Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord)Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

Added by mcallister on 04-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,483
Reviews:
304
Avg:
4.67
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
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4,399
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278
For Trade:
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Photo of jukenasty
4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of raspy22
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016. Consumed 1-27-2017.
Yikes. This might be the best beer I have ever had!
Look was great! Motor oil black. Practically no head.
Smell was possibly the best I have ever had. More pure vanilla than VR or Vanilla Shake. Very heavy vanilla bean, burnt marshmallow, chocolate fudge, bourbon, hidden alcohol. Not the most complex I have ever had, but that is not what you come to this show for. The vanilla shines and shine really well!

Taste was unfairly just like the aroma. Argued with myself over wanting to go slow so as to get more opportunity to smell it more, and drinking it quick because the flavor was so great. Everything that was on the aroma is on the taste. And the alcohol heat did not get hotter as it warmed over the course of 20 minutes.
Mouthfeel was super smooth and creamy. Expected for a beer of this weight, and it was as advertised.
Overall, it did beat out VR and BA Vanilla Shake for me and is likely the top beer on my pyramid. At this price though, would've been easier if I didn't like it so much.

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Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of VBWharfRat
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zac16125
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013
Bottle #363 of 711

BA Review #950.
Review #98 out of the Top 100 that I set out to complete several years ago.

Huge thanks to LethalChickens for sending this very long time want over in a trade!


A: Pours a completely opaque jet black, with a small sliver of mocha colored head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Only faint small patches of lacing are left on the sides of the glass. 4.25

S: Aroma is incredible. Huge vanilla, huge chocolate. Kind of smells like a Charleston Chew candy tastes. Lots of barrel characters with charred oak and bourbon-y vanilla. Its very sweet, but theres just enough roast and a subtle ethanol kick to balance it out. I could sit here smelling this all day. Phenomenal. 5

T: Taste is lots of dark fruits up front, then a fantastic lingering vanilla bean and chocolate on the finish. Barrel notes are also strong with wonderful bourbony notes of charred oak, vanilla, and the subtlest bourbony booze. But make no mistake, this is an absolute vanilla bomb. However, the barrel aging does a great job to cut the otherwise cloying sweetness that is regular Dark Lord. The lingering flavors of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon last forever on the finish. Fantastic. 4.75

M/D: It is very smooth, full bodied and almost a bit chewy. Carbonation is very low but appropriate for the style and size of the beer. ABV is exceptionally well masked and drinkability is excellent. 4.75

O: It is bordering on miraculous how a little bit of barrel aging and some vanilla beans morph a vastly mediocre regular Dark Lord into this gem of a beer. Absolutely worth the wait and the hassle to obtain. Truly world class. 5

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dwagner003
4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Perfect balance of stout, bourbon and vanilla. Smell is addicting. It's hard to take your nose out of the glass long enough to actually drink it. Everything about it is amazing. Knocked it a bit for look, but that's because I prefer super thick stouts, and I've seen thicker than this.. Small complaint, though.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 22Blue
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzed
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sparty55
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.31/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rabbott2
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 variant bottle ??? out of ??? (680ish I think but the numbers rubbed off)

L-L-thick, black, motor oil, nice lacing, minimal head...one of the thickest beers I have had

S/T-chocolatey fudge bourbon marshmallow....really incredible combo of flavors. not super complex but incredibly bold and superb

F-thick, oily, amazing

Overall - one of the best beers I have ever had. Very similar in the fudgey bourbon vanilla flavors as FO, however, the mouthfeel on this is unprecedented (except maybe Assassin). Really incredible

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Photo of Samsel83
4.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots going on. Delicious vanilla up front and bourbon meddles into a nice cinnamon and roasty coffee. Awesome stuff

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Photo of MeadGuru96
4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FreshZ
4.89/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snig623
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bagman007
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of prior2two
4.99/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had. Definitely one to share though. Pours pitch black, but tastes like decadence in a glass.

Everything is big and over the top, but it all works.

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Photo of thuglife
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ruthd637
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pisano
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rden4654
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.67 out of 5 based on 1,483 ratings.
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