Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brandy Barrel Aged Dark LordBrandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord

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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)

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Added by Sean9689 on 06-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and viscous, though this variant actually managed to form something resembling a head: Dark tan bubbles. However, they don't stick around for long and soon there is nothing.

S: An aggressive boozyness is immediately apparent and does not fade. Raisin and roasted malts attempt to come through, but the alcohol wins out.

T: Sweet and malty. Brown sugar, molasses, dark roasted mlat, cocoa, and some light chocolate notes. However, much like the aroma, there is a strong boozy quality that makes it's presence known.

M: Thick and full bodied. Low carbonation level, but this one had the most carbonation out of all of the DL variants. Alcoholic heat actually burns on the tongue and lips.

O: Drinkable, but not overly so. Less complex than the other variants and certainly the booziest of the bunch. The brandy barrel did not do anything for this beer.

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Photo of iadler
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third DL varient we tried at our tasting. Thanks to spdyfire83 for bringing this surprise! Poured into my snifter. Bottle #346/392

A- Pours a typical DL with some rising carbonation creating a small mocha head. No lacing left behind.

S- Some oak, roasted malt, brandy, and a bit of chocolate. Nice, but the least complex aroma out of the four varieties with it being pretty booze forward.

T- Brown sugar, brandy, oak, some dark fruits with plumb and fig, roasted malt.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel that finishes very boozy and dry.

O- I thought this was the sweetest and most boozy DL It's straight forward and the brandy is very noticeable, but not as complex as the other DL's.

Thanks again Bryan!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried next to the other three versions and all the years of the normal version.

A: Black with just a bit of light dark head.

S: Sweet chocolate with strong brandy smell. Brandy smell is a bit strong for me, but overall very good.

T: Strong brandy flavor with vanilla, chocolate, and slight roast/coffee flavor.

M: Like the other DLs, thick, light carbonation. Very nice.

O: Good - but, the brandy flavor is a bit strong for me. It's a bit distracting, and leads to a beer that is a bit hot.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Big thanks to Michael for sharing this. We tried all four barrel aged versions side by side as well as the 2010 regular version.

A: Black with a small tan head. Looks a lot like Dark Lord.

S: Nice brandy profile with a little red apple. Brown sugar melds with prominent dark chocolate notes. Oak and a little vanilla.

T: Rich brown sugar dark chocolate with a nice sweet brandy profile. Notes of molasses blend with fainter notes of vanilla. Very sweet, as is to be expected. Finish is drying.

M: Thick and viscous with a full body and an upper low level of carbonation.

Overall: I liked this almost as much as the Vanilla Brandy. Very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously provided by thorpe429 (thanks Mike!) at our BA Dark Lord tasting at Sean's. Bottle number 369.

This pours black and thick, like all Dark Lords. This had a nice brandy aroma, plus all the usual aromas I associate with Dark Lord (chocolate, very sweet malts, dark fruits). I'd say they hit the target in terms of brandy aging, it smells exactly as you'd expect (something I can't really say for the Muerte version).

It tastes exactly as it smells, definitely good but not out-of-this world. I much preferred the flavor of the brandy vanilla bean version, but still this was nice. Very sweet, not exactly hot in the aftertaste (as it might have been), well integrated brandy flavors.

I'd place this as 3rd best among the 2011 BA bottles, behind Brandy Vanilla and PVW. Very glad to try it though.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Green Lion - 2011 BA Dark Lord Voltron Tasting, 07/15/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown - nearly black - with chestnut highlights and almost no head. Good color.

Smell -- Lots of dark fruit/vinous flavors brought out by the brandy barrel treatment. Not much of the roast malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors that are so present in Dark Lord. The brandy seems to mask these and at the same time accentuates the candied dark fruit notes of the base beer. Still, high points for not smelling harshly of spirits or being totally overwhelmed with brandy like every other brandy BA treatment I've had at the pub.

Taste -- Chocolate and roast malt are now more present, along with some faint coffee flavor. Brandy is very present, as well strong vinous/candied fruit malt notes. It lacks the complexity of the vanilla bean version, but much better than anticipated.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly smooth-drinking: full-bodied, soft carbonation. There is zero alcohol burn, but a gentle warming of the throat that. Best of the BA Dark Lord verisons, but a great barrel-aged stout mouthfeel any way you cut it.

Overall -- This was the definitive loser of the barrel-aged Dark Lord versions, which really speaks more to how strong all of the offerings were than to this version specifically. Nice in that it took a lot of barrel character from the brandy casks but wasn't overwhelmed by it, but so dark fruit-forward that it seems ho-hum in comparison - vanilla beans make a world of difference.

While I'm incredibly grateful that I got to drink all of the Dark Lord versions side-by-side, I would've loved to have compared this with Christian Brothers Eclipse.

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Photo of jale
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike Thorpe for this.

A: Pours thick black with little head.

S: Chocolate, brandy, molasses and a hint of wood.

T: Wonderful smooth brandy, chocolate, wood a little alcohol heat for this high of ABV. My favorite of all the variants.

M: Thick body.

O: This is such a great smooth beer. Would love more.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Michael!

Pretty standard Dark Lord appearance here, pouring a very viscous black. The head rises and falls pretty quickly, though the beer appears to be nicely carbonated.

Smells like sweet, syrupy brandy -bals, molasses, milk chocolate, dried dark fruit. Quite good, but actually a bit mild compared to the vanilla brandy version, which knocks your teeth in with aroma and flavor. There's a bit of oxidation that takes form in port-like notes, and overall a touch more fruitiness than I noticed in other versions of Dark Lord.

Taste is a step up from the mild aroma. Chocolate syrup and molasses, dark fruit, brandy, a touch of drying oak. Sweet but not cloying, and not boozy. A little meaty/leathery oxidation, at a pleasant low level. Lingers for quite a while on the palate, though it's not a bitter beer by any stretch.

This version was quite good, but not as good as vanilla brandy or Pappy bourbon.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Thorpe for sharing this at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza! Bottle #369 of 392.

A - Similar look to most Dark Lords. Black beer with a brown head. Head rose up decently well and left some minor spots on the sides.

S - The brandy aging on this is a nice change from the bourbon barrel RIS's I'm used to. Nice sweet brandy melds well with the rest of the Dark Lord goodness. Chocolate, espresso, little roast, molasses and some wood. Very nice.

T - Love the taste on this one. The brandy has a sharper sweetness to it than bourbon, and only the slightest hint of booze. I surrounds the basic and very big Dark Lord taste nicely, and adds a lot of surprising depth and complexity.

M - Lower carbonation, very full bodied.

O - Really good, it was a toss-up between this and the PVW Dark Lord for my favorite, but have to go with this one. Wish I had more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Michael Thorpe for sharing this one at Sean's 30th Birthday Party. Served in a plastic cup. Bottle #369 of 392.

A - Well, this one is a little more carbonated than the Brandy Vanilla Bean version. The quarter-finger of tan foam settles to a persistent tan ring and leaves behind spotty lace. Otherwise it's largely the same in appearance.

S - Without the vanilla beans to obscure things, the sweet brandy aroma comes out a lot more. It integrates quite well with the chocolate, caramel, and molasses flavors in the base beer. There's perhaps a light touch of oak and a hint of booze in there as well.

T - Taste is also quite good, with more espresso and roast bitterness than the vanilla bean version. Brandy is present, but never overwhelms. Nice balance and integration of flavors, with shocking well-hidden alcohol

M - Copied from the last review - "Pretty low carbonation, and this is unsurprisingly sticky, viscous, and full-bodied. Some light warmth in the finish, but otherwise the alcohol is very well-hidden, particularly as this must approach 16-17 after the barrel-aging."

D - Not as good as the vanilla bean version, but still highly enjoyable nonetheless. I keep having to remind myself that this is an excellent beer in and of its own right, but just not a world-class one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #369/392. Consumed at Sean's 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.

Pours like black motor oil. What else would you expect from anything related to Dark Lord? A nice dark tan head rises up and falls fairly quickly, leaving behind a few legs. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a fairly hefty amount of brandy as well as a decent amount of accompanying booze. Lots of sweetness and chocolate plus some coffee. This smells exactly like you'd imagine Dark Lord with Brandy would. Well-integrated, though not mind blowing.

The flavor is better than the smell, though still not world class. The brandy takes a prominent role, and the taste isn't quite as boozy as the nose was. Chocolate and some dark fruits are there as well as some slight coffee. Full and thick feel with a nice brandy presence in the finish. Low carbonation. Really a nice beer that comes together well.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #369/392 generously shared by Mike (Thorpe429) at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Poured into a taster.

A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, tan mocha-colored head, thin collar, no whips, spotty lace, some bubbles here and there.

S - Smells boozy, barrel, slight apples, molasses sweetness, caramel. Very rich and sweet with a nice smooth booze that's not overpowering at all. The age has really smoothed things out.

T - Tastes like Dark Lord with Brandy, who would have guessed? Chocolate, barrel, booze, caramel notes, brandy. Very straight forward. As it warmed, the alcohol picked up a little, but for 15% it's still very well hidden.

M - Feels like Dark Lord. Full, rich, viscous, creamy, really a big one.

O - This was very smooth, rich, and enjoyable. The brandy notes complimented the Dark Lord well, which has smoothed out with the age on the base beer. Hope to try this one again in the future!

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