Conquistador De La Muerte (Bourbon) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Milk Stout aged in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel with ancho and guajillo chiles

Added by Sean9689 on 09-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the 2014 edition....bottle 2something out of 405. Can't wait to taste the limited rarity.

Actually, this is surprisingly good. Time, perhaps, has mellowed this beer. Head vanishes to stillness, bourbon is tempered, chiles integrated but flash along the palate and linger long into the fade.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Made sense to crack this on Devil's Night 2013. Bottle 155/405. 2012 bottle.

Appearance: Black as night. Creamy, caramel colored head that faded too quickly.

Smell: bourbon, chili spice. This is gonna be good.

Taste: Time has been good for this beer and I am glad I waited long enough where the chili heat has faded enough to be toned downed to the point where it's clearly present but not overwhelming. The milky creaminess is well integrated with the heat.

Mouthfeel: Couldn't ask for much more. Fantastic.

Overall: If you have one, now is a pretty good time to crack it. Grateful to have the opportunity to drink this. Patience was key.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.29.12
Bottle 238/405

A - Pours a very dark brown with a dark brown, fizzy head that fades quickly.

S - Red wine, cherry, some soy sauce, woody.

T - Chocolate cherry and strong coffee that comes and goes with different sips.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Wine smell, but lots of cherry and some coffee at times. Very layered.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Conquistador de Muerte - 2012 - No. 16/405

Picked this up at the brewery over the summer and after having a small pour from a buddy's bottle soon after release, I could simply wait no longer to drink this. I was going to save it for a special occasion but I figured it's Wednesday evening, I'm alive... special enough.

Poured an immensely dark brown color that if you didn't see the ring around the glass you'd think it was jet black. Initially it produced a small, finger sized UPS brown (the uniforms, not the trucks) foamy layer that fizzled and popped and quickly vanished leaving the brew naked. The smells. Oh my, the smells. There is a totally robust, complex aroma coming from this one. Bourbon, caramel, roast, dark funk, and above all.. an amazing tartness. From my vague memories of Bourbon County Cherry Rye.. it's like that. But more prominent! The tastes. Wow. The effects of the bourbon on this blow my mind. I believe BCBS is too harsh fresh. Others I've had are either overwhelmingly hot and boozy or contrastingly underwhelming. The bourbon is more than subtle and perfectly complimentary to the roasted caramel tastes. So drinkable, so enjoyable. I question the 8% ABV noted on the detail page, it should easily be in the double digits. It ends with a sweet tartness which reaffirms the aromas. Hints of cherry or perhaps some other indistinguishable berry. The peppers aren't noticeable in the taste but make themselves evident once the liquid is gone with gentle heat upon the lips. With the previous sample I thought the peppers were a bit more apparent and the heat was cranked up a bit. Perhaps a few months muted the peppers. An amazing beer. This is definitely one of my favorites to date. Perhaps even best. Having been on a Bourbon County Coffee kick recently, I can see the quality and complexity in this one. Significantly better. This one is phenomenal.


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Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muerte Moloko

Pours a deep, light crushing black. There was a short lived inch of brownish head that dissipated to a thin layer.

The nose is lighter on the pepper status and has some barrel characteristics such as vanilla and coconut.

The flavor that starts it all is sweet Chili's. You taste that vegetal, raw, sweet pepper. (Consumed the day after release). That sweetness turns into a slight heat. After a quick dissipating heat, the bourbon, chocolate and roasted coconut flavors, start to appear. The bourbon is noticeable but takes the sideline next to the
sweet-heat. The barrel effects are tasting standard to most of the Floyd's barrel offerings.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but leaning towards hefty. There is a low amount of carb which suites the brew fine.

Best enjoyed with chocolate cake, cheesecake....Or any dessert! This brew is solid.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 307/405 poured into a FFF teku

Pour: Completely oily black with a fizzy two finger head that disappears instantly. No legs, no rim. Oil.

Smell: A really noticeable burst of pepper that is very reminiscent of tobasco. Some light bourbon in the back. Some toffee

Taste: Really nice chocolate up front that gives way to a nice peppery spiciness. Moves into some hidden cinnamon and caramel, with a light bourbon vanilla

Mouthfeel: Really nice and splashy, which was honestly very welcome. Not too much peppery burn, just enough to make it a very unique an enjoyable experience. No alcohol bite whatsoever.

Overall: Pretty cool and very unique beer. Glad help on to this and got a chance to try it.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at 3 Floyds on 9/29/2011. This was billed as something that probably wouldn't go well 'with' food except possibly chocolate, so I had this after dinner.

The appearance was opaque red/black. We don't need no stinkin' head.

I was a little puzzled by the scent - it was a standard milk stout scent. I sniffed and sniffed, and I couldn't spell any of the promised peppers coming through.

The taste was incredible. Chocolate, and then wait for it... a tingling on the tip of the tongue and back of the throat.

Once this comes up to temp after around 10 minutes you get the promised spicy taste and scent from it. It's kind of stealth before then and really sneaks up on you!

Excellent beer, I think this is what most peppered stouts want to be when they grow up.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Strong Ale.

I had very low expectations of this beer going in based on what I had been told by some people who had previously tried the beer. But, I kept an open mind despite what sounded like an odd combination at best.

A: The pour is almost black with a tan head that dissipates nearly instantly.

S: This beer certainly lives up to the milk/sweet stout billing. Very, very sweet with lots of lactose coming through. The barrel provides a bit more sweetness in the form of vanilla. The chiles aren't really spicy at all, but they do provide a nice earthy character.

T: Again, very, very sweet, and mildly creamy, actually. Lots of lactose and vanilla flavor on the front end. The chiles are, again, not very spicy and the first sign of their presence is a nice earthiness and perhaps even some saltiness. There is just a touch of warmth on the finish.

M: The body is medium and pretty smooth and creamy. The carbonation is on the low end.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I don't think I would say I loved it, but it was actually pretty decent. I would probably consider drinking it again.

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Photo of Papi
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This milk stout was served in a small tulip, and I couldn't wait to try it. It was described to me as the Three Floyds Moloko infused with chiles. A beer with chocolate notes infused with chilie peppers? That is the best combination. If you have had chile with your hot chocolate, then you know what I mean.

A - Dark as night with 1/8 inch tan head. Reduced to a thin lacing. Produced legs upon agitation.

S - Notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee or caramel, vanilla, plum, but no pepper.

T - The sweetness of a milk, vanilla bean, chocolate and roasted coffee at the start and adding slightly fruity and slightly bitter from the chilies in the middle. Ends with a not unpleasant heat from the chilies in the back of the throat, which blends nicely with the sweet flavors still on the tongue.

M - Velvety and full-bodied, fresh and smooth.

D - A suberb stout to finish off a hearty meal such as steak or beef ribs.

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Photo of nkersten
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, pour is black with a creamy thick tan head that fades to a ring at the edge of the glass.

Smell is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon and vanilla oak, and a hint of dried peppers.

Taste is creamy lactose, oats, smokey spice, some wood, a touch of vanilla and a bitter spicy dried pepper finish. The pepper really heats up in the aftertaste after a few sips. Very unique.

In the mouthfeel, the chilis have a lingering spiciness that sits in the back of your throat and gets slightly scratchy as you get through this beer. It has about the same body as the standard moloko, maybe a little thinner, and slightly coating but not sticky.

Drinkability is average. This one was good for an 8oz snifter, but that's it - even that was tough to finish. I would have liked to have seen FFF experiment with other peppers that play a little better with the lactose - aji panca or slightly sweeter, fruity pepper might have taken away some of the heat without sacrificing the chili flavors.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Option. Served in a stange-like glass.

A - Pitch black body, with some light mocha foam that settles to a thin ring and not much else.

S - There's a hefty amount of green chili flavor from the ancho, earthy wood, light bourbon, and a roasted malt and grain backdrop. While I don't get a ton of Moloko, this is surprisingly tasteful for Three Floyds and doesn't smell like straight Woodford Reserve.

T - The taste contains more of the milk stout base with some nice lactose sugar notes mingling with green pepper and tomatillo notes mingling with dry, roasty malts. Finishes with a bit of Scoville heat as opposed to the alcohol variety.

M - Medium body, with some tannic barrel character and slight grit to it. Finishes sticky with peppery warmth. I'm guessing the barrel thinned out a medium ABV beer like Moloko more than some of their high-gravity barrel-aged brews.

D - I thought this was quite excellent and would gladly order it again. Hopefully there's a bit left for me at FoBAB after I tick all the new stuff. It isn't much of a session beer, but I don't think that's what the Floyds were going for anyway.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. Pulled from a golden crowned FFF tap handle.

Black with a light tan ring of foam, initially fluffy but it subsides quickly. No lace to speak of, but the ring sustains itself around the edge.

The ancho chiles lend a smoky sweetness, and there's a fruity quality that I associate with the pepper as well. Peppery with a very mild heat, nothing approaching hot or spicy in the least. Chiles and chocolate is an ancient combo, and it works well here. Dry bittersweet bakers chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla from the barrel, and probably a bit of residual sweetness from the barrel also. The chilies give it an earthy unique complexity, a mildly spicy counterpoint to the sweet richness of the barrelled milk stout. Higher alcohol makes this a slow sipper, but it's easy to finish the draft.

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Photo of phisigben
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Black as night, with just the smallest hint of mocha colored head

Smell - Bourbon up front with some spice, then I get the some coffee and chocolate.

Taste - WOW this was different but in a good way. At first I get the bourbon from the Woodford Reserve and the sweetness from the base milk stout. Then I get the spiciness from the chilies not over powering but it leaves my lips and throat tingling waiting for another sip.

Feel - The body is thick but on average/above for the style, but the lack of carbonation loses it some points.

Drink ability - This beer is great but I wouldn't see myself drinking more than a glass or two of this stuff. I find myself wondering if this beer would have been better without the peppers. But it's still a good beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at FFF...
Served in a goblet.

Hard to imagine a darker beer. A slight red hue exists in the legs. A dark tan collar of head lingers around the sides of the glass... No head, other than the collar. The legs leave a a crazy amount bubbles, but only briefly-- they cascade and tumble over themselves like sand in an hourglass.

Aroma has some notes of spiced rum and bourbon. Some oakiness hides in there too. The base beer isn't entirely lost, but is is well-hidden. The chilli peppers add a not of spice and cinnamon on top. Burnt toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts are present.

The taste starts off lightly sweet, before boozy bourbon notes kick in. The spiciness from the peppers blends with the bourbon to create something reminding me of a very spicy spiced rum. The underlying sweetness of the milkstout makes an appearance, but it is not nearly as prominent as the taste the barrel imparts. The lingering aftertaste is here the chili peppers step up and truly announce their presence. A slight tingling, spice burn, lingers in my throat--- leaving a warm feeling that is much different than alcohol warmth.

Body is pretty full-- the beer does seem to be in need of a bit more carbonation... But it isn't a dealbreaker.

The overall impression is that this would be better without the peppers. The beer is great, until the aftertaste and finish. Those, ARE dealbreakers.

Note-- I loved Hunaphu's. I disliked Chocolate Yeti... This falls somewhere in between.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/12/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of sudsy milk chocolate head.

Smell -- Chocolate, caramel, bourbon, vanilla oakiness, coffee with cream, and a touch of the smokey guajillo chiles. Superb.

Taste -- Chocolate malts and bourbon up front, along with toffee sweetness, caffè macchiato, vanilla oakiness, guajillo chile, and red pepper flake. Finish is spicy heat and chocolate-covered toffee.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with an abundance of softer carbonation. Not prickly, not foamy - in the middle.

Drinkability -- If I could change anything it would be to subdue the chile influence. Beautifully crafted, loved how the barrel aging as well as the guajillos really brought out the chocolate flavors from Moloko, but the heat in the finish takes away from the drinkability. If you find yourself in the situation, you MUST try this.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Holy Schnykeees. All I can say is... only order with food.

I tried this at Three Floyds Pub tonight. It is a power house.

Moloko Stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with chili peppers. The wood is wasted since it is over-powered by the capsicum. It would NOT be good by itself, but with food, wow, this is an awesome orgasmic experience. It is about as subtle as a train wreck.

I sipped it slowly with a four-cheese pizza and it was like an orgy in my mouth. Highly recommended.

Without food, however, I'm sure this would dis-please. It would just be too much. Stop by the brewery for dinner and try this with your meal. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is Barrel-Aged Moloko in Woodford Reserve barrels with guajillo peppers. Served in a snifter.

A - Pours black with a chocolate brown head. A tiny small amount of dark chocolate head remains around the rim of the glass.

S - Chocolate, cream, complex peppery awesomeness that's hard to describe. Really has a huge pepper nose that's so different...never had anything like this one. Must smell to experience.

T - Hot, spicy, peppery goodness mixed with some rich cremy chocolate. It's kinda like when you eat some peppers and drink milk to cool it off...pretty unique.

M - Rich and smooth. Creamy, medium bodied.

D - Prob only one or two and I'm done.

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Conquistador De La Muerte (Bourbon) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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