Cavaleiro Of Varnov | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4.26/5
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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:
Oloroso sherry aged Dark Lord

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
23
pDev:
6.1%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Raziel313
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The base beer is all over this beer, and it is accentuated by Oloroso sherry barrel. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so - the sherry actually mellows the sweetness a bit. This doesn’t get a lot of love, but it is worthy of your consideration.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. Sweet and roasty malt. Flavors of molasses, coffee, and vanilla and a definite barrel presence. Very smooth, very rich, very thick. As with just about any version of a fresh Dark Lord, only complaint is it's too sweet.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Egotist
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This burnt motor oil stains the glass underneath a wide, bubbly mocha collar.

Smell is mostly Dark Lord with a slightly cedary wet oak.

Taste is actually lighter than any version of Dark Lord I've had, with a delicate woodiness and even a touch of strawberry cutting through the formidable dark chocolate onslaught. It's like Dark Lord is being lifted up by a lightening pink champagne that's adding a mild bittering note and a nice sort of zip.

The slick stickiness is paired with a slightly lighter body and zippy carbonation, while the barrel has done wonders to dry DL out and even enhance the base flavors beyond the heavy blanket it sometimes turns into. While it doesn't contribute the added nutty or caramel character that I'd hoped, this is the first time a barrel has managed to change the texture of Dark Lord, and I think it was to great effect. This was a surprisingly nice treatment, and while I've been loathe to see the continued use of wine barrels, I think Oloroso Sherry could be a winner with a bit more time and creativity.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mando31
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cavaleiro Of Varnov from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 23 ratings