Baller Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Baller StoutBaller Stout
759 Ratings
Baller StoutBaller Stout

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
Photo of brystmar
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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 alalvarez75
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of raveskdr
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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 siknessinwi
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +3.5%
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 +1.9%
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 Beezee
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mdogg
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Oneinchaway
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Jefe73
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, bubbly, tan colored head clinging to the edges of the glass. Decent lacing to it, but it was a little light in color compared to the base beers.

In the aroma I get a little bit of smoke mixing with dark chocolate at first. The roasty coffee of Beer Geek starts to come out in it along with a little of the sweeter, dark fruit, cherry like notes that remind me of Darkness. Nice mix of flavors to it and things came together pretty well.

The taste has a lot of flavors going on. The roasty coffee is a little more apparent to me in the taste than it was in the aroma. Dark chocolate mixes with some sweeter molasses and brown sugar notes. I'm getting a little more of the chocolate covered cherry flavors in the taste and I get a moderate hoppiness to it as well. A little hot in the finish but a nice range of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy with carbonation being low. The mouthfeel is where I thought Dark Lord contributed the most, I love the thick, heavy mouthfeel of Dark Lord and it seemed to carry over to Baller well.

Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really liked how you could pick out some of the distinct flavors of component beers. It was very flavorful and came together surprisingly well for all that went into it. I'm not sure it's better than the base beers on their own, but for a few of them it might be close.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Thanks arniepnminne!

Pours a oily dark brown with nice mahogany edges. A fairly aggressive pour yields a nice 1.5 inch light tan head that is pretty dense and is not in a hurry to go. As it slowly recedes the head leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is interesting. Very chocolaty and nice intense toffee as well as some nice roasted malts. There is some wood to the beer as well as some slight vanilla. The nose is good but leaves a bit to be desired.

Flavor is awesome! Makes up for the nose big time. So well blended. Starts off with some nice intense dark chocolate sweetness and bitterness. This is followed by some nice roasted coffee notes and nice burnt malt. Toffee and carmel surly follows with some amazing velvety mouthfeel. The back end showcase a bit more of the sweetness with some vanilla and Bourbon notes. Definitely a more Dark Lord component near the back end with Darkness and the rest more towards the front and middle. The coffee notes are delicious and blend perfect with the cocoa and the toffee and caramel. This is a perfect score for flavor. As it warms there is also some nice licorice hints. The mouthfeel is nice and oily with smooth creamy velvet notes.

Very good brew with some nice blend of flavors from all the breweries that contributed to this brew. The nose is a bit on the lighter side but flavor is dead on and mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of ctrevino
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thinner pour than expected. Deep dark brown with a mocha head that never fully settles.

Grassy, hoppy nose. Rich dark chocolate and roasted malt. Some ground coffee; less than expected.

Moderately thick mouthfeel for an American imperial stout. Cloying on the finish with a lot of molasses and dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Grassy hop profile. Coffee in the background but faint. I think the blend fades out some of the finer attributes of each beer. Dark Lord really sticks to your tongue on the finish. This is hype at one of its finest moments.

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Photo of jsvt
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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