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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought and split a bottle @ DLD 2012.

Pours solid black with a finger of tan head. Tons of lace.

The nose is roasty with port characteristics. Dark fruits and light coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasty malts.

The is very roasted and has some espresso, chocolate, figs/plums, and more burnt malt. Pretty damn nice. Very roasty.

The mouthfeel is thick for sure. Beastly. Coating the palate with a rich saucey feel.

Overall, pretty damn good but I expected a bit more from such a brew. Still delicious as all get out, with a massive roastiness and dessert flavor that is great.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FFF XV Anniversary Beer. Received a bottle of this in a trade with someone? This particular review comes from a bottle Doopie opened on a botched theme night. After an infected BA Yeti and some other oxidized beer, this one saved the day. Thanks for sharing man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Yellow wax
A blend of Surly Darkness, FFF Dark Lord, Struise Albert, and Mikkeller Brunch.

APPEARANCE: A very transparent pour yields a one 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with great retention. Black body, relatively transparent, with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a film and sticks to the sides of the glass. A good film remains until the end leaving some nice dots of lacing down the glass. Good lacing, but terribly thin looking.

SMELL: Very odd. Cotton candy with sweet cream, milk chocolate and some earthy tones. Bold enough, but very different than expected.

TASTE: Weird too. Sweet cotton candy, sweet whipped cream and caramel tones up front. Roasted notes through the middle with some chocolate flavors as well, moving into a bold and lingering sweet and earthy aftertaste. Caramel, toffee, with some bitter chocolate and floral hop notes linger on the palate. Quite complex, moving from a sweet cream beginning to a bitter chocolate and floral finish, though not quite sure how enjoyable it was.

PALATE: On the fuller side of medium with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite and finishes rather sticky. Some heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: A very different and puzzling stout. I have no idea how those four beers turned into this. The beginning is very sweet and candy like, as if the sweetness of Darkness and Dark Lord dominated the show, then the finish shows some competing bitterness, perhaps coming from the Black Albert. Interestingly complex I would say, but that doesn’t always mean it’s enjoyable. Anyways, this is a beer you’ll have to try for yourself, as it probably has something that will really appeal to some palates out there. Thanks a lot for Doopie. This beer saved beer night!

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark beer with a good head.

S: Chocolate Malt, no further special odors to recognize.

T: Delicious sweet flavor and even some acid taste.

M: Good money, great carbonation and even somewhat syrupy.

O: Extremely nice long aftertaste, drink well.

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An insane amount of complexity results from the blend of four world class Imperial Stouts. Dark Lord, Darkness, Beer Geek Brunch, and Black Albert are all represented with varying flavors that span every inch of the Stout spectrum.

Thick and lush, the ink-black ale layers in the glass with slow separation of low-lying carbonation from the oily textured beer beneath. A dense, moussey and short-statured head builds upon the beer like barley-stained whipped cream before reducing to a delicate espresso-like creme that sheets the surface evenly and allowing for spotted and intricate patterns of lace behind. It certainly looks like a Stout.

Savory aromas of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, heavy whipping cream, licorice, and charred fruits all share the stage in a very inviting aroma profile that screams succulence. Assertive grassy aromas almost give off a slim chlorophenol (grassy) aroma that serves as much as a distraction as it does complexity. Delicate vinous notes of sherry and port also present themselves in varying returns to the glass.

Delicious malt flavors swirl about with the very first sip- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and starchy malt taste are all well represented with even the very first sip. A follow of charred berries, grapes, currants rise at mid palate and usher in the anise and alcohol flavors that remind me of Jagermeister. Further into the complex fruit flavor emit the characteristics of brandy, sherry, and port wines as the alcohol envelope develops the beer's grassy bitterness, wood-like tannin, and slight vinous tartness.

Absolute fullness exudes as the beer's low carbonation allows for an even and velvety coat of rich ale to flow over the mouth surfaces. But as the robust beer develops over the tongue and palate, the beers velvety texture allows for a somewhat milky feel to soothe the mouth, just before turning aggressively alcoholic with high levels of warmth and mild fusal burn in finish. A long linger of booze, coffeeish bitterness, and wine reach well into the next sip.

Three Floyd's 15th Anniversary ale is one helluva sipper- not only from the strength of its alcohol, nor it's heavy body but because of its sheer complexity that both challenge and encourage the palate at every turn. A true delight of a beer!

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3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big two inch mocha head on a dark brown/black body. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Muted coffee scent, not a whole lot going on.

More coffee with a hint of hops upfront. Chocolate aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol.

Soo smooth! Creamy mouthfeel, low to mid level carbonation.

Overall a solid beer but not worth the full $30. I found the appearance and mouthfeel to be wonderful...I wish the nose and taste followed suit.

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3.01/5  rDev -29.2%
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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Baller Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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