 2019, adding some bourbon barrel aging into the mix.

May 13, 2019
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brandoneast from Texas

4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My goodness!! One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. Thanks, JT! Unlike any DL ever. Huge molten lava Mexican chocolate cake, subtle tequila, not getting much tangerine peell. Everything about this I love from the body to the barrel, to the adjuncts

Jan 30, 2019
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usual dark lord appearance, tons of legs on the side of the glass while drinking and lots of viscosity. Smell is intense cinnamon and chocolate. The flavor follows suit with nice tequila notes that are well integrated but not too strong. I get very little, if any, citrus/tangerine. The guajillo is pretty mild as well and there is basically no heat from it. Overall an extremely well integrated beer with the exception of the cinnamon which definitely takes center stage. I love this beer but do wish there had been a bit more pepper in it.

Oct 29, 2018
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, Smell is amazing. Such an interesting combination yet it works. The cinnamon and tangerine peel are bright balancing with the sweet rich base DL. Some chocolate but not that much tequila which I prefer the absence of, however it is folded into mix nicely. Really unique beer that works.

Sep 29, 2018
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured alongside ChemTrailMix at a share.

Overly sweet with a flavor profile reminiscent of a Terry's Milk Chocolate Orange slice.

This was an interesting take on a BA Dark Lord variant that carried a high cost of entry and some buyer's remorse.

Jun 10, 2018
Lounge Against The Macromachine (2018) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 19 ratings