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)
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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
Ranking:
#6
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
1,555
pDev:
8.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,555 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of SourTweek
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jaszucs
4.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sean32
4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robgage
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thetravelguy01
4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017
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+

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Photo of countrypeddler8
4.51/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.52/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017

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Photo of fondyball20
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle consumed on 8/26/17. Thick, creamy vanilla marshmallow.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a couple different years of this, nothing else can compare in style to this.

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Photo of Ekor88
4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Jlu73183
4.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GMorgan
4.56/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vivaresh
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kreg02
4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 - not much vanilla

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Photo of jbaker67
4.76/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrtomatohead49
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TboneRN
4.89/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of SveNss0N
4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sporeg
4.13/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

too sweet.

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Photo of Jangoon24
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a snifter - thick and jet black, with a small dark brown head.
S: Straight bourbon on the nose, it smelled very boozy. I was initially worried that the barrel would cover up the rest of the flavors in this, I was wrong...
T: Unbelievable. A small hint of the base Dark Lord sweetness that quickly transitions into dark chocolate, bourbon, and roasted marshmallows. The ABV is very well hidden by all of the great flavors in this beer, and every sip kept me wanting more.
F: Very thick mouth feel, that leaves a syrupy, almost candy-like stickiness on your lips and the glass.
O: Easily one of the best beers I've ever had - the hype is real! It was absolutely perfect.

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Marshmallow Handjee (Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.73 out of 5 with 1,555 ratings