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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
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
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
146
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
34.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 146
Photo of afksports
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of DrunkAl
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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 spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

36th Review
Bottle to snifter.
Bottle 107/165

A huge thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sharing this at our epic DL Variant & Other Ticks Tasting in Chicago! Glad this made it to the table.

L: Burnt cocoa with a bright tint (depending on light). No head whatsoever.

S: Smells like a fresh-cut lawn – very earthy and crisp. Slight hint of chocolate and green pepper, but not in a bad way.

T: The front end of this beer reminds me of a sweet Vidalia onion being roasted in the over. Mid- to back- of the palate was all holistic and earthy overtones; slight touch of hidden cocoa. Not like any other imperial stout I’ve tried, but I think that is what makes it enjoyable. There was a slight hint of pepper in this as the beer warmed; however, not at all what I was expecting.

M: Zero carbonation did not distract from the complexity of this beer. Actually, I really enjoyed the “flat” aspect of it.

O: This beer was very well-rounded. As previously mentioned, not what I was expecting at all based on my preconceived notions of this beer, but that’s how it goes sometimes. The earthy and holistic taste of this beer (start to finish) reminded me of harvesting a garden. The crisp crunch of fresh vegetables could not be removed from my mind while enjoying this beer. I will note that as this beer warmed up, it became overpoweringly bad (smell and taste), but it was very tasty when consumed at proper serving temperature.

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Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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 iadler
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Florida9 for bring this over to the tasting. Second DL variant we tasted. Poured into my snifter. Bottle #107/165.

A- Pours a typical DL with practically no head. After swirling a few times, not even a small head appears.

S- Very earthy with grass, wood, toffee, burnt caramel, some roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate. No sign of the peppers.

T- Peppers are much more noticeable in the taste with cooked chili's that have some char on them, smoke, grass, wood and some sweet booze. The peppers aren't spicy at all, which was a bit surprising.

M- Medium body and very low carbonation. Finishes sweet with the chili's and a bit of booze.

O- I was expecting this to be terrible, and while it wasn't my favorite DL variant, it still was interesting with the peppers being noticeable but not overpowering. I do recommend drinking it cold as the peppers became more powerful as it warmed and the aroma became very vegetal.

Thanks again Kirk!

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Photo of Fux
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutFest
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of khumbard
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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 cpmichael
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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 RodneyX
2.04/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

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Photo of DrippingI
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
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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