Marshmallow Handjee
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
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4.81 | pDev: 8.11%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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Notes: Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.
Reviews: 341 | Ratings: 1,758 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RaulMondesi from California

4.57/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like slow dancing with Aretha Franklin, this one has soul. Hot damn, I feel like I can lasso a T. rex. Uhhh huh, I can hurdle that St. Louis arc…


Jun 27, 2021
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Klan85 from Netherlands

4.78/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

dec. 14, 2019
That was an awesome taste explosion. Big smell, beautifull mouthfeel. Bit on the sweet side, but in good balance with the barrel. Smooth and bit alcoholic in the end.

Jan 27, 2021
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JDPchi13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can’t say enough about this. The bourbon barrel and the vanilla beans are balanced to perfection. The sweetness is cut by the smooth velvet flavor. World class beer and one of the best vanilla stouts out there. It’s one of those beers you must seek out once. Or many times.

Jan 22, 2021
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Troupos_Pearl_Jam from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Best. It really doesn't disappoint. The vanilla works flawlessly with the barrel presence and the base beer. I chased this for a long time and trying it was worth the wait.

Jan 11, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had a few different years of this and they're all fantastic. It's worth the drive to Indiana to have a chance at landing it. I've had the last few years of this and they're all superb.

Jan 11, 2021
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spersichilli from California

4.43/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 Handjee, poured from cellar temp into a plastic glass. Shared with friends spread out in my backyard

The base beer is big and fudgy, decent amount of oak/barrel to reign it in. Getting a touch of soy sauce like oxidation though which distracts from what I think this beer is going for.

Dec 30, 2020
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ktr5010 from Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2019 Vintage
L - Pitch black. Looks like motor oil. Small amount of light brown head
S - Vanilla infused brownie batter that has been marinating in bourbon
F - Silky, thick
T - Vanilla upfront followed by a bourbon soaked brownie ball. An incredibly long finish that is followed up with some heat from the barrel
O - A beer that lives up to the hype. Absolutely worth the price of admission.

Dec 10, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am going to start off by saying I like this beer and would happily have it again, but the number 2 beer in the world? Not a chance! Shimmering jet black with a brown cap that fades into a ring. The nose is the star of the beer: huge vanilla and bourbon, toasty rustic oak, dark chocolate fudge, roasted malts, date, a hint of coffee, brown sugar and molasses. Taste really does well to accentuate the tannins in the wood with the bourbon and vanilla as the excavators, maltwork is robust and characteristic of the base, sweet dark lord flavors that were detected in the nose poke through, on the sweeter side of the style for sure. Feel is very warm, full, heavy, viscous, and robust without getting syrupy, wonderful but sweeter feeling, barrel character is great. The best variant yet I have tried

Nov 28, 2020
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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most ridiculously well-tasting beverage I've tasted in my entire life. Lots of massive chocolate, non-synthetic marsmallow, vanilla, bourbon- thick body. Insane! Both 2018 and 2015.

Nov 17, 2020
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The-Sword-Hand from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's nothing short of absolute perfection. It's like drinking a liquid velvet smore complete with campfire smoke. Love the stuff just wish it wasn't so impossible to get ahold of.

Jul 03, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 version poured into a tulip. This beer deserves every bit of hype associated with it in my opinion. Wonderfully thick. Marshmallow and chocolate delight with booze knocking on the door. I hope I have another chance to try this beer sometime.

Mar 05, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow was this overrated. I couldn't beleive it when I saw that this was my variant. Had a blind BBA Vanilla beer tasting with family. Handjee, Bourbon County Vanilla, Fundamental Observation, Vlad Vanilla & French Vanilla Militia.
1. FO
2. BCV
3. Handjee
4. Vlad
5. FVM

Feb 06, 2020
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mohaghandi from California

3.77/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like burnt Vanilla Coke aged in gasoline barrels.

I love a boozy stout. I love adjuncts. And I like when they’re made with concern for tastebuds, not just for how extreme of a flavor they can get out of it.

Hard pass!

Jul 05, 2019
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IckyT2012 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a barbeque pork chop dipped in vanilla icing. I do not understand this beer or the hype. I will not be hunting any more dark lord variant. Pass.

Jun 22, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.74/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black pour, dark tan head. The base Dark Lord aromas plus heavy vanilla and some oak. Wow.

The vanilla is really forward on the taste, which enriches the flavors of the base beer. This is truly world class, IMHO.

May 18, 2019
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the 2018 version with 2 friends. I'll blame the perpetual hype but IMHO this was just a pretty good vanilla stout. Not 5 times better than FO, certainly not 2-3 times as good as Henna marshmallow. Yes the vanilla balance was perfect but honestly it started to wobble a bit as it warmed up. Not worth the price tag, hoping for a different variant this year.

May 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2017 vintage; drank 6/2/17 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Bottle 538 of 1227.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; minimal lace.

Rich vanilla, milk chocolate, oak & mild bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

BOLD, rich vanilla & milk chocolate flavors up front; mild oak & faint bourbon heat notes on the finish.

A vanilla lovers dream, and possibly the best "pastry stout" ever made.

Feb 23, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For purposes of the review, both 2017 and 2018 were sampled together.

Appearance - The beer had the vicious blackness of Dark Lord.

Smell - The 2018 had more sweet chocolate marshmallow. 2017 leaned more Earthy and dry but still had an overall sense of sweetness.

Taste - The 2018 had amazing notes of toasted marshmallow, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and char in back. The 2017 was not as sweet, but still had notes of sweet vanilla and chocolate. In both bottles, there was a sweet quality of kids’ breakfast cereals. Amazing there is almost no burn from the 15% abv.

Mouthfeel - on par with motor oil, the beer has amazing thickness. It clings like few others.

Overal - Holy diabetes! The beer should be too sweet, but it is so good. Further, it appears the beer is best consumed fresh.

Jan 27, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: pours thick and pitch black with no head
S: marshmallow, vanilla, chocolate and barrel. Mighty fine
T: just like the nose and all in harmony
F: smooth, thick and creamy
O: world class

Nov 22, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage. About six months from bottling.

A: Pours jet black with a thick ring of dark brown, espresso-like head. No lacing and average retention.

S: Suuuuper rich dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, vanilla bean, dry oak barrel and cinnamon, and light bourbon. A little bit of cardboard. A very brawny BA stout.

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, cola, light spice (cinnamon, clove) and light toasted oak, a bit of sherry and roastiness. Pretty long finish. The barrel is not very noticeable on the palate. As you might guess from the base, this is super sweet; the barrel and vanilla balances this out somewhat but not completely. Like a liquid candy bar.

M: Sticky full body and medium, sharp carbonation that thankfully cuts through the massive body. A comforting alcohol warmth gently warms your innards.

O: Big, sweet, rich, and pretty tasty beer. The cardboard note is distracting, and the sweetness is as overwhelming as it is in regular DL. I’d always heard that, even though the base beer is terrible, adding it to barrels transformed it in such a way to somehow make it ethereal. That’s half true, I guess. I can’t drink more than like 4oz of this stuff.

Nov 12, 2018
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brewmeister1984 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can cross this whale off the list! Mouthfeel on this beer is outstanding. If you have a chance to sample or get this beer I highly recommend it for sure!

Sep 24, 2018
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KevSal from California

4.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 into a fff teku

l- looks great, thick and black. nice half inch head

s- aroma is off the charts! great vanilla and chocolate! vanilla never smelling artificial

t- oh shit this is for real. huge bourbon and vanilla, mixes together extremely well. interpreting of the vanilla really makes this beer

f- great mouthfeel, smooth and soft. thick and immense but surprisingly velvet

o- this is a long time want. i don’t think this is worth the asking price but it’s a must have on all stout lovers. reminds me a lot of FO batch 2

Aug 18, 2018
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Brian29 from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells great, mouthfeel great.
Sweet sweet sweet. It is delicious. But i found, though delicious, it might be objectionable to drink a full glass due to the level of sweetness. I didn't get any barrel, mostly residual sugars. Nice beer, I don't find it elite.

Jul 29, 2018
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 bottle(silver wax). The hype is real! Been wanting this for as long as I can remember. Glad I finally got a chance to try a hefty pour at a nice share. It stole the show around a bunch of BIG beers. It’s crazy how much this tastes like toasted marshmallow fluff. Zero heat, and smooth as hell.

Jun 29, 2018
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WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything I love about barrel aged stouts. Thick, oily, coats the glass. Smells sweet, but not overly so. The taste follows with sweetness, barrel oak/vanilla flavors. Not overly sweet, with enough heat to balance it perfectly. (2017 Handjee)

May 22, 2018
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