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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

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

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

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 144
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served with the other versions and 2004-2011.

A: Black, very light carbonation.

S: Mexican chocolate. Light spice and quite sweet.

T: An odd spicy flavor that is hard to pinpoint. It integrates well with the Dark Lord sweetness. I really enjoy this.

M: Just like the others - very thick mouthfeel with light carbonation.

O: Very interesting. The spice adds to the Dark Lord flavor very well. While not as good as the PVW or BrV, this was quite good.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2


Thanks Mike! Tried next to all four Barrel Aged Dark Lord iterations and the regular 2010 batch.

A: Black and viscous with a dark brown head.

S: Chocolate and brown sugar are prevalent, with underlying molasses and oak. There's a big harsh chili aroma that overwhelms the more pleasant notes. Smells a bit strange, sort of like grass and earth with a tanginess.

T: Sweet brown sugar and chocolate with strange chili notes that detract. Molasses and oak are evident. I'm not liking these chilies at all. They provide very little spiciness and quite a lot of unpleasant vegetal flavor.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: Hands down the worst of the bunch. Not recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this bottle to our 2011 BA Dark Lord tasting at Sean's place. Bottle #16/165.

It pours dark and thick like all of the Dark Lords. The aroma was a bit of a let-down. Just not enough peppers for me, I really like chili pepper stouts but this one didn't come through in a noticeable way. As the beer warms the peppers do become more pronounced, which I appreciated, but they smelled kind of green.

Very little pepper in the flavor, which was a shame as that was why I bought this bottle with my winning ticket. Even so it doesn't taste bad, it had bourbon barrel aging and Dark Lord base, not bad at all. I'm saddened to say this was my least favorite of the bunch, and that seemed to be a unanimous opinion from the others. It could have been so much more, I prefer Hunahpu style to Muerte Dark Lord.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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 jale
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Eric(turdfurgison)

A: Pours black with a dime of brown head.

S: Chillo peppers, chocolate, bourbon and roasted coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, chilli peppers and some soy sauce. The soy is'nt present all the time, just once and gone. Not as boozy as expected.

M: Thick body.

O: My least favorite of the variants.

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Photo of largadeer
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Eric.

Same appearance as other Dark Lord variants: black, viscous, moderately carbonated without much head retention. Very leggy when swirled.

Loads of bourbon and vanilla on the nose, along with a very strong vegetal note from the peppers that becomes unpleasant once the beer warms up. Molasses, chocolate, salad, grass clippings. Pretty weird, I wonder how long this sat on peppers?

Sweet and plenty bourbony, it's much like the other barrel aged Dark Lord variants, only with a very up-front and very vegetal pepper character. Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, drying oak. Not much heat from the peppers, but a ton of grassiness that becomes a bit gross after a while. Viscous, almost syrupy but thankfully not cloying, with little noticeable alcohol.

This was by far my least favorite of all the barrel aged Dark Lords. I'd suggest drinking it very cold; the peppers come out way too much when it warms up.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to Eric aka TurdFurgison for sharing this and making it my milestone #1000th review. That's THREE (J&J Blauw, Double Black, and this) for him. Bottle #16 of #165.

A - It looks like dark lord. Black beer with a brown head. Nothing really left on the sides.

S - I don't really like the smell of this. Peppers are really green and quite dominating. There is the underlying Dark Lord beer there, but the peppers are really just pushing everything else out of the way.

T - Wow, tastes like Dark Lord with some grass clippings in this. I liked the three other variants, but this is hard for me to get down. I like a good chili pepper beer, but the peppers in this are so raw and green, it's like drinking grass with my Dark Lord. You can still pick out the chocolate, espresso, molasses and other goodness, but it's kind of wrecked by the peppers. As much as I like Dark Lord, this is one version I would pass on if offered.

M - Same as the others, rich, velvety, smooth, full bodied.

O - A horrible disappointment. I was kicking my drunk self at DLD for grabbing the PVW version as opposed to the much rarer version of this. In hindsight, definitely made the right call, don't like this beer enough to drink more of it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for sharing this one at Sean's Birthday Party. Bottle #16 of 165. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Somewhere between the brandy and brandy vanilla versions in terms of head size and lace. Otherwise pretty much the same.

S - Smells a lot like Conquistador De Muerte, right down to the blend of green chilis and earthy bourbon and roasted grains. As it warms up the peppers get a bit overwhelming, but at cellar temperature this is superb stuff.

T - Taste has less overt pepper and chili flavor than the aroma, but unfortunately reminds me of regular Oak-Aged Dark Lord (instead of the Pappy version). Not nearly a smooth as the other variants, and with a peppery bite to the finish. Still, I'd never guess it was 15%+, and there's plenty to like from the oak, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and bourbon flavors.

M - Pretty low carbonation, and this is unsurprisingly sticky, viscous, and full-bodied. Some light warmth in the finish, but otherwise the alcohol is very well-hidden, particularly as this must approach 16-17 after the barrel-aging. Not much chili heat.

D - While it's the rarest of the barrel-aged Dark Lords, it is unfortunately the least successful. That being said, it's still a pretty tasty beer that I'd gladly have again if offered. Just don't let it get too warm, or all you'll smell is green peppers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #16/165. Big thanks to TurdFurgison for contributing this one. Consumed at Sean's 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours black with a thin mocha head and some spotty lacing on the way down. A few bubbles on top. When cold-ish, the chilies really came out above everything else. The chile character is far different from Hunahpu's, and almost resembled the green chilies that come in a can. As it warmed, other characteristics came out and the chile character was more subdued and blended better. Also there was a good amount of chocolate and some light bourbon.

The flavor carried the chilies and bourbon pretty well. Neither was too dominant over the base beer, though I wouldn't say that they integrated particularly well either. The chile character coming through just didn't mesh too well. It seems more like an issue with the actual chilies used than the level used in the beer. As it warmed, the flavor got better. Moderate bourbon and chocolate combined with the chile character, though never enough of the former two.

Light heat in the finish, though not too much at all. Creamy and full-bodied with low carbonation. Unlike the others barrel-aged varieties, there really wasn't too much heat at all in this one. Overall, this one was a bit of a letdown and wasn't nearly as tasty as Hunahpu's or the other DL varieties. Definitely my least-favorite of the bunch.


01.14.2012: This beer has gotten MUCH, MUCH better over time. The chiles have faded substantially and now just leave a slight heat. Good bourbon in the background, along with some smooth chocolate, espresso, and light roast. Scores changed way upward.

Original scores: 4.0 / 3.0 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 3.0

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Photo of Sean9689
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle #16/165 (I think) generously shared by TurdFurgison at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Thanks, Eric! Poured into a taster.

A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, quick vanishing mocha-colored head, slight thin collar, no bubbles or whisps.

S - Chocolate covered chilies. The chilies aren't over done and well-integrated into the base beer. There's some oak, molasses, and slight dark fruit notes in there too.

T - Chocolate covered chilies but less when compared to the nose. Also well-integrated and as the beer warms, the chilies start to show themselves even more. Lots of oak, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, molasses.

M - Full, rich, smooth, slight carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I think I'd take a Hunahpu's over this beer, although I still did enjoy this one. The chilies are really wonderful on the nose are just slightly there on the palate, which is probably for the best. Enjoyable, would def have again.

Edit: Opened another bottle on 08/12/11 and it was even worse. I have adjusted my scores to reflect. Not recommended anymore. Do not drink warm!

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Photo of cpmichael
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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 khumbard
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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