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:
1,485
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.67
pDev:
8.99%
 
 
Wants:
4,397
Gots:
278
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,485 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshmallow aroma is present, brilliant bourbon oaky vanilla pops at just the right moments. Bourbon barrel stouts don't get any better. Hype is real, price is not.

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

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell is indeed marshmallow forward, and more boozy than expected. I'm realizing I have a tough time handling bourbon heat from these world-class BA stouts. I might prefer them aged a bit, as I had this year's batch fairly fresh.

I hear "marshmallow" and I think "light and easy" but that's not the case here -- this is an extremely intense brew: bourbon heat, huge thick viscous mouthfeel, roast and dark chocolate. Pretty much the best mouthfeel of any stout I've had the pleasure of drinking, and one of the best flavor profiles.

Spectacular beer, and I suppose, no beer is worth the hype this one receives but I wasn't disappointed. Still, couldn't finish my glass (bottle split 4 ways) because there were so many great beers at the share, I was reaching my limit.

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

Photo of Eternal218
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KaeF
4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great smell of cake, barrel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet, barrel, hint of pepper, loads of vanilla and marshmallow. Smooth and sweet. Glad to have finally tasted this.

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Photo of Dismembered_MC
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rhong187
4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of absoluthamm
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dub_deuce22
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cfeezy
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of -NESTO-
4.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this and wow. It does in fact live up to the hype. 2016 vintage.

Appearance is perfect for the style. Very thick and black with a minimal dark brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is the best vanilla beer I've ever had. Incredibly rich vanilla in the form of marshmallows. As it warms, the barrel character and base come out and it's so rich and chocolately.

Taste is very much the same. Marsmallows, vanilla, rich bourbon, fudge. It's not very complex but it doesn't need to be. A bit of nuttiness came out as it warmed, like a very nutty coconut.

Feel is perfect, incredibly thick and viscous, right up there with Toppling Goliath and Cigar City stouts. Some warmth from the alcohol but it's not boozy at all.

Overall it's perfect to me and is my second favorite imperial stout, right behind KBBS. For vanilla, it doesn't get better than this.

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

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

2013 Orange Wax Edition, shared with two others. Velvet vanilla perfection. Pours a midnight black with minimal head. Layers of bourbon and vanilla, abv completely hidden. Easily one of the best BBA beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Braden
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Burgh1328
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Life is complete lol

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick. Viscous. Marshmallow. Fudge. There's still a hint of that Dark Lord soy sauce profile, but it's very faint and disappears into the marshmallow. And truly, this beer is the epitome of marshmallow in a beer. Mouthfeel is almost too thick; you won't want too much of this at a time.

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Photo of Stefko
4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of evanfox81
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Vanilla perfection. Anyone that tells you this is overly sweet like regular dark lord or even BA dark lord is full of crap. This is so much better than BA dark lord it's not even funny. Also beers like vanilla rye don't hold a candle. I can see why people trade 3 VR for one of these. Definitely a top 5 beer for me.

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Photo of kyleryan
4.98/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WTKeene
4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.67 out of 5 based on 1,485 ratings.
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