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)

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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 -

Added by HopHead84 on 06-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 54
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to StayWhatYouAre for sharing this the night before his wedding.

A: Pours jet black and settles to create a mini abyss, although it was poured into a hotel paper cup. Almost no head at all, only a wispy mocha film that disappears quickly.

S: Dark fruit, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, roasted barley, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and booze. Really complex and extremely well balanced aroma. Not overly boozy, roasty, or sweet.

T: Taste is comprised of what comprised the aroma, but the roastiness and coffee come out first with the oak and dark fruit. Transitions to a sweet, fudgey finish with hints of toffee and vanilla. As it warmed, it almost tasted like melted chocolate/fudge ice-cream. However, it wasn't overly sweet. It still had warmth, very subtle bitterness from the coffee, and some roast. Pretty exceptional.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation that coats the tongue and mouth. I really, really enjoy the mouthfeel on this one. Great transition from roastiness to sweetness without overdoing either.

O: I'm not that big of a Dark Lord fan. I find it way too sweet and hot sometimes. However, this is one fantastic variation that blows away the regular version, and many other RISs. Extremely complex but astoundingly balanced. Incredibly smooth with really nice barrel characteristics. Booze was hidden almost complete, which was not expected at all. I absolutely loved this and am grateful for the opportunity to try this one, especially on such a special occasion. Thanks Alex!

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was enjoyed directly after we opened a yellow wax 2011. 5/12/12

A: As dark as night, no light can escape the glass once it enters. The head is typical of other years of dark lord: thin, coffee brown, and dissipates quickly

S: The sweetness that overwhelms in this 2011 year has been subdued and replaced with a gorgeous hint of bourbon. The fruity and molasses tones exist, but the pappy steals the show.

T: It starts out exactly like it smells. The sweet fruit and molasses is just toned down to where the coffee and bits of chocolate come out as well - a wonderful combination. As great as this is, it is simply your second favorite band in the world opening for your favorite band in the world. Very quickly the pappy van winkle takes over and just steals the entire show. It is not boozy or overdone in anyway.

M: Way more viscous than other standard stouts and even some other famous RISs. It's great though! It coats your mouth and throat with an amazing bourbon aftertaste. Between sips, are comforting breaths of pappy van winkle, reminding you why $50 was worth every penny of this glass.

O: This beer officially makes it into my personal list of "greatest things I have ever put in my mouth". It's a beer that is so good, it makes you rethink your religious or spiritual beliefs. If you think i'm being sensational - you probably haven't tried this stuff yet. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 388/484. Thanks to warnerry for sharing.

A- Pours an absolutely pitch oily black with a tiny splotchy brown head. Looks absolutely beautiful and menacing. With a bit more head this would be perfect.

S- Smoke, coffee, blackberries, vanilla, maple syrup, and alcohol. Very very interesting and maybe a tad rough around the edges.

T- Very roasty and sweet with coffee, vanilla, smoke, and blackberries. The vanilla and maple syrup are delicious. Very complex and delicious.

M- Oily and slick with just a bit or carbonation. There is a lot of lingering flavors.

O- Absolutely delicious. Maybe a bit rough around the edges and the flavors could be blended better, but this is still outstanding.

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4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, bottle 304/484.

A - Black with a little head but an off brown color on the edges. Quite viscous.

S - Smell is wonderful of dark fruit, cherry, oak, bourbon, fig. Very complex, and I could just sit here and smell this all day. Could smell this beer as soon as I cracked it.

T - Rich, deep flavors in this one. The bourbon is well integrated, a little aging did this beer well. The sweet, dark fruit stout taste of the DL is still present, but that bourbon adds a deep complexity that the base beer is missing. Very dark flavor forward on this one, if you are looking for any lighter flavors, don't come here.

M - Very full mouthfeel, the barrel makes this DL even more coating. Not the most drinkable as it's so heavy, but the flavor makes this very enjoyable.

O - Amazing beer, I had my hopes up for it and it did not disappoint for me at least. I'm a huge fan of DL and don't mind the sweet flavors, so I'm not surprised that the the barrel makes this beer that much better.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Phelps
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 115 of 481, poured into a snifter.

Inky, absorbing black. Almost no head to speak of. Looks thick and filling.

Spicy and bourbony nose, spiced with vinous new oak. Lots of coffee, lots of molasses, lots of chocolate. Toasted coconut and buttery vanilla enhance the sweet, chocolatey aroma.

Dark Lord is a sweeter — one of the aspects that makes me love it so much — and this barrel-aged version is equally sugary. Big chocolate syrup in the front of the flavor, followed closely by toffee, butterscotch, vanilla beans, smooth oak and toasted coconut. Each flavor melds beautifully with the next, culminating in an obscenely tasty finish.

Very little carbonation, almost flat. Soft, viscous medium body. I get almost no alcohol heat, which is amazing considering the booze that’s in here. Obscene.

One of the best barrel aged stouts ever. EVER. My favorite Dark Lord will always be the Vanilla Bean DL I had on tap during Dark Lord Day 2011, but this is a very close second. Amazing integration, good balance, and crazy drinkable for what it is.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

The beer pours a pure black darkness color with a no head whatsoever. There is a slight ring of carbonation that form bust the brew is pretty "flat" looking. (4.5)

Delicious caramel and molasses notes come up strong and quick. Tons of toffee and sweetness. There is some nice vanilla notes and with the vanilla comes some nice woody barrel notes. The Bourbon is obviously at the forefront with sweetness and vanilla present. Very sweet yet delicious. There is some nice chocolate notes that can come through some of the intense sweetness. Quite nice. (4.5)

This brew is sweet as sweet can get. But I must say it is complex and delicious as well. It is nice and oily and smooth. Starts off with intense molasses and caramel. I am a big fan of PvW 15 and 23 and the Bourbon notes this brew has definitely reminds me of these spirits. There is a very honey-like and vanilla-like sweetness to the Bourbon notes. There is also tons of chocolate that can be perceived more in the palette as opposed to the nose. The middle of the brew shows me some more dark fruit notes like prunes as well as some slight roast. The finish is nice and sticky but oily and velvety with some definite boozy heat. The Co2 is on the low end but its still very good. (5.0)(4.5)

This brew is delicious. Very complex and sweet. Boozy chocolate with some nice caramel and brown sugar notes. Some nice heat and a slight bitter finish. (5.0)

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4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fromm 01/14/12 notes. Huge thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one; thanks Jonathan! Tried it side by side with the base beer and the other three variants with some friends. I liked this version the second best, after the Vanill Brandy. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle 342/484.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the normal version and all the other variants.

s - Smells of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, oak, light vanilla, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. An awesome nose here, it's really perfect. One of the best smalling BBA stouts I've smelled.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, brandy, aok, dark chocolate, toasted malts. Very, very awesome taste. Nice bourbon here; close to a 5 for me.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. Body is thick and creamy; pretty perfect for a big RIS.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantasic stout. The nose is pretty perfect, and though I rated the Vanilla Brandy slightly higher, this is right there with it. I think the nose here is better while I liked the VB taste better. I think the nose on this one is closer to the original Dark Lord, as I get more sweet dark fruits here, and obviously has less vanilla than the Vanilla Brandy version. Really great, would love to have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz yellow waxed bottle, thanks to Mr. Dreadnaught33 for sharing!

Pours a viscous, oily dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sweet, decadent and smooth with vanilla, bourbon, oak with molasses and brown sugar from the base and very subtle alcohol heat. Oily, chewy body in the front with a silky bourbon presence throughout and a slightly dry, oaky finish. The PvW barrel sweetness complements the normally sweet Dark Lord base without becoming overwhelming or causing fatigue. Easily my favorite of the Dark Lord variants, but still did not quite reach the level of Rare or PvW Eclipse for me.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served along side the other barreled variants of this beer and a 2010 Dark Lord, all served in a Dark Lord snifter because I am capable of this. Thanks to everyone that provided bottles for this. Once in a lifetime sort of thing. This was also my favorite out of all the variants.

Beer is dark brown with nearly no head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, oaky, bourbon, strong, nice.

The beer is medium to heavy in body on the front half but the back half of the beer falls flat, thins out giving way to a nice slightly drier tannic finish, the sweetness and booziness from the barrel pops in the midpalate, dominating the normal candy sweetness of the Dark Lord base, rounding it out to a phenomenal beer.

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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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