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)
BA SCORE
98.7%
Liked This Beer
4.65 w/ 151 ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HopHead84 on 06-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
151
Liked:
149
Avg:
4.65/5
pDev:
7.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
510
Gots:
35
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of YvesB
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Egotist
4.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WTKeene
4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hawkfish
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mystikyle71
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Abbbp
4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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

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Photo of Shawner
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fux
4.65/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rwf08
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rightcoast7
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mxracercam
4.44/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jloomis
4.89/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kif
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Mbrown44
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of homebrew311
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98.7% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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