Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)
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From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
15%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.64 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
99
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 22, 2022
Added:
Jun 25, 2011
Wants:
  508
Gots:
  35
SCORE
100
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)
Notes: The 2011 bottled vintage of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord was aged exclusively in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. All draft and other bottle vintages (2006 swing-tops, 2012 bottles) should be reviewed here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26/30184
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Rated: 4.11 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by t2grogan from Arizona

May 10, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by YvesB from Belgium

Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Egotist from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L: Look deep black with little to no head retention. Sticks to the sides of the glass as you twirl it.
S: Deep rich wood, whiskey, dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, so much going on. Fantastic!
T: Same rich flavors as the nose with the exception of the dark fruit. Tons of barrel, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and whiskey. Almost a perfect five.
F: Thick and sticky. Coats your mouth and lingers.
O: This beer is on the level with 2010 Rare, Yellow Wax Assassin, and other greats from the non-adjunct world.
May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.78 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.27 by WTKeene from New Mexico

May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by Hawkfish from Washington

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.94 by mystikyle71 from New York

Apr 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Abbbp from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
How a 4 year old + bottle can stand up to the test of time like this is beyond me. Warning, My entire tasting group though readily agreed that the barrel is exclusively carrying this beer's greatness, but that is all that is left.

I wouldn't recommend trading what it takes or paying what it costs but I am glad that I got to tick this beer. #899
Dec 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.87 by Shawner from Minnesota

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Fux from France

4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Side by side with regular '10 Dark Lord and all three other variants from 2011. Thanks Chris for letting this happen!
A: Black, no head, your typical Dark Lord.
S: Smell is reminiscent of the base beer but without the cloying sweetness and soy sauce combo I particularly dislike in this beer. Vanilla, smokiness, molasses, dark fruits, soaked cherry and loads of bourbon goodness. A bit of booze but nothing disturbing.
T: Taste is mainly focused on cocoa and vanilla, tons of it! Bourbon, slight alcohol warm, some coconut. Complex, warming. Finishes quite bitter. No soy sauce whatsoever which is great. Kind of sweet but well balanced with a long lasting, deep complexity.
M: Quite sticky, still drinkable. Heavy mouthfeel, a sipper.
O: Very different from the base beer. The Pappy van Winkle barrel did wonders there. It sure is way better, more balanced and more complex. I'm not sure if I like it better than the '12 bourbon barrel aged variant but it is at least on par, which is saying a lot!
Nov 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois

Sep 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by emerge077 from Illinois

Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Resuin from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours black with almost no head. Smell is big oak, dark chocolate, dark fruits, marshmallow. Really fudgy taste, oak, marshmallow, a tiny hint of oxidation. Nice slick, thick, chewy body. This one's drinking so well right now.
Aug 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.84 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by rwf08 from Texas

May 03, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by rightcoast7 from Maine

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.44 by mxracercam from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.89 by jloomis from Florida

Dec 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.6 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by kif from Illinois

Nov 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by zestar from California

Aug 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by Mbrown44 from Delaware

Jun 02, 2014
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Reviewed by homebrew311 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Another back logged review. Can't believe I never added this one! A big thanks to Mike for cracking this one (a while back). Appearance is the same as all Dark Lords: opaque, black, thin head, minimal lacing. The nose starts with heavy molasses and brown sugar followed by vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherries, and some port notes. The barrel seems to have really tamed down the intense sweetness of this brew, at least on the nose. The taste is super smooth with the Pappy barrels shining through. Notes of toasted marshmallow, chocolate, cream, vanilla, with an undercurrent of dark fruit. The barrel has done wonders for this brew. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation and heavy on body. Overall, the barrel aging process has elevated this beer significantly and the PVW oozes throughout. Delicious.
May 12, 2014
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Reviewed by orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Review #800!
Big thanks to Justin and Awat for helping to make this one happen. Popped at a random tuesday tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a finger tall head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fudgey brownies, super smooth bourbon, dash of vanilla extract, tobacco, toffee, dark fruits, and some smokey dark malts. The bourbon has just wrapped itself into the fabric of the beer, it smells so incredibly smooth.

T - Starts off with an incredible mix of smooth pappy bourbon and brownie batter sweetness slowly being joined by the vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, tobacco, oak and the smokey dark malts. Finish is sweet but nowhere near the regular version is, only a hint of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. It is still Dark Lord so it is definitely sweet but nowhere near what I expected, the bourbon really helps to cut it down to size.

O - Never thought I would ever see a bottle of this let alone drink it but I am glad we could make it happen because even at this age it is really killer. I still think I like Bourbon Vanilla a bit more but this was totally worth the effort, thanks again guys!
May 07, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Mar 31, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by captainbearcat from Illinois

Mar 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by tsauce2 from Indiana

Mar 15, 2014
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Reviewed by timc100 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
246/484 - enjoyed with a side-car of pappy 20yr

It does not pour as dark some other stouts out there - very dark brown. When in the glass there is absolutely no head or hint of one, dark brown liquor with huge alcohol legs.

The aroma is out of this world. Though I never had it fresh, I imagine that with the 3 years of age it has mellowed out and blended together. It's not bourbon+dark lord, it is a fusion of the two. Huge barrel sweetness of vanilla, marshmallow, sweet tobacco smoke, sweet toffee and some leather. Some soy sauce and dark chocolate come through. Very boozy, but something I really appreciate. As DL is 15% I'm sure this is closer to 17 - has the booziness of a Black Tuesday.

Tastes very sweet and boozy in a great way - many of the barrel notes of vanilla, marshmallow, and toffee/caramel steal the show. The dark lord sweetness definitely comes through and some of that soy sauce, but still very pleasant and all in good balance. Very fitting mouthfeel for these flavors and abv - full, not huge, very slick and kind of sticky.

With the close-to unreal expectations one would have going into this, it is hard to say it lives up to the hype and is that much better than any other world class BA stout, but there is definitely something unique about this. It is truly outstanding, and I hope to try other barrel treatments in the future.
Feb 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by oregonskibum from Oregon

Feb 07, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by kscaldef from Oregon

Feb 03, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Robyn from South Carolina

Jan 01, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by BeerHunter76 from Texas

Nov 11, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Nov 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by BUNZILLA from Indiana

Oct 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by BeRanger from Michigan

Sep 20, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by CityofBals from Illinois

Sep 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by ncaudle from Virginia

Aug 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Benny3000 from Michigan

Aug 18, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 153 ratings