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

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
BA SCORE
4/5
170 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,895
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
170
pDev:
16.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
34
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 40
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4/5  rDev 0%

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

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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
2.38/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Raziel313
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
2.64/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8/12/2011

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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%

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2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
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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4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Florida9
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a noticeable viscosity. Forms only the faintest hint of a dark tan "head." Appears flat.

S: Earth and dirt. Chocolate. Wood. There is a slight hint of ancho if you look for it, but the peppers are quite faint (until this beer warms, then the peppers, and some less pleasant aromas, become much more obvious)

T: Earthy. Chocolate. Sweeter than the PVW. Dark roasted malts. The peppers are a bit more noticeable in the flavor, with a slight ancho or pasilla quality, though I would still consider them to be rather subdued. There is absolutely no spice or heat from the peppers.

M: Virtually flat with only a hint of carbonation. Full bodied, but considering the lack of carbonation and the heft of the body, this beer doesn't feel syrupy.

O: Good, but not great, with the peppers apparently adding a dirty, earthy quality to the beer more so than anything in the way of an actual dried pepper flavor. Was really expecting more in that respect. However, this one was better than the other reviews would suggest, though I would agree the flavor and aroma of this beer gets to be a little "off" once it starts to warm.

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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