Baller Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three Floyds’ 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.

Added by AleWatcher on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.5/5  rDev -64.6%

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2/5  rDev -52.8%

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2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this a while back, and something was just off. Split it with a buddy and it was a drain pour for both of us.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (nearly black) with a small ring of tan head.

S: It is ashy on the nose; I associate this burnt aroma with Mikkeller. Notes of soy sauce and prunes -- the Dark Lord. Metallicity and roast. It's mildly hoppy (Darkness?).

T: It starts off ashy, chocolatey, and over-represented by dark fruits (particularly prunes), but it fights back with a nice pine resin presence that I find somewhat redeeming, if not outstanding.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe it's my bias at work here (I don't like two of the components, though I feel the other two are all right), but this really didn't deliver. More body and balance would have been nice. In its current form, it's a gimmick, and not a great one. Excellent wax, though.

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2.81/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A huge thank you to HosP for surprising me with this beer! Thanks Mark.

A: Pours super dark brown, near black, with almost no head or lace.
S: Sweet smelling with notes booze, DL sweetness, Darkness hops, but not much coffee. Not as potent as I was expecting.
T: Interesting and complex. Vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, dark fruits, cloyingly sweet sugar, and something that’s a bit sharp/astringent. The flavors are a bit all over the place.
M: Full bodied with a hint of booze. Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is heavy, sweet, and greasy. There’s something sharp in there too. Maybe some more age?
O: I don’t think this is any better than the individual beers by themselves, but it’s not a terrible stout. Definitely rough around the edges though. Thanks again, Mark, I appreciate it.

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2.84/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending me this bottle, Richard. Was interested to try this one.

Pours almost black with a thin layer of tan head. Smells very, very, ashy. Must be the Beer Geek Brunch. There’s some metal and a bit of dark fruit character to it. Very roasty, too. The flavor isn’t much better. Very ashy and roasty. There is some dark fruit and maybe a little bit of licorice and molasses. A hint of vanilla to go along with the char and ash. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Unfortunately, the beer wasn't near as good as I had hoped.

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.01/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks go out to Mike for sending this bottle my way after breaking his nose at the release party. Too bad the beer wasn't better reflective of his efforts.

What's that thing they say? The whole is greater than the sum of its parts? Well... this is the opposite. Each part is WAY better than what they become when combined.

Sure, the appearance nails the stout style. Dark, great lace, good head. But it smells of booze right off the bat, and only a little bit of roasted malt. The taste continues its downhill trend. Smacks of booze, burnt toast, and has a nasty alcoholic aftertaste. Not a pleasant stout.

The mouthfeel is reflective of the stouts going into it, and it has a nice medium to thick presence. But overall this is a boozy mess, and a truly forgettable beer.

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3.09/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black in the glass topped by a tall mocha head. Viscous, sticky appearance with great head retention.

Sweet, heavily roasted nose; lots of char and sweetness, reminds me of tar and molasses. Surprisingly coffee forward, mildly fruity from the Black Albert component.

Extremely sweet palate, but also sharply bitter. Acrid, acidic malt, bitter earthy coffee, tart blackberry, molasses, tar. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but the bitterness builds a lot more than the sweetness. The hoppiness of Darkness comes through slightly, leaving a lingering resiny bite.

This isn't bad per se, but it has too many clashing elements. The mix of intense sweetness, bitterness, coffee and esters doesn't really work.

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3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz waxed and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is layered with great stick and super thick legs. Awesome looking brew.

Hints of sweet soy sauce, dark fruit, hop bitterness, lactose, roasted malt and just a bit of chocolate and cocoa. Good complexity but its not the most pleasing.

Opens roast, creamy hop bitterness, sweet soy sauce and chocolate. More of the same in the middle but the alcohol kicks in pretty hard. Something just doesn't seem to work here. Sweet molasses diffuses in at the end, mercifully sweetening this one a bit. Bittersweet dark fruit and rotting rind at the end. Aftertaste of smoke, hazelnut shell and molasses. Not really for me.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down with some bubbles and a big dose of booze. Still a bit hot at the finish after all this time. Messy aftertaste. Decent.

I've heard that this beer is not the greatest but I had to try it for myself. Now I know the rumors are true. This takes all the bad qualities of Darkness (can be too roasty, too hoppy) and Dark Lord (too much soy sauce) and amplifies them into one big mess. A big pass for me.

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3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with the brother and brother-in-law while enjoying the overall crapulence of another holiday together. Sharing beers is my attempted contribution to the general welfare.

Pours a surprisingly fizzy and vibrant headed dark cola.

Clashtastic nose of universes colliding.

Tastes is an up front and unabashed assault of acrid coffee, smoke, and roasty char. If the hoppiness had attempted to peek it's meager head, it was summarily punished by the brutish and bullying maltzilla.

Far too much carbonation provides a fizzy cola mouthfeel atop the generous body.

Naysayers may bang the Floyds-can-do-no-wrong-gong. This experiment should be put to pasture. There's simply too much going on here, with very little cohesion: like a round about navigated by crackheads. In theory this could/should have been good? I'm not even sure if that holds. As is, in this humble know-nothings opinion, this is one imperial hype train that should remain in the station.

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3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back log rating, reviewed from notes.

22oz bottle courtesy of LoPo87. Thanks!

A: Pitch black with a thin lacing and great legs.

N: Pepper, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, black licorice, and smoke.

T: Hops, chocolate, definite bitterness. SMoke, plenty of overly roasted coffee.

M: Not as thick and oily as I'd expect; rather it maintains a pretty thin feel. Very alcoholic, though, and it is a distraction.

O: This isn't awful, but neither is it remarkable or great. Not complex, nor drinkable, and as such, it's deserving of a pass.

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3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Andrewinski1. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with about an inch of dark khaki colored head. Some soapy lace on the side.

Lots going on in the aroma here. Vanilla is right up front giving this a big sweetness starting out. Hints of molasses and with a light coffee background. Pleasant but a little sweeter than I hoped. Vanilla sweetness is prominent with a little coffee rounding it out. A touch of grassy hops round this out. Sweet and hoppy; this actually doesn't come together like I would have hoped.

The body is full and the carbonation is a little bit on the sharp side (for the style).

Overall this one just doesn't seem to hit it's focus for me. I dig all the base beers but blended they seem to be fighting for a spotlight. I just assume have any of them on their own.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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