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

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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
Ratings:
150
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
Wants:
510
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MarkFy
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of unclejazz
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to kawilliams81 for the bottle share! Thanks kent!

bottle number 076 of 484.

Poured into a snifter and drinking this side by side with Rare BCBS!

Reviewed from notes taken on 2/23/2013.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a cap of brown head. Drops to a thin ring of brown head. Its a glass staining neer just like the brandy vanilla BA DL that we just drank.

Smell: This beer honestly smells exactly like BCBS Rare, but it has more wood notes. Some noticable smokiness too.

Taste: Dark chocolates and cocoa. Mellow bourbon, vanilla, oaky, tobacco. Hint of coconut. Lingering oaky finish. A touch of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Super smooth big beer. Thick and chewy. Well hidden ABV.

Overall: This beer is just as good as Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord and identical to BCBS Rare. The only thing that is differenct between Rare and PvW BA DL is that Rare has a much more noticable coconut profile in the taste. What an awesome night to be able to try this beer out!

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Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Hessian257
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No head present. Stainy alcohol legs. Dark brown body, lighter hues around the edges.

Boner inducing aroma. Pappy smell we've grown(?) to love.

Roasty chocolate bourbon booze, unmuddled though. Matches it's abv as a boozy presence.

Thick chewy mouthfeel, fun! Low but adequate carbonation.

Very good BA stout, top tier. Drinking side by side with Rare and I don't see a big difference...so whatever that means. Thanks for the share kawilliams81!

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Photo of Azrael
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Dennoman
4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Incredibly generous share by Matt at Borefts Beer Festival. Was lucky enough to have the last sip in the bottle. A happy scavenger thanks you for the scraps, Matt and Thijs! Bottle 175/484, still proudly sitting on my mantlepiece now. Poured into a De Molen tasting chalice.

A: Appears slightly darker than regular Dark Lord 2011. Still, more reminiscent of a strong porter. Thick, syrupy, dark ruby red fading into black with no legs and no head.

S: Beautiful soft bourbon, dark sugar, vanilla and butterscotch smack you around the head. The booze is nowhere to be found, smells well-balanced but almost clawingly sweet.

T: Not nearly as sweet as regular Dark Lord, so that's a big tick. More balance thanks to the bourbon and oakyness.

M: Imagine drinking maple syrup with the slightest of carbonation. That would be close to this.

O: Shows great improvement over regular Dark Lord 2011, which I hated because it was so clawingly sweet. The oakiness and bourbon from the barrel cut through the syrupy base brew beautifully, but don't go thinking this beer is anywhere near balanced as a stout. The other flavors do seem to come through a little bit more thanks to the barrel aging process, which does wonders to some beers and Dark Lord is one of them. Great stuff.

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Photo of Brabander
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers you should try to drink. I had the opportunity to drink this one @ the Borefts beerfestival 2012 in Bodegraven, the Netherlands. My all time American beerbuddy Matt Rooney who lives in Antwerps saved this bottle quit some time for me so that we could drink it at special moment, Borefts was the place to be.

I was at the friday sessions when (later in the evening) Matt came to my table with this bottle. Served in the De Molen tasting glass this beer had some problems to present itself. The fluid was a bit too cold so we had to warm it up for a while. After the fluid warmed up the smell got extremely good. Rich in the nose with the bourbon complexity. Boozy and warm. Boy this was one hell of a treat! Thanks again Matt for making this possible! At the table where i sat were some Spanish beerlovers who got a small pour out of this bottle. I dont think they will ever get a more epic beer than this one...

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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 112 opened by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very viscous black with almost no head. Sits heavy in the glass, very thick.
S: Smells a lot like DL (soy sauce, licorice, super sugary sweet) but with hints of buttery Pappy and not as much hot alcohol vapor.
T: Boozy, tastes like the nose, basically DL mellowed out by the bourbon barrel. Buttery Pappy is strong along with flavors of rich chocolate, caramel, tons of sweet sugar, licorice and a bit of soy. Finish is warming. Pappy doesn’t come through as much as Eclipse or Rare. Still sweet but the barrel mellowed it some.
M: Extremely viscous and sweet, thick bodied, thick mouth. Smooth carb, warming alcohol.
O: Just a meaty beast of a beer. Too sweet for me to love (this is still DL after all) but it’s a definite improvement on the original, and a great beer if you love Pappy (who doesn’t). Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.98/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Huge thanks to Jeff for sharing this rarity. Pours a pitch black with almost no light coming through. No head. No lacing. Leaves some small legs on the glass when swirled. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, soy sauce, plum, cherry, sugar, caramel, and a bit of oak. The taste is sweet. Really sweet. There's bourbon, vanilla, oak, soy sauce, plum, roastiness, and a bit of cherry. The finish has a decent amount of alcohol and a lingering soy sauce flavor as well as a bit of bourbon. Full bodied and viscous. Close to no carbonation. This is certainly better than the regular version of Dark Lord, but is still not a great beer. It's still cloyingly sweet and has a decent amount of unpleasant soy sauce.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 388/484 into a CBS snifter

A - Pours pitch black with essentially no head, just a very thin collar. No lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma, and quite boozy as well. There is a sweetness to the chocolate aromas, and some nice dark fruits as well. The booziness knocks this one down a bit.

T - Chocolate and bourbon. A bit sweet, but really enjoyable. The bourbon has a bit of bite to it, but it mostly works well here. Also some nice dark fruits in the taste.

M - Very full mouthfeel, a bit viscous. Some sticky sweetness throughout, but quite smooth all around. A bit of numbing alcohol.

O - We had this side by side with Rare, and this is a bit rougher by comparison. It is also younger, but I don't think more time in the bottle will generate the same level of smoothness. Not a bad thing, and what I would expect from FFF: a big, somewhat aggressive, use of PvW barrels that yields a tasty BA stout.

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Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed bottle, 470/484, served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks Dan (danielnovak3) for the share.

A: Pour like motor oil. A thin tan head forms on the pour but it recedes quickly to a thin ring. No lace is left, but big sticky legs are present.

S: Sweet, sweet pappy. I haven't smelt a pappy presence this good since Rare BCBS. Light oak with some great roasted malts. Subtle dark fruit flavors with some toasted marshmallow and semi-bitter chocolate.

T: Nice pappy bourbon up front, but it quickly gives way to some toasted marshmallow and vanilla from the barrel. Mild oak, roasted malts and light dark chocolate.

M: Chewy and viscous with a relatively low carbonation level, but it creates a nice silky and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

O: The pappy is a great addition to this beer, but I feel like it should have sat in the barrel longer to add just a little more depth in flavor. Not my favorite of the BA DL versions.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to jim for providing this gem.
bottle #049 / 484

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - smells pretty boozy, but just right. leads with the pappy bourbon...very smooth booziness.

t - dark chocolate soaking in pappy bourbon. fantastic. super boozy, but for a booziness you simply can't beat it. really leads with the pappy with the dark lord sitting in the back ground. the 2012 bourbon is better integrated mix, but in this case, it is probably better to lead with the booze since the booze is so tasty.

m - this one has a bite. a bite of awesomeness.

o - overall, impressive. i expected this one to be great, but i did not really believe that it would be this good. don't get me wrong, the heat is on for this beer, but the booze is just sooo good that you can't complain that it is so forward. a totally different animal than the 2012 bourbon which is a killer in its own right.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 49/484 into a snifter. From notes.

Appearance is same as the others. Not much to see but big, bad-ass legs.

The aroma of Pappy is unmistakable here. Super bourbon forward mixed with hints of fig, plum, prune, chocolate, molasses. Sharp but balanced. Very aromatic.

Sweet chocolate, plum, fudge, molasses, sweet soy sauce, and big bourbon notes smooth this one over. Sweet, chocolate and syrup finish. Tasty!

Same feel as the others. Surprisingly, this one isn't too harsh going down considering the overall nose and taste.

Definitely one of the better Pappy beers out there as it displays the barrel aging impressively without covering the subtleties of the other flavors.

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Photo of brystmar
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whales! Thanks Jim.

Pungent bourbon in the nose, so much Pappy. The Bourbon DL '12 opened alongside simply cannot compare. I'm not a bourbon fanboy, but the Pappy is clearly superior.

Dark fruits, roasty, mildly sweet. All overshadowed by the bourbon, however, and while that's usually a fault, the Pappy somehow makes it work nicely. If you read my reviews, I rarely enjoy bourbon-forward flavor profiles as dominant as this, but it definitely works here.

Was really expecting this one to be more hype than delicious; pleasantly surprised to be wrong.

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Photo of Millyvfloyd
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark as night. Minimal lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, oak and sweet, rich bourbon

T: Perfect bourbon character that complemented the sweet, creamy texture of the base stout. Hints of vanilla and chocolate up front followed by a truly wonderful bourbon flavor. I would have never guessed this beer was 15%. The alcohol was so well hidden behind the complex flavor profile

M: The very little carbonation gave way to a truly exquisite, smooth mouthfeel that coated the palate with a thick, oily stout glaze

O: One of the best beers I have ever had the privilege of trying. I would live inside the bottle if I could. Well done!

Thanks kingkong for sharing!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (Pappy Van Winkle) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.54 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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