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

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89
very good
102 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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