Marshmallow Handjee
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
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4.81 | pDev: 8.32%
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.
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Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 1,693
Photo of mohaghandi
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!

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Photo of IckyT2012
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of vikingpillager
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
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

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Photo of pmarlowe
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.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
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!

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Photo of KevSal
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

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Photo of Brian29
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
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.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
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)

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Photo of Seeker_11
4.32/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My review is for the 2018. I had it as a sample several times at DLD. It is an great beer but not exceptional. To me it was a little sweet and lacked the complexity and robust flavor of Chemtrailmix. I think 18' FVM was better as well.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a sludgy Pitch Black with a medium sized khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of vanilla beans, marshmallows, bourbon, and molasses. It tastes of vanilla beans, marshmallows, caramel, light bourbon, and molasses. The feel is medium and not too sweet. A great barrel aged stout, in just thrown off because it’s not nearly as thick as the base beer.

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

My own personal white whale. Never thought I would have the "ammo" to land it, but finally everything fell into place and it was in my hands. I went old school, getting a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Darklord from 2012. Bottle #755/934. Poured black with a smidge/ring of tan bubbles around the edges. Vanilla fills the nostrils. Now I've heard people talk that this beer tastes like marshmallow. I've also had other beers people describe as marshmallow, but to me the flavor was not there. Here is a beer that is truly a liquid marshmallow flavor experience. Not only is that the flavor, but it coats the mouth and "stays for days". Supposedly, this is also a 15% beverage, but there isn't a trace of alcohol in this beer. Was it worth it? As I am a lover of the sweet brews, it sure was.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is hot, but full of marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, and big dark malts; solid mouthfeel. But I want so much more from the body and flavors; such a hot, yet creamy finish. The nose is the best. Great to try.

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

2017 bottle, kept at ~45F since release.

Bourbon and sticky caramel on the nose.
Taste is bourbon, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate with a fantastic lingering sweetness that coats your mouth. Just insanely good!

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 Bottle, Split just two ways :-)

This beer lives up to the hype. Pours super viscous black and delivers with a full flavor cascade of fudgy vanilla bourbon dark lord that coats the mouth and makes one inevitably smile.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.88/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 bottle poured into a Dark Lord Teku. Split three ways. Thank you Ryan for sharing this beast!

Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head that reduces to leave a ring of retention and a little lacing. Sticks to the glass upon swirling.

Aromas are potent and come through more intense as this beer warms. Vanilla beans and milk chocolate are prominent, bourbon, a tad bit boozy but in a great way. On the tongue is straight vanilla, chocolate covered marshmallows, rocky road fudge. Mouthfeel is rich and thick, especially as it warms.

I've been waiting 5 years to try this beer, and it totally lives up to the hype.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
5/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 bottle poured into a teku.
Very opaque black and thick looking upon pouring. Coats and clings to the glass.
Aroma is tons of vanilla bean and some booze. Bourbon is present for sure.
Taste was straight bourbon vanilla bean but the beer was very balanced and not overly boozy. As this warmed, the bottom of the glass got even better as the vanilla popped more.
Feel was thick. Very viscous, as expected. Coated the tongue and mouth and lingered.
Overall, this lived up to the hype and then some. Just an outstanding and delicious beer!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.78/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2014: The beer has developed quite nicely and has evolved into almost a flavor profile that resembles a spirit. Absolutely stellar.

Vintage 2017: True to its name, the flavor is sweet like marshmallows. Thick mouthfeel. Overall, a very well rounded beer.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.75/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 at a Vanilla Share served in tulip 4oz sampler

Look: Pitch black and no head, very motor oil look
smell: Big boozy bourbon fallowed by sweet vanilla and a finish of marshmallow
taste: marshmallow covered in vanilla dipped in bourbon... honestly its a huge marshmallow taste with big backing of vanilla and bourbon.
feel: holy shit this is a big beer, super thick, silky, motor oily... this beer lingers like no other.

Overall; one of the single best beers ive ever had, no were near over rated

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4.75/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black in the glass. Nose is bourbon, dark fruits, some vanilla on the nose, but not huge. Taste follows the nose, candied sugary dark fruits, vanilla is there but again, not huge. It develops more as it warms. Bourbon and oak are present but they are not at the forefront of the beer. They are blended down into the beer. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, lingers. Overall, the vanilla on this is not as big as I was hoping. It doesn't stand out and make you feel its presence like you would expect. I'm slightly disappointed, but I guess expectations and hype can't always win out. But there's no question this is a world class beer. 4.6

2013 Bottle 380 of 711 Drank 4/15/18
Pours pitch black with a fizzy cola head that flames out quickly. Nose is rich toasted marshmallow, chocolate fudge, spicy barrel notes, alcohol . Taste hits the nail, wow, this IS NOT infected. Sweet, burnt sugar, creme brûlée crust, vanilla starts in the background and builds on your palate, toasted marshmallow, some dark fruits coming through, little bit of oak, warm bourbon. Feel is silky smooth. Overall, this is what I hoped Handjee would be when I tried the 2017. The vanilla, toasted marshmallow just goes on for days. Aged to absolute perfection. Not too sweet or cloying. Simply awesome. 4.75+

2018 Multiple tap pours.
Pours pitch black with quickly dissipating thin mocha colored head. Swirl leaves gold stains and alcohol legs on side of glass. Nose is sweet vanilla, oak, dark fruits, brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, wood, sweet roasted marshmallow wafts across your palate. Viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. Just an amazing beer. Tops 2017 easily as much bigger vanilla presence. 4.75+

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4.55/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 batch. I was a little concerned given the infection talk, but clearly no issues with this one.

L- Jet black, not a lot of head.

S- Solid vanilla with some bourbon. Sweet marshmallow as well.

T- Marshmallow with vanilla and milk chocolate. Just a bit of bourbon. No booze. My only complaint is it's a hair too sweet for my taste.

F- Thick, rich and sticky. Awesome.

O- I was kind of hoping this wouldn't be that good so I didn't have to chase down a fresher one. Still damn tasty with a fair amount of vanilla. I can't imagine how much it has when it's not 4 years old.

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