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Baller Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 138
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this one once or twice before, but looks like my review is in the backlogs of the notebook(s), so might as well tick it tonight...enjoyed from a 3Floyds teku glass - solo baby! BALLIN!!!

a - de-waxed and popped the cap. brew poured a watery black with a thin cream colored head that was gone quick. lacing was spotty. not as thick and oily looking as i had expected considering the parts.

s - nice decadent mix of chocolate and roast. some coffee and dark fruit. very nice stout smells.

t - big and bold. lots of dark lord at first with some intense dark cocoa sweetness. then i'm slammed in the palette with rich dark fruitiness of black albert. there is some remnants of darknesses hopped out stout in there as well and a tinge of the tangy finish from beer geek brunch. it has been said throughout the reviews here, that this is not better than the individual parts, but i'd say that this is probably better than some of the parts. the booziness is definitely well hidden and integrated and i rather enjoy this blend.

m - thick and rich but not as intense as you'd expect. the parts sort of balance out the intensity of some of the bigger brews. very smooth and easy to drink. the booze is invisible.

o - overall, take it for what it is...a crazy blend of some crazy beers. is it dark lord? no. is it darkness? no? same for black albert and beer geek brunch...but if you wanted those beers, wouldn't you open one of them instead? as a blend of a bunch of big stouts, this could definitely be a mess and frankly, i don't find it to be the mess that some people claim it to be, i rather like it. i was a bit apprehensive about taking this on solo on a monday night, but as i dig deeper into it, i'm glad i did. really nice stout and if you like the beers within, you will probably like this...maybe not more, but possibly yes. cheers to FFF...BALLIN!!!

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3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baller Stout
22oz bottle poured into a small snifter

Thanks to Mark000 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a somewhat thin appear very dark brown, bordering on but not quite black, with just over 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Actually looks very similar to Coke Cola, only slightly thicker. Head dissipates down fairly slow and leaves small spots of random patchy lacing.

S: Roasted malt, crisp green apple, some dark fruits with raisin and fig, a unique sweetness that is somewhat reminiscent of bubblegum, anise, slightly medicinal. Pretty unique aromas for a stout, and certainly doesnt smell like any of the individual components. Im not sure I particularly like the aroma but it is VERY strong so it gets bonus points.

T: Initial sip is sweet dark fruits with a big roasted and coffee presence on the backend. Early on I get bakers chocolate, apple, anise, and the big roasted and big coffee notes. As I continue to drink the flavor becomes dominated by a bitter, medicinal, almost astringent quality.

M/D: Pretty heavily carbonated for the style, not particularly smooth and a touch thin. ABV is incredibly well masked though, never would have guessed this was a 13- plus percenter. Drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Overall, Im not sure how I feel about this one. I initially was loving this beer, in both aroma and flavor, but as I continue to drink, it began to wear on me. The pleasant characters gave way to less desirable ones. I'm not really sure how to grade it. Its certainly not a boring drink, as lots of different flavors and aromas come out. Although I can't say they necessarily blend all that beautifully, but it does keep one's palate and on its toes. I guess if I had to classify it compared to the other beers it would be as follows (from leave to most favorite):
Dark Lord-> Baller Stout -> Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (never had the regular brunch)-> Darkness/Black Albert, with Dark Lord being almost undrinkable, Beer Geek being a huge step up from Baller and Darkness/Black Albert both being significantly better than the rest.
Im filibustering now but I guess to sum it up, this one is not great, but really unique and certainly worth trying, especially for comparison to the individual components.

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this great lookin' bottle! Drank with DaftCaskBC during the 2012 Trailer Park Tasting.

Appearance. Foamy light-tan head, black!

Smell. Liccorice, dark chocolate, oak, slightly metalic.

Taste. Licorice, roasty malts, plums, dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium carbonation, slight warmth.

Overall. A very good RIS but not relly mind-blowing as I had hoped. The seperate beers that I have tried were much better than this blend.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: 1/2" light brown head over black/cola coloured liquid.

S: Oak, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and caramel.

T: Coffee, roasted malt, pine hops and pears.

M: Thick viscosity and low carbonation.

O: A strong stout with many flavours that aren't very well integrated. The total isn't the sum of the parts in this case.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a smalldark tan head that leaves ample lacing.

Aromas begin with bourbon, oak, coffee, dark roasted malts and boozy alcohol. As it warms you get a little bit of sugary Milk chocolate sweetness and darker fruits but the roast is up front and dominant.

The tastes begin with espresso coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, bourbon and acrid licorice/molasses. Again, as it warms your get some sweeter dark fruits, raisins and sugary milk chocolate sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. The finish is fairly sweet and roasy with some alcohol heat.

Overall this beer is one of those that the sum of it parts do not live up the original offerings. Each of the base beers used to blend this beer are superior than this melange. For what I was told this cost originally and cost to acquire I am glad I did not invest personally.

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to FFF Teku glass.

A - Black with one finger of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet molasses and some coffee.

T - Sweet chocolate up front that immediately gives way to a bitter hop profile and a touch of coffee. A big sweetness returns and lingers along with some molasses and a very light hint of dark fruit in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

M - Medium body with a fairly big chew. Light carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. No bottle date. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nice black body. Good off white head. Nice retention.

Smell - Roasty chocolate. Big hop presence. Smells like an RIS.

Taste - Chocolate. Roasty malts. Hoppy, but mostly milk chocolate. Hoppy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Thick and chewy.

Overall - No better than the individual beers that went into it, but it's decent. I was expecting a mess. Instead it's just a quality RIS.

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Baller Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 759 ratings
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