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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
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 aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers.

Added by khumbard on 05-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
34
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of DrunkAl
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of Jenkster4
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of EdwardFortyHands
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CypherAnt
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sampx
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of EROCK75
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of coz
4.99/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chackman151
4.98/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DrippingI
4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Hopbully
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Dactrius
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
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?

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Photo of Beertracker
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #22/165 (2011) - Served lightly chilled 55-60°F into a FFF Teku. Bottle crown opens with a light release of pressure. This Dark Lord variant pours up with a modest effervescence creating a low, but sustainable tannish-light brown head that nicely rings the glass above the deep garnet black-nearly opaque body. Retention is okay, but the head dissipates quickly after the first sip. Amazing herb/spice (earhy) character from the Ancho chilis with the Guajillo peppers taking more of a subordinate roll. The flavor starts off a bit cloying, but is quickly managed by a moderate bitterness that creates balance along with a bittersweet chocolate character in the burnt honey finish that's intermingled with a light but discernible warmth from the Guajillo chilis. Surprisingly balanced. I know a few who "bashed" this beer when it was young and all I have to say to them is that, "patience is a virtue." I'm glad I had the opportunity to claim a golden ticket & purchase this bad boy. Cheers!

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rihup
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of khumbard
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #90/165, after a 07-11 regular DL vertical into an oversized snifter.

A - Pours very similar to the 10 DL, as expected. Thick, viscous, dark. Subtle carbonation, but on the low side.

S - The nose is where this one really shines. Definite chili peppers, followed by bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and the dark lord sweetness. Very nice.

T - This is very similar to the 'standard' BA Dark Lord. Big time bourbon, oak flavors. Followed by chocolate, roast, and a heavy DL sweetness. It does finish with some slight chili heat, but I was kind of hoping for more chili flavor and heat. It is very good, but if they were going for chili heat, it's definitely on the lighter side.

M - Normal dark lord thickness, light carbonation. Lingers, coating the tongue and palate. Good stuff.

O - Overall, if you take out rarity and hype... this is an excellent beer. I was hoping for some more chili flavor and heat, but it is still there. Any BA Dark Lord is a true treat, and this one does not disappoint. Excellent beer that I may have gone in with my hopes a little too high. I would love to try the other variants, and can't wait until the next DLD to get some more BA and VB Dark Lord.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow Lion - 2011 BA Dark Lord Voltron Tasting, 07/15/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with no head and slim chestnut highlights. Good color, but looks totally still.

Smell -- Mmm. Lots of smoked ancho chile spice, bourbon sweetness, chocolate, roast malt, faint coffee, and dark fruit.

Taste -- Amazing chile flavor, and completely unlike any other I've had: all flavorful/aromatic piquant smokiness with only a small amount of heat keeping things lively. With the chile comes dark fruit, hints of cafe mocha, and sweet velvety bourbon.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly thick with milder carbonation. Some bourbon heat, plus some ancho spiciness. Almost perfect.

Overall -- I'm stunned that this is rated so low. This makes every other chile-infused imperial stout seem like a ham-fisted first attempt at the concept. Perfect marriage of soft smoky heat and the rich malty Dark Lord base. This is the barrel-aged Dark Lord I'd most like to revisit. Great stuff!

However, this is not a beer to let warm up. As it neared room temperature the complexity lowered and it began to taste the way PetsMart smells. Gross. Still, it was amazing up until that point!

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Photo of cpmichael
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #90 out of 165, poured into a medium cigar city snifter. Bottle split 4 ways.

A: Pours as a normal DL, thick, dark and black. Little to no carbonation and no head to speak of.

S: The most noticeable difference of this beer from regular DL is the nose. The chilies are very present in the nose. Also, it seems to be very chocolaty too. The usual raisins, bourbon and vanilla show themselves too.

T: Unlike the nose, the chili presence is very muted. It is there, but not as in your face as the nose would suggest. Instead, the chilies give way to an almost peppery (salt and pepper) flavor. The bourbon and oak dominate the flavor of this beer. Bakers chocolate and raisins round the flavor of this beer out.

M: It is thick, syrupy and very sweet, with little to no carbonation and a thick body. The chilies subdue the alcohol burn, and create a minor chili heat to the beer.

Overall: Based on the beer alone, this was a great beer, make no mistake about it. I was hoping the chilies would be more evident in the beer, but instead it was more mild. Would I rather have a bottle of Vanilla Bean DL? Yes. This, to me, was on par with Oak Aged DL. Awesome, great beer, but not my favorite DL. That goes to Vanilla Bean. Either way, glad we got the golden scratch off ticket!

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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