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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Not sure who shared this at ChrisPro's, but thanks! Served in a tulip, side-by-side with Dark Lord 2012.

A - A tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy partial cap, leaving tiny specks of lace behind. The body is a very dark brown color.

S - The smells is far more evocative of a European beer than of Dark Lord (or Darkness). I get mostly Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, with plenty of milk chocolate, dark roast, coffee, red fruits, Whoppers, and a nebulous fruity yeast character that might be from the Black Albert portion of the beer. I don't think anyone would guess that there was Dark Lord in this, even with a A/B comparison available.

T - Again, it's quite heavy on Beer Geek Brunch flavors, with dark fruits, smoke, coffee, and roasted malts, but this gives way to the intense cherry cordial sweetness of Darkness circa 2008 in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden - surprised this is 13.8%, as that suggest a heavy dose of Dark Lord in the blend.

M - Smooth, chocolate syrup texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly roasty and dry finish. Minimal alcohol heat after roughly 8 months.

D - I liked this significantly more than Dark Lord 2012, but it seems to be less than the sum of its parts. I'd rather skip the $30 price tag and buy some Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (or Black Albert) off the shelf, as those seem to be the dominant flavors here anyway. Still, I enjoyed it more than I did on the release day, so perhaps this will continue to improve.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

650ml bottle 13,8% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this amazing extra! I was waiting to taste all of the beers in this blend before tasting it. I had the last of the beers (Beer Geek Brunch Weasel) a few weeks ago, so it is at last time to crack this one open.

Appearance: Baller Stout looks pitch black in the glass, however a back light sadly reveals quite a thick edge of deep red. A rough pour yields a massive, ultra slow forming, coffee creme coloured head. The head displays great retention for the Abv. and leaves some thick patches of lace as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! Sweet milk chocolate, caramel, condensed milk, vanilla, dark salted toffee, cocoa powder and a hint of coffee are all noted in the first few sniffs. As the beer warms, sweet dark fruit notes become apparent along with liquorice, a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: This certainly is an interesting flavour! It seems to have two distinct components - sweet "American-style" imperial stout notes initially (milk chocolate, dark caramel, condensed milk, vanilla, dark chocolate mousse and sweet dark fruits), followed by harsher "European-style" notes (roasted malt, a charred/ashy quality, dark fruits, coffee and cocoa.) towards the finish. The finish is mildly bitter and lightly dry.
The alcohol cover is not perfect, however the flavour works well with such a big beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially over carbonated for my tastes, however it settles down quite quickly. The body is is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: This is an interesting one, based on the beers in it, I would expect it to be world class, however it just doesn't seem to get there. Don't get me wrong, Baller stout is a delicious RIS, but I think it would have benefited hugely from some time in a barrel.

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Photo of beagle75
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of light beige bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt is pungent, with heavy biscuit and meaty/savory qualities. Roast is smoky but not intensely so. Mineral or metallic sharpness is present and faint volatile alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with acidic dark fruit and slightly cakey malt that develops more roasted qualities into the middle. Pure bitterness becomes intense in the finish, losing its fruit and becoming more indicative of husky malt. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, warm and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a full-powered imperial stout blend that displays a fruity start and a surge of potent hops by the finish. The dynamic flavors don't exactly match the monotonous savoriness of the smell but together they cover quite a bit of territory. Like Dark Lord, there are other stouts out there that are more enjoyable and more obtainable.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I picked up at DLD 2012, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, totally opaque, brown one-finger head, has good retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Sweet aroma, a pretty even mix of coffee and dark fruit. Also getting some chocolate.

T- Follows the nose with a mix of dark fruit, coffee and grain roast, and chocolate. Has a really nice, persistent finish of sweet chocolate and bitter roasted grain.

M- Medium to full bodied, moderate to low carbonation, has a smooth and creamy feel, slightly viscous.

O- An interesting experiment, it's a tasty beer and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.81/5  rDev -33.9%
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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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a collab and blend this is. Had it on tap at XV and a few bottles since the event.

Appearance is typical of a nice stout

Smell: chocolate, coffee and some fruits too. Intereting and someone captivating smell. Makes we look forward to opening another bottle to visit the aroma again.

Taste: I LOVE it. espresso, coffee, Chocolate and malt. Mix in some fruits mid way though with a hint of alcohol to swirl. It has a palate full! I am a big fan of the port wine taste that finishes.

Mouthfeel: Full to say the least. smooth and warming.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer. I picked up more at DLD and an trying my best to have 1 per month!
This is a complex stout, and I'm not sure I have it figured out yet. Matter of fact, no way do I. And I can't wait to give it another try!

What a BEER!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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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%

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Roast and Belgian yeast. Chocolate and cocoa. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Dark fruits and molasses to round things out.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, cocoa nibs, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Pretty much mimics the nose, but some of the hops show here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends roasty.

Overall, I got a bit out of each beer. Coffee from BGBW. Belgian yeast from BA. Hops for Darkness. Sweetness from DL. Maybe a bit too much of a combination.

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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