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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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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a very thin dark brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of the mikkeller black character was present on the aroma such as booze, roastiness, some chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and a slight char notes.

T: the booze character was not as bad on the taste alongside roastiness, brown sugar, chocolate sweetness, dark fruit accents and a little char flavor but with a touch of vanilla. The mikkeller black character was really coming through the most to me.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with sweet, mild boozy, chocolatey, slight dark fruit and silky finish.

O: beer was a decent considering all the monsters that went into the blend. Very creative and was glad to have a taste of it.

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

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brownish-black with some red hues. Big tan head.

S: Very sweet (as expected). Chocolate, sweet coffee, brown sugar, slight booze, brown bread.

T: Sweet but with a good bit of balancing roastiness. Smooth chocolate malt, roasted grain, solvent but tolerable alcohol presence, a bit of coffee bitterness. Thick raisin and coffee roast in the finish.

M: Very slight carbonation, very thick and creamy.

O: Not a bad blend at all; a bit sweet, but the mouthfeel is killer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.10.12.

A - Pours a dark motor oil brown with a one inch medium brown head with decent retention.

S - Licorice, roasted malt, booze.

T - Coffee, booze, leather, anise.

D - Decent carbonation, medium to heavy body.

O - A real mixed bag for me. Good and bad smells and flavors are all over the place.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for handing this one off to me during our most recent massive in-person trade! Thanks Al! Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, and 67couple during a past tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, bubblegum, sugar, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, bubblegum, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. After first hearing about this brew I was totally intrigued. And to be honest, I was not disappointed. I did find the bubblegum aspect to be a little off-putting, but at the same time it seemed to work quite well on this brew for me adding another level of complexity over the regular versions of the blend I HAVE tried (eff you Kate). A definite must try for anyone who calls themselves a Stout fan.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

XV Anniversary yellow wax into CBS snifter.
Special thanks to BeerTwinkie for this beer. Without him I'd never get a chance otherwise.

A- Pitch black, oily, opaque pour. Two and a half finger tan head that slowly deflates leaving a thin ring and gobs of sticky lacing.

S- Sweetness of brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate up front. Super roasty espresso aroma and a slight amount of alcohol in the back. There is a hop bitterness and a bit of dark stone fruits.

T- Sweet base from the Dark Lord (not nearly as sweet as Dark Lord itself) Super dark roasted espresso (Beer Geek Brunch) with chocolate syrup and vanilla beans.I close my eyes and can pick out the Black Albert as well. Darkness seems to be a little lost in the mix. Hop bitterness is nice and the alcohol is minimal for this strength of brew.

M- Heavy, slightly syrupy with decent carbonation.

O- A lot of people complained about this beer. I honestly think it works really well. Four great brewers doing their best brews for one behemoth.

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3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan and Frank!

Excellent stout looks, dark and thick with a good dark tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, some vanilla (nowhere close to a -bal beer though) and roast. I don't get much coffee.

Tastes rough and aggressive... the smoothness of the component beers is missing, and I like Dark Lord :-/

Mouthfeel is good, rich body and medium carbonation. To echo what others have said, this beers is less stellar than its components:

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to crushedvol for this bottle, which has languished in the cellar for a while, since I've sampled it a few times (it seems to be a staple at tastings). 22 oz. bottle with typical 3F artwork split with my wife, last beer of the night.

Pour is Appropriate Black. Nose is lovely, with huge sweet malts, nicely charred roast, & a sweetness almost akin to a milk stout minus the cow. Smells like Darkness with a side salad of something else. Nice.

Baller Stout is less than the sum of its parts, which are four damn good beers. Mikkeller's coffee is prominent, coming out of the mix strong. Big Baller Roast. Chocolate, anise, vanilla, huge notes of chocolate sweetness. though that doesn't quite capture it. There's a maltiness that's unique & I can't quite put my tongue on it. As it warms, it really turns into a better beer. Lovely.

I'll warrant I didn't think much of my smaller samples, but on 11 ounces of reflection, my tune has changed. There's a depth & taste to the malts in this beer that's wild & yummy. Excellent brew.

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3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. Not sure what to expect from this as DL is hit or miss, Darkness is too hoppy for me fresh, Black Albert sucks, and Beer Geek Brunch is pretty good.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of tan head. It's mostly frothy, but there's also a creamy component. Retention isn't bad given the massive ABV. Decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly like Darkness and Black Albert, but it ends up being quite nice. Deep roastiness. Tangy caramel and earthiness from the DL and BA, respectively. Formitable citrus and herbal hoppiness from the Darkness. Coffee in varying degrees from all of them. Chocolate in abundance from them all. Booze is well hidden. Overall though, this is closer to Black Albert than any of the others, but perhaps an improved BA.

3.5 T: The taste is even more like BA. Earthy and almost minerally. Quite hoppy as well. Supple roast, bitterness has some strength to it. Chocolate, tangy caramel. Light coffee. Booze is pretty well hidden again. It's lacking integration of flavors to an extent with the earthiness not meshing well with the hops, which never really works well in a stout. Despite all this, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Heavy body, perhaps too heavy. It's almost like drinking booze yogurt. A little too chewy. Reasonably creamy though.

3.5 D: I doubt I'd buy this if it were a shelf beer, so $30 for a bomber is clearly a ripoff. FFF cashes in on beer geeks like no other. If only their beer was a good as the hype.

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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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