Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #283
ABV:
15%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,709
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 15.89%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
187
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
Notes: Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers.
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Rristow from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. 2017 version. Pours Black with beige head. Aroma of cocoa, lot of pepper, some sweet molasses. Surprisingly not overpowering pepper which was nice. You get the vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, caramel and toffee as well. Very nice variant.

Jun 24, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Shiny black with a fuzzy, swirling mocha film and thick collar.

I'm getting loads of green pepper with a chipotle pepper roast and stinging heat that really kicks up on the way down. I also taste a savory SpaghettiOs flavor that's just as weird as that sounds.

I've heard all kinds of praise for Muerte, so I came into this with moderate expectations of something like Mexican Cake or Oro Negro. But the pepper takes full control and it's neither a mole-inspired Stout, nor is it even a minimal semblance of its base.

This review was originally based off of a short pour of the black waxed 2016 vintage, but I've since opened my 2017 green wax bottle mid November 2018 and unfortunately find very little of note to change about it. A beer that brings all the subtly of chipotle in adobo sauce is a tough nut to swallow. Luckily I had about 10 other lucky souls to split this with!

May 24, 2018
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 - Barrel only takes a slight edge off the sweetness of Dark Lord. Tons for normal DL flavors with raisins, prunes, coffee, sugar, and a bit of pepper. Most of the pepper comes through in a slight burn hanging in the back of the mouth/throat. Not terribly remarkable.

Feb 21, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage

Black color tan head. Spicy peppers, fudge and chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Dessert like. Thick. The peppers build as you drink it. Syrupy with molasses. A very fine beer.

2016 vintage

Very similar to 2017. Les peppers in the nose, but they followed through in the taste nicely. More of a smoked pepper flavor. Very spicy and very well done. Lots of bourbon, oak, and fudge.

Nov 20, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, yellow session. Starts with rum and continues sweet and sticky. Brown sugar, habanero peppers, medium heat, not too sweet or cloying.

May 23, 2017
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OleBruin from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle version (yellow wax). Been cellaring this one for a bit. Mincemeat pie! Pepper and raisin on the nose. Low carbonation. Sweet, sticky tongue coat. If you still have this (like me), share with at least 3 friends.

Apr 14, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer was pitch black with little noted carbonation

Smell - The spice is noticeable, but is muted by the wall of Dark Lord.

Taste - At the front is thick syrupy chocolate. The next layer seems to be raisin juice. The spice is there, but mostly to leave a trail of burn in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- In the Dark Lord way, this is very thick.

Overall- I expected to like this one more because of the spice. It is a weird combination of flavors.

Mar 05, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2013 vintage muerte. Pours really dark with a big boozy aroma. Flavor is boozy, a little sweet and a really nice smooth version of dark lord. Has a lot of heat in the finish from the chilies. This has retained a lot of heat for being three years old. This would be great if it wasn't so hot but still a really delicious beer.

May 06, 2016
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at DLD 16. Thick and dark just like all DL. Smell is typical Dark Lord umami with a nice note from the peppers. It smells like guajillo; not sure why so many people get green peppers out of it. Taste is really sweet as always but the chiles do a great job of cutting through the sweetness. Definitely love the peppers in this beer and it's the perfect amount of heat. Outstanding. I'm a weirdo for thinking BBDL is better than BVDL but I might prefer this over BVDL as well. Anyone want to give me a pour of BVDL so I can make up my mind?

May 01, 2016
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Fux from France

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the 2011 vintage. Opened side by side with all other variants from the same year.
A: Dark, no head.
S: Strong pepper dominates the scene but with also strong raspberries scents and chocolate. Very surprising, powerful nose. Bourbon is there but somehow subdued, hidden behind the strong pepper.
T: Taste is balanced between chocolate, green pepper and subdued fruits flavors (cherry and raspberry mainly). The hotness is actually really low (it may be gone), which makes this highly drinkable.
M: Heavy mouthfeel, quite sticky, still drinkable.
O:Very surprised and pleased by this beer. This is far better than anticipated and highly drinkable for what it is. The fact that it's not hot anymore probably helps a lot. The balance and the fruitness in this beer are what I appreciated the most.

Nov 07, 2015
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DrunkAl from Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Numerous bottles of all vintages. This is a spicy beer. People complain that it's spicy. That's like complaining a double IPA is hoppy. It is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. And by that I mean it is both insanely spicy and insanely sweet (as you would expect from dark lord) unlike some of the other variants the sweetness compliments the adjuncts perfectly. I love this stuff.

Aug 29, 2015
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DrippingI from Indiana

4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle; had a bottle share in Indianapolis. Out of the entire share, there were two beers that I loved the most: Toppling Goliath's Assassin and this.

With a thick, rich milk chocolate river cascading over each taste bud, it carries with it a light layer of heat from the peppers and a rowboat of vanilla & bourbon floating on top. This is my first time having a Dark Lord variant and it is no wonder why they are so sought after.

Jul 31, 2015
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into FFF Teku, consumed during our chili beer tasting a couple months ago. Split 5 ways, reviewed from notes, consumed right after '12 Cognac de Muerte during our chili beer tasting. Thanks Corbet for the bottle.

Bottle #128.

A- Pours pitch black, like the Cognac de Muerte almost no head to speak of, still top and pretty much no lacing except some oily alcohol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, chilies, balanced bourbon, vanilla, a light booziness. Much more balanced and refined then the Cognac de Muerte.

T- Sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, oak, finishes with balanced chili heat, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Again much more balanced then Cognac de Muerte with a nice sweetness from the bourbon and the chilies being well integrated.

M- Some light burning alcohol heat but very smooth for 15%, low carbonation fitting for the abv.

O- The '13 de Muerte was definitely a big improvement over the previous vintages. Three Floyds definitely improved upon the beer integrating the chilies very nicely while still letting the characteristics of Dark Lord shine. While I still might prefer some of the other BA Dark Lord variants, this beer was definitely a pleasure to have and I'm glad I sought it out despite the low bottle count.

Nov 27, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml orange waxed bottle poured in a FFF mini snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a viscous, oily black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some small splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Light bourbon with oak. Roasted malts, a little soy with some chocolate and pepper flesh. Minimal heat with some caramel sweetness.

T: Notes of chocolate and bourbon up front with a nice vanilla and oak barrel sweetness cutting through the middle. The chili pepper flesh comes through on the finish with a slight heat to cut down on some of the sweetness imparted by the barrel and the base beer.

M: Thick and oily. Heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Sweet with some heat on the finish.

O: Very good and the best De Muerte varation. The chili pepper had a nice flesh and heat to it with out being grassy or vegetal. One of the better beers of the voltron.

Sep 01, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle. #110/417.

Appearance - Black. Back to no head.

Smell - Peppers are quite strong. Chocolate. The peppers are very green.

Taste - Chocolate. Very sweet, but the peppers build. Green peppers. I get a little bit of bourbon and vanilla, but peppers is strongest.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet, like the others, but the pepper really cuts the sugar.

Overall - This tastes better than the others. It smells like all peppers, but it's actually pretty enjoyable.

Jul 02, 2013
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StoutFest from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

*2013 Edition 417 bottle release

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color. No head on this one even when poured aggressively or agitated in glass. Less oily lacing than base beer or other variants.

S: Chili dominant nose with notes of spicy vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar.

T: At first you taste peppers with no heat. Just an earthy vegetable flavor. Next up is dark fruit note flavors from the base beer. Consisting of raisins, figs, and black cherries. The sweetness we all know in Dark Lord kicks in. It's a different kind of sweet. Flavors are of cinnamon gingerbread cookies. Barrel flavor and spice kicks in. Spicy flavors taste like complex mole made from scratch with Mexican chocolate, piloncillo, and sun dried guajillo peppers, with a touch of tamarind. Finishes with a slick spicy kick of bourbon and mild chili.

M: Is slick and medium bodied. Soft carbonation despite being and looking flat.

O: Not as much bourbon or chili heat as one would think. Pretty smooth and drinkable overall for what it is. Less sweet and spicy than Cognac de Muerte. The Cognac had more of a powdered chili sort of flavor than an earthy one. Way better than the 2011 Bourbon de Muerte that got weird as it warmed up. Best of the Muerte series so far. Enjoyed it better than Bourbon or Whiskey Hunah.

May 03, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared during NWI tasting night of all 2011 BA DL's

A - Dark chocolate brown with a golden overtone around the edges. Not much of a head as it only leaves small bubbles on the sides. As the beer swirls in my glass, I can tell it's going to be a thick one as it leaves lots of residue on the sides

S - It smells slightly vegetal, sort of like green peppers and a bit like dirt. This is mixed in with slight chocolate and vanilla that we get in all of the other BA DL's. The green pepper vegetal aspect just make this seem off as the nose doesn't blend well together at all

T - Up front this is dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla. You get some slight heat from the chili as well as some of the vegetal aspects that I picked up in the nose. Overall, this tastes much better than it smells but not nearly as good as the other BA DL's. The finish has very slight heat from the peppers as well as some oak from the barrell.

MF - Smooth body while drinking it. It is another bit thick and sticky DL that leaves a slight sticky residue while drinking. Additionally, you get a slight vegetal coating on the tongue

O - By far the worst of the BA DLs. There is still lots of vanilla and caramel that I get in the other ones but the peppers just throw this one off. There is only a small bit of heat from the peppers but they produce more off vegetal flavors than anything else.

Mar 03, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to josh for providing this gem.
bottle #122 / 165

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - spicy pepper on dark lord. really tickles my nose.

t - spicy dark lord. i can dig it. nice, but the spiciness is odd here, not as well integrated as the spiciness of say a hunahpu. the spiciness isn't all that intense. the cognac de muerte on the other hand had my mouth smoking and i was not a fan of that.

m - leaves some spiciness in the mouth.

o - overall, this is a spicy dark lord. pretty good, but i'd probably rather just a regular dark lord.

Aug 05, 2012
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 122/165 into a snifter. From notes.

Same appearance as the other Dark Lords.

Booze, chocolate, fudge sweetness in the nose. Some mellow spiciness lingers in the background. Quite nice actually.

Chocolate, fudge, prunes, plum, and a slight metallic taste. Spiciness comes out a touch at the end but overall is just very mellow. Decent.

Same feel as the others. A slightly accented finish.

Not sure why this beer gets so much hate. The chilies are all but gone at this point but what remains is still a decent beer with a mellow kick at the end. Worth a try and I'm glad to have had the opportunity.

Jul 30, 2012
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brystmar from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Josh traded too much for this. Thanks, buddy! Bottle 112/165.

Chiles have (surprisingly) subsided from the aroma and taste. Sweet and boozy in the aroma with peppers bringing up the rear. Much more pepper in the smell than the taste, though that aroma intensifies as it warms.

Chiles creep forward but get pummeled by the roast and sweetness. Peppers warm my throat as I swallow, integrating well with the booze. Surprisingly fruity with plums & dark fruits showing themselves midway through. Really wasn't expecting to like this, but I must admit it's quite good! De Muerte is drinking quite nicely right now -- definitely better than '11 Brandy.

Jul 28, 2012
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afksports from New York

4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I just posted a trade for it, I thought it was high time I post my review of this bottle. From notes back in September '11.

Appearance is black with brown edges, no head. Typical bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. No edges sticking to the glass. Smells of rich chocolate and dark fruits, the spice is there in the nose, but it's more of a suggestion than a whopper. The taste is lovely chile balance, with sugar and chocolate. Sweet with a big of coffee. It's balanced, the bourbon isn't loverly done, but it's present and influences the heat of regular DL, and combines with the chiles. It's a new type of vanilla/chile/bourbon heat that I thought was really beautiful. Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than DL '11 that we had side by side with it, but that helped smooth it out. Very smooth drinker.

Thought I was going to hate it, wound up loving it. Drinkable and good. Glad to have tried it with the crew.

Jun 22, 2012
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RodneyX from Missouri

2.04/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer looks slightly more dead than normal DL but it's fine. There is a small brown head that has some good legs. It smells like Dark Lord but there's also some oxidation and a bit of grassy chili or something. The taste is quite bad. It tastes like dirt and grass in Dark Lord, actually quite bad. The mouthfeel is fine, but the beer overall is quite pour. Probably good this is the rarest one, because it's not a good beer.

Mar 04, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fromm 01/14/12 notes. Tried it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. Personally this was my least favorite of the five beers. Bottle 46/165. Big thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks Brad!

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the normal version and all the other variants.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, light spices, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. Nose is nice but I think the peppers made it a tiny bit spicey and muted.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, spices, peppers, alcohol, oak, dark chocolate, toasted malts. Again, very nice but nowhere near the others. A tiny bit spicier than the nose.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty great.

o - Overall I thought this was the "worst" Dark Lord, which still made it better than a lot of beers. I'd rather have a normal DL or any variant than this one though, so not really worth seeking out considering the rarity.

Jan 18, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 46/165 -- served in a Dark Lord snifter because I could. Beer is dark brown, nice dark brown thin haloed head taht leaves little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, mildly liquor, mildly spice, I don't pick out specific peppers but it is good smelling.

Here are the peppers, beer is medium in body and thins out at the end, the peppers appear as a sort of late "heat" --- almost mistake-able as liquor but it is pretty distinctive as this subtle smoky spice of a nice roasted chili. Yum, I really enjoyed this one.

Jan 15, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.

Bottle 46/165

The beer appears dark brown, nearing black, with minimal head. The aroma brings some roast, peppery spices, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Great flavor! Peppers are well integrated - bold but but not overpowering. A fabulous beer. Sweet but not too. Low carbonation and silky smooth on the palate. Another terrific variant of a world class stout. Highly recommended.

Jan 15, 2012
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