Baller Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Baller StoutBaller Stout

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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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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of korguy123
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of tewaris
3.49/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -10.6%
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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -30.8%
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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Photo of Casedogg43
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of DARIVA
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of afksports
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of brystmar
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by afksports at a recent gathering.

Deep, black pour that wasn't as viscous as I expected. Many competing aromas in the nose that seem to work together at times but eventually don't mesh as a whole. Much like the taste: it's a clusterfuck of flavors that would be great individually but just don't blend properly. Dark Lord seems more forward than the other contributing stouts, and unfortunately it's the 2011 release of DL that worked its way into this cuvee. Each individual beer is superior to this blend.

Glad I got to try it, but I definitely won't be trading for this one.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Brought to tasting by me, given to me in massive box swap #3 by MordorMongo.

A - Black like those girls in the rap videos. Tan head. Poured viscous as hell, which is to be expected, knowing the base beers.

S - Uh, what the hell? What a weird smell. It was off-putting, to say the least. Just a whole bunch of smells that clashed terribly.

T - That's more like it. A really nice dark chocolate explosion (thanks, Darkness) with hints of smoke and leather (thanks, Dark Lord with an assist to Black Albert). Beer Geek gets pushed out. But this passes the taste test, especially for almost 14%.

M - Nice and viscous-y. Coats the tongue yet still drinks fairly easily, when comparing it to other gigantic stouts (DL, WWS, Tokio).

O - It's a very interesting experiment. Glad I got to try this one. This beer gets a lot more hate than is deserved. No, it's probably not as good as the base beers individually, but interesting nonetheless. Worth a try.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I was so excited to get this in a trade. Thanks MexicanSittles!!! Love me the Floyds, and what a group of collaborators.

I am sad to say that I was a bit disappointed by this one.

Pour, beautiful.

Nose, roasty, a hint of sweetness. Did I get a hint of banana bread, not sure. I expected a malty smell.

Taste, I wanted it to be what I heard it was to others. Maybe my bottle was a bit "off." I mainly got roast. Almost smoky, but very little malt came through. I was hoping for the maple meets molasses, meets bourbon. It wasn't there. I shared this at a Bruery Clusterfork, and 2 people who had tried Baller's before, and they insisted that it was off--way too roasty, no sweet. So I will search for another and try again, I have faith in the Floyd's and don't want to write this one off due to 1 bottle. Anybody wanna send me another?

Mouthfell was well-rounded, full.

So, even if it was an "off" bottle, it wasn't bad. But I want to get another shot at this one.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color if not black with a fairly thin brown head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing..

S- Smell is quite a bit of dark fruits, chocolate, light coffee, and roasted malts.

T- Overall pretty sweet. It took a few sips to adjust to the amount of sweetness. Quite a bit of darker fruits, plums, cherries and figs. Bakers chocolate, light coffee, charcoal and roasted malts.

M- Medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- Pretty sweet overall. Over priced for sure.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz yellow wax dipped bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

A: Dark and brooding. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that's like chocolate whipping cream. Decent retention, collar and mild lacing.

S: The nose features hints of grassy chocolate. There's also a pretty hefty amount of floral hops which mingle quite well with the earth tone that arrives as it warms.

T: For a non-barrel aged stout, this thing is ballin' (pardon the pun). Dark and charry up front. The mid is aggressively hoppy, with a juicy bite to it not often found in an RIS like this. The finish is packed with flourless chocolate cake and freshly brewed coffee. As it lingers in my mouth, there's a touch of residual sweetness that I credit to the DL. Lovely integration - the blending here is top notch.

M: Unreal. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had in a while. It's extremely thick, almost milshake-like. Wonderful stuff.

O: I went in expecting to be dissapointed by the hype train that is Baller Stout. So you can imagine my delight when this drank like a million bucks. All four of the beers are represented here, and it makes for an interesting and memorable drinking experience. I'm glad I've got another in the cellar. Big thumbs up.

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Photo of kif
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Inky black with a very small brown head that disappears almost immediately.

S- Lots of roasted malt, almost to the point of burnt malt. Also some chocolate and coffee

T- Dark Lord is definitely the dominant component. The sweetness from Dark Lord shines through, but there is much more hops from I think the Mikkeller. The sweet/hop contrast is very strong and dominant through the first half of the beer. As your palate adjusts throughout drinking, you get a nice coffee flavor and a decent amount of chocolate. A very minor hint of vanilla is also present.

M- Low carbonation, medium to thick bodied. Pretty smooth.

O- A very complex beer. As I extended the time I drank this beer, I found more and more flavors. Very impressive, but at the same time, this complexity should be a bit easier to find. It took me literally a good 30 minutes before I started getting coffee and chocolate. Dark Lord is probably too dominant here and you can tell the brewers all tried to make their own beer shine. I think if it the Dark Lord was a bit more muted, this would be an epic brew. Still great, just not what it could be.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ehammond1 I was extremely excited to try this

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and just ok retention with spots of lace left behind

Smell: Roasted malt chocolate coffee and some faint fig notes

Taste: The beer starts much the same was as the nose. Upfront is some nice roasted malt and chocolate notes with some dark fruits mid palate and finishes with some coffee and earthy hops I would assume from the darkness being added. It was well balanced but nothing all the special

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Like I said I was really excited to try and after having tried it I was totally let down by this beer and actually prefer all the base beers to this one with the except of maybe dark lord. So not bad not great just overall kind of a let down

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Baller Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 755 ratings.
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